The ACT Honour Walk recognises individuals or groups from across all categories of endeavour that have made significant and sustained past contributions to the ACT.
The award aims to recognise the immense contribution made by those who have helped to shape the city of Canberra as we know it today. This award also complements the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award that celebrates current and/or recent contributions to the Canberra community.
ACT Honour Walk recipients are publicly acknowledged with a plaque in their honour on the ACT Honour Walk, located in Ainslie Place between London Circuit and the Canberra Times Fountain outside the Canberra Centre.
2020 ACT Honour Walk recipients (awarded 2021 due to Covid-19)
- Klaus Moje AO: Australian glass artist and educator, Klaus was the founding workshop head of the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art Glass Workshop ad made a significant contribution to the development of the Canberra Glassworks.
- Ethel McGuire MBE: Tireless in her commitment to the rights of women and to the importance of social work, Ethel fought for the rights and dignity of her clients and pioneered social welfare in Canberra. Ethel was involved in the establishment of Marymead and was a staunch champion of it and the people it represented throughout her life.
- Lyall L. Gillespie ISO OAM: A committed archival researcher, Lyall brought Canberra's early history to life through his writing on pioneers, Ngunnawal people and early education in Canberra and its region.
- Ross Gengos: For 26 years, Ross with his wife Robin ran Abels Music, a renowned classical and jazz record shop in Manuka that is celebrated for its contribution to the musical life of Canberra and beyond.
- Tracey Fowler Whetnall: A devoted Dharawal and businesswoman, Tracey dedicated her life to making a difference through cultural awareness. Tracey was the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Official Visitor in the ACT and the longest serving in the country.
- Homosexual Law Reform Society of the ACT: Established in July 1969, the organisation was the first of its kind established in Australia, expressly to campaign for homosexual law reform and in particular to decriminalise homosexuality. Its pioneering efforts mark the beginning of a profound transformation of Australian society and of Canberra’s emergence as one of Australia’s most LGBTIQ+ welcoming and inclusive cities.
Who can be nominated?
Any person or group who has been a leading player in shaping the city of Canberra, or who has made a significant contribution to the Canberra community over a sustained period of time, is eligible for recognition on the ACT Honour Walk.
Nominees do not have to be residents of the ACT and the honour may be awarded posthumously. Preference will be given to nominees who have not already been significantly memorialised in an existing ACT public memorial.
Some of the areas previous recipients have been recognised for include community service, culture, sport, research, justice, education, military, arts and business.
Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including individuals, businesses, organisations and community groups. The nominator should complete a nomination form detailing the nominee's personal details and provide a summary describing the extent of, or impact, of the nominee's contribution that is specific to the ACT.
The nominator should also provide the details of a living next of kin of the nominee, if known, as well as details on at least two referees who may be contacted regarding the nomination.
Nominations can be made online.
Nominations are open year-round.
The ACT Honour Walk induction has been postponed and will be announced in due course.