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Message from the Branch Chair

It is an honour to have been elected as the Chair of the ACT Branch of The Order of Australia Association for 2016, following Trish Keller OAM. I hope to continue the tradition of Trish and earlier Chairs, to maintain their initiatives and further pursue activities to cater to the wide range of interests of our members. We will continue to further extend the reach of the ACT Branch of the Order of Australia Association into the community, with our support of charities, and engage our members to promote the aims of the Association.

Prior to accepting the role, I was Secretary of the ACT Branch for a number of years and have enjoyed meeting as many members as possible over that time. I especially value the support of my wife Dianne in fulfilling my role. We raised our three children in Canberra which has been our home for 43 years after coming here from South Australia.

Like so many of you, I enjoy the engagement with the ACT community and received my award in 2008 for Service to Youth with ACT Scouts at Kambah and for a long involvement with Tuggeranong Junior Cricket in a variety of roles, an involvement I still have. In my time with the ACT Branch Committee, I have been continually impressed with the contributions to society that our honours awardees have made. It is our duty too, to nominate for awards, ACT citizens who are continuing to provide significant contributions to the ACT region, particularly the women who are underrepresented in the awards system.

We have an enthusiastic 2017 committee to provide a variety of activities in which local members can become involved. To enhance our Association, members are welcome to contact me with any ideas and suggestions they may have.

Bruce Trewartha OAM

Australia Day Breakfast address

Ms Penelope Thwaites AM – Click here do download


The annual OAA-ANU lecture held on 26 October 20!7, presented by Professor Chennupati Jagadish, AC on the topic “Nanotechnology: Opportunities and Challenges” gave our members a window to the world of nanotechnology and its impact on so many aspects of our life.

Professor Jagadish’s lecture can be viewed here


The Oration is an initiative of the Order of Australia Association – ACT Branch to further recognise the important contribution made by military members of the Order of Australia to the fabric of Australian society – by bringing together general and military recipient of the Order. It aims to create a closer understanding of each other’s commitment to service – as recognised through the Australian Honours system. This includes service personnel awarded “Distinguished Service Decorations” and Australian Bravery Decorations. Also to narrow any perception about the “Military Division” honours being so different to “General division” honours due to nomination methodology – whereas all acknowledge service above and beyond to Australia – and thus to Australians all.

The 2017 Oration was provided by VADM Ray Briggs AO, CSC RAN Vice Chief of the Defence Force entitled ‘ For Society and of Society: Where the ADF sits in modern Australia’.

2017 ADF Oration