Australian Father of the Year award
The Australian Father of the Year award is an Australian award to honour 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.
|2018||Dick Smith||AC||Entrepreneur and philanthropist|
|2017||Mike Baird||former Premier of New South Wales|
|2016||Lieutenant General David Hurley||AC, DSC||Governor of New South Wales|
|2015||Jamal Rifi||Doctor (founder Australia Muslim Doctors against Violence)|
|2013||Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith||VC, MG||Soldier|
|2012||John Symond||AM||Executive Chairman of Aussie Home Loans. Chairman of Sydney Opera House Trust|
|2011||Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston||AC, AFC||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||Graeme Clark||AC||Cochlear Implant Developer|
|2002||Steve Vizard||Media personality|
|2001||Jim Rafter||Father of nine including tennis player Pat Rafter|
|2000||Stephen Biddulph||AM||Parenting activist|
|1999||Slim Dusty||AO, MBE||Musician|
|1997||John Howard||Prime Minister|
|1996||Rear Admiral Peter Ross Sinclair||AC, RAN||Governor of New South Wales|
|1994||Sir James Hardy||OBE||Americas Cup Sailor|
|1993||Michael Chugg||Music promoter|
|1991||Dr Bruce Shepherd||Deaf Education|
|1988||Rear Admiral Sir David Martin||KCMG, AO, RAN||Governor of New South Wales|
|1987||A.H Pollard||Actuary and Statistician|
|1985||Sir Ian Turbott||AO, CMG, CVO||Business Man, Chancellor of Western Sydney University|
|1984||Prof Peter Rowe|
|1981||Dr Bradney W Norington|
|1980||Jim Lees||QPM||Police Commissioner|
|1978||Sir Zelman Cowen||AK, GCMG||Governor General|
|1977||Gary O'Callaghan||MBE||Radio Presenter|
|1976||Malcolm Fraser||Prime Minister|
|1975 joint winners||Major General Alan Stretton||AO, CBE||Head of National Disasters Organisation (Cyclone Tracy relief efforts)|
|John Cornforth||CBE||Nobel prize winner in Chemistry|
|1974||Sir John Kerr||AC, KCMG||Governor General|
|1973||Group Captain John Waddy||OBE, DFC||Politician|
|1972||Dr William McBride||AO, CBE||Gynecologist and obstetrician, (discovered the teratogenicity of thalidomide)|
|1971||William McMahon||Prime Minister|
|1970||Vincent Charles Fairfax||Boy Scouts |
|1969||W.M. Leonard||Legacy Australia |
|1968||Lord Casey||GCMG, CH, DSO, MC, PC||Governor General|
|1967||Sir Lorimer Dods||LVO||Children's health care|
|1966||Lieutenant Roden Cutler||VC, CBE||Governor of New South Wales|
|1965||Bill Northam||Olympic sailor|
|1964||Robert Menzies||CH||Prime Minister|
|1963||Leslie James Herron||Chief justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales |
|1962||Captain Sir Norman Gregg||MC||Ophthalmologist|
|1961||Captain Adrian Curlewis||Judge|
|1960||Colin Delaney||CVO, CBE, QPM||NSW Police Commissioner |
|1959||Joseph Cahill||Premier of New South Wales|
|1957||Sir Edward Hallstrom||Businessman & philanthropist|
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