Attending Wesley Uniting Church, Castle Hill is not unusual for Rev Bill Rosier but on Australia Day it took a long time to leave as queues of well-wishers lined up to congratulate him on his new title, OAM.
The 87-year-old Galston resident (full name Albert William Rosier) was named as an Order of Australia recipient for service to the Uniting Church of Australia and to the community.
If you ask Rev Rosier what the greatest achievement of his life has been and he will tell you that being married to his wife of 60 years, Marilyn.
He has been a Minister of Religion since 1958 and initially served as a Minister in Canberra Methodist Circuit.
During that time, he attended Royal Military College Duntroon as a chaplain before joining the Royal Australian Navy where he served as chaplain and Principal Chaplain for 22 years.
After leaving the RAN in 1987 he took on the role of chaplain at Royal North Shore Hospital and was NSW State chaplain between 2006 and 2011. Rev Rosier is President of the Hills District RSL Sub-branch and co-ordinates both the ANZAC Service and Remembrance Day services at Galston Cenotaph for many years.
He said he was quite shocked when he received the initial letter saying he had been nominated for an OAM.
“I thank my wife. One year I was away for eight months at sea.”
The couple, who celebrated their 60thwedding anniversary last month have four children, 11, grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and “three on the way”.
Australia Day was a great day of celebration for the family. In between family gatherings there was a visit to Australia Day celebrations at Bella Vista Farm where one of his grandchildren, Austin Rosier, was named Hills Young Citizen of the Year.
JUSTIN DOWD AM
Hills resident and solicitor Justin Dowd was made an officer in the general division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to family law and to professional associations.
A solicitor for 40 years he has been a director with Watts McCray Lawyers for 20 years.
PROF MAREA NICHOLSON AM
Prof Nicholson has spent over three decades at the core of the development and growth of the Australian Catholic University in NSW and the ACT. She retired last year from her position as Associate Vice-Chancellor following 32 years of service to the university. She was instrumental in the introduction and delivery of programs in child protection for students intending to work as teachers.