31 January 2017
Heritage Victoria Executive Director Tim Smith was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day awards.
Tim received the OAM "for service to public administration, and to maritime history preservation."
Appointed to Heritage Victoria in 2013, Tim served with the Heritage Division of NSW's Office of Environment for about 17 years.
Tim has also played significant roles in major maritime archaeological expeditions such as the search for Australia's first submarine, AE1, lost in New Guinea, and the management and interpretation of the AE2 (British E-Class) lost in combat within the Turkish Sea of Marmara on 30 April 1915, during the Dardanelles Campaign.
He also served as Director of the Joint Turkish-Australian archaeological expedition leading the scientific documentation of the underwater cultural landscape of the Dardanelles battlefield sites of World War One.
He was Project Manager of the NSW Government's program to manage, protect and interpret the archaeological remains of the Imperial Japanese Navy's midget submarine M24, lost in the attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942. Located in 2006, the M24 survives today as one of the most unique naval shipwreck sites in Australian territorial waters.