Baw Baw's Order of Australia recipients for 2013
 Baw Baw News   By // 04:11, Monday 10 June 2013

australiaBRUCE Edwin Armstrong of Warragul and Roy Alfred Berryman of Longwarry North are among 582 Australians to receive Order of Australia awards this Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Both men received their awards for their contributions to the arts and the community.


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Mr Armstrong received his award for his service to the community of Warragul and to music, in particular brass brands.

Mr Armstong has been Bandmaster and Acting Bandmaster of the Warragul Municipal Band and other local bands for several years, was musical director and conductor of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band for several years and worked as a music teacher at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School during the 1980s and 90s.

Mr Armstong is also an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Warragul and has been a member of and musical contributor to the Warragul Anglican Church for over 40 years.


Mr Berryman was awarded for his service to the communities of Gippsland and to the arts.

A member of a number of photographic organisations, Mr Berryman is an honorary fellow of the Australian Photographic Society, of which he was president from 1984 to 1986.

Mr Berryman has served as president of the Warragul Camera Club, the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies, the Rotary Club of Warragul where he was involved in establishing a photographic art exhibition, Longwarry North Primary School Council and the Leica Photographic Society.

Longer lists of both Mr Armstrong and Mr Berryman’s achievements can be found below this article.

Mr Armstong and Mr Berryman have both received awards previously, with Mr Armstrong receiving a Centenary Medal in 2001 and Mr Berryman becoming a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Warragul in 1989.

The Governor-General of Australia Quentin Bryce approved this year’s awards, which celebrate the contributions of Australians to their country and to the world.

“I want to give my strong support to the awards made through the Australian Honours System,” Ms Bryce said in a media release.

“They elevate the concept of giving to others. They heighten our respect for one another, and they encourage Australians to think about the responsibilities of citizenship in our democracy.”


Lists of achievements

Mr Armstrong

  • Acting Bandmaster, Warragul Municipal Band, since 2005; Musical Director and Conductor, 1967-2003; Bandmaster, 1968-2003.
  • Former Bandmaster, Warragul Combined Schools Brass Band.
  • Former Bandmaster, Warragul Municipal Junior Band.
  • Musical Director and Conductor, Victorian State Youth Brass Band, for many years; assisted with the re-establishment of band, 1979.
  • Member, Kew Citizens’ Band, 1963-1968.
  • Member and Adjudicator, Victorian Bands’ League, for many years; current Member, Music Advisory Board.
  • Current Presenter, Bandology; a local radio station music program.
  • Tutor, Music Camps, Gippsland Bands Group, for many years.
  • Music Teacher, St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School, during the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Member and Musical Contributor, Warragul Anglican Church, for over 40 years.
  • Honorary Member, Rotary Club of Warragul, since 1975; Coordinator, Apprentice of the Year Award.
  • Awards/recognition include: Centenary Medal, 2001.

Mr Berryman

  • Honorary Fellow, Australian Photographic Society (APS), 2000; President, 1984-1986; Junior Vice-President, 1982-1983; Member, since 1963; Organiser, APS Convention (APSCON), 1985.
  • President, Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS), 1980-1981;
  • Vice-President, 1979; Committee Member, 1979-1982.
  • Foundation Member, Leica Photographic Society, 1973-2012; President, 1983; also served as Vice-President and Competition Steward; Life Member.
  • President, Warragul Camera Club, 1971-1977; Vice-President, for 9 years; Committee Member, for many years; Member, since 1962; Life Member, 2007; Chairman, Exhibition Committee, National Photographic Exhibition, 1972-1993 and 2000-2003.
  • Inaugural Member involved in its formation, Pakenham Camera Club, since 1995; also served as Judge.
  • Judge, APS/IFAP approved shows including: Adelaide Royal Show, Murray Bridge, Warragul, VAPS Royal Agricultural Show Society, Maitland International, Kodak International, and VIGEX International Photography Salon.
  • Invented the first electronic judging machine in Victoria that was used to judge slides; only replaced in 2010 by lap top computer-based system.
  • President, Rotary Club of Warragul, 1978-1979; Member, since 1968; also served as International and Club Service Director; involved in establishing, Warragul Rotary Photo and Art Exhibition, 1973.
  • Member, FAIM (Fourth Avenue in Motion) Team, Rotary District 9820, Ubaigubi, Papua New Guinea, 1977, which helped build a 12 bed sub-centre hospital and nursing quarters; also served as Chief Photographer.
  • Volunteer film maker, promoting public awareness programs, Victorian Branch, Australian Deer Association, 1979-1994.
  • Teacher, Adult classes: Beginner’s Photography, Developing and Printing, Advanced Photography, and Super 8 Film Making, Warragul and District Continuing Education Centre, 1975-1981.
  • President, Longwarry North Primary School Council, 1966-1979.
  • Awards/recognition include:Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Warragul, 1989.

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