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Nine West Australians recognised in March 2020 Australian Bravery List

Congratulations to all nine Western Australians recognised in the Australian Bravery Decorations announced today.

Western Australian recipients

The following Western Australians have been recognised:

Bravery Medal:

  • Mr David Howard O’Dowd: Mr David O’Dowd displayed considerable bravery during the rescue of two people from a surf rip off Cocos Keeling Islands on 8 April 2019.

Commendation for Brave Conduct:

  • Mr Eric Werne: Commended for brave conduct during the rescue of a disabled man from a house fire in Albion in Queensland.

Group Bravery Citation:

The following recipients are recognised with the award of the Group Bravery Citation for their actions during the apprehension of a violent offender near Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia:

  • Mr Robert Harold Brown
  • Mr Dennis Eric Collinson APM 
  • Mr Barry John Lansdown 
  • Mr Donald Gordon McPherson 
  • The late Mr William Frederick Matson APM
  • Mr David Anthony Sheehan 
  • Mr Edward William Trindall


The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), approved awards for 83 people across the country.

“As we face the huge challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to set aside time to celebrate these individuals and take inspiration from the example of selflessness that they set.


Australian Bravery Awards recognise courage and sacrifice. Perhaps most importantly, they recognise people who, in a moment of danger or threat, think of others ahead of their own safety.


We celebrate their bravery and the example that they set: putting others before self and a willingness to help strangers, the vulnerable and those in danger in the most difficult of times.”


The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)


Two Australian Bravery lists are announced every year. The independent Australian Bravery Decorations Council makes recommendations to the Governor-General regarding who should be recognised and at what level of award.

Read more about the Australian Bravery Decorations

For more information about individual recipients search here.

Congratulations again to all.

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