EWC Alumnus Receives Medal of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Peter Nunan (ISI 66-68)!

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OAM recipient and author Peter Nunan (ISI 66-68). Source: Quest Newspapers.

The current Vice President of EWCA Brisbane Chapter has been awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community as a volunteer with maritime and geographical organizations.

Peter’s work as volunteer includes:

  • Volunteer Researcher, Queensland Maritime Museum, since 1994; Board Member, for 2 years.
  • Volunteer, Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, since 1994; Fellow, since 2008.
  • Inaugural Treasurer, Brisbane Chapter, East-West Center Alumni Association, since 2005; Member, since 1970.
  • Current Committee Member, Australian Geography Competition, from its inauguration.
  • Volunteer, 4MBS Classic FM, since 1994.

The official press release of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division also praised his literary work, which includes:

  • Author, HMAS Diamantina: Australia’s last River Class Frigate (1945-80), published in 2005.
  • Co-Author (with David Jones), Master Mariner – The Story of Captain Harold Chesterman, published in 2009.
  • Co-Author (with David Jones), US Subs Down Under – Brisbane 1942-45, published in 2005.

In an interview with Quest Newspapers, he expressed his reaction to the medal: “When I retired at 55 I was looking for something to do, and I like the Maritime Museum so I volunteered for them I’ve been volunteering ever since, ” he said. “I’ve got so much enjoyment out it, the medal is like the icing on the cake.”