The three who got away

June 9, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Without fail, J-Wire misses omits on our original list members of the Jewish community honoured by Australia. In this year’s Queen’s Birthday Awards we missed three praiseworthy honourees and list them today.

The additional honourees have taken the total honours awarded to the community to 30. J-Wire wishes Mazeltov to each and every one.

The full list can be seen here.



Dr Peter Conrad

Dr Peter CONRAD, Double Bay NSW 2028

For service to vascular medicine, and to professional organisations.


Nepean Hospital

  • Visiting Medical Officer, 1967-2002.
  • Chairman, Division of Surgery, 1983-1998.
  • Consultant Emeritus Surgeon, since 2002.

Medical Other

  • Assistant Surgeon, Peripheral Vascular Unit, Sydney Hospital, 1969-1975.
  • Range of roles St Thomas’ Hospital London, St Helier Hospital Jersey, and West Middlesex Hospital London, 1963-1965.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Phlebology

  • Foundation President, 1975-2000.
  • Convenor, World Congress in Phlebology, Sydney, 1998.
  • Founding Member, 1974.
  • Life Member, since 1994.

Australasian College of Phlebology

  • Emeritus Fellow, current.
  • Honorary Fellow, 1992.

Union Internationale de Phlebologie (International Union of Phlebology)

  • Vice President, 1995-1998.
  • Member of Honour, International Advisory Board, current.
  • Australian Representative, 1986-1995.
  • Member, Committee of Honour, 2001.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award for the Promotion of Phlebology in Australasia, Australasian College of Phlebology, 2007.
  • Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (London), 1967.

Dr Peter Conrad said the award recognises his field in the phlebology field.

He gave advice to others entering this branch of medicine. He said: “Follow your heart and work hard and success will hopefully  follow.”



Dr Emily Helene MATTERS, Lindfield NSW 2070

Emily Matters ( Photo: Melanie Schmidt)

For service to education, and to professional associations.


Classical Languages Teachers Association of New South Wales (formerly the Latin Teachers Association)

  • President, 1978, 1980, 1991-1992, 2002-2004, 2010-2012, and since 2016.
  • Founder, Year 8 Classics Camp, an annual camp that has been running for more than 40 years.
  • Founder and former Administrator, Rosemary Davies Art Competition.
  • Author, Latin for You (study guide distributed through the CLTA), self-published, 1985.
  • Author, Sampling Classical Greek (study guide), self-published, 1985.
  • Foundation Member, since 1972.

New South Wales Board of Studies (now the New South Wales Education Standards Authority)

  • Chair and Chief Examiner, HSC Latin Panel, 2008-2009.
  • Member, HSC Examination Committee, Latin, 2000, and 2004.
  • Member, HSC Examination Committee, Classical Greek, 1994, and 1998-1999.
  • Member, Syllabus Writing Committee in Latin, 1977-1990, and 1998-2003.
  • Member, Syllabus Writing Committee in Classical Greek, 1984-1990, and 1998-2003.

Teaching Appointments

  • Teacher (part time), North Sydney Girls’ High School, since 2017.
  • Head of Classics, Pymble Ladies College, 2006-2010.
  • Acting Head of Languages, Meriden School, 2005.
  • Latin/Classical Greek Teacher, North Sydney Boys’ High School, 1994-2004.
  • Head of Classics, Ascham School, 1975-1983.
  • Lecturer in Classics Method, Sydney Institute of Education, 1980, and 1982.


  • Author, EUREKA! – An Introduction to Classical Greek for Young Australians, Classical Languages Teachers Association, 2017.
  • Author, Aeneas – Virgil’s Epic Retold for Young Readers, Bristol Classical Press, 1986.
  • Author, Discovering the Classical World, Pergamon Press, 1977.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Meritorious Service Award, Australian Professional Teachers Association, 2012.
  • Outstanding Professional Services Award, Professional Teachers Council New South Wales, 2002.

Emily Matters is pleased that a classroom teacher has been honoured.

She said: “Especially as I am a Classics teacher, teaching Greek and Latin. People in that category don’t usually get awards…they usually go to much more important people. So I hope it will encourage teachers to feel they are valued.”

Harold SHARP, Erina NSW 2250

For service to the community, and to charitable initiatives.

Harold Sharp

Rotary International

  • Governor, District 9680, 2002-2003.
  • Chair, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children, current.
  • Director, Australian Rotary Health Research.
  • Director, Rotary Down Under.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Terrigal, since 2017.
  • President, Rotary Club of Crows Nest, 1995, and Membership Chair, current.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Sydney, 1986.
  • Member, Rotary Club of Bondi, 1977-1986.
  • Awarded, Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, 2010.


  • Director, Better Hearing Australia (Sydney), current.
  • Past President, Sydney Grammar School Foundation.
  • Past Chairman, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium Trust.
  • Past Trustee, International House, University of Sydney.
  • Manger, Fundraising and Community Relations, Royal NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, 1992.
  • Past Director, Fairhaven Services.
  • Past Director, Central Coast Community Chest.
  • Past Board Member, Central Coast Abilities.
  • Past Chairman, Central Coast Mariners Football Club.
  • Volunteer, Meals on Wheels, 5 years.

Fundraising Institute of Australia

  • National Marketing Manager, 1985.
  • National Council Member, 1990-2007.
  • Past President, NSW Chapter.
  • Founding Member, NSW Charities Collection Act.
  • Past Chairman, Charity Awareness Week NSW.
  • Fellow.

Harold Sharp said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get any honour never mind the OAM. In my younger days, I was involved in UIA’s New Breed division and I was on the initial board of Masada College.”

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