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2017 New Year Honours List

Awards bestowed by HRH Prince Leonard on the occasion of the beginning of a New Year!
First day of January 2017


        The Honourable        
    Jan Halden

Bestowed with the Title of "The Honourable" for:
Always going that extra mile in her job dealing face to face with the public, by providing warm and friendly service in her position as a supermarket checkout operator.

Whilst paid employ normally receives little consideration in the PHR Honours list, for the recognition and reward is found in the wages handed out at the end of every week, we do occasionally come across nominations for people who not only do the job for which they are paid to do, but then go above and beyond that which is expected of them and provide their service in a warm and friendly manner, helping customers wherever possible and taking an interest in those they serve just that little more.

 Jan does all of this and more, so we are happy on this occasion to recognise Jan's efforts by awarding her the Title of "Honourable".

The Hon. Jan Halden



Order of Wisdom and Learning


  Knight Commander  (K.C.O.W.L.)  


    Captain Peter Hammarstedt  

Awarded the Rank of Knight Commander of the Order of Wisdom and Learning for his ongoing and outstanding work with
Sea Shepherd Australia, helping to educate the world....

Once more, a nomination of such a calibre was received for consideration in the PHR Honours that we are humbled by it.

Born in Sweden, Peter, 31, joined Sea Shepherd as soon as he was old enough to submit an application and he is still there.
Peter is now the Director of Ship Operations for Sea Shepherd Global, sits on the Board of Sea Shepherd Global and is Chairman of Sea Shepherd Australia as well as Captain of the M/Y Bob Barker.

In his thirteen years with Sea Shepherd, Peter has sailed the seven seas under the leadership of Captain Paul Watson, from the foreboding Labrador Coast to the treacherous Antarctic Continent, using direct intervention to save as many lives as possible from illegal whaling, sealing and destructive fishing practices.
Peter believes that in their capacity to suffer, animals are our equals, and that when government fails in its responsibility to uphold the law, then it is the responsibility of compassionate people to fill the law enforcement vacuum.

Peter has crewed on nine consecutive Antarctic Whale Defence Campaigns and for the past four years,
Peter has been Captain of the M/Y Bob Barker.

Three years ago, the Bob Barker, under Peter's command, was rammed on several occasions by the factory whaling ship Nisshin Maru when Sea Shepherd successfully prevented the whaler from refuelling. The campaign succeeded in preventing the slaughter of 932
endangered, threatened and protected whales.
Peter was subsequently the recipient of the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award by the Bob Brown Foundation.

On Operation Icefish 2014/15, the M/Y Bob Barker, also under Peterís command, set the world record for the longest pursuit of a poaching vessel at sea after chasing the Interpol-wanted F/V Thunder for 110 days before it sank in the Gulf of Guinea.
Peter was selected as one of the 25 'toughest' people by Esquire Magazine for his leadership role in Operation Icefish.

In 2016, Peter signed a historic accord with the Government of Gabon, resulting in a partnership where Sea Shepherd worked together with the Gabonese Navy and the Gabonese Fisheries Enforcement Agency to patrol Gabon's sovereign waters to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Titled Operation Albacore, the campaign resulted in the arrest of 4 IUU fishing vessels.

Peter is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Winsome Constance Kindness Gold Medal for Humanitarian Service, previously awarded to
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dame Jane Goodall, Mrs Maneka Gandhi MP, Captain Paul Watson, Dr Jill Robinson,
Dr Christine Townend, Dr Ian Gawler and Sri Pradeep Nath.

HRH Prince Leonard is a keen supporter of conservation himself so He was most happy to receive such a strong and deserving nomination.

Captain Sir Peter Hammarstedt K.C.O.W.L.
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Captain Sir Peter Hammarstedt K.C.O.W.L.



Illustrious Order of Merit  


Knight  (K.I.O.M.)



Scot Nicholson BArts(InternStud), GradCertJMC
(Eureka, Victoria - AUSTRALIA)

Bestowed with the Rank of Knight in the Illustrious Order of Merit for:.
Services to the sport of Lawn Bowls, including many positions and responsibilities taken on for the Ballan Bowling Club,
Ballarat District Bowls Division and as the Super Dome Series Operations Manager.

Scot serves his club by way of currently being the 33rd President of Club and the youngest person in club history to hold office at 23-years-old, he is also the Public Relations and Social Media Officer.

Scot is a proud advocate for increasing the image of bowls within rural and regional communities.
He has increased the club's social media presence to become the most interacted club in the Central Victoria Bowls Region.

With print media he has contributed match recaps and he manages his clubs Bowls Connect database,
as well as contributing human interest pieces to both The Moorabool News and The Miner.

Scot was a driving factor in updating the Ballan BC Constitution to become a truly unified organisation that doesn't discriminate
based on sex or gender.
In 2016 he was appointed to the Bowls Victoria Board of Directors and awarded the Bowls Victoria, Central Victoria Bowls Region Volunteer of the Year award for outstanding achievements in the sport.

Sir Scot Nicholson KIOM., BArts(InternStud), GradCertJMC
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Sir Scot Nicholson KIOM., BArts(InternStud), GradCertJMC




Serene Order of Leonard


Knight (K.S.O.L.)



Tyler Hankinson
(Victoria, AUSTRALIA.)

Bestowed with the Rank of Knight in the Serene Order of Leonard for:
Services to the Sovereign and the Principality of Hutt River in his position as Co-Captain of the Royal Hutt River Dedication Cricket Club.

