Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013

19 June 2013

Jill Ker Conway at her honorary degree ceremony in 2006
Jill Ker Conway at her honorary degree ceremony in 2006


The University would like to congratulate the outstanding alumni who were recognised as part of the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for making significant contributions in fields such as public health and education, industrial law, the arts, and medical research.

Sydney Arts graduate, noted academic and historian  Professor Jill Ker Conway (BA '58 DLitt '06), was awarded the highest honour, being named a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), "For eminent service to the community, particularly women, as an author, academic and through leadership roles with corporations, foundations, universities and philanthropic groups."

A prolific and internationally celebrated author, Conway has written over 20 books and articles focussing particularly on the politics of women's education and the history of feminism. In 1975, she was named Time Magazine's Woman of the Year, and her 1989 memoir, The Road from Coorain, spent over a year on the New York Times best-sellers list. She has been granted honorary degrees from 35 universities worldwide, including an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney  in 2006.

Alumna Heather Ridout (BEc '76) was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), "For distinguished service to business and industry through significant contributions to the development of economic and public policy."

A Reserve Bank board member and executive director of Macquarie Capital, Ridout is a member of several policy-setting and advice-giving groups set up to address climate change, the protection of Australian youth, social research and workplace relations, and is an Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

World leading academic, writer, and public health policy advocate, Professor Simon Chapman (PhD (Medicine) '86), was also honoured with an AO this year, "For distinguished service to medical research as an academic and author, particularly in the area of public health policy, and to the community."

A Professor of Public Health at the Sydney Medical School since 2000, Chapman has been a key player in recent national campaigns that saw a smoking reduction in Australia from 45% in men and 30% in women in 1978 to 15.1% in adults today.

Anne Crawford (BA '85 BSW '87) and The Hon Paul Munro (LLB '61) were among several University of Sydney alumni to be named Members of the Order of Australia (AM) this year.

Crawford, the Founder and Director of health and fitness program Can Too and a board member of the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation, was recognised "For significant service to the community, particularly through the promotion of health and fitness to raise funds for cancer research." Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2011, was the recipient of the University of Sydney's Alumni Award for Community Achievement.

The former Deputy President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, Munro has spent his career working towards the advancement of fair workplace rights and conditions both in Australia and internationally. He was recognised "For significant service to workplace relations, the trade union movement, and to industrial law."

View the full list of alumni who received 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours  here.