Honours list: DOUG HUNTER
Hunter’s first response upon learning he was given awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in today’s
Queen’s Birthday Honours List was “immense shock”.
“I had not the slightest inkling,” he said.
“My initial reaction was that you shouldn’t be recognised for something
you love doing.”
Mr Hunter has been the manager of the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Museum at
Bandiana since the 1990s and he has been the president of the Albury and District Historical Society since 2004.
He spent 31 years in the Army reserve, both in Australia and overseas in New
Guinea and served in Vietnam in 1969.
Returning to Albury, he went back into the Victorian Mounted Rifles and remained
there until his retirement at age 50.
Mr Hunter then worked at the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation.
He took over the museum’s regimental collection in Victoria Street, Albury,
prior to its move in 2000 to Bandiana.
“We have a large archive of letters, brief histories, diaries and a lot
of material from families who were asking ‘what do we do with this?’,” he said.
“We don’t have many vehicles and a small collection of weapons because
we have tried to keep the weapons relevant.”
Upon his retirement from the Army, Mr Hunter attended the Riverina Murray Institute
of Higher Education, the predecessor of Charles Sturt University, to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history.
He later completed a Bachelor of Literature with honours in strategic studies
at Deakin University.
Mr Hunter has written My Corps Cavalry, the 13th Light Horse in France and The
13th Battery Australian Field Artillery 1914-1918, and is now completing The Albury Drill Hall 1885-2000.
He is also editor of the Albury Historical Society’s bulletin and is a
member of the Albury-Wodonga branch of the Military Historical Society of Australia.
Most recently he has turned his focus to family history and is planning to research
and write his family’s story for his children and grandchildren.