New&Old Ormond College Magazine No.90 June 2015
Celebrating academic achievement
Big Band This year, we formed the Ormond College Big Band as part of our contribution to the music culture at the College. Our group gives the trained musicians of Ormond a space to maintain their instrument proﬁciency and develop their musical sensibility. Already we have performed at functions including Scholars’ Affair and Ormond Day, and for the ﬁrst time ever students will provide the live music at the Master’s Dance. We play a selection of styles, from Glenn Miller’s swing classics to contemporary funk such as the Buddy Rich Big Band. The Ormond College Big Band also provides the musical students at Ormond with a forum to develop strong musical relationships. Ben Provest (Fine Arts 3) and Isaac Martin (Sci 3)
Ormond Athletics Despite the gloomy weather, which called off all ﬁeld events bar the shot put, Ormond dominated the track at the Intercollegiate Athletics Carnival, winning the overall title for the second year in a row. The women’s 4x100 relay team defeated Trinity in a nail biting ﬁnal, whilst Ormond is now home to the fastest woman on the crescent, Tesse Kimber, who won both the 100 and 200 metres. The men also shone winning every track event over 400m. Ormond also proved legendary in the 3km events taking away ﬁrst, second, third and fourth place thanks to distance runners on a great Wednesday night in front of a massive Ormond crowd of approximately 150! Stephanie Priestley (Arts 2) and Will Meggitt (Com 3)
Science camp Armed with the Science Faculty’s brand-new telescope, 20 students and 4 tutors headed to Moranghurk Vineyard for the ﬁrst Ormond Science Camp. Escape to the beautiful natural view and, most importantly, lack of inner-city light pollution were the motivations and we got an awe-inspiring look at the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn through the telescope. It was a great opportunity to hike, swim, stargaze and talk about science and space. A visit to Lethbridge Airport to learn about aerospace engineering was punctuated by a thrilling ride for one student in one of the small planes. This was an experience to enrich the science culture at Ormond and escape the big city for a few nights. Eily Schulz (Sci 2)
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From the Master
Life at Ormond Ormond’s Newest Rhodes Scholar New Seymour Reader: Brennan McDavid from Princeton
Ormond at Gallipopi 100th Anniversary of Anzac Day
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From the Master
Rufus Black Master
Uncivilised times require special attention to the task of being
When, at the 1897 Adelaide Convention, the proposal was put
a civilised place.
that the preamble should contain the words ‘humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God’, a debate of considerable
Recently we have seen a series of spectacles of absolute
intensity emerged. Leading the debate for the recognition of
barbarism, of beheadings and burnings in deserts of the
deity was the Professor of Theology of the College, Laurence
Middle East. We saw the killing of cartoonists in Paris. Some
Rentoul – known as ‘Fighting Larry’ for his battles with
of the horror came closer to home in a café in Sydney. We
fundamentalists of the day. Rentoul wasn’t looking to establish
have seen a number of lone-wolf plots to cut off the heads
religion by the back door, but to make sure that people of all
of Australians thwarted, but it will only be a matter of time
religions could be secure in their faith here.
before one of these attempts succeeds. Opposing Rentoul was Henry Bournes Higgins who, as a High The test of any civilisation is how it reacts in such a time of
Court Judge, would later write the Harvester Judgement,
fear or threat. With anti-Islamic sentiment on our streets
which established the notion of a living wage in Australian
and violent responses, the early results of that testing aren’t
public life. Higgins was a great friend of the College and when
his son Mervyn was killed in the First World War, he donated the rowing shield we still compete for today.
