Nearly 900 Australians have been recognised for their contributions to the community in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.
The list recognises a diverse range of people — scientists, entertainers, lawyers, designers, community workers, performers — and a psephologist.
“To all recipients, I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove said.
The fashion designer was blown away when she opened the letter that told her she’d received a Queen’s Birthday honour.
“It’s like receiving any letter that’s so official, I thought it was maybe a speeding fine!” she said.
“But no, it was a huge surprise and incredible honour.”
Ms Dinnigan has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia for her role as a trailblazer for local designers overseas and as a role model to women.
“I never really did anything to become famous, or to be noted, I just wanted my clothes to be noticed and to be sold and for women to love them,” Dinnigan said.
“I’ve learnt some lessons but at the same time, what my mother taught me, was believe in your heart and always have hope and trust your instinct was right.”
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