Hazel Edwards



“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop

      Title:"Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop"

ISBN:9781921042706

Author:Hazel Edwards

Illustrator: Pat Reynolds

Publisher;  New Frontier  & distributed via Scholastic.

 *Included in 'Anzac Stories:Behind the Pages' travelling exhibition 2017-18

 

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The issue of what makes a hero makes this book especially relevant for young readers to discuss with their families who may remember 'Weary' personally.

'Weary' explores why this wartime surgeon  and rugby-player , is so well regarded. Melbourne born, farm boy 'Weary' was fascinated by medical science and sport. 'Weary' was his nickname. He was a very energetic man who took risks, but was compassionate.

In November 1939, after the outbreak of World War Two, Weary signed up for the Australian Army. In April 1942, Weary and his men became prisoners of war.

P.O.W.s (prisoners of war) regarded Weary's leadership against the Japanese prison guards  as heroic, because he saved lives through his medical skills but also by taking risks. Weary was stoic about his own health, but negotiated on behalf of his men, persuading the Japanese it was in their interests to have a healthier prisoner workforce to build the railway. On his childhood farm, Weary learnt to make-do, so he became an excellent  problem-solver, scrounging parts to build vital medical equipment in the prison camp or finding ways to build better latrines (toilets) to reduce infection. Later, he pioneered new types of surgery.

He didn't blame. After the war, Weary returned to the former war zones, to teach medicine.

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Buy your own copy of "Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop"

Visit your local bookshop or these online retailers have copies available - and you can purchase online:

 

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The Aussie Heroes Series

The Aussie Heroes series introduces junior readers to heroes who have made an important contribution to Australian society. Aimed at readers 10 plus

New Frontier Aussie Heroes series include Weary DunlopDr Fred Hollows  and Edith Cowan , the quiet woman of note.

What Makes a Hero? Discussion Activity Use these points to discuss your hero.

Hazel's book will be included in a  2017-18  'Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages' touring exhibition 

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The Weary Statue 

A bronze statue of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop stands in Melbourne's St Kilda Rd, King's Domain Gardens. 
On the steps leading to the sculpture are the names of other doctors and medical staff  who also cared for POWs. 
  
   The second sculpture is in the Benalla Gardens.
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Educational Resources for Teachers

Premier's Reading Challenge

Hazel's books are  listed as approved reading on Premiers' Reading Challenges throughout Australia:

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Reviews and Feedback

Have you read 'Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop'? Why not send Hazel a comment? You can email Hazel, tweet Hazel or post a message on her Facebook Page.You could also write your own book review. Here are some of the comments online. 

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Events & Appearances 2018

1st Fri each month   PROV 10-1pm  Mentoring & Finishing Book-Length Non Fiction.

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July 11th   11am  Mini-launch by Reading Dog of  'Like Me:  Vol1'  Diamond Valley Library.

July 17th (Tues) 12-1.30  RACV Club  " Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir' 

July 20th 6pm Sisters in Crime 'Small Towns, Big Secrets, Murderous Intent' Panel MC with 'Celebrant Sleuth' 

July 24th  (Tues) 11-12  VUT Footscray, Nicolson Campus Room T 101 'Not Just a Piece of Cake'  

August 4th 10-1pm Port Phillip Heritage Centre  'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir' workshop

August 9th   Thurs 10-1pm Mornington Library 'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

August 18th (Sat) 10-1pm   Prahran Mech Institute Library  'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir' 

August 27th (Mon)   Berwick Lodge Primary (Author visit & Inservice)

August 31st  Society of Women Writers 'Alice' Awards'  Library at the Dock.

September 1st   10-1pm Yarra Glen Workshop Authorpreneurship

September 3rd  10.50 _12.50  Oakleigh Primary Arts Festival 

October 8th  10 am Brighton Book Club 'Celebrant Sleuth'

October 11th  1-2.30 Parkdale Library 'Writing A Non Boring Family History or Memoir' workshop

October 12th  11-12.30  Wheelers Centre  'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir'

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