Australian Orchid Foundation

In memory of

EVERETT CHARLES FOSTER OAM

21-09-1919 ~ 28-10-2010

Everett was born in Geelong, the eldest of six children. He was a role model all his life, an excellent child, a sportsman, a husband, a father and quite late in his life he became a protector of his endeared native orchids of the Anglesea area.

He was educated at the Belmont State School and Geelong High School. He was later to attend night school three nights a week (as you did then) at the Gordon Technical School studying Industrial/Analytical Chemistry. After completing his studies in 1941, he accepted a position as a Chemist at the Daylesford Woollen Mill of felt and textiles of Australia. Everett was employed in the Textile industry all of his working life, retiring in 1983 as the Manager of the Dye House for Godfrey Hirst, Woollen Mills.

Everett was a very fine sportsman in the Geelong region, excelling in football and cricket. Typical of the man, when the time came to “hang up his boots”, he did not walk away, he stayed involved as an umpire and administrator. In 1953, he was named the “Sportsman of the Year” and was elected to the Geelong Football Umpires Hall of Fame in 2006.

On nearing his retirement, his wife Margaret is reported as commenting that such an active man could not just “sit”, so after gentle prompting he began bush walking in the Anglesea area and soon found what were to become his ‘beloved’ orchids.

In 1981 Everett joined ANGAIR (Anglesea & Aireys Inlet Flora & Fauna Conservation Society). He joined the committee where he served continually, culminating in the award of Life Membership in 2008.

He was the inaugural President of the Australian Native Orchid Society (Geelong Group) from 1987 till 1990, Secretary from 1990 to 2008 and editor of the Bulletin from 1987 to 2009. In 2005 the group awarded Everett Life Membership.

In 2000, one of the then unknown orchid specimens Everett had collected for the National Herbarium Collection was finally named Prasophyllum fosteri, thus honouring a wonderful guardian of the forest.

In 1999, Everett and his co-author Margaret MacDonald OAM, produced a booklet on “Orchids of the Anglesea District”. The book was written in the hope of saving the endangered species of the district.

In 2007 Everett was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), the citation reading:
“For service to the conservation of Australian native orchids and to the community of the Geelong region through heritage, church and sporting organizations’

Everett, by all measures, was a great man. Rest in peace Everett.

This biography was created by his children to celebrate ninety remarkable years of family, Church, community and sporting life.

A donation has been made to the Australian Orchid Trust Fund by the Directors of The Australian Orchid Foundation.

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