When the social fabric frays, institutions like ours have a role to play. We have long memories of what matters and a
Both Rentoul and Higgins were great friends of the Master,
commitment to passing on the enduring values and beliefs
John Henry McFarland, and, despite the most vigorous of
that have stood the test of time. There is a story in our history
public exchanges, all three would spend the summer ﬂy-ﬁshing
that illuminates the very values that are being tested today
together. The ability of both Higgins and Rentoul to sustain
and reminds us of the importance of maintaining our focus on
not just civility but friendship in the face of a debate of lasting
being a diverse college.
national signiﬁcance is a model for leadership today. It is equally important that the College was a place where such
It is a story of the roles of characters of the College in the
debates and such friendship could have a home.
Federation debates. While the afﬁrmation, much approved of by our Presbyterian forbears, that there should be no
The outcome of their debate has been largely forgotten. We
established religion was uncontroversial, whether or not deity
need to bring it back to public attention, because it established
should be recognised in our Constitution was a matter of great
principles in our Constitution that we urgently need to
remember. When the proposal for recognition of deity was moved again at the ﬁnal Constitutional Convention in Melbourne on 2
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opened as a College for students of ‘all faiths and none’. Today we recognise the importance of many other forms of diversity as well. While we value diversity as an integral part of our identity as a College, for a plural nation and a plural world it has a wider importance as well. Diversity is vital to a strong learning community because different experiences, values and beliefs increase the breadth of debate, enhance our ability to see the other side of an argument and leave fewer assumptions unchallenged. Mastering diversity is a skill for life and for good decision-making. Our Centre for Ethical Leadership has been working intensively on the question of the power of diversity for organisations, because the research is so conclusive that diverse teams make far better decisions. When we face an era where the value of diversity in our national community is likely to come under sustained challenge, it is vital that institutions such as Ormond continue to graduate students who deeply value diversity, know how to March 1898, the mover of the motion, Patrick Glyn, argued
make use of it and are ready to stand up for it.
that these words were ‘simple and unsectarian’ and would become for Australia ‘the pledge of religious toleration’. Then came an exchange that is deﬁning of the place of religion in Australia. Higgins rose in opposition to the recognition of deity, saying that the United States Supreme Court, even without such a statement in its preamble, had declared America a Christian country, so how much greater was the danger that the same could occur here? John Quick, one of the great shapers of the Constitution, then took to his feet. He argued that the very generality of the clause made it clear our Constitution did not establish Australia as a Christian nation, but as one where people of all faiths could feel truly secure because faith itself was respected here. Critically, he then said that as a result, Australia was a country for Christians, Jews and Muslims. Elsewhere in the debates it is clear that he also had Hindus in mind; no doubt with time he would have added others. Quick, Glyn and Rentoul won the day and so, when dark forces suggest any particular religion is unAustralian or incompatible with who we are, we need to remind them that our nation’s Constitution is built on the explicit proposition that all religions have a secure home here. An afﬁrmation of that sort of diversity has been a deﬁning part of the College’s identity from the very beginning. It was
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Ormond’s newest Rhodes Scholar
Hamish McKenzie (2011)
Hamish McKenzie (2011) was selected as a national
The problem with this thinking, though, is that balance is a
Rhodes Scholar last January. The College students
myth. When we have ﬁnite time and inﬁnite ways to spend
invited him to speak at the Scholars Affair Dinner in
it, there is no way to balance everything. I suspect many
March. Hamish shared some of his innermost thoughts
Ormondians have had something of a ‘softball moment’ in
with the students. Highlights of this speech are below.
their lives – a moment when you realise you have tried to be everything to everyone but have ended up a hot mess. We don’t
It is curious that I have been asked to speak about balance,
have softball moments because we are bad at life, but because
because my most distinct impression from my time at Ormond
we all feed this fantasy of balance.
is my consistent and spectacular failure to achieve it. The fantasy arises because in the very public world of Ormond, I have been asked to speak about balancing community
we constantly ﬁlter ourselves. We only ever see people when
involvement and academic excellence. But of course it’s
they are ‘on’ and we never see, in life or on social media, having
problematic to imply that as students, we are only balancing
their softball moments. We are left with an illusion of everyone
two things. We are incessantly bombarded with demands on
else ‘doing Ormond’ better than we are. I think we need to treat
our time – class, work, friends, family, exercise etc. There are
each other and ourselves better, by actively resisting the illusion.
always inﬁnitely more things that we could be doing than the
This is why I am sharing my reﬂections with you at the Scholars
things we can actually do.
