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The Albert Coates Memorial Trust

25 September 2015

W&D Finance are proud to again sponsor the Albert Coates Memorial Trust Scholarship. This is the 5th year that W&D Finance have supported this award based scholarship.

The Albert Coates Memorial Trust raises funds to sponsor a number of annual student awards at a tertiary level, a secondary college level, and also two prizes that are awarded at St Albert’s old primary school in Ballarat, Mt Pleasant Primary School.

Albert Coates was an inspiring Australian who was born in Mt Pleasant in Ballarat. At age 19 he volunteered for service in WW1 and served in Egypt, Gallipoli and Flanders as a medical orderly, and later with the Intelligence Corps.

Once back home from the war, he undertook a medical course, qualifying with distinction. His chosen field was surgery and he became an Australian pioneer in the field of Neurosurgery.

Albert Coates again volunteered for active service in WW2. He was captured by the Japanese in Sumatra and taken to Burma. As a highly qualified surgeon amongst the many doctors in the POW working camps, he helped to save many lives along the infamous Burma-Siam Railway.

Once safely home from WW2, Albert resumed his hospital appointment and became a leader of the medical profession.

In 1998 a Ballarat based committee was formed to develop a memorial to Sir Albert Coates.

W&D Finance sponsor the scholarship that is awarded to an outstanding University of Ballarat 2nd year Biomedical Science Degree Student. The scholarship is valued at $2,500.

An important criteria for the Awards is demonstrated ability to achieve academically, whilst overcoming circumstances that may be challenging.

Past winners of the award are:

2014    Deandra Tanner

2013    Rainbow Silvertree 

2012    Ingrid Wise

2011    Rebecca Murphy

W&D Finance are delighted to announce that the 2015 recipient of the award is Michelle Steicke.

The Albert Coates Oration is to be held at the Federation University’s Brewery Campus on Thursday 22 October, with military historian from the Australian War Memorial – Dr Lachlan Grant – delivering the oration in 2015. Dr Grant will speak about “Voices from the Past”, Recovering memories of POWs for “The Changi Book” 70 years on.

For more information about the Oration or the awards contact the Albert Coates Memorial Trust on 03 5337 1122