Stanhope Gold Medallist

Tuesday 24 May 2016

20160524_StanhopeMedal_FBasile_064Governor-General Peter Cosgrove presented the 2015 Stanhope Gold Medal to Mr Murray Barnewall of Port Campbell, Victoria, at Melbourne Town Hall on Tuesday 24 May.

The ceremony took place in the company of close family, dignitaries of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia, which had previously recognised Mr Barnewall’s bravery for having rescued a young girl who had been washed off a jetty by a large wave at Port Campbell in 2014. That young girl, Melanie Fonseka, was also at the ceremony today with her family to witness this special occasion.

The Stanhope Gold Medal is an award of The Royal Humane Society (UK) and is the Society’s highest award given for the most meritorious case of bravery considered during the year. All kindred bravery organisations are asked to nominate their best cases for consideration for the award. This is the 10th time that a nomination from The Royal Humane Society of Australasia has received the award.

Reporter Sian Johnson of The Standard newspaper in Warrnambool has written a great piece on Murray’s heroic efforts.

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