And my time at Ormond was characterised by trying, and
For me, I moved from surviving to thriving when I ceased to
failing, to do it all.
chase this chimerical ideal of balance. If bountiful opportunities require us to make trade-offs, then we need to ﬁnd a way to
One Saturday, I was in my room. I’d had a big week and
dwell in the discomfort of choosing one path among many. And
desperately needed to study, but there was a softball game
when we unshackle ourselves from this burden of balance, we
on. Ormond Spirit was running around banging on doors to
become free to pursue much more enriching things: community,
get spectators. And I was freaking out that they would come
to my room and ﬁnd me. Make me go. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go, it was that I had so many other things I needed
It is a tremendous gift to be a young person in Australia today
to do. And so, as their banging got louder, I hid. In my own
and even more so to be an Ormondian. When I stopped
room. From my own friends. And I remember thinking how
obsessing over being everything to everyone, I became free to
ridiculous this was. That I must be particularly terrible at life
make the most of those gifts. Diets should be balanced. Life
to be in this situation. That while everyone else was somehow
should be exciting. This is my reﬂection on my last ﬁve years. I
balancing everything, I was in my room hiding from Ormond
share it with you not as gospel to be followed, but in the hope
that in hearing something of my journey, it might illuminate something in yours.
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Life at Ormond
New Seymour Reader: Brennan McDavid from Princeton
Brennan McDavid, the new Seymour Reader
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Brennan
The Seymour Readership
McDavid as the new Seymour Reader at Ormond College.
The Seymour Readership was the vision of Percy Seymour, an
Brennan will be a member of the College and the University’s
exemplary classics scholar, a former student and Vice-Master
Faculty of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Brennan is
of Ormond. Percy was born in Avoca in 1887. He showed
completing her PhD in Princeton University’s philosophy
great early academic promise, entering Ormond in 1904 with
department. She is a member of the Princeton Classical
a major scholarship. After taking the ﬁrst place on the ﬁnals
Philosophy program and a graduate fellow at the University
list for classics and a ﬁrst-class honours degree from The
Center for Human Values. Her work focuses on Aristotle’s
University of Melbourne, he was awarded a scholarship to
epistemology, especially his theory of ethical knowledge
study at Jesus College at the University of Oxford from where
and the comparisons that can be drawn between the way
he obtained a ﬁrst-class degree in Literae Humaniores.
he conceives of the structure of ethical knowledge and the structure of scientiﬁc knowledge. Before Princeton, she earned
At the age of just 34, Jesus College elected him a Fellow and
a BA in Philosophy and Political Science at Vanderbilt University
tutor in classics, a position he would hold for more than two
and a MA in Classical Philology at the University of Arizona.
decades. In 1949, he returned to Ormond to take up the post of Vice-Master. The minutes of the College Council record that
When asked what it is about ancient philosophy that makes
he was “seized with the importance of the collegiate system
her want to dedicate her whole lifetime to study it. Her answer
for Australia”. He turned around the College’s ﬁnances and
has never changed: the philosophical questions and problems
helped establish an endowment to secure Ormond’s future.
that motivated the Greeks are the same ones that motivate
He was also keenly interested in establishing a collegiate
her. What is the best kind of life? What is the nature of a
tutorial system at Ormond along Oxford lines. But it was more
human being? Is there any such thing as the Universal Good?
than a tutorial system that Seymour sought – he wanted to create a truly collegial education in which both students and
These questions motivated Brennan to choose philosophy as
staff were part of one community; where they learnt and
her undergraduate major at Vanderbilt University, and then
lived together. And he wasn’t leaving the matter to others
classical philology as her focus for her M.A. at the University
or to chance. In 1952, just two years before his death, he
of Arizona, and the classical philosophy track at Princeton.
