Four Lane Cove Residents Recognised in 2022 Australia Day Honours List

Four Lane Cove residents have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day’s honours list.

The Governor-General today announced Honours to 1040 Australians, including awards in the Order of Australia (General and Military Divisions), meritorious awards and recognition for distinguished and conspicuous service in the Australian Defence Force.

Of the 732 awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, the highest ever percentage (47 per cent) are for women and 45 per cent are for service to local communities.

The Governor-General said:

”Congratulations to the outstanding Australians recognised in today’s Honours List. Collectively the recipients, whose achievements span community service, science and research, industry, sport, the arts and more, represent the strength and diversity of Australia.

It has been a challenging couple of years and the recipients announced today are a reminder and reflection of the richness of spirit, selflessness and good in our community.

The fact that the list includes the highest ever percentage of women is very encouraging and I look forward to this positive trend continuing. We will continue to increase awareness and encourage nominations for people from parts of our community that have been historically underrepresented.

To the individuals being celebrated today; thank you for your contribution to Australia and congratulations on being recognised by your peers and your nation.

To all Australians, please consider nominating someone outstanding from your community for recognition in the Order of Australia. The Order belongs to each of us and we each have a part to play. The only way a person can be recognised is for someone to nominate them.

This list also includes 58 Australians recognised for their contribution in support of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals, recipients of awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Meritorious Awards and Military Awards will also be included in an ongoing and permanent COVID-19 Honour roll.

More information about the Order of Australia is available at

Here is the list of local recipients:

Member AM in the General Divison

Dr Arthur Charles WEBSTER, NSW – AM  – For significant service to veterinary science, to business, and to tertiary education.

Dr Webster and his wife Topsy

Dr Webster has lived in Lane Cove since 2006.  The honour came as a complete surprise to Dr Webster who believes the honour has been awarded for a work-life supported by the many talented and hard-working colleagues at Arthur Webster Pty Ltd.  His father founded the internationally successful vaccine manufacturing company and was also awarded an AM in 1985.  Arthur’s sister Patricia Lawson was awarded an OAM in 2011.

When Dr Webster received the title of Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney.  The citation read as follows:

“Dr Webster is one of Australia’s most distinguished veterinarians and has been closely associated with the University of Sydney through the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science and the Veterinary Science Foundation.

The Webster family has had a long-standing close association with the University of Sydney, as Dr Webster’s father was a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and he founded what became an internationally successful vaccine manufacturing company, Arthur Webster Pty Ltd. Dr Webster’s son, Alister, is a recent graduate in veterinary science.

Dr Webster has given dedicated service to this University through his expertise in business administration, strategic development and management of research and manufacturing business.

He is currently on the Board of CSL, one of Australia’s major international drug companies. Dr Webster has been a member of the Council of the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science for more than 15 years (including a period as President) and his contributions to the development of continuing education in the veterinary profession have been outstanding.

He has been one of the key players in the success of the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science through the management of the Foundation’s continuing education business and its strategic direction.

For the past 4 years, Dr Webster has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Veterinary Science Foundation (formerly the JD Stewart Foundation), and has played a major role in the development of the Foundation and he and his family have provided significant financial support to the Faculty.

He has been closely involved in a range of fundraising efforts, and his support has been instrumental in enabling the commencement of stage 1 of the new Sydney University Animal Medical Centre.

For the past two years, Dr Webster also has chaired the Veterinary Clinics Advisory Board for the Faculty. Dr Webster’s business skills and his focus on both improving the clinics’ business development and achieving the key academic outcomes of teaching and research are highly valued by the Faculty.

Dr Webster’s support of The University of Sydney is only a part of his contribution to veterinary science, education and society at large.

Dr Webster was a key player in commercial vaccine development in his father’s company, Arthur Webster Pty Ltd. The vaccines produced by this respected Australian company made major contributions to the health and productivity of Australia’s farm animal and poultry sectors and to the health of companion animals.

