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King George V knights Sir John Monash on the battlefield

[King George V knights Sir John Monash on the battlefield]


In 1975, on the recommendation of the Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, The Queen approved the creation of a three level Order of Australia.

The government intended that it would supersede all other honours for Australian purposes.

The Queen is the Sovereign Head of the Order of Australia and the Governor-General is the Principal Companion. As Chancellor, the Governor-General is charged with the administration of the Order. The Official Secretary to the Governor-General is the Secretary of the Order.


...Knights  and Dames....

 

The Fraser Liberal Government (1975–83) began recommending Imperial honours again and added a fourth level of knight (or dame) to the Order of Australia. .

This level was removed by the Hawke Labor Government (1983–91). Proposals to restore this were rejected by the Howard Liberal Government (1996-2007)



...Imperial honours....

 

The awards of knighthoods and ranks in Imperial honours orders continued to be recommended by State Coalition governments, but were suspended under State Labor governments. They were brought to an end by The Queen in 1994.

Knights and dames and others holding Imperial honours retain legal recognition, for instance in the Australian Order of Precedence.



...Sovereign’s personal honours ....

 

The Queen of Australia may  confer honours upon Australians where these emanate from her personally rather than on the advice of government, in particular the Order of the Garter (last awarded to former Governor-General Sir Ninian Stephen, 1994), the Order of the Thistle (last awarded to former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies, 1963), the Order of Merit (last awarded to Dame Joan Sutherland, 1991), the Royal Victorian Order (the Knighthood was last awarded to David Smith, 1990), and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (for services to St John Ambulance).



...a solution?...



The absence of a fourth level of the Order of Australia makes it difficult to compare with imperial and foreign orders. In the meantime politicians who object to imperial knighthood seem to have no objection to accepting foreign knighthoods, and to seeking approval to the retention of the honorific “ the Honourable”.

Australian honours do not obtain great recognition internationally in contrast with knighthoods – henc ethe high take up of the offer of the New Zealand government to allow certain recitionet of NZ honours to take one.

The objection to knighthood sdoes not seem to be to the knighthood itself but rather to the titles. We have suggested a compromise in these columns based on a precedent offered by bishops of the Church of England.

For some time it has been the practice of Anglican bishops to refuse the accolade, that is the dubbing, the stroke on the shoulder with the sword, and consequently, the title “Sir”.

This is because a knight would once give military service to the king, and the clergy did not think this appropriate for them. 
 So when they accepted a knighthood, they would not them take the title, “Sir”. This was also the practice in Australia among Anglicans, Sir Marcus Loane being an exception.

 

Catholic bishops in Australia would normally take the accolade, and proudly used the title granted by their Sovereign. You can imagine that there might have been a tinge of regret among the Anglican bishops (and their wives) when they read or heard of the activities of, say, Sir Norman Cardinal Gilroy or Archbishop Sir James Duhig. 

Perhaps this Anglican practice provides the solution. Reinstate the AK and the AD, but allow recipients to reject the accolade. Those who don’t want the title could reject the accolade; those who were happy with it could accept it.  Is this the solution?    

 

 

 



Titles and creeping repubicanism Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 07 August 2010
At The Queen’s request, new rules for the granting and use of the title “The Right Honourable” will apply in New Zealand to preserve an important mark of distinction for the holders of the Nation’s highest public offices.

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Henceforth, those appointed to the offices of the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Speaker and Chief Justice will be granted the title “The Right Honourable” ex officio, for life.

This will bring a measure of association and continuity with the recent past; formerly, the most senior members of the Judiciary and the Executive in New Zealand gained this right upon appointment to the Privy Council, a practice which no longer exists.

This is consistent with the practice in other Realms except Australia. Although creeping republicanism has ensured that the title no longer be used in Australia, the republican politicians are normally most anxious to retain the title "The Honourable" when they leave office, as they are to receive foreign knighthoods, even from republics. 

