WORTH A MENTION
Vale Ross Curtis Maddock OAM and Chairman Emeritus — 16th August 1945 to 14th December 2018
It was very sad and devastating that we lost one of the long-time advocates and a contributor to relations between Australia and Taiwan on 14th December 2018. “A Loving Remembrance” Service for the late Ross Maddock OAM and Chairman Emeritus of ATBC was held on Thursday 20th December 2018 in Sydney. Chairman Toigo represented ATBC at the Service amongst other dignitaries of more than 250 people from various places to pay tribute to this valuable, highly respected person with rare intellect, a lively and amusing one of a kind gentleman.
Ms Elly Lawson, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs stated: “His dedication to the Australia-Taiwan relationship and to the ATBC over more than 30 years went well beyond the confines of a job or a career. It was a calling.
As Taiwan marched towards growth and then democracy, and as the Australian economy opened up, Ross saw synergies of values and economics opening. He made it a mission to promote Australia-Taiwan relations, before there was much appreciation of the opportunities across the business and policy communities. He assisted countless businesses to build the economic partnership…. His efforts have led to significant advances in the Australia-Taiwan trade and economic relationship. Without Ross’ efforts I doubt we would have the $15 billion two-way trade relationship we have today.”
Mr Elliot Charng, the Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia stated: “The character of the life Ross lived might be summed up in a few words: he was sincere, he was earnest, he was loyal, he was industrious, he was self-sacrificing.”
We can hear the aches from everywhere — “Thank you, Chairman Maddock, for establishing a foundation strong enough that we can pass on the great work you have done. Your spirit and unselfish devotion will always be with us as your legacy lives on.” May you have a well-earned rest in peace. You will be missed!!!