Peter David Rostron OAM

Past District Governor, and charter member of the Rotary Club Tea Tree Gully, Peter David Rostron was recently awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) – For service to the community of Tea Tree Gully, in the 2021 Australia Day Honours list.

PDG Peter is the epitome of the Rotary motto ‘Service Above Self’.

The article below was extracted from the Club’s Bulletin, 14th July 1995, as Peter began his Presidential year for the Club.  Below that article is his extensive Rotary Service over 45 years.


Peter has always been enthusiastically involved in community work. This began in his younger days when he was first a cub, then a scout, played tennis and was a gymnast. As a young man he conducted a gymnasium class at Clarence Gardens.

After his marriage in 1957, when he and Kaye moved to Tea Tree Gully, the local community was keen to gain his services, so that a boy’s club could be started for the benefit of the youth of the district, and so the Tea Tree Gully Boys Club was formed, with Peter as instructor, and the venue being the old Institute building. With the district growing, the club expanded to cater for girls and was eventually renamed the Tea Tree Gully Youth Club, with everyone engaged in money raising ventures so that a larger hall could be built – and so a new building was erected in Elizabeth street. Peter was also President of this club.

Peter played cricket for Tea Tree Gully, enjoying a stint of sailing a Fireball with one of his friends, and has been involved with his local church.  He was inaugural President of Banksia Park High School P.T.A. and a member of Banksia Park High School Council, was a netball coach and was an active member of the large Jaycee organisation, eventually becoming State President. He was Chairman of the City of Tea Tree Gully Community Fund Grants Committee.

Just after Peter reached the age of 40 and his active Jaycee days had ended, Campbelltown Rotary spawned a baby, and the Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully was born, and Peter was one of the inaugural members.

Peter is a caring husband, father of three married girls and grandfather of three girls.

During 1974 the Rotary Club of Campbelltown decided to form a Rotary Club in Tea Tree Gully and Peter was invited to join, thus a new chapter of his life began.

Charter member of the Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully (1975), and has served as –

  • Club Secretary,
  • 1995-96 Club President,
  • 1996 Made a Paul Harris Fellow by Club in recognition of outstanding Service.
  • 1996-97 Chairman of joint District committee which raised $100,000 for a Rehabilitation Unit at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • 1997-2021 Club Chairman of various Service committees, with responsibility for International Service, The Rotary Foundation and Vocational Service
  • Member of the District Rotary Youth Leadership Award committee for 3 years
  • 1999 – 2001 Assistant District Governor for 2 years,
  • 2001 Became District Governor Nominee followed by 12 month term as District Governor Elect.
  • In 2002/2003 he ascended to position of Rotary International District Governor for District 9500, which covers parts of South Australia and Northern Territory
  • 1999 Involved with setting up a new Community Service project established between Rotary Clubs of TTG, Modbury and Golden Grove, namely, Emergency Medical Information Book (EMIB) and was elected Chairman, a position he held for 4 years before serving as District Governor in 2002-2003, however. Peter stayed on committee and became Chairman again in 2012, and held role until end of 2017, then became committee member again.  In 2021 he is still serving on the project which celebrated its 20th Birthday in May 2019.

In addition to the above, has held or is holding the following positions:

  • District Chairman of the International Service Standing Committee
  • District Chairman and /or member of Save Water Save Lives Committee (SWSL) from 2002 until 2013
  • Joint District coordinator of International project to supply Solar Water Purifiers to third world countries.
  • Member of Gully Assemblers, who undertook the assembling of the Solar Water Purifiers for distribution wherever needed.

 In October 2005, Peter represented Safe Water Saves Lives (SWSL) committee at a Project Fair in Ghana, Africa, by taking and displaying a solar water purifier to representatives from various States of African Nations, namely, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Republic of Tonga, Burkina Faso, Republic of Benin and Niger. The fair was a great success and projects in various States followed, thus helping those in need of fresh water.

  • Zone 7 Coordinator Family of Rotary 2004 – 2005
  • District 9500 Rotary Foundation Chairman 2004 – 2007
  • Trustee Australian Rotary Foundation Trust 2005 – 2011, representing Districts 9500 and 9520
  • International Zone 8 (Australia) Water and Sanitation Projects Coordinator 2006-2010
  • 2009 – 2011 Served on Board of WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) as Oceania representative
  • Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator D9500/9520, 2009-2011
  • In all he served four consecutive World Presidents 2007 to 2011 in various water and sanitation project positions
  • Given Paul Harris Fellowship with Sapphire by Club in 2010
  • 2010 The Australian Coordinator of major Sanitation Project (US$15,500) in Guiuan, East Samar Region of the Philippines, to install a Sanitation Treatment Plant, then install toilets to 400 houses on stilts in harbor, and in a nearby market place and bus station.  This project is still to be completed due to the number of buildings and plant, either wiped out or severely damaged by a major typhoon, thus needing replacement of equipment.
  • 2010 – 2013 National Coordinator of water projects in Africa (Kenya).
  • 2015 – 2018 District Coordinator of projects in Ethiopia working  with and through Valerie Browning from the Afar Pastoralist Development Association, based in Addis Ababa

During this time numerous Clubs in South Australia and Victoria raised or donated sufficient funds which allowed the local people to build 3 underground water cisterns in different north east areas of the country.  These are used to collect and store water for the drought-stricken villages, and water for the cattle.

In addition to above, South Australian Rotarians raised sufficient funds to supply a new water tanker for delivering fresh water to the various villages. 

  • 2011 Recipient of Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Citation for Meritorious Service
  • 2016 Club coordinator for obtaining Rotary Foundation Grant funds to build a toilet block at The Missions To Nations girls school in Kakinada, situated in Andre Pradesh State, India.
  • 2017 – 2019 Continues to coordinate water and sanitation projects in Andre Pradesh State, through Pastor Yelchuri, from Missions to the Nations School, currently assessing best equipment to donate for villages to obtain the supply of fresh clean drinking water

As at 2021, is the last Charter Member of the Club, having served for 46 years.

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