Bundy pioneer leaves legacy

A FORMER leading horseman from Bundaberg passed away in his sleep last week.

He would have turned 95 years on October 14.

Arthur Leslie Noakes, (Les to most people) was the grandson of George Noakes, founder of Spring Hill House and one of the original owners of the Bundaberg Distilling Company.

In 1901, he opened a timber yard in George Street.

Over a period of close to 100 years, Les witnessed big changes to the Bundaberg area, including the clearing of large tracts of bush for farmland and housing, the level and impacts of major floods, the first traffic lights and seeing pioneer aviator, Bert Hinkler, conduct glider experiments.

He was a tough old bushie, bought up in an era where the horse was still the major form of transport and blacksmith skills were in high demand.

And he always liked a Bundy Rum.

Les is survived by his wife, Coraline (who he married on July 12,1947), five children (Julie, Lola, Gail, Steve and Mark) and nine grand-children.



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