From the Governor General's website 2015:
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Ms Valmai Audrey HANKEL PSM, SA
For significant service to library and information services, particularly in South Australia, and to the wine industry as a writer.
President, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2010-2013; Member, since 1974; Life Member, 2011.
Senior Reference Librarian, State Library of South Australia, Librarian-in-Charge of Rare Books and Special Collections; Joined the library in 1958.
Foundation President, Book Collectors Society of South Australia, 1981- circa 2000.
Foundation Member, Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, since 1974.
Wine industry: Associate Judge, McLaren Vale Wine Show, mid 1990s for 2 years. Contributor to a range of journals including Winestate and The Adelaide Review, 20 years. Chair, Consumer Panel, Adelaide Advertiser-Hyatt Regency South Australian Wine of the Year Awards, 6 years. Recipient, Baron of the Barossa, Barossa Foundation, 2007.
Community service includes: Guest, 'Australia All Over' radio program, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, on-going. Supporter, Parkinson's South Australia, since 2007. Vice-President, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 2006-2008 and Councillor, 1975-2008 and Member since 1975. Recipient, John Lewis Gold Medal, 2012. Writer and public speaker on inland exploration, ongoing.