Spirit of service: Dr Stan Mellick


Stan MellickA former long-serving member of the St Andrew’s Board of Governors, retired Lieutenant-Colonel Dr Stan Mellick OAM ED has been attending the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital ANZAC Day Service every year for more than 50 years.

Born John 'Stanton' Davis Mellick, Stan attended Brisbane Grammar School and studied accountancy before joining the Citizen Military Forces in 1938 as war loomed in Europe. When war erupted a year later, at just 19 years old, Stan was promoted to lieutenant and was posted to 1 Cavalry Brigade Signals Troop.

Stan was made Adjutant of Australian Signals in the First Military District, and was later promoted to Captain. He served in World War II in the New Guinea campaign and continued his military service post-war as Lieutenant Colonel commanding 401 Signal Regimen.

After the war, Stan also qualified a pharmacist, and among many other distinguished roles he held, served on the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Board for many years. He is also the author of several books including Keeping faith: a history of St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, 1958-2003.

Dr Mellick will once again take his place at the St Andrew’s ANZAC Day Service on Monday, one of the most meaningful and significant events of the year for our War Memorial Hospital.

Read more of Stan’s story by the State Library of Queensland, https://standrews.ph/3OrJ8iZ

Image credit: Major Mellick, Brisbane John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland