The tireless work of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Principal, Russell Taylor, has been acknowledged with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours.
The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. Mr Taylor was recognised for his significant service to the community as a cultural leader and public sector executive in the field of Indigenous affairs.
The AIATSIS Council’s Deputy Chair, Emeritus Professor Bob Tonkinson, said the recognition is well deserved and an acknowledgement of Mr Taylor’s significant personal contribution to the Institute among his many other public appointments.
“On behalf of the Council, staff and members of the Institute, I would like to congratulate Russell on this award,” Professor Tonkinson said.
“Russell has been a tireless campaigner for the Institute, under his leadership the institute has developed into the world’s premier institution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies and the trusted keeping place for the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage materials.”
Mr Taylor has been the Principal at AIATSIS since March 2009. His career includes more than 20 years in various public sector Senior Executive Service positions including terms with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, the Aboriginal Development Commission and previously as Principal at AIATSIS (1997-2003).
Born and raised in Millers Point NSW, Mr Taylor proudly identifies as a Kamilaroi man with family connection to La Perouse in Sydney and to traditional country in the New England area.