Churchill Fellow Ben Wall shares his Fellowship experiences and goals to grow Date gardens in indigenous communitiesRead more
Churchill Fellowship recipient Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen visited four countries to investigate police response to domestic violence within the LGBTI community.
2016 Churchill Fellow Laura Vidal is pressing for progress on forced marriage in Australia.Read more
The Dr Susan Nelle Churchill Fellowship offers South Australian's a special opportunity to travel the world to advance the food and beverage industry in AustraliaRead more
Interested in the journey of a lifetime? Want to travel overseas to investigate inspiring practices that benefit Australian communities? A Churchill Fellowship may be for you!Read more
The Churchill Fellows Committee of Victoria passes on our sincerest wishes and thoughts to the family of Andrew McCutcheon, who recently passed away. Andrew was a Churchill Fellow in 1969. He epitomised what it means to be a Churchill Fellow.
Andrew was born on September 29, 1931 and educated at Wesley College. His innovative, creative and successful architect father, Sir Osborn McCutcheon, was a mentor, leading Andrew to enrol in architecture at the University of Melbourne in 1948.
He roomed at Queens College and was an active member of the Student Christian Movement. Andrew's interest in how the church could be a positive influence for social change grew, and after completing architecture, he enrolled in theology.
Andrew was ordained into the Methodist Church in 1957, and married Vivienne, a graduate social worker with similar values. They travelled overseas for three years to explore how others were using the church to affect social problems such as poverty and powerlessness. One of their first experiences was to help run a youth centre in Bridgeton, one of the poorest industrial housing estates in Glasgow.
While in Scotland, Andrew also spent time with the Iona Community, a non-denominational Christian group committed to both socialism and pacifism and to exploring how to combine political advocacy, spirituality and faith. Then he spent six months in Geneva, studying with the World Council of Churches.
Andrew and Vivienne drove back overland to Australia in 1961 while looking at church and non-government programs aimed at assisting people in need. Their film of this extraordinary six-month journey across Europe and the Middle East to Sri Lanka was shown on the ABC on their return.
Andrew was assigned the parish of Collingwood and he lived with his growing family alongside his parishioners in the local public Housing Commission flats. He was part of an inspiring group of like-minded theologians working in the inner-city areas who combined political advocacy with their pastoral roles.
He joined the Labor Party and stood for the Collingwood Council in 1965. Andrew was surprised to find that his fellow councillors appeared to see their role as being primarily administrative. In contrast, his vision was to use the role to set an agenda for reforms aimed at improving the lives of their constituents.
Inner-city areas were frequently the destination for various waves of postwar migrant populations from Greece, Turkey, Cambodia and Vietnam. Andrew assisted these marginalised communities to more effectively lobby for their specific needs and encouraged them nominate their own representatives for council. Achieving desired changes often required both strategic collaboration and persistence.
Andrew campaigned in various ways against the destruction of inner-city communities, the reduction of public housing and prioritising the use of cars at the expense of improving public transport. An example was the active part in building barricades and leading the intense community-based movement to stop the construction of the F19 Freeway in the late 1970s.
By the end of the 1960s, Andrew's frustration with the church's focus on increasing congregational numbers rather than on advocating for broader social reform drew him to consider other ways to more directly effect change for his community. His career changed direction, and he won a Churchill Fellowship in 1969 to study high-rise and medium density housing across the US and Europe.
Returning home, he directed the new national planning agency, the Urban Development and Planning Authority, for six years, and between 1969 and 1982 served on a number of organisations, including the Town and Country Planning Authority and the Royal Chapter of the Institute of Architects, and chaired the national housing advisory body Shelter.
Andrew used these roles to drive various urban planning and tenancy reforms. He promoted the mixing of public and private housing and for the Brotherhood of St Laurence developed governmental guidelines for ensuring adequate stocks of accessible and affordable public housing. Andrew was committed to initiatives that would reduce stigma, foster autonomy and build skills in communities, demonstrated by his appointment to assist the residents of the North Richmond Housing Estate to transition to self-management.
Over the next 10 years in the Cain and Kirner governments he served in eight portfolios, ranging from planning to attorney-general.
In 1982 Andrew won the previously safe Liberal state seat of St Kilda for the Labor Party. Over the next 10 years in the Cain and Kirner governments he served in eight portfolios, ranging from planning to attorney-general.
As the first Attorney-General without a background in law, he established local community-based legal services and developed mechanisms for disputes to be resolved through conciliation at the neighbourhood level, rather than by having to go to court.
He encouraged initiatives from overseas to be considered in the Victorian context, such as the use of victim-impact statements in court. Under his leadership, many women took up important positions in the legal profession, and he appointed the first woman as Secretary of the Department.
