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Milton Williams lived most of his life in an historic cottage in Newtown. As he didn’t drive a car his residence was central to most of his social interests and activities. His working life was with the Victorian Railways working in the administrative areas in both Ararat and Geelong.
One of his great passions was being a member of the Commonwealth Society, Geelong Branch, whose property in Latrobe Terrace was just around the corner from his home. Milton was also a member of the Geelong Branch of the Red Cross, holding office at one time as he also did as a member of the Friends of the Art Gallery. He was a foundation member of the Geelong Cancer after Care Corporation and an officer in the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem. His love of things artistic was evident in his involvement as a supporter of the Geelong Branch of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Milton was a devoted and regular parishioner at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Latrobe Terrace Geelong where he served as a Church Warden, Vestryman, Reader and Welcomer . He had a warm smile and a special welcome to all who came to church. He organized various fund raising activities and was a great supporter of the Church Choir in the performance all of their works.
To ensure its continued connection and vitality in the community by St Paul’s Church, he bequeathed much of his estate to the church. As a result of this, in his memory and in recognition of his love of music, the Churchwardens decided to set aside monies for the establishment of the Milton Williams Choral Scholarship. This scholarship allows recipients to receive a grant towards the payment of professional singing lessons. There has been four scholarships granted and there is the capacity for additional ones to be awarded.