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Dally Messenger III
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Dally Messenger IIIDally Messenger III was the foundation National Secretary* of the Association of Civil Marriage Celebrants of Australia (at the request of Lionel Murphy). He was the Foundation President of the Funerals Celebrants Association of Australia (1977).
*(1974 after Maureen Barron - Murphy's Secretary)

In 1995 he was unanimously elected as Foundation National President and Administrator of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants Inc (in 2000 the largest and most successful celebrant organisation) a post he held to that year.

When the Attorney-General's Department established competency standards in 1995 the Federation asked him to become Course Director and to establish the Australian and International College of Celebrancy a task which he has carried out most successfully. ( and this site.

When the Attorney General's Department re-did the Competency Requirements he was appointed a member of the Industry Reference Group (IRG) to set those standards. His academic qualifications include the following degrees, diplomas and other qualifications: -

1964 Bachelor of Theology - Arts Degree from Sydney.

1965 Primary & Secondary Teacher Course - St Patrick's College, Manly,

1970 Master of Arts Preliminary (La Trobe/Monash )

1971 Registered Teacher in Victoria – Council of Public Education

1972 Institute of Affiliate Accountants (7 subjects).

1972 Licentiate with the College of Teachers, London,

1974 Certificate of Teacher Registration VSTA - 1974

1977 Post Graduate Diploma of Librarianship - Melbourne University (Teacher-Librarian),

2001 Graduate Diploma of Celebrancy – International College of Celebrancy

2002 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training -

2005 Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy – CHC41502

2005 Statement of Attainment – WFSNL407A – Perform General Funeral Celebrancy

2010 Certificate IV in Celebrancy


Other experience

He taught Accountancy, English and Ancient History at Haileybury College for seven years (1969-1975).

From 1979 to 1996 he was publisher/editor (10 years) and columnist of Dance Australia Magazine - the most successful independent performing arts magazine in Australia's history.

In 1986 he was a consultant to the Victorian Government on the Arts City Planning Committee.

In 1987 he was consultant on the film The First Kangaroos (Roadshow, Coote and Carroll)

He is the author of numerous published feature articles including Educational Broadsheets for The Australian, magazine articles, broadcasts (news commentaries and book reviews for Radio Australia et alia). He was the official representative of all the major Australian newspapers at the 5th international Ballet Competition, Moscow, June, 1985.

Dally is the author of four Published Books. Ceremonies for Today / Ceremonies and Celebrations, Lothian (4th edition) accepted as the best book published on creating secular Celebrations and Rites. He authored So Mum and Dad Have Separated, (2nd Edition), Being a Chum was Fun, a history of Melbourne Radio in the 1930s and 40s, and The Master (Angus & Robertson, 1978) the first published history of the beginnings of Rugby League in Australia.

He has been three times International guest speaker on celebrancy in New Zealand (Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland), and twice in the United Kingdom (Bristol and Manchester).

Dally, with 18 significant celebrant collaborators, wrote the original Diploma College of Celebrancy Course at the request of the Attorney-General's Department (1995). In the years since he has developed, adjusted and refined it so that it is recognised by all who know the scene as the best course of its kind in the world. in 2002 He taught his celebrancy course under the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Stocon Training in order to recieve government accreditation. When the owner died the College of Celbrancy became an RTO in its own right and trained over 600 celebrant graduates. He wrote the Certificate IV in Celebrancy Course In the last four years which, with others, is now taught through the RTO, Life Skill Training.

In 2002 he co-established Civil Celebrancy in the USA (with Gaile and Raghu Sarma) where he launched the Celebrant USA Foundation. He also gave a number of public lectures and personally trained the original civil clebrants.The first 40 or so celebrants in the USA were graduates of the International College of Celebrancy.

He also gave a public lecture on celebrant Funerals in Hull UK, inter alia, which was widely reported.

He completed (2007) (with Sean Fagan) a completely revised edition of "The Master" – the early history of Rugby League in Australia.

He has had extensive experience in amateur theatre, drama and musicals.

He is the grandson of Herbert Henry Dally Messenger, First Captain of Australian Rugby League (1907-1908), HH Dally Messenger was also a champion rugby union player, cricketer, long oarsman, yachtsman, and sculler.

HH Dally's father was Charles Amos Messenger, champion sculler of Victoria ca. 1875.

Charles Amos Messenger - Sculler

Books by Dally Messenger III


Ceremonies and Celebrations
now in its 4th Editiion

Being a Chum was Fun

Ghost author with the late
Nancy Lee - no longer available

It's your Wedding

It's Your Wedding
- a short booklet with five full wedding ceremonies and a mix and match format

So Mum and Dad have Separated

So Mum and Dad have Separated the orginal work written to assist children of separated parents.Highly acclaimed and quickly "copied" by the big publishers. Available from the Celebrants Centre.

Dance Australia Magazine -Dally Messenger

Dally Messenger was the Foundation Publisher and Editor of Dance Australia Magazine 1980-1990 - the first successful independent Performing Arts Magazine in Australia's history.

The Master - by Dally Messenger III Rugby League 1982

In 1982 Dally Messenger wrote the first history of the beginnings of Rugby League.


The Master 2007 Sean Fagan and Dally Messenger III

In 2007 a second edition of The Master was published by Hachette Livre. This edition was co-written with Sean Fagan.


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Dally Messenger and the Dally M Awards

Books for sale from theCelebrants Centre1300 446 786 Yvonne -
Ceremonies - all
Ceremonies and Celebrations Book and CD
Celebrant Training in History
Marriage Ceremonies
It's Your Wedding by Dally Messenger