Honoured Grammar Women

Honoured Grammar Women

The following past students of the School have been recognised under the Australian honours system, celebrating their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Australian community and humanity at large.

In assisting the School to keep an accurate and profiled record of these extraordinary achievements, please email GrammarWomen@bggs.qld.edu.au to inform us either of your own achievements, or those of a fellow alumna who has received an award through the Australian honours system.

The honoured alumnae below are listed by surname.


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Dr Joan Allsop AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 1981. For services to adult education.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1926 – 1930

The Honourable Justice Roslyn Atkinson AO
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Received 26 January 2015. For distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland, through contributions to the legal profession and to promoting awareness of issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1962 – 1965

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Dr Yvonne Bain AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 1990. For service to women’s affairs, particularly through the National Council of Women.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1942 – 1944

Prof Margaret Bullock AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 1997. For service in the field of Physiotherapy, particularly as a research leader, academic and administrator.
Centenary Medal
Received: 1 January 2001. For service to society in material technology and biotechnology.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1947 – 1950

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Mrs Jan Conroy OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received 8 June 2015. For service to the performing arts through dance.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1956 – 1957

Mrs Gladys Cooney (Foott) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 1992. In recognition of service to the community and local government.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1930

Miss Jeanette Covacevich AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 12 June 1995. For service to science particularly in the field of Herpetology and Conservation.
Public Service Medal
Received: 9 June 2003. For outstanding public service to the Queensland Museum, to the wider scientific community, and to the people of Queensland.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1959-1962

Mrs Margaret Cribb (Catt) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 8 June 1992. For service to education and to women’s affairs.
Years at Girls Grammar:1938 – 1941

Ms Elizabeth Cummings OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 2011. For service to the visual arts as a painter and teacher, and to conservation and the environment.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1949-1952

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Miss Beth Dawson AM 
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 2002. In recognition of service to nursing and the health care industry, in particular through St John Ambulance.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1944 – 1947

Reverend Judith Dewar OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 14 June 2004. For service to the community of Rockhampton, particularly through the Anglican Church.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1949 – 1951

Mrs Joie Dwyer (Malone) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 8 June 1992. For service to youth, particularly through the Girl Guides Association and to the community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1937 – 1940

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Mrs Melicent Ellis (Ayscough) OBE
The Order of the British Empire – Officer (Civil) (OBE)
Received: 1 January 1963. President of the Penguin Club of Australia.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1899 – 1901

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Mrs Daphne Fancutt (Seeney) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 1996. For service to tennis as a player, coach and administrator.
Australian Sports Medal
Received 30 September 2000 – Lifetime service to tennis.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1947 – 1948

Miss Rhoda Felgate MBE
Member of the Civil Division of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Received: 1 January 1955. Citation: Cultural movements.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1915 – 1918

Mrs Winifred Freeman (Oxnam) MBE CBE
The Order of the British Empire – Member (Civil) (MBE)
Received: 1 January 1965. Citation: Community
The Order of the British Empire – Commander (Civil) (CBE)
Received: 14 June 1980. Citation: Community
Years at Girls Grammar: 1917 – 1921

Mrs Ella Fry (Robinson) CBE
The Order of the British Empire – Commander (Civil) (CBE)
Received: 12 June 1982. Citation: Arts
Years at Girls Grammar: 1931 – 1933

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Dr Joan Godfrey OBE
The Order of the British Empire – Officer (Civil) (OBE)
Received: 1 January 1994. Citation: Nursing Education
Years at Girls Grammar: 1936 – 1939

Prof Adele Green (Westerman) AC
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Received: 14 June 2004. For service to medical research through significant advances made in the field of the epidemiology of skin cancer and ovarian cancer, to public health including improved Indigenous health, and for leadership in the wider scientific community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1965 – 1970

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Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer AM CSC (1971)
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 2004. For exceptional service in the fields of electronics engineering in Defence, and military education as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
Received 26 January 1997
Years at Girls Grammar: 1967 – 1969

