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WA Governor Chris Dawson tops list of West Aussies recognised in Australia Day honours

WA Governor Chris Dawson still sometimes pinches himself when he walks past the place where he stood many a night shift as a newly-minted constable.

One of his duties a few months after becoming a police officer in the 1970s was to be stationed in a corner office of Government House overnight.

“When you’re here as a constable on night shift you don’t think you’re going to ever be living here as Governor,” he said.

Now, just six months after being sworn in, Mr Dawson has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

He is one of only six people in the nation to be awarded the accolade which recognises eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity.

Mr Dawson said his award was “humbling”, and a reflection of the calibre of people he had been privileged to lead, but said one of the best parts about his vice-regal role was the opportunity to highlight the achievements of others.

Acknowledging the 75 West Australians recognised in the Australia Day honours, Mr Dawson said they were “an outstanding bunch of individuals” and he was looking forward to handing them their awards later this year.

“These are the type of people who don’t do this for individual accolades, they do it for the betterment of others,” he said.

“They’re people who are typically humble and they don’t do this for personal recognition, but I think a feature of the Australian way of doing things, is that Australia is one of the few nations in the world where members of the community can honour and nominate others for national recognition.”

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