Congratulations to Dr Andrew Lemon AM FRHSV

Andrew Lemon has been honoured, becoming a Member of the Order of Australia for services to community history and the racing industry, in the Queen’s Birthday list of honours.

Andrew Lemon has written sixteen books, four of which have won prizes, in subjects ranging from local history, education, sport and biography, his most recent being The Master Gardener (2018) on L. R Garnett, a principal of Geelong Grammar and a noted garden and environmental writer for The Age. Andrew received his doctorate of letters from the University of Melbourne in 2004 because of the excellence of a body of work, not one single piece as in a thesis.

Andrew’s three-volume history of Australian thoroughbred racing completed over twenty years, is monumental. These volumes have made Dr Lemon a key authority on racing. He regularly advertises the Melbourne Cup for the VRC, touring throughout Australasian to show the Cup and speak of its history. He has even slept with the Cup under his bed for safe keeping at country venues.

Andrew is also a highly skilled public speaker and is continually in demand from radio stations, historical societies, U3A groups and other community groups to speak, which he does gratis.

Andrew is a volunteer par excellence. In the late 1970s he helped to create a professional body for archivists, served on its executive and edited its journal. He was a co-founder of the History Institute of Victoria in 1981 and served as treasurer and then secretary over the next decade. He was treasurer, vice-president and president of the Friends of the State Library, being honoured with a life membership. He served on the State Library Development Committee; the Board of the State Library of Victoria for eight years; and was a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria, chairing its accreditation committee for several years to 2003.

Andrew has worked tirelessly for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for thirty years since 1990, his longest voluntary commitment for which we are extremely grateful. He edited the Victorian Historical Journal for a decade; was a Councillor from 2009 and then president till 2014; and since then continues his work for the Society by devising the events program and acts as MC at each RHSV monthly lecture.

Richard Broome
President RHSV

Andrew is delivering one of his famed talks at the RHSV on the treasures of the RHSV collection for Rare Book Week (Mon 8 Jul, 12:30pm)


The RHSV also commends the following three historians who were recognised in the Queens Birthday honours list:

  • James Andrew Lerk OAM, Bendigo
    James, a member of the Bendigo Historical Society, was the recipient of an RHSV Award of Merit in 2018. You can read more about James in our History News
  • Lella Cariddi OAM, Ivanhoe
  • Diane Elizabeth White OAM, Red Hill