Mr George Albert Cumines (12.4.1916 - 25.2 2003)
A special commendation has been awarded posthumously to Mr George Albert Cumines.
As a founding member of the Dragon Ball Festival and the Chinese Relief Movement, Mr Cumines helped to raise funds to buy ambulances for China in the late 1930’s, supported orphanages in China and Taiwan, and also provided donations to Sydney Hospital, the Deaf and Dumb Society, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Crippled Children’s Association.
In 1938, Mr Cumines was a member of a Chinese community committee formed to organise a parade for the sesquicentenary Sydney celebrations. The parade featured a 150 foot dragon and lanterns created by craftsman brought from China to Sydney especially for the event. The parade was so well-attended that the showground had to be closed. As a result, another parade was organised later that year, as part of the city’s Easter celebrations.
Mr Cumines was active in a number of community organisations. He became a Scout Master at the age of 17. He was Chairperson of the Masonic Lodge, President of the Arncliffe Rotary Club, Foundation President of the Sylvania Probus Club, Founding President of the Sutherland Shire Language School and the first Chairman of the Chinese Language Education Council of NSW.
NSW Premier’s Chinese Community Service Awards 2005 Award Winners