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Posthumous Queen's Birthday honour for Cathedral stalwart

'Renaissance man' Mr Anthony Bailey honoured almost six months after his death.

People associated with Anglican schools and tertiary educational institutions featured prominently among those honoured on the Queen's official birthday.

By Mark Brolly

June 12 2018 

A stalwart of St Paul’s Cathedral, Mr Anthony Bailey, has been posthumously recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to the Anglican Church and to the community.

Mr Bailey, who died on Boxing Day last year, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

He served the Cathedral as Convenor and Honorary Secretary of the Friends of St Paul’s Cathedral from 1980-2008, Synod representative and Senior Sidesman from 1987-2006, Head Steward from 2000-12 (in 36 years as a steward from 1980) and as a Trustee of the Cathedral Music Foundation from 1989-2016.

Mr Bailey also served as Victorian President of the Prayer Book Society for 25 years until 2016, as Chairman of St Michael’s Grammar School from 1991-2000 during 20 years as a school Governor and as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Council for Christians and Jews from 2005-12.

At Mr Bailey’s memorial service in St Paul’s in February, Dean Andreas Loewe described him as a renaissance man.

“With a clear idea of decorum and chivalry – literally, for many years, as the bailiff of the Yugoslav branch of the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem – Anthony was a dignified ambassador of this Cathedral church for a generation,” Dean Loewe said. “His interests were as wide ranging as his commitment to serving the cause of others…”

Mr Bailey, a barrister in his native England and in Victoria, was Head of the Accountancy department at RMIT University and served on the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund from 1984-2007.

Three men who have served Anglican educational institutions in Melbourne were appointed Officers of the Order of Australia (AO).

Professor James McCluskey, a Director of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, was honoured for distinguished service to medical education, as an academic in immunology, and through research into immune systems response to viruses; Mr Andrew Sisson, who has served on the board of Melbourne Girls Grammar School and on the investment committee of Melbourne Grammar School, was made an AO for distinguished service to the finance and investment sector, as an advisor to financial regulatory bodies, and through philanthropic support for cultural and charitable groups; and Mr John Higgins, Chair of the Learning and Leadership Advisory Group at Melbourne Grammar from 2006-12, was recognised for distinguished service to the community through philanthropic contributions to education, cultural, social welfare, and child cancer support organisations, and to business.

Professor Shurlee Swain, a member of the incumbency committee at Christ Church Geelong, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to education, particularly through comparative social history as an academic, author and researcher, and to the community.

Professor Swain, Professor of Humanities at Australian Catholic University from 2007-17, was the author of three reports for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2014 – History of Child Protection Legislation, History of Institutions providing Out-of-Home Residential Care for Children and History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children.

A Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in Australia since last year and of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia since 2007, she has also written other works, including Constructing the Good Christian Woman for the Uniting Church Historical Society in Victoria in 1993, Confronting Cruelty for Melbourne University Press in 2002 and Born in Hope: the early years of the Family Court of Australia in 2012.

Mr Neil Edwards – Chairman of Mission to Seafarers Victoria since 2016, a parishioner of St Andrew’s Brighton and board member of Brighton Grammar – also received an AM for significant service to business and commerce through corporate governance and leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

His roles have included the inaugural chairmanship of the Board of Training for Airservices Australia from 2012-16, a non-executive directorship of the Macfarlane Burnet Institute of Medical Research and Public Health, as Chair of the Port of Melbourne Corporation and as Secretary of the Victorian Department of State and Regional Development.

Mr Peter Kempen, long-time chair and director of Ivanhoe Grammar until last year, was made an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through executive roles with a range of health organisations, to education, and to the accountancy profession.

A former director of Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School, Mr David Caple, was named an AM for significant service to community health through workplace health and safety reforms and ergonomic policy development.

The Revd Helen Summers, who was ordained an interfaith minister in 1997 in the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York and who has been founding director of the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne since 2000, was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to interfaith relations and to education.

Ms Summers has been a member of the Multifaith Advisory Group to the Victorian Government, through the Department of Premier and Cabinet, since 2009.

