Annual Weary Dunlop Service

Annual Weary Dunlop Service
10:30 am for 11:00am
Wednesday 12 July 2017
Weary’s Statue, King’s Domain
St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Special Guest: Sir Angus Houston

Dunlop Symposium to Showcase Research in Veterans’ Health

The annual Weary Dunlop Symposium will take place in October at Austin Health as part of the hospital’s Research Month. This popular event on the Foundation’s calendar will be held at:

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Wednesday 26 October 2016
John Lindell Lecture Theatre
Level 4, Harold Stokes Building

The Symposium presents an opportunity for Dunlop supporters to hear from researchers whose work has been supported by the Foundation, and to learn how it is making a difference! All are welcome to come along. Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the session.

Dunlop Board member and World War 2 Veteran Fred Cullen meets US Vice President Joe Biden

Dunlop Board member and World War 2 Veteran Fred Cullen OAM was thrilled to meet US Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony at the MCG during Mr Biden’s recent visit to Melbourne. Mr Biden presented Fred with a restored United States flag that Ivanhoe RSL, where Fred is the long term president, had held in its keeping since 1957. It was the first flag to go ashore at Guadalcanal and was presented to Ivanhoe by Col Gene Cavanagh of the 1st Marine Division. The flag had fallen into disrepair and the US government agreed to have it restored and presented back to Ivanhoe in recognition of their concern for their national emblem. Fred took the opportunity to present Mr Biden with a Weary Dunlop badge and a copy of the book, Weary; an Australian Hero


Former Dunlop Professor Recognised

Congratulations to Professor Joseph Proietto on earning a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.

The award was given “For significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly obesity and diabetes research, and as a clinician, educator and mentor.”

 The Foundation was pleased to have Professor Proietto as the inaugural Sir Edward Dunlop Chair of Medicine at Austin Health, a post he held with distinction for over 5 years until his retirement in 2015.

Successful Annual Service and Appeal Launch

The annual Weary Dunlop commemorative service again took place on the anniversary of Sir Edward’s birth, 12 July, at his statue in St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The service was very well attended, and in stark contrast to the 2015 event, was held in brilliant sunshine. Mr Colin Brooks, Parliamentary Secretary to Premier Daniel Andrews delivered an excellent keynote address and launched the annual Weary Dunlop Appeal. To get the appeal rolling, cheques were presented to the Foundation by Liberation Lodge No.674, TPI Victoria, and the HMAS Perth Association (Victoria).

Other highlights included the awarding of the Swinburne Weary Dunlop scholarship to Ms Maria Antonella Di Fiori, the attendance of former Prisoners of War Colin Hamley and Jim Ellwood, as well as students from Blackburn HS, CRC Sydenham, Strathmore SC, and Berwick College, and of course the music of the Royal Australian Airforce Band Melbourne. Chairman Mike O’Meara also launched our new website. All in all, a memorable event.

Professor Jennelle Kyd, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University, presents Ms Maria Antonella Di Fiori with the Weary Dunlop Scholarship certificate.

Professor Jennelle Kyd, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University, presents Ms Maria Antonella Di Fiori with the Weary Dunlop Scholarship certificate.

General photo of the scene.

General photo of the scene.

Ex-POW Jim Ellwood and Secretary Mrs Pattie Wright lay a wreath for the Ex-POW and Relatives Association.

Ex-POW Jim Ellwood and Secretary Mrs Pattie Wright lay a wreath for the Ex-POW and Relatives Association.

Students Remember Weary

The following wonderful tribute appeared in a recent edition of Providence 2016, the newsletter of Catholic Regional College Sydenham:

