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Statue of 1976 Australian of the Year returns to the Australian War Memorial

7 April 2010

A bronze statue of Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, 1976 Australian of the Year, has returned to public view at the Australian War Memorial today.

The statue was removed a year ago during work for an $18 million redevelopment at the Memorial.
The 320kg statue was lowered into a new and more prominent place by a crane in readiness for the official opening of the new precinct.

Weary Dunlop was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership while being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.

He was a prominent sportsman and doctor before the war and post-war worked tirelessly as an advocate for veterans, achieving international recognition as a surgeon and for promoting international goodwill.