The College is delighted to congratulate College alumni Nicholas Cowdery AO QC, Peter Cousens AM, and Hunter White OAM who were honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.
Officer of the Order of Australia:
Mr Nicholas Cowdery AM QC (at St Paul’s 1963-66)
For distinguished service to the law, to the protection of human rights, to professional legal bodies, and to the community. Mr Cowdery was recognised for his distinguished service as Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW between 1994 and 2011, and for his very many contributions to institutions including the International Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia, and other legal organisations including the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors, and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, and to legal publications.
Mr Cowdery has received recognition from many local and international institutions for his service to the legal community, having received the Medal of Honour from the International Association of Prosecutors (2011), the Justice Canada Medal from the Canadian Federal Prosecution Service (2005), the Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (2006), among many others.
Mr Cowdery becomes an Officer of the Order of Australia having been appointed a Member in 2003.
Member of the Order of Australia:
Mr Peter William Cousens (at St Paul’s 1975)
For significant service to the performing arts, and to the community. Mr Cousens was recognised for his very many achievements as a leading Australian performer in roles spanning television, musical theatre, and as a recording artist. An actor in numerous musical theatre and theatre productions, Mr Cousens has appeared in productions of Hamlet, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera (locally and in the West End), among others. He has also appeared in television programmes including The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters, and McLeod’s Daughters.
Mr Cousens serves as Artistic Director of the Talent Development Project, is Artistic Ambassador (Theatre) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Central Queensland University, and has supported many causes including the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Men Against Sexual Assault, and White Ribbon, among other organisations.
Order of Australia Medal:
Mr Hunter Baillieu White (at St Paul’s 1974-76)
For service to the agricultural show sector, and to the community. Mr White was recognised for his many years of service to the Royal Agricultural Society, where he most recently served as Vice-President (2011-18). Mr White’s service to the community also includes volunteer roles with the Mudgee Show Society, the Havilah Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Landcare NSW, the Mudgee Race Club, previous roles including as Governor of Ascham School and Director of the Ascham Foundation, and as a Governor of World Wildlife Fund (Australia).