Australia Day Honours

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University alumni were strongly represented in the Australia Day Honours, announced in January. The list of 60 recipients included one Companion (AC), nine Officers (AO), 28 Members (AM) and 16 Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM).

The AC was awarded to the Hon Tom Uren (DArch 2002) “for eminent service to the community, particularly through contributions to the welfare of veterans, improved medical education in Vietnam and the preservation of sites of heritage and environmental significance”.

Recipients of the AO included Paul Dyer (SCM), founder and conductor of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, for distinguished service to the performing art; writer and critic Clive James (BA ’61 DLitt ’99) for distinguished service to literature; lawyer Rod McGeoch (LLB ’69) for distinguished service to the community, particularly through leadership in securing the Sydney Olympic Games; and Dr Helen Zorbas (MBBS ’78) for distinguished service to public health.

Notable recipients of the AM include Dr Michael Hintze (BSc ’75 BE(Elec) ’77) for significant service to the community through philanthropic contributions to organisations supporting the arts, health, and education. Honoured as the UK Australian of the Year in 2008, and the 2009 winner of the Alumni Award for International Achievement, Hintze’s generosity as a philanthropist has enabled the restoration of frescoes by Michelangelo in the Vatican, and he has made significant donations to the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Museum in London.

Other recipients of the AM include former NSW MP John Aquilina (BA ’71 DipEd ’72) for significant service to the Parliament of New South Wales; Sr Marianne Dacy (MPhil ’93 PhD ’01) for significant service to interfaith dialogue, and to the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion; architect Michael Dysart (BArch ’58) who co-designed the Regent Hotel and designed Grosvenor Place in the Sydney CBD, for service to architecture.

Others to receive an AM included the Reverend Harry Herbert (BD ’72), for significant service to the community through leadership and advocacy roles in the area of social justice and welfare; Louise Herron (LLB ’82 BA ’86), the Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, for significant service to the performing arts; and barrister and NSW public prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC (LLB ’74), for significant service to the law, and to photography.

Recipients of the OAM include Dr Anthony Jordan (BSc ’66 PhD ’70) for service to the Australian wine industry as a wine maker, administrator and judge; William Phippen (BSc ’74 BE (Civil) ’76) for service to people with disability, and to the community; and Dr John Schwarz (BPharm ’66 MBBS ’73) for service to international relations, particularly through the African AIDS foundation.