Shrine of Remembrance Medal - Past Recipients

Since 2008 the Shrine of Remembrance Medal has provided recognition to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of community knowledge and understanding of the service and sacrifices
made by Victorians for their country in times of war and peacekeeping.  Past recipients have been drawn from a range of disciplines, each working tirelessly to support the objective of honouring service men and women, past an present.


2016 Recipient—Mr Robert Winther

Robert is Veteran Liaison at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and has dedicated more than 50 years’ service to this role. He has been the driving force of numerous projects at the Hospital including The Anzac Memorial Chapel, The Remembrance Garden and the Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth. Robert’s commitment to the veteran community is apparent in his long incumbency and the support he provides in ensuring veterans’ stories are accessible to current and future generations through tours for school and community groups.

The high calibre of nominations for the Shrine Medal each year makes the selection of a recipient a difficult task and is testimony to the continued hard work which goes into increasing community knowledge and understanding of the service and sacrifice of Victorian men and women in war and peacekeeping.

2015 Recipient—Dr Rosalie Triolo

Dr Triolo is a Senior Lecturer, History/ Humanities Education at Monash University and Life Member of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. Rosalie's work has extended into many different realms to support and honour service men and women. As well as being involved with the Shrine as a volunteer in an advisory capacity to develop student and teacher resources, Rosalie was awarded a Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal in 2008. A published author, her book “Our Schools and the War was released in 2012. In addition,Rosalie has authored and co-authored numerous schools resource publications covering topics about the home front, indigenous service and schooling service. A regular speaker for public programs, teacher workshops and conferences, Rosalie has been a DVA secondary judge for Anzac Day Awards (2004–2015) and also contributed to the development and delivery of Victoria’s Anzac Centenary events.

2014 Recipient—Bill Rudd

Sergeant Bill Rudd was a Sapper captured at Ruin Ridge, Alamein, by the Italians during the Second World War. After being torpedoed when aboard the Italian transport ship Nino Bixio, Bill was sent to Campo 57 at Grupignano, Italy, before escaping to Switzerland. Since 1999, Bill has compiled a nominal roll of 419 POWs who escaped to Switzerland. On suggestion of the Australian War Memorial, Bill compiled other rolls of POWs such as those that died in captivity and those that were killed by ‘friendly fire’. The result has been the establishment of a website dedicated to the POW camp at Grupignano. Along with a fellow New Zealander, Bill created a memorial wall to commemorate those who lost their lives on the Nino Bixo. At 96 years of age and after 15 years of research, Bill’s research continues.

2013 Recipient—Maxwell “Sparra” Folan

Maxwell “Sparra” Folan is a Korean War veteran and a peacekeeper whose dedication amongst school and community groups has ensured that the Korean War is not forgotten. Serving on the frigate HMAS Culgoa on operational service during the Korean War, Sparra was involved in the Amgak Peninsular bombardments at the entrance of the Tredonga estuary, a rescue mission to save a small force from the island of Yongmae Do when 300 Chinese troops invaded during 1953. He then continued on after the cease fire until the Commonwealth Naval Forces finished in 1954. Sparra has dedicated many hours to travelling around to school and community groups, RSL’s and cadet groups in order to educate young people on the Korean War. In 2004 a permanent memorial to Korea was unveiled within the grounds of Goorambat Primary School—Sparra was instrumental in building a link between this School and to that of the service of Victorians during the Korean War.

2012 Recipient—Norm Furness

This year’s winner is Norm Furness. Norm is a veteran and one of the few surviving members of the 2/22nd Battalion Lark Force Association. He has been the President of the Association since 1999. Norm has played an active role in ensuring that the memory of those who lost their lives in the fall of Rabaul and in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru the biggest single loss of POW’s at sea during WWII—is never forgotten. Norm’s dedicated role in promoting the remembrance of Lark Force has led to Memorials being erected at the original campsite Trawool, in Rabaul Harbour in 1993; Ballarat in 2004; Subic Bay in 2009 and Bendigo in 2011. Norm has also provided assistance with the newly erected Memorial at the Australian War Memorial which was dedicated on 1 July 2012.

2011 Recipient—Dr David Holloway

David had been a strong advocate for the remembrance of Australia’s Light Horse Heritage. He has undertaken a mostly lone campaign in order to ensure that the memory of the men and horses of Victoria’s 4th Light Horse Regiment is not forgotten. Recently David self-published ‘Endure and Fight: a detailed history of the 4th Light Horse Regiment, AIF 1914-1919 Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine, France and Belgium’. This work is 853 pages in total and has been a labour of love for David over many years. David’s book is regarded as one of the most comprehensive unit histories ever written. His work was endorsed by HRH Prince Charles, who personally contributed to the publication. David continues to promote the history of this important Victorian Regiment, by speaking to many different organisations and continuing his work as a volunteer guide at the Shrine of Remembrance

2010 Recipient—Mac Gregory

Entering the Royal Australian Navy College in 1938 as a 13 year old Midshipman, LCDR Mac Gregory spent most of the Second World War almost entirely at sea. Following his service career he maintained an active awareness of naval matters. Today his main objective continues to be the promotion, education and preservation of Australia’s naval heritage. He is a frequent speaker at Rotary Clubs, RSL Branches, charity organisations, schools and also the Shrine of Remembrance. Mac was instrumental in creating an internationally recognised website dedicated to naval heritage (www.Ahoy-Mac’s) and also founded the Naval Heritage Foundation.

2009 Recipient—John Hamilton

Journalist and author for the last 30 years, John Hamilton has been a respected Herald Sun reporter and foreign correspondent. Nominated twice for the Walkley Award and the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year Award, John is an author of two bestselling books—‘Goodbye, Cobber, God Bless’ and ‘Gallipoli Sniper’. He is a regular contributor to the Herald Sun and has written numerous feature articles on the significance of wartime events and remembrance. He is responsible for raising the profile and awareness of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in recent years through the media. John served in the Royal Australian Navy and is a lifetime Australia Day Ambassador.

2008 Recipient—Lambis Englezos (Inaugural medal recipient)

Mr. Englezos is a founding member of the Friends of the 15th Brigade in the early 1990s. Lambis has been instrumental in creating the association, responsible for guiding its direction and holding regular commemorative ceremonies of the group. He was one of the key activists in campaigning to have a replica of the Fromelles sculpture Cobbers—in memory of those who fought and fell in the Battle of Fromelles 19-20 July 1916 installed at the Shrine. In 2008 Lambis’ role in the discovery of mass graves of Australian and British soldiers at Fromelles led to the decision by the Australian Government to unearth the graves and provide proper burial grounds for the bodies. Lambis’ passionate and persistent search has received international media coverage and has drawn considerable attention to the significant events of the First World War and the Battle of Fromelles.