Tribute to Bill Hall
3rd August 2016
Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:18 :57 ): I pay tribute today to an extraordinary man who provides inspiration to many in the community. Bill Hall will celebrate his 104th birthday in November, yet he still lives independently in his Coal Point home. Bill is a legend in amateur radio circles and much loved by those who know him. He took up what became a lifelong interest in radio in the early days of the technology. He has amassed a fantastic collection of historic radios, paraphernalia and associated spare parts, some of which date back to the late 1800s.
Bill's knowledge is regularly shared with those who have an interest and he is still occasionally called on to speak at public events, imparting his extraordinary knowledge of a world and technology many have forgotten. Over the years Bill has built a huge network of local and international friends who share an interest in radio. Each day he chats to at least eight or nine friends around the world in a regular tune-in that has been held for decades. Those friendships have seen him travel extensively, including making 21 trips to Japan. Bill is an inspiration. I am pleased to formally recognise Bill for the contribution he has made to the rich diversity and tapestry that make our communities what they are.
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