Noel grew up in the Redlands district, and completed an apprenticeship in cabinet making, and in 1950 joined the RAAF. He was posted to a photographic squadron based in Canberra using the Mosquito, where his woodworking skills were well fitted. He served in CoomalieCreek and New Guinea and Fiji. He met Edna in the RAAF, they married in 1957 on completion of his service. They settled in Mitchelton, Brisbane and had a family of three children, while Noel pursued his trade as a cabinetmaker. Leaving the furniture trade in 1986, he worked in the local TAFE College until retirement in 1996. He joined the museum on 17 September 2005, and designed and made many of the general display cabinets and the 87 Squadron display. In addition, in his home workshop, he restored the woodwork of our single seat Vampire pod, and made the lectern used on official occasions. Having battled for many years with skin cancer contracted during his service career, he passed away quickly after more serious diagnosis, leaving the memory of a quiet, meticulous, gentle man.