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30th August 2017
was born in Mentone but grew up in Camberwell, where the Hartwell
Presbyterian Church provided the centre for many Kinsey family activities,
including the choir. As a member of the children's and youth choirs Don gained a great appreciation of
music and at age 18 he was awarded a
scholarship to study singing at the Melba Conservatorium.
talents, like his career were diverse and varied.
He left school in 1946 to undertake an
apprenticeship at C.Telford Smith.
After completing this
he continued his studies gaining a Diploma in Engineering Design
and Supervision. Following brief interlude at G J Coles as a trainee manager, Don returned to engineering as Production Manager at Flexdrive
His aim to work in radio was realised after an intense period of self imposed voice training,
and in 1957 he joined
the staff of 3DB working
there as a broadcaster and executive
for almost 20 years.
As a result of his work at the radio station,
Don became involved with The Royal Children's Hospital's Good
Friday Appeal. His passion and love of
the hospital encouraged him to seek and gain employment as the hospital's Public Relations
Manager. From 1976, Don
made it his mission to have the Royal Children's Hospital known and owned by the community, as one of the four best paediatric hospitals in the world. He committed to
ensure the hospital became
the 'go to' place for any issues
relating to children's health. His knowledge of the media and his community
to RCH was also significant in other ways. Don and his business partners conducted a business in effective speaking - "Communicators Melbourne". Don was quoted as saying "public speaking is making yourself heard - effective speaking is making people listen". Several hospital
departments realised the value of this in relation to their work - presenting at conferences, and importantly
dealing with patients. Don provided these courses to
staff free of charge for many years.
His personal interests were diverse and he devoted many hours
to them all. He was
a Director of The Mazda Foundation for many years -
assisting Mazda Australia in the establishment of this Philanthropic Trust.
Don was a Freemason, a Patron of, and active
member of the Royal South Street Society. For many years, he was the Master of Ceremonies of the Reserve
Forces Day at the Shrine,
and provided training to volunteer guides at the Shrine
when he was not acting as MC at
the Shrine's many official
Don was a very active member of The Victorian Historic Racing Register, a member of the Eltham
Historical Society, a member
of the 44 Club, and an official commentator at The Royal Melbourne Show for many years,
He had a great interest in Military
was widely read on the subject.
In recognition of
his extensive contribution to
many causes, Don was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008.
Don leaves a wife of 50 years, Margo, a son Cam,
and a granddaughter Marli.
He will be remembered for his generous nature, his melodious voice, his contribution to so many causes and especially his ability to make everyone he met feel special.
By Christine Unsworth