- John qualified to become a member in November 1946
- Chair of the Victorian State Council from 1968 to 1970and National Executive from 1972 to 1975
- John was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1981
I recently had the honour of accompanying 2016 Chartered Accountants ANZ President Darren Scammell FCA to present an extraordinary membership milestone to John McKenzie Hilliard AO FCA to commemorate his 70 years of membership of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (the Institute of Chartered Accountants).
John was born in September 1918 in Auckland (NZ), whilst his father (who was wounded at Gallipoli) was posted there. He was brought to Australia while still an infant and was educated at Camberwell Grammar and Scotch College. His studies to become a Chartered Accountant were interrupted after he enlisted in the Army in June 1940 to serve his country in World War 2. After returning from the war, John completed his final exams and qualified to become a member in November 1946.
John had a distinguished career, principally as an auditor, arbitrator and Liquidator. He commenced his career with Smith Johnson & Co., one of the predecessor firms of what is now KPMG, and served the Institute in a variety of roles including Chair of the Victorian State Council from 1968 to 1970, membership of the National Executive from 1972 to 1975 and Chairman of the Australian Accounting Research Foundation which ultimately encompassed both the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) and the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (PSASB) from 1976 to 1980.
John was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1981 in recognition of his services to the Accounting profession.
Meeting members like John and hearing his story was a real honour and to see the pride he still holds in being a member of this great organisation was extremely rewarding.
I thank him and his sons Philip and Andrew for sharing his story with us.
VIC/TAS State Manager