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Australian authors and industry figures recognised in 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours

The recipients of the 2020 Queens Birthday Honours have been announced. Among the recipients were Australian authors and industry figures including Marcia Langton, Sean Dorney, Herb Wharton, Karen Williams, Scott Pape and Carol Dettmann.

Professor Marcia Langton, author of numerous books including Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia (Hardie Grant), has been awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)—which recognises ‘distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large’—for ‘distinguished service to tertiary education, and as an advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’.

Journalist Sean Dorney, whose Lowy Institute paper The Embarrassed Colonialist was published by Penguin in 2016, also received an AO for ‘distinguished service to Australia–Papua New Guinea relations, to the broadcast media as a journalist, and as an author’.

Herb Wharton, the author of a number of poetry and short story collections including Unbranded, Cattle Camp and Where Ya’ Been, Mate? (all UQP), the semi-autobiography Yumba Days (UQP) and the self-published collection of poems Kings with Empty Pockets, has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)—for ‘service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group’—for ‘significant service to the literary arts, to poetry, and to the Indigenous community’. In 2012 Wharton was the recipient of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

Karen Williams, executive director of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which will this year publish its 100th book in an Indigenous language, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)—awarded for ‘service worthy of particular recognition’—for ‘service to Indigenous education through literacy programs’.

Scott Pape, author of The Barefoot Investor (Wiley) and The Barefoot Investor for Families (HarperCollins), received an OAM ‘for service to the community, and to financial education’. The Barefoot Investor has sold over 1.8 million copies since publication in December 2016, and The Barefoot Investor for Families (2018) has sold over 270,000 copies.

Carol Dettmann, publisher at fine art photography publisher Chapter & Verse, has also been awarded the OAM for ‘service to the community, and to publishing’.


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