Since the introduction of the Order of Liverpool Awards in 2004, known as the City of Liverpool Heritage Awards from 1979, there have been over 500 winners. Scrolling through them from 1979 to 2018, the lists present a plethora of well-known Liverpool community leaders in a range of vocations, including the 1981 recipient, Gough Whitlam.
Most winners are not among the city's who's who but are men and women who've been for many years an integral part of this region as dedicated volunteers. They give hours and hours of unpaid time to sustain the benefits and amenities used by thousands of residents. The 2019 OLA winners were recognised by the council and mayor Wendy Waller at the Casula Powerhouse last Thursday -- on the 109th birthday of Liverpool being founded by Governor Lachlan Macquarie.
Winners: Companion of the Order of Liverpool: Betty Bennett and Roy Wright. Officer of the Order of Liverpool: Elizabeth Askell and Mike Davis. Member of the Order of Liverpool: Radisa Cukic, Pamela Rodoreda and Carol Anne Wright.
Details of their volunteer work is on the council's website, a rich and fascinating read. The win by Mike Davis through his efforts to support the Moorebank Heritage Group's 2018 exhibition Peace Comes to Liverpool was the third win by this group's members in successive years. Previous MHG winners were Vicki Andrews (2017) and Pam Browne (2018). The criteria for winning an OLA is now very high. In 1979 there were 41 recipients but fewer in more recent years. There were only three winners in 2013. The yearly average over the past decade has been nine.
Mrs Waller congratulated Mike Davis and all recipients. "Mike's passion for military history is admirable," she said. "His research for the council's series of Liverpool Remembers events were very helpful in enriching our commemoration of the Centenary of Armistice last year."
13/11/19: caption corrected