Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attend a lunch hosted by Governor-General

23 October 2011

The Governor-General hosted a lunch in honour of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Government House, Canberra.

The guest list for the lunch included outstanding Australians who represent the arts, sport, entertainment, education, the Church, medicine, business, the defence forces, farming andphilanthropy.

Lunch Guest List

Mr Martin Culkin (Principal, Dandenong High School, Melbourne) and Ms Joy Hillier

Martin Culkin has been the Principal of Dandenong High School since 2000.This school, in a disadvantaged community of outer Melbourne, is the largest single site secondary school in Victoria.It has a student population of 2,100from 68 nationalities, of which Afghanis are the largest group.The school’s unique structure and innovative approach to teaching and learning have received national and international acclaim.In his early career, Martin taught in many schools in metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria.He is a keen sailor.

Joy Hillier is a teacher of some 40 years experience in Victoria, and most recently headed the English department of Glen Waverley Secondary College, a school with 1,900 students including many from Asian backgrounds.

Mr Peter Mason AM (Chairman, AMP Limited) and MrsKate Mason

Peter Mason has been the Chairman of AMP since September 2005.With over 40 years experience in investment banking, he is also a senior adviser to the UBS Investment Bank.AMP, first established in 1849, is now the largest wealth management institution in Australia.Among other appointments, Peter was the Director of the Children’s Hospital in Sydney from 1987 to 2000 and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Fund.

Kate Mason was an academic economist during her professional career and has been involved in various community and charitable activities.From 2002-10, she chaired the Council of Pymble Ladies College, the largest independent girls’ school in New South Wales.

Mr Kurt Fearnley OAM (Gold Medallist and Australian Paralympian) and MrsSheridan Fearnley

Born in Carcoar, New South Wales (population 200) in 1981 to Jacqueline and Glenn Fearnley. Great grandson of 2ndSeaforth Highlander Charles Fearnley (killed at war 1917) and grandson of Harry Fearnley, 14 year old immigrant to Australia.

Born without the use of his legs due to spine malformation, competed in the past three Paralympic Games winning three gold and six other medals. Attempting to become the first person to win three consecutive Paralympic Marathon Gold medals in the London 2012 games.

Active participant and advocate for 12 national and international charities and a qualified high school educator.

In 2009, gained national recognition for crawling the 96km Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues.

Mrs Sheridan Fearnley is Assistant News Director of News, NBN Television. Born and raised in Bathurst, New South Wales to David and Heather Rosconi. Met Kurt while studying Communications at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Following completion of studies, travelled internationally with Kurt taking in European, Asian and North American sites and marathon events. Following her return to Australia, relocated to Newcastle with Kurt marrying in December 2010. Currently employed by local television station NBN as a News Director. Looking forward to attending second Paralympic games in London 2012.

Mr Bart Cummings AM (Thoroughbred Racehorse Trainer)

James Bartholomew Cummings was born and raised in Adelaide, and worked for his father at their Adelaide stables despite being allergic to hay.He took out his own training licence in 1953 and is now regarded as the most successful Australian racehorse trainer.He has trained 12 Melbourne Cup winners, thus earning the moniker “Cup’s King”.His other achievements to date include 745 stakes victories and 263 Group One winners, among them, 32 Derbys, 24 Oaks, seven Caulfield Cups, five Cox Plates, and four Golden Slippers.His son Anthony Cummings is also a trainer and grandson James works for Bart as his foreman.

Professor Douglas Hilton (Director, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research) and MrsAdrienne Hilton

Douglas Hilton was appointed Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Research Professor of Medial Biology at the University of Melbourne in July 2009.The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was the first medical research institute established in Australia (in 1915) and is renowned for its work in immunology, cancer and infectious diseases.The application of research through collaboration with industry has been a hallmark of Douglas’ career, and he is the inventor of more than 20 patent families, many of them licensed.

Dr Catherine Hamlin AC (Gynaecologist and Obstetrician; Co-Founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, Ethiopia)

Catherine Hamlin was born in Sydney in 1924 and was educated at Frensham school, then Sydney University’s medical school.She later specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology and worked at the Crown Street Women’s Hospital.She met and married her New Zealand doctor husband, Dr Reg Hamlin OBE, after he was demobilized in Sydney at the end of the war. Together, in 1958, they accepted an Ethiopian Government appointment in Addis Ababa, which had been advertised in the Lancet medical journal.Inspired by the plight of many rural women suffering obstetric fistula after unsupervised labours, the Hamlins founded the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 1974.Since then, five provincial fistula hospitals have been established, as well as a midwifery college.Dr Reg Hamlin died in Ethiopia in 1993.

Mr Rupert Myer AM (Chairman, National Gallery of Australia) and MrsAnnabel Myer

Rupert Myer is Chairman of The Myer Family Company Pty Ltd and a Director on the Boards of the publicly listed investment companies AMCIL Ltd, DUI Ltd and the department store group, Myer Holdings Limited. He serves as Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia and as a Board Member of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation as well as a Board Member of The Myer Foundation and a Member of TheUniversity of Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics Board. He became a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2005 for service to the arts, for support to museums and galleries, and to the community through a range of philanthropic and service organisations.

