A prominent church architect, the former principal of Ridley Melbourne and a naval chaplain are among the people associated with the Anglican Church in Melbourne who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Richard Falkinger, the East Melbourne architect whose work on the restoration of St Paul’s Cathedral last decade was recognised by his peers, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) “for distinguished service to heritage architecture, particularly the restoration and conservation of ecclesiastical structures, to philanthropy, and through support for young architects”.

In 2009, the firm he helped establish, Falkinger Andronas Pty Ltd, was recognised by a Royal Australian Institute of Architects State Award and the Lachlan Macquarie national award for Heritage Architecture for its work on the Cathedral over the previous eight years.

Mr Falkinger, who has served as Surveyor of Cathedral Fabric at St Paul’s, has overseen the restoration, renewal and conservation work on more than 50 Anglican and Roman Catholic churches in a career spanning about 50 years. He also has been recognised for his work on the restoration of St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s.

Two Anglicans involved in education and a former director of community services for the Brotherhood of St Laurence were recognised with appointment as Members of the Order of Australia (AM).

A former principal of Firbank Grammar School in Brighton, Associate Professor Jane Munro, now of International House at Melbourne University, was honoured “for service to education at secondary and tertiary levels, particularly for international students, and to the community through a range of leadership and advisory roles”. Professor Munro led Firbank from 1990-2003.

Mr Ivan Backman, a former deputy chairman of the Council of Trinity Grammar School in Kew, was honoured for his service to the transport and logistics industry, as an advocate and mentor, and to the community. Mr Backman served on Trinity’s council from 2000-08.

Mr David Green was awarded the AM for his service to the community through leadership roles with social justice organisations, to welfare policy reform and to the community. He was with the Brotherhood from 1980-86, developed Victoria’s first Welfare Rights Service and was involved in a pilot project for the homeless at Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda.

The Revd Canon Dr Peter Adam, who completed 10 years as Principal of Ridley Melbourne in January, receives a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to theological education and to the Anglican Church of Australia.

Dr Adam helped establish the Theological Scholarship for Indigenous Students last year and served as Anglican representative on the Council of University Chaplains.

He has been a member of General Synod’s Doctrine Commission since 2006, has served as Vice-President of the Church Missionary Society in Australia and has been a Canon of St Paul's Cathedral since 1996.

Previously, Dr Adam was Minister at St Jude’s Carlton from 1982-2002, Archdeacon of Parish Development from 1988-91 and Chaplain to the University of Melbourne from 1995-2002. He is now Vicar Emeritus of St Jude’s.

Senior Chaplain Russell Joyce, who is Vicar of St Peter's Brighton Beach, received an OAM in the Military Division “for meritorious service in the field of Chaplaincy in the Royal Australian Navy”.

His citation reads: “Senior Chaplain Joyce has made a lasting and positive impact on sailors, soldiers and airmen in HMAS Cerberus for two decades. His devotion and genuine concern for his fellow sailors, particularly in Anzac Class frigates, have done much to ensure their welfare. His contribution has been remarkable and in the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Defence Force.

“Much of Senior Chaplain Joyce’s work with the ANZAC community has been conducted in his own time while still meeting the demands of his parish work in Werribee and later in Brighton. He has also utilised his position as Vicar at the Anglican Church of Saint Peter, Brighton, to promote community awareness of the Navy through a wide variety of commemoration services and activities.”

A parishioner at St Stephen’s Greythorn, Mr Stuart Strickland, was awarded an OAM in the General Division for his service to the automotive industry through executive and professional roles. Mr Strickland chaired the Motorcycle Division of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries for more than 20 years, has served as a board member of the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council and had long career with Honda Australia, including 20 years in executive roles.