had a will drafted to provide just the sort of tutor he had in
Although she has lived all over the United States at this point,
mind. The tutor was to “give instruction in Ancient History
her interests and passions remain in 4th century BC Greece.
and Philosophy to such undergraduates as may require [it]”,
We look forward to her joining us at Ormond soon.
to provide any lectures within “the wall of the College” and during term time to live within Main Building at least four nights a week. To this enterprise of creating an Oxford don in Ormond robes he would devote almost his entire estate. As well as Percy’s gift, his sister-in-law, Beatrice, later left her estate to build up the corpus of the Readership.
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Ormond at Gallipoli
100th Anniversary of Anzac Day
Edited speech by Rufus Black at Formal Hall on 27 April Tom Nairn (1987), Commanding Ofﬁcer, Melbourne University Regiment at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at which the College laid a wreath
One hundred years ago, 16 Ormondians landed at Anzac Cove. In time, that number would grow to 60. The toll would
A second attempt to reach Krithia was made on 7 May. British
and New Zealand divisions were stopped by machine-gun ﬁre after a few hundred yards. Next, the four battalions of
We honour them tonight by remembering their stories. They
the Australian 2nd Brigade were ordered up the same bare
are stories of leaders who led from the front, of soldiers who
slope. With his troops nervous, having just seen nearly one in
spoke truth to power, of courage and damned bad luck that
three of the New Zealanders cut down, Brigadier McCay led
stole from the future some of the nation’s best and brightest.
them forward. Advancing in open daylight with little artillery
When dawn broke on 25 April 1915, those 16 Ormondians
support, soldiers fell around McCay as he led the troops
were led ashore by Brigadier James McCay, a student of the
forward. He would lose nearly half of all of his men that day.
ﬁrst intake in 1881, who commanded the Australian 2nd
Brigade, and Colonel Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott, who led McCay’s 7th Battalion.
Among the others who lived that day was Ormondian John Rogers (1914), who had interrupted his ﬁrst-year science
All but one of them made it across the deadly sands as the
degree to volunteer. He was a man of exceptional leadership
Turkish gunners swept the beach of human life. Tragically,
talent and courage and, although only 20, had become the
Lieutenant Rupert Barrett, a law student from 1906, was the
company Sergeant Major. He would survive Gallipoli and go
ﬁrst to fall.
on to win a Military Cross on the Western Front and return to ﬁght in the Second World War as the head of Australian
As the battle moved up the slope, some of the Brigade were
military intelligence. His son would become chair of the
able to take advantage of the chaos of that ﬁrst day. Chief
among them were the 300 or so men of the 6th Battalion who reached Pine Ridge, the furthest inland the Anzacs were ever
Where some lived and showed the promise of their lives,
to penetrate. Their advance was short-lived. Turkish guns cut
them down. Among them was Herbert Robertshaw (1907). The other Ormondian who died that day was John Melvin
That day Gordon Clunes Mathison, the extraordinary and
(1906). It was a bad day for the class of 1906–07.
much-loved Ormond tutor and scientist, who had already been appointed as the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute’s ﬁrst director,
The battles for Krithia
was tending the wounded at the front-line regimental aid
A few days later on 28 April, British and French forces at
post. Then, after having worked non-stop for more than a
Cape Helles attempted to move up the peninsula in a rushed,
day and a night trying to save lives, he took a rest – and was
ill-planned advance; it failed. The objective had been the
mortally wounded. On that day, Australia lost a future Nobel
village of Krithia, which gave its name to the battle.
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act as a diversion, is immortalised in Peter Weir’s ﬁlm Gallipoli.
