Graham Toulmin

Graham Adrian Toulmin, AM FICD (born 31 March 1948) is a dentist and musician, notable for his fundraising and dental philanthropy for the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2009, Dr Toulmin was made a member of the Order of Australia.

Life and work in Zaire: 1987-1991Edit

Dr Toulmin trained as a missionary in 1985, and in 1987 moved with his family to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the Church Missionary Society where he and his wife established a small dental clinic in Butembo. He travelled to outlying villages offering dental services and commenced training nurses in dental procedures; these nurse eventually took over the work from him.[1] After being evacuated twice because of instability in the eastern regions of Zaire, Dr Toulmin and his family returned to Australia in 1991.

Fundraising and advocacy 1992-presentEdit

After returning to Australia in 1991, Dr Toulmin began to raise funds and awareness for the war plagued country of Zaire. An accomplished trumpet player, Dr Toulmin founded an organisation with his wife Wendy Toulmin called, ‘Brass for Africa’ (money for Africa) which over the next 14 years built a maternity clinic, established another dental clinic in Aru (some 600 km to the north of the original clinic), provided care and support for 34 Anglican clergy, helped build schools, supported AIDS orphans, and provided food and medical supplies for the increasing number of refugees fleeing the civil war. They accomplished this by making CDs,[2] giving Jazz concerts and sponsoring Congolese nationals to visit Australia to make more widely known the plight of the Congolese people. Over 20,000 CDs were sold, and the entrepreneurial work still continues even though ‘Brass for Africa’ wound down in 2007 and administration was transferred to an arm of Anglican Churches Springwood (NSW).[1] Dr Toulmin has led teams of dental students on fact finding trips to DRC in 2009, 2010, 2011[3] and 2012.[4] Dr Toulmin continues to work with Anglican Aid and other agencies, to secure funding and provide support to the DRC[5]

In 2015 Graham and Wendy Toulmin returned to Aru in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Graham is the Director of Dental Training at the Institut Supérieur des Techniques Médicales (ISTM)[6]

Order of AustraliaEdit

Graham Toulmin and his wife Wendy Toulmin were made members of the Order of Australia in January 2009.[1][7]

Musical TalentEdit

Graham Toulmin is a very accomplished trumpet player having played for over 50 years. He enjoys playing improvised jazz and playing at his local band and orchestra[8].


  1. ^ a b c "Australia Day 2009 Honours List, member (AM) in the general division of the order of Australia" (PDF). The Australian Honours Secretariat. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Dental as Anything". Blue Mountains Gazette. 2004-06-16. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  3. ^ Cleggett, Michael (2011-07-29). "Springwood dentist brings a smile to Africa". Blue Mountains Gazette. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ CLEGGETT, MICHAEL (4 April 2012). "Graham gets his teeth into African project". Blue Mountains Gazette. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Mission to save the world". Blue Mountains Gazette. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  6. ^ "Graham and Wendy Toulmin". Church Missionary Society Australia. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  7. ^ Matheson, Melissa (2009-01-27). "Homegrown Heroes". Penrith Press. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Band turns brass into gold". Sydney Anglicans. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2017-11-14.