Mr Michael John ZEKULICH. South Perth WA 6151
For service to print journalism, and as an author.


  • Author. An Eye for a Story – Michael Zekulich’s autobiography, self-published, 2017.
  • Author. Spirit of the Swan – 180 Years of Winemaking in the Swan Valley. Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association. 2014.
  • Author, Fossil’s World: the life story of David William Robinson. David Robinson. 2010.
  • Author. Spirit of Christmas Island. Phosphate Resources. 2008.
  • Author, So little. So much: the story of immigrant Joe Zekulich and his wife Rose. Access Press, 2007_
  • Author. Rigby, Picton Press. 2007.
  • Co-Author. Restaurants WA. RIC Publications. 2005.
  • Author. Flavours of Margaret River, Churchill Press. 2001.
  • Author. The Grain Journey: the history of the grain pool of Western Australia. Grain Pool of Western Australia. 1997.
  • Author, Wine Western Australia. St George Books. 1994.
  • Author, Wines and Wineries of the West. St George Books. 1990.

The West Australian

  • Journalist. 1965-2005.
  • Agricultural Editor, 1970-1990.
  • Agriculture Reporter, 1960s.
  • Cadet. 1964.

Western Australian Wine Press Club

  • President. 1981-1982, and 1993-1994.
  • Inaugural Member, since 1976.
  • Life Member, 2013.
  • Recipient, Jack Mann Memorial Medal, 2000.
  • Recipient, George Mulgrue Award.


  • Life Member. Western Australian Rural Press Club.
  • Life Member. Rural Media Association of Western Australia.
  • Life Member, Australian Journalists Association (now part of the Media. Entertainment and Arts Alliance).
  • Former Member. Western Australian Wine Barons.

Awards and recognition includes:

  • Dalgety Award for Best Western Australian Print Media Reporting, 1991.
  • US Government Fellowship. 1987.
  • Australia-China Fellowship. 1983.
  • Australia-Japan Council Fellowship. 1979.
  • Arthur Lovekin Prize for Journalism. University of Western Australia. 1978.
  • Churchill Fellow, 1977.

Australia Day 2020 Honours List

On 26 January 2020, the Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), announced 1099 awards in the 2020 Australia Day Honours List.

Link–Australia Day 2020 Honours List | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia (gg.gov.au)