First year UNSW Canberra Mechanical Engineering student, Thomas O'Mullane, has secured the Lockheed Martin Australia Bursary as part of the Gallipoli Scholarship Fund

The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund is a merit-based award that recognises outstanding achievement, paving the way for a bright and promising future for its recipients. 

Thomas was one of 35 students awarded across Australia - a record number of recipients for the fund. The Gallipoli Scholarship has given Thomas the opportunity to receive mentorship and support in the first year of his studies, providing a great head start in his engineering career.

In the spirit of ANZAC and ongoing peacekeeping operations, the fund aims to perpetuate the enduring traditions of perseverance, courage, self-sacrifice, and mateship. 

As the grandson of an ANZAC member, Thomas is proud to carry on the ANZAC legacy with the award. 

Thomas’ grandfather, Colonel Ronald William Richard Beynon QHDS, MDS, RICD (Ret’d), served in the Korean and Vietnam campaigns as part of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC).

Thomas’ grandfather, COL Beynon, served in the Army for 33 years. Source: Thomas O’Mullane

During the Vietnam War, COL Beynon provided dental care to army personnel and civilians through the Army’s Medical Civil Aid Programme (MEDCAP). 

Many years later, as the Director of the RAADC, COL Beynon was bestowed the title Queen’s Honorary Dental Surgeon. It was a recognition COL Beynon was proud to hold, and recognised the exceptional service he contributed over his 33-year long career in the Army. 


COL Beynon provided much needed dental care for civilians during the Vietnam War. Source: Thomas O’Mullane

COL Beynon recently celebrated his 93rd birthday. Together, Thomas and COL Beynon celebrated their significant milestones. 

“He cannot believe that his service continues to be recognised, especially through this scholarship and its benefits for my career,” Thomas said. 

Thomas and his grandfather celebrated their achievements together. Source: Thomas O’Mullane

Thomas has always been inspired by his grandfather’s sense of service and wants to further support society through engineering. 

“I am hoping I can apply my studies to create engineering solutions that advance society and improve people’s lives.

“I want to work on future application of automation coupled with mechatronics, which will better our future across many fields and disciplines,” Thomas said.