Sir Ernest Edward “Weary” Dunlop

Sir Ernest Edward “Weary” Dunlop

Birth
Major Plains, Benalla Rural City, Victoria, Australia
Death 2 Jul 1993 (aged 85)
Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
Burial Springvale, Greater Dandenong City, Victoria, Australia
Memorial ID 152073777 · View Source
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Australian Surgeon.
Son of James and Alice Dunlop. He studied at the Victorian College of Pharmacy and the University of Melbourne where he obtained a scholarship in medicine. He graduated in 1934 with first class honours in pharmacy and medicine.
He was commissioned into the Australian Army Medical Corps on 1 July 1935 with the rank of Captain. He served in many campaigns during World War II and attained the rank of Colonel. He was captured by the Japanese in Bandung, Java, at the hospital he was commanding in 1942 and taken prisoner of war. Reputed as a courageous leader and compassionate doctor, he restored morale in the prison camps and jungle hospitals. He became, in the words of his men, 'a lighthouse of sanity in a universe of madness and suffering'.
After the war he devoted himself to the health and welfare of former prisoners of war and their families and worked to promote better relations between Australia and Asia.
He received many honours and awards throughout his life, including:
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1947)
Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (1965)
Knight Bachelor (1969)
Australian of the Year 1976
Companion of the Order of Australia (1987)
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (1992)
Knight Grand Cross (1st Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Royal Crown of Thailand (1993)
Honorary Fellow of the Imperial College London
Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Honorary Life Member of the Returned and Services League of Australia
Life Governor of the Royal Women's Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Named one of '200 Great Australians' (1988)
Inducted into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame (2008)
Canberra suburb of Dunlop named after him (1993)
His image imprinted on the Australian fifty cent coin (1995)
Platoon named after him in the Army Recruit Training Centre, Blamey Barracks, Kapooka, New South Wales.
His image imprinted on one of 1995 Australia Remembers 45c stamps.
He died aged 85 years.


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  • Created by: nettlyne
  • Added: 8 Sep 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 152073777
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Ernest Edward “Weary” Dunlop (12 Jul 1907–2 Jul 1993), Find A Grave Memorial no. 152073777, citing Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, Greater Dandenong City, Victoria, Australia ; Maintained by nettlyne (contributor 47486944) .