In the 2021 New Year Honour List, our secretary received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division. She was recognised for her more than 50 years’ service to heritage through the City of Canada Bay Heritage Society and their Museum. It could have not gone to a more deserving member.

Lois has commented that she is delighted to have received this honour but feels that it is also in recognition of the many members and volunteers, past and present, who have assisted in the work of the society and museum over the years. She is looking to many more years to come and would like to encourage more members and volunteers to come forward to keep the society going.


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Chris Schofield

Please convey the congratulations of the members of Hunters Hill Historical Society to Lois Michel for being honoured with an OAM. Her contribution to heritage over many years has been duly recognised. It is pleasing to note that such contributions are respected and valued by the community at large.

Chirs Schofield
President, Hunters Hill Historical Society

Alec and Virginia Walker

Congratulations to Lois Michel on her receiving an OAM. Lois has worked for so many years supporting Heritage in Concord and Canada Bay. In particular she has worked hard for Yaralla and the Walker Convalescent Hospital.

Alec and Virginia Walker

Murray Hedgcock

On behalf of London’s Barnes and Mortlake History Society, which claims kinship with City of Canada Bay Heritage Society through our mutual Mortlake association, I pass to Lois Michel our warmest congratulations on the well-deserved recognition of her contribution to the world of local history. I have been in touch with Lois for several years, and always admire the work that she and her colleagues do in recording the history of “the other Mortlake” (as an expatriate Victorian, I must record that I knew Mortlake in the Western District many years before finally visiting Sydney’s Mortlake). As editor of the BMHS Newsletter, I was pleased to record some years ago the award of similar honours to a number of local historians in Australia, suggesting the Commonwealth leads the way in this regard, as I have never seen any comparable award in the UK. Well done Australia, CCBHS – and Lois. – Murray Hedgcock, Mortlake, UK

Margaret Grace

Congratulations Lois. Great news, richly deserved for your work in keeping history alive in your community and further afield.
Well done.

Margaret Grace
Secretary Prospect Heritage Trust.

Hearty congratulations Lois, what a wonderful achievement1 so richly deserved. sorry I haven’t been in touch for ages. I still relish the newsletters. I have recently turned 94, Stay safe, Love Noni Daw, Ballina N.S.W.

Jean-Claude Boulenaz

Well deserved Lois I remember working with you in the early days of the Society when Flavelle house was still in existence (where Council building is) and doing the renovations at the Edith Walker Estate for the society museum Well, congratulations and lovely to see you receive this well deserved recognition. Kind regards Jean-Claude Boulenaz