Australia Day Honours 2022

Chief Comr. Nigel Edwards (Ret’d)

It is with pleasure that the League recognises that Chief Comr. Nigel Edwards (Ret’d) LM, DSA was included in the Australia Day 2022 Honours List as recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Chief Comr. Edwards has had a long and distinguished career with the Australian Air League. Some of the highlights include:

  • Joined as a junior Officer with Glenhuntly Company (Squadron) in February 1943;
  • Commanded this Company from May 1946;
  • Became a senior member of Victoria Group staff in 1952, progressing through to Group Field Commissioner from early 1959;
  • Became Federal Field Commissioner in 1961;
  • Was awarded Life Membership in 1970 and was also awarded the Distinguished Service Award; and
  • Held the appointment of Chief Commissioner from 1974 until 1977.

Chief Comr. Edwards has recently celebrated his 96th birthday and is living in Capel Sound (previously Rosebud West); he still takes a great interest in the activities of the Victoria Group and the Air League in general.

The Council of the League extends its hearty congratulations to Chief Comr. Edwards on his well- merited honour.

Congratulations Nigel – job well done for not only the League but also the other organisations you have benefited over the years.

Details can be found in Federal Routine Order F/RI/01/22 available for download here.


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Australia Day Honours – Chief Comr. Nigel Edwards (Ret’d) OAM, LM, DSA …

2020 Australia Day Ceremonies in Doncaster

Australia Day 2020 was a busy day for members of Doncaster Squadron in Victoria. The morning started with the Menzies Australia Day Awards and one of Doncaster’s own, Cpl Violet Lorenz, being recognised for her volunteer work in the Menzies area as well as the wider community.

Congratulations Cpl Lorenz!

In the afternoon, members of Doncaster Squadron assisted Manningham Council by providing a ceremonial flag party to usher in the dignitaries at the start of the afternoon’s Citizenship Ceremony. Doncaster assists Council 13 times a year for these ceremonies, Australia Day being the largest, with 120 candidates becoming citizens today

Menzies Australia Day Awards

Recently at the Menzies Community Australia Day Awards, Doncaster Squadron was chosen to be the community group that was presented with an Australian Flag that was flown in the chambers at Parliament House in Canberra.

Squadron Officer Commanding Ian Walkeden said, “As the OC Sqn I am proud as punch of all the hard work in various activities in the community our cadets have participated in.”

L.Cdt Tiffany H. was awarded a Menzies Community Australia Day Award for her tireless services to the community in Menzies as well.

These awards were presented by The Hon Kevin Andrews MP, member for Menzies.

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