HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIA DAY FOUNDATION UK AWARDS
In 2004 the Australia Day Foundation introduced as part of the UK Australia Day celebrations the ‘Australian of the Year in the UK’ Award and the ‘Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK’ Award. The first is open to Australians in the UK in all fields of endeavour – science, business, sport, media, culture, film, television, radio etc. The award will provide everyone with the opportunity to recognise an Australian who has excelled in their own right in the United Kingdom. The second award offers the opportunity to recognise a non-Australian resident of the UK who displays ‘Australian characteristics’ or has contributed significantly to Australia. Introduced in 2005 the ‘Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK’ Award recognises the achievements of a young Australian in the UK in any field of endeavour – business, sport, arts and culture, and the professions.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - 2007
The Australia Day Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award will not be an annual award.
The inaugural Chairman of the Foundation Maurice de Rohan died on October 5, after his courageous battle with cancer. Maurice was the driving force and key organiser in establishing the Australia Day Foundation, and the Australia Day Awards in the UK. Agent General for South Australia from 1998 Maurice was active right to the end, and on October 4 he was presented with the Order of Australia in official recognition of his enormous achievement.
John Martin, a close friend and member of the Foundation, in his tribute at the funeral said: “Maurice was a truly outstanding South Australian who made an unparalleled contribution towards promoting the interests of Australia in the UK and to strengthening the important relationship between the two countries. Maurice was a great leader and diplomat and he will be greatly missed in the community.”
At the 2007 Gala Dinner, the Foundation intended to present Maurice with the Australia Day Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His son Jon accepted the award on his behalf.
Maurice de Rohan AO, OBE – a truly remarkable Australian.