31 January 2016

Ross Hohnen, Canberran of the Year 1977

Self described "back room man" Ross Hohnen, arrived in Canberra from Armidale in 1948 as the Assistant Registrar of the Australian National University.  He retired from the position of Secretary at the ANU in 1975.

Ross' advanced administrative skills and many community interests saw him involved on the boards and committees of such varied organisations as Scouts, Musica Viva and the Heart Foundation; often as a founder.

He was passionate about the Scouting movement and,and held a number of local international Scouting positions, and was a strong advocate for social adult education and was on the establishment committee for St Marks' Library.

Other interests were  the Industrial Design Council of Australia, Musica Viva, the Canberra Theatre Trust and the Australian Council of the Arts.

Further biographical detail about Ross Hohnen 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.