Gongs for OGCs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Three Old Collegians have been recognised in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours list: Chong Lim (OGC 1977), Keith Fagg (OGC 1969) and John Hobday (OGC 1952).

Chong Lim was made a Member in the General Division (AM) for significant service to the performing arts as a musician, composer, producer and musical director, and to the community. Chong Lim was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, and after attending St Michael’s School was educated at Geelong College in 1977. That year he won the College Music Prize and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Melbourne University but quickly embarked on his successful music career.

Chong has been a prominent and talented member of the music industry in Australia and internationally and is a consultant for the musical instrument company Roland Corporation. For many years Lim was the well-known Musical Director with Seven Network television series Dancing with the Stars. He has worked with many entertainers including Tommy Emmanuel, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Tina Arena, Paul Kelly, Dame Edna Everage, Sir George Martin, Boz Scaggs, Delta Goodrem and Christine Anu.

Both the Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Sydney 2000 benefitted from his involvement and he both composed music and directed the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For many years, he was the musical director of the Logie Awards. In 2006, he composed music for the 2006 Asian Games in Dohar, Qatar. He was also musical director for the stage version of Dirty Dancing, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush and Kylie Minogue's '"ntimate and Live Tour". In 2011, Lim was the music producer for Australia's Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen's debut album. More recently he was musical director and composer for Citrawarna in Kuala Lumpur, and directed the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Keith Fagg received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community of Geelong.

In addition to being a Director of Fagg’s Mitre 10 for more than 30 years, Keith has made a huge contribution to Geelong, in roles including Vice-Chairman and Board member of Hope Bereavement Care, Chair of the Geelong Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, President, Charter Member, Recipient of the Avenues of Service Citation and the Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Kardinia, Board member of Uniting Church in Australia, Frontier Services and Founder and Trustee of the John Flynn Foundation, past Chair and Church Council Member of the Wesley Uniting Church, Community Representative, Regional Leadership Team, Western Region, Victoria Police, Past Board Member of St Laurence Community Services, Chair of Samaritan House, former Board member of Rural Ambulance Victoria and President and Chairman of the Ambulance Service Victoria South West Region. In 2012, Keith became the city’s first directly-elected Mayor.

Thousands of people in the Geelong region have benefitted from Keith’s community leadership in areas of health, education and community support services.

John Hobday received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to the game of golf. John is a life member and former President of Golf Victoria, who served the game in a variety of roles for 23 years.

A lawyer by profession, John devoted the majority of his adult life to serving the game as a volunteer at club, district, state and national level. John has been a member of the Nhill Golf Club for more than 50 years, serving on the committee for 21 years and playing a significant role in transforming the course from sand greens to an 18-hole grass green course.

He joined the Victorian Golf Association (VGA) Council in 1993 and was involved with almost all aspects of the organisation. John was elected President of the VGA in 2007 and was instrumental in overseeing the amalgamation of the VGA and Women’s Golf Victoria (WGV) to Golf Victoria in 2010. This involved resolving numerous governance and structural issues to ensure gender equity and the establishment of an appropriate basis to administer men's and women's amateur golf into the future.

Congratulations to Chong, Keith and John on the recognition of their significant community contributions.

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