A former Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete and former Head of Girls Athletics at Caulfield Grammar School, Mrs Terri Anne Cater (née Wangman), was honoured with an OAM for her service to athletics. Mrs Cater won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.

Anglicare Victoria volunteer Mrs Kathleen Hobson was awarded an OAM for service to the community of Ballarat, where she has lived since the 1950s.

Mrs Hobson, whose five children include tenor singer and performer David Hobson, has been a volunteer at Anglicare’s Emergency Relief Centre in Ballarat for 20 years and has been active in her parish of St Peter’s in areas as diverse as the choir and floral guild, the op shop and the playgroup, as well as the Mothers’ Union.

She has also been a long-time volunteer with Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

A parishioner of the Anglican Parish of Langwarrin-Pearcedale, Mr Bob Kilby, was awarded an OAM for service to youth with a disability through education initiatives.

Mr Kilby has been on the council of Burwood East Special Developmental School since 1984, including two periods totalling more than 26 years as President.

At church, Mr Kilby and his wife Margot together are involved in a number of ministries including monthly open-invitation social lunches, Honeybees playgroup, Sunday children’s ministry and a community Christmas carols and pageant annual outreach event at Cruden Farm, home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, which often attracts around 1000 people.

Mr Anthony Sell, a member of the Parish of St Eanswythe's Altona with St Clement's Laverton, was recognised with an OAM for service to pipe bands.

A retired lawyer, Mr Sell has been involved in the administrative and organisational aspects of the pipe band movement in Victoria and nationally for more than 50 years, including as Secretary of the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association and as an inaugural Life Member of Pipe Bands Australia. He was the inaugural Secretary of the Melbourne University Pipe Band in the early 1960s and later President of the City of Nunawading Highland Pipe Band.

Mr Michael Phillips, a board member of Camberwell Grammar School since 1999, was awarded an OAM for services to secondary education, while a former Chairman of the Bible Society of Australia, Mr William Renshaw, received an OAM for service to the community through a range of organisations.

* An Adelaide-based volunteer with Anglican Overseas Aid and Anglican Board of Mission, Mr Peter Routley, was honoured with an AM for “significant service to the international community through leadership and administration of foreign aid programs”.

Mr Routley managed AOA funding for the rebuilding of the Ban Nong Ping School in Laos, where he worked as an ABM missionary. He was also a project manager for World Vision’s food aid programs in Mauritania, Cambodia and Mali and was a recipient of the Coaldrake Award from ABM.

Former Test cricketer Mr John Inverarity, who served as Warden of St George’s College at the University of Western Australia and earlier as Headmaster of Hale School in Perth, was appointed an AM for significant service to education, and to cricket as a player, captain, coach and national selector.

Mr Inverarity, a Test player for Australia from 1968-72, was Australia’s Chairman of Selectors from 2011-14 and coached in Australia and at county level in England.

Mr Richard Dennis, a former member of the Anglican Church’s national Church Law Commission and Chancellor of the Adelaide diocese until last year, was honoured with an AM for significant service to the community of South Australia through a range of voluntary organisations, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.

Sydney Synod member and parishioner of St George’s Paddington, Professor Bernard Stewart, was recognised with an AM for significant service to medicine in the field of environmental carcinogenesis, as a researcher and advocate, and to professional medical organisations. He is Head of the Cancer Control Program at South Sydney Public Health Unit and Professor at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of NSW.

A former President of the Australian Anglican Diaconal Association, Archdeacon Emeritus Margaret Ranse of Canberra, received an OAM for service to the Anglican Church and to the community, for which she has been active in holistic nursing and aged care.

An Indigenous leader from Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Mrs Gayangwa Lalara, has been honoured with an OAM for services to the Indigenous community of the Northern Territory. Mrs Lalara is co-founder, Vice-Chair and Senior Cultural Adviser of the MJD Foundation, which supports Aboriginal people across the NT and Queensland who have Machado-Joseph Disease, a hereditary neuro-degenerative disease that has profoundly affected her family.