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Gates erected in memory of Les Neave, foundation member of the Kalamunda Society and well respected member of the community. 

Les Neave was an unassuming man who went quietly about his missions, giving gentle words of advice, never voicing a cross word, helping others in a hundred ways. He was an active member of various organisations in the Shire of Kalamunda - it was rarely necessary to ask a favour - he would see the need and act before the asking. No wonder that when he died on 9th November 1973, aged 66, so many felt they had lost a dear friend and expressed a desire to perpetuate his memory in the form of a practical memorial.

In 1949 Les joined the Department of Agriculture as a Friutfly Inspector. His knowledge and experience resulted in him later being appointed Horticultural Advisor until his retirement in 1971.

He was made a member of the Rotary Club, Kalamunda branch and of the Central Darling Range Fruitgrowers Association. As an ex-soldier he was an active member of the Returned Soldiers League, was a foundation member of the Pickering Brook Sports Club and was associated with the P. & C. movement at the Kalamunda Primary School.

As if this were not enough Les, for many years was judge of grapes at the Annual Swan Districts Grape Show and in 1969 became a foundation member of the Kalamunda Historical Society. When the Society's Museum opened in William Road he was a leading worker on restoration of exhibits and his advice was greatly appreciated by other members.
Excerpt from The Kalamunda News, Pickering Brook Heritage Group.


Address:Williams Street, Kalamunda History Village, Kalamunda, 6076
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.970103
Long: 116.059626
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Gate
Monument Theme:People


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Source: MA
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