13 February 2016

Graham Downie, Canberra Citizen of the Year 1990

How many of us can say we've sailed the Murrumbidgee on a table?  Graham Downie can.

Graham first came to Canberra in 1968 as a telephonist with The Canberra Times and it wasn't long before he was researching for the consumer affairs column Voters' Voice.  Later renamed, Consumer Voice, Graham wrote the column from 1973 until his retirement 2012, dealing with 14,600 enquiries and complaints in that time. He also wrote a weekly religious affairs column.

In off duty hours, Graham was active in the Canberra Jaycees, the ACT Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canberra Scouts.  

Graham Downie was named the 1990 Canberra Citizen of the Year for his community involvement, particularly with the Scouting movement.

Further biographical detail about Graham Downie is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.

The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.

Image Source: Downie, Graham. Scout Snaps. O'Connor, A.C.T : G. Downie, 1991?