Time to celebrate the man who shaped our town - Harry Chilvers
Harry Chilvers was a community man through and through. He was born in England but his heart was definitely here in Dampier. Harry joined the DCA in 1992 and was one of the longest standing committee members to date, serving Dampier for almost 20 years. He was President of the Association for 10 years, which in itself is an amazing achievement.
In his time at the helm, we had family fun days and clean up Dampier days. Our skate park was officially opened and shade sail was erected to shade the Lions Park playground. The garden competition continued to be run yearly and was fiercely contested. Harry cooked up hundreds of bacon and egg burgers for Australia Day celebrations, and was one of the driving forces for the Dampier Youth Group and of course ‘Harry’s Gym’ which both operated out of the old hospital building.
In 1997 Harry was the only person to ever receive the ‘Key to the town of Dampier’. He was ‘Senior Citizen of the Year’ for the then Shire of Roebourne and was also awarded ‘Northern Region of WA Senior Citizen of the Year’ in 2001. The DCA itself under his guidance also achieved many accolades.
Harry’s attitude was that nothing was ever too hard to try and he never tired of giving. He always wore a smile and had time for a chat or a wave. A true gentleman, Harry has shaped the town we have today and we as a community will be forever grateful.
Thank you Harry Chilvers for all you did for Dampier, you will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.