Astrida Cooper.

A life of loving service

Born to Latvian immigrants who met in Melbourne in 1954, Astrida Petersons had a natural gift for making friends, supporting everyone she knew and giving of herself to help others, whether they were family, friends or people and organisations who could benefit from her skills, abilities and commitment.

Journalist, editor, author, playwright, historian, senator

Nino Randazzo

The Italian Parliament in Rome, normally a robust and rowdy place of debate, stood for a minute’s silence in July to pay tribute to one of Italy’s most accomplished immigrant exports, Italian-Australian Nino Randazzo.

Sigmund Jorgensen: 'married to Montsalvat'

Sigmund Jorgensen.

Montsalvat, Australia's longest continuously active artistic community, is venerable enough to have had distinct "eras". One of them ended on Sunday, July 21, with the death of Sigmund Jorgensen, son of Montsalvat's artist founder, Justus Jorgensen (1893–1975).

Compassionate and humane understanding of human frailty

Jack Wodak.

In May 2019, Melbourne lost the cherished neurologist, Dr Jack Wodak, at the age of 76. He was one of three sons of Czech emigre parents Erich and Helen Wodak who, after fleeing the rise of fascism in Europe to settle in Singapore, had to flee again in 1941 this time to Melbourne.

Ann Niall: pioneer of infant mental health

Ann Niall.

In London 1956, Ann Morgan, a young Welsh paediatrician, received a proposal of marriage from John Niall, a visiting Australian physician. Planning their future together in Melbourne, Ann asked John where she would work. John replied that married women don't work in Melbourne. Ann's reply was: "We'll see about that!"

Ella Ebery: rural journalism pioneer

Ella Ebery at work on the North Central News, St Arnaud.

Ella Ebery, who died on May 16, aged 103, was a shearer's wife and cook who realised late in life – too late, she always said – that she could be more than a wife and a cook.

Champion of public service broadcasting

Stuart Revill (right) and best friend author Gavin Souter.

Stuart Revill, former assistant managing director of the ABC and life-long champion of public service broadcasting, has died in Sydney, aged 90.

Eric Vance: scientific leadership and achievement

Dr Eric Vance.

Dr Eric Raymond Vance, Lou to most of his friends and colleagues, was born in Ararat Hospital on November 15, 1942, and died at Calvary Hospital, Kogarah, Sydney, on March 7, 2019. His scientific leadership and achievements earned great respect and admiration world-wide.

Daniel Eric Kent: Beliefs came from conscience

Daniel Eric Kent.

Daniel Eric Kent, OAM, who died recently just short of his 100th birthday, always claimed he had a fortunate life. Born on June 30, 1919, to Sophie (nee Menzel) and Daniel Kent, Eric had the advantage of loving, caring and intelligent parents, who he credited with fostering his Christian, socialist outlook. His commitment to Christianity was informed by his ecumenical upbringing in both the Lutheran and Anglican churches.

Fierce litigator worked pro-bono to champion human rights

Steven Glass was the son of asylum seekers.

At Steven Glass's funeral, his closest friends and loved ones were discovering things about him they didn't know and connecting with people that they had never met before.  It's not that Steven was secretive, he was simply a man who got things done, quietly, without fanfare, and with no expectation of recognition.

Ian Siggins: A true Renaissance man

Dr Ian D. K. A. Siggins

Dr Ian D. K. Siggins was a polymath, distinguished historian, public servant and healthcare advocate. He passed away surrounded by family at his home in Brisbane on November 28th after a brief period of serious illness.