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    Since 1956, the Father’s Day Council of Victoria has named a Victorian Father of the Year, to celebrate and recognise the important role of fathers in family life.

    Vale Don Parsons
    We were saddened to learn of the passing of Chair of the Father’s Day Council, Don Parsons on 22 April 2017.

    Don was a compassionate, kind and caring man. We miss you deeply; your leadership, your stories and your wisdom.

Past winners

The following is a list of past recipients of the Victorian Father of the Year award, and the title they held at the time of winning.

  • 2016 Terry Mitropoulos, Eltham
  • 2015 Abubeker Mohamed, Wonthaggi
  • 2014 Adam Strathairn, Wyndham Vale
  • 2013 Kevin Kurrle, Wangaratta
  • 2012 Romeo Biancofiore, St Albans
  • 2011 Andrew Streader, Pakenham
  • 2010 Chris Berry, Euroa
  • 2009 Bruce Maya, Labertouche (first Community Father of the Year named Victorian Father of the Year)
  • 2008 James Tomkins, Olympic Rower
  • 2006 Steve Moneghetti, Athlete
  • 2005 Dr Rob Moodie
  • 2004 Andrew Gaze, Basketball Legend
  • 2003 Tommy Hafey, AFL Football Legend
  • 2002 Barry Novy, Royal Children’s Hospital – Foundation
  • 2001 Prof. David de Kretser, Director Men’s Health Monash
  • 2000 Paul Salmon, AFL Footballer
  • 1999 Dr John Potter Masterton, Foundation Director, Alfred Burns Unit
  • 1998 Doug Hawkins, AFL Footballer
  • 1997 Neil Mitchell, Media Commentator
  • 1996 Kevan Gosper, International Olympic Committee
  • 1995 Bob Rose, AFL Legend
  • 1994 Frank Green, Former Asst. Commissioner Victoria Police
  • 1993 Tim Watson, AFL Footballer
  • 1992 Lindsay Gaze, Basketball Legend
  • 1991 Michael Tuck, AFL Footballer
  • 1990 Mark Mitchell, entertainer
  • 1989 Jeff Crouch, Director RCH Good Friday Appeal
  • 1988 Brian Naylor, TV Newsreader
  • 1987 Bishop Peter Hollingworth, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • 1986 Kevin Bartlett AM, Richmond AFL Club
  • 1985 Bob Moors, Director Moomba Festival
  • 1984 Ken Stone, Trade Union Leader
  • 1983 S.I. (Mick) Miller MVO, OStI, QPM, Chief Comm. Victoria Police
  • 1982 Ron Clarke MBE, Olympian
  • 1981 Dr. Bruce Ford, Geriatric Medicine
  • 1980 Bert Newton OBE, television identity
  • 1979 Rev. Joseph Giacobbe, Founder and Director Doxa Youth Welfare Foundation
  • 1978 Rev. Ian G. Ellis MD, F.F.A.R.A.C.S.
  • 1977 Dr. G.C. Mullins MD F.F.A.R.A.C.S.
  • 1976 Ronald J. Walker CBE, Lord Mayor of Melbourne
  • 1975 Kevin Heinze, Gardening Expert
  • 1974 Neale Fraser, Davis Cup Captain
  • 1973 Geoff Handbury, President of Legacy
  • 1972 Rev. Denis Oakley, Director of Tally Ho Boys Home
  • 1971 Bob Hawke, President of ACTU
  • 1970 The Hon. L.H.S. Thompson CMG, MP Minister of Education
  • 1969 John Birrell, Police Surgeon
  • 1968 The Rt. Hon. Lord Casey, KB, PC, GCMG, CH, DSO, MCKStJ, Governor-General
  • 1967 Ian F. Beaurepaurie CMG, Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1965-6
  • 1964 Norman J James
  • 1962 Pastor Sir Douglas Ralph ‘Doug’ Nicholls KCVO OBE

Some results are missing. Send through updates to mail@fathersdaycouncil.org.au.