​Canon Richardson with the former Archbishop
of Canterbury, Dr Williams


​The Queen has appointed a former Dean of Melbourne, Canon David Richardson, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the UK Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Canon Richardson and his wife Margie returned to live in Melbourne last month after serving for five years until Easter as Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

The honour was awarded in recognition of Canon Richardson’s services to strengthen relations between the UK, the Anglican Communion and the Vatican.

The British Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr Nigel Baker, said: “This well-merited award reflects David Richardson’s many years of dedication to strengthening the network of interconnecting relationships between the United Kingdom, the Holy See, Lambeth Palace and the global Anglican Communion that converge on Rome.

“It is a reflection of how important those relationships are to Britain, but also of David’s tireless efforts to strengthen understanding and friendships between faiths and peoples.”

In the Australian honours list, the Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School in Kew, a parish volunteer in Albert Park and Middle Park and an active parishioner and community worker on the Mornington Peninsula were among the Victorians associated with the Anglican Church honoured.

Mr Rick Tudor – Headmaster of Trinity since 1999, a former chairman of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation and a former director of Anglicare Victoria – was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to education and to the community.

He was a member of the Diocese of Melbourne’s Education Committee from 1991-97, Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at Melbourne Grammar from 1997-98 and has chaired the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria since last year.

Mrs Joan Nicholas of Albert Park also was awarded an OAM for service to the community through drug education and support, and services to the aged and homeless.

A volunteer with the Anglican Parish of the Parks, St Silas and St Anselm, Mrs Nicholas helps provide weekly assistance with warm meals and support to the homeless and needy of all ages.

She is also a volunteer with the Personal Emergency Telephone Service and was a member of the committee that established LifeLine 24 Hour phone helpline.

In the 1960s, Mrs Nicholas helped establish a visiting psychologist service for parents of teenagers, which led to the Southern Family Life Centre in Sandringham.

Mr David Jarman, who has served as a Church Warden and Vestryman at St John’s Flinders, was awarded his OAM for service to the community of the Mornington Peninsula, and to local government.

Mr Jarman chaired the Southern Peninsula Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for 10 years and through more than 40 years as a foundation member of the Rotary Club of Dromana has helped build homes for the underprivileged in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Mr Russell Deal, who lives near Castlemaine, was awarded an OAM for service to social work education and to the community, for his work with Innovative Resources, part of St Luke’s Anglicare (formerly St Luke’s Family Care), for the past 22 years. 

He created and published more than 50 conversation-building tools, such as Strength Cards, The Bears, and What Works, that are used by counsellors and human service workers in Australia and overseas.

Mr Deal was senior social worker and later deputy director of St Luke's Family Care from 1984-91 before he founded and led Innovative Resources, of which he is now creative director.

In Gippsland, Mr Bruce Armstrong was awarded an OAM for his service to music, particularly brass bands, and to the community of Warragul. A member and musical contributor to Warragul Anglican Church for more than 40 years, Mr Armstrong was music teacher at St Paul's Anglican Grammar School in the 1980s and 1990s.

Nationally, Mr Jim Freemantle, now of Mansfield, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the community of Western Australia in social welfare, church and sporting organisations, through senior business and financial roles, and to the arts.

Mr Freemantle has been a trustee of the Diocese of Perth since 2001, Chair of the Anglican Community Fund since 2011, and a director of St George's Cathedral Heritage Precinct Committee. He has been a lay canon of St George’s Cathedral and a member of Perth’s diocesan synod.

In Victoria, he has been a benefactor of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne and Lauriston Girls School in Malvern.

Dr Simon Longstaff, inaugural Executive Director of the St James’ Ethics Centre in Sydney since 1991, also was appointed an AO for distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.

The centre was established in 1988 by the historic parish of St James’ in King Street.

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