List of Companions of the Order of Australia

The Order of Australia is the only Australian order of chivalry. It was established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement, meritorious service, or for both. At that time, the Companion of the Order of Australia was the highest of three grades of the Order (Companion, Officer, Member).

On 24 May 1976, the grade of Knight or Dame of the Order was established, displacing Companion as the highest grade. On 3 June 1986, the Knight/Dame grade was abolished, and Companion was once again the highest grade.

On 25 March 2014, the Knight/Dame grade was re-established, Companion once again being relegated to the second highest grade of the Order. The Knight/Dame grade was again abolished on 2 November 2015.


The Order has two divisions; General and Military. In general, recipients who are not Australian citizens are appointed Honorary Companions, though in certain unusual/exceptional circumstances, this is not always the case. (For example, Prince Philip's appointment as AC (mil) was substantive.[1])

Knights and Dames

Seven Companions have later been promoted to Knight or Dame of the Order of Australia: Sir John Kerr, Sir Gordon Jackson, Dame Quentin Bryce, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Dame Marie Bashir, Sir Angus Houston and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Australian Companions

General Division

NameBornDied Notability Awarded[2] Notes[3][4]
Sir Peter Abeles19241999Transportation magnate1991 A
Ross Adler1944Managing Director Santos Limited 1986–2000, Chair of Adelaide Festival Corporation Board 2005–, Chairman of Austrade2007 Q
Dr Susan Alberti1947 Businesswoman and philanthropist2016 A
Martin Albrecht1939Chairman, previously CEO (1985–2000), of Thiess Pty Ltd, etc.2002 Q
Lucette Aldous1938Ballerina and ballet teacher2018 A
Prof Rose Amal1965Chemical engineer2018 Q
Prof Brian Anderson1941 Academic (information and communications technology), President of the International Federation of Automatic Control 1990-932016 Q
Dame Judith Anderson18971992Stage and film actress1991 Q
Prof Kym Anderson1950 Academic (agricultural economics)2015 Q
Doug Anthony1929 Politician, National Party Leader 1971–84, Deputy Prime Minister 1971–72 and 1975–832003 Q
Sir Tristan Antico19232004 Founder of Pioneer Concrete; champion horse breeder1983 A
Don Argus1938Philanthropist, businessman2010 A
John Armstrong19081977 Senator 1937–62, minister, Lord Mayor of Sydney, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom1977 A
Maj Gen Peter Arnison1940 Land Commander Australia 1994–96, Governor of Queensland 1997–20032001-03-30
Austin Asche1925Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory 1987–93, Administrator of the Northern Territory 1993–971994 A
Tony Ayers19332016 Secretary of Departments of Aboriginal Affairs, Social Security, Community Services, Community Services and Health and Defence; Chairman of Canberra Raiders football team1993 A
Jim Bacon19502004Premier of Tasmania 1998–20042005 Q
Sir James Balderstone19212014 Chairman of AMP, Chairman of BHP, Deputy Chairman of Westpac, etc.1992 A
William Ball19011986Academic and diplomat1978 Q
Faith Bandler19202015 Indigenous Australian and South Sea Islander Rights campaigner and activist2009 A
Prof Dame Marie Bashir1930 Governor of New South Wales 2001–14; in 2014 she was promoted to Dame of the Order of Australia (AD)2001-03-30
Justice Tom Bathurst1948 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales 2011–present2014 Q
Prof Peter Baume1935 Politician and cabinet minister; gastroentologist; physician; clinical lecturer; Chancellor of the Australian National University; etc.2008 Q
Peter Beattie1952Premier of Queensland 1998–20072012 Q
Dame Beryl Beaurepaire19232018 Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial1991 Q
Kim Beazley1948Politician, Leader of the Opposition, Minister2009 A
Tony Beddison1948 Businessman, Philanthropist2016 Q
Franco Belgiorno-Nettis19152006 Co-Founder of the construction and engineering company Transfield1997 A
Virginia Bell1951Justice of the High Court of Australia2012 A
Annabelle Bennett1950Chancellor, Bond University, Federal Court judge2019 Q
Dr David Bennett1941 SJD, QC, Barrister, Commonwealth Solicitor-General 1998–20082008 Q
Prof Dame Valerie Beral1946Epidemiologist2010 Q
Prof Samuel Berkovic1953 Neurologist, Laureate Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne2014 A
Marcus Besen1923 Expanded the Sussan retail chain, Philanthropist, Life Governor of the Australian National Gallery Foundation2015 A
Morrish Besley1927Engineer, businessman, senior public servant, Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank (19881999)2002 A
Jill Elizabeth Bilcock1948Film editor2018 Q
Prof Arthur Birch19151995Organic chemist1987 A
Ruth Bishop1933Virologist2019 Q
Sir Hermann Black19041990 Economist, schoolteacher, academic, government advisor, radio broadcaster, public-affairs commentator and Chancellor of the University of Sydney in the 1970s and 1980s.1986 Q
Michael Black1940Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia1998 A
Prof Ruthven Blackburn19132016 For service to the development of academic medicine and medical education in Australia2006 A
Elizabeth Blackburn1948Scientist, Nobel laureate2010 A
Prof Geoffrey Blainey1930Historian2000 A
Cate Blanchett1969Two time Academy Award-winning actress (2005, 2014), environmentalist and humanitarian2017 Q
Dr Neal Blewett1933 Academic, Professor; Politician, Cabinet Minister 1983–93; High Commissioner to the United Kingdom 1994–98; etc.1995 Q
Anna Bligh1960 Premier of Queensland from 2007 to 20122017 A
David Block1936 In recognition of service to governments and government administration1988 Q
Richard Bonynge1930Operatic conductor2012 A
Kym Bonython19202011 Entrepreneur, art collector, Chairman of the SA Jubilee 150 Board, etc.1987 A
Peter BottenOil and gas executive2019 A
Lionel Bowen19222012 Solicitor, council alderman and mayor, politician 1962–90, Deputy Prime Minister 1983–90 1991 A
Sir Nigel Bowen19111994 Solicitor, barrister, judge; politician, Attorney-General, Cabinet Minister.1988 A
Arthur Boyd19201999Artist1992 Q
Steve Bracks1954 Premier of Victoria from 1999 to 20072010 Q
Prof Denise Bradley1942 Higher education administrator; Vice-chancellor University of South Australia; Bradley Review of Higher Education (2008)2008 A
Sir Donald Bradman19082001Cricketer1979 Q
Catherine Margaret Branson1948Former judge and president of the Australian Human Rights Commission2018 Q
Dr John Jefferson Bray19121995 LL.D., poet, lawyer, academic, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia 1967–781979 Q
Sir Gerard Brennan1928 Chief Justice of the High Court 1995–981988 A
Jillian Broadbent1948Businesswoman2019 A
Em Prof Ted Brown1938 For service to the engineering profession as a world expert in the field of rock mechanics2001 A
Robert Hanbury Brown19162002Astronomer and physicist1986 Q
Prof Richard Bryant1960 Medical researcher (psychotraumatology)2016 Q
Dame Quentin Bryce1942 First woman admitted to the Queensland bar; Governor of Queensland; first woman Governor-General of Australia; in 2014 she was promoted to Dame of the Order of Australia (AD) 2003-04-30
Sir John Bunting 19181995 Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister 1959–68 & 1971–75; High Commissioner to the United Kingdom 1975–771982 A
Antony Burgess1946Researcher into the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer1998 Q
David Burke1944Neurophysiologist2019 Q
Sharan Burrow1954Industrial relations and human rights2019 Q
Eva Burrows1929201513th General (world leader) of the Salvation Army1994 A
Geoffrey Burnstock1929Neurobiologist2018 Q
Sir Francis Burt19182004 Queen's Counsel; Chief Justice of Western Australia 1977–88; Governor of Western Australia 1990–931988 Q
Richard Butler 1942 Diplomat; UN weapons inspector; Governor of Tasmania 2003–042003-09-05
Noel Butlin19211991 Education, particularly in the study of economic growth1991 Q [5]
Ita Buttrose1942Journalist and businesswoman2019 Q
Ed Byrne1952 Neuroscientist, Vice-Chancellor of Monash University (20092014), etc.2014 A
Stella Bywaters19192009 For service to the international community, during an unsafe and dangerous period in Uganda, through the provision of humanitarian aid and nursing care to improve the lives of the sick, poor and dispossessed and to the Salvation Army 2005 Q
Dr Jean Calderc.1937 For humanitarian service in the Middle East; Bio 2005 A
Sir Bernard Callinan19131995 In recognition of service to the Public Service and the community1986 A
Ian Callinan1937Justice of the High Court of Australia 1998–20072003 A
Ashton Calvert19452007For service to the development of Australian foreign policy2003 A
Prof Enid Campbell19322010 Distinguished legal scholar, first female professor and Dean of a law school2005 A
Sir Walter Campbell 19212004 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland 1982–85, Governor of Queensland 1985–921989 A
Les Carlyon19422019Writer, historian2014 Q
Sir Roderick Carnegie1932 Businessman, primarily working in the coal industry2003 Q
Rev Dr Peter Carnley1937 Anglican Bishop, Archbishop of Perth 1981–2005, Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia 2000–052007 Q
Sir John Carrick19182018 Politician, senator 1971–83, minister 1975–832008 A
Lady (Maie) Casey18921983 Pioneer aviator, poet, librettist, biographer, memoirist and artist; wife of Governor-General Lord Casey1982 A
Cardinal Edward Cassidy1924Roman Catholic Cardinal Priest 1991, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity within the Vatican1990 Q
John Philip Chalmers1937 In recognition of services to medical science, particularly in the field of cardiovascular physiology1991 Q
Robert Champion de Crespigny 1950 For service to the mining industry, to business, and to the community in the areas of cultural preservation and education 2002 Q
Dr Victor Chang19361991 Cardiothoracic surgeon and pioneer of modern organ transplantation1986 A
Prof Jeremy Chapman1953 Nephrologist, Renal physician, Transplant surgeon2015 A
Alex Chernov1938Governor of Victoria2012 A
Prof Ian Chubb1943 Vice Chancellor and President of the Australian National University 2001–20112006 Q
Cardinal Edward Clancy 19232014 Catholic Archbishop of Sydney 1983–2001 1992 A
Prof Graeme Clark1935 Developed the Cochlear implant2004 A
