After graduating, Fred worked his passage to the U.K. as the ship’s Medical Officer.
He worked in the U.K. for approx. 12 months before returning to Murray Bridge and buying the local medical practice. He then served Murray Bridge and the surrounding area, for 50 years and delivered over 5,000 babies.
At Fred’s going away party in Murray Bridge the Senior Practice Doctor, Dr. Altmann said “We will never again see the likes of Fred Heddle’s style of medicine. He is the last of a dying breed of country doctors who did all things, for all people, at all times.”
Fred retired to Victor Harbor where he joined the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor.
Including his membership of Murray Bridge, Fred was a Rotarian for over 6o years.
He is a Past President and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow and a Sapphire Pin for exceptional service. At age 101 years in 2012, Fred remained an Honorary Member of the club.
Fred was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1981, the Commander of the Order of St John in 1982 and the Australia Day Citizen of the Year for the District Council of Murray Bridge in 1988.