Major Alban Charles Elliot was a war hero - he won a Military Cross - and is our longest serving mayor.
There are two streets named after him in Port Macquarie.
He served as the inaugural president or president of numerous clubs that began to form post-World War I including the RSL Club, football club, Flynns Beach surf club and the Port Macquarie Golf Club.
His tenure extended to the Country Rugby League.
Alban's wife Fanny Compton Elliot was one of the first club presidents of the Port Macquarie Country Woman’s Association.
The couple's Port Macquarie home, Alban House, sits on Fernhill Road. It was built in 1923 and represents just one of a handful of homes for its craftsmanship and quality remaining in the city.
Yet, if Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's flood-free airport link road goes ahead, the future of Alban House is under question.
The airport link road is part of the wider orbital road investigation corridor currently being discussed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
There are 470 homes within that corridor.
Current owner David King have likened their plight to that of Daryl and Sal Kerrigan in the hit Australian movie The Castle.
AC Elliot, a veteran of both World Wars, won the Military Cross at the battle of Polygon Woods where he led the attack on the Butte.David King
"Strangely enough, there is also an airport involved in that movie," said Mr King.
"AC Elliot arrived in Port Macquarie from Sydney on the recommendation of his doctor after suffering the effects of being severely gassed on several occasions in World War 1.
"His doctor believed the more even climate of Port Macquarie would make living with the effects of the gas a little more bearable.
"AC Elliot, a veteran of both World Wars, won the Military Cross at the battle of Polygon Woods where he led the attack on the Butte.
"In the battle A C Elliot was twice blown off his feet by bursting shells but still managed to keep direction taking out machine gun pill boxes and heavy artillery positions.
"When the Butte was captured, the surviving Germans, 58 in total, surrendered. The flag used as part of their surrender is now on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in the WW1 galleries."
A towering 5th Australian Division Monument now stands on the exact spot where the German soldiers surrendered.
AC Elliot worked as a Port Macquarie solicitor and built Alban House in 1923.
Today only a handful of these significant substantial early red mahogany houses remain in Port Macquarie.
Mr King said it is imperative to preserve every one of them, especially a house that has so much historical importance to both Port Macquarie and Australia.
But the stress of the investigation corridor and the flood free airport link road is telling, he said.
"The stress that this road proposal is causing residents cannot be understated, with some of our elderly residents looking to downsize in the near future, now suddenly finding themselves in no mans land unable to sell, which is taking its toll on their health," he said.
"We understand we are currently in a process and hope that commonsense will prevail and the council will listen to the people and work with our community to find a less destructive route that preserves our koala habitat, city's history and residents' homes."
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Mr King acknowledged he is involved with the Save Fernhill Action Group.
He pointed to a common theme of preserving koala habitat and Port Macquarie's heritage.
"If the Fernhill flood free access road were to proceed we would witness further koala habitat destruction and fragmentation.
"We strongly believe we are at the crossroads with koala preservation. If we don't start looking after their habitat now, then it may be too late.
"I am hoping that council will come together and work with these willing participants, so the best possible and least destructive route can be found."
Mr King said it is imperative that all stakeholders find the most beneficial route to ease traffic congestion which is the least destructive and most cost effective route.
He appealed to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to consider the social impact that this proposal is having on individuals.
We want council to work with the community to find a traffic solution, he said.
Mr King said he was considering applying for heritage listing for Alban House.
Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams has urged council to find an alternative route.
Council will continue its series of orbital road investigation corridor drop-in sessions on Saturday.
Community information drop-in session times are, Saturday March 9, 11am – 2pm - Emerald Downs Community Centre; Tuesday March 12, 11am – 2pm - Westport Club – Hastings Room, and, Tuesday March 12, 5:30pm – 8:30pm - Westport Club – Hastings Room
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