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.
He was known as Mick when someone told him that with a name like Sinclair, he better be able to fight like boxer Mickey Miller. The name stuck for 75 years.
Michael Roche passed away just weeks after being diagnosed with an illness.
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.
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).
Lynne Wannan's life was a rich and meaningful one, with consistent themes of social justice and the status of women running through it.
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.
Joan Barrett: February 9, 1927 – May 6, 2019
Sam Mellick, a groundbreaking vascular surgeon who trained a generation of Queensland doctors, was laid to rest in Brisbane on Tuesday morning.
Marietta will be remembered for her sharp intellect and ability to draw from even her darkest experiences.
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!"
Jean Nampajinpa died in tragic circumstances in Melbourne in mid-June. She has left many people devastated by her sudden departure.
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.
Stuart Revill, former assistant managing director of the ABC and life-long champion of public service broadcasting, has died in Sydney, aged 90.
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, 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.
Mr Winneke, once president of the highest ranking court in Victoria, passed away on Thursday aged 81.
A former city manager and Urban Services chief executive, John Turner was involved in so much of Canberra's nuts and bolts.
Les Carlyon died on Tuesday aged 76. He will be remembered as one of Australia’s finest wordsmiths.
Emeritus Professor Sir Rupert Myers was in 1948 one of the first two people to be awarded a PhD from an Australian university.
Former chief justice of the ACT Supreme Court Jeffrey Miles made a substantial contribution to family, friends and the Australian community.
Professor Maureen Brunt AO, a doyen of Australian competition law, passed away on 30 January 2019, aged 90.
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.
The self-proclaimed prince, who had a long battle with emphysema, was admitted to hospital in Geraldton at the weekend with a severe chest infection.
Bernard (Barney) Cooney 1934-2019
One of Australia's most senior public servants, Sir William Cole was a visionary and a family man.
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.
Albert Ullin OAM was the founder and longtime owner of The Little Bookroom, Australia's oldest specialist children's bookshop.
His loss will be keenly felt by the entire Canberra sailing and broader community, who recognised him not as a great sailor and great bloke.
Canberra blues musician Peter Gelling overcame his own demons to leave a lasting legacy that included inspiring more young women to take up instruments.