 

 
Sir Peter Jackson knighted in Wellington Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 29 April 2010
One of the world’s greatest film directors has been made a Knight Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit.  He is Sir Peter Robert Jackson KNZM, a celebrated New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter.

He is best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy adopted from the novel by J.R.R.Tolkien. He became internationally known after making the film Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared one of the three Academy Awards he has received over the years. In 2005 he remade King Kong.

As the following video from the leading New Zealand broadcaster, 3News shows, the official investiture ceremony was held in New Zealand’s gracious capital, Wellington.  Sir Peter was knighted by the Governor-General, the  Hon Sir Anand Satyanand.

Sir Anand was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen of New Zealand, Elizabeth II last year ( "New Zealand Governor-General Knighted" 3 May 2009).

 




...knighted in Wellington....




The official investiture ceremony was held in New Zealand’s gracious capital, Wellington.

“He's Hollywood royalty, and now has a title to match,” reported Dan Parker  of 3News. “The Wellington filmmaker arose as a sir today, an honour he rates higher than his many Oscar triumphs.”

"It's very different, it's different," Sir Peter told Dan Parker. "It means a lot more in some respects because it's the tradition and the history, and just sort of… your name changes."    

As in Australia, some New Zealand politicians have tried to deny great achievers the international recognition they deserve. Many of these politicians in Australia flaunt all sorts of titles , including knighthoods, as long as they are not Australian and having nothing to do with the Australian Crown.   

                                                                      

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[ Sir Peter Jackson KNZM ]





...better than the Oscars...




The announcement from Wellington was reported last year by Kiran Chug and Katie Chapman in The Sydney Morning Herald (31/12) as “Return of the Queen: Jackson knighted”.  

When the award was announced in Wellington, Sir Peter told Lincoln Tan of the New Zealand Herald (“Better than the Oscars, says Sir Peter Jackson” 31 /12) he was thrilled to be made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

"This is an incredible moment in my life. I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong," he said. "The feeling of gratitude and pride I have in accepting this honour from my home country is profound."

Sir Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002, and has "continued to excel in and significantly contribute to the New Zealand film industry", the citation for his knighthood reads. 

The Lord of the Rings films earned  nearly  $3 billion. The last of the trilogy, The Return of the King, won 11 Academy Awards in 2004 - and shares the record for the most Oscars won by a single film.   

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...Sir Peter: one of the world's great film directors...



Sir Peter told Lincoln Tan about his memory of his early days: "When I was growing up in Pukerua Bay I spent weekends shooting war movies in my parents' vegetable garden with their Super-8 camera. I was 8 years old and had no real expectation of being a film director. My dream was to work on special effects."

 "All those years ago, I never imagined where dreams could lead. One of the best things about growing up in New Zealand is that if you are prepared to work hard and have faith in yourself, truly anything is possible."

Since becoming a film-maker in 1976, Sir Peter's rise in the movie industry has been phenomenal, reports Lincoln Tan.  Sir Peter established the Weta Studios, production company Wingnut Films and in 2003 opened a film post-production facility, Park Road Post Production, in Wellington.

 "Park Road Post Production has enabled Jackson and other film-makers to make films in New Zealand to an international standard," the citation states. 

Sir Peter said at the time : "I feel very lucky to be able to make movies in New Zealand and I will always be grateful for the support I have received from so many New Zealanders. 

"He sees the knighthood as "recognition of the collective achievement of our terrific crews and our film pioneers ... who trailblazed a path towards the creation of a modern Kiwi film industry".





    ...and Australia?....     




 The question remains. When will Australia restore honours which are immediately recognizable around the world – honours which are essentially Australian?

The irony is that our republican politicans constantly flaunt their foreign knighthoods, while they deny really great Australians the international recognition they deserve.  

As a Canadian observed , nobody outside Australia noticed or cared when Nicole Kidman became an AC. Had she been made a Dame, the world would have noticed  

Yet they deny Australian achievers the international recognition they deserve.

