MOVING TRIBUTE: Elaine Garven, at front, said Mr Lee had played an important role in the society?s development.
MOVING TRIBUTE: Elaine Garven, at front, said Mr Lee had played an important role in the society?s development.

Museum honours historian

By ADRIAN MILLER

STUART LEE is remembered as a keen historian and a contributor to the Yamba museum.

Yesterday an azalea bush was planted near the museum to honour his work as a researcher.

Mr Lee died from cancer in November. He was the Port of Yamba Historical Society's research officer since 1983. He was known for his generous research and writing contributions to the society.

Mr Lee researched and wrote four books relating to the history of Yamba and the Lower Clarence, including Yamba Yesterday and River Boats of the Clarence.

At a ceremony attended by more than 50 people, Mr Lee was honoured with the planting of the azalea bush, a reminder of plants near his Sydney home, where he lived throughout his professional life.

Son Robert Lee said the ceremony and planting was a fitting way for his father to be remembered.

"It was a wonderful thing," he said.

"He was a modest man who never promoted himself to others and was always generous, and it's great to see him being honoured after he died in this way."

Former president of the Port of Yamba Historical Society, Elaine Garven, said Mr Lee had played such an important role in the society's development that he would not be forgotten.

"He was very, very important. His influence has been greatly missed, but he has left us with a wonderful legacy to build on."



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