Honouring our finest

THE Queanbeyan Honour Walk which recognises the town's prominent residents will be officially launched today in the Crawford Street Lifestyle Precinct.

The Honour Walk acknowledges residents both past and present of Queanbeyan who have been significantly involved with the community over time.

Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall said the Honour Walk was a way to honour the contribution these notable residents had made to the community.

"The Honour Walk is an appropriate way of publicly recognising those throughout Queanbeyan's history... that have made an outstanding and long-lasting contribution to our community," Cr Overall said.

There will be 22 inductees immortalised on the Honour Walk and it is anticipated that the awards committee will consider additions to the Honour Walk during each four-year council term.

"Those persons nominated who are not being inducted this time will be further considered by the awards committee at the next stage of the Honour Walk," Cr Overall said.

He also said the plaques recognised a broad range of residents past and present who'd all made unique contributions to the town.

"Every plaque has got to pass the test as to why he or she has been recognised in the Honour Walk and not somebody else, and I think these 22 plaques all pass that test, and that the Awards Committee has got it right," Cr Overall said.

"And there's plenty more room on the street as well to add another half dozen [plaques] every three or four years," he added.

Honour Walk inductees

David Campese - Australian rugby union legend. 101 tests, 64 tries and Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame inductee.

Yvonne Cuschieri OAM - founded the ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.

William Farrer - In 1901 developed an early-maturing wheat strain, named ‘Federation’, revolutionising the Australian wheat industry.

Capt. Alured Tasker Faunce - Appointed Queanbeyan’s first Police Magistrate from 1838 until 1856.

David Furner - NSW and Australian rugby league representation. Highest point-scoring forward in league history.

John Gale - Established Queanbeyan’s first newspaper in 1860. Alderman on the first Queanbeyan Borough Council 1885. Advocated Canberra as site for National Capital.

Dr Allan Hawke AC - Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Paul Keating 1993-94. Federal Departmental Secretary 1994-2002. High Commissioner to New Zealand 2003-05. Chancellor of Australian National University 2006-09

Brad Haddin - Australian Test, One-Day and Twenty20 representative. Member of 2007 World Cup winning team.

“Queen” Nellie Hamilton - The last full-blooded Aboriginal person in Queanbeyan. Died 1887. A life marked by sacrifice and family tragedy.

Land Family - Edwin Henry Land, Mayor 1890-91, 1892-97. Henry Thomas Land, Mayor 1927-29 Frederick Edwin Land, MBE, Mayor 1963-80.

Hope Marland AM - Councillor 1965-95. President of Local Government Association (NSW) 1984-86. Over 40 years assisting the vulnerable and less advantaged in the community.

Heather McKay AM - Squash legend, won 16 consecutive British Opens and 14 consecutive Australian Amateur Championships.

Bishop Pat Power - Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra-Goulburn 1986-2012. Secretary to three Archbishops 1975-1985. Canberra Citizen of the Year 2009.

Errol Lea-Scarlett - Historian and author of many highly respected works on the history of Queanbeyan Region. Founding member of Historical Museum Society.

Robert (Bob) Smith - Queanbeyan Town Clerk for 36 years, 1952-1988.

Ben Snow - Five-time Academy Award Nominee for Best Visual Effects in Pearl Harbour, Pirates of the Caribbean, Iron Man (twice) and Terminator Salvation.

Rev. Alberto Dias Soares - Minister, Christ Church 1857-77. Architect of Christ Church, St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church and many other church and heritage buildings.

Ricky Stuart - Australian rugby union representation and NSW and Australia rugby league representative and coach.

Sir Murray Tyrrell KCVO CBE CVO - Private Secretary to numerous Ministers. Official Secretary to six Governors General, 1947-1973. Australian of the Year 1977. Queanbeyan City Councillor 1976-1980.

Mark Webber - Winner of many Formula 1 titles, including German Grand Prix (2009), Monaco Grand Prix (2010, 2012) and British Grand Prix (2010, 2012).

Edith May Walker - Dedicated and much respected teacher, Queanbeyan Public School from 1922. Over 50 years service to education.

Lial James (Jim) Woods OAM - Owner, Editor and Managing Director of Queanbeyan Age 1956-1994. Founding member of Queanbeyan Sporting Gallery and Queanbeyan Printing Museum.

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