It was wonderful to see so many Australians recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year. More than 1000 illustrious Australians were recognised including former prime minister Kevin Rudd, fashion designers, media personalities and lawyers. Three members of the Ivanhoe community are amongst these esteemed individuals.
- Carrie Bickmore received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition of her service to broadcast media and brain cancer awareness. Carrie is the mother of current student Ollie.
- Dr Geoffrey William Raby received an AO for distinguished service to Australia-China relations through senior diplomatic roles, and to multilateral trade policy development. Geoffrey is from the Class of 1971
- Cameron Smith was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to rugby league and his charity work. Cameron is the father of current students of Jada, Jasper and Tilly.
Australia’s honours system began in 1975 with the creation of the Order of Australia, to recognise service to the nation or humanity, as well as the Australian Bravery Decorations and the National Medal. Since then, Australia has created additional awards to completely replace those areas of service previously recognised in the British system and to recognise additional areas of service valued by Australians. Australian honours are unique in that they were designed for the community to make nominations. The Australian honours system is free of patronage or political influence. Anyone can nominate an Australian citizen for an honour.
Congratulations to the Ivanhoe community members who have received recognition through these highly esteemed awards.