Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2014 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Hugh Cornish AM

State: Queensland


The first face to appear on Queensland television in 1959, Hugh Cornish has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the media industry, the arts and the community. Among his many achievements, Hugh is a recording artist, radio announcer and television presenter.  Tragedies in his own life have driven Hugh to make a difference.  He is a committed fundraiser and charity worker, helping raise $9 million through nine telethons and more than 100 concerts that he produced and compered.  He has been an ambassador for Wesley Hospital and has supported many other charities that assist Queensland’s disadvantaged.  Today, Hugh devotes his time to improving the quality of life of people living in retirement villages.  Using his gift for ‘making things happen’, Hugh has established a regular entertainment program at the Renaissance Retirement Village, and he is currently involved in a study of care for people with advanced dementia.  In 2013, he and other residents of Renaissance published a calendar to raise money for cancer.  

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