About the Foundation

As a Prisoner of War himself, Sir Edward Dunlop was very well aware of the impact of war service on Veterans and their families. He strongly believed that this warranted greater attention, and typically, resolved to do something about it.

In 1985 his drive led to the creation of the Sir Edward Dunlop Medical Research Foundation, to encourage emerging medical researchers to study health conditions of Veterans, serving personnel, and their families. The health and well-being of those who have served and sacrificed remains vitally important today, and the Weary Dunlop Foundation continues to pursue the vision inherited from this truly great Australian.


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Educational Resources about Weary

The website contains resources about Weary Dunlop that are specifically designed for use in:

  • Primary Schools at Year 6 – Australian Curriculum: history – What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?
  • Secondary schools (history, civics and citizenship, English – creating biography) as a case study providing a short evidence-based approach to help students understand the significant contribution of Weary Dunlop to the Australian prisoners-of-war on the Burma-Thai Railway, and afterwards. It takes students through a variety of evidence, and provides a model that can be used to investigate other significant people in twentieth century Australian history.

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Get Involved in the Foundation

The Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Medical Research Foundation conducts an annual Weary Dunlop Appeal, providing an opportunity for Australians to give generously to help Australian medical research; a chance to perpetuate the selfless and steadfast spirit of the Foundation’s inaugural patron, Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop to support Australian medical research into condition affecting veterans and their families