|Sir Bernard Callinan|
Callinan as a lieutenant colonel in command of the 26th Battalion, Bougainville, 1945
|Born||2 February 1913
|Years of service||1940–46
|Commands held||2/2 Independent Company
26 Infantry Battalion
58/32 Infantry Battalion
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Born in Melbourne on 2 February 1913, after attending St Kevin's College Callinan completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Upon graduating in 1935, he oversaw several water and sewage projects in rural areas working for a small firm owned by Gordon Gutteridge.
Callinan was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Citizens Military Force in June 1940, being appointed into the Royal Australian Engineers. In March 1941, he volunteered for overseas service and joined the Second Australian Imperial Force, taking up a posting as an instructor at the Demolitions Wing, at the 7th Infantry Training Centre. He was promoted to captain in July 1941, and subsequently posted as the second-in-command to the 2/2nd Independent Company, deploying with them to Timor as part of Sparrow Force in December 1941. He subsequently led the commandos during their campaign on the island and in July 1942 was temporarily promoted to major.
Upon returning to Australia, his promotion to major was confirmed and he served on the headquarters of the First Army as a staff officer before taking up a posting as second-in-command of the 31st/51st Battalion at Merauke in November 1943. In early 1945, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and assumed command of the 26th Battalion, leading them through the Bougainville Campaign. In February 1946, he was discharged from the 2nd AIF, but later returned to the Citizen Military Forces and commanded the 58/32 Infantry Battalion, commanding it from 1948 to 1951. For his wartime service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross for outstanding leadership and gallantry. He was also Mentioned in Despatches.
Callinan held many positions in the commercial field, including director of CSR Ltd, director of British Petroleum Company of Australia, chairman of the new Federal Parliament House Construction Authority, commissioner of the Australia Broadcasting Corporation and the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SEC), deputy chancellor of LaTrobe University and president of the Institute of Engineers Australia. From 1963 he served as Commissioner of the SEC Victoria.
Callinan joined the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) committee in 1966 and served as president from 1980 to 1985. He fought to retain the Victorian Football League (VFL) grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and was a long-serving Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) Patron-in-Chief.
Honours and awards
|Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)||Civil Division|
|Knight Bachelor||Entitlement to 'Sir' only, no post-nominals|
|Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)||Civil Division|
|Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)|
|Military Cross (MC)|
|War Medal 1939–1945||With palm for Mentioned in Despatches|
|Australia Service Medal 1939–45|
He died in 1995. His five children and his wife, Naomi, survived him.
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