Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Reward for Kyogle's 'Favourite Son'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Reward for Kyogle's 'Favourite Son'

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Byline: Janet Grist janet.grist@northernstar.com.au

ONE of Kyogle's favourite citizens, Les Brown, said getting the phone call to say he had received an Order of Australia Medal came as a big surprise.

Describing himself as 88-and-a-half, Mr Brown has worked hard for more than 40 years in the motor trades industry, helping build Brown and Hurley into the biggest- selling Kenworth truck dealership in Australia.

The business, which now has seven outlets, began in Kyogle in 1946 in an old bike shop. Mr Brown moved from Cooma and started the business with his army mate, the late Jack Hurley.

Mr Brown said he had seen massive changes in vehicles since the 1940s.

He was president of the Richmond-Tweed Division of the NSW Motor Traders Association from 1967 to 1980.

Mr Brown also worked tirelessly for the community. A life member of the Kyogle Lions Club, he was president on three occasions. He also served as a Kyogle Shire councillor for three years and deputy shire president for two. …

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