A member of Melbourne’s Latvian community has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “(f)or service to the community, particularly through the provision of honorary legal advice to ethnic community members and organisations,” according to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Aleksandrs Gārša was awarded the medal on June 13, the day Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is celebrated.
Born in Latvia in 1935, Gārša arrived in Australia in 1949. He obtained arts and law degrees from Melbourne University and has worked as a lawyer for the firm of Kahn and Clahr since 1961. He is a public notary in Victoria and frequently commutes between Germany, Latvia and Australia for work-related matters.
Gārša joins a number of other Latvians who have received similar awards over the years. The Order of Australia was created in 1975.
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