 



...Russell Crowe....





Now the great actor, Russell Crowe is a New Zealander. Readers in New Zealand may wish to write  to the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Hon. John Key, proposing he be offered a knighthood.

We were inspired to suggest New Zealanders do this when we read Graeme Leach's comment on Sir Peter Jackson  in The Australian’s Strewth column (29/4).

Mr. Leach would be disturbed were Mr. Crowe (let us hope, Sir Russell) to accept a knighthood.

 He “wouldn’t be so silly” pleads Mr. Leach.

Like Sir John Monash, Sir Edmund Hillary, Dame Joan Sutherland ,Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Donald Bradman and, let us hope, Sir Peter Cosgrove?

 



     

 
Sir Peter Jackson Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 31 December 2009
One of the world’s greatest film directors has been made a Knight Companion in the Order of New Zealand. He is Sir Peter Robert Jackson KNZM, a celebrated New Zealand film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter. He is best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy adopted from the novel by J.R.R.Tolkien. He became internationally known after the film Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared one of the three Academy Awards he has received over the years. In 2005 he remade King Kong.

As in Australia, some New Zealand politicians have tried to deny great achievers the international recognition they deserve. Many of these politicians in Australia flaunt all sorts of titles , including knighthoods, as long as they are not Australian and having nothing to do with the Australian Crown.

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[ Sir Peter Jackson KNZM ]
The announcement from Wellington was reported by Kiran Chug and Katie Chapman in The Sydney Morning Herald (31/12) as “Return of the Queen: Jackson knighted”.

Sir Peter told Lincoln Tan of the New Zealand Herald (“Better than the Oscars, says Sir Peter Jackson” 31 /12) he is thrilled to be made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. "This is an incredible moment in my life. I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards, but I was wrong," he said.

"The feeling of gratitude and pride I have in accepting this honour from my home country is profound."Sir Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002, and has "continued to excel in and significantly contribute to the New Zealand film industry", the citation for his knighthood reads.

The Lord of the Rings films earned  nearly  $3 billion. The last of the trilogy, The Return of the King, won 11 Academy Awards in 2004 - and shares the record for the most Oscars won by a single film.

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[ A drawing of Sir Peter with some of the characters from his films ]

He told Lincoln Tan about his memory of his early days: "When I was growing up in Pukerua Bay I spent weekends shooting war movies in my parents' vegetable garden with their Super-8 camera. I was 8 years old and had no real expectation of being a film director. My dream was to work on special effects.

"All those years ago, I never imagined where dreams could lead."One of the best things about growing up in New Zealand is that if you are prepared to work hard and have faith in yourself, truly anything is possible."Since becoming a film-maker in 1976, Sir Peter's rise in the movie industry has been phenomenal, reports Lincoln Tan.

Sir Peter established the Weta Studios, production company Wingnut Films and in 2003 opened a film post-production facility, Park Road Post Production, in Wellington.

"Park Road Post Production has enabled Jackson and other film-makers to make films in New Zealand to an international standard," the citation states.

Sir Peter said: "I feel very lucky to be able to make movies in New Zealand and I will always be grateful for the support I have received from so many New Zealanders.

"
He sees the knighthood as "recognition of the collective achievement of our terrific crews and our film pioneers ... who trailblazed a path towards the creation of a modern Kiwi film industry".I

In the New Year Awards, the former the Prime Minister who tried to abolish knighthoods,  the Rt Hon Helen Elizabeth Clark has become a Member of the Order of New Zeland.

There is one Dame Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit, Dame Lesley Max MBE, Auckland, for services to children.

Apart from Sir Peter, there are three other Knights Companion, Professor Sir Mason Harold Durie CNZM, Feilding, for services to Maori health, in particular public health services; Sir Arthur Douglas Myers CBE, London, for services to business and the community and Sir James Bruce Robertson, Wellington, for services as a Judge of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Julian H. Robertson, New York, is made an Honorary Knight Companion for services to business and philanthropy.




