Thursday, 30 November 2023
Statements by Members
Bruce, Mr William Wallace Mervin
Today I pay tribute to a distinguished individual, Mr William Wallace Mervin Bruce, affectionately known as 'Bill'. This week the Nebo community bade farewell to a man whose life spanned an incredible 106 years, leaving a lasting mark on the community.
Born at the Nebo Hotel in 1917, Bill's roots run deep in the town of Nebo. His journey unfolded against the backdrop of history—as a veteran of World War II, where he served as an electrician and mechanical engineer. Upon returning home to Nebo, Bill's commitment to community development became apparent.
In the postwar era, he played a pivotal role in forming a group aimed at establishing a rodeo. The Nebo Rodeo, which first took place in 1956, became a cornerstone for raising funds to build a Nebo sub-branch of the RSL. From its humble beginnings, the rodeo has become one of the largest events in Australia.
Bill's contributions extended beyond the rodeo. He was a founding member and secretary of the Nebo Bushman's Carnival. As the shire's mechanic, Bill played a crucial role in the development of Nebo. He brought electricity to the town and, prior to that, was responsible for lighting the streets. Nebo owes much of its development to Bill's unwavering dedication. His legacy is woven into the very fabric of the town. On behalf of the people of Capricornia, I thank Bill for his service, sacrifice and enduring dedication to Nebo. Vale, Bill Bruce.