Status: CLOSED

Applications closed on Monday, 12 October 2020, 5.00 pm

The 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.

The Grants Program was re-opened in 2018-19 with $100 000 per year for three years. The Program will be administered in two grant rounds of equal value ($50 000 per round).

It is anticipated that funding for successful applications will be provided late in 2020 and will need to be acquitted by the applicant by 31 December 2021.

Successful Grant Recipients

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.