Andrew became Minister of Water Resources at a time when little regard was paid to the consequences of our water use. The Don't Be A Wally With Water campaign helped to change the understanding of residents, government and public authorities about the value of water as a resource. Increasing government accountability assisted all users to take greater responsibility for water use.
In 1992, Andrew retired from politics, but continued to lead a very busy and productive life. He co-founded the Ten Minutes by Tractor wine company in 1997 with the owners of two neighbouring vineyards, and their wines went on to win awards and critical acclaim. Andrew chaired the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association and represented Australia as a member of The Great Wine Capitals – Global Network. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Andrew continued to travel frequently, especially through the wine-growing areas of Burgundy, France and Italy.
After retiring from the wine industry, he was able to concentrate on improving his painting and drawing skills. His enthusiasm, humour and genuinely inclusive nature led to many organised painting trips with friends and colleagues. He was sometimes also able to combine his long-held passion for sailing into these trips.
He was one of the founding members of the Elgin Artists Group, and exhibited his work several times a year. A recent retrospective exhibition demonstrated how his style changed and matured over the years, from his early detailed architectural sketches to more lyrical watercolours and acrylics.
Andrew also had a longstanding interest in indigenous land rights and in thinking through issues of treaty and reconciliation. This interest became more prominent after visiting a number of communities across Northern and Central Australia.
He was a member of the Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation group, and recently expressed how profoundly disappointed he was about the current government's dismissal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Although he was well into his 80s, Andrew continued to provide leadership through his voluntary positions on boards of management, such as with SisterWorks, an organisation that assists refugee women to market their ethnic foods and handicrafts, thereby gaining financial independence.
He only retired from these when his motor neurone disease made it no longer viable to continue. Even then, he was able to inspire and encourage others to continue the work he so enjoyed.
Andrew died on December 16. Reflecting on his well-lived life, there is so much to admire. He leaves a wife and family who loved him dearly, and legions of friends and colleagues, one of whom wrote the following: "Andrew was one of a rare breed: he was both a social activist and a visionary politician who achieved more than most."Read more
Prospective and past Fellows are invited to the November 3 New Fellows Welcome Dinner at Bayview Eden Hotel.
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust covers the cost of the dinner for the 2017 Fellows. The cost for other interested Fellows, partners and guests is $71 per person. Register using Eventbrite or any questions email email@example.com.
On November 18, Greg Williams (2008 Fellow) is hosting a unique event for bakers, foodies or anyone curious in how bread and pastries are made. Greg was awarded a 2008 Churchill Fellowship to study cake decorating and bakery training. Greg is now the Baking / Patisserie Teacher at William Angliss Institute. Greg will be giving a small talk and demonstration during the day and envisages showing you all some beautiful artisan bread, cake decorating. You will get an opportunity to make and bake your own Artisan Bread, cakes and pastry to eat and take home. Register using Eventbrite or any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop would also be a perfect opportunity for everyone to share information of their experiences, and catch up with other Fellows.
The cost will be $15 per fellow and partners are welcome. The fee will cover the cost of ingredients, morning tea, lunch, drinks, tea and coffee, cups, etc. If you like a wine then you can bring your favourite with you and some glasses (preferably plastic).
Three health sector practitioners, recently announced as Churchill Fellows will investigate various overseas approaches to the digital collection of clinical data to improve patient care in AustraliaRead more
Churchill's leadership lives on in the 109 talented Australians who are now #2017ChurchillFellowsRead more
2017 Churchill Fellow Marcus Mulcahy is passionate about giving primary school students access to digital technologies and skillsRead more
The Fellowship connected me with overseas growers to observe how they invested in R&D including product branding and marketing for short and long supply chainsRead more
Michael Power's Fellowship investigated research innovations for improving the lives of victims of serious violence committed by people with a mental illnessRead more
With your support we are raising funds to establish a Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship in honour of Terry's contribution to the development of walking trailsRead more
For National Science Week we asked Neil Bramsen why #STEMinschools is such a national priority and to share his top 4 tried and tested methods to get students excited about STEM.Read more
An inspiring group of Churchill Fellows received their medallions and the new CFAV Committee President Anne Hooker took the reigns from Ben Nicholson.Read more
The benefits the Churchill Fellowship gave me are immeasurable...Read more
The Fellowship provided me with a better understanding of my local environment back here in Australia and to provide better advice as an agronomist...Read more
The Fellowship allowed me to work in tissue culture laboratories as well as understand all aspects of avocado culture...
The Fellowships offered me the chance to observe what is being taught around the world in cheese/dairy education, how we compare, how we could change, and what direction I can take the Academy in.Read more
The Fellowship was a wonderful way of gaining overseas experience in a field not known in Australia...Read more
The Fellowship helped me realise how much potential Australian horticulture had at the time and the huge potential that lay ahead of me...
