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Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Garry O’Neill was hum­bled and de­lighted to re­ceive the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

His wife Mar­garet says Garry did not ded­i­cate the past 30 years to his pas­sion for re­search­ing Palmer­ston North his­tory for any re­ward.

The for­mer prin­ci­pal of Our Lady of Lour­des re­tired 32 years ago.

“That was the time I be­came in­volved in his­tor­i­cal re­search.”

It was the late Brian Mather who Garry says stim­u­lated his in­ter­est to look fur­ther into the his­tory of the city, and also his mother Molly O’Neill, nee Re­gan.

Garry re­ceived a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter from a pre­vi­ous stu­dent who said his doc­u­ment­ing and pre­serv­ing his­tory was im­por­tant.

There won’t be an­other book, he says, con­firmed by Mar­garet, and his work sta­tion is now a lap­top on his knee.

“I grew up on Lim­brick St, so there could be some­thing else.”

He speaks of the um­brella fac­tory and the bak­ery that was on his street, and it’s all sim­mer­ing in his mind.

“One day it just might just be­come clear and out it will come.”

Garry O’Neill re­ceived the Queen’s Ser­vice Medal for ser­vices to his­tor­i­cal re­search which he has ded­i­cated the past 30 years re­search­ing and writ­ing about Palmer­ston North sub­urbs.

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