Tyler has been a member of the club since it's foundation some 12 years ago.

Tyler has been a valuable team player for this Principality National Cricket Team which has seen him step up to the positions of both Squad Captain and organiser during tournaments when Sir Geoffrey Pascoe has been overseas and unable to make the tournament.

Tyler is also the equal games record holder for Dedication, having not missed a single game since the teamís inception.
 He is a most valuable player and this year played his pivotal part where he co-Captained the team, with RHRDCC winning the 2016 "B Grade" Willowfest Tournament.

More may be learned here....
VISIT - Hutt River Dedication Cricket Club

Sir Tyler Hankinson KSOL
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Tyler Hankinson KSOL




Knight Commander (K.C.S.O.L.)

Sir Geoffrey Pascoe KSOL., CIOM
(Mildura, Victoria, AUSTRALIA)
Elevated to the Rank of Knight Commander of the Serene Order of Leonard for:
On-going services to the Sovereign and the Principality of Hutt River
in his position as Captain/Founder of the Royal Hutt River Dedication Cricket Club.

Geoffrey is Captain of the Hutt River Dedication Cricket Club which has represented this Principality honourably in the Willowfest Australian Cricket Club Tournaments held in the Australian State of Victoria for the last 8 years.
Sir Geoffrey is the founder of the team and has also been a valuable player for this Principality National Cricket Team as well as an enthusiastic and hard worker behind the scenes in his organisational roles.
Sir Geoffrey also provides the reports and photo's etc. to us here in the PHR in order to enable us to publish updates on a daily basis during the annual tournament.

This year the RHRDCC Team finished up winners of the "B Grade" competition at the Willowfest Tournament,
so what more of a fitting time to elevate Sir Geoffrey than now.

More about the RHRDCC may be learned here....
VISIT - Hutt River Dedication Cricket Club

Sir Geoffrey Pascoe KCSOL., CIOM



Royal Order


Knight Commander (K.C.R.O.)


    Lord G. B. (Barry) Metcalfe Earl of Lindsey, KGCIOM., MCM., AMM.
Chief Commissioner LFICC.

(Melfort, Saskatchewan, CANADA)

Bestowed with the Rank of Knight Commander in the Royal Order.

Lord Barry is well known to all in the PHR, he is and has been an inspiration to so many people in the service that he has provided his local communities over many, many years, as well as for his service and support to the Legion of Frontiersmen around the globe.

It was as a direct result of following Lord Barry's work with the Legion of Frontiersmen, Independant Command, Canada when HRH Prince Leonard accepted the honour of being appointed as the Hon. Commissioner in Chief of the Unit that led the late Princess Shirley to ask that a similar organisation be formed and placed under the command of the Royal Hutt River Defence Force that the Royal Hutt River Legion was formed and Lord Barry was appointed as Hon. Field Marshal in the RHRL and was given a seat on the Board of Commanding Officers.

LOrd Barry is now elevated into the highest Order in the Principality Chivalric Ranks, that being the Royal Order.

Lord G.B. 'Barry' Metcalfe, Earl of Lindsey

Field Marshal RHRL Board of Commanding Officers,
Chief Commissioner LOFICC.





Royal Hutt River Defence Forces
Office of the Commander in Chief
HRH Prince Leonard
Royal Hutt River Legion


Sovereignís Commendation Medal


Sgt. Lisa (Aliyah) Oliver CIOM., RHRL

Sgt Oliver has now served with the RHRL for 4 years and during that time she has taken on many missions and all were seen through to completion.

Sgt Oliver has handled all tasks well and has proven herself to be a valuable member of the RHRDF.

HRH Prince Leonard and the RHRL Board of Commanders are only too pleased to award Sgt Oliver with the:
Sovereign's Commendation Medal (SCM).

Sgt. Lisa (Aliyah) Oliver CIOM., SCM., RHRL







    Maj. Sir Richard Ananda Barton KCRO., KCOWL., MIOM., MCM., RHRL.

Hereby awarded a Silver Bar to his Meritorious Conduct Medal (MCM) for maintaining his exemplary service and support of the Sovereign and the Principality of Hutt River by way of his position as Major Commanding the Barton Platoon,
Royal Hutt River Legion (RHRL) - located in Perth, Western Australia.

Maj. Sir Ananda has continued to perform his duties with exemplary conduct and consciousness, caring greatly for his community, promoting the RHRL wherever he finds opportunity and seeking out and performing the duties of the RHRL in many areas of care and location around Perth and regions of the South West of Western Australia.

Unfortunately in today's climate it becomes increasingly difficult to find people who have the time or is it the inclination to provide of their time and/or skills to provide that little extra support to those in need and located within their immediate vicinity, yet Maj Barton continues to get in there with his small band of members and assistants and take on the projects to raise funds by taking part in walkathons etc and manning market stalls/car boot sales selling items that he and his team have successfully collected and/or cajoled out of people that they meet or deal with in their daily lives. This year the Barton Platoon did all these and more.
With a very successful "HBF Run For A Reason" the Platoon raised $795.00 (Target was $700!) and they have just about finished their fundraising drives, chasing funds to purchase a new washing machine/dryer for the
Armadale Health Services Mental Health Unit.

It is with pleasure that we award Maj Sir Richard Barton with the Silver Bar to his MCM,
the first Silver Bar to be Awarded.

. Sir Richard Ananda Barton KCRO., KCOWL., MIOM., MCM + Silver Bar. RHRL.




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