Queen honours salmon pioneer
Aquaculture pioneer Peter Shelley and Aboriginal elder Dr Patsy Cameron were among 28 Tasmanians recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June.
Mr Shelley, the founding Managing Director of salmon farm, Tassal Ltd, and Dr Cameron were made Officers of the Order of Australia (AO).
Mr Shelley, who lives in retirement at Margate, was recognised for distinguished service to business, particularly aquaculture, and to Australia-Japan relations, to professional associations and to the community.
Mr Shelley was the Managing Director of Tassal during the salmon industry's developmental years between 1988 and 1998.
Subsequently, he headed up Tasmanian Quality Foods for a decade.
Mr Shelley, who was awarded a Decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan in 2012, was Honorary Consul-General for Japan in Tasmania and has recently stepped down after 20 years as Vice-Patron of the Australia-Japan Society.
He described his award as "a big surprise and very special."
Dr Cameron of Tomahawk in the north-east was recognised for distinguished service to Tasmania’s Indigenous community through the promotion of educational participation and achievement and the preservation of culture, custodianship and traditional knowledge.
During 45 years working for her community, Aunty Patsy, as she is known, was Deputy Head of the Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education at UTAS for a decade and was the first Tasmanian appointed to the National Aboriginal Education Committee.
“I have a lump in my throat because I am overwhelmed by this beautiful surprise,” Dr Cameron said.
“I share this honour with others who have passed before me. Aunty Alma Stackhouse (OAM), Aunty Molly Mallett (AM) and Aunty Ida West (AM).
Nine Tasmanians were recognised in the General Division (AM) and a further 14 received the Order of Australia (OAM).
Two Tasmanian educators — Karen Gee and Lynne McDougall — were recognised with Public Service Medals in the Meritorious Division, which acknowledges outstanding service by employees.
Tasmania Police Commander Glenn Keating, who is in charge of Education and Training at the Tasmania Police Academy, was awarded the Australian Police Medal.
Tasmanians recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017
Officer in the Order of Australia General Division (AO)
Peter Shelley, Margate — Service to business, particularly through aquaculture and Australia-Japan relations
Dr Patricia Ellen Cameron, Tomahawk — Distinguished service to the Indigenous community of Tasmania through the promotion of educational participation and achievement, and to the preservation of culture, custodianship and traditional knowledge
General Division (AM)
Professor John Biggs, Sandy Bay — Service to tertiary education
Michael Brown, Rose Bay — Service to the community through fire and emergency management
The Honourable Jim Cox, Launceston — Service to State and local government, the people of Launceston and road safety
Dr David Daintree, Colebrook — Service to education, particularly to tertiary colleges and as a scholar
Jody Heald, New Town — Service to music education as a teacher, mentor and administrator and to professional associations
Dr Timothy Mooney, George Town — Service to medicine, to doctors in rural and remote areas and communities
Gail Richey, Hobart — Service to fishing and aquaculture industry
Dianne Snowden, Hobart — Service to the community as an historian and genealogical researcher, to higher education and heritage groups
Sheree Vertigan, Devonport — Service to secondary education, professional leadership and educational administration and to youth
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
Brian Baxter, Pipers River — Service to natural resource management
John Cameron, St Helens — Service to the community through a range of roles
Gary Carr, Prospect Vale — Service to community health and to sport
Wendy Charleston, Wilmot — Service to heritage preservation and to the community of Wilmot
Alan Dyer, Devonport — Service to community history
Gordon Ellings, late of Devonport — Service to rowing, to youth and to the community
Matthew Jacobs, Blackwall — Service to marine rescue organisations
Mary Knowles, Rossarden — Service to the community of the northern midlands, and to local government
Barry Lumley, West Hobart — Service to seniors' education, and to the community
Graeme Manning, West Hobart — Service to veterans and their families
Donald Ryan, Lenah Valley — Service to veterans and their families
Susan Shea, Riverside — Service to the retiree community
Barry Smith, Glenorchy — Service to the community of Hobart
Robert Harry Wilsdon, Sandy Bay — Service to people with disabilities, and to the community of Tasmania
Public Service Medals
Karen Gee (Tasmania) — Service to primary school teaching, special education and psychology
Lynne McDougall, Tranmere — Service to special education and student disability at both State and national levels
Australian Police Medal
Tasmania Police Commander Glenn Keating, who is in charge of Education and Training at the Tasmania Police Academy.
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4 July 2017, Edition 185