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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.

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

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