Honouring our Australia Day recipients
Professor Davis said the Australia Day Honours recognised personal effort and public
service: in every single case, the honourees' efforts had been tireless.
"Although these are well-deserved personal honours, the University delights in the
moment," he said.
"That's because the ideals that motivate you in your work are in so many cases the
same ideals we strive for as an institution.
"When more than 30 members of your community are recognised with national
honours for their record of public service, you know you're in a very special place!"
Ten of the honourees, with family members and guests, attended the event, at which
the Young Australian of the Year and Engineering student Marita Cheng also spoke.
Members of the University community who received honours this year included:
The former Chancellor - and now Victorian Governor - Mr Alex Chernov and
Australia's former top public servant and member of the Melbourne Theatre
Company Board Mr Terry Moran who were named Companion of the Order of
The former Vice-Chancellor, Kwong Lee Dow, businessman and University
adviser Sir Rod Eddington, the Ernest Scott Professor of History at the
University, Professor Stuart MacIntyre and the Rector of the University's
Newman College, Fr Bill Uren, were named Officer of the Order of Australia.
Those named Member of the Order of Australia included: the former Chancellor,
Mr Ian Renard, former Provost Professor Peter McPhee, former Dean of
Veterinary Science Professor Ivan Caple, former IBM Managing Director Mr Glen
Boreham, the chair of the Venice Biennale, Mr Simon Mordant and Emeritus
Professor in Dentistry, Professor Louise Brearley Messer.
Winners of the Medal of the Order of Australia included Institute for a
Broadband-Enabled Society Director Professor Rod Tucker, Honorary Senior
Fellow in the Faculty of Veterinary Science Dr Michael Harrison and a former
Head of Psychology, Professor Warren Bartlett.
Mr Blair Comley, the Commonwealth member on Carlton Connect reference
group, was given a Public Service Medal.