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Arthur Gorrie was born at West End in Brisbane on 19 May 1922. He ran a small hobby shop in Woolloongabba, and was involved with model aeronautical clubs including the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia and the Queensland Model Aeronautical Association from the early 1950s.[1] He was also heavily involved with Toastmasters International, and was honored by them on many occasions, becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster in 1979 and Toastmaster of the Year on eight occasions.[2]

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Arthur Gorrie in his Woolloongabba shop, Gorries Cycles and Hobbies
Born(1922-05-19)19 May 1922
West End, Brisbane, Australia
Died21 June 1992(1992-06-21) (agedĀ 70)
Oxley, Brisbane, Australia
OccupationHobby shop proprietor

In 1987, the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia inducted Gorrie into their Hall of Fame, for his promotion of aero-modelling in Queensland for over thirty years. On 8 June 1992 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to Toastmasters and the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia.[3][4]

Gorrie died from a heart attack on 21 June 1992, his family accepted his OAM on his behalf. His work with Toastmasters included helping with the rehabilitation of prisoners in the state's jails, his work in that area led to him being honored by having the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre at Wacol named after him when it was opened in late 1992.[2]


  1. ^ "History - MAAQ". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Public Speaking Training in Queensland: District 69 Toastmasters". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. ^ "GORRIE, Arthur Dingwall". It's an Honour. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Honour Roll - Model Aeronautical Association of Australia". Retrieved 4 January 2015.