Mr Geoffrey Rush (Actor) and Mrs Jane Menelaus Rush

Geoffrey Rush is an Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winning actor.Accomplished on both stage and screen, he has played a huge variety of roles.His credits include the movies Shine, Shakespeare in Love, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as The King’s Speech and the current release The Eye of the Storm. His interests are Classical and Broadway music, silent film and the history of Australian vaudeville.In August 2011, he was appointed the foundation President of the newly established Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.He will play Lady Bracknell in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, beginning in November 2011.

Jane Menelaus is a theatre and film actor, having studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.She will also play in The Importance of Being Earnest in November 2011.

Mr Phillip Bacon AM (Director, Philip Bacon Galleries)

Phillip Bacon is an art dealer and philanthropist. He represents major Australian artists or their estates, including William Robinson, Jeffrey Smart,
Fred Williams and Margaret Olley, and with his business partner, Lady Angela Nevill, has presented successful exhibitions in London for the past 15 years.Heis or has been a board member of numerous Australian cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Opera Australia, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Brisbane Festival.

Mr Michael Hill Smith AM (Master of Wine and Co-Founder of Shaw and Smith Wines) and Mrs Stacey Hill Smith

Michael Hill Smith Michael is a wine producer, international wine judge, wine consultant, and occasional wine writer, becoming the first Australian to pass the rigorous Master of Wine examination in 1988. Michael founded Shaw + Smith wines in 1989 in the Adelaide Hills and in 2008 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the Australian wine industry. Michael, then aged 20, metHis Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at a lunch on his visit to Yalumba Wines in1974.

Stacey Hill Smithworks with Michael on various wine endeavours and helps raise their two teenage children. Her major interests are wine, food, horses and design.

Ms June Oscar (Chief Executive Officer, Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre)

June Oscar is an Indigenous Australian from the Bunuba language group of the central Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.A strong advocate and activist for the recognition, preservation and promotion of Indigenous languages, she chairs the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and is also a member of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre.She has represented the region in numerous positions advising state and federal governments.In 2007, June led her community in restricting the availability of alcohol in Fitzroy Crossing, an initiative which resulted in a marked decrease of crimes and social problems.The Fitzroy Crossing story was presented to the UN Human Rights Commission by June and her female colleagues in early 2009, in New York.

Dr Muriel Porter OAM (Anglican Laywoman and Author) and The Reverend Dr Brian Porter

Muriel Porter, an historian and author of seven books on religious analysis and commentary, is the most senior Laywoman in the Anglican Church of Australia.She has been a member of the Synod and Council of the Diocese of Melbourne since the mid 1980’s, a leading advocate for the ordination of women as priests and bishops, and the Australia correspondent for the Church Times for more than 20 years.

Brian Porter retired as Senior Chaplain of Melbourne Grammar School in 2006, as the longest serving Anglican school chaplain in Australia, having served for 40 years in six schools.He has written a biography of Archbishop Sir Frank Woods, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1957-1977.

Sister Angela Mary Doyle AO (Sister of Mercy; Former Administrator, Mater Health Services)

Sister Angela Mary Doyle came from Ireland in 1948 to join the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy as a teacher, but within a year, she was despatched to Brisbane’s Mater Hospital to train as a nurse.She later completed a diploma in nursing administration and went on to serve as the Administrator of the three Mater Public Hospitals for 22 years.In response to the need for fundraising for research and new health care services, Sister Angela Mary became Executive Director of the Mater Hospitals’ Trust from 1993-97 and served as a Board Member of the Trust until her retirement in 2003.

Mr Don McDonald AM OBE (Pastoralist, Devoncourt Station) and MrsChristine McDonald

Donald McDonald comes from a family that has been involved in the pastoral industry in Australia since 1827 and now runs an operation across Queensland breeding, growing and fattening a herd of 170,000 beef cattle. Donald has served as the State (Queensland) and Federal President of the National Party, a member of the Board of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Queensland Bicentenary Authority and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Christine McDonald is the daughter of Sir George Fisher CMG, former Chairman and President of Mount Isa Mines and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia (knighted at Buckingham Palace in 1968). Having raised their children through the School of the Air, Christine has been involved on Education committees, the Isolated Children’s Parents Association, and has served on the Boards of the Queensland Arts Council, Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and is now a Selector for the Open Gardens of Queensland.

Mr Anh Do (Author and Comedian) and Mrs Suzanne Do

Anh Do was born in Vietnam and has become a well-known Australian TV personality, as well as a keynote speaker and comedian. Anh's memoir, The Happiest Refugee, tells the story of his 1980 migration to Australia as a two year old Vietnamese refugee, and was named the 2011 Australian 'Book of the Year'.

Suzanne Do was formerly a practising solicitor, but is currently at home with her three sons, aged seven, five and two. She has collaborated with Anh on a couple of film scripts, and recently co-wrote the children's book version of Anh's memoir, called The Little Refugee, to be released later this year.