Dr Gregory John Clark?Physicist2018 A
Sir Lindesay Clark18961986 Technical Managing Director Western Mining Corporation 1933–19621975 Q
Prof Manning Clark19151991Historian1975 Q
Dr Megan Clark? Geologist, Chief Executive Officer of the CSIRO 2009-20142014 Q
Prof Adrienne Clarke1938 Scientist, academic and researcher2004 A
Dist Prof Judith Clements? Biological scientist2015 Q
John Coates 1950 President of the Australian Olympic Committee2006 Q
Mike Codd1939 Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet1991 A
Prof Peter Colman1944Medical researcher (structural biology)2017 Q
David Albert Cooper19492018HIV/AIDS researcher, immunologist, professor at the University of New South Wales2018 Q
Max Corden1927Economist2001 A
Prof Sir John Cornforth19172013 Scientist, 1975 Nobel Prize in Chemistry1991 A
Suzanne Cory1942 Biomedical researcher1999 A
Peter Costello1957Lawyer, politician, cabinet minister, etc.2011 A
Richard Court1947Premier of Western Australia2003 Q
Alan Cowman1954Malaria researcher2019 Q
William Cox1936 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania 1995–2004, Governor of Tasmania 2004–20081999 Q
Prof Brendan Crabb1966 Research scientist, Director and Chief Executive Officer, The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health2015 A
Ewan Crawford1941 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania 2008-20132014 Q
James Crawford1948Academic and practitioner in the field of public international law.2013 Q
Sir John Crawford19101984 For eminent and meritorious public service and services to commerce, industry, trade, agriculture, learning and international relations1978 A
Justice Susan Crennan1945Justice of the High Court of Australia2008 A
Michael Crouch19332018Industrialist, philanthropist2017 Q
MajGen Paul Cullen 19092007 Decorated field commander in World War II, founding President of Austcare, founder of Mainguard merchant bank 1988 A
Charles Curran1938 For service to business and commerce2006 Q
David Curtis19272017 In recognition of service to medicine and science, particularly in the fields of research and administration1992 A
Betty Cuthbert19382017Olympic champion athlete2018 A
Helen Cutler19231990 For public and community service to the people of New South Wales1980 Q
Douglas Daft1943CEO of Coca-Cola 2000–042005 Q
Leonard Gordon Darling19212015 For service to the arts through vision, advice and philanthropy2004 A
Marilyn Ann Darling1943 For service to the development, advancement and growth of visual arts2009 A
Jack Davenport? For service to business and industry and to the community1991 Q
David David1940 Craniofacial surgeon1988 A
Glyn Davis1959 Academic; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne2002 A
Sir Daryl Dawson1933 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1982–971988 A
Paul de Jersey1948 QC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland2000 Q
Prof David de Kretser1939 Medical researcher; Governor of Victoria 2006–20112006 Q
Sir William Deane1931 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1982–95; Governor-General 1996–20011988 A
Dr Elizabeth Dennis1943Plant molecular biologist2019 A
Prof Derek Denton1924 Scientist renowned for his research exploring the nature of consciousness in animals2005 A
Sir Peter Derham19252008 Businessman and philanthropist2001 A
Linda Dessau1953 Governor of Victoria 2015-; Judge, Family Court of Australia 1995-20132017 A
Prof Peter Doherty1940 Veterinary surgeon, medical researcher, 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1997 Australian of the Year 1997 A
Alexander Downer1951Politician, longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs (19962007), etc.2013 A
Reg Downing19041994In recognition of service to politics and government1979 Q
John Doyle1945 QC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia2002 Q
Robert Doyle1953State Politician (Victoria), Lord Mayor of Melbourne2017 Q
Sir Russell Drysdale19121981Artist1980 Q
Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop19071993 Surgeon, Army Officer, Prisoner of War1987 Q
Ross Dunning1942 For service to the development of transport systems, particularly the development of modern and efficient rail services, to the export economy, to the construction industry, and to the community through support for cultural activities and charitable organisations2002 A
Don Dunstan19261999 QC, Premier of South Australia 1967–68 & 1970–791979 Q
LtGen Sir Donald Dunstan19232011 Chief of the General Staff 1977–82, Governor of South Australia 1982–911991 A
Max Dupain19111992Photographer1992 A
Dame Mary Durack19131994Author, historian1989 Q
Sir John Eccles19031997 Neurophysiologist, 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine1990 A
Sir Llew Edwards1935 Deputy Premier of Queensland 1978–83, Chancellor of the University of Queensland 1993–2009 1989 A
Prof Nathan Efron1954 Researcher (clinical optometry), President of the Australian College of Optometry 2012-2015 Q
Bob Ellicott1927 Politician2017 A
Herb Elliott1938Olympic athlete2002 Q
Sr Mary Bernice Elphick19212008 For service to medicine and to the community as a pioneer in the development of health care and as a driving force in the success of the multi-disciplinary initiatives established at St Vincent's Private Hospital, Sydney. 2006 A[4]
Roy Emerson1936World No. 1 tennis player2019 A
Ted Evans1941 Economic policy development1999 Q
Prof Gareth Evans1944 Minister for Foreign Affairs 1988–19962012 Q
Elizabeth Evatt1933 Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia and the first female judge of an Australian Federal Court1995 Q
John Fahey1945 Politician 1984–2001, Premier of New South Wales 1992–95, Federal Minister for Finance 1996–2001 2002 A
James Fairfax19332017Businessman, philanthropist 2010 A
Lady (Mary) Fairfax19222017Philanthropist2005 A
Timothy Vincent Fairfax1946Australian philanthropist, as a major supporter of the visual arts2014 A
Prof Sir Marc Feldmann1944 Immunologist, researcher (chronic immune disease)2014 Q
Prof Mike Fellows1952 Academic (computer science)2016 Q
Frank Fenner19142010Virologist 1989 A
Charles Fenton19122009 In recognition of service to the Parliament of Tasmania and to the community1982 A
Bill Ferris1945 For service to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours, as a leader in support of medical research, and to business and commerce through ongoing roles supporting Australian exports, venture capital and private equity2008 A
Michael Field1948 Premier of Tasmania2003 Q
John Finnis1940Legal philosopher2019 Q
Tim Fischer19462019 Politician, National Party of Australia leader 1990–99, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia 1996–99, etc. 2005 A
Kaarene Fitzgerald19452003 Founder and Executive Director of SIDS and Kids1999 A
Tony Fitzgerald1941 QC, Judge of the Federal Court 1981–84, best known for the Fitzgerald Inquiry into corruption 1987–89, etc.1991 A
Frank Flynn19062000 In recognition of service to medicine, particularly through research into Aboriginal eye health and to the community1993 A
Leneen Forde1935 Chancellor of Griffith University 2000–15, Governor of Queensland 1992–971993 A
Lindsay Fox1937Transportation magnate2008 A
Russell Fox19202013 In recognition of service to the law and to government1989 Q
Dawn Fraser1937Australian freestyle champion swimmer2018 Q
Malcolm Fraser19302015 22nd Prime Minister of Australia 1975–83, chair of Care International1988 Q
Prof Ian Frazer1953 Creator of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer2012 Q
Prof Ken Freeman1940Astronomer and astrophysicist2017 Q
Robert French1947Chief Justice of the High Court2010 A
Dame Phyllis Frost19172004 Welfare worker and philanthropist, known for her commitment to unpopular causes, most notably helping women prisoners1992 A
Prof John Funder1940 Medical researcher, Executive Director, Obesity Australia2015 A
Justice Stephen Gageler1958 Justice of the High Court of Australia 2012-; Solicitor-General of Australia from 2008 to 20122017 A
Peter Gago1957Winemaker2017 Q
Rhonda Galbally1948Social equity advocate2019 A
Geoff Gallop1951 Academic, politician, Premier of Western Australia 2001–062008 Q
Aaron Jonna Gandel1935Philanthropist2017 Q
Pauline GandelPhilanthropist2019 A
Carrillo Gantner1944Theatre and festival director2019 A
Prof Ross Garnaut1946Economist2017 Q
Sir Harry Gibbs19172005 QC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 1981–871987 Q
Prof Richard Gibbs1950s Geneticist, researcher (genetics and human genome sequencing)2014 Q
Julia Gillard1961 27th Prime Minister of Australia 2010-20132017 A
Gerald Gleeson19282017 Secretary of the NSW Premier's Department1989 A
Murray Gleeson1938 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales 1988–98, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 1998–2008 1992 A
Sir James Gobbo1931 QC, Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria 1978–94, Governor of Victoria 1997–20001993 A
David Gonski1953 Business and commerce as a company director2007 Q
Charles Goode1938 Chairman of ANZ Bank since 1995, company director, etc. 2001 Q
Jacqueline Goodnow19242014 In recognition of service to research into child development and education in the discipline of psychology1992 Q
Evonne Goolagong Cawley1951World No. 1 tennis player2018 A
Michelle Gordon1964Judge of the High Court of Australia2019 A
Sir John Gorton19112002 19th Prime Minister of Australia 1968–711988 Q
Prof Adele Green1952 For service to medical research through significant advances made in the field of the epidemiology of skin cancer and ovarian cancer, to public health including improved Indigenous health, and for leadership in the wider scientific community.2004 Q
Sir Guy Green1937 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania 1973–95, Governor of Tasmania 1995–2003, Administrator of the Commonwealth 20031994 A
Nick Greiner1947Premier of New South Wales1994 Q
Reg Grundy19232016 Media and television entrepreneur2008 Q
Dame Margaret Guilfoyle1926 Senator, first woman to be a member of Cabinet, Minister for Social Security 1975–80, Minister for Finance 1980–832005 Q
William Gummow1942 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1995–20121997 A
Sir William Gunn19142003 Chairman of the Australian Wool Board1990 A
Mukesh Haikerwal1960Medical doctor and former Australian Medical Association federal president2018 A
