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Former Dean and Canterbury's man in Rome honoured

A number of Anglicans have been recognised in the Australia Day Honours list.

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By Mark Brolly

January 28 2016A former Dean of Melbourne who served as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Vatican, the Very Revd Canon David Richardson, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List.

Canon Richardson, who was Dean of St Paul's Cathedral from 1999-2008 until his appointment as Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, received the honour for distinguished service to religion, and to the Anglican Church of Australia, through international representational, ecumenical development, and interfaith cooperation roles.

He was Dean of Adelaide from 1989-99 and served in a number of other senior roles in the Anglican Church, including Executive Secretary of the National Liturgical Commission from 1985-2004 and a member of the Board of Election for the Primate of Australia from 2007-10.

Ordained in 1971, Canon Richardson and his wife Margie retired to Melbourne after his appointment in Rome concluded in 2013, just after the election of Pope Francis and enthronement of Archbishop Justin Welby at Canterbury.

Mrs Anne Kantor, a benefactor of the Brotherhood of St Laurence since the 1980s, also was appointed an AO for distinguished service to the community through philanthropic support for a range of environmental, social welfare, arts and educational organisations, and to psychotherapy. Mrs Kantor, of Kew, is sister of media proprietor Rupert Murdoch and daughter of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, whose philanthropic interests were broad and extended over many decades.

Several Victorian Anglicans were appointed Members of the Order of Australia (AM).

The Revd Canon Graeme Winterton, of Heathmont, was honoured for significant service to the community through disaster recovery and emergency support ministry, and to the Anglican Church. He was State Manager of the Victorian Council of Churches' Emergencies Ministry from 2003-09 and a member of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority after Black Saturday in 2009.

Canon Winterton has been the inaugural chaplain of Melbourne Legacy since 2007 and served as chaplain to the Victoria Police and the Australian Army.

A former Chancellor of the Diocese of Wangaratta and Deputy Chancellor of the Melbourne diocese, Mr John Batt, of Malvern, was honoured for significant service to the law and to the judiciary in Victoria, to legal scholarship, and to the Anglican Church of Australia. He was a member of the board of the Mission of St James and St John (now part of Anglicare) for 11 years from 1976 and of the Church's Victorian Provincial Legal Committee from 2002-10.

Two people associated with Caulfield Grammar School, Mr Ian Pyman and Mrs Jennifer Holliday, receive AMs. Mr Pyman was a council member of the independent, co-educational Anglican day and boarding school from 1993-98 and President of the Caulfield Grammarians Association from 1995-98, while Mrs Holliday -- a player and coach at international level and an administrator -- was Head of Girls Sport at the school from 1994-98.

A former Member of the Legislative Council, Mr David Evans, of Moyhu, was honoured. A director of St John’s Retirement Village and Nursing Home in Wangaratta, he has been a trustee of the Wangaratta diocese since 2004 and was a former council member of Holy Trinity Cathedral parish. Another supporter of St John's home, Mr Ian Cootes, of Brighton, was honoured for significant service to the road transport industry, to the development of improved safety and efficiency standards, and to philanthropy.

Several Melbourne Anglicans, many of them involved in education, were awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Dr Jane Carolan, of Kew, was honoured for her service as an historian, archivist and author, including at Brighton Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School in Kew; Mrs Margaret Griffiths, of Mornington, was recognised for her service to music education at several schools, including Shelford Girls' Grammar; Mr Gerald Keuneman, of Box Hill, has been named an OAM for service to music, and to the community, including at Mentone Girls Grammar School for the past 21 years; and the late Mr John Shute, formerly of Mt Waverley, was honoured for his service to the blind and those with low vision. He was a music teacher at Geelong Grammar School's Glamorgan campus in Toorak for 20 years from 1969, the last 10 of which as Head of Music.

Mr Andrew Fraser, a council member of St Paul's Seville in the Yarra Valley, was awarded an OAM for service to the footwear retailing industry, and to the community; Mrs Joy Jarman, a member of St John's Flinders, was recognised for her service to people with a disability; and Ms Joan Patterson, a parishioner of St Dunstan's Camberwell, Vice-President of Mothers' Union and Benedictine Oblate of St Mark's Abbey in Camperdown, was recognised for service to the community through a range of organisations.

Nationally, Mrs Christine Jensen, wife of the former Archbishop of Sydney Dr Peter Jensen, and Mr Allan Sauer, of Brisbane, were each awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the Anglican Church.

Mrs Jensen served the Mothers' Union in Sydney and nationally, was a lay member of the Women's Ministry Team in the Diocese of Sydney and was a mentor to clergy wives and those of students at Moore Theological College, while Mr Sauer has been a council member of the Brisbane diocese, General Synod member, Federal board member of the Bush Church Aid Society and served as Executive Officer of the Australasian Religious Press Association, of which he is still treasurer, from 2006-12.