The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia would like to honour our National Chairs, Board Directors, National Secretariat and CEO’s, volunteers and supporters, past and present who have helped shape the future of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Australia.
The Award was first introduced in Australia in 1958 with the National Fitness Council in each state undertaking the administration under the stewardship of Sir Adrian Curlewis.
First Gold Awardee:
Michael Dillon AM, Sydney Grammar School – 1962 (now living in Sydney)
First Woman Gold Awardee:
Patricia Jeffreys (now Hutchinson), Girl Guides 1964 (now living in New Zealand)
First Award Unit:
Sydney Church of England Grammar School, 1959 Mr BH (Jika) Travers AM OBE, Headmaster
Distinguished Medal Recipients