William Dunstan (1895-1957)

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William Dunstan was born 1895 in Ballarat East (Victoria, Australia) to William John Dunstan (1866-1939) and Henrietta nee Mitchell (1865-1921). He was educated at Golden Point State School.[1]

Before World War One William Dunstan was a clerk and delivery boy in Ballarat.[2]

William Dunstan enlisted in World War One with the Infantry Battalion - 1 t 8 Reinforcement (Service#2130) and landed at Gallipoli on 01 August 1915 with the 7th Battalion.[3] He fought at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Very early on the morning of 09 August 1915 Dunstan and 10 others were attacked by Turkish troops. During attacks and counter attacks eight Australians lost their lives, and three remained. They resorted to catching enemy hand bombs and throwing them back at the STurks, or smothering any that landed with discarded enemy great coats. One of the remaining three was killed, and the other two, including William Dunstan, were wounded. The Turks were driven back again, and did not return. The remaining tow soldiers were left alone until relieved of their duty and admitted to hospital. The last three defeders were awarded the Victoria Cross in recognition of their outstanding courage and devotion to duty.[4]

After the war Dunstan was very successful in the newspaper business and eventually was appointed director of the Herald and Weekly Times.[5]

William Dunstan died 02/03/1957 Balaclava (Victoria, Australia), aged 62.


Honoured on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour for his World War One service, and the Golden Point State School Roll of Honor. He won the Victoria Cross.[6]

In August 1916 Lieutenant Williams Dunstan VC was elected as a member of the Old Colonists' Club Ballarat.[7]

A monument to William Dunstan was erected in Sturt Street, Ballarat.[8]


John Dunstan (c1833-1882)[9] married Nanny Collins (c1832-1910)[10]

--1 Jane Dunstan (1856-?)[11]

--1 Elizabeth Dunstan (1858-?)[12] married[13] Francis Henry Foster

--1 Grace Dunstan (1860-1900)[14] married[15] Joseph Lewis

--1 Mary Ann Dunstan (1865-?)[16]

--1 William John Dunstan (1866-1939)[17] married Henriette Mitchell married[18] Henrietta Mitchell (1865-1921)[19]

--.--2 Henry Dunstan (1887-1962)[20]

--.--2 Stanley Dunstan (1890-1945)[21]

--.--2 Vida Dunstan (1892-?)[22]

--.--2 William Dunstan (1895-1957)[23] married[24] Marjorie Lillian Stewart Carnell (1897-1974)[25]

--.--.--3 SON Dunstan

--.--.--3 SON Dunstan

--.--.--3 DAUGHTER Dunstan

--.--2 Eunice Dunstan (1898-?)[26]

--.--2 Grace Dunstan (1900.-1909)[27]

--.--2 Walter John Dunstan (1904-1927)[28]

--1 Richard Dunstan (1867-?)[29]

--1 Thomas Dunstan (1869-1948)[30]

--1 Henry Dunstan (1871-?)[31]

See also

Ballarat Avenue of Honour

World War One



  1. Ballarat Courier, 04 October 1997.
  2. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  3. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  4. Ballarat Courier, 04 October 1997.
  5. Ballarat Courier, 04 October 1997.
  6. Ballarat Courier ANZAC Day Special, 25 April 2015.
  7. Minutes of the Old Colonists' Club, Ballarat.
  8. Ballarat Courier, 04 October 1997.
  9. born c 1833; buried 27/09/1882 Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Wesleyan A, Section 18, Grave 38
  10. daughter of William Collins and Grace Keding; arrived on William Prowse with husband in Adelaide 20 August 1854; buried 16/12/1910Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Wesleyan A, Section 18, Grave 38
  11. born 1856 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#12144
  12. born 1858 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#6548
  13. 1877
  14. born 1860 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#7898
  15. 1879
  16. born 1865 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#12865
  17. born 1866 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#12640; died 1939 New Chil, Victoria, Australia Reg#19218; buried 08/11/1939 Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Private A, Section 7, Row 1, Grave 15
  18. 1886 Victoria, Australia Reg#2440
  19. daughter of Henry Mitchell and Harriet Anne Andrews born 1865 SCAR, Victoria, Australia Reg#18624; died 1921 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#8323; buried Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Private A, Section 7, Row 1, Grave 15
  20. born 1887 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#509; died 1962 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#23922
  21. born 1890 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#432; died 1945 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#19658; buried 12/07/1945 Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Private BB, Section 6, Grave 14
  22. born 1892 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#29360
  23. born 1895 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#9104; died 02/03/1957 Balaclava, Victoria, Australia Reg#2918
  24. 09/11/1918 St Paul's Church of England, Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#6806
  25. daughter of Henry James Carnell and Helen Lucy Ratcliffe born 1897 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#677; died 1974 Melbourne East, Victoria, Australia Reg#28928
  26. born 1898 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#8324
  27. born 1900 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#16216; died 1909 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#11219; buried 23/12/1909 Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Private A, Section 7, Row 1, Grave 15
  28. born 1904 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#7656; died 1927 Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia Reg#244; buried 06/01/1927 Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Private A, Section 7, Row, 1, Grave 15
  29. born 1867 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#12690
  30. leather merchant; born 1869 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#13459; died June 1948 Victoria, Australia Reg#17865; buried Ballaarat New Cemetery, Area Wesleyan D, Section 11, Grave 11
  31. born 1871 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#21194

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