In a colourful ceremony at Lambeth Palace on the 30th. June 1999, June Nixon was awarded the full Degree of Doctor of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey..

This was in recognition of her contribution to church music in Australia as Cathedral Organist, Director of Music, teacher, composer and organ recitalist for over 25 years.

The Archbishop’s right to grant degrees is derived from an Act of Parliament of 1533 which empowered the Archbishop to grant dispensations previously granted by the Pope.

June is only the second Australian and the first woman in the world to be granted this Doctorate.


June with Harry Bramma, sometime Director of The Royal School of Church Music


With composer
Ronald Watson


With Bishop James Grant , sometime Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne