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Barnesy and Swanee's Aussie awards

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Published 31 January 2017
Local rock icons and brothers Jimmy Barnes and John ‘Swanee’ Swan were honoured with Australia Day awards last week.

Local rock icons and brothers Jimmy Barnes and John ‘Swanee’ Swan were honoured with Australia Day awards last week.

^ Jimmy Barnes was presented with an AO on Australia Day 2017.

If you’re a Baby Boomer who grew up in Elizabeth, chances are you met or went to school with Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes or The Party Boys’ John ‘Swanee’ Swan.

Having seen the best and worst of the music industry from the late 1970s onwards, the brothers’ successful careers have seen them become truer than true-blue Aussie icons, despite being born in Scotland.

‘Barnesy’ received the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the music industry, as a performer, and the community, with his charitable works, such as supporting the Choir of Hard Knocks - a Melbourne-based choir group for homeless or disadvantaged people.

^ Jimmy Barnes with the Choir of Hard Knocks singing Flame Trees. Meanwhile, older brother Swanee - who was also the singer for Adelaide-based band Fraternity after Bon Scott left to front AC/DC (and was again shortlisted to replace the singer in Acca Dacca after Scott’s untimely death in 1980) - received the Order of Australia. ^ OAM recipient Swanee with diners at the Salvos in Adelaide's CBD.

Swanee received his honours for services to the music industry and to the community through charitable organisations - he works with Vietnam vets, the homeless in Adelaide and, among other organisations, assisting with the charity Do Unto Others. ^ Jimmy Barnes and Swanee singing 'When something is wrong with my baby'.