...and Australia?....






The question remains. When will Australia restore honours which are immediately recognizable around the world – honours which are essentially Australian? The republican politicans flaunt their foreign knighthoods while they deny really great Australians the international recognition they deserve.  
 
Dame Vera Lyn Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009

She represented all that was best in the darkest days of the Commonwealth of Nations, and she captured the hearts of the armed forces. Her songs were a source of inspiration to people in Britain, Australia and all the Commonwealth as they rallied behind their King and to the defence of their country. Now, at the grand age of 92, Dame Vera Lynn has become the oldest living singer to have a number one hit album in the UK 

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Released to coincide with the 70-year anniversary of Britain's declaration of war on Germany on 3 September, her album "We'll Meet Again -- The Very Best Of Vera Lynn has been rising through the charts.   


"I'm so surprised, I can't quite believe it. It really is amazing that this has happened after all these years," she said.  Asked why the album had become popular again, Lynn told the BBC: "I think it's because of the problems that are going on in various parts, and a bit of nostalgia, but I don't know, I'd like somebody to tell me."

 

 
Sir Usain Bolt? Delighted to be honoured by his Queen. Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 17 September 2009

It is clear that just about the only people who oppose knighthoods are those who want to impose some sort of politicians’ republic on Australia and New Zealand. Even then, they only oppose their own Australian or New Zealand knighthoods, or ones in their Sovereign’s gift.

But try and stop them if there is a foreign knighthood on offer, especially one from a foreign republic. You will be knocked out of the way. 
 

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[ Sir Usain Bolt? He would be delighted to be honoured by his Queen ].

What became clear from the courageous reintroduction of knighthoods in New Zealand by The Queen of New Zealand acting on the advice of her trusty and well beloved 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key is that recipients above all value the international recognition this gives. 

Just as young girls dream of marrying a handsome prince, and not some republican politician, the natural programming of men and women makes us all monarchists.



...a knighthood from his Queen?...



So it was encouraging to read that the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, would be honoured to be knighted by his Queen, The Queen of Jamaica.

Those who have this sinister plan to make the Ausralian and New Zealand political class even more powerful than they are will snigger about The Queen of Jamaica. But at the same time they will be going on about The Queen not being “appropriate” to a multicultural nation.

They can’t have it both ways.

What institution in this world could be more multicultural- in the nicest sense of that word – than our monarchy?

Anyway, when he won the 100 metres in the Berlin games in August with a new world record of 9.58 seconds, Usain Bolt completed the sprint double by destroying his own world record in the 200 metres.  

In “ Usain Bolt eyes knighthood after 19.19 200 metres world record in Berlin” the London Daily Telegraph (21/8) reported that Usain Bolt is the first man to hold the 100 and 200m world and Olympic titles at the same time and was delighted to prove his brilliant display in the Olympics last year was no fluke. 

Asked if Berlin was harder than Beijing, Bolt said: "Not mentally, physically it was harder because I wasn't in the best of shape. The rounds took a lot out of me this time. I just want to go home and sleep."

"It definitely means a lot because I showed people that last year wasn't a joke. I went through some problems this season but I came out here and I showed the world with hard work and dedication what is possible.” 
 

"I definitely came here trying to double. Now I'm double world champion, I'm double Olympic champion so I have to defend my titles. “

“If Queen Elizabeth knighthooded me would I get the title 'Sir Usain Bolt?”

“That sounds very nice.”

It does indeed.  We’ll raise a glass to that – to Sir Usain Bolt.

(Watch the video below of the 4 September 2009 track meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the IAAF Golden League Track and Field, where Jamaican Usain Bolt easily beat the field, and broke Tyson Gays old track record at 19.57 seconds in the men’s 200m. Wallace Spearmon took second. Source: Universal Sports, www.UniversalSports.com)

 

 
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