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The Vice-Regal program this week included investitures, an MSO concert, and the return of the Government House Tennis Program.


The Vice Regal program this week saw the return of the Government House Tennis Program, run in conjunction with Tennis Victoria. The Tennis Program invites participants who may not otherwise have access to tennis courts the opportunity to play on the courts in the grounds of Government House. Read more about the Government House Tennis Program here.

The Governor and Mr Howard hosted several investiture ceremonies this week, where the Governor was able to invest many worthy Victorians with their Order of Australia awards. Among other recipients this week were Mr Arthur and Mrs Betty Knee, both honoured for their many years of service to the community of Tatura. Mr Knee has been a member of the Tatura Bowling Club, Rotary Club and the Tatura and District Historical Society for many years, and was awarded Australia Day Citizen of the Year in the Shire of Rodney in 1991. Mrs Knee is a founding member of the Tatura and District Historical Society, and was named as Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 1995 for Tatura and District. 

Also receiving her award this week was Ms Frances Harrison, who received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to Indigenous visual art and to the community of Lakes Entrance. Ms Harrison was Lead Artist on various arts projects including Kangaroo Tales, 2015; Camp Fire-Water Hole, 2011; The Spirit Poles, 2009; Blind, 2008; and Common Ground, 2007, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Advisory Board since 2014.

The Governor and Mr Howard hosted a morning tea reception for the Victorian Sir John Monash Scholars for 2021. Among the very impressive recipients in 2021 are a scientist dedicated to revolutionising cancer immunotherapy, an emergency nurse working to combat domestic abuse within humanitarian disasters, a teacher striving to close the educational gap for First Nation Australians, and a researcher focused on finding ways to manage the impacts of climate change.

The General Sir John Monash Foundation is an organisation established to raise funds for, and to administer, the John Monash Scholarships - to foster leadership, expertise and international networks, as well as to build Australia’s capabilities for the future. Visit the website to read more about the Foundation.

Among other functions and engagements this week, the Governor also attended a concert performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, as part of their series of free summer concerts. These concerts are being presented as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Live at the Bowl series – for more information about the concert series, visit the website .