1961 New Year Honours

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The New Year Honours 1961 were appointments by many of the Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries. They were announced on 31 December 1960 in the United Kingdom,[1][2][3] Australia,[4] New Zealand,[5][6][7] Nigeria,[8] Rhodesia and Nyasaland[9] to celebrate the year passed and mark the beginning of 1961.

Countries are listed by their date of independence and arranged by the country whose ministers advised The Queen on the appointments. Recipients of honours are displayed as they were styled before their new honour then by honour, degree and where appropriate by division (i.e. Civil and Military). The Order of Precedence is determined by each individual realm.

New Zealand[edit]

Knight Bachelor[edit]

  • The Honourable Francis Boyd Adams – formerly a Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Order of St Michael and St George[edit]

Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)[edit]

Order of the British Empire[edit]

Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Guy Richardson Powles CMG – High Commissioner for Western Samoa, 1949–1960; High Commissioner for New Zealand in India since July 1960.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)[edit]

Civil Division
Military Division
  • Brigadier Frank Leo Hutter ED MB ChB – Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force), of Wellington.
  • Air Commodore Thomas Francis Gill DSO – Royal New Zealand Air Force, serving in Singapore.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Norman Rhind Bain – Crown Prosecutor and Crown Solicitor at Wanganui.
  • James Cumming – of Petone. For services to the community.
  • Miss Elizabeth Gregory – Dean of the School of Home Science, University of Otago.
  • Charles William Feilden Hamilton – of Timaru. For services in the field of engineering.
  • Julius McLachlan Hogben. For services in cultural activities in Auckland.
  • Carl Herluf Richard Jepsen – of Upper Hutt. For philanthropic services.
  • Michael Rotohiko Jones MM JP – of Wellington. For services to the Māori people.
  • Geoffrey Nevill JP – formerly Resident Commissioner of the Cook Islands.
  • Stanley Ivan Russell – of Nelson. For services to local government.
  • Arthur Hugh Ward – of Wellington. For services to the dairy industry.
Military Division
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Phillip John Oliver JP – Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery (Territorial Force), of Hamilton.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Henry McKenzie Reid – Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (Regular Force), of Wellington.
  • Wing Commander Jack Hardy – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Christchurch.

Member of The Order of the British Empire (MBE)[edit]

Civil Division
  • Mrs Rowena Othlie Chatfield (Miss Rowena Jackson) – of Auckland. For services to ballet in New Zealand.
  • William Clayton JP – of Ahaura, Westland. For services to local government.
  • Winter Cole JP. For services to local body and community organisations in Christchurch and North Canterbury.
  • Miss Esther Hill Elliott – matron of the Ross Home for the Aged, Dunedin.
  • Francis Stanley Grayling – of New Plymouth. For services to local government.
  • Murray Gordon Halberg – of Auckland. For services in the field of athletics.
  • William Patrick Hartstonge – Mayor of Mosgiel, 1938–1959.
  • Joseph Thomas Head JP. In recognition of his services as a member of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Civil Staff), particularly in social welfare and industrial conciliation.
  • Neil Buchanan Hunt – chairman of the Rotorua County Council.
  • The Reverend Ngapaka Kukutai – of Ngaruawahia. For services to the Māori people.
  • Miss Mary Elizabeth McLean – of Christchurch. For services to the community and to local government in many fields.
  • Miss Catherine Johnston Ovens – district nurse at Motueka.
  • Mrs Joyce Edith Phipps – Corps Officer, St John's Ambulance Brigade, of Auckland.
  • Papali'i Asiata Pauatea Pomau. In recognition of his services in the Samoan Public Service and latterly as Administrator of the island of Savai'i.
  • Robert John Runciman JP – of Timaru. For services to the Children's Health Camp Movement.
  • George Smith JP – of Huntly. For services to local government.
  • Harold Welton Smith – chief engineer to the Ministry of Works at Invercargill.
  • Ernest Ronald Spriggs JP – of Napier. For services to local government.
  • Miss Gladys May Wilson – Sister-in-Charge, Geriatric Ward, Cook Hospital, Gisborne.
Civil Division, Additional Member, for gallantry
  • Horace Trevor Williams – school teacher, Russell. For courage and determination when effecting the rescue of a mother and her child from a burning house.
Military Division
  • Temporary Lieutenant-Commander (SP) Frank James Glanville – Royal New Zealand Navy Volunteer Reserve, of Christchurch.
  • Warrant Officer Second Class John Tasman Dawson – Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps (Territorial Force), of Edendale.
  • Major (temporary) Donald Hector McLeod ED – Royal New Zealand Infantry Corps (Territorial Force), of Gisborne.
  • Captain Maysie Hildreth Moore – New Zealand Women's Royal Army Corps (Retired List), of Wellington.
  • Lieutenant and Quartermaster Henry Williamson – Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (Regular Force), of Ngaruawahia.
  • Flight Lieutenant Harvey Colin O'Loughlin – Air Training Corps, of Greymouth.
  • Warrant Officer (W) Catherine Frances Bryers – Women's Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Auckland.

