AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR IN THE UK
HONORARY AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR IN THE UK
Through his natural history and wildlife films and books, the world has had the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of Australia’s extraordinary wildlife and terrain and the Foundation considered Sir David Attenborough a worthy recipient of the 2009 Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK award.
Australia Day UK Awards 2009Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History films are the most watched on earth and he’s brought the world and its glories to our TV screens for over 50 years. Sir David has worked for the BBC since 1952. In a dazzling career he’s produced 21 series and written 16 books as well as hosting quizzes, political broadcasts, gardening and religious shows. He’s run BBC2, introduced colour to TV to Britain and in 1969 was made director of programmes for both the BBC’s television channels. But he resigned to return to programme making and in 1979 launched the landmark series, Life on Earth.
YOUNG AUSTRALIAN ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR
IN THE UK
Matt Wilkin has proved that if you work hard to achieve your goal you will succeed, and the Australia Day Foundation considered him a most worthy recipient of the 2009 Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK award.
A South Australian who has lived in the UK for 10 years, Matt Wilkin has won a string of awards – most recently for his newly opened Princess Victoria gastro pub in west London, which won Time Out’s award for Best Gastro Pub 2008 within four months of opening.