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Pioneering is part of who we are

Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop (1907 – 1993)

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after an Aussie or a Kiwi trailblazer, Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop, Dame Nellie Melba, Sir Edmund Hillary. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do, every day, at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop was an Australian surgeon who is renowned for his leadership and courage while being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.

He was born in Victoria in 1907 and trained first as a pharmacist and then as a doctor. He was also an outstanding rugby player, and played for the 1932 Wallabies side that took the Bledisloe Cup from the All Blacks.

After the war he had a distinguished career in medicine and was especially active in his support of veterans. He was knighted in 1969 and named Australian of the Year in 1976.