Bill Denny AM BM

War veteran and RSL South Australia Ambassador

SANomineeSenior Australian of the Year2022

A Vietnam War veteran, Bill Denny has contributed greatly to how we remember the service and sacrifice made by Australian servicemen and servicewomen.

For 25 years, Bill has been a member of the RSL South Australia ANZAC Day Committee, serving as Chairman for 19 of those years. In that time, he’s widened the legacy of ANZAC commemoration to include young people and people of multicultural backgrounds, by founding the ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil.

Collaborating with Indigenous servicemen and servicewomen, Bill co-founded the Aboriginal and Torres Strait War Memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground in 2013. This was the first memorial in Australia to specifically commemorate the service and sacrifice of (often undocumented) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bill also founded and led the creation of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, in partnership with the Vietnamese community in South Australia, at the Torrens Parade Ground.

It’s through these activities at RSL South Australia that Bill demonstrates why he continues to be revered by the veteran community.