James Haire1946 For eminent service to the community through international leadership in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, the promotion of religious reconciliation, inclusion and peace, and as a theologian.2013 A
Sir Rupert Hamer19162004 Premier of Victoria 1972–81; for service to the arts, particularly as Chairman of the Victoria State Opera, and to the community1992 A
Catherine Hamlin1924 Obstetrician and gynaecologist; For service to gynaecology in developing countries particularly in the field of fistula surgery and for humanitarian service to improving the health, dignity and self-esteem of women in Ethiopia.1995 A
Geoffrey Colin Harcourt1931Academic economist and author, in the fields of Post-Keynesian economics, capital theory and economic thought.2018 Q
Ted Harris1927Community service1989 Q
Ralph Harry19172002 High Commissioner to Singapore 1956–57; Director of ASIS 1958–60; Ambassador to the United Nations; Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs1980 Q
Allan Hawke1948Public administration at senior levels2010 Q
Bob Hawke1929201923rd Prime Minister of Australia 1983–911979 A
John Hay19422016Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland 1996–20072004 A
Bill Hayden1933 Politician, Foreign Minister 1983–88, Governor-General 1989–961989-02-16
Kenneth Hayne1945 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1997–20152002 Q
Sir Bernard Heinze18941982 Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne; Professor of Music, conductor and Director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music1976 A
Peter Henderson19282016 Secretary to the Department of Foreign Affairs1985 A
Dr Ken Henry1957Secretary to the Treasury2007 A
Sir William Heseltine1930 Private Secretary to the Sovereign 1986–901988 A
Dr Basil Hetzel19222017 Medical researcher who has made a major contribution to combating iodine deficiency1990 Q
Dyson Heydon1943 Judge of the High Court of Australia2004 Q[4]
Sir Leo Hielscher1926 Senior Queensland public servant and administrator2004 Q
Prof Dorothy Hill19071998 For service to geology particularly as a palaeontologist and to research and learning; first female professor at an Australian university1993 A
Robert Hill1946 Minister for Defence (2001–06), Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations (2006–09)2012 Q
David Martin HoareBusiness executive2019 A
David Hogarth? For service to the legal profession and to the community1983 Q
Professor Peter Høj1957Biochemist2019 A
Sir John Holland19142009 Construction magnate; For service to the community, particularly to youth and in the field of medical research1988 Q
Rev Peter Hollingworth1935 Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane; 23rd Governor-General2011-06-29
Prof Fred Hollows19291993Ophthalmologist1991 Q
Prof Andrew Holmes1943 Scientist (Chemistry)2017 A
Janet Holmes à Court1943Businesswoman in the construction, wine and cattle industries2007 A
A. D. Hope19072000Poet1981 A
Robert Hope19191999 For service to the law, to government, to learning and conservation1989 A
Prof Stephen Hopper1951 Foundation Professor of Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia2012 Q
John Howard193925th Prime Minister of Australia 1996–20072008 Q
Sir Brian Inglis19242014 Services to industry and technology KtB1988 Q
Hugh Jackman1968Actor and advocate for poverty eradication2019 Q
Sir Gordon Jackson19241991 Businessman; 1983 promoted to Knight of the Order of Australia (AK)1976 A
Margaret Jackson1953 Chairwoman of Qantas2003 Q
Robert Jackson19111991 Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the United Nations Organisation1986 Q
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson1931 Olympic athlete, Governor of South Australia 2001–072001-08-27
Dist Prof Chennupati Jagadish1957 Physicist and academic2016 A
MajGen William "Digger" James19302015 National President of the RSL1998 A
MajGen Michael Jeffery1937 Military commander, Governor of Western Australia, Governor-General of Australia1996 Q
Richard Johnson? Inaugural Chancellor of the University of Technology, Sydney2002 A
Bob Johnston1924Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia1986 Q
Dr Barry Jones1932 Minister for Science and Technology (1983–84), Minister for Science (1984-87), Minister for Science and Small Business (1987–88), Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business (1988–90)2014 Q
Prof Rhys Jones?Mechanical and aerospace engineer2018 A
Deirdre Jordan1926 Academic and educator, particularly with Aboriginal communities1989 A
Dr Robert Joss1941 Banking and finance executive2016 A
Alan Joyce1966Aviation executive2017 Q
Prof Peter Karmel19222008 Economist, academic, First Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University 1966, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University 1982–87 1976 A
Justice Patrick Keane1952 Justice of the High Court of Australia 2013–present, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia 2010-13, Queensland Solicitor-General 1992-20052015 Q
Michael Keating1940 Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet1996 A
Bill Kelty1948 For service to the trade union movement, particularly through the establishment of the universal system of superannuation2008 Q
David Kemp1941 Politician2017 A
Jeff Kennett1948Premier of Victoria 1992–992005 A
Sir John Kerr19141991 Governor-General 1974–77; inaugural Principal Companion; inaugural Principal Knight.1975-02-14
Sir William Keys19232000 Company director. National Secretary, 1961–1978, then National President, 1978–1988, Returned Services League of Australia1988 Q
Nicole Kidman1967Academy Award-winning actress (2003) and humanitarian2006 A
Susan Kiefel1954High Court judge2011 Q
Sir James Killen19252007Barrister, politician, Minister2004 Q
William John Kilpatrick?Community service1981 A
Dr Priscilla Kincaid-Smith19262015 For service to medicine, particularly in the field of nephrology1989 Q
Len King19252011 Politician, Cabinet Minister; lawyer, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia 1978–951987 Q
Malcolm Kinnaird19332014 For service through the development of public policy in the defence procurement, infrastructure and energy sectors, and to business2009 Q
Michael Kirby1939 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1996–20091991 A
Sir Richard Kirby19042001 President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. For distinguished service to the advertising industry in Australia and to the Herbert Vere Evatt Memorial Foundation.1985 A
James Kirk? Chairman of the Australian Bicentennial Authority1988 Q
Joan Kirner19382015Premier of Victoria (1990–92)2012 Q
Prof David William Kissane?Psychiatrist specialising in psycho-oncology and palliative medicine2018 A
Sir Frank Kitto19031994 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1950–701983 A
Prof Peter Klinken1953Medical researcher2017 Q
Sir John Knott19101999 Service to industry and the community1981 Q
Dame Leonie Kramer19242016 For service to Australian literature, to education and to the community1993 A
John Landels1930 Chairman of the National Grid Management Council1996 Q
John Landy1930Olympic athlete; Governor of Victoria 2001–06.2001-03-30
Emeritus Professor Richard LarkinsChancellor of La Trobe University2019 A
John Laurie1931 Consulting engineer2003 Q
Rod Laver1938 Tennis player2016 A
Phillip Law19122010Prominent in Antarctic exploration and research1995 A
Hieu Van Le1954 Governor of South Australia 2014–present2016 Q
Mark Leibler1943 For service to business, to the law, particularly in the areas of taxation and commercial law, to the Jewish community internationally and in Australia, and to reconciliation and the promotion of understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians2005 A
Jim Leslie19222012Managing Director of Mobil Oil Australia, Chairman of Qantas 1980-891993 A
George (Peter) Lloyd1920 Aviator2016 Q
Prof Mal Logan?Geographer and university administrator1996 A
Prof Alan Lopez1951 Academic, Scientist2016 Q
Brian Loton1929 Industrialist1989 A
Sir Frank Lowy1930 Businessman and philanthropist2000 A
Geoffrey Lucas? Service to the law1983 Q
Prof Stephen Lynch? Surgeon (liver transplant specialist)2015 Q
Ian Macfarlane1946 Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) 1996–20062004 A
Sir Charles Mackerras19252010Classical conductor1997 A
Chief Justice John Macrossan19302008 For service to the law, to higher education and the arts1993 Q
Justice Barry Maddern19371994 President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission1992 Q
David Malcolm19382014 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia 1988–20051992 A
Emeritus Professor Lew Mander1939Organic chemist specialising in plant growth hormones2018 A
Prof Barry Marshall1951 Received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work with Helicobacter pylori2007 A
Prof Villis Marshall? Director of Urology at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Chancellor of St John Ambulance Australia 2006 A
Prof Jennifer L. Martin?Scientist specialising in biochemistry and protein crystallography applied to drug-resistant bacteria2018 A
Chief Justice Wayne Martin1952 Chief Justice of Western Australia (2006–2018)2012 Q
Sir Anthony Mason1925 Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia 1987–951988 A
Keith Mason1947 For service to the law and legal scholarship, to the judicial system in New South Wales, to the Anglican Church, and to the community2003 A
Sir Brian Massy-Greene19161991 For service to banking, to industry and to the community1989 A
Justice Christopher Maxwell1953 President of Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria 2005–present2015 Q
James May1934For service to the advancement of vascular surgery throughout the world, particularly through pioneering the introduction of endoluminal methods for the treatment of diseased arteries, placing Australia in the forefront internationally in this field2001 Q
Prof Lord (Robert) May1936 President of the Royal Society, London 2000–051998 A
Prof Janet Susan McCalman1948Social historian and academic2018 A
Rev Dr Davis McCaughey19142005 Governor of Victoria 1986–921987 Q
Doug McClelland1926 Minister, President of the Senate, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom1987 Q
Malcolm McCusker1938 Governor of Western Australia2012 A
