Carrillo Gantner

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Carrillo Gantner
Carrillo Baillieu Gantner

1944 (age 77–78)
OccupationCultural leader, philanthropist
FamilyNeilma Gantner (mother) Merlyn Myer (grandmother) Sidney Myer (grandfather)

Carrillo Baillieu Gantner AC (born 1944) is a Victorian cultural leader and philanthropist and a member of the Melbourne retailing Myer family.


He was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Neilma Gantner with philanthropist and author Vallejo Gantner, and grandson of Merlyn Myer and Sidney Myer, founder of the Myer retail chain. His most well known achievement lies in the area of founding theatres and theatre companies. He founded the Playbox Theatre in 1976 and in the late 1980s was the driving force for the building of the Malthouse Theatre complex which opened in 1990. He was President of the Myer Foundation 2004-2010 and is currently Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund, the Myer family’s two philanthropic arms.[1] [2]

Carrillo has been a Melbourne City Councillor where he was Chairman of the Planning and the Docklands Committees and had portfolio responsibility for Cultural Development. He worked for the Australian Foreign Affairs Department as Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing (1985–1987).[citation needed]

He toured many companies from China and Japan to Australia and, with writer Rodney Hall was joint Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, New South Wales.[citation needed] Because of his long and distinguished career in the arts, arts administration and the theatre where he worked as an actor and director, Carrillo was appointed by the Victorian state government as President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust from July 2000. He served three terms to 2009.

The government appointed him as Chairman of The Melbourne International Arts Festival from mid-2010. He was Chairman of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for six years to March 2000, Chair of the Performing Arts Board and a member of the Australia Council 1990-1993. He was a member of the Australian International Cultural Council (chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs) for three years until 2003. Until 2002 he served for three years as a member of the Cultural Network of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. He was also a member of the Trilateral Commission.[3]

Television career[edit]

In 1979, Carrillo appeared in several episodes of the Australian TV series Prisoner (known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H) internationally as psychologist Dr. Peter Clements.[4]


Carrillo was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in January 2019 for professional engagement in, and philanthropic support of the performing and visual arts, and for promoting cultural exchange between Australia and Asia.[5] He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2001,[6] and in the same year was awarded the Centenary Medal.[7] In 2003, he received the inaugural Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leader of the year Award. He won the Dorothy Crawford Award for services to Australian writers. In 2007 Carrillo was named Victorian of the Year in recognition of his cultural and philanthropic service to Victoria. In the same year he was named Victorian Senior Australian of the Year.[8] In 2008 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of The Australian Academy of the Humanities.[9] In 2018 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Western Sydney University.


  1. ^ Gill, Raymond (3 July 2007), "Mr Gantner, take a bow", The Age, retrieved 1 August 2011
  2. ^ "48 Asian Altruists: Carillo Gantner", Forbes, 27 February 2008, retrieved 1 August 2011
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Prisoner: Cell Block H - episode 44". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Mr Carrillo Baillieu GANTNER AO - Companion of the Order of Australia". Australian Honours Search Facility. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Mr Carrillo Baillieu GANTNER - Officer of the Order of Australia". Australian Honours Search Facility. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Mr Carrillo GANTNER - Centenary Medal". Australian Honours Search Facility. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  8. ^ 2007 Victorian of the Year - Carrillo Gantner, Victoria Day Council, archived from the original on 8 October 2011, retrieved 1 August 2011
  9. ^ Gantner, Carrillo, AC FAHA, Australian Academy of the Humanities, archived from the original on 25 March 2012, retrieved 1 August 2011

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