Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

It's a Long Way from Old Dart; COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

It's a Long Way from Old Dart; COMMUNITY CHAMPION

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DAVID Harper of Tweed Heads loves volunteering for the community.

Life was not kind to him in the early days of his life, but despite this he has been a member of several community organisations.

He was born in England, one of six children whose parents died within two years of each other when he was seven and nine years old. He and his siblings were nominated by an uncle to come to Australia as part of Arthur Caldwell's Populate or Perish scheme.

He spent five years in Newcastle and six in Melbourne, ending up in Cairns before spending 10 years in New Zealand and another 20 years in Melbourne.

He was engaged in clerical work much of the time, although house painting was his profession since the age of 21.

Mr Harper arrived in Tweed Heads in 1986 and has been here ever since.

He started volunteering in Melbourne when he joined Lions and transferred to Terranora Lakes Lions Club soon after arriving on the Tweed.

Since then he has been in every position in the club with the exception of treasurer, and was the recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. …

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