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It is with joy and excitement to hear that our local resident Dr Allan Stewart has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday awards for service to dentistry and to the community of the Mid North Coast.  Allan, aged 102, has contributed much to our community over the years.

Apart from his professional service to dentistry he has dedicated time as a volunteer at the Tea Gardens Community Technology Centre, Meals on Wheels, Honorary Treasurer Hawks Nest Golf Club and Member of the Board of Directors.

In his profession of dentistry Allan was located in London, Sydney and rural norther NSW.  He worked at the Dental Clinic at Wallsend Hospital and was a Volunteer Dental Surgeon at the Pre-natal Clinic, Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington.  Allan was also an Inaugural Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Allan’s commendable personal achievement at the age of 91 was to attain a Bachelor of Law Degree, University of New England in 2006, followed by Masters in Clinical Science (Complimentary Medicine), Southern Cross University 2012, and he holds the Guinness World Record as 'Oldest Graduate' for both.

Allan completed the 6 year Post Graduate Law Degree in 4.5 years. His comment was he had plenty of spare time and as long as you are learning, you are not old. He was able to handle the complexities of the modern age learning to use a computer and completing exams online.

We wish to say thank you for showing it is possible to achieve goals, setting a good example and for making a difference by serving others.

Allan your award is well deserved, congratulations.

Our very best wishes from Tea Gardens CTC


By Lesley Turner