We are pleased to announce a new Fellowship sponsored by Department of HealthRead more
"Get kids back into sport!", says 2015 Churchill Fellow Troy KirkhamRead more
To acknowledge the contribution Churchill Fellows have made to children's healthcare in Australia.Read more
The Churchill Trust is an endorsing partner for the Creative Innovation Conference being held 7-9 November in MelbourneRead more
Courtney Ryder wants to transform the next generation of health professionals into culturally safe and competent practitioners, driven by health equity, to meet the needs of Indigenous patients and communities.Read more
Claire Seppings, 2015 ‘50th Anniversary’ Churchill Fellow has just returned from a seven week fact finding visit to the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and the United States of America to learn how these countries have successfully utilised the rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners and offenders as peer mentors in reintegration models.Read more
The 50th Anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill gives us pause to reflect on the man who at times seemed larger than life and left an indelible imprint on world history.Read more
The National Library of Australia have offered to archive our online publications for posterity of the Trust.Read more
Our Churchill Fellows' Associations will be holding the following events around Australia in 2015 and 2016 to celebrate the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.Read more
Announcing our 2015 '50th Anniversary' Churchill FellowsRead more
Congratulations to four Churchill Fellows who have been honoured on the 2015 Queen's Birthday list.Read more
2010 Churchill Fellow Dr Amber Beavis named as one of ABC Radio's new scientific communicatorsRead more
We would like to officially congratulate Churchill Trust Director and Churchill Fellow, Linda Dessau AM, who has just been announced as the next Governor of Victoria.Read more
A media kit is now available to help promote the Churchill Fellowship opportunity to your networks.Read more
PERTH Children’s Court Magistrate and 2014 Churchill Fellowship recipient Catherine Crawford says there is an urgent need for a foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) diagnostic clinic in Perth.Read more
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is proud to announce that 106 Australians have been successful in their application for a Churchill Fellowship.
The successful applicants will, from as soon as September this year, travel the globe to undertake a diverse array of research for the betterment of Australia.Read more
The Trustees, members and affiliates of The Churchill Centre around the world (The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust) are deeply saddened at the news of the death of The Lady Soames LG DBE.Read more
2011 Churchill Fellow Linda Taylor has been appointed as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) with the University of Western Sydney (UWS).
Linda said 'the Churchill Fellowship was absolutely critical in securing this great new role, moving from the public sector to university'.Read more
2015 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill (24 January 1965) and the establishment of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (12 April 1965).
To give utmost respect to these two special occasions The Trust has engaged an established author, Dr Penelope Hanley, to write about the history of The Trust, focussing on the significant contribution Fellows have made to Australian society over the past fifty years.Read more
Approximately 100 people gathered at a special reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday 24 April, including some of our country's icons - actors, singers, athletes, servicemen, people who excel in their field.
For me, it was a privilege in itself to meet and talk to such an amazing group of Australians, let alone shake hands and converse with the young royal couple.
Listen to 2011 Churchill Fellow Jane Myers speak to ABC Rural about sustainable horsekeeping/management systems and how her project is now helping to minimise the environmental impact on horse properties in Australia.
The 2014 NSW Medallion Presentation Dinner, hosted by the NSW Churchill Fellows' Association (CFA), was held on Friday 7 March at the Masonic Club in Sydney City.Read more
For more than 20 years I have had the great fortune of being able to pursue a career in the improvement of fish populations through the restoration of natural habitat in New South Wales, Australia. My work, however, could be substantially improved through greater support from recreational fishers. And this is where Mr Winston Churchill comes in!Read more
Canberra music producer and sound engineer Dax Liniere travelled around the globe for the chance to learn from the giants of his industry. Aided by a prestigious Churchill Trust fellowship, the 32-year-old took the leap to France, Germany and Britain to learn new mixing and production techniques from the creative minds behind Led Zeppelin, U2, the Smashing Pumpkins and Alanis Morissette.Read more
Victoria's Churchill Fellows' Association (CFA) is offering people the chance to visit the Youth Unit at Port Phillip Prison on Sunday 13 April, to see the difference Youth Worker and Churchill Fellow Anne Hooker, has made to the lives of young male prisoners.Read more
With effect from 12 March 2014, a new set of Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) replaced the existing National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles for which the Churchill Trust now adheres.
The policy contains information on how the Trust collects, holds, uses and discloses personal informationRead more
The ACT Churchill Fellows’ Association invites you and your guests to this exciting event.
Thursday 27th March 2014 at 7pm
ACT Legislative Assembly Building Civic Square
Light refreshments will be provided
Meet and hear ACT Fellows reflect on their fascinating projects...
An all over 70’s workforce for a needle factory, a retirement village that requires you to sign up to work, study or volunteering to live there, a course that helps you intentionally design your years post retirement. These are just a few examples of the businesses, organisations and people who are championing the reinvention movement. They’re dramatically shifting what retirement and getting old looks like with new kinds of roles full of purpose, challenge and joy.