British Empire Medal (BEM)[edit]

Civil Division, for gallantry
  • Desmond Smith – Launch Master, Russell. For courage and determination when effecting the rescue of a mother and her child from a burning house.
Civil Division
  • John Dudley Cleeve – Constable, New Zealand Police Force, of Pio Pio.
  • Tohovaka – Sergeant, Niue Police Department, Niue Island.
  • George Colin Urquhart – Detective Senior Sergeant, New Zealand Police Force, of Christchurch.
Military Division
  • Chief Petty Officer John Barker – Royal New Zealand Navy, of Dunedin.
  • Chief Engineering Mechanic Thomas Arthur Hardy – Royal New Zealand Navy, of Auckland.
  • Chief Ordnance Artificer Samuel Harris – Royal New Zealand Navy, of Auckland.
  • Chief Wren Maureen Margaret McCambridge – Women's Royal New Zealand Naval Service, of Timaru.
  • Corporal James William Carter – The New Zealand Regiment (Regular Force), of Auckland.
  • Sergeant Peter Crowther – The Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers (Regular Force), of Auckland.
  • Staff Sergeant Frederick John Kinley – The New Zealand Regiment (Regular Force), of Gore.
  • Warrant Officer Second Class (temporary) Ian McDonald Russell – Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (Regular Force), of Frankton Junction.
  • Warrant Officer Second Class (temporary) Robert Maurice Urquhart – Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery (Regular Force), of Christchurch.
  • Flight Sergeant Johnston Vivian William Thomas – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Christchurch.
  • Sergeant George Gordon Scott Harvey – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Whenuapai.

Air Force Cross (AFC)[edit]

  • Flight Lieutenant Alexander Robertson Campbell – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Ohakea.
  • Flight Lieutenant William Joseph Cranfield – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Weedons, Christchurch.
  • Flight Lieutenant John Corfe Evison -Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Auckland.

Air Force Medal (AFM)[edit]

  • Flight Sergeant Peter Antwis – Royal New Zealand Air Force, of Whenuapai.

Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service (QPM)[edit]

  • Francis John Brady, Chief Superintendent, New Zealand Police Force, of Auckland.

Queen's Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service (QFSM)[edit]

  • Henry James Hayward – Chief Fire Officer, Kaikoura Volunteer Fire Brigade.
  • George Alexander Mackenzie – Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Auckland Fire Brigade.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United Kingdom The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42231. pp. 8889–8922. 27 December 1960.
  2. ^ United Kingdom – Home Civil Service The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42236. pp. 8937–8940. 27 December 1960.
  3. ^ United Kingdom – Distinguished service in Malaya The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42237. pp. 8941–8941. 27 December 1960.
  4. ^ Australia The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42232. pp. 8923–8926. 27 December 1960.
  5. ^ New Zealand – "New Year Honours 1961" (12 January 1961) 1 New Zealand Gazette 11 at 12.
  6. ^ New Zealand – London Gazette The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42233. pp. 8927–8930. 27 December 1960.
  7. ^ New Zealand – Distinguished service in MalayaThe London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42237. pp. 8941–8941. 27 December 1960.
  8. ^ Nigeria The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42234. pp. 8931–8934. 27 December 1960.
  9. ^ Rhodesia and Nyasaland The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 42235. pp. 8935–8936. 27 December 1960.