Three Kangaroo Island women make Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List

KI WOMEN: Bev Overton AM in her Kingscote herbarium. Carol Miell OAM in her American River radio room and Jennie Teasdale AM on her Pelican Lagoon garden.
KI WOMEN: Bev Overton AM in her Kingscote herbarium. Carol Miell OAM in her American River radio room and Jennie Teasdale AM on her Pelican Lagoon garden.

The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), today June 10 announced 1214 awards in the Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List.

This year there are three recipients on Kangaroo Island, all three are women. Click the links below to read each of their stories:

Indeed, the 2019 Honours List contains the highest ever percentage of women recipients in the Order of Australia at 40 per cent.

Included in the list are:

  • 993 recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia
  • 221 meritorious and military awards

"On behalf of all Australians I congratulate today's recipients. They have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation and deserve our thanks, admiration and to be celebrated," the Governor-General said.

"This is my last honours list as Governor-General. Over the last five years, it has been the greatest honour and privilege to recognise and celebrate over 80,000 recipients through the Honours and Awards System.

"These awards are our opportunity to say to fellow Australians, 'thank you - without you and your tireless service we wouldn't be the community or nation that we are'.

"Some names on today's list are well known. Many more are known only to those they help and serve day-in-day-out. They are all wonderful people and are all worthy of recognition and celebration.

"This is the greatest part of our system; it doesn't matter who you are, where you are from or whether you're known to millions or just a few. If you have constantly put others ahead of yourself, served tirelessly and made a difference you can be nominated and recognised by a grateful nation.

"I encourage all Australians, if ever you see someone with an Order of Australia lapel badge, or see an Order of Australia post nominal after their name, to recognise that the person is extraordinary and has served their community and nation.

"And if, in doing so, you think of someone you know that is similar then consider nominating them for an award so that they too can be celebrated."

"It is great that the overall number of nominations and upward trend of Australian women being acknowledged through the Honours system continues to grow. We would all welcome higher recognition of magnificent Australian women."

To nominate someone for next year and to see a full list of the 2019 recipients, visit www.gg.gov.au

Honours facts:

The Queen's Birthday 2019 list recognises 993 outstanding and inspirational Australians.

Recipients announced in the Queen's Birthday list will be invested with their awards at ceremonies at Government Houses around the country in coming months.

Since 2014, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) has appointed or awarded over 6000 Australians in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

The break-down of Order of Australia Honours in The Queen's Birthday 2019 list is:

  • 12 appointed Companions of the Order (AC)
  • 69 appointed Officers of the Order (AO)
  • 319 appointed Members of the Order (AM)
  • 593 Medals (OAM) awarded.

Women received 395 - or 40 per cent - of awards. The number of nominations and awards for women are trending up.

Almost 43 per cent of awards (420 in total) were for outstanding service or achievement in the community.

The oldest recipient The Queen's Birthday 2019 list is 99 years old. The youngest recipient is 18 years old.

23 recipients have previously received an award in the Order - their appointment to a higher category recognises continued service and a higher level of contribution.

The majority of medals are engraved at Government House in Canberra. Including service medals, around 16,000 medals are engraved each year at Government House.

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