Anthony Boyd Craig Bio: Peppermint Grove Series

Published on Thursday, 8 August 2019 at 11:11:00 AM

Born in Perth, Western Australia and educated at Hale School in Wembly Downs, Anthony Boyd Craig has led a full and adventurous life.  During his early career, Anthony was employed as a Costing Clerk at H. L. Brisbane & Wunderlich Ltd, the state’s largest clay tile producer, at North Street in the City.

The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954)

At the tender age of 19 years, Anthony Craig enlisted at No. 4 R.A.A.F. Recruiting Centre, Perth.  The terms of his contract stated “for the duration of the war and for 12 months afterwards.”

Anthony’s elementary training was in a Tigermoth and thus he qualified as a pilot and was awarded the Flying badge in April 1942. Anthony was then sent to the UK where, during 1943, he studied an advanced flying course and was trained to fly Lancaster Bombers.  He remained stationed in the UK until 1945.  Anthony quickly moved through the ranks achieving Pilot Officer in early 1943 and Flight Lieutenant mid 1944.

Anthony requested to be released from his contract with the Air Force after the war.  His request was granted in August, 1945.

Anthony returned to Perth and married Sylvia in 1946 and moved to 22 Irvine Street, Peppermint Grove in 1955. He commenced serving the community of Peppermint Grove in 1956 when he stood for election to Council. Anthony served the Shire for 35 years, 16 of which he was Shire President.

Anthony died in Jolimont at the grand age of 95.

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