Allan Myers was born in Hamilton and educated by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at Monivae and then at Melbourne University where he resided at Newman College. He then attended Oxford University. Maria Myers was born in Melbourne and educated at Loreto, Toorak and Ballarat and at Melbourne University where she resided at Saint Mary's College. They have supported the arts in many ways particularly the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Australian String Quartet. Allan is a barrister. The family company, Dunkeld Pastoral Company Pty Ltd has pastoral and other interests in Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia. They have three children.
It seemed to my wife Maria and me fitting to mark the ANZAC Centenary by commissioning a Mass for the Fallen. As far as I knew, there was no Australian Mass for the Fallen. The Mass composed by Chris Willcock SJ, a great Australian composer, can be sung as part of the Catholic liturgy or as part of the liturgy of other Christian churches. It is our hope that it will also be used in concert performance. In every case, it will be a reminder of the sacrifice of those who died in war and a prayer for them that war may be avoided.