On July 12th the Dunlop Student Leadership Group attended the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Commemorative service to pay respects to Dunlop. Upon returning several of the students reflected on the day and found it to be one of great reverence.
Olivia Corrente stated that “myself and my fellow students witnessed the very solemn and respectful service held not only for Weary himself, but for the many soldiers who were victims of the war. It was very rewarding to hear from war veterans about their experiences, as well as the horrific experiences of Sir Weary Dunlop. It was a steady reminder of how privileged our own lives are and how lucky we are to have the opportunity to honour heroic people like Dunlop, who are exceptional examples of how to live with courage, commitment and forgiveness. While Alicai Grech highlighted “ the commemorative Service was one of great triumph, honour, and remembrance. With the wise words of Mr. Colin Brooks MP, Reverend Ernest Horth, and Mr. Mike O’Meara, the courage and nobility of the Dunlop legacy was bestowed upon the crowd of distinguished guests and students. The Royal Australian Airforce Band Melbourne made a phenomenal contribution to the service, which has left a lasting impact of reverence on the Dunlop SLG. And finally Ruiz Binghay was “overwhelmed by the presence of individuals with high authority such as the secretary for the Victorian PM, coming to pay respects for Sir Weary Dunlop. We met many inspirational people from the leaders of the Dunlop medical research foundation, to the service people of the Red Cross serving food in the cold after the event, despite the changing weather conditions, the event was perfect all the way through, and overall was a day to remember.”
As elicited by the students above the day has left a permanent reminder of the sacrifice that the young men and women of this country undertook and the courage it took to follow it through. Lest We Forget.

Our thanks to the students of Dunlop Cluster, CRC Sydenham.

Honours for Our Directors

The Foundation Board was pleased to learn that some of our members received a range of important personal honours over the past nine months.

In October 2015, the “significant voluntary services to the local community” of Secretary Ray Gill were recognised with the awarding of the Caroline Chisholm Award 2015 by Anna Burke MP, Federal Member for Chisholm

Around the same time Dr Elif Ekinci, Dunlop Senior Research Fellow, was awarded the Early Career Researcher Award – Medical Category by the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network of Biomedical Research Victoria.

This was followed by our senior and longest standing Board member, Fred Cullen, being recognised with a special award by Melbourne Legacy for over 50 years of collecting for the Legacy Fundraising Appeal.

In December 2015, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Victoria awarded Vice Chairman Michael Fidler a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to Veterans through the RSL, Dunlop Foundation, and as a member of the Story Writing and Art Competition committee.

In June 2016, Chairman Mike O’Meara was recognised by the Rotary Club of Montrose and District with their Kevin Heinze Community Award for service to the community over many years, “particularly local youth and adult community sport in the Kilsyth area, community involvement, as well as the support of local Veterans’ groups and individuals.

Our congratulations to all – well done!

What’s on in 2016

Tuesday 12 July Weary Dunlop Annual Service & Appeal Launch, at Weary’s statue, in Shrine precinct, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 10:30am for 11:00am start.
Tuesday 12 to 26 July Weary Dunlop Fundraising Appeal
Tuesday 18 Oct Annual General Meeting
Friday 21 Oct (TBC)
Weary Dunlop Medical Symposium, Austin Health, Studley Road, Heidelberg


New Educational Resources now available

The Foundation is committed to helping young Australians learn about and appreciate the legacy of Sir Weary. To this end we have asked practicing teachers to produce resources appropriate to the following curriculum areas:

  • 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.

See These Resources

The next Annual Weary Dunlop Appeal will be held between 12-26 July 2016

Thirty Years Supporting Veterans’ Medical Research!

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.

Its launch throughout Victoria coincides with the Commemorative Service on 12 July, at Weary’s statue on St. Kilda Road, and runs for two weeks. The service is attended by patrons, political and academic dignitaries and also representatives of the Australian Defence Forces, the RSL network and other service organisations.

During the two weeks of the appeal, we seek generous donations from the public in the Melbourne city centre and around the State, with the assistance of serving Defence personnel, RSL sub-branches and other ex-service organisations, as well as hospitals, schools and community groups. A highlight is the tin-shake conducted in the CBD by uniformed ADF personnel. This year it will be held on Thursday 14 July.

You can help us to help others by making a different kind of donation – your time and effort. We are seeking volunteers to help before and during the two-week campaign by selling Weary Dunlop lapel pins, by assisting us with administrative and logistical support and/or by displaying posters and printed materials in the community in order to raise awareness and understanding of the Foundation and the appeal. If you are interested in volunteering for the Weary Dunlop Annual Appeal, please fill out and submit the form here and we will contact you with further information.


Naval Personnel Helpers with Appeal Co-ordinator Mr Russell Pettis

Activities you may wish to volunteer for:

  • a) Actively seeking donations in your local community, workplace or other location
  • b) Staffing of one of our Weary Dunlop collection sites for a couple of hours up to a full day, during the Appeal
  • c) Other administrative tasks
  • d) Displaying posters and printed material within your community.