Les Dion

Les Dion is the second generation of the Dion Family to run the Dion’s Bus Company located in Fairy Meadow, he has been in the business for 33 years and the company will turn 100 next year. He speaks of his life growing up in the Wollongong area and the history of the Dion’s Bus Company. His father and uncles originally ran the Dion’s bus company driving many locals around. Les is proud of the history of the company and explains how things have changed over the years, he also describes the physical changes to the Bus depot, Wilson Street and surrounding roads.

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Dion’s Bus Company – Dion’s Bus Service – Dion’s Bus Service History – Les Dion – Les Dion Snr (Father) – Tom Dion – Uncle Tom Dion – Barney (Charles) Dion – Wollongong – Billiards – South Beach, City Beach – dialysis – Fairy Meadow – Chinese culture – 30 Woodhill Street, Fairy Meadow – Princess Highway, Fairy Meadow – Nissan Huts – BHP – immigrants – Oxford Hotel – Grand Hotel – North Wollongong Hotel – opal cards – Chinese market gardens – Fraternity Club Fairy Meadow.

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History of Dion’s Bus Service

Also see related books in our collection:

The Dion’s Bus Pioneers of Wollongong (1997) – John Birchmeier with stories told by Barney Dion

A time and Place: The Dion Family in 20th Century Wollongong (2019) – John Birchmeier

Les’ Photo Album