We have had cause to celebrate over the last two weeks as those who were awarded honours in both the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday lists in 2020 were invited to attend investiture ceremonies at Government House, where the gardens were in abundant spring bloom. Rather than the large ceremonies which were held prior to the COVID-19 pandemic these were small intimate affairs (22 over two weeks), with only a few select guests present and with strict security arrangements, temperature checks and social distancing. Alas, those in lockdown in other states could not be present.
Below we celebrate all those ANU women who were honoured in 2020, not to exclude those men who were similarly honoured but to urge our readers to nominate more women and to help increase the diversity of recipients more generally. As His Excellency, Governor-General David Hurley stressed in his remarks, these are awards nominated from communities, not by the government, and it is important that they fairly reflect the diversity of Australians across all sectors of society.
» Anyone can nominate someone to be recognised through the Order of Australia through the online form. Nominations can be submitted at any time during the year.
Professor Emerita Joan Beaumont was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for contribution to the study of war history.
Professor Rae Frances was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to history studies as a teacher, researcher and author.
Professor Margaret Jolly was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to education, particularly to gender and Pacific studies.
Dr Adele Chynoweth was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to public history.
Professor Jane Dahlstrom was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medical education, and to pathology.
Professor Christine Phillips was recognised in the Queens' Birthday Honours for significant service to medical education, to migrant and refugee health, and to medicine.