About Victor William Gillespie, OBE
From page 4958 of the "Supplement to the London Gazette, 13th June 1964:
"CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD. St James's Palace, London S.W.1
"The Queen has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty's Birthday, to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE:
"...To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order :
"...Victor William GILLESPIE, ESQ., Mayor of Windsor, State of New South Wales.
Published in the "Windsor and Richmond Gazette" of Friday 27 May 1927:
"BIRTHDAY PARTY. VIC. GILLESPIE REACHES HIS MAJORITY. Mr, and Mrs. W. Gillespie, of Pitt Town, entertained about 150 friends to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of their first born. Visitors from all round the Hawkes bury, and a fair contingent from the metro polis, responded to the invitation, and thor oughly enjoyed themselves in Pitt'Town School of Arts. Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie received their guests at the entrance, and soon a merry party of dancers were disporting themsel ves on the magnificent floor of the hall, to lively strains played by Mr. James Allen. Later on Miss Gerty Walker arrived and carried on the good work under the able guidance of Mr. Keith Brown, who made an efficient M.C Cards were provided for those who had a wish for that kind of entertainment, and all went 'merry as a marriage bell' until supper was announced. A tasty and dainty repast was handed round the hall, and when due justice had been done to the good things provided Mr. Victor Gillespie essayed the task of cutting the cake which provided 'the emblem for his entry into manhood's es tate.' Mr. A. J. McDonald acted as chairman, owing to the unavoidable absence, through illness, of Pitt Town's venerable chairman, Ald. S. Cox, and he rose to thank Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie for the invitations so la vishly distributed amongst the friends of the family. He eulogised the character of Vic. Gillespie, whom he had known since his childhood days, and said he felt sure that Vic. deserved, all the good wishes that had been bestowed on him during the course of the evening. He wished him every happi ness and many returns of days, of pleasant memory, and hoped to see the day when an other event would be gaily honored by a si milar gathering, when Vic. would further prove his manhood by taking unto himself a 'better half.' Ald. J. W. Ross, J.P., next voiced his appreciation of the kindness of Mr: and Mrs. Gillespie, and felt sure that the chair- man's advice would sooner or later bear good fruit, if the popularity of the young gentleman, as evinced by the many admiring glances of the fair sex in the hall, was a fair indication of their regard for his person and character. He was not as well ac quainted with the son as he was with the parents, but felt sure from what he had learned that Vic. was a worthy son of wor thy parents. Cr. J. Roberts, J.P., congratulated Vic. on reaching- man's estate and wished him many happy returns. Like the chairman ho had known him from the days of his child hood and could only speak of him in terms of the highest commendation. Mr. R. Frost was next, and said he could not claim such a long acquaintanceship as the previous speakers, but he had become ultimately acquainted with Mr. and Mrs.. Gillespie and their son in the three years he had been resident of the district, and was quite satisfied to continue that intimacy and would go so far as to say that others could take Vic's life as a model for them to fol low, and none would lose anything by fol lowing in his footsteps. All joined in responding to the good wish es expressed by the speakers with much en thusiasm and with musical honors. When Vic. rose to respond he revealed a side to his character which many of his friends did not know he possessed. Quietly and fluently he responded, thanking the vi sitors for coming so far and in such numbers to do honor to himself and his parents. He said that if he were deserving of half the good things that were said of him he would indeed be very satisfied, and their good wishes would be cherished as happy memories. He felt that he had no regrets for the past, and hoped he would continue to still further increase, the regard of his friends toward him. For all the good wishes he could only express his deepest grati tude, and for the many tokens of esteem that had accompanied, those good. wishes he expressed his sincerest thanks. The chairman then moved a vote of thanks to the hosts and thanked Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie on behalf of all present. Mr. Gillespie. senr., responded; and stated that he was gratified by the excellent man ner in which the vote of thanks had been accorded, and on behalf of himself, wife, and family, wished all a pleasant good night and safe return home. 'Auld Lang Syne' was sung by all pre sent and the happy function was closed by the National Anthem just prior to the mid night chimes. The presents handed to the happy young recipient would fill a wardrobe, and a list of all the good things would be too long to publish."