Thursday, November 01, 2007

Weary Dunlop

Hi everybody, at last my computer is home and Joe and his wife Robyn from the computer shop Bundoora came up today and spent the afternoon fine tuning it. Thank you Joe.
So here are a few photo's as promised,taken on our trip home after leaving computer in Melbourne. Click on Photo's to enlarge.
This is the entrance to "Weary's" Monument situated In Benalla Rose gardens Victoria one hour from home

Gwen and Myself ( Jen) admiring "Weary"


Sir Edward Weary Dunlop was a surgeon in the Australian Army during World War Two.
He is legendary for his care of soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese.
His nickname might have been Weary but his nature certainly wasn't.
Even in the most horrific conditions Weary found energy to fight for the well being and often, the lives of these men.
Weary grew up on farms in country Victoria.
He loved adventures and he liked to prove he was tougher than the rest." I used to walk down barefoot and jump on top of my favourite riding horse and round up the horses - it was quite an impressive cavalcade."Weary was a natural athlete and at school in Benalla, he preferred to play sport than to study.
When he left school Weary took a job in a pharmacy.But he grew bored with small town life and headed for Melbourne in 1927.
Here Weary took a new career path, and began studying medicine at Melbourne University.He also played with Australia's national rugby team, The Wallabies, and was a champion boxer.
Soon after graduating Weary took a job as a ship's surgeon and sailed to London.The next year World War Two broke out.Weary knew his skills were needed closer to the action.

These are two of the Plaque's at the Entrance of the park

The Bridge we crossed after visiting "Weary" heading for home

This is the Benalla art Gallery looking across From the bridge in same park .



Blogger Gwen said...

Hi Mate.
Who is the clever one,great post
the photos came out well.
See you soon xx

November 01, 2007 11:07 pm  
Blogger Lady Di Tn said...

Great pictures and again I would like to say " Glad to see you are back".
I love history so this post to me was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

November 02, 2007 12:50 am  
Blogger The Ramblin Irishman said...

Very interesting story. Thank goodness for those who were willing to do so much with so little to save countless lives. I admire people like this gentleman.

November 02, 2007 1:17 am  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Computer's at home..?!? Hoorah!!
At long bloody last!

Great pixx...

It looks incredibly DRY and you're only in spring... is Australia ALWAYS that dry? What on earth does it look like at the end of a long hot summer? Or are the plants so used to it they don't really look any different?


November 02, 2007 7:47 am  
Blogger Gledwood said...

ps That art gallery looks like the box I bought my old toaster in

November 02, 2007 7:48 am  
Blogger UKBob said...

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November 02, 2007 9:24 am  
Blogger UKBob said...

Do they still make real men like Weary? I like the pics Jeanette. Bob.

November 02, 2007 9:26 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Weary Dunlop...a brave humanitarian in the most horrific conditions. Lovely photos, Jen.

Glad you have your computer back so now we'll see more of you.

Take care

November 02, 2007 9:56 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Jan ~~ Great post on a great hero. He was a wonderful man and surgeon.He did a mastectomy on a friend of mine who lived in Nathalia. (Well after the war.) We need a few more like weary, and Fred Hollows was another good man.It is wrong to think of sportsmen as heroes, when you think about real ones. Glad your
computer is going well now, and good of Joe to come and fix it for you.The photos are very good, the only one I could enlarge was you and Gwen and Weary. Take care, my
friend. Love, Merle.

November 02, 2007 10:45 pm  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Jan, that was an interesting post about a great Australian.

November 03, 2007 2:18 am  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Hi and many thanks for the message at mine.

I'm supremely glad you're well and have finally got the computer back!

Jeanette you are always smiling.... I am well impressed!

November 03, 2007 4:34 am  
Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

Oh.....welcome BACK to blogland!! You've truly been missed! [altho, you could have caught me coming back once or twice to read jokes....LOL]

Terrific photos you've shared with us. I bet Australia is ONE fabulous country!!! Of which I'll not visit in this lifetime probably....*sigh*

November 03, 2007 5:40 am  
Blogger RUTH said...

Glad you're back online ok :o) What a wonderful man "Weary" was and deservedly honoured.

November 03, 2007 6:00 am  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Did you hear the story about the little girl, the doberman dog and the king brown snake?

I posted it on mine but I'm sure it's been all over the news Down Under..!

November 03, 2007 7:22 am  
Blogger david santos said...

Done Jeanette, Please!

Send an email to the Brazil embassj your country and repor the injustice that the brazilian courts are making with this girl
Release on Flavia’s accident and status of the process.

The resignation is to stop the evolution. (David Santos in times without end)

Thank you

November 03, 2007 11:32 am  
Blogger Raggedy said...

Welcome back!!!
I am glad you have your computer back and are getting things all back in order...
Great pictures and post!
Your funnies from the 31st were good too!
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) huggles
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

November 03, 2007 2:23 pm  
Blogger Janice said...

Hi Jeanette,

So glad your back, and I bet your glad to have your computer back as well.

How did a man like Weary get a nick name like that? He must have made people "weary" just watching him.


November 03, 2007 5:33 pm  
Anonymous Allotment Lady said...

Brilliant - so glad you are back - and I have such fond memories the Melbourne - off to day dream

November 05, 2007 1:38 am  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Jeanette. Glad your computer is up and running. I had some troubles too but not with my PC but Internet connection but glad things are back to normal.

Thanks for sharing those photos. I appreciate the background about Sir Edward Dunlop. Very interesting person and achievements.

BTW, I won my own dot com and decided to put up another blog but continue to maintain my original. It's new and hope you can add it to your links:

Take care!

November 07, 2007 7:35 pm  
Anonymous Ian said...

Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop has certainly earnt his place in history. He is an outstanding example to us all.

You've done an excellent job with the post. Thanks for your effort.

October 17, 2010 6:05 pm  

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