Just a few days later at Quinn’s Post, the most forward Anzac
The attack was scheduled for 7 August at 4.30 am after a
position, more Ormond lives were lost, although not without
heavy bombardment. Inexplicably, the bombardment stopped
the courage of objection to ill-conceived plans well made. The
at 4.23. Unable to be sure that the bombardment would not
ﬁrst to fall then was George Fink (1903), who was killed by ﬁre
recommence, Colonel Alexander White, regimental commander
from the overlooking Turkish positions.
of the 8th Light Horse, waited the seven minutes before leading his men into the attack.
After several weeks of occupation, concern had arisen that tunnels were being dug from the Turkish side to undermine
This delay gave the Turks time to return to their trenches to
the Anzac position. Major-General Alexander Godley ordered
prepare fully for the charge with both riﬂes and machine guns.
these trenches to be captured and held. At the brieﬁng for
Predictably, the ﬁrst line of the 8th were shot to pieces as they
the operation, a strong objection to the scheme was urged by
ran across no man’s land. The second line followed two minutes
Ormondian Lieutenant Arthur Hinman (1909). He argued that
later, with the same result.
even if the trenches were taken at night, they would have to be abandoned the next morning as they would be exposed to
In those ﬁrst two lines were three Ormondians. Two, John
Turkish enﬁlade ﬁre.
Connor (1904), an engineer, and Eric Whitehead (1911), a medical student, were both cut down. The third survived
At 10.45 pm on 9 May, Hinman’s company successfully
because he was at the far end of the line. He was Mervyn
took the Turkish trenches. An immediate task was to dig
Bournes Higgins of rowing trophy fame, who would later be
communication trenches between the captured position and
killed in a Middle East campaign.
the Anzac post. Hinman, an engineering graduate who had worked in mining, was put in charge. As progress was too
slow, Hinman led his party into the open where the digging
Among all these futile battles, one action was successful. This
would be easier. ‘It’s perfectly safe’, he assured his men.
was the battle for Lone Pine. Here Pompey Elliott distinguished
Minutes later he was killed by a bullet through the head.
himself, although yet further Ormond lives were to be lost.
When the next day came, Hinman’s prediction came to pass – as dawn broke, Turkish guns opened up from both sides and
The attack on Lone Pine was an open frontal charge followed
his men were scythed down beside him.
by vicious hand-to-hand ﬁghting. Pompey led from the thick of battle. After seizing the ground, charge after charge from the
Turks had to be repulsed. Four of Pompey’s men won Victoria
As May turned to June, a stalemate set in. Throughout June
Crosses that day. Many think he should have been given one
and July, there were raids on Turkish trenches, often with
too. But he never romanticised it. Afterwards he wrote to a
mining and counter-mining.
friend: The weather was hot and the ﬂies pestilential. When anyone speaks to you of the glory of war, picture to yourself
During one of these tunnelling projects, Pompey Elliott
a narrow line of trenches two and sometimes three deep with
commanded the troops to break through into tunnels with
bodies (and think too of your best friends, for that is what these
Turkish soldiers. Pompey charged in ﬁrst with his ofﬁcer’s
boys become by long association with you) mangled and torn
pistol drawn and, in the successful gun-ﬁght in the tunnel,
beyond description by the bombs, and bloated and blackened
narrowly escaped with his life.
by decay and crawling with maggots. Live amongst this for days … This is war and such is glory—whatever the novelists may say.
When later dressed down by a senior ofﬁcer for taking such a personal risk, Pompey replied, ‘I will never ask my men
Among those dead bodies of whom Pompey wrote were
to go where I won’t go’. That courageous integrity would
two Ormondians from the class of 1905, Thomas Ogilvie and
characterise Pompey’s entire career.
Alexander Robertson. Later Andrew Fogarty (1903) was killed there, less than a month before the withdrawal.
