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DR ROSS BASTIAAN OAM RFD is a periodontist, commencing private practice in Melbourne in 1978.  He is a graduate of Melbourne University with a Master of Dental Science in 1975 and a Master of Science from London University in 1977.  He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 1979 and has fellowships in three International colleges.  He has published over 25 scientific articles and contributed to three dental textbooks.

Chairmanships have included Committees of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Society of Periodontology and he is the Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.  For 20 years he was a senior part time lecturer at the Dental School, Melbourne University.

Dr Bastiaan was the Forensic Dentist to the Melbourne Coroner and Homicide Squad, Victorian Police Force, from 1981 to 1990. He is still an active Army Reserve officer in the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps holding the rank of Colonel and was the honorary dentist to the Governor General of Australia.

Dr Bastiaan is on the Council of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra and the Australian War Memorial Anzac Foundation. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne and was a Director of Odyssey House Drug Rehabilitation Centre for 10 years.

Australian Military History has been a long term interest of his and since 1990 he has placed over 140 multi-lingual bronze commemorative information plaques with bas-releif sculptures and maps on Australian battlefields of the First and Second World Wars.  They are in 20 different countries around the world with many in Gallipoli, Singapore, Thailand, Papua-New Guinea, France and Belgium.  Duplicates of these sculptures are exhibited at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra; House of Commons, London; Imperial War Museum, England and many other centres.  In 1995 he designed the Sir Edward Weary Dunlop memorial in St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

He has published three books on the First and Second World Wars, including a guide to the Gallipoli battlefields and the Kokoda Walk in the Dandenong Rangers.

In 1991, his work resulted in him receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “services to Australian Military History” and Anzac of the Year from the RSL.  In 1992 he was awarded the Advance Australia Award for Australian History and the Reserve Force Decoration (RFD) in 1996 whilst in 1998 he was made a Life Member of the RSL.


Dr Bastiaan can be contacted at:
RMB 5915 Merricks North  Victoria 3926 Australia

 



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