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90th Birthday
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Awards bestowed by HRH Prince Leonard on the occasion of His 89th Birthday!
Twenty Seventh day of August 2015




Order of Wisdom and Learning

  Knight (KOWL)  
      Mr. Paul Augustin Burkart COWL., AB.
(Miami, Florida U.S.A.)

Elevated to the Rank of Knight of the Order of Wisdom and Learning for:
His ongoing assistance to the Earl Marshal PHR Royal College of Heraldry, the Sovereign of the PHR as well as to the PHR itself.

Sir Pauls efforts are indeed appreciates and much of what he has done and we hope he continues today has become part of the History of the PHR and is archived for all in the future who wish to learn more of the PHR.

Sir Paul Augustin Burkart KOWL., AB



    Dr. Michael James Brown BA, MA, PhD.
Darlinghurst - N.S.W. - AUSTRALIA)

Bestowed with the Rank of Knight of the Order of Wisdom and Learning
Recognized by the Sovereign of the Principality of Hutt River, for his outstanding services to education & mankind.

Dr. Michael Brown has been nominated by his peers to be recognised by all for his continuous efforts to promote aducation and to recognise the young Talented & Gifted that he saw existed everywhere around him. His efforts in actively lobbying not only for the recognitions of children as falling into the category of being talented or gifted led to more efforts placed in identifying those individuals. He has served on ministerial committees investigating the future of the Australian State of Victoria's gifted education in Victoria whilst at the same time, Dr Brown was chairing the Council of the University High School which at that time ran the only acceleration program for year 7 students in Australia.

Read more of many Dr Browns achievements in Education

In retirement Dr Brown found he had more time available, so instead of erecting a "gone fishing" sign he has hit the retirement road at full speed.
With more than 40 years an active member of Rotary, supporting community development projects both in Australia and internationally he has continued with that area of work whilst also involving himself (for no financial gain) in developing the curriculum and study aids for tthe gifted and for the learning impaired children.

At 74 years of age Dr Brown refuses to slow down, he continues promoting education, tutoring underpriviledged children and supporting his autistic grandson as well as supporting his grandaughters fledgeling business.

Dr. Sir Michael James Brown KOWL., BA, MA, PhD.

Dr. Sir Michael James Brown KOWL., BA, MA, PhD.






  Knight Commander  (KCOWL)  


    Dr. Sir David P. Burkart KGSRO.
(Miami, Florida U.S.A.)

Earl Marshall of the Principality & High Representative to the U.S.A.

Bestowed with
the Rank of Knight Commander of the Order of Wisdom and Learning
for his
services to education and advancement of knowledge.

Dr Sir David continues to devote much of his time energy to education with much spend in two particular areas, one being for the educational recognition of people who have gained knowledge through other than mainstream centres and the other in the area of Heraldry.

Member of many heraldic associations, Dr Sir David imparts of his knowledge in that area to all who ask of him, with his involvement heraldically with the PHR. He has expanded the heraldic base of the Principality in his position as Earl Marshall of the PHR Royal College of Heraldry and he has authored a number of books for the RCH which have been published by the Principality, including the 'Earl Marshals Regulations 2010" which is the PHR primary Manual of Chivalry and Heraldry.

In all his works, this is the first time that the PHR has recognized Dr Sir David Burkart's extensive involvement in education.


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Dr. Sir David P. Burkart KGSRO., KCOWL








Illustrious Order of Merit  



Commander  (CIOM)



    Ivan Shepard
(Lismoney Kinnitty Birr Co Offaly IRELAND)

is bestowed with the Rank of Commander in the Illustrious Order of Merit by HRH Prince Leonard for:
Service to Agriculture and his local community.

