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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 621

WYATT ROY (1:52 PM) —I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate two of my constituents who on Australia Day were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia: Mr Bruce Simpson and Mrs Edith Cuffe. They are both deserving recipients of this honour and have contributed to the Longman and broader communities.

Mrs Cuffe was recognised for her dedication and work with the Abbey Museum. For the past 15 years Edith has been the driving force behind the Abbey Museum as its CEO and the coordinator of the unique Abbey Medieval Festival. Both the Abbey Museum and the festival are well respected and enjoyed by the community at large. Their success is testament to the many years of hard work that Edith has contributed.

Mr Simpson is equally deserving of the recognition for his contribution to our nation. Bruce was recognised for his work in promoting and documenting the history of drovers in Australia. Droving is at the heart of Australia’s history. Bruce’s work will ensure that generations of Australians to come will have insight into its history. Both Mr Simpson and Mrs Cuffe deserve the recognition they have received. I offer my personal congratulations to them.