The Nek With the coming of August, it was determined that
When that day came, the Ormond toll of those terrible months
breakthrough attacks should be launched to end the
was horriﬁc. Half of all the Ormondians who landed at Gallipoli
stalemate. One of those attacks was at the Nek, a narrow
had either died or were wounded. 16 lie there still. Today we
ridge with Anzac and Turkish trench systems on either side.
The Turks had charged down it, only to be repulsed by the Light Horse stationed there. Now the Light Horse were asked to charge up it. This attack, whose only real objective was to
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Ormondians win an international business ethics competition Wallace Jin (Sci 2) Roshan Karri (Biomed 2), Wallace Jin (Sci 2) and George Longbottom (Com 2)at the 2015 International Business Ethics Case Competition
Roshan Karri (Biomed 2), George Longbottom (Com 2) and I
It ended up being slightly ironic that an Australian team
were all fortunate enough to visit New Orleans as University
pretending to be American consultants to one of America’s
of Melbourne representatives at the 2015 International
largest companies won the undergraduate division of a largely
Business Ethics Case Competition in April. 21 teams – divided
American competition against mostly American teams. We
into undergraduate and graduate divisions – were each
think it was our accent.
required to analyse a business ethics issue and then provide a ﬁnancially-viable and ethically-sound recommendation in a role
Of course, the journey to New Orleans was also marked with
as consultants. Keeping in line with the US-centric deﬁnition of
incredible cultural, food and musical experiences - there’s
“international”, all teams in the undergraduate division, aside
certainly a reason why people call New Orleans the “Big
from us, were American (although the graduate division saw
Easy” (and it’s deﬁnitely not because it’s easy to get to from
a greater variety of teams from countries including the United
Australia). Perhaps it’s the spirited tunes of an impromptu
Kingdom, Spain, Hong Kong and France).
jazz band, American country ensemble or solo trumpeter that enliven the French Quarter district; perhaps it’s the mellow
Our team analysed the notion of planned obsolescence¹
scent of a slow-cooked “gumbo” soup, tomato “jambalaya”
within Apple: anyone who has experienced the woes of a
or hearty “Po-Boy” sandwich that permeates across the
poor iPhone battery life, an easily-cracked screen, or the need
riverbank; or perhaps it’s the vibrant art displays, eclectic street
to purchase a new Apple adaptor will understand this highly
performers or colourful array of architecture that animates the
proﬁtable yet unethical corporate practice.
narrow cobblestone streets. Regardless, words would not be
For Apple, a problem arose in light of recent French legislation
able to do it justice.
which mandated electronic goods manufacturers to display the lifespan of their products to consumers in France.
To be given the opportunity to visit such a phenomenal and
Consequently, Apple’s brand image and future ﬁnancial
unique city is simply amazing beyond words – we would like
security was threatened as consumers may have responded
to sincerely thank Santos, the Centre of Ethical Leadership and
negatively to Apple’s practice of planned obsolescence now
Ormond College for funding and organising the trip.
that it was unveiled. To address this, our team proposed a three-point integrated solution: (1) increase product life-span globally and release new products less frequently; (2) employ targeted marketing strategies to differentiate the brand; and (3) increase research and development to sustain market leadership in the long-term.
¹Planned obsolescence: the practice of designing products with restricted life spans to ensure consumers purchase subsequently released products.
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Max Mattvey (Com 2) Max Mattvey (left) with volunteers at the Centre for Children’s Coexistence in Rio
At the end of 2014, I volunteered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for
familiar with was oi, which supposedly means hello and took
two months. Often I’m asked why I chose Brazil speciﬁcally,
me a while to start using.
and I respond that it was because I wanted to ﬁnd meaning in a phrase I’d once heard: ‘In Brazil, sometimes the people don’t
Being exposed to a new culture such as Rio’s was at ﬁrst very
have money, but they’re still happy’. This is a recurring theme
strange to me, but in the ﬁrst few weeks I quickly learned
in many poverty-stricken regions of the world and I chose to
what it meant to be a Brazilian in Rio. The heat in Rio was very
explore how to help people in poverty in the short and long
intense and, coupled with the humidity, led me to following
term, as well as learning how people can live happier and
in the footsteps of the locals, which meant wearing no shirt
more fulﬁlled lives. And so I sought sponsorship and set out on
for most of the time (or else I would turn into a sweaty mess).