Donald McDonald1938 Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation2006 Q
Prof Trevor McDougall1952Scientist specialising in ocean thermodynamics2018 A
Richard McGarvie19262003 Governor of Victoria 1992–971994 Q
Sir Charles McGrath19101984 For service to industry1981 A
Michael McHugh1935 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1989–20051989 Q
Sir Malcolm McIntosh19452000 For service to excellence in scientific and technological research1999 A
Sir Laurence McIntyre 19121981For public service1979 A
James McKay? For service to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the people of outback Australia1998 A
Bruce McKellar1941 For eminent service to science, particularly the study of theoretical physics, as an academic, educator and researcher, through seminal contributions to scientific development organisations, and as an author and mentor.2014 A
Justice Carmel McLure1955 President of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia 2009–162016 Q
Julian McMahon?Anti-death penalty barrister2017 Q
Justice Margaret McMurdo1954 For service to the law and judicial administration in Queensland, particularly in the areas of legal education and women's issues, to the support of a range of legal organisations, and to the community.2007 Q
Sir James McNeill19161987For service to industry1986 Q
Leycester Meares19091994 Public servant1985 A
Prof Harry Messel19222015 Physicist and conservation advocate2006 A
Prof Em Donald Metcalf19292014 Cancer researcher, Professor Emeritus of the University of Melbourne1993 Q
Dr Ken Michael1938 Governor of Western Australia 2006–112006 A
Howard Michell19132012For service to the wool industry and to the arts1990 Q
Jacques Miller1931Immunologist2003 Q
Nancy Millis19222012Microbiologist1990 Q
Bernard Mills19202011 Engineer, Professor of Physics (Sydney), pioneer radio astronomer (Mills Cross Telescope)1976 Q
Harold Mitchell1942 Businessman and Philanthropist2010 Q
Dame Roma Mitchell19132000 First female appointed Queen's Counsel, first female appointed Judge, Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia 1968–91, Governor of South Australia 1991–961991 A
Sir John Moore19151998 President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission1986 A
Max Moore-Wilton1943Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet2001 A
Terry Moran1947 Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet2012 A
Hugh Morgan1940 Mining industry executive2002 Q
Prof Sir Peter Morris1934 Nuffield Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the University of Oxford2004 Q
Rev Dr Gordon Moyes19382015 Founder of the Wesley Mission2002 A
Justice James Muirhead19251999 Royal Commissioner into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody1991 A
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch19092012 Philanthropist1989 Q
Rupert Murdoch1931 For service to the media, particularly the newspaper publishing industry1984 A
Ken Myer19211992Philanthropist1976 A
Sidney Baillieu Myer1926 For service to business and commerce, to government and to the community1990 A
Allen Myers1947 Barrister, academic, businessman, landowner and philanthropist2016 A
Maria Myers? Philanthropist2016 A
Jacques Nasser1947Chairman BHP; for service to business and commerce; philanthropist2017 Q
Sir Eric Neal1924 CEO of Boral, Director of John Fairfax Holdings, BHP, Coca-Cola Amatil and AMP Limited, Chairperson of Westpac, Governor of South Australia 1996–2001 1988 A
Bill Neilson19251989 Premier of Tasmania1978 Q
Geoffrey Nettle1950Judge of the High Court of Australia2019 A
Bernhard Neumann19092002 Mathematician1994 Q
Maurice Newman1938 Chair of the ABC, chair of the board of the ASX, Chancellor of Macquarie University2002 A
Olivia Newton-John1948Supporter of cancer research; singer/songwriter2019 A
John Niland1940 Businessman and academic2001 A
Sir Sidney Nolan19171992 Artist1988 Q
Professor Kathryn NorthPaediatric physician, neurologist, and clinical geneticist2019 A
Prof Sir Gustav Nossal1931 Research biologist, Chairman of the CSIRO1989 Q
Bernard O'Brien19241993 Microsurgeon; bio1991 Q
Rev Gerald O'Collins?Catholic theologian and academic2006 A
Prof Ian O'Connor1957Academic, Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University2017 Q
Lowitja O'Donoghue1932 Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC)1999 A
Dame Bridget Ogilvie1938 Biomedical research, particularly related to veterinary and medical parasitology2007 A
Emeritus Prof Mary O'Kane1954 Scientist, Chief Scientist and Engineer of Government of New South Wales 2008–182016 A
Sir Mark Oliphant19012000 Physicist, Professor, Governor of South Australia 1972–771977 A
Margaret Olley19232011Artist2006 Q
James O'Sullivan For service to law enforcement and commitment to excellence in reshaping and introducing wide-ranging reforms in the Queensland Police Service2001 Q
Emeritus Prof Robert Ouvrier1940 Physician (paediatric neurology), President of International Child Neurology Association 2006-20102016 A
Kerry Packer19372005Businessman1983 A
Roslyn Packer1937 Philanthropist2016 Q
Sir Arvi Parbo19262019Businessman1993 Q
Justice Kevin Parker1937 Vice-President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia2008 Q
Dr Martin Parkinson1958 Public Servant; Economist2017 A
Percy Partridge19101988 For service to education & educational research, particularly in the field of social sciences1978 A
John Pascoe1948 Judge, businessman, company director, Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia 2004–17, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia 2017–present2016 A
Nicholas Paspaley1948 For service to business development and trade, to the Australian pearling industry, and to the community1999 A
John Passmore19142004Philosopher1992 Q
Andrew Peacock1939 Australian politician, Foreign Minister 1975–80, Leader of the Opposition 1983–85 & 1989–901997 Q
Jim Peacock1937Molecular biologist1994 A
Cardinal George Pell1941 Catholic Archbishop of Sydney (2001–2014), Cardinal (2003– ), etc.2005 Q
Gary Pemberton For service to business and finance, to public sector reform, and to the community, particularly medical research organisations concerned with children's health1999 Q
Prof David Penington1930 For service to medicine and to the community, particularly in the field of medical education and health care1988 A
Stan Perron19222018Businessman and philanthropist2019 A
Prof Philip Pettit1945Academic, philosopher, political theorist2017 Q
John Phillips19332009 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria1998 A
Sir James Plimsoll19171987 Public servant and diplomat1978 A
George Polites For service to industrial relations1984 A
Prof Robert Porter1932 Neuroscientist2001 A
Lady (Primrose) Potter1931 Philanthropist2003 Q
Lawrie Powell For service to medicine and medical research particularly in the field of gastroenterology and liver disease1990 Q
Jeanne PrattPhilanthropist2002 Q
John B. Prescott1940 Managing director of BHP1996 Q
Leo Radom1944Computational chemist2019 Q
John Ralph1932 For service to Australian industry as an advocate of "continual improvement" in international competitiveness and in the strategic assessment of long term public policy, particularly in the area of tax reform, and for contributions in the interest of the wider community including social development, education, leadership initiatives for the young and charitable organisations.2000 Q
Mike Rann1953 Third-longest serving Premier of South Australia 2002–2011, longest serving Labor leader 1994–2011, Member of Parliament 1985–2011; Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom 2013-2014, Australia's Ambassador to Italy, Albania, Libya and San Marino and Australia's Permanent Representative to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme 2014–present.2016 A
Eric Reece19091999 Premier of Tasmania1975 Q
Lloyd Rees18951998 Landscape painter1985 A
Thomas Reeve1923 For service to medicine and to academic and clinical surgery, particularly in the field of endocrinology1994 A
MajGen Sir William Refshauge19132009 Director-General Army Medical Services in Korea, Honorary Physician to Queen Elizabeth II 1955–64, Director-General of the Commonwealth Department of Health 1960–73, Secretary-General of the World Medical Association 1973–76, etc.1980 Q
Prof Gordon Reid19231989 Academic, Professor of politics, Vice-Chancellor University of Western Australia 1978–82, Governor of Western Australia 1983–891986 Q
Prof Janice Reid1947 Academic (medical anthropology), Vice-Chancellor University of Western Sydney 1998-20132015 A
Jack Renshaw19091987 Deputy Premier 1959–64 and Premier of New South Wales 1964–651979 A
Dennis Richardson1947Diplomat and public servant2019 Q
Prof Ezio Rizzardo1943Scientific technological researcher specialising in polymer chemistry2018 A
Sir Rutherford Robertson19132001 For service to biological sciences1980 A
Prof Jeffrey Victor Rosenfeld1952Neurosurgeon2018 A
Jennifer Rowe1948Author2019 A
AirMshl Sir James Rowland19221999 Chief of the Air Staff 1975–79, Governor of New South Wales 1981–891987 A
Eric Rudd19101999 For service to the mineral and petroleum industries1984 A
Kevin Rudd195726th Prime Minister of Australia2019 Q
Geoffrey Rush1951Actor2014 A
Graeme Ryan1938 For service to science and to higher education, particularly in the fields of medical research and medical education1994 A
Carlo Salteri19202010Co-founder of Transfield, founder of Tenix2002 A
Graeme Samuel1946 Businessman and Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission2010 Q
Gordon Samuels19232007 QC, Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Chancellor of the University of New South Wales 1976–94, Governor of New South Wales 1996–20011987 Q
Kerry Sanderson1950 Governor of Western Australia 2014–182016 Q
Rear Adm Kevin Scarce1952 Commander Training Command – Navy, Head of Maritime Systems, Governor of South Australia 2007–20142008 A
Brian Schmidt1967Astrophysicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (Physics, 2011), etc.2013 A
Dame Margaret Scott19222019 Founding Director of The Australian Ballet School2005 Q
Sir Walter Scott19031981 Founded Australia's first management consultancy firm, WD Scott1979 A
Harry Seidler19232006Architect1987 Q
Sir Nicholas Shehadie19262018 National representative Rugby Union 1947–58, Lord Mayor of Sydney 1973–751990 Q
