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Bushwalker Order of Australia Awards

Members of Bushwalking NSW and our clubs have been recognised with an Order of Australia or National Service medal for their conservation work and contribution to bushwalking.

Awards

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) – awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) –  for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – awarded for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) – awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.

The National Emergency Medal – awarded to persons who rendered sustained or significant service during nationally-significant emergencies in Australia.

Centenary Medal – instituted to commemorate the contribution made to the Federation of Australia, Australian society and government by its citizens and other persons during the year 2001, the Centenary of Federation of Australia.

 

Prior to the current Australia award system, Commonwealth citizens were awarded the following medals by the British Crown:

Order of the British Empire (OBE)  – Distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)  – Achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others

British Empire Medal (BEM) Achievement or contribution of a very “hands-on” service to the community in a local geographical area.This might take the form of sustained commitment in support of very local charitable and/or voluntary activity.

The list below includes these awards if they are related to services to bushwalking, conservation, or search and rescue.

 

Bushwalking recipients

Alex Colley OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 11th of June, 1984.

Citation: In recognition of service to conservation.

Centenary Medal 1st of January, 2001.

Citation: For service to the environment through the Foundation for Wilderness.

 

Andy MacQueen OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia(OAM)  10th of June 2019.

Citation: For service to conservation and the environment.

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  • Foundation Member, Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams (SPRATS), since 2007.
  • Foundation President, Friends of the Colo, since 2000.
  • Member, Blue Mountains Region Advisory Committee, National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Colin Watson OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 12th of June 1989.

Citation: For service to conservation and bushwalking.

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Jean Edgecombe OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 12 June 1995.

Citation: In recognition of service to conservation and the environment and to the Australian Red Cross Society.

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Death notice

 

Keith Maxwell

National Service Medal 21st of August 1989

National Medal 1st Clasp 8th of March 1993

National Medal 9th of May 2007

Photo: Brian Fox

 

Margaret Covi OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 26th of January 2024.

Citation: For service to bushwalking

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Bushwalking NSW

  • Management Committee Member, since 2002.
  • Public Officer, 2009, and since 2019.
  • Risk Management Officer, since 2016.
  • President, 2003-2008.
  • Ex-Officio Delegate, Bushwalking Australia, 2003-2008.
  • Vice-President, 2019-2021.
  • Secretary, 2009-2016.
  • Member, Risk Management Committee, 2009-2016.

Watagan Wanderers

  • Secretary, since mid-1990s.
  • Bushwalking Trips Leader, current.
  • Club Representative, Bushwalking NSW, current.
  • Co-Founding Member, 1993.

 

Michael Keats OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 26th of January 2016.

Citation: For service to bushwalking, and as an author.

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Photo: Brain Fox

 

Ninian Melville BEM

The Order of the British Empire – Medal (Civil) / British Empire Medal (Civil) (Imperial) 1974

Ninian was a member of Coast & Mountain Walkers and received his award  for service to Search and Rescue.

 

Frank Austin (Paddy)  Pallin AM

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 9th of June, 1975

Photo: Winifred Duncombe collection courtesy of Nancy and Robert Pallin.

 

Myles Dunphy OBE

The Order of the British Empire – Officer (Civil) (Imperial), 31st of December 1976

Citation: In recognition of service to conservation

 

Peter Treseder OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 26th of January 1992.

Citation: for service to bushwalking.

Stan Cottier OAM

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 11th of June 1990.

Citation: In recognition of service to the conservation and the environment

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