Hornsby Council’s historian Neil Chippendale was quick to sing the praises of Michael Bell after he heard his historian mate had received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community of Hornsby.
Mr Bell of Arcadia has been president of the Dural and District Historical Society since 2010.
“Mike has always been a great help regarding the history of the Galston/Arcadia area,’’ Mr Chippendale said.
Mr Bell also served on Hornsby Council from 1991 and 1995 and was deputy mayor in 1994.
The founding chairman of the Arcadia Galston Residents Association and president of Rowland Village Workshop Club, he has been a firefighter with Arcadia Volunteer Bushfire Brigade for 40 years.
He is the founding chairman of Hornsby Arts Council, co-chair of Hornsby Westside Committee and a producer of Arcadian Musical Recitals, which he co-founded.
A Justice of the Peace and ex Galston Public School teacher (1981-1993), he was named 2008 Hornsby Citizen of the Year.
“He’s very friendly, very welcoming and always willing to help out,’’ Mr Chippendale said.