Former Fryer Library Fellow Recognised in Australia Day Honours

Our 2018 Fryer Library Fellowship was awarded to Dr Sue Davis. On Australia Day 2022 Sue was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal for services to education and the arts.

Of this award she wrote:

For me personally the arts, education and making connections to place and community have been the touchstones for a meaningful life. Being involved in different arts, education and environmental organisations over the past 35 years and helping create some of them has been so rewarding. Through giving and serving, you gain so much yourself as well. 

What brings me the greatest joy is promoting opportunities for others to connect with their communities, their sense of self and the environment through creative engagement and ‘educational’ experiences. I like to make things happen, and love creating and sharing what I’ve learnt with others. 

I want to say that receiving this recognition on a day that is highly contentious for Australians First Nations people comes with mixed emotions. I am deeply grateful for their custodianship of Country and generous sharing of knowledge and understanding. We have been the beneficiaries of removals and displacements from these precious lands and need to honour their sovereignty and listen to their voices.

Through this recognition I would like to pay my respects to Traditional Custodians and to draw attention to the ways that all of us who live on and walk this land can be worthy custodians in return.


Dr Sue Davis
Read more about Sue's time as 2018 Fryer Fellow.
Last updated:
2 February 2022