Honorary Freeman of Maroondah – Bob McDiarmid

By November 13, 2007No Comments

Freeman of the City, is the highest honour that be bestowed upon a citizen by a local council. While the term orginated during medieval England, when Freeman paid fees to be allowed to trade within a city and to vote in elections, its modern meaning refers to a distinction provided by a council to formally recognise the contribution an individual makes to the local community.

This evening Maroondah City Council conferred, Ringwood North resident Bob McDiarmid as a Freeman of the City. Bob was born in Moreland in 1915 and moved to Heathmont in 1956. Bob was instrumental in establishing a tutoring service for students in English and Maths and has played a significant role in the Heathmont Branch of Australian Red Cross.

Bob also received an Australian Red Cross Service Award in 1978 and a Distinguished Service Award in 2001. In May 2007 Bob was awarded with a Life Membership from Australian Red Cross.

Bob’s continued dedication as a volunteer to Red Cross is truly exceptional and hence well deserving as being recognised as a Freeman of Maroondah.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:

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