Little-known heroes who helped Australia survive natural disasters have been honoured as the country marks its national day, ravaged by drought and bushfires.
As always, the Australia Day Honours List is heavy with famous names, from Jane Turner of Kath & Kim fame to Mr Nicole Kidman, country rocker Keith Urban.
It is also peppered with past political leaders, including three former state premiers, great minds from the fields of law, science and medicine, a few sporting identities but perhaps fewer bankers.
The 2020 honours roll is also a celebration of the nation's quiet achievers, whose work epitomises the great Australian tradition of lending a hand and expecting nothing in return.
One name that might not ring a bell is Brian Egan from Charleville.
For almost 18 years Brian and his wife Nerida have assisted struggling farmers through their charity Aussie Helpers.
They have provided year-round mental support to fight despair in the bush, along with groceries, hay, even mechanical repairs.
Brian knew what tough times do to those on the land. In 1999 he fell into bankruptcy and had to walk away from his own farm. The loss devastated him and he twice tried to end his life.
With counselling and medication he recovered and embarked on a mission to help stop others falling into the same dark hole. That's what he was doing when he died a few weeks ago.
He was literally out the back of Bourke in NSW, having just spent time with yet another farmer.
He didn't make the five-hour drive home to Charleville, suffering a heart attack and dying alone on the roadside. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Brian found out before he died that he and his wife Nerida were going to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, but it was hush hush and he couldn't tell anyone.
"He was thrilled, of course," Nerida says. "But he didn't stay around long enough to make it public. He was amazed that you could be recognised for doing something you're passionate about."
Nerida and their daughters will keep Aussie Helpers going, together refining Brian's plan to help farmers hit by the unprecedented bushfires.
"Dad was a selfless and genuine man who liked to do things for others. I'm sorry he's not here to celebrate this, but we're going to do that for him," daughter and Aussie Helpers CEO Natasha Kocks says.
Also on the honours roll is Coonabarabran farmer Marie Knight, who's been awarded the Order of Australia medal for sending 80,000 jumpers to NSW farmers to keep alive lambs abandoned during the drought and fires.
And then there's Tony Thompson, the volunteer who spent countless hours planning and then executing the resurrection of Marysville after the 2009 Black Saturday fires decimated the Victorian town.
For him, receiving the medal is bittersweet, with Victorian communities again traumatised by bushfires that have burnt more than 1.5 million hectares so far this fire season.
"I know their suffering. It comes back to you right away," he says.
Five people have been appointed to the highest honour, a Companion (AC), in 2020.
NSW Governor Margaret Beazley is recognised for eminent service to the community through judicial leadership. The top going also goes to Queensland Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, South Australian scientific researcher Anthony Thomas, Sydney medical researcher Bruce Robinson, and Melbourne professor Margaret Gardner for her service to education.
In all, 837 people have been recognised this year, down from 1127 last year, 41.6 per cent of them women, the highest percentage ever and up almost five per cent on 2019.
Almost 45 per cent of the honours are for outstanding service or achievement in the community.
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