I found that most Brazilians are naturally very straight to the point and self-conﬁdent, and after living in Rio for such a
This trip was arranged through a worldwide volunteer
period of time I believe this helped me to grow more conﬁdent
organisation called International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ). For the
myself. I had never experienced such a lifestyle before. Almost
duration of my trip, I was living at a hostel in a very hilly area
all of the Brazilians I came across were lively and vibrant and,
of Rio called Santa Theresa, which was only across the road
regardless of their physical appearance, would take pride in
from a nearby favela (a Brazilian slum). Here I lived among
themselves. Among those I met in Rio, this was most evident
fellow volunteers, as well as some locals. It was funny to see
when regarding those in poverty and became increasingly less
how everyone managed their belongings and food. You’d ﬁnd
true among those who were wealthy.
that most people who were volunteers from Brazil and other South American countries were happy to share with others
After my eighth week, I was sad to leave all the amazing
unconditionally, as opposed to those from Western countries
people and friends I had met over my time in Rio, but happy to
(many of whom were from the USA, England, Australia and
leave as a more empathetic person with more perspectives to
various parts of Europe), who were sometimes more reluctant
view life from and act on, as well as a vast array of intriguing
and would need some sort of agreement to share food etc.
new stories to tell.
In the eight weeks that I was in Rio, I had the opportunity
New travel scholarship
to act as a handyman, builder, painter and English teacher,
Social justice ﬁts squarely within Ormond’s values of
as well as a daycare teacher. I was able to learn from various
Learning, Community, Integrity and Diversity, and the
communities among two different favelas: Rocinha and
College is keen to provide an opportunity for students
Cantagalo. Cariocas (Rio locals) are very welcoming and enjoy
who are committed to assisting those most in need
interacting with foreigners and, as it was rare to ﬁnd someone
anywhere in the world. The newly announced Robson
who spoke English, I had to be quick at learning Portuguese,
Travel Scholarships will provide the opportunity for
which I had no prior knowledge of. The ﬁrst word I became
students to do so. We thanks Greame Robson for his support for this vision.
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Wade Institute for Entrepreneurship
The advisory team discusses the exterior pillar design alternatives for the new building
Work on the Wade Institute for Entrepreneurship is
Another exciting part of the project is the role that current
proceeding apace. The new University of Melbourne Master of
students are playing. They have been doing research to support
Entrepreneurship degree, which will be taught at the Institute,
the speeches and engagements with the media, designing
has been designed and has now gone to the Academic Board
presentations and helping to create images for the marketing
for approval as we go to press. Every subject of the course has
been designed from scratch to ensure that the participating entrepreneurs have the skills they need to succeed.
Soon we will launch our marketing campaign to attract the 60 highly talented people who want to build great businesses and
In parallel, we have been assembling a terriďŹ c faculty team
help to share the nationâ€™s economic future.
who will teach the course. They are leading teachers drawn from across the University and beyond. We have also been gathering a range of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and
How alumni can help
accelerator operators who will join the program to share their
Alumni are playing an important role in building the Wade Institute. If you have built a business or a social enterprise and would like to share your story with the next generation of entrepreneurs, please get in touch with us.
