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Professor J. Wilczynski Fund
Professor Joseph Wilczynski was born in Augustow, Poland, in 1922. He served in the Polish Underground Army and in the Polish Army under British Command during World War II. He arrived in Australia in 1951.
Professor Wilczynski completed PhD degree in Economics in London in 1968 and then in Science in Sydney in 1975. From 1962 until 1969 he was a lecturer at the Duntroon Military College in Canberra and from 1970 Associate Professor of Economics.
He fluently spoke at least four languages apart from Polish and English.
Professor Wilczynski’s Last Will was to establish Fund that would support Polish traditions and culture in the Australian Capital Territory. According to his Last Will this Fund is to be managed by the Council of Polish Organisations in the ACT. The Fund was created in 1985.
Since then every year numerous Polish organisations in the ACT have benefited from the Wilczynski Fund, including Polish Dance Group ‘’Wielkopolska’’, Polish Children Group ‘’Krasnoludki’’, Polish Seniors Club, Polish Chronicle, Polish Language School and Polish Playgroup ‘’Bursztynki’’. All of these organisations promote Polish traditions, culture and language in Australia.
Professor Joseph Wilczynski died in Canberra in 1984.