I am so proud of my sister, Glenda Korporaal OAM

Glenda was recently awarded the medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to print media as a journalist.
Glenda is an amazing, generous, hard working, caring and determined woman. 

I am very proud of her achievements: 

The Australian 

  • China Correspondent, from July 2018, Associate Editor (Business), 2015-2018., Editor, The Deal Magazine, 2013-2015, Business Writer and Columnist, 2001-2013. 

Business Journalism 

  • Business Writer and Columnist, Sydney Morning Herald, 1994-1999, Business Editor, The Bulletin Magazine, 1988-1992, Deputy Editor, The Australian Financial Review, 1986-1988, US Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review, 1981-1986, London Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review, 1980-1981. 

Other Journalism 

  • Judge, Annual Journalism Awards, Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), 2004-2018, Finalist, Business Category, Walkley Awards, 1992, Judge, Walkley Awards, 1977, Olympic News Editor, News Limited, 1999-2000, Member, NSW District Committee, Australian Journalists’ Association, 1976-1979. 

Walter Burley Griffin Society 

  • Board Member, since 2014, Author, ‘Making Magic – The Marion Mahony Griffin Story’, 2015. 

Board Member, Australia Japan Foundation, 1989-1992. 


  • Author, ‘Making Magic – The Marion Mahony Griffin Story’, 2015  
  • ’AARNet: Twenty Years of the Internet in Australia’, 2009. 
  • Co-Author (with Kevan Gosper AO), ‘An Olympic Life’, 2000. 
  • Co-Author (with Mr Rod McGeoch), ‘The Bid – How Australia Won the 2000 Games’,1993. 
  • Yankee Dollars – The Story of Australian Corporate Investment in America’, 1986. 

I am also thankful and grateful for her as my sister… 

As a child and teenager, she was always studying, working hard and determined. 

While we were children living in Bankstown (South Western Suburb of Sydney) I remember making her very angry playing jokes and trying to distract her from her study.  As pay-back I had to pay her to visit the new-born litter of kittens she discovered first under our house. She knew I loved cats and would pay!!

Our teenage years were difficult with parents in an unhappy marriage. My father finally left home when I was 16 years old.  So, Glenda often looked after me and rescued me many times during my rebellious and wild teenage years.  She even taught me to drive with exceptional patience, especially on those steep, “hill-start” streets of Killarney Heights.

Glenda always studied hard and achieved dux of her high school for many years. With the same dedication and enthusiasm Glenda has studied and worked hard as a journalist ever since she began her career with a cadetship at the Sydney Morning Herald.  

Now she has 2 adult children and a 32 year marriage with her very supportive and down-to-earth husband.  

Recognising our unusual Dutch surname, Korporaal (we both kept our surnames after marriage), so many people ask me if I know Glenda, and comment how much they enjoy the depth and insightfulness of her writing. 

Over the years, Glenda and I have always had a good relationship. We enjoyed visiting each other in different parts of the world we were each living. She has respected my decision of faith and appreciates people and organisations that help people, including churches. 

Always hard working, caring and generous with a deeply considered perspective on life, people and situations. She allowed my close family friends to stay in their house whilst she and her family lived overseas for a year.  

Having just arrived back from 2 months in India on my honeymoon – I was sorry for being the world’s worst bridesmaid at Glenda’s wedding – I had no idea what I was doing!! 

Glenda is forgiving and willing to leave things behind. She is always great to talk with and share stories old and new (especially with a few wines). 

Tending to under-value herself, Glenda initially rejected the suggestion of her being proposed for an Australia Day honour. 

I am very proud of, and thankful for, my amazing sister, Glenda Korporaal.  

Jeanette Korporaal, Director, Benkorp Management Services


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