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Sir Ernest Edward 'Weary' Dunlop

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The second child born to James Henry Dunlop and Alice Emily Maude (nee Payne) Dunlop, came into the world on Friday 12 July 1907.

He was to be brother to Alan James Dunlop, born two years earlier on 1 November 1905 and would be named Ernest Edward. Both boys were born at Major Plains, in the North East of Victoria.

Ernest and the rest of the family lived on a farm at Major Plains that his parents share-farmed, until shifting in 1910, to their own 580 acre property called 'Summerlea'. This farm was located four miles from Major Plains.

The boys attended Stewarton State School No. 2094, where Ernest completed his primary education and obtained his Merit Certificate at age of thirteen.

In 1921 Ernest started his Higher Education at the Benalla High School completing it in three years, instead of four, in 1923.

Both Ernest and Alan enjoyed childhood games on the farm including making and using bows and arrows, making and sailing toy boats on their large dam and fishing in the Broken River with home made bamboo rods.

Ernest rode his pony called 'Jock' to school, a distance of some two miles. As well, the two boys were expected to work on the farm before and after school as well as on Saturdays.

The Christmas holidays were the time when 'all hands' were required for the wheat harvest. There were always plenty of jobs to be done at this time of the year.

It included loading bags of wheat (they weighed 210 lbs!)onto the tray of the wagon, bag sewing, stooking sheaves, as well as milking the cows and separating the cream.

Whilst at High School, Ernest won the highest swimming award, thus becoming a qualified Lifesaver.

Upon leaving High School, he started at the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Ormond College, Melbourne University.

In 1926, he commenced his apprenticeship with Victor Say in Benalla in his Chemist Shop at 67 Nunn Street. In 1927, Ernest won the Intermediate Medal for Pharmacy, topping his class.

Material held by the Benalla and District Family History Group includes Family Group Sheets.