Coming home in time for service
STANTHORPE-born Alyson Auliff has gone a long way since she left home.
Major Auliff's malaria research has taken her to East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Vietnam and the USA. But this Anzac Day she will return home to Stanthorpe as a guest speaker at the dawn and civil Anzac services.
Her education at St Joseph's Primary School and Stanthorpe State High School put Maj Auliff in good stead for an illustrious military career.
After finishing a Bachelor of Science (Honours First Class) at the University of Queensland in the field of parasitology, Maj Auliff worked her way into the position of Specialist Service Officer at the Australian Army Malaria Institute.
With a PhD now tucked under her belt, Maj Auliff is a World Health Organisation-recognised expert malaria microscopist.
Stanthorpe RSL sub-branch ceremonies officer Norm Steele said it was great to get local talent back to share their success stories.
"It just reflects on the community. We've got good people coming out of Stanthorpe," he said.