‘Milly’ the art and soul of Box Hill
Sergeant Graeme Milburn APM served the majority of his police career at Box Hill Police Station and the call sign ‘Box Hill 750’ became synonymous with ‘Milly’s on foot patrol’.
Recalled Box Hill Station Commander Senior Sergeant Ron Sinclair: “While his ability as a ‘crook catcher’ was legendary, there is no doubt that his greatest passions were community work and getting wayward youth back on track.”
“It was not unusual for ‘Milly’ to charge someone with offences in the morning, then deliver a food hamper or a job offer in the afternoon.”
Graeme sadly and suddenly passed away in August, 2017, shortly after retiring.
Fittingly, there will now be a perpetual reminder of the contribution he made to Box Hill and surrounding communities.
In partnership with Rotary Club of Box Hill, the members of Box Hill Police Station commissioned a portrait of Graeme, painted by Sergeant Keith Ross.
‘Box Hill 750’ will each year be displayed at the Box Hill Rotary Art Show, held annually at Box Hill Town Hall, where the Graeme ‘Milly’ Milburn Art Award will be presented to a local artist, together with a $500 grant.
For the remainder of the year, the portrait will be displayed in the Box Hill Police Station Awards corridor. The $500 grant will be raised through fundraising by members from Box Hill, with activities such as station barbecues and the raffle of a prizes donated by TPAV.