Dr Peter Shergold1946 Academic, public servant, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2003–082007 A
Prof John Shine1946Biochemist, molecular biologist2017 Q
Alfred Moxon Simpson19102011 For eminent and meritorious service to business and industry1978 Q
Prof Stephen Simpson1957 Academic researcher (biological and biomedical science), Academic Director of Charles Perkins Centre of the University of Sydney 2012–present2015 Q
Ian Sinclair1929 Australian politician, National Party of Australia Leader 1984–89, Speaker of the House of Representatives 1998-982001 A
Rear Adm Peter Sinclair1934 Deputy Chief of Navy, Governor of New South Wales 1990–961992 Q
Prof Peter Singer1946 Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne2012 Q
Ralph Slatyer19292012 For service to science and technology and its application to industry development.1993 Q
Prof Em J. J. C. Smart19202012 For service to education particularly in the field of philosophy1990 Q
Maree Smith?Neuropathic pain researcher2019 Q
Neil Andrew Smith For service to the community, particularly through administration of the Victorian Bush Fire Appeal (1983) Trust Fund1984 Q
Richard (Dick) Smith1944 Entrepreneur, businessman, aviator, political activist, philanthropist2015 Q
Thomas Weetman Smith For service to the law and to legal institutions1990 A
Victor Smorgon19132009Industrialist, philanthropist2007 Q
Erica Lee Smyth1952Geologist and senior mining executive2018 Q
Prof David Solomon1929 Academic (polymer chemistry and plastics)2016 Q
Lady (Marigold) Southey1928 Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria2006 A
Virginia Margaret Spate1937Art historian, author and academic2018 Q
Dr Michael Spence1962 Academic; Vice-Chancellor of University of Sydney 2008-2017 A
James Spigelman1946 For service to the law and to the community through leadership in bringing about change in attitudes to the administration of justice for a more fair and equitable society, and to the support of the visual arts.2000 Q
Prof Fiona Stanley1946 For service to maternal and child health research, particularly in peri-natal and infant problems, and for her contributions to improving aboriginal and community health1996 Q
Keith Steel19171996 For service to industry, General Manager of the Australian Mutual Provident Society (AMP Limited) 1966–791981 Q
Glenn Stevens1958 Economist, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia 2006–162016 Q
Kerry Stokes1940For service to business and commerce through strategic leadership and promotion of corporate social responsibility, to the arts through executive roles and philanthropy, and to the community, particularly through contributions to organisations supporting youth2008 Q
Shane Stone1950QC, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory 1995–992006 Q
Sir Laurence Street19262018 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales1989 Q
Prof Hugh Stretton19242015Historian, academic economist2004 Q
Russell Strong1938 For service to medicine as a pioneer in the development of new techniques and improved clinical performance in the field of liver transplant surgery and to advancing world knowledge in this area2001 A
Grant Sutherland1945 For service to science in the field of human genetics research and to the human genome project and, in particular, for his contribution to the discovery of the importance of 'fragile chromosomes' in the field of inherited diseases1998 A
Dame Joan Sutherland19262010Opera singer1975 Q
Prof Nicholas Talley1956Gastroenterologist2018 A
Sir Arthur Tange19142001 For eminent and meritorious public service.1977 Q
Noel Tanzer1931 For service to public sector reform, particularly through the commercialisation of government enterprises, to the development of social welfare policies and to the community1994 A
Hugh Taylor Ophthalmologist2001 Q
Prof Maree Rose Teesson?Medical specialist in prevention and treatment of substance abuse disorders2018 A
San Hoa Thang1954Professor of chemistry, specialising in polymer chemistry and materials science2018 Q
Colin Thiele19202006Author1977 Q
Sally Thomas1939 Justice the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (19922009), Administrator of the Northern Territory (2011), Chancellor of Charles Darwin University (2010) 2014 A
Roy Francis Thompson?Philanthropist supporting medical research, emergency rescue, educational, sporting and cultural organisations, and real estate and land developer in Queensland.2018 A
John Tonkin19021995Premier of Western Australia1977 Q
John Toohey19302015Justice of the High Court of Australia 1987–981988 A
Arthur Trendall19091995 Art historian and classical archaeologist1976 A
Sir Donald Trescowthick1930 For service to the community, to the arts and to sport1991 A
Ken Tribe19142010 For service to the arts, particularly in the field of music1989 Q
Emeritus Professor Patrick Troy19362018Urban and regional planner and academic2019 A
Warren Truss1948Former Federal National Party leader2019 A
Barry Tuckwell1931Classical French horn player1992 A
John Uhrig1928Chairman Santos Limited2000 Q
Peter Underwood19372014Governor of Tasmania2009 Q
Tom Uren19212015Boxer, soldier, politician2013 A
John Utz1928For service to business and to industry1989 A
Sir James Vernon19102000 Industrial Chemist, Director of CSR (Colonial Sugar Refining Company) 1958-82 1980 A
Dr Michael Vertigan1941 For service as a community leader in public administration, through development of far reaching fiscal policy reform; in business and industry, through focusing on strategic investment for sustainable economic growth; and in education through university governance 2004 A
Sir William Vines19162011 Managing Director, International Wool Secretariat; Chairman, Wool Review Committee; nla1nla2obit; KtB1987 Q
Nanette Stacy Waddy19152015 For service to medical education and to the community particularly in the field of drug and alcohol abuse 1988 Q
Nancy Wake19122011 War hero: "The award recognises the significant contribution and commitment of Nancy Wake, stemming from her outstanding actions in wartime, in encouraging community appreciation and understanding of the past sacrifices made by Australian men and women in times of conflict, and to a lasting legacy of peace"2004-02-22
Ron Walker19392018 For service to business, the arts and the community, and to raising the profile of Australia internationally with significant benefit for tourism and employment.2003 A
Stanley Wallis For service to business and manufacturing through strategic development of globally competitive enterprises, to enhancing the reputation of Australia internationally through reform of financial institutions and the taxation system, and to the community through support for medical research.2002 Q
Robert Walsh19171983 Services to medicine1982 Q
Kate Warner1948 28th Governor of Tasmania2017 A
Justice Marilyn Warren1951 For service to the judiciary and to the legal profession particularly the delivery and administration of law in Victoria, to the community in areas affecting the social and economic conditions of women and to forensic medicine internationally.2005 Q
Dr Robin Warren1937 Discovered Helicobacter pylori in 1979. Awarded 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine2007 A
Sir Bruce Watson For leadership in a range of fields of endeavour covering industry and commerce, the arts, and education and for developing medical research facilities of international standard in Australia 2004 A
Dr Ian Watt1950 Public servant, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2011-142016 Q
Penelope Wensley1946 Australian diplomat, Governor of Queensland2011 A
Sir Frederick Wheeler19141994Secretary to the Treasury1979 A
Gough Whitlam1916201421st Prime Minister of Australia 1972–751978 Q
Ray Whitrod19152003 For service to Australian law enforcement (Queensland Police Commissioner), to victims of crime and to the community1993 A
Judith Whitworth1944 For service to the advancement of academic medicine and as a major contributor to research policy and medical research administration in Australia and internationally2001 Q
Dr Paul Wild19232008Chairman of the CSIRO1986 A
Peter Wilenski19391994 For service to international relations and to public sector reform, particularly through fostering the implementation of social justice and equity principles1994 Q
Helen Williams1945Senior public servant2019 A
Prof Keryn Williams1949Medical scientist (Ophthalmology)2017 A
Peter Wills? For service to social and economic advancement through the development of public policy in relation to funding for biomedical research and evolving biotechnology industries2001 Q
Sir Ronald Wilson19222005 Justice of the High Court of Australia 1979–891988 A
Sir Henry Winneke19081985 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Governor of Victoria1982 A
Justice John Winneke19382019President of the Victorian Court of Appeal2004 Q
Professor Carl Wood19292011 Service to the discipline of obstetrics and gynaecology particularly through the development of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and its application to human infertility1995 A
Alan Woods19301990 Senior public servant; Secretary to the Departments of Defence, Resources and Energy, etc.1989 A
Justice Sir Edward Woodward19282010 For contributions to Australian public life, particularly in the areas of public administration, social justice, cultural diversity, education and advocacy for people with mental illness2001 Q
Roger Woodward1942Classical pianist1992 Q
Richard Woolcott1927 For service to international relations and to Asia Pacific economic co-operation.1993 Q
Hal Wootten1922 For service to human rights, to conservation, to legal education and to the law1990 Q
Neville Wran19262014 Premier of New South Wales 1976–861988 A
Sir Geoffrey Yeend19271994 Secretary to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Secretary to Cabinet1986 A
Sir John Young19192008 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria 1974–911989 A
Dr John Yu1934 For service to the provision and development of "state of the art" paediatric care and research, to children's rights, to education, and to the decorative and visual arts2001 Q
Mr. Yunupingu19562013Musician, songwriter, teacher, advocate, etc.2014 A
Carla Zampatti1942Fashion designer and businesswoman2009 Q
Sir David Zeidler19181998Chemist and industrialist1990 Q

