Above: Graeme Hyde (right) will be presented with the Order of Australia during a ceremony in Government House, Victoria, later this year. He is pictured in 2014 with Lou Dall’Est, president of the Avicultural Society of Australia, while receiving his 60-year membership award


AVICULTURIST GRAEME HYDE has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in Australia, for services to conservation, particularly through aviculture.

Australia’s list for this year, announced on June 14, recognises 1,190 Australians. C&AB contributor Mr Hyde, 86, of Elliminyt, Victoria, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) within the General Division of Australia honours system. The OAM annually recognises the outstanding and meritorious service of its citizens. 

During the 76 continuous years he has been on the birdkeeping scene, Mr Hyde edited 395 consecutive issues of Australian Aviculture (1976-2008) – the monthly journal of the Melbourne-based Avicultural Society of Australia (ASA); he has accepted an award for 60 years’ continuous membership to the ASA and edited the Royal Australian Ornithologists Union newsletter (1987-1989), among other achievements.

Mr Hyde said he was humbled to receive the award. He told C&AB: “I am thrilled that the worthwhile hobby of aviculture, in all its facets, has been more widely recognised beyond the avian world.”

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