Don Biddle Friends of Geography Award


The Don Biddle Friends of Geography Award is named in honour of the founding president of AGTA, Dr Don Biddle. The Award is made by the AGTA Board based on the recommendation of a selection committee comprising three members of the Board. A currently serving member of the AGTA Board is not eligible to receive the award.

The award has been developed by AGTA to recognise individuals, groups or institutions who have made a significant contribution over an extended period of time to the work of AGTA in promoting geographical education in Australia.


2021: Presented at the AGTA Board Meeting held by Zoom on 16 October 2021 to Julie Hearnden and Darryl Michie — Citations

2019: Presented at the AGTA 2017 Conference at the Gold Coast to Dr Greg Calvert and Rebecca Nicholas— Citations

2017: Presented at the AGTA 2017 Conference in Melbourne to Leonie Brown, Malcolm McInerney and Gregory Way — Citations

2015: Presented at the AGTA 2015 Conference in Rotorua to Rob Berry, Nick Hutchinson, Dr Jeana Kriewaldt and Emmy Terry and posthumously at the AGTA Board meeting in Hobart to Wayne Sutton — Citations

2013: Presented at the AGTA 2013 Conference in Perth to Dr Susan Bliss, John Butler, Stephen Cranby and Alaric Maude — Citations

2011: Presented at the AGTA 2011 Conference in Adelaide to Kath Berg, Mark Manuel and Roger Smith

About Dr Don Biddle

Dr Don BiddleThe Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) was extremely saddened to learn about the passing of Dr Donald Sidney Biddle on 21 January 2022. We remain inspired by Don’s conviction about the importance and role of collaboration, demonstrated through his distinguished service to several professional associations for geography - the legacy of which continues to provide the glue which keeps us all connected across school, initial teacher education, and academic geography research contexts. To read more about the life of Dr Biddle and his contribution to geography education, please see:

- A paper written by Dr Susan Bliss based on an interview conducted with Dr Don Biddle
- A citation written by Dr Stephen Codrington when Dr Don Biddle was awarded Life Membership to the Geographical Society of NSW.
- A tribute written by Dr Susan Caldis and shared at his Celebration of Life Service on behalf of the AGTA Board and Past AGTA Chairpersons.