Queen’s Birthday Honours

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University alumni were strongly represented in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced in June. The list of recipients included one Companion (AC), nine Officers (AO), 31 Members (AM) and 25 Medals of the Order of Australia.

The AC was awarded to Professor Gareth Evans (LLD ’08), former Attorney-General and now President of the International Crisis Group in Brussels, for eminent service to international relations.

Recipients of AO included Jennifer Bott (BA ’71), former CEO of the Australia Council and currently Chief Executive of the UNSW Foundation, for distinguished service to the arts through executive and leadership roles; Professor Michael Halmagyi (BSc ’68 MBBS ’71), Professor in the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, for distinguished service to neurology as a clinician and educator; and Stephen Sedgwick (BEc ’72), the Commonwealth Public Service Commissioner, for distinguished service to community in innovative economic and social policy reform.

Recipients of the AM included Grahame Bond (BArch ’68), well-known for his role in the 1970s Aunty Jack TV comedy show, for services to the performing arts as a singer, writer and composer; Alanna Nobbs (BA ’66 PhD ’73), for services to the field of Ancient History and classics as an educator, and professional leadership, particularly The Society for the Study of Early Christianity; Chris Johnson (BArch ’68), the NSW Government Architect from 1999-2005, for services to architecture in the field of urban design and the development of major public projects.

Recipients of the OAM include Rosalind Fischl (BPharm ’65) for her role as the first female president of the Great Synagogue and her contribution to other Jewish organisations; Chris Noel (BEc ’71), from the Sydney University Boat Club and convenor of the Australian Boat Race, for his contribution to the sport of rowing; and opera singer Amanda Thane (Alumni Affiliate) for her contribution to the performing arts.

  • Gabi Hollows received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney in recognition of her work in the field of blindness prevention on Friday, 30 March.