State Memorial Service - The Honourable Barry Cohen AM

State Memorial Service - The Honourable Barry Cohen AM

Government Protocol and International Visits
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Portrait of older male wearing glasses, suit and tie. Overlaying text reads: The Honourable Barry Cohen AM 1935-2017.

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Barry Cohen AM will take place at 11.00 am on Monday 5 February, 2018 at Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT. The Memorial will be held in the Members’ Dining Room, please enter via Queen Victoria Terrace.

Mr Cohen held three ministerial posts between 1984 and 1987. He was Minister assisting the Prime Minister for the Bicentennial from 1984 – 1987, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment from 1984 – 1987 and Minister for Home Affairs and Environment from 1983 – 1984. Mr Cohen represented the Federal Seat of Robertson in the House of Representatives from 1969 – 1990. Mr Cohen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the Australian Parliament and to the community through a range of cultural and environmental roles and contributions to public discussion and debate.

Family, friends, representatives of organisations and members of the public are welcome to attend the State Memorial. There will be reserved seating for those on the Commonwealth Table of Precedence, the immediate family and close family friends. All other seating will be in order of arrival until the venue reaches capacity.

Doors will open at 10.00 am. All guests are kindly requested to be seated by 10.30 am. Ushers will be on hand to assist with seating.

In lieu of flowers, the family have requested donations may be made to World Wildlife Fund.

Enquires can be directed to the Ceremonial and Protocol Officer, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra on (02) 6271 6033 during business hours or email