Anthony Black speaks to AIM Churchill Fellowship winner Mark Bell. Bell is business development manager for Regional Development Australia (Murraylands and Riverland). He is also an APEC certified business counsellor and has been a business coach for 11 years.Read more
Think you’ve got what it takes to make the Australia Day Honours List? If you’re thinking of applying for a Churchill Fellowship, you’ll be one step closer to achieving your dream.
The call for applications from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust coincides with the news that several Churchill Fellows were recognised on the 2014 Australia Day Honours List.Read more
In one of his speeches, to Harrow School in 1941, British prime minister Winston Churchill said, ''Never give in.''
Dianna Nixon followed his advice, appropriately enough, in applying for a Churchill Fellowship, which provides an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. She received one in 2012 on her fifth attempt since 1999.Read more
Rouse Hill resident Louise Zarmati used the $20,000 fellowship last year to visit England, Slovenia, Croatia and the US, studying innovative museum and heritage education programs.
The education consultant encourages others to have a go. “I definitely recommend this to others as it’s non-academical,” she said.Read more
The Glynde couple are part of a new generation of retirees who refuse to settle into their armchairs as they get older.
Mr Skibneff, 87, works in administration for the ACH Group, a not-for-profit organisation offering aged and veteran care around Adelaide, for two and a half days a week. His wife, 77, is learning to sing and organises the local choir group.
Mike Rungie, who won a Churchill Fellowship to research life after retirement, said the Skibneffs were shining examples of the reinvention movement.
An information session will be held on Tuesday 28 January in Darwin to promote awareness of the Churchill Fellowships, providing advice to potential applicants on how to apply.
All Northern Territory residents who wish to ‘explore their passion overseas’ are invited to attend this event. Guest speakers will include Fellowship recipients Josephine Buck and Jared Sharp who will share their insightful personal experiences as Churchill Fellows.
TERRITORIANS are being encouraged to apply for the Churchill Fellowships which every year see more than 100 Australians awarded a travel grant worth an average of $20,000 each.Read more
Forest Lodge resident Sean O'Toole is the director of learning and development at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and was one of a hundred Australians who won a scholarship in 2012.
It allowed him to see the best practice worldwide in career development and enhancing education of indigenous people.Read more
LIFE after League has taken former Bulldogs forward Corey Payne to some of the most confronting and inspiring corners of the world.
The NSW Young Australian of the Year has been on a three-month tour of the some of the world's most disadvantaged communities as part of his $20,000 Fellowship through the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
CEO of the Churchill Trust Mr Paul Tys spoke to Terry Begley 612 ABC Radio Brisbane yesterday...hear how a Churchill Fellowship is the research and travel opportunity of a lifetime!Read more
Sarah Sammon (nee Benjamin) was awarded the Peter Mitchell Churchill Fellowship in 2006 which saw her travel throughout the world to investigate the processing, packaging, marketing and storage of premium dried petals and their value adding potential for Australian flower growers.
Sarah's business Simply Rose Petals has just won the 2013 NSW Special Services category of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for the second year running.
Read on to see how Sarah established her business and the high profile it has gained after providing all the petals for the recent Australian TV series of ‘The Bachelor’.Read more
Telstra's 21st Business Awards recognise the entrepreneurs in small and medium businesses across Australia. This year's overall winner, Bruny Island Cheese Co., co-owned by 2012 Churchill Fellow Nick Haddow, defies its island isolation off the south-east coast of Tasmania to pop 27,0000 kilograms of artisan cheese into Aussie mouths every year.Read more
Australians are living longer, healthier and happier lives, and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is now taking applications for its Geoffrey White Churchill Fellowship – a paid opportunity to research ways to engage older Australians to participate in the workforce and other activities.Read more
The $20,000 Donald Mackay Churchill Fellowship is now offered to those involved in law enforcement and related fields to study methods of investigating and bringing to light organised crime.Read more
The Churchill Trust has announced that applications are now open for its $20,000 AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship, which funds overseas travel for recipients to undertake research in the field of domestic architecture, building and planning.Read more
A Churchill Fellowship where you design your own research, travel the world, expand your skills and make a positive contribution to Australia: it’s not a dream, it’s an opportunity available today.Read more
THERE are certain arts and crafts that are typically perceived as irrelevant today. But Tim Bignell is determined to prove that blacksmithing is not among them.
The 34-year-old Ballarat blacksmith has spent years mastering his chosen art, demonstrating how his work is not synonymous with making horse shoes.
Mr Bignell recently received the Churchill Fellowship...He said his travels would allow him to gain skills and knowledge in traditional blacksmithing techniques.