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2015 Warrnambool Senior of the Year - Tim Carlton
2015 Warrnambool Senior of the Year nominees Esme "Margaret" Morton, Tim Carlton and John Maddock

95-year-old techie is top Warrnambool senior

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Tim Carlton is proof that age is no limit to lending a hand, learning new things and having fun.

The 95-year-old was announced as the 2015 Anchor Point Village and Warrnambool City Council Senior of the Year at the Lady Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

His community involvement started when he came to Warrnambool from Sydney in 1959 after being head-hunted by Fletcher Jones to work at his factory as the Chief Industrial Engineer.

He became involved with his children’s schools and their interests including helping to build the Brucknell Scout Camp, learning to use a jackhammer while volunteering to build the Warrnambool swimming pool and being involved in replacing many kilometres of fencing after the tragic Ash Wednesday fires.

He is also a life member of the Warrnambool Lions Club, the Probus Club and the Triton Woodworkers Club.

Currently he is working with the Fletcher Jones – Stories from our Communities project, sharing stories, documenting other people’s stories, and encouraging others to come along and follow up on snippets of information.

Despite keeping busy, Mr Carlton still manages to stay up to date with the latest technology. As a long-time lover of computers, he is the proud owner of an iPad, iPhone and even an Apple Watch. He was the first person in Warrnambool to own Apple's latest wrist gadget.

Warrnambool City Council Volunteer Development Officer Kay Porter said that Mr Carlton’s “sheer helpfulness” was infectious.

“He is so community minded and you can tell by the way he talks about his volunteer work that he just loves helping people however he can,” she said.

“Tim is just so well respected by so many people.

“The sparkle in his eye when he talks about technology is amazing. He is at his happiest when either working on or helping people with computers.
“While Tim is the oldest winner we’ve had for the award, he is the youngest at heart.”

Mr Carlton said that getting involved in a range of activities throughout his life had been very rewarding, and he encouraged more people to participate in community activities.

"Joining a club is one great way to stay active and meet new people," he said.

Congratulations to John Maddock and Esme "Margaret" Morton on also being shortlisted for the award.

The Senior of the Year Award is the first instalment in Celebrage, a month-long festival of activities which encourage active ageing.

From fashion to music, sport, vintage cars, tours and social lunches, there are events for seniors of all interests.

Find out more about Celebrage online or visit the Archie Graham Community Centre on Timor Street.

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