30 January 2016

Clarrie Hermes, Citizen of the Year 1968

Former ACT Chief Magistrate and MI6 trained secret intelligence agent, Clarrie Hermes, came to Canberra from South Australia in 1963 as a stipendary magistrate.  He was known for his brusqueness, common sense and humanity.

Clarrie unsuccessfully contested the 1970 by-election for the ACT seat in the House of Representatives.  He was involved in many local social service and welfare organisations such as the ACT Council of Social Services, the Kindergarten Union, the Parents and Citizens Associations and Legacy.  He also managed junior football and cricket teams and was active in the building of the first Anglican Church in the Woden Valley, Good Shepherd in Curtin.
Further biographical detail about Clarrie Hermes is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.