K.J. Dunham

Life Membership Awarded - 1975/1976

Ken was born and educated in Tasmania and he and his wife Betty had 4 children. Ken served our country with distinction in the Australian Navy during the Second World War. Later he worked as a Computer Operator with the Department of Defence.

When Ken moved to the Ringwood area he originally played cricket with the East Ringwood Cricket Club where he served as Secretary in 1954/55 and Treasurer for 3 years from 1953/54. After several seasons he decided to move to North Ringwood Cricket Club where he enjoyed a long and successful club involvement. He served the club as a delegate to the RDCA, as Secretary and then President (1958/9 to 1968/69). In recognition of this service he was awarded Life Membership of the club in 1966.

During his years as a player at North Ringwood, Ken took on the role of a volunteer umpire during each of the final series in which he was not participating and following his retirement as a player after the 1967/68 season he became a permanent member of the RDCA Executive and Umpires panel. Ken accepted the position of the RDCA Umpires Association Secretary and later the role as President of the Umpires Association. Ken's long standing service to that Association lead him to be awarded Life Membership of the Association in 1979. The RDCA 'Umpire of the Year' award is proudly named after Ken Dunham.

Ken served as a Vice President of the RDCA for many years and was awarded Life Membership of the RDCA in 1975/76 in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Association that also included managing RDCA representative teams in the early 1960's.

The following is part of a Tribute to Ken Dunham, written by Bill Wilkins, that appeared in the RDCA 1993-94 Annual Report. Ken had suffered a heart attack and passed away on 1st July 1994.

"Ken had given what seemed a lifetime to this Association and it will be the poorer for his passing. In 1967/68 he was elected to the RDCA Executive and was immediately appointed as a Vice President, a position he held until 1991. In 1980 Ken was principally responsible for the introduction of computerised records for the Association and this was his main area of expertise provided to the Executive. He also took a strong interest in the development of synthetic wickets and he and I took many trips together over the years to investigate the latest material being offered to clubs.

After Ken's playing days finished he continued his involvement on a Saturday by becoming an umpire, it was not too long before he was one of the leading umpires in the RDCA. He served the Umpires Association as Secretary for many years and in 1989 he became President, a position he still held at the time of his death. He was a passionate supporter of moves to improve the standing of the umpiring fraternity and it is no coincidence that the number of umpires in this Association reached record levels under Ken's leadership".

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