Dear Members,

It is with a very heavy heart we share the sad news of the passing of VANA’s first-ever Legend, John Attwood.

John was inducted as a VANA legend in 2012 as an incredibly successful newsagent always ahead of his time & constantly innovating.

John always had a strong voice advocating for the rights of newsagents within the industry, serving on the VANA Board for over 10 years.

The VANA legend had over five decades of involvement in the industry and was then carried on by his sons Gerard Attwood at Sorrento Newsagency (current VANA Director); Colin at Murrumbeena for 30 years and Greg at Ashburton Newsagency for 21 years.

John’s legacy is profound as a powerful and dominant newsagent that led our industry.

From the VANA staff, VANA members & Directors our thoughts are with John’s entire family, including his 9 children, 21 grandchildren,16 great-grandchildren & 1 great, great grandchild!


Yours sincerely,

Chris Pecora | Chairman
Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association