Phil McCallum was born in Hamilton, Victoria and was educated to Matriculation (year 12) level at Hamilton High School. His first job was as a local rabbiter and cattleman before he enlisted in the Air Force for war service as a signals/teleprinter operator in New Guinea and Borneo. He later married Lesley and they have two children and 4 grand children.
After completing his war service, Phil commenced work in the Victorian Public Service and his career was to continue in that area until retirement in 1986. During his long career with the Public Service Phil served in many areas and in many roles. These included such positions as Secretary of the Soil Conservation Authority, Secretary of the Land Utilization Advisory Council, Assistant Director of Conservation in the Ministry for Conservation and positions within the Environment Protection Authority, State Historic Preservation Plan Committee and the Victorian National Estate Committee where he was Chairman for 6 years.
Phil has been involved in many organisations for many years as a dedicated volunteer and contributor to community activities. Some of these include Life Memberships of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society (48 years service to date) and the Institute of Public Administration (Victorian Division). Phil has been active in matters concerning local tourism and business. He has been Chairman of the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Council, a board member of the Eastern Business Association, Secretary of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Tourism Board and a director of the National Rhododendron Garden amongst many involvements. In 2007 he was awarded the John Pascoe Faulkner Award by the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria for services to Mount Dandenong Horticulture. Earlier, in 1993, Phil was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of his services to the Community.
Sport has also played a part in Phil's activities. His cricket career began at Camberwell Methodists C.C. before he moved to East Ringwood United Churches C.C. This club merged with Croydon West C.C. with the new club known as Ainslie Park Cricket Club. Phil was the Foundation President of the new club and he 'plied his trade' as an opening batsman and wicket keeper whilst he guided the club in consolidating its position in the Association.
Phil also found time to become involved with the Association's Executive where he served for many years. The 1983-84 Annual Report mentions that he was retiring from the Executive after 16 years of service. During that period, Phil variously served as Chairman of the Pinks Reserve Turf Wicket Committee, Manager of the Kilsyth Indoor Cricket Centre, Tribunal member, Records and Results Secretary and as delegate for 4 years to the Cricket Union of Victoria (CUOV). Such was his impact there Phil served as Chairman of the CUOV Executive for 3 years. Phil McCallum was awarded Life Membership of the Association in 1976-77 and as further recognition of his service to the Association the Senior Club Championship Trophy is named the 'Phil McCallum Club Championship Award'.
Phil is also the author of the book 'from Paddocks to Parks', which is 'A History of the Development of Cricket in the Lilydale, Croydon, Ringwood and Ferntree Gully Districts and of the Ringwood and District Cricket Association'. This magnificent publication has provided significant information in compiling these Life Member 'summaries'.