Researcher digs up mining past

HONOURED: Former Mount Gambier man Barry McGowan was blown away when he received notification that he would be receiving an Order of Australia Medal.

A FORMER Mount Gambier man has felt a sense of vindication for the historian profession after being awarded an Order of Australia medal on the Queen’s birthday for his service to community history.

Barry McGowan – who grew up in the Blue Lake city – said he was overwhelmed with pride when he received the letter notifying him of the recognition he was set to receive.

“I was incredibly happy, because you just keep


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