Valerie O'Regan and her daughter Eileen Currie standing in front of their home.

Valerie O'Regan and her daughter Eileen Currie are recent recipients of the Canberra Gold Award.

03 June 2019

Woden locals Valerie O'Regan and her daughter Eileen Currie moved to Farrer in 1969 and 50 years later are now recipients of the Canberra Gold Award.

The Canberra Gold Award is awarded to community members, businesses or associations who have been a part of the Canberra community for 50 years, making it such a great place to live, work and play. More than 90 individuals and 12 community groups who have been living or operating in Canberra for 50 years or more were recognised at this year's ceremony.

Eileen and her big family moved to Canberra for her father's work in the public service and at that time their house was the most southerly occupied house in Canberra.

“Ours was the first five-bedroom (government) house in Farrer,” Eileen said. "We all loved Farrer and Mum still lives in the house."

Brian Franklin holding a certificate he got for the Canberra Gold Award.

Belconnen's Brian Franklin was another recipient. Brian spent 38 years in the public service, mostly in operational areas, and was also the Canberra agent for the Harlem Globetrotters for 15 years. He is currently the interim CEO of Basketball ACT.

"There were 24 thousand people living here when I first moved. A big night out was the Canberra Theatre or the Albert Hall,” Brian said.

“I remember when I first started playing basketball; there were about 300 members at the time and now we have about 9,000."

Jewel Mangelsdorf and one of her family members having coffee

Tuggeranong residents Jewel Mangelsdorf and her family were also honored with the award.

"We’ve loved living in Canberra,” Jewel said."We bought a place in Mawson which back then was the outskirts of the city."

“The best thing about Canberra is that it is a great place to live for us as a family because we’re able to live close by and remain well connected."

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