Dr Bush Tucker Man

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Les Hiddens

Les Hiddins, affectionately known as The Bush Tucker Man, will now be answering to Dr Bush Tucker Man.

Mr Hiddins will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science at a James Cook University graduation ceremony on Friday night (March 28).

The award is in recognition of his outstanding and distinguished contribution to Australia and the northern Queensland community through his work on the ABC TV series Bush Tucker Man, his time in the defence force (including two tours of duty) where he worked with Indigenous communities, and his efforts in establishing a bush retreat on Cape York Peninsula for Vietnam veterans.

Mr Hiddins is one of three honorary doctorates to be presented at the weekend’s graduation ceremonies.

Former JCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Bernard Moulden will receive an Honorary Doctorate of the University for his service to higher education, JCU and the northern Queensland region.

Mr Don Fry, prominent North Queensland business man and engineer, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering in recognition of his exemplary contributions to engineering.

Professor Heather (Jeannie) Herbert will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Educational Studies at a graduation ceremony on Saturday (March 29). Professor Herbert is being recognised for her service to the University through the exercise of outstanding leadership, and advancing Indigenous education.

More than 800 students will graduate at this year’s JCU Townsville ceremonies.

Issued: Thursday March 27, 2008

Jo Meehan, JCU Media, 07 4781 4586