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Maleny Resident honoured with O.A.M.

by Ben  Phipps

A Maleny resident Kaye Pitman has received the Order of Australia Medal for her lifetime of service to education and the church.

Reverend Pitman was one of the first Anglican female priests in Australia and has a long and distinguised career in both education and the church.

Kaye has worked around Australia and abroad helping others.  Among other feats she has been a young missionary in Papua New Guinea, a teacher, ( including Mapleton in the 1950s), a student and tutor with American Indian students in Canada, a teacher educator in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, a volunteer ambulance officer, a deacon and later a priest in the Anglican Church, a lecturer in Theological studies at St Francis’ College Brisbane, a member of diocesan council and St Hilda’s School Council, Chaplain for GFS ,an Anglican Ministry, and Chaplain for clergy spouses.

Reverend Kaye Pitman OAM..

Despite her retirement from St Francis’ College in 2001, Kaye has been busier than ever working as a locum Priest in rural communities and staying heavily involved in the operation of the Diocese of Brisbane.   In a private gathering at St Francis’ College Brisbane on Australia Day, friends and family from around the state gathered to congratulate Kaye on her special achievement.

They spoke of Kaye’s warm and friendly nature, her supportive personality and her ongoing commitment to helping others – unanimously agreeing that it would be next-to-impossible to find a more deserving candidate for the Order of Australia Medal.

Kaye is a keen fisherperson, wood turner, rock collector and cutter, electronics guru, and a dedicated traveller and camper.

Kaye Pittman, centre left, with her sisters Clare, Robyn and Wendy at the St Francis’ College morning tea to celebrate her OAM.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.