The polio survivors pictured below are just a few of the campaigners who will be taking the “We’re Still Here!” message to Canberra on Wednesday 29th October 2014.

Click on their pictures to read a little of their polio stories and learn why they are going to Canberra – after you’ve read their story, please leave a comment to support their campaign. If you are joining us, please be sure to email your story and photo to Mary-ann so we can include your contribution to the Campaign on this page.


Ron Blackwell
Polio Year:  1948
Polio Place:  Bordertown, South Australia
Now Living:  South Australia

Rohan Clark
Polio Year:  1956
Polio Place:  Melbourne, Victoria
Now Living:  Australian Capital Territory

George Laszuk
Polio Year:  1951
Polio Place:  Queensland
Now Living:  New South Wales

Mary-ann Liethof
Polio Year:  Not Applicable
Polio Place:  Not Applicable
Now Living:  Victoria

Bruce Livett
Polio Year:  1948
Polio Place:  Ashburton, Victoria
Now Living:  Western Australia

Margaret Maroney
Polio Year:  1954
Polio Place:  Young, New South Wales
Now Living:  Australian Capital Territory

Jill Pickering
Polio Year:  1955
Polio Place:  England
Now Living:  Victoria

Kristy Rackham
Polio Year:  Not Applicable
Polio Place:  Not Applicable
Now Living:  Queensland

Esther Smart
Polio Year:  1955
Polio Place:  Berne, Switzerland
Now Living:  New South Wales

Graeme Smith
Polio Year:  Not Applicable
Polio Place:  Not Applicable
Now Living:  Victoria

Joan Smith
Polio Year:  1952
Polio Place:  Melbourne, Victoria
Now Living:  Victoria

Gillian Thomas
Polio Year: 1950
Polio Place: Wollongong, New South Wales
Now Living: New South Wales

Dr John Tierney OAM
Polio Year:  1946
Polio Place:  Cooma, New South Wales
Now Living:  New South Wales

Peter Willcocks
Polio Year:  1954
Polio Place:  Caulfield, Victoria
Now Living:  Victoria