Miss Alma Hartshorn AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 1983. For service in the field of social welfare.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1927 – 1931

Dr Elsie Harwood AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 10 June 1985. For service to the welfare of the ageing.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1926 – 1930

Emeritus Prof Dorothy Hill AC CBE
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Received: 26 January 1993. For service to Geology particularly as a Palaeontologist and to research and learning.
Order of the British Empire Commander- Commander (Civil) (CBE)
Received: 1 January 1971. Citation: Geology & Palaeontology
Years at Girls Grammar: 1920 – 1924

Mrs Margaret Hickey (Cooper) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 2008
Inspirational Women Speaker’s Award
Received: 8 March 2013
Years at Girls Grammar: 1953 – 1954

Ms Leigh Hillman OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 2005. For service through the provision of assistance to the community of Bali following the bombings which occurred on 12 October 2002.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1973 – 1977

Dr Beryl Hinckley OBE
The Order of the British Empire – Officer (Civil) (OBE)
Received: 01/01/1970. Citation: Mental Illness
Years at Girls Grammar: 1927 – 1931

Dr Cherrell Hirst AO
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Received: 26 January 1998. For service to education as Chancellor of QUT and to Medicine, in particular women’s health through the promotion of mammographic screening for the early detection of breast cancer.
Centenary Medal
Received: 1 January 2000 – For distinguished service to education and medicine
Years at Girls Grammar: 1960 – 1963

Mrs Edna Hopkins (Leven)
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 1993. For her service to education, particularly through English as a second language teaching and to multicultural education
Years at Girls Grammar: 1933 – 1936

Miss Phyllis Hyland AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 11 June 1990. For service to netball.
Years and Girls Grammar: 1950 – 1954

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Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Alice Johnston CSC
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
Received: 26 January 2014. For outstanding achievement as a staff officer within Modernisation and Strategic Plans Division of Army Headquarters.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1991 – 1992

Emeritus Professor Gwendolen Anne Jull AO
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division
Received: 26 January 2016. For distinguished service to medical education in the field of physiotherapy, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to professional associations.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1962 – 1965

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Dr Catherine Kezelman (Imhoff) AM 
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 2015. For significant service to community health as a supporter and advocate for survivors of child abuse.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1967 – 1969

Miss Maris King MBE
The Order of the British Empire – Member (Civil) (MBE)
Received: 12 June 1971. Principal Research Officer – Foreign Affairs Dept
Years at Girls Grammar: 1936 – 1939

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Dr Joan Lawrence (Lowrey) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 1993. For service to medicine, particularly in the field of Psychiatry.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1948 – 1951

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Miss Mabel McAlister OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 1993. For service to the Embroiderers Guild of Queensland. (Jan 93) Australia Day Honours.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1919 – 1921

Ms Julie McKay
ACT Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2013
Women’s advocate
Years at Girls Grammar: 1996 – 2000

Justice Margaret McMurdo (Hoare) AC
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Received: 11 June 2007. For service to the law and judicial administration in Queensland, particularly in the areas of legal education and women’s issues, to the support of a range of legal organisations, and to the community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1967 – 1971

Mrs Noela Medcalf (Christie) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 2011. For service to the Guiding movement, and to swimming.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1949 – 1952

Miss Margaret Mittelheuser AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 11 June 1996. For service to the finance industry as an investment advisor, to the stockbroking industry and to the community through cultural and educational organisations.
Centenary Medal
Received: 1 January 2001. For distinguished service to business and commerce.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1945 – 1947

Dr Cathryn Mittelheuser AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 1999. For service to women, particularly through the Lyceum Club.
Centenary Medal
Received: 1 January 2001. For distinguished service to the Arts and Lyceum Club.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1946 – 1948

Miss Jean Myers MBE OBE
Member of the Civil Division of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Received: 11 January 1986 Citation: Education
Years at Girls Grammar: 1933 – 1935

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Miss Elizabeth Nosworthy AO
Member of the Civil Division of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Received: 26 January 2005. For service to business through contributions to major development, energy and infrastructure projects, to the legal profession, particularly in the area of legal education, and to the community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1959 – 1963