Military Division

NameBornDied Notability Awarded[2] Notes[4]
GEN John Baker19362007 Vice-Chief of the Defence Force 1992–95, Chief of Defence Force 1995–981995 A
ADML Chris Barrie1945 Vice-Chief of the Defence Force 1997–98, Chief of Defence Force 1998–20022001 A
ADML Alan Beaumont19342004 Vice-Chief of the Defence Force 1989–1992, Chief of Defence Force 1993–951992 A
GEN Sir Phillip Bennett1928 Governor of Tasmania 1987–95; Chief of the Defence Force 1984–871985 Q
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin1960 Chief of Air Force (20082011), Vice Chief of the Defence Force (20112014), Chief of the Defence Force (2014 )2014 A
LTGEN John Coates19322018 Chief of the General Staff 1990–921992 A
LTGEN Peter Cosgrove1947 Chief of the Australian Army 2000–02. Subsequently, General Cosgrove, Chief of the Defence Force 2002–05; 2014 promoted to Knight of the Order (AK) on appointment as Governor-General2000-03-25
AIRMSHL David Evans1925 Chief of Air Staff 1982–851984 Q
AIRMSHL Ray Funnell1935 Vice-Chief of the Defence Force 1986–87, Chief of the Air Staff 1987–921989 Q
LTGEN Ken Gillespie1952 Vice Chief of the Defence Force/Chief of Joint Operations and Chief of Army 2011 A
GEN Peter Gration1932 Chief of Army 1984–87, Chief of the Defence Force 1987–93 1988 A
LTGEN John Grey1939 Chief of the General Staff 1992–951995 Q
GEN Sir Francis Hassett19182008 Chief of General Staff 1973–75, Chief of the Defence Force Staff 1975–771975 Q
ACM Angus Houston1947 Chief of the Defence Force 2005–2011; 2015 promoted to Knight of the Order of Australia (AK)2008 A
ADML Mike Hudson19332005 Chief of the Naval Staff 1985–911987 Q
LTGEN David Hurley1953 Chief Capability Development Group 2003-07, Chief of Joint Operations 2007-08, Vice-Chief of the Defence Force, 2008–11. Subsequently, General Hurley, Chief of the Defence Force 2011–14, Governor of New South Wales (2014–Present)2010 A
VADM Ian Knox1933 Vice-Chief of the Defence Force 1987–891989 Q
VADM David Leach1928 Chief of the Naval Staff 1982–851984 Q
LTGEN Peter Leahy1952 Chief of Army 2002–082007 Q
VADM Ian MacDougall1938 Maritime Commander Australia 1989–90, Chief of the Naval Staff 1991–94, Commissioner NSW Fire Brigades 1994–2003, Chair CRC Bushfires 2003–07, etc.1993 Q[4]
AIRMSHL John Newham1930 Chief of the Air Staff 1985–871986 Q
LTGEN Lawrence O'Donnell 1933 Chief of the General Staff 1987–901989 Q
HRH Prince Philip1921 Consort of HM The Queen; 2015 promoted to Knight of the Order of Australia (AK)1988 Q [1]
LTGEN John Sanderson1940 Commander United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia, Chief of the General Staff 1995–97, Chief of Army 1997–1998, Governor of Western Australia 2000–05.1994 A
ADML Sir Victor Smith19131998 Chief of Naval Staff 1968–70, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee 1970–751975 Q
VADM Sir David Stevenson 19181998 Chief of Naval Staff 1973–761976 A

