HIS was a community loyalty so fierce, it bordered on stubbornness.
When Manilla stalwart George Harley passed away in July – aged 89 – a piece of the town’s history died with him.
A long-time SES controller, scout leader and RSL president in Manilla, Mr Harley – a former World War II marine commando who emigrated as a 10-pound Pom in 1949 – even built the town’s RSL club.
So, upon his passing, his sons Glenn and Barry made a decision to bequest one last gift to the community their father loved.
Today a massive clearing sale will be held in Manilla, with everything from ride-on movers to roll chain wire on offer.
All money raised from the sale of Mr Harley’s possessions will be donated to the Manilla Historical Society.
“He had a soft spot for the historical society and it just seemed appropriate we donate the money that way,” Barry said.
“Dad was a real hoarder; there’s a lot of odds and sods on sale.”
The clearing sale will be held at 41 Namoi St and start at 10am.