Ralph Boyne is a passionate ex-serviceman who is heavily involved with community work at the Templestowe Football Club and in particular at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Ralph Boyne is a passionate ex-serviceman who is heavily involved with community work at the Templestowe Football Club and in particular at the Shrine of Remembrance, doing outreach programs at RSL’s and Probus Clubs, where he helps to open people’s minds to what the Shrine was built for and why.

I talk to them about the spirit of ANZAC, and the 114,000 Victorians who enlisted in World War I,’ says Ralph. ‘I just like imparting information, and relating to different levels of school kids. We had 70,000 kids through the Shrine last year.

Working with young people comes naturally to Ralph, who was a TAFE teacher, teaching motor vehicle body making for 20 years. Ralph’s commitment to his work at the Shrine grew from his involvement with the Australian Army Reserve’s 6th Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment, where he started as a Private soldier and finished his service as a Warrant Officer.

He’s maintained his interest in the motor vehicle industry over the years, and has worked on restoration projects involving timber-framed cars, but his main hobby now is staying fit and active.

I walk an hour every day. I’m in a walking group in Manningham, and we go out every Monday. I’m part of the senior’s ironman program at the gym – we have a good social group as well. Ralph also stays social by participating in Manningham Council’s Social Activities for Manningham Seniors (SAMS) program. He and all his mates enjoy Blokes of Sams and they catch up once a fortnight to hear an organised talk or to go on an outing. Ralph’s secret to living a good life is to simply enjoy it.

I just try to be honest, avoid conflict, and treat people equally. And if I can have a joke with them, I will!