Honorary Companions

Country NameBornDied Notability Awarded[2] Notes[4]
Tofilau Eti Alesana19241999Foreign Minister of Samoa 1984–85 and 1988–986 July 1994
Richard Armitage1945United States Deputy Secretary of State1 July 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi1945In recognition of her outstanding leadership and great personal courage in the struggle to bring democracy to Burma24 May 1996
Michelle Bachelet1951President of Chile 2006–2010, 2014–; Executive Director of UN Women5 October 2012
Francis Blanchard19162009Second longest-serving Director-General of the International Labour Organization26 Jan 1990
Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu19101997(Best known as "Mother Teresa of Calcutta"). Roman Catholic nun, Humanitarian26 Jan 1982
Jacques Cousteau19101997In recognition of service to the environment, conservation and marine exploration26 Jan 1990
Koichiro Ejiri19202015Chairman of Mitsui and Company Ltd; Chairman of Mitsubishi; etc.6 Feb 1992
Sir Peter Gadsden19292006 For service to Australian/British relations, particularly as Chairman of the Britain-Australia Bicentennial Committee26 Jan 1988
Goh Chok Tong1941Prime Minister of Singapore 1990–20041 Feb 2005
Alexandre Hay19191991President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).26 Jan 1990
Takashi Imai1929 Chairman of Nippon Steel (1998-2003); Director: Nippon Life Insurance, Nippon T & T, Japan Securities Finance Co; etc.8 July 2003
Jill Ker Conway19342018Author and academic12 Jun 2013 [6][7]
Sir John Key1961 For eminent service to Australia-New Zealand relations18 July 2017
Yorihiko Kojima1941 For eminent service to advancing Australia-Japan bilateral trade and economic relations9 April 2015 [8]
Lee Ku-Taek1946 Chairman and CEO of POSCO; Chairman of World Steel Association; etc.16 March 2006
Nelson Mandela19182013President of South AfricaJun 1999
Akio Mimura1940Representative Director & President of Nippon Steel28 Sep 2012
Constantine Mitsotakis19182017Prime Minister of Greece6 Feb 1992
Minoru Murofushi19312016 Chairman, ITOCHU Corporation; Chairman, Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry; etc.8 July 2003
Shigeo Nagano19001984 Chairman of Nippon Steel; President of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; etc.26 Jan 1980
Saburo Okita19141993 For service to international relations between Australia and Japan17 May 1985
Turgut Özal19271993Prime Minister of Turkey8 Feb 1991
Sir Geoffrey Palmer1942Prime Minister of New Zealand 1989–908 Feb 1991
Tae-Joon Park19272011For eminent service to Australian/Korean relations, particularly trade.8 Feb 1991
Tunku Abdul Rahman19031990First Prime Minister of Malaysia26 Jan 1987
José Ramos-Horta1949President of Timor-Leste 2007-2012, etc.25 Nov 2013
Sir Shridath Ramphal1928Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations 1975–9026 Jan 1982
Michel Rocard19302016Prime Minister of France6 Feb 1992
Mark Rutte1967Prime Minister of the Netherlands9 Oct 2019
Eishiro Saitō 19112002For service to Australia-Japan business relations26 Jan 1988
Hiroshi Saitō 1939For service to Australia-Japan business relations14 Oct 1997
Lord (Edward) Shackleton19111994 For service to Australian/British relations, particularly through the Britain/Australia Society26 Jan 1990
Sir Brian Talboys19212012Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand 1975–8126 Jan 1982
Prof Stuart Ross Taylor1925 For outstanding service to science, particularly in the fields of geochemistry and cosmochemistry4 Sep 2008
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa1944New Zealand opera singer26 Jan 1990
Eiji Toyoda19132013 For service to Australian/Japanese relations, particularly the Australian automotive industry21 Sep 1993
Shoichiro Toyoda1925 For service to Australian manufacturing, particularly for his contribution to the industrial development of the Australian automotive industryJun 1999
Jørn Utzon19182008Architect of the Sydney Opera House17 May 1985
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono1949President of Indonesia9 March 2010
Prof Rolf Zinkernagel1944 Co-recipient with Professor Peter C. Doherty of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or MedicineJun 1999

Former Companions

NameBornDied Notability Awarded[2] Notes[4]
Brian Burke1947Premier of Western Australia 1983-88.1988 Q[1] Honour cancelled in 1995[4][9]
H. C. "Nugget" Coombs 19061997 Australian economist, senior public servant, 1st Governor of the Reserve Bank, etc. 1975 Q[10] Resigned in 1976 when AK created.[4][11]
Richard Pratt19342009 Businessman.1998 Q[12] Resigned from the Order: refer Gazette No. S 40, 22 Feb 2008.[4]
Patrick White19121990Author 1975 Q[10]Resigned in 1976 in protest at the sacking of the Whitlam government in 1975.[4][13]

Announcements of appointments of Companions

A list of links to announcements of all awards appears on the Governor-General's website.[14]

Gen = General Division; Mil = Military Division; Hon = Honorary award; Tot = Total
DateGazetteTopicGen Tot Mil Tot Hon TotTotalref
14 Feb 1975Appointment of John Robert Kerr11001
9 Jun 19751975 S113 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia) (Includes awards for H. C. "Nugget" Coombs and Patrick White who later resigned.) 67229 QB 1975[10]
1976Resignation of Nugget Coombs (Awarded 1975 Q[10]) −168
1976Resignation of Patrick White (Awarded 1975 Q[10]) −157
26 Jan 19761976 Australia Day Honours5101313 AD 1976
7 Jun 19761976 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)11114 QB 1976
26 Jan 19771977 S0071977 Australia Day Honours21316 AD 1977
11 Jun 19771977 S1021977 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)31619 QB 1977
26 Jan 19781978 S0151978 Australia Day Honours31922 AD 1978
6 Jun 19781978 S0971978 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)42326 QB 1978
26 Jan 19791979 Australia Day Honours52831 AD 1979
Jun 19791979 Queen's Birthday Honours43235 QB 1979
26 Jan 19801980 Australia Day Honours23437 AD 1980
26 Jan 1980Honorary award: Shigeo Nango1138
Jun 19801980 Queen's Birthday Honours43842 QB 1980
26 Jan 19811981 Australia Day Honours34145 AD 1981
Jun 19811981 Queen's Birthday Honours24347 QB 1981
26 Jan 19821982 S0131982 Australia Day Honours44751 AD 1982
26 Jan 1982Honorary awards: Mother Teresa, Shridath Ramphal and Brian Talboys 3454[15]
Jun 19821982 Queen's Birthday Honours14855 QB 1982
26 Jan 19831983 S0131983 Australia Day Honours35158 AD 1983
Jun 19831983 S1131983 Queen's Birthday Honours25360 QB 1983
26 Jan 19841984 S0211984 Australia Day Honours35663 AD 1984
Jun 19841984 S2121984 Queen's Birthday Honours1572566 QB 1984
26 Jan 19851985 S0171985 Australia Day Honours46170 AD 1985
17 May 1985Honorary awards: Saburo Okita and Jørn Utzon 2672
Jun 19851985 S1981985 Queen's Birthday Honours1673 QB 1985
26 Jan 19861986 S0181986 Australia Day Honours56678 AD 1986
Jun 19861986 Queen's Birthday Honours6721785 QB 1986
26 Jan 19871987 Australia Day Honours37588 AD 1987
26 Jan 1987Honorary award: Tunku Abdul Rahman1789
Jun 19871987 Queen's Birthday Honours8831898 QB 1987
26 Jan 19881988 S0201988 Australia Day Honours139619112 AD 1988
26 Jan 1988Honorary awards: Peter Gadsden and Eishiro Saitō 29114
Jun 19881988 S1591988 Queen's Birthday Honours (Includes award to Brian Burke which was subsequently cancelled.) 11107110126 QB 1988[1]
26 Jan 19891989 S0291989 Australia Day Honours11118137 AD 1989
16 Feb 1989Appointment of Bill Hayden1119138
Jun 19891989 S1921989 Queen's Birthday Honours9128313150 QB 1989
26 Jan 19901990 S0171990 Australia Day Honours4132154 AD 1990
26 Jan 1990Honorary awards: Francis Blanchard, Jacques Cousteau, Alexandre Hay, Lord Edward Shackleton and Kiri Te Kanawa 514159
Jun 19901990 S1411990 Queen's Birthday Honours9141168 QB 1990
26 Jan 19911991 S0131991 Australia Day Honours10151178 AD 1991
8 Feb 1991Honorary awards: Turgut Özal, Geoffrey Palmer and Park Tae-joon 317181
Jun 19911991 S1481991 Queen's Birthday Honours7158188 QB 1991
26 Jan 19921992 S0091992 Australia Day Honours9167215199 AD 1992
6 Feb 1992Honorary awards: Koichiro Ejiri, Constantine Mitsotakis and Michel Rocard 320202
Jun 19921992 S1271992 Queen's Birthday Honours6173208 QB 1992
26 Jan 19931993 S0081993 Australia Day Honours8181216 AD 1993
Jun 19931993 S1561993 Queen's Birthday Honours (Includes Ian MacDougall AC (mil) who does not appear in the "It's an Honour" database.) 5186116222 QB 1993
21 Sep 1993Honorary award: Eiji Toyoda121223
26 Jan 19941994 S0071994 Australia Day Honours7193117231 AD 1994
Jun 19941994 S1901994 Queen's Birthday Honours4197235 QB 1994
6 Jul 1994Honorary award: Tofilau Eti Alesana 122236
26 Jan 19951995 S0081995 Australia Day Honours3200118240 AD 1995
Jun 19951995 S1961995 Queen's Birthday Honours2202119243 QB 1995
1995Cancellation of award to Brian Burke (Awarded QB 1988) −1201242
26 Jan 19961996 S0121996 Australia Day Honours2203244 AD 1996
18 July 2017Honorary award: Sir John Key123245
Jun 19961996 S1852017 Special Honours List4207249 2017
24 May 1996Honorary award: Aung San Suu Kyi123245
Jun 19961996 S1851996 Queen's Birthday Honours4207249 QB 1996
26 Jan 19971997 S0131997 Australia Day Honours4211253 AD 1997
Jun 19971997 S1911997 Queen's Birthday Honours1212254 QB 1997
14 Oct 1997Honorary award: Hiroshi Saitō 124255
26 Jan 19981998 S0141998 Australia Day Honours6218261 AD 1998
Jun 19981998 S2421998 Queen's Birthday Honours (Includes award for Richard Pratt who subsequently resigned.) 2220263 QB 1998[12]
26 Jan 19991999 S0161999 Australia Day Honours5225268 AD 1999 pp.1–17 pg.18
Jun 19991999 S2141999 Queen's Birthday Honours3228271 QB 1999
Jun 1999Honorary awards: Nelson Mandela, Shoichiro Toyoda and Rolf Zinkernagel 327274
26 Jan 20002000 S0102000 Australia Day Honours2230276 AD 2000
25 Mar 2000Appointment of LtGen Peter Cosgrove120277
Jun 20002000 S2732000 Queen's Birthday Honours4234281 QB 2000
26 Jan 20012001 S0152001 Australia Day Honours8242121290 AD 2001
30 Mar 2001Appointments of Peter Arnison, Marie Bashir and John Landy 3245293
Jun 20012001 S1862002 Queen's Birthday Honours8253301 QB 2001
27 Aug 2001Appointment of Marjorie Jackson-Nelson1254302
26 Jan 20022002 S0062002 Australia Day Honours8262310 AD 2002
Jun 20022002 S1602002 Queen's Birthday Honours8270318 QB 2002
26 Jan 20032003 S0052003 Australia Day Honours4274322 AD 2003
30 Apr 2003Appointment of Quentin Bryce1275323
Jun 20032003 S1692003 Queen's Birthday Honours8283331 QB 2003
8 Jul 2003Honorary awards: Takashi Imai and Minoru Murofushi 229333
5 Sep 20032003 S341Appointment of Richard William Butler1284334
26 Jan 20042004 S0042004 Australia Day Honours (Includes Dyson Heydon who does not appear in the "It's an Honour" database.) 7291341 AD 2004
22 Feb 2004Appointment of Nancy Wake1292342
14 Jun 20042004 S1672004 Queen's Birthday Honours7299349 QB 2004
26 Jan 20052005 S0012005 Australia Day Honours7306356 AD 2005
1 Feb 20052005 S019Honorary appointment: Goh Chok Tong130357
13 Jun 20052005 S0812005 Queen's Birthday Honours7313364 QB 2005
26 Jan 20062006 S0012006 Australia Day Honours (Includes Sr Mary Bernice Elphick who does not appear in the "It's an Honour" database.) 8321372 AD 2006
16 Mar 2006Honorary appointment: Lee Ku-Taek131373
12 Jun 20062006 S0752006 Queen's Birthday Honours7328380 QB 2006 (notes)
26 Jan 20072007 S0022007 Australia Day Honours6334386 AD 2007 (notes)
11 Jun 20072007 S1002007 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)5339122392 QB 2007 (Gen) (Mil)
28 Sep 20072007 S192Order of Wearing392
26 Jan 20082008 S0012008 Australia Day Honours6345123399 AD 2008 (Gen) (Mil)
22 Feb 20082008 S040Resignation of Richard Pratt (Awarded QB 1998) −1344398
9 Jun 20082008 S1062008 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)8352406 QB 2008 (notes)
4 Sep 20082008 S177Honorary Appointment of Stuart Ross Taylor132407 2008 S177
26 Jan 20092009 S0042009 Australia Day Honours3355410 AD 2009 (notes)
8 Jun 20092009 S0842009 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)3358124414 QB 2009 (notes)
26 Jan 20102010 S0032010 Australia Day Honours4362418 AD 2010 (Gen) (Mil)
9 Mar 20102010 S024Honorary Appointment of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 133419 2010 S24
14 Jun 20102010 S0842010 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)5367424 QB 2010 (notes)
1 Jul 20102010 S102Honorary Appointment of Richard Armitage 134425 2010 S102
26 Jan 20112011 S0032011 Australia Day Honours2369125428 AD 2011 (Gen) (Mil)
13 Jun 20112011 S0922011 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)1370429 QB 2011 (notes)
29 Jun 2011Peter Hollingsworth1371430
26 Jan 20122012 S0012012 Australia Day Honours5376435 AD 2012 (notes)
Jun 20122012 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)8384443 QB 2012 (notes)
28 Sep 20122012 S152Honorary Appointment of Akio Mimura135444 2012 S152
5 Oct 20122012 S160Honorary Appointment of Michelle Bachelet136445 2012 S160
26 Jan 20132013 Australia Day Honours4388449 AD 2013 (notes}
12 Jun 20132013 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)1389450 QB 2013 (notes)
12 Jun 2013Honorary Appointment of Jill Ker Conway137451 Honorary AC[6][7]
25 Nov 20132013 1742Honorary Appointment of José Ramos-Horta138452 2013 1742
26 Jan 20142014 Australia Day Honours7396126460 AD 2014 (Gen} (Mil)
9 Jun 20142014 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)7403467 QB 2014 (notes)
26 Jan 20152015 Australia Day Honours5408472 AD 2015 (notes)
9 Apr 2015Honorary Appointment of Yorihiko Kojima139473 2015 0503
8 Jun 20152015 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)8416481 QB 2015 (notes)
26 Jan 20162016 Australia Day Honours10426491 AD 2016 (notes)
13 Jun 20162016 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)13439504 QB 2016 (notes)
26 Jan 20172017 Australia Day Honours11450515 AD 2017 (notes)
12 Jun 20172017 Queen's Birthday Honours (Australia)15465530 QB 2017(notes)
18 Jul 2017Honorary Appointment of Sir John Key140531 2017 00815
26 Jan 20182018 Australia Day Honours16481547 AD 2018


