Chieftain - Bundaberg Branch
Norm McDonald Smith was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne. His father was an infantry sergeant who was twice wounded in France in WW1, the second time at the battle of Ypres. They moved to Brisbane and Norm obtained a scholarship to the Gatton Collefe. Norm obtained full colours for rifle shooting and cricket and became a house prefect.
He obtained his Diploma in Agriculture in 1938 and was accepted as a Cadet Field Officer in the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations. After Cadet training at Innisfail, he transferred to Bundabarg where he met and married Joan Limpus in 1944.
Norm saw service as an infantry platoon sergeant in Dutch New Guinea (now West Irian) and the island of Tarakan north east of Borneo. Norm served as depuyty chairman of the Gooburram Shire Council and was active in Legacy, Probus Club, National Fiteness, Cane Pests & Disease Control Board and the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland), where he held the position of Chieftain of the Bundaberg Branch for over twenty (20) years. Norm also was heavily involved in the Uniting Church.
Norm and Joan had four children; Pamela, Ian, Ross & Andrew as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren. Norm retired in 1985, and enjoyed golf, fishing and his orchids.
In the year 2000, Norm married his second wife, Roma and they had three happy years before she passed away in 2003.
One of the most committed to the cause, Norm will be much missed by the Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Queensland).