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 run an Australian Mother of the Year Award since 1994.

The award is not associated with the Australian government run Australian of the Year awards.

Past recipients[edit]

Awarded Name Notes
2014 Andrew Gaze Basketballer
2013 Ben Roberts-Smith Soldier
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
2009 Li Cunxin Dancer
2008 Paul Roos Footballer
2007 David Koch Television Presenter
2006 Ron Delezio Founder of Day of Difference Foundation
2005 Steve Waugh Cricketer
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
1999 Slim Dusty Musician
1998 Kamahl Musician
1997 John Howard Prime Minister
1996 R.A Peter Sinclair Governor of New South Wales
1995 Mark Taylor Cricketer
1994 Sir James Hardy Americas Cup Sailor
1993 Michael Chugg Music promoter
1992 Bill Crews Minister
1991 Dr Bruce Shepherd Deaf Education[1]
1990 Peter Doyle
1989 Ken Done Artist
1988 R.A David Martin
1987 A.H Pollard Actuary and Statistician
1986 Gordon Moyes Politician
1985 Sir Ian Turbott
1984 Prof Peter Rowe
1983 Bobby Limb Entertainer
1982 Alan Davidson Cricketer
1981 Dr Bradney W Norington
1980 Jim Lees Police Commissioner
1979 Neil McLeod
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 [2]
1969 W.M. Leonard Legacy Australia [3]
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[4]
1964 Sir Robert Menzies Prime Minister
1963 Leslie James Herron Chief justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales [5]
1962 Sir Norman Gregg Ophthalmologist
1961 Adrian Curlewis Judge
1960 Colin Delaney NSW Police Commissioner [6][7]
1959 Joseph Cahill Premier of New South Wales
1958 Harry Jensen Politician
1957 Sir Edward Hallstrom Businessman & philanthropist

See also[edit]

Australian Mother of the Year Award


  1. ^ "The Shepherd Centre". The Shepherd Centre. 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  2. ^ page 6
  3. ^ Barrie Dyster, 'Leonard, Sir Walter McEllister (Mac) (1915–1985)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published in hardcopy 2012, accessed online 5 April 2014.
  4. ^ R. I. Cashman, 'Northam, Sir William Herbert (1905–1988)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published in hardcopy 2012, accessed online 5 April 2014.
  5. ^ "History of the Award". Australian Father of the Year. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-05-21. 
  6. ^ Menzies, Robert (1964-08-14). "FATHER OF THE YEAR - 1964 - PRESENTATION AT HOTEL AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY - 14TH AUGUST, 1964 - SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER, THE RT. HON. SIR ROBERT MENZIES". PM Transcripts. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. ^ Wotherspoon, Garry C. (1993). "Delaney, Colin John (1897–1969)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 

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