As a well-respected chartered accountant and community personality, Lachlan Rendall's main goal throughout his years has been to help make Bathurst a better place.
Mr Rendall's passion for community has seen him recognised as one of Bathurst's seven Living Legend inductees for 2020.
"I'm very flattered and humbled," Mr Rendall said of his induction.
"Bathurst was the foundation for my early life and schooling and for the last 52 years, I've made it my mission to help people through my knowledge of accounting."
Mr Rendall attended Bathurst Public School and Bathurst High School before venuturing to the University of NSW to study a Bachelor of Commerce, which was a new degree at the time.
After a few years studying and working in Sydney, Mr Rendall returned to Bathurst in 1967 to pursue a career in accounting.
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He said the career has taught him the value of helping others and maintaining positive relationships within the community.
"I've always been involved in the tax planning and auditing area, which has allowed me to forge valuable connections with people from a variety of different backgrounds," Mr Rendall said.
Throughout the 1970's Mr Rendall started to build a firm community presence alongside his wife, Elizabeth and two children, Andrew and Belinda.
One of Mr Rendall's first major community roles outside accounting was through the Churches United Soccer Club, at a time where the sport was starting to grow in appeal in Australia, and he was president of the club between 1975 and 1979.
"I signed up six-year-old Andrew to play with Churches and a week later, I was president," he said.
"When we first got involved, Churches took the field in blue and white, vertically striped jerseys, which looked too similar to Bathurst Pandas, so I like to take some credit for changing Churches' colours to the claret [maroon] and sky blue of the English Premier League club Aston Villa."
Mr Rendall has also been an honorary auditor for various community groups, including schools and scout groups, and has been a Justice of the Peace since 1970.
He even served stints on both Bathurst City Council [now part of Bathurst Regional Council] and the Southern Mitchell County Council from 1987 to 1991.
"It was a pretty tough gig, and I take my hat off to anyone who puts their hand up to serve on council," Mr Rendall said.
"Councillors face a lot of criticism, but it's important to remember they all share the same goal: to improve the community."
Mr Rendall was also heavily involved with The Scots School [now part of Scots All Saints College] throughout the 1980s and 1990s, at a time where the school was transitioning to a co-educational model.
"I was a member of the P&F and the Scots School Council, and we have a close relationship to the Scots community, as Andrew attended secondary school there," he said.
Mr Rendall has been an active member of the Bathurst East Rotary Club for 37 years, and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International in 1997.
He was also instrumental in erecting the Cairn War Memorial on Limekilns Road, near the old Bathurst Migrant Camp.
"I went to Singapore in 1992 for the 50th anniversary of the city's fall to the Japanese in World War II, where some 15,000 soldiers from the 8th Division of the Australian Army were taken prisoner," he said.
"The 8th Division trained at the Bathurst Migrant Camp before they went to Singapore, so I felt it was fitting to see a war memorial erected in their honour after meeting some of the survivors."
During that visit, Mr Rendall met the famed Australian war surgeon Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, who he considers "the most inspiring human being" he's ever met.