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Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Of the 68 people made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), just under half were women, including Macquarie Dictionary publisher Susan Butler, author Kate Grenville, former Greens leader Christine Milne and Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott.

Other Queenslanders recognised include former Energex CEO, the late Terry Effeney, prostate cancer researcher Professor Suzanne Chambers, Antarctic explorer Sydney Kirkby and artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko.

Joseph Ian Willgoose, lately Estates Director, University of Derby, Medallist of the Order of the British Empire, for services to Higher Education.

Fraser said she was thrilled with the AC.

"When I opened the letter, the feeling was awesome".

"Being recognised in honours tells me that we are a wonderful society to create opportunities for people".

AWARDED Margaret Casely-Hayford
AWARDED Margaret Casely-Hayford

World heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua is made an OBE for services to sport, while 20-year-old alpine skier Menna Fitzpatrick, Britain's most successful winter paralympian, is the youngest on this year's list, picking up an MBE for services to Paralympic winter Olympic sport.

A Kenilworth doctor has been appointed a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for his services to wellbeing in the workplace.

In the musical world, rapper and singer Ms Dynamite is honoured with an MBE, under her real name Niomi McLean-Daley, for services to music, while Mobo Awards founder Kanya King receives a CBE for services to music and culture.

"I would like to cut it up into little pieces and give everyone a piece", she said.

Northern Ireland barrister Barry Valentine was awarded an OBE for services to the legal profession and the courts.

She said athletes could not succeed without the help of family and she wanted to thank the mums and dads who did the hard yards for their kids. For many years she was the chair of ScreenWest, the state's film development agency. "I love living in Noosa, " she said.