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Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Jack Condous OAM with a portrait of himself by artist and student Hugh Adamson

Jack Condous OAM with a portrait of himself by artist, and Jack's former student, Hugh Adamson

A number of staff, alumni and supporters of the University of South Australia have been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours list. This prestigious acknowledgement highlights the extraordinary achievements of Australians and their contributions to their communities.

Jack Condous OAM is one of the 2017 recipients of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the visual arts and to education.

Jack completed a Diploma of Art Teaching from the South Australian College of Advanced Education – an antecedent institution of the University of South Australia – in 1963, and is regarded as an esteemed member of the arts community.

He has shared his knowledge with others by serving on numerous arts organisations, including as an Honorary Life Member of the Friends of the South Australian School of Art where he was also the Inaugural President from 2008 – 2012. He is the Council Vice President and Marketing Executive at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, established the Australian Society of the Arts, was the Secretary for the SA Chapter of Australian Fulbright Alumni Association in 2010, and was the President for the International Society for Education in the Arts from 1978 – 1983 – plus many more including as a professional art teacher for many years.

“This is a reward for all of the enjoyment I have shared with the young creative artists of South Australia,” Jack says.

“South Australian artists have continually developed their work, which is shown in so many parts of the world.

“I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.”

A number of alumni were also honoured:

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Mr Michael O'Connell AM, Associate Diploma Business (Justice Administration)
For significant service to public administration in South Australia, particularly in the area of criminal justice, and to victims' rights.

Ms Ann Tonks AM, MBA
For significant service to the performing arts through senior management and advisory roles, to education, and as an author.

Associate Professor Denise Wood AM, Graduate Diploma Instructional Uses of Computers
For significant service to education as an academic, researcher and practitioner in the field of participation, inclusion and access.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Mr Jack Condous OAM, Diploma Art Teaching
For service to the visual arts, and to education.

Ms Lyndell Davidge OAM, Teaching
For service to the community of Hahndorf

Mr Aivars Lidums OAM, Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering
For service to chess, and to support for young players

Australian Police Medal (APM)

Chief Superintendent Robert Fauser APM, Graduate Certificate Business Administration
For leadership and excellence in operational policing, organisational development and community engagement.


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