Dr Webster led the development of a vaccine to combat parvovirus, a serious and fatal new disease of dogs that appeared worldwide in the 1970s. His company’s parvovirus vaccine was the first to be produced in the world and was distributed internationally. The Webster vaccine company, which was bought by a US multinational in 1993, had a history of successful collaboration with a number of Australian and international universities through product development”

Dr Webster’s achievements include:

Arthur Webster Pty Ltd

  • Managing Director, 1980-1993.
  • Technical Director, 1970-1980.
  • Led development, worlds first Canine Parvovirus Vaccine, 1979-80.
  • Led development, Australia’s first commercial SPF poultry flock 1970s
  • Led development, Australia’s first poultry vaccine range using SPF eggs 1970s
  • Led development, Australia’s first range of live attenuated feline vaccines 1970s


  • Chairman/Director, RealDerma, since 2014. (formerly The Purist Company)
  • Chairman/Director, The Purist Company, 1997-2014.
  • Chairman/Director, Postkeg Investments, since 1996.
  • Managing Director, Cyanamid Webster, 1993-1996.

Industry and Other Appointments

  • Non-Executive Director, CSL Limited, 1998-2006.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Animal Health, Tropical Animal Science and Animal Production Divisions, CSIRO, 1980s.
  • Member, Board of Governors, University of Western Sydney, 1993-1995.
  • Principal Negotiator with National Dairy Development Board India, Joint Venture Development, Indian Immunologicals Limited, Hyderabad India, 1990-1992.
  • Consultant, Asian Development Bank and World Bank appraising and contributing to Aid Projects in Burma,1973-79, Bangladesh, 1978-1982, and Nepal, 1980.
  • Vice-President, Australasian Veterinary Poultry Association, 1970s; Member, for more than 20 years.
  • Co-Editor, Websters – where there’s a will there’s a way: an Australian pioneer in veterinary vaccines 1928-1993, 2020.

University of Sydney

  • Honorary Fellow, 2002.
  • Chair, Veterinary Clinics Advisory Board, Faculty of Veterinary Science, 1990-1992.
  • Former President, Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science; Council Member, for more than 15 years.
  • Member, Executive Committee, Veterinary Science Foundation, 1998-2002. (formerly JD Stewart Foundation)
  • Fundraiser, Animal Medical Centre.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Mr Charles (Max) Maxwell CORNWELL, for service to community health as a psychologist and social worker.

Max Cornwell told ITC:

“On first moving to Lane Cove in the 70s, I treated it as a dormitory suburb with many fine trees. My wife and I grew into the area after our sons were born, as we discovered layer after layer of services, activities and social connections. It’s still happening for us, even since they became adults themselves.

That’s a backdrop to my conviction that we can’t help others simply by focussing on their inner worlds; we need to appreciate the many ways people handle the challenges and resources of their interpersonal and physical environments, to enlarge people not reduce them to ‘problems to be fixed’. They’re peopleand citizens. In my work I like the ways that psychology and social work can enrich each other and the people being helped. For me, this award recognizes that collaboration, especially in strengthening families.”

Max Cornwell’s achievements include:

Australian Association of Family Therapy

  • Editor, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 1985-1996.
  • Honorary Life Member.
  • Founding Member, Family Therapy Association of New South Wales.
  • Recipient, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy Award, 1998.

Australian Association of Social Workers

  • Editor, Australian Social Work, 1973-1981.
  • Member, current.

Australian Psychological Society

  • Member, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Interest Group, current.
  • Member, since 1979.

Family Therapy Institute of Australia

  • Former Chair, two years.
  • Board Member, 1981-1995.
  • Teacher, 1981-1995.
  • Co-Founder, 1981.

Victorian Association of Family Therapists

Life Member and Honorary Clinical Member.

Max Cornwell and Associates

Family Therapist, and Psychologist, since 1984.


  • Lecturer, School of Social Work, The University of New South Wales, 1971-1983.
  • Visiting Fellow, Centro Milanese di Terapia della Famiglia (Milanese Centre for Family Therapy), 1983.
  • Visiting Fellow, Family Systems Program, Institute of Juvenile Research, University of Illinois, 1983.
  • Teacher, Merrylands Health and Teaching Centre, 1980.