In the 1990s, Ivan was National Chairman for Rural Development in the Irish Farmers' Association.
Armed with little formal education but buckets of knowledge of what's right, Ivan confronted national and international politicians in a bid to secure better payment and allowances for farmers struggling to make a living from nearly-unworkable land. And he succeeded. Our father prevented hundreds of farmers from giving up on their family farms and fleeing the country in search of employment. Ivan steered the path of farming in Ireland from despair to hope. Some might argue that given that role that was his job but there is much more to this man than motivation for financial gain.

A vivid example of this is the charity work Ivan has done over the years:
At the age of 55, Ivan decided to sign up to a 100km trek in Malawi to raise funds for the local farmers in the area. He has been involved in local developments promoting tourism to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the midlands of Ireland. He has been involved in the reconstruction of the old school house in Kinnitty, our local village which is now open as a Community Centre and stands as a valuable asset to the community.
Ivan has passed on his passion of charity work to his children and has helped my youngest sister to fund raise for a house building trip to Haiti.

A highlight of Ivans trip to Australia earlier this year was his special visit to the Principality.

Ivan Shepard CIOM






Knight Grand Star  (KGSIOM)


    Deputy Chief Commissioner, Dame Shirley Metcalfe
(Ridgedale, Saskatchewan, CANADA)

Elevated to the Rank of Dame Grand Commander of the Illustrious Order of Merit for:
Services to the Legion of Frontiersmen, Independent Command, CANADA.
Dame Shirley continues to provide support in all matters concerning the Legion Of Frontiersmen Independent Command, Canada, in her role as assistant commander, Deputy Chief Commissioner.
Dame Shirley is one of the longest serving members of the Unit and indeed was co-founder of the LFICC alongside her husband Chief Commissioner Sir Barry Metcalfe all those years ago.

DCC. Dame Shirley seen here with husband CC. Lord "Barry" Metcalfe

Deputy Chief Commissioner Dame Shirley Metcalfe








Serene Order of Leonard




  Knight (KSOL)  


    Arthur Joseph Stanton
(Bouvard - W.A. - AUSTRALIA)

Bestowed with the Rank of Knight of the Serene Order of Leonard: For exemplary service to his community.

Mr Stanton's nomination was strongly supported with testimonials and evidence of the services he has provided his community from the late 1970's to the present day,
almost 40 years of service provided his community.
We did not bother to seek out what his history of community service was during the previous periods up to late 1979, as the need to learn more seemed without necessity.

Staring with 4 years service to youth working with the Cannington Air Force Cadet Corp to more than 10 years service to Junior Football where he was involved in the general logistics for moving teams from different playing grounds each week, supported teams during weekly practice/training, helping with the set up of equipment & with moving equipment back into storage after use. This led to fund raising at the Thornlie Football club, where he also assisted in operation of canteens and became involved in the committee to provide further support for different parts of the club. 

He then moved onto a director’s role in the Sunday Football league for a period of 4 years, this was a very time consuming role but was carried out in a professional manner
and was of a very high standard.

In 1999 Mr Stanton moved to Mandurah where he quickly became involved in the Local Volunteers Fire Fighting Brigade, where he has been actively involved for almost 16 years, presently holding the rank of Captain.


During all of these years of volunteering Mr Arthur J Stanton has been an upstanding member of our society, he has performed all of these roles in a very professional manner, he has demonstrated he is of a Good morale character and is an honourable man. Mr. Stanton has clearly contributed to his community all without need for financial compensation.


Sir Arthur Joseph Stanton KSOL







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Office of the Commander in Chief
HRH Prince Leonard



      Captain Wallace Hanson OIOM & Captain Annabelle Hanson OIOM
(Ridgedale, Saskatchewan, CANADA)

Both are awarded the PHR 'Meritorious Conduct Medal' for their long and outstanding service with the Legion of Frontiersmen Independent Command, Canada to which they have now dedicated more than 5 years of service to the benefit of their local community and all those who come in contact with them.



Captain W. Hanson OIOM., MCM

Captain A. Hanson OIOM., MCM

Captain Wallace Hanson OIOM, MCM & Captain Annabelle Hanson OIOM., MCM



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