Since 1877, the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales has been granting medals and rewards for acts of human bravery when saving or endeavouring to save life.

Media release - 20 October 2017
Two men who attempted to save a surfer during a shark attack at Ballina in 2015 were today recognised for their bravery by the Royal Humane Society of NSW... Read more

Media release - 6 October 2016
A total of 26 medals will be presented by His Excellency as Governor and as Patron of the Royal Humane Society in recognition of those who put their own lives at risk to save someone in immediate danger... Read more

Unclaimed medals
The Royal Humane Society of NSW wishes to contact persons who have been awarded civilian bravery medals which, to date, have remained unclaimed... Read more

Media releases - 26 June 2015
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales will, as Patron, present bravery awards on behalf of the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales at Government House Sydney tomorrow (26 June 2015). A highlight will be the presentation of a 9ct gold medal to Mr Andrew Cochrane for his actions at a petrol tanker fire at Mona Vale in October 2013... Read more


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