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Son of Jim Gunn in Adelaide. Makes me a son of a Gunn!

Death of Adelaide philanthropist and entrepreneur David Gunn

The death of David Ronald Ian Gunn on May 9, 2017 in Goolwa South Australia is remembered with great sadness.

David Gunn was the son of Ron and Ella Gunn, born in Semaphore, Adelaide on March 31 1934.  He was married to Muriel, but they had no children.

David is remembered for his great generosity in being a major donor to medical research in South Australia.

The detailed obituary to David, published in the Adelaide Advertiser can be downloaded from the obituaries page of this site.


Recent additions to the Gunn Family book

From time to time I receive updates and supplementary information from the family historian Malcolm Gunn for publication as addendum to the Gunn Family book.  Sadly, I have recently added two extra pages that are obituaries to members of the family who have passed on.

The latest additions are for Mac Waters (b. Aug 16 1932, d. March 2 2016) and Bernard Thompson (b. May 4 1928, d. Nov 23 2015). The links to these pages are available on the Gunn Family Book page of the website.


David Gunn donates neurological microscope to Flinders Medical Centre

David Gunn, philanthropist

David Gunn, philanthropist

David Gunn can thank a storm in London for helping him become an enormously successful businessman. In January 1965 he and his wife Muriel were in London and, while out walking on a bleak day, and with money running out, a sleet shower saw them duck into a building for warmth. They had entered Canada House and were persuaded to migrate to Montreal. While in Canada in the late 60’s and early 70’s, David realised the potential for using polyurethane foam as a new form of insulation on an engineering project.  He returned to Adelaide and set up business in 1972.

Now aged 80, David has overseen donations through the Muriel Gunn Medical Research Trust Fund set up in honour of his beloved wife who died of brain cancer in 1980. In retirement, he has donated more than $2 million to medical research.

More information about David and his donation of $500,000 for the microscope can be read here… and here for other details about his philanthropic activities.


Last trip down under for Scots clipper

David Mann, left, of the Scottish Maritime Museum, and Peter Christopher of the Adelaide charity in front of the clipper

David Mann, left, of the Scottish Maritime Museum, and Peter Christopher of the Adelaide charity in front of the clipper

The world’s oldest surviving clipper has been transferred to her new owners, before her final journey from Scotland to Australia.  The City of Adelaide – built in 1864 to take emigrants from Europe to Australia – has voyaged south for the first time in 125 years. The ship has been transported from Scotland in the hold of a cargo ship for its journey to Australia. She arrived in Adelaide last spring and is now to be restored at Fletcher’s Slip in Port Adelaide.

The newspaper article describing the full story of the City of Adelaide clipper can be downloaded from here.

Update: Ken Sutherland’s musical Prophecy

Ken Sutherland’s musical Prophecy(previous post) has had a run in a local theatre (Edinburgh, Scotland) 9-13 September and went very well. Ken says “People seemed to like it and reviews were quite good. We may take it further next year if a professional company does not show an interest. You can read reviews on twitter at the prophecymusical website. It was filmed and there will be a DVD in due course”.

Editor’s grand-daughter number four

Ruth with new born Pollyanna Lemke

Ruth with new born Pollyanna Lemke

Editor Andrew Gunn’s daughter, Kelly, delivered her third daughter (Andrew’s fourth grand-daughter) on July 25th, 2014. Both mother and daughter were healthy and well after the new arrival. Andrew’s family were all very happy to greet Pollyanna who, with sisters Joscelyn and Phoebe has now swelled the ranks of Andrew and Ruth’s grandchildren to five in number. Her cousins Grace and Harry Gunn (children of Ben and Carina Gunn) were happy to greet her into the world. Pollyanna’s father, Adam Lemke, was of course, also very proud of his new and beautiful little girl.


“Intelligence officer Marika Hartmann captures an extremist foot-soldier guilty of a massacre of school children and aid workers in Southern Somalia.

Renditioned to a CIA ‘black site’ in Djibouti, the prisoner hints at a terror plot in the making.Marika and ex-Special Forces colleague PJ Johnson team up to investigate, uncovering a cold-blooded conspiracy that will decimate the cities of the West. From the refugee camps of East Africa to the azure waters off the Iranian coast, the marshes of Iraq to Syria’s parched eastern desert, SAVAGE TIDE is a manhunt, a quest for truth, and a desperate search for the legacy of a cruel regime bent on dominating the world”.

Greg Barron has lived in both North America and Australia, and studied International Terrorism at Scotland’s prestigious St Andrew’s University. He has visited five of the world’s seven continents, once canoed down a flooded tropical river, and crossed Arnhem Land on foot. Greg’s writing reflects his interests in political, social and environmental change. He lives on a small farm in Eastern Australia’s coastal hinterland, with his family. His first novel, Rotten Gods was published by Harper Collins Australia in 2012.

CATEGORY — General Fiction; PUBLICATION DATE — 1 July 2013; RRP $29.99
GREG BARRON is available for interview as he travels around the country throughout July.
Please contact: Jane Finemore, Publicity Manager; jane.finemore@harpercollins.com.au / 02 9952 5477

Peter Gunn – Professor of Forensic Biology at the University of Technology Sydney

Late in 2012, Peter GUNN took up a position as Associate Professor
of Forensic Biology at the University of Technology Sydney

“After over ten years at NSW Police as Senior Operations Manager
of Forensic Biology, I decided it was time for a late-life career
change. Being involved in the investigations of the Bali bombings,
the 2004 Tsunami, plus about 65 homicides (mainly my staff), I decided
it was time for a different set of challenges.
I was the first person in the southern hemisphere to perform DNA
testing in criminal matters (way back in the late 1980s), but things
have moved on, and it’ was time for me to try catching up on the science
before I am too old!
I am enjoying the teaching role of the position, and am looking forward
to undertaking some serious research into various areas that
are not directly related to “catching crooks.”
Meanwhile Madeline and I continue to age gracefully”.

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