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Robert Dunstan (YG 1955)
14 November 2021
Old Scholars will be saddened to hear of the death of Robert Dunstan (YG 1955). Robert was at the school between 1945 and 1954/5 and remained in contact with the Old Scholars' Association throughout his life. His son, Stephen, has sent the following account of Robert's life:

"Sadly, Robert Dunstan passed away on Saturday 14th November 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. Robert was a student at Friends' School Saffron Walden between 1945 and 1955 and, in that time, lived and enjoyed boarding school life to the fullest. He participated in theatre productions and was a keen sportsman, playing cricket and football with distinction. During his time at Friends' , he made many lifelong friends, with whom he stayed in regular communication over the subsequent years. Robert pursued a career in the hospitality industry, progressing from restaurant and hotel management to senior leadership responsibilities at Travelodge before starting his own consultancy firm and, finally becoming a university lecturer in the areas of tourism and management. This vocation provided many rich opportunities to travel both domestically and abroad and he relished opportunities to make new friends and develop a rapport with the local people. Always adventurous, Robert migrated to Australia in 1965 with his wife, Gillian, and two children before quickly developing an affinity with the Australian way of life. Family members will always remember his passion for bushwalks and its related sights, sounds and smells. He was a man with a deep appreciation of the arts who enjoyed jazz and classical music and was a regular participant in amateur theatre, choral singing and the local concert band. Gillian and children, Steven, Mandy and Andrew will miss their husband and father enormously."

Stephen also sent across the following photos of Robert's life with these captions:
1. Robert (right) and brother, Ted in their final year at Friends School, 1955
2. Robert with son, Steven and daughter, Mandy at Kuring-gai Chase National Park Sydney, 1966
3. Robert playing Mr Frost in stage production of A Touch of Frost, Sydney, 1998
4. Robert addressing audience at Southern Highlands Highlands Concert Band performance, Bowral, NSW, 2013
5. Robert with wife of 62 years, Gill. Mittagong, NSW 2021
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