A special Honour for Wanda Horky

Vice-President of the Friends of Chopin Australia, Mrs Wanda Horky, has been awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List for her services to the Polish community in Australia, including with the Friends of Chopin Australia.

Wanda’s contribution to the Polish-Australian community over many decades has been dedicated, tireless, and substantial, and most recently with the Friends of Chopin Australia, passionate and energetic. Wanda brings a love for Poland and Polish culture, and a love for the Polish-Australian community in Australia to everything she does, and also a deep connection to the music of Fryderyk Chopin and a desire to share this connection widely and introduce new generations to his music.

Congratulations Wanda!

Name: Mrs Wanda HORKY

Award: Medal of the Order of Australia

Post-Nominal: OAM

Date Granted: 25th of January, 2021

State: ACT

Citation: For service to the Polish community in Australia.


Polish Historical Institute in Australia

  • Polish History Coordinator, since 2018.

  • Director, 2003-2017.

  • Member, since 1994.

Australian Institute of Polish Affairs

  • National Secretary, 2017-2019.

  • Member, since 2014.

Polish Community Council of Australia

  • Secretary, 2009-2011.

  • Chair, Internal Audit Committee, 2008-2009.

Council of Polish Organisations in the ACT

  • Vice-President, 2003-2010, and since 2017.

  • Chair, Wilczynski Investment Fund Sub-Committee, current.

  • Former Public Officer.

  • Member, 100th Anniversary of Poland Regaining its Independence Concert Sub-Committee, 2019.

  • Member, since 2003.

Polish Arts and Craft Society, Canberra

  • Treasurer, 2000-2004.

  • Musical Director, 1994-2004.

  • Member, since 1994.

Polish Australian White Eagle Club of Canberra

  • Secretary, since 2008.

  • Public Officer, 2006-2008.

  • Member, since 1978.

Polish Seniors Club of the ACT

  • Vice-President, 2007.

  • Assisted with foundation, 2007.

Canberra Sub-Branch, Polish Ex-Servicemen's Association

  • Member, Executive Committee, 2009-2016.

  • Member, 1995-2016.

Friends of Chopin Australia (formerly Friends of the Australian International Chopin Competition)

  • Founding President, Friends of Chopin Australia, 2012-2016.

  • Founding President, Friends of the Australian International Chopin Competition, 2011-2012.

  • Vice-President, since 2016.

  • Member, Organising Committee, Australian International Chopin Piano Competition, since 2011 (held tri-annually in 2011, 2014, and 2017).

  • Founding Member, since 2011.

Awards and recognition include:

  • Knight's Cross, Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, 2018.

  • Honour for Merit to Polish Culture, 2015.

  • Gold Cross of Merit for services to the Polish Australian community, 1999.