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Commissioner Robin Dunster promoted to glory

Commissioner Robin Dunster promoted to glory

Commissioner Robin Dunster promoted to glory

14 September 2018

Commissioner Robin Dunster who was promoted to glory on 12 September.

Commissioner Robin Dunster, an Australian officer who rose to become The Salvation Army's Chief of the Staff, has been promoted to glory from Port Macquarie on 12 September.

Robin Dunster’s home corps was Dulwich Hill Temple, in Sydney. She entered the International Training College in London, UK, as a cadet in the Victorious session, and was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in May 1971.

Following her commissioning, Lieutenant Dunster was appointed to serve in the Zimbabwe Territory, following her profession as a nurse. She served at Tshelanyemba Hospital until March 1977, being appointed as sister-in-charge from October 1973. In March 1977, she was appointed to Howard Hospital, serving initially as assistant matron and then, after just two months, becoming matron/educator at the hospital.

In August 1981, Captain Dunster returned to Tshlanyemba Hospital to serve as matron/administrator for the next four years.

In October 1985, she returned to her home territory of Australia Eastern where she served initially at Bethesda Nursing Home and then as the administrator at Moyne Eventide Home.

Following these appointments came several administrative appointments in the Australia Eastern Territory, spanning from January 1987 to August 1996. During these years, Captain (later Major) Dunster served as assistant State (NSW) Social Services secretary, principal of the College for Officers’ Further Training, social personnel secretary and secretary for program. Her final appointment in this territory was as divisional commander and DDWO Parramatta (Sydney) and West NSW.

In August 1996, now with the rank of Lieut-Colonel, Robin returned to Zimbabwe where she served for two years as chief secretary and TSWO.

A further move within Africa came in 1998, this time as territorial commander and TSWO, Congo and Angola, with the rank of colonel.

In March 2002, with the rank of commissioner, Robin moved once again to take up appointment as territorial commander and TPWM in the Philippines Territory. She remained there until April 2006, when she was appointed to International Headquarters as Chief of the Staff. In 2007, Commissioner Robin Dunster was granted the Freedom of the City of London.

Upon Commissioner Dunster’s retirement on 30 April 2010 from that significant appointment, General Shaw Clifton spoke of her many outstanding characteristics, including her love and understanding of the Army while not being blind to its weaknesses, her belief that God still uses the Army to fulfil his purposes, her loyalty, ability to bring out the talents in others, fascination with the cultural variety that is the modern Army and wide knowledge of Army personalities and officers.

General Clifton said the Commissioner "is astute and gifted intellectually. She has a clear mind that thinks consequentially on matters." He also stated that he was grateful for Commissioner Dunster’s close and capable attention to the business matters of the Army. He was especially pleased to have her support in advancing women leaders within the Army and thankful for her excellent role-modelling of female ministry.

We thank God for the life of Commissioner Robin Dunster, and for the impact of her ministry in the name of Christ to so many people throughout the world.

Her funeral service will be held at the Innes Gardens Memorial Park Crematorium, Port Macquarie, at noon on Thursday 20 September. 

Following this, at 1pm a gathering will be held at the Port Macquarie Citadel in thanksgiving to God for the life, service and ministry of Commissioner Dunster.


  1. Thank you dear Robin for a life of exceptional service, as a nurse, an officer a leader especially in Africa. You have been a wonderful servant of God over a brilliant career.


    Weldone true daughter of Christ. your legacy speaks volumes and so emulative. May God replace your foot prints with someone that fits in.

  3. That was great reading,what a talented lady.many opportunities for women in the Salvation Army,we give all the glory to our Heavenly Father.

  4. Luz H. Nesterenko
    Luz H. Nesterenko

    We met Comm Robin Dunster at our Centennial Celebration in Lima, Peru, Saw Territory. It was a blessing to know her!

  5. Leutenant  michael mulinge
    Leutenant michael mulinge

    God condole the family and salvation army as whole ,may commissioner shine on her way to our father Amen

  6. CSM Jean-Marc Mbumu
    CSM Jean-Marc Mbumu

    May her soul rest in peace.
    Being her Administraive Assistant for 3 years trained me to be open minded to the wilderness of the Army ministries in DRC territory.
    I thank God that I have worked under her leadership.

  7. May her dear soul rest in peace and may her remaining legacy continue to flourish.


    Glory to God for the life and times of Comm. Dunster. The Lord's servant has won the race. It is well.

  9. When I was the CO at Catford, (then, the London South East Division) the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Robin Dunster unexpectedly arrived in the meeting to worship with us. A wonderful, inspirational woman of God. We thank God for her and her worldwide ministry.

  10. Lawrence Chakwesha
    Lawrence Chakwesha

    She had a very warm heart and very passionate of her work in Zimbabwe

  11. I was in the Victorious Session and studied with Robin Dunster. She was a very lovely person. We were in the same house in first year but not in second year although I tried to meet her as much as possible having nursing in common. Unfortunately I was unable to carry on because of health difficulties. Now I still work as a Prayer Pastor and I am privileged to try to help in that way for the Salvation Army. Robin Dunster will never be forgotten for her wonderful service and her kind, generous and loving nature. You are with the Lord my friend. May we meet again at Jesus' feet. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

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