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Dick Smith gets Queens Birthday honour

Date : 09 / 06 / 2015
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

Philanthropist, businessman, aviator and activist, Dick Smith VK2DIK is now a Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest honour, for his eminent service to the community. He joined the more than 700 Australians who were recognised for their achievements in the Queen's Birthday honours.

The 71-year-old began working in a factory, set up a small car radio installation business and eventually created a multi-million dollar retailer, Dick Smith Electronics, which he has sold. Dick has supported a range of humanitarian, social welfare and conservation organisations, medical research and the arts. Describing the new honour, he describes himself as being lucky to have the resources that enabled him to assist people. Among his other awards he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999, and was Australian of the Year in 1986.

Dick Smith VK2DIK was Patron of the Wireless Institute of Australia’s 100th Anniversary, including being the major speaker at the annual general meeting in Canberra 2010. The next day he hosted a BBQ at his recreated aero-club property near Gundaroo, New South Wales.


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