783 Australians Made it to Queen’s Birthday Honours List
By Athena Yenko | June 11, 2014 9:56 AM EST
A total of 783 Australians - 393 men and 178 women, 13 deceased - made it to the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The list is comprised of Australians from different backgrounds and industries.
- Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales
- Professor Richard Gibbs, for the work on the human genome, and former The Age editor Les Carlyon, were honoured with the title of companions of the Order of Australia
- Dr Megan Clark, chief executive of CSIRO
- The Seekers - Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger - and Lonely Planet's Maureen and Tony Wheeler were made officers of the Order of Australia
- Opera singer Lyndon Terracini
- singer and composer Deborah Cheetham
- jazz musicianPaul Grabowsky
- marathon runner Steve Moneghetti
- Nine Network presenter, Richard Wilkins.
- Deceased Lex Watson, HIV and gay rights activist
- Hetty Johnston, founder of thechild protection group Bravehearts, was awarded a member of the Order of Australia
- A Star of Gallantry was awarded to Private B, Private M and Corporal W for their services in Afghanistan
- Barry Jones was awarded Companions of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the community
- The Governor-General's office received 847 nominations of which 571 were approved
"They are public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service and whose achievements enhance national identity. We are fortunate as a community and as a nation to benefit from your contribution, and it is fitting that you have been recognised by the Australian honours system. You now join the company of men and women whose actions have enriched our community and whose values we hold dear - compassion, dedication, generosity, tolerance, energetic ambition," Governor-General Peter Cosgrove said in a statement.
"By their actions they demonstrate the qualities of positive role models. The recipients are not only worthy of respect but encourage emulation," Chair of the Council of the Order, former defence chief Angus Houston said.
- Don Heatley, Fifth-generation cattleman and former Chairman of Meat and Australia
- Riverina prune grower Bruce Gowrie-Smith, southern New South Wales horticulturalist
- Noel Herbst, Gold Coast prawn farmer
- Murray Meaton, resources economist and a longtime director of the Australian Institute of Energy
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