The head of Queensland’s Anglicans, Archbishop Phillip John Aspinall, has received Australia’s highest honour, the Companion (AC) or the Order of Australia: “For eminent service to the Anglican Church of Australia, to the development of ecumenical relationships and professional standards, and through commitment to social justice and welfare.”
Aspinall began his working life as a computer programmer for the Tasmanian Education Department, before becoming an Anglican Priest (ordained minister). His first parish was the Bridgewater-Gagebrook Special Area of Ministry, a large public housing estate in Hobart where his training meant he could teach basic computer courses to people at Skillshare. He later headed Anglicare Tasmania. He has been a key leader of the more liberal part of the Anglican Church of Australia, which he served as primate (national leader) 2005 to 2014.
He served as a bishop in Adelaide before becoming Archbishop of Brisbane in 2002.
The longest serving elder in the Uniting Church in Australia, Everald Ernest Compton, has been upgraded as a AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on top of an earlier AM (Member of the order. he receives his honour for “distinguished service to the aged welfare sector through advocacy and advisory roles, to the Uniting Church in Australia, and to the community.”
Compton is Chairman of Longevity Alliance Australia which is based at the University of Queensland where he is an Adjunct Professor. He is also Honorary Campaign Leader of Dying with Dignity Queensland and is actively involved in the Campaign to have Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation enacted in the Queensland Parliament.
Among a number of Christians awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia):
A retired paediatric surgeon, Mervyn Lander was ordained as an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Brisbane in 1996. Lander has been a member and teacher of the World Community for Christian Meditation since its early days. He is an Oblate of the Anglican Benedictine Community at St Mark’s Abbey, Camperdown, Victoria. Dr Cecilie Lander was also awarded a AM for “For significant service to neurological medicine, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.” Together they are long serving priests at St Paul’s Anglican Church, East Brisbane.
Former Nationals MLC, Murray Scott Montgomery of Albany, WA, has been honoured for his parliamentary service and for his service in the WA Anglican Church.
Former Christian Schools Australia National Councillor and State Chair, Jill Healey, was recognised for ‘significant service to education through leadership and advisory roles’. After commencing her career as a Science and Mathematics teacher Mrs Healey became Executive Principal of Flinders Christian Community College in 1994 until her retirement in 2014. During that period she also served at Victorian State Chair of Christian Schools Australia and for two terms on the CSA National Council.
Among a number of Christians awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia):
Alan Erskine Cummins of Gordonvale, Queensland. was honoured for “service to caving” but his chaplaincy work for Scripture Union and volunteering with Gideons is also noted.
Katrina Gliddon of Newport, Victoria is honoured for her service to the international community of Cambodia as a
Field Worker for Australian Christian Churches International Relief, 2008-2010.
A self-funded Missionary to Zambia, for the Church Missionary Society, Elizabeth Mary Hawthorne of Toorak, Victoria.
Mrs Rita Hillier of Wavell Heights Queensland served as Manager, Community Refugee Settlement Scheme, since 1990 for the All Saint’s Anglican Parish of Chermside.
Mr Edward Kerr of Lindfield NSW was honored for service on the boards of Northridge Vineyard Church.
Mrs Joan Moylan, NSW was honored for teaching religion in Catholic schools and as a volunteer in public schools.
The late Mr Paul Douglas Russell Formerly of Tolga Queensland, was honoured for being “involved with youth groups and prayer groups, and holding worship services at Carinya Aged Care facilities” and was the Former Chairman, Queensland Tropics Keswick Convention Committee, for 15 years.