Clevelen Camilleri, who died in a crash on March 1, aged 17, was a young man with a big heart.
Clevelen Camilleri, who died in a crash on March 1, aged 17, was a young man with a big heart. Contributed

Clevelen Camilleri: Family recalls young man with big heart

A YOUNG man with a big smile and great love of animals is how people remember Clevelen Charles Camilleri.

Clevelen was born in Mackay on September 9, 1997 and died in a motor vehicle crash on March 1, aged 17.

He attended Eimeo Road State School and chose Mackay Christian College as his high school because of the Agricultural Centre of Excellence it offered, which meant he could work with horses and cattle.

Clevelen loved all animals. He had his own quarter horse, Ballzy, geese and sheep but was particularly interested in cattle.

At three years of age he started saving to buy a property and performed odd jobs to get money.

At 10 he began helping out at a stock feed business in Archibald St on Saturday mornings, to learn about stockfeed. He also had a lawn-mowing business for savings to buy his first Droughtmaster cattle.

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He continued to pursue his love of cattle and after much research into what would be the best cattle for him, settled on Droughtmasters.

At 13 Clevelen became a junior Droughtmaster stud owner and the Richmondview Droughtmaster Stud was registered.

In Year 9 he began a school-based apprenticeship with a local butcher and upon leaving school after Year 10 went into full-time butchering.

Despite not liking the indoors work of butchery, Clevelen stayed with his trade with the view it would help get him a position on a cattle station.

He bought three Droughtmaster heifers and his first calf was a bull, which he named Rugby.

Clevelen was keen to show his bull and, with help from a friend, taught himself how to present livestock at shows.

He took Rugby to Finch Hatton, Sarina and Mackay shows, winning numerous prizes, and became hooked on showing.

At 15 he bought his first car, a LandCruiser ute and also enjoyed motorbike riding.

Clevelen's mother Jenny remembers how good he was to everybody, and how he helped out other kids at school. "He was the type of boy who got on with all ages, young and old," she said. "He was often on the phone to older cattlemen, he would be on the phone for hours."

Late last year he had the chance to work on a station, Haydon, in the Normanton area. Recently he had been working as a general station hand at Elgin Downs, near Twin Hills.

His parents, Andy and Jenny Camilleri, and sister India expressed their appreciation for the love and support they had received during a difficult time.

People had shown their love with flowers, cards, gifts, food, "ears to listen" and "voices to help", Mrs Camilleri said.


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