Former chalkie Doc Neeson who was at Goldie River from roughly August 1968 until November 1969 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal on Australia Day, 2013
His citation reads as follows:
Mr Bernard Patrick (Doc) NEESON, Sydney NSW 2000
For service to the performing arts as a singer and songwriter, and to the community.
Co-Founder and Lead Vocalist, The Angels, 1975-1999 and 2008-2012.
Formed, Doc Neeson’s Angels, 2003; and Red Phoenix, 2005, releasing a self-titled album.
Led and performed with Doc Neeson’s Angels on the Tour de Force tour of Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, supporting the Australian Troops, 2007.
Performed at the Tour of Duty Encore! concert, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2001.
Initiated and performed in the Tour of Duty concert for the InterFET troops in East Timor, 1999.
Involved in fundraising concerts for a number of organisations including MS Society of NSW, Storm Aid Wollongong, Newcastle Earthquake Relief, NSW Breast Cancer Institute, Queensland Flood Victims Relief and Miracle Babies Foundation.
- Inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Australian Songwriters Association, 2008.
- Inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association’s Hall of Fame, 1998.
- Named by Australia’s premier Irish newspaper The Irish Echo as “one of Australia’s Top 100 Irishmen of all time”, 2009.
Unfortunately, Doc Neeson was in hospital at the time. Click here to see news article