Posthumous award for Ian Sneddon for Jerilderie Australia Day 2020


In April, 2019,  Mr Ian Sneddon, one of Jerilderie’s greatest volunteers, advocates and ambassadors, lost his battle with MND.

Ian had a very deep seated belief that here in Jerilderie we lived in the best part of the world.  He openly acknowledged there was much to see out there, but there was no place like home.

He championed the importance and the privilege of being able to celebrate Australia Day.

Ian lived with the belief that while society and its challenges are ever changing, our need to remember how very lucky we are should be celebrated.   As in life, nothing is without its challenges, but it is the indomitable Australian spirit and our highly valued sense of community that sustains us.

Ian supported, encouraged and believed deeply in our unique Australia Day celebrations.

He was so very delighted when our community members were acknowledged, and so very thrilled that so many people took the time to observe and acknowledge these valuable contributions.

Ian lived and breathed community – his many hours, days, weeks and years are a true demonstration of this.

At its celebrations on 26 January, the Jerilderie Australia Day Committee made a presentation to Mrs Robynne Sneddon, posthumously bestowing upon Ian the very great honour of being conferred as Patron of the Jerilderie Australia Day Committee.