Lloyd O’Neil was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1991 in recognition of his distinguished service to the local publishing industry. The award that commemorates this exceptional figure recognises the long service of similarly outstanding individuals in the Australian book world. Ann Poublon, influential Perth-based bookseller and long-time Dymocks franchisee, received the honour at the 2012 Australian Book Industry Awards and remembers her shock on the night.
“Winning the prestigious Lloyd O’Neil was something I never ever expected,” Mrs Poublon said. “I was truly surprised to be called up by my friend Ross Gibb who presented me with the Award, and I felt greatly honoured and also very humble about it, as I could not understand why I was chosen.”
Ann is the 22nd recipient of The Lloyd O’Neil Award and a member of an elite group of accomplished and dedicated book industry professionals, the full list of whom you can find here:
Lloyd O’Neil was a pioneer of Australian publishing. He began his career as a bookseller in Angus & Robertson’s Castlereagh Street store and went on to become an insightful and talented publisher, printing popular mass market titles that captured the mood of the Australian public and developing hugely successful educational and travel lists. He ended his career as an associate director with, and adviser to, Penguin Books Australia and agreed to give his name to this award before he passed away in 1992.
“I just do what I enjoy most. I love the industry, the publishers, publicists, reps and my staff who I work with every day, and hope that I will be able to continue doing what I enjoy for some time to come. I just missed not having my family with me on the Awards night to share it with me as they are very much part of what keeps me going. I am grateful to all who voted for me.”— Ann Poublon.