Successful Annual Service and Appeal Launch

A very special Weary Dunlop commemorative service was held on the anniversary of Sir Edward’s birth, 12 July, at his statue in St Kilda Road, Melbourne. The large number attending in brilliant sunshine heard a wonderful address from special guest Sir Angus Houston. Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP launched the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Appeal.

Other highlights included the awarding of the Swinburne Weary Dunlop scholarship to Mr Dylan Kerr by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Duncan Bentley, and a special presentation by State Minister for Veterans, Hon John Eren, to our long time leading Appeal collector, Mr Alan Jennings. The service was enhanced by the presence of former Prisoner of War Colin Hamley and other representatives of the Ex-POW community, the Dunlop family, students from several secondary colleges, and of course the music of the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne.

The Hon John Eren presenting to Mr Alan Jennings.

The Hon John Eren presenting to Mr Alan Jennings.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d).

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d).

A soldier salutes the famous statue.

A soldier salutes the famous statue.