HUNTER historian and tour guide Ed Tonks is being honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to community history and education as part of the 2019 Queen's Birthday honours.
Mr Tonks, of Charlestown, is a retired social sciences teacher who for more than 40 years has been researching, teaching and giving talks and tours on the Hunter's history.
An author, Mr Tonks has published books on the region's rail lines, bridges, hotels and mines.
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