11 Jun 20182018 Queen's Birthday Honours10491557 QB 2018


26 Jan 20192019 Australia Day Honours19510576 AD 2019 (notes)
10 Jun 20192019 Queen's Birthday Honours12522588 QB 2019

It's an Honour

  • Companion of the Order of Australia
  • Fact sheet
  • From the Advanced search page, it is possible to produce a list of all recipients (that appear in the "It's an Honour" database).
    • In March 2014, there were 457 entries in the database.
    • In December 2016 there were 501 entries in the database. (Versus [508 awarded minus 3 resigned minus 1 cancelled] = 504, minus 3 not in the database = 501)
    • In September 2017 there were 512 entries in the database. (519-4=515, minus 3 = 512)
    • The list does not necessarily show all recipients of the Companion of the Order of Australia, as some awardees of Australian honours elect not to have their names appear on the "It's an Honour" website.[4]
    • The database information does not distinguish between the General and Military divisions, nor whether the award is honorary or substantive.
    • Note, however, that honorary recipients are denoted by [ H ] next to their name in the search function.
  • As stated above, awards to foreigners are usually honorary, and to date, all awards to foreign Companions in the General division have been honorary. The only exception to this has been Prince Philip's appointment as AC (mil).[1] To date there have been no Honorary Companion appointments to the Military division. This has not necessarily been the case in other grades. (For example, US General David Petraeus AO (mil) is honorary,[16] and Prince Charles and Prince Philip's substantive knighthoods (AK) were enabled by changes to the Letters Patent.)

See also

Notes and citations

  1. 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, 13 June 1988, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, Special Issue No. S159, pg.1
  2. Date Awarded
    A or AD = Australia Day List (26 January)
    Q or QB = Queen's Birthday List (Second Monday in June)
  3. The primary content of this "Notes" column is the reference to the recipient's entry in the "It's an Honour" data base - refer to the #It's an Honour section of this page for more information.
    The intention is that the number of references to the "It's an Honour" data base will be equal to the number of references in the "It's an Honour" data base.
    (In early January 2017 there were 501 references in both this article and the "It's an Honour" database.)
    Secondary contents are explanatory references and comments - refer to the #Notes section of this page for more information.
  4. At least seven recipients do not appear in the "It's an Honour" database:
  5. Despite what the "It's an Honour" database may say, Noel Butlin was (posthumously) appointed a Companion on the Queen's Birthday in 1991 - refer to the QB 1991 Archived 2016-03-25 at the Wayback Machine Gazette for the correct information.
  6. O'Grady, Pamela (12 June 2013). "Order Of Australia - Honorary AC - Jill Ker Conway" (PDF). Governor General of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  7. 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List Archived 2017-02-18 at the Wayback Machine,
  8. Yorihiko Kojima Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Honorary AC, 9 April 2015.
  9. Peter Mickelburough (6 June 2013). "Social leaders stripped of honours after falling from grace". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
    Peter Mickelborough (19 January 2014). "Achievers stripped of their Australian honours after disgrace". Sunday Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  10. 1975 Queen's Birthday Honours List Archived 2014-02-12 at the Wayback Machine,
  11. "Nugget" Coombs Archived 2014-03-23 at the Wayback Machine, Australian Academy of Science
  12. 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List,
  13. Patrick White, Patrick White Speaks. (Retrieved 12 April 2014.) It is often stated that Patrick White resigned for the same reason that "Nugget" Coombs did, namely, in protest at the introduction of the level of Knight and Dame into the Order of Australia in May 1976. It is true that White's resignation came after that event, but it was not because of it. According to his own testimony, White's reason was the dismissal of the elected government of Gough Whitlam by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr in November 1975. Kerr had been influential in persuading White to accept the award in the first place.
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2016-06-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. "The awards and recipients". The Canberra Times. 56, (16, 922). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 26 January 1982. p. 10. Retrieved 25 May 2018 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  16. David Petraeus - Honorary Officer (AO) in the Military Division, 3 November 2009, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, Special Issue No. S172
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