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Clive Blazey (P’62) was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to horticulture, conservation and the community. A self-confessed backyard gardener, Clive and his wife Penny founded The Diggers Club in 1978 and published their first seed catalogue the same year. Concerned about the impact of mass production, genetically modified crops and a supermarket-driven food supply, Clive pioneered the revival of heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties in Australia. “We were pretty scientific,” he told the Mount Evelyn Mail. “We were always trying to offer different plants to what was common and mainstream, and when we went overseas we realised there were different species of tomatoes, so we collected those seeds and trialled them back here.” The Diggers Club has grown into Australia’s largest gardening club, with more than 75,000 members, while Clive has authored eight books (including the seminal The Australian Vegetable Garden) and countless articles for the Diggers Garden magazines. He has travelled the country on speaking tours, linking the role of gardening to sustainability and conservation as a campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation and Seed Savers Exchange (USA). In 2011, the Blazey family established the Diggers Foundation, gifting ownership of The Diggers Club and the gardens of Heronswood and St Erth to the Foundation to ensure that their important work continues well into the future. While Clive said that he was “pretty chuffed” with the recognition, he was happy just to wander around and admire gardens. “To me gardening is horticulture plus art and that’s what I get pleasure from.”

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Andrew Lemon (FB’67) was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to community history and the racing industry. Andrew is a multiple award-winning historian, best known for his three volume History of Australian Thoroughbred Racing (joint winner of the 2009 Australian Society for Sports History biennial book prize). He has written biographies, local, company and school histories, including The Master Gardener: A Biography of T. R. Garnett (2018) and The Pride of Miss McComas: 111 years of preparatory education at Geelong Grammar Glamorgan (1999). He co-authored Poor Souls, They Perished: The Cataraqui, Australia's Worst Shipwreck, which won the 1986 FAW Wilke Prize, while his book A Great Australian School: Wesley College Examined (2004) was shortlisted for the New South Wales state Premier’s History Award. In 2005, The University of Melbourne awarded him the degree of Doctor of Letters for his published work. In 2012, he was a John H. Daniels Research Fellow at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Virginia, USA. Andrew has been a long-serving volunteer for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, editing the Victorian Historical Journal for a decade, serving as a Councillor from 2009 and then President until 2014. He was also Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Friends of the State Library, served on the State Library Development Committee, the Board of the State Library of Victoria for eight years, and was a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.


Angus Macneil AM (M'59) became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to primary industry and to the community. From his property at Green Park in Rand, Angus has served the Riverina district of New South Wales for more than 50 years. He spent 10 years as Treasurer of the Lockhart and District Hospital Board, was President of the Lockhart Golf Club and was a founding member and inaugural President of the town’s Apex branch. He played a pivotal role in establishing Woodhaven Aged Care Hostel in Lockhart, and served as Chairman from 1990-2016. Angus has also been a member of the NSW Farmers Association, Grain Producers Australia, the Urana Shire Council and Landcare NSW. “I just wanted to contribute back to society that had given me such a good start in life, I guess that was really the motivator,” he told The Rural newspaper.

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Sue Peden (Je'81) was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community. Sue has been on the board of Carers Australia since 2015 and President of Carers Victoria since 2017. Sue was keen to contribute to Carers Australia after caring for two of her four children, who were both born with a rare, life-shortening genetic disorder. Having personally experienced the issues faced by carers, Sue has been an active volunteer with MJs, raising funds for Glenallen School, McAuley Women’s Refuge, Malvern Emergency Food Programme and the Avalon Centre, as well as volunteering and fundraising for Care to Compare, the Neuroscience Department of the Royal Children's Hospital and Malvern Scouts. Sue has worked for more than 25 years in advertising and communications with leading creative agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather, Leo Burnett, George Patterson and Clemenger BBDO, before establishing her own business. Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and has mentored students through the Access Connections Mentoring Program since 2014.

Sue joined Jon Faine and Dr Ranjana Srivastava on ABC Radio's The Conversation Hour in 2018 to discuss the role of carers: Listen to their conversation here.


Richard Southby (FB'56) was appointed as a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in the Priory of the United States of America for the Faith and in the Service of Humanity. Dr Southby has been involved with St John Ambulance Australia for many years and served as Vice Chancellor of the St John USA Volunteer Corps. He is the Professor of Global Health and Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He was previously Director of Health Services Research and Teaching in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at The University of Sydney. Richard is President Emeritus of the Royal Society of Medicine Foundation, a past President of the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, a past President of the Australian Public Health Association, and President of the International Health Policy and Management Institute. He has also been Director of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, which is the major professional development program for senior health professionals in the United States Armed Forces and Department of Veterans Affairs, and has been a Visiting Professor and consultant with numerous universities and organisations around the world.