Honour for McClure

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 22-Apr-2016


The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, hosted the Order of Australia Investiture at Government House last Friday to honour 99 outstanding Victorians for their contribution and service to the

Among those honoured was the late Daryl McClure, who passed away in March 2015, but was posthumously awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the General Division (OAM) in the Australia Day 2016 Honours list for his lifelong service and contributions to Bendigo. 

Mr McClure’s award was officially presented to his wife Elaine as one of 99 presented to outstanding Victorians from a variety of fields of service.

During his life, Mr McClure served as a member of state parliament for the seat of Bendigo from 1973 until 1982, a Bendigo city councillor from 1969 until 1970 and again from 1993 until 1994 and a Greater Bendigo city councillor from 1996 until 2004. 

Mr McClure also served as City of Greater Bendigo mayor from 1999 until 2000.

In 1997, Mr McClure was a key figure in the establishment of the Bendigo Weekly, together with local real estate agents, and he then oversaw the growth and development of one of the leading community newspapers in regional Australia.

He was a founding board member, and also the paper’s managing director until 2008. Although he retired in 2010, he remained an active wealth of information about the history of Bendigo and a friend and mentor to the paper’s directors and staff.

Mr McClure’s passion for Bendigo, and for wanting to make Bendigo a better place to live and work saw him dedicate more than half a century of service to committees and boards of many local organisations and community groups, as well as being a central figure in the salvation and rejuvenation of heritage assets including the Bendigo Tramways, the Central Deborah Gold Mine, the Shamrock Hotel and the Capital Theatre.     

Mr McClure passed away in March 2015, aged 68. 


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