FUNERAL: LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR DONALD DUNSTAN AC, KBE, CB
Funeral Arrangements and RARA (SA) Last Respects
A State Military Funeral will beheld for LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR DONALD DUNSTAN AC, KBE, CB at St Peters Cathedral, North Adelaide at 11.00am onTuesday 25 October.
All members of the RAR Association are encouraged to attend Sir Donald’s funeral to pay our last respects to a magnificent officer and outstanding and much loved ex Governor of South Australia. Many of you may have had the opportunity to serve with or under Sir Donald. He always showed a very keen interest in the RAR Association and its members and was very supportive of our activities.
The State Funeral at St Peters will be followed by a committal service at the Hyssen Chapel, Centennial Park.
7 RAR will be providing the military contingent and guard of honour for the service.
Lady Dunstan has agreed and is happy for a guard of honour paying our last respects as the RAR Assoc to line the pathway at Centennial Park after the official funeral at St Peters.
There will be plenty of time for us to motor to Centennial Park to adopt our positions on the pathway at the rear of the chapels where we normally form up.
Dress will be jacket, tie, medals and the RAR club rooms will be open after the committal.
We encourage maximum attendance to pay our respects to Sir Donald and his family.
Michael von Berg
Donald Beaumont Dunstan was born at Murray Bridge on 18 February, 1923.
He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1942. He served in infantry regimental appointments and as a junior staff officer in New Guinea, Bougainville and New Britain. He was second-in-command of 1st Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment in Korea in 1955, twice a member of the staff of the Royal Military College, and a member of the directing staff at the Australian Staff College and the British Army Staff College, Camberley.
In 1964, he commanded 1 RAR and then the 1st Recuit Training Battalion. In 1968, he was appointed Deputy Commander of the Australian Task Force in South Vietnam. Subsequently, he commanded 10th Task Force. In 1970, he attended the Imperial Defence College in London. He returned to South Vietnam in 1971 as a Major General, Commander of the Australian Force.
On his return to Australia, he was appointed Chief of Material, followed by the appointment as General Officer Commanding Field Force Command. Major General Dunstan was promoted Lieutenant General and served as Chief of General Staff for five years from 1977 to 1982.
On his retirement from the army, he was appointed Governor of South Australia, where he served until 1991. General Dunstan was Mentioned in Dispatches for patrol action in Bougainville in the Second World War, became a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1954, was made Commander of the British Empire in 1969 for services in South Vietnam and a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1972, again for service in South Vietnam. He was made a Knight of the Order of the British Empire in 1980 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1991.