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Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program

The next Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program is planned for 2018-19. Further details will be available here.

The Grants Program was established in 2014 to provide $100,000 per year in capital works to clubs and associations that support serving and ex-serving defence members.

Teddy SheeanThe Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program honours the sacrifice made by Edward 'Teddy' Sheean, as a representative of the many Tasmanians who gave their lives selflessly for others in the defence of our country during World War Two.

In June 1942 Teddy began his service as an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gunner on the newly commissioned corvette, HMAS Armidale. On 1 December 1942, Armidale was hit by two aircraft-launched torpedoes and began to sink. Sheean was wounded but rather than abandon ship, he strapped himself to his Oerlikon and began to engage the attacking aircraft as the ship sunk beneath him. He shot down two planes and crewmates recall seeing tracer rising from beneath the surface as Sheean was dragged under the water, firing until the end. He died aged 18 years. Only 49 of the 149 men on board survived the attack and subsequent ordeal on rafts and in life boats. Many consider that Sheean's actions deserved the Victoria Cross.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for minor capital works including repairs and maintenance of existing premises.

Grants are available to:

  • RSL clubs
  • RSL sub-branches
  • Ex-service clubs and organisations
    (Ex-service clubs and organisations that are not directly associated with an RSL sub-branch or an ex-service organisation must demonstrate evidence of organisations commitment to the ex-serving community).

Successful applicants for Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program may be viewed here.

For further information, please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation by email at or phone on 1800 204 224.