Medal and Trophy Information

The William Brown and Charles Turner medal is awarded to the winning published poet

William Brown was the President of the Dunedin Burns Club in 1948-1949 and from 1962 to 1965 and used to host a popular radio programme “Calling all Scots.”

Charles Turner was the President of the Dunedin Burns Club for three years from 1956 to 1959 and was passionate about the poetry of Burns. He once recited The Twa Dogs with William Brown in a concert from memory. He read extensively about Burns and was very knowledgeable.

William Brown and Charles Turner often recited poetry by Burns together.

The Allan Millar Memorial trophy and medal is awarded to the winning unpublished poet.

The late Allan J Millar was the President of the Dunedin Burns Club from 1959 until 1961 and, together with his wife Flora, was a strong supporter of the Club. He became the Patron of the Club, a position he held until his death, and he remembered the Club in his bequest. Keeping alive the work of Burns was important to him.

The Stan Forbes medal is awarded to the winning young poet.

The late Stan Forbes was born in Dundee and came to Dunedin in 1958 where he met his wife Roberta who came from the west coast of Scotland, and, along with others including Dunedin’s JK Baxter, learned Tam 0’Shanter as a child. He was a stalwart and office bearer in the Dunedin Burns Club since that time, being the President from 1969 until 1972, and Patron of the Club until 2011. He worked quietly in the background, contributing singing, poetry, and drama in the tradition of other work horses including Bill Oliver, Charlie Turner, Bill Brown, and Margaret Smith. Helping children become familiar with Burns was dear to him.