To many people Sir Basil was a quiet mild mannered, community minded man.
Most would describe him as one of “Natures Gentlemen”.
Sir Basil was employed for many years by the “Charles Davis” Department store in Hobart”
In addition he was actively involved in the Civic life of Hobart. He was an Alderman on the Hobart City Council and for many years was our “Lord Mayor”
As one of his duties as an alderman Sir Basil was nominated as a local government representative on the State Ambulance Commission, ultimately ending up as its Chairman. Sir Basil was highly regarded by both the Commission members and the operational staff. A quick review of the Hobart Mercury will reveal Sir Basil was often quoted on some of the more contentious ambulance related issues often arguing the point for more funding.
Such was the respect that Sir Basil was held in by Government authorities that he was seconded by the Victorian government to review the then “Victorian Civil Ambulance Service”. As a result of Sir Basils recommendations the Melbourne Ambulance Service underwent significant change.
Whilst never an ambulance practitioner, Sir Basil identified a need to encourage greater professionalism and training amongst ambulance professionals and was a leader in encouraging the creation of a professional institute for Ambulance Officers. Sir Basils name appears on the list of inaugural founders of the Institute.
This award was named after Sir Basil in recognition of his active promotion of Ambulance Professionals at a time when they were little more than first-aiders. It is through the foresight of people such as Sir Basil that our profession has developed to the stage that it currently is.