Australian Father of the Year award
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The Australian Father Of The Year award is an Australian award to honor and showcase a fine example of Australian fatherhood. Inaugurated in 1957, the ‘Australian Father of the Year’ has been awarded annually to high-profile, famous fathers, from prime ministers & politicians to sportsmen, business leaders, entertainers and musicians acknowledging the support, guidance and love they show to Australian children.
The Shepherd Centre together with the Australian Fathers Day Council launch a campaign each year to find Australia's best father and the winners are announced at a luncheon, with all proceeds going to The Shepherd Centre. The Shepherd Centre is a charity which teaches deaf and hearing-impaired children to listen and speak using an early intervention program. The Shepherd Centre have been involved in the Australian Father of the Year Awards since 1998. Barnados Australia have also ran an Australian Mother of the Year Award since 1994.
The award is not associated with the Australian government run Australian of the Year awards.
|2012||John Symond||Executive Chairman of Aussie Home Loans. Chairman of Sydney Opera House Trust|
|2011||Angus Houston||Former Chief of the Defence Force|
|2010||Guy Cooper||Former Chief Executive of the Taronga and Western Plains Zoos|
|2007||David Koch||Television Presenter|
|2006||Ron Delezio||Founder of Day of Difference Foundation|
|2004||Prof Graeme Clark||Cochlear Implant Developer|
|2003||Dr Karl Kruszelnicki||Scientist|
|2002||Steve Vizard||Media personality|
|2001||Jim Rafter||Father of nine including tennis player Pat Rafter|
|2000||Stephen Biddulph||Parenting activist|
|1997||John Howard||Prime Minister|
|1996||R.A Peter Sinclair||Governor of New South Wales|
|1994||Sir James Hardy||Americas Cup Sailor|
|1993||Michael Chugg||Music promoter|
|1991||Dr Bruce Shepherd||Deaf Education|
|1988||R.A David Martin|
|1987||A.H Pollard||Actuary and Statistician|
|1985||Sir Ian Turbott|
|1984||Prof Peter Rowe|
|1981||Dr Bradney W Norington|
|1980||Jim Lees||Police Commissioner|
|1978||Sir Zelman Cowen||Governor General|
|1977||Gary O'Callaghan||Radio Presenter|
|1976||Malcolm Fraser||Prime Minister|
|1975 joint winners||Major General Alan Stretton||Head of National Disasters Organisation (Cyclone Tracy relief efforts)|
|Sir John Cornforth||Nobel prize winner in Chemistry|
|1974||Sir John Kerr||Governor General|
|1973||John Lloyd Waddy||Politician|
|1972||Dr William McBride||Gynecologist and obstetrician, (discovered the teratogenicity of thalidomide)|
|1971||Sir William McMahon||Prime Minister|
|1970||V.C. Fairfax||Boy Scouts |
|1969||W.M. Leonard||Legacy Australia |
|1968||Lord R. Casey||Governor General|
|1967||Sir Lorimer Dods||Children's health care|
|1966||Sir Roden Cutler||Governor of New South Wales|
|1965||Bill Northam||Olympic sailor|
|1964||Sir Robert Menzies||Prime Minister|
|1963||Leslie James Herron||Chief justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales |
|1962||Sir Norman Gregg||Ophthalmologist|
|1960||Colin Delaney||NSW Police Commissioner |
|1959||Joseph Cahill||Premier of New South Wales|
|1957||Sir Edward Hallstrom||Businessman & philanthropist|
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