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Happy 70th Birthday Brushy

Johnny Brush. Photo supplied

Bourke’s loudest quiet achiever, John Keeley, affectionately known as ‘Brushy’ celebrates his 70th birthday on the 9 October.

Brushy has been a great asset to the Bourke community, always willing to lend a hand wherever needed.

From humble beginnings on Toorale Station, Brushy grew up in Bourke and was schooled at St Ignatius Primary and then at Bourke High School.

Brushy has spent many years as a great contributor to various local social and sporting clubs – Bourke’s Masonic Lodge, Apex, Lions, Junior Rugby League, Junior Cricket, Junior Hockey, Soccer, Rugby Union, the Flying Club – the list is endless.

Whenever an event is organised, Brushy is there in the thick of it – making sure everyone is comfortable and having a good time. He organises and raises funds, and you’ll see him selling drinks, cooking the barbie, cleaning up the rubbish - if it’s got to be done Brushy is the man.

He’s the one we see cleaning up at the races all day long, setting up the ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services, plus the countless appearances as ‘The man in the big red suit’ every Christmas.

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