Mr Colin James PIPER, Lane Cove NSW 2066 for service to music Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO)

Colin Piper is the Patron of the Lane Cove Youth Orchestra and the above photo was taken when he was a Guest Conductor of LCYO for an event at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre.  Photo Credit: Matt Longden.

Colin told ITC:

“I feel both honoured and somewhat bewildered by the fact that someone has thought fit to nominate me for an award.

All I have ever done in my professional life is to perform at the highest level within my means and equally as important, to inspire, mentor and encourage young musicians of all ages and abilities.  Someone once said that if you love what you do in your chosen profession, then you never work a day in your life.  So true.”

Colin Piper’s Achievements include:

  • Percussionist, 1970-2014.
  • Treasurer, SSO Benevolent Fund, 1978-1998.
  • Trustee, SSO Tour Foundation, 1987-1990.
  • Member, SSO Board, 1996-2002.
  • Involved in the Playerlink regional education program.
  • Former Guest Conductor.

Synergy Percussion Ensemble

  • Chair, 1996-2006.
  • Founding Member and Percussionist, 1974-2006.

Lane Cove Orchestra (now Mosman Symphony Orchestra)

  • Musical Director, 1985-1997.
  • Patron, Lane Cove Youth Orchestra, since 1992.
  • Former Guest Conductor.

Musical Groups 

  • Musica Viva: New Sydney Wind Quintet.
  • Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust/Opera Australia.
  • Music Rostrum Australia.
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra.
  • Sydney Philharmonic.

Guest Conducting

  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sydney Pops Orchestra.
  • Sydney Youth Orchestra.
  • Sydney University Orchestra.
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Orchestra Other

  • Conductor, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Orchestra, 1989-2012.
  • Conducting and developing community orchestras, since 1985.
  • Tutor, ABC/YMA orchestral workshops.

Music Education and Competition

  • Juror, Lowin Awards, 2004.
  • Coordinator, National Academy Percussion Program, 1998.
  • Percussion Teacher (part-time), Sydney Grammar School, 1975-1990.
  • Tutor, National Music Camp Association, 1976-1996.
  • Former Adjudicator, Gosford Concerto Competition, North Queensland Concerto and Vocal Competition.

Music Other

  • Concerts and Touring, 1989-2004.
  • Member, NSW Ministry for the Arts Music Committee, 1993-1994.
  • Former Member, Music Council of Australia.
  • Life Member, Conservatorium Ex-Students Association.

Mr John (Jack) David WINNING
For service to sailing.

Jack Winning Lane Cove


Jack Winning’s achievements include:

Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club

  • Member, since 1956.
  • Life Member, 1989.
  • Member, Management Committee, most years since late 1960’s.
  • Former Secretary.
  • Former Off Water Captain.
  • Former Club Safety Officer.
  • Former Treasurer.
  • Initiated and organised, Learn to Sail programs for children, for 25 years.
  • Commodore, 2003-2006.


Life Member, Australian National Sabot Council, 2015.

Awards and recognition include:

Volunteer of the Year, Australian Sailing, 2017.

Lane Cove Sport Award, Lane Cove Council, 2012.

ITC has had the pleasure of interviewing Jack several times over the years.  We have described him as a champion on and off the water.  Read our article here about Jack and how he has made a difference to the lives of Lane Cove locals (including Miss ITC).

Last week Jack spent nearly all his time at the Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Club helping out with training another group of young sailors.  Many Lane Cove parents will tell you the Learn to Sail courses are one of the best school holiday activities a child can attend in Lane Cove.  You don’t need any equipment – they supply it all.  {jb put in something about Karen )

How Do You Nominate Someone For An Order of Australia?

The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.

Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, nominate them now at

The Order of Australia also has a Military Division. Awards in the Military Division are recommended to the Governor-General by the Minister for Defence.

There are four levels of award:

  • AC: Companion of the Order of Australia, for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large
  • AO: Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large
  • AM: Member of the Order of Australia, for service in a particular locality or field of activity, or to a particular group
  • OAM: Medal of the Order of Australia, for service worthy of particular recognition