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Mrs Alison Mary O’MALLEY (Don) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received 13 June 2016. For service to the community of Bundaberg through music.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1967 – 1971

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Mrs Meryl Papas (Hughes) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 26 January 2005. For service to rhythmic gymnastics as a coach, choreographer and judge, and to the community.
Australian Sports Medal
Received: 29 September 2000. Contribution to Gymnastics Queensland
Years at Girls Grammar: 1954 – 1957

Miss Margaret Peel
The Order of the British Empire – Member (Civil) (MBE)
Received: 24 June 1989. Citation: Physiotherapy.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1945 – 1948

Mrs Daphne Pirie (Welch) MBE, AO
The Order of the British Empire – Member (Civil) (MBE)
Received: 01 January 1989   Citation: Hockey
Australian Sports Medal
Received: 22 June 2000 – Current Board Member – Former Australian Team Member – Chair of National Technical Committee
Centenary Medal
Received: 01 January 2001 – For service to sport in Queensland particularly through hockey
Order of Australia
Received June 2012 – For distinguished service to sports administration and to hockey, particularly through roles with the Queensland Academy of Sport, as an advocate for the participation of women and girls in sport, and to the community of the Gold Coast region
Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame
Inducted: 02 December 2013
Years at Girls Grammar: 1946 – 1948

Dr Glenda Powell (Machin) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 10 June 2002. For service to geriatric medicine and aged care, particularly in the areas of diagnosis, management and rehabilitation, and as a teacher and mentor.
Centenary Medal
Received: 1 January 2001. For service to the veterans community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1952-1955

Prof Cheryl Praeger AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 7 June 1999. For service to mathematics, particularly in the areas of research and education an through professional organisations.
Centenary Medal
Received: 1 January 2000. For service to Australian society and science in mathematics.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1963-1965

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Miss Hilda Merydith Reid (1943) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia
Received 26 January 2017. For service to golf, and to the community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1940 – 1941

Group Captain Sandra Patricia Riley (Fryer) AM
Member (AM) in the Military Division of the Order of Australia
Received 26 January 2016. For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force through her contribution to the development and deployment of the aeromedical evacuation capability in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1979 – 1983

Ms Judith Rodriguez (Green) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 10 June 1994. For service to Australian literature, particularly in the area of poetry.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1950 – 1953

Mrs Daphne Roemermann (Francis) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received 26 January 1981. For service to education, particularly in the field of speech and drama.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1924 – 192

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Mrs Janine Schmidt (Hogg) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 2013. For significant service to the promotion of library services and information sciences, particularly through the development of electronic access initiatives.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1961 – 1964

Dr Ivy Schultz MBE OAM
The Order of the British Empire – Member (Civil) (MBE)
Received: 31 December 1977. Citation: Nursing.
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received 26 January 1993. For service to Nursing and Health.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1927 – 1928

Mrs Kathleen Shillam (O’Neill) AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received: 26 January 1986. For service to the arts, particularly in the field of sculpture and to education.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1930 – 1931

Mrs Peta Stilgoe (nee Walters) OAM
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Received: 10 June 2013. For service to dispute resolution.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1974 – 1978

Mrs Hilda Spence (Love) MBE
Member of the Civil Division of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Received: 16 June 1979. Citation: Community.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1902 – 1908

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Mrs Margaret Thorsborne (Pennefather) AO
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Received: 26 January 2011. For distinguished service to conservation and the environment through advocacy roles for the protection and preservation of wildlife and significant natural heritage sites in Australia, as a supporter of scientific research, and to the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1941 – 1942

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Dr Elsina Wainwright AM
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Received 26 January 2018. For significant service to international affairs, through Australian defence, foreign policy and conflict prevention studies, as an analyst and academic.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1984 – 1988

Miss Grace (Matron) Wilson CBE
The Order of the British Empire – Commander (Military) (CBE)
Received 1 January 1919. Citation: Army Nursing Services in France.
Years at Girls Grammar: 1897 – 1897