practical insights. (Among these are a number of Ormond alumni who have kindly agreed to share their knowledge). A global search has been launched for a Professor of Entrepreneurship so that we will beneďŹ t from the experience of places where entrepreneurial activity is transforming economies, like Silicon Valley and Israel. With invitations to speak at major conferences like Creative Innovation 2015 and with local and national media coverage, there is real interest in this project and widespread support. Our objective is to attract to the Institute people with the kind of talent that will see them develop businesses that make a real impact on the Australian economy. To make sure the most talented people can participate, we have been seeking scholarship funding so that course participants can make a full-time commitment to pursuing their entrepreneurial future. Naomi Milgram has initiated this effort with a $25,000
To ensure the success of this next generation of entrepreneurs, we are seeking not just to give them all the capabilities they need, but also to connect them to the network of support they will need to build their businesses. If you are in a position to provide one to two years of pro bono support for businesses that are coming out of the program, we would be very interested in discussing this with you. Importantly, to ensure that the program attracts the people most likely to create businesses that will have a real impact, we want to make sure that the living and learning costs associated with participating are not a barrier. If you would like to support the scholarship program, please let us know.
scholarship to support aspiring women entrepreneurs. We have completed the design and permit stages for the
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buildings, and work by two teams of builders is well underway. 12
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Life at Ormond
Ormond College Indigenous Program
Dr Rob Leach Vice Master
Ormond is pleased to have been able to appoint Kerry Tucker
Committee (SSC). The SSC plays a vital role as the ﬁrst port of
as Freemantle Fellow for 2015. Kerry has extended family
call for students with pastoral care needs.
relations with the Wiradjuri tribe and grew up in a country town with a predominantly Indigenous population. In her roles
Todd Fernando is from the Kalarie peoples of the Wiradjuri
as Ormond Duty Manager and lecturer at Swinburne
nations in central NSW. Through his childhood and early
University, Kerry has gained extensive experience in providing
adolescence, he grew up on his own country; however, he
care for young adults.
moved to Sydney to complete secondary school. Todd ﬁnished his honours BA last year with the thesis “Beyond Primitivism:
Currently there are ten Indigenous students in Ormond.
The era of Indigenous excellence”. In this he explored how
They are a varied group, ranging from ﬁrst-years through
the term ‘Indigenous excellence’ is used and interpreted, and
to postgraduates. Two of the ﬁrst-years are in the inaugural
how it can have positive and negative consequences. Now
Bachelor of Science Extended program, the others doing either
Todd is undertaking a PhD with the thesis “Black and Queer
the Bachelor of Arts Extended or straight Arts. The extended
Realness: Epistemology, acceptation, and culture of Indigenous
programs provide a bridging year between school and
sexualities”. In this he will research the ‘role’ (position,
university in order to maximise students’ chances of success.
place) of Indigenous queer people within traditional and
Of our two postgraduates, one is undertaking medicine and
contemporary Indigenous societies.
the other a PhD by research. Despite good progress in the Ormond College Indigenous Ormond Indigenous students are also a mixed group in terms
Program (OCIP) in recent years, there is much to be done.
of origin. One hails from as nearby as Burwood in Melbourne,
The current Ormond College RAP (formally registered with
while others are from as far aﬁeld as Darwin and Fitzroy
Reconciliation Australia and available at:
Crossing. Proﬁling two students provides a small window to
tertiary-education) is for the period 2013–15. At the end of this year, we will audit our achievements and identify
Alana Ryan is a second-year Arts student. Her Indigenous
the College’s next steps. Ormond has a real and ongoing
heritage is from the Wotjobaluk, Ngarrindjeri and Gunditjmara
commitment to the important tasks of supporting
clans of Victoria and South Australia. She grew up and
Indigenous students and of working towards, in the words
completed her secondary schooling in Ballarat. At the
of Reconciliation Australia, “a reconciled, just and equitable
University of Melbourne she’s studying history and
psychology, with the goal of becoming a secondary school teacher. Alana is head of the OCSC Indigenous subcommittee, which is responsible for helping to implement the Students’ Club’s commitments to the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). In addition, Alana is a member of the Student Support
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Life at Ormond
Dr Rob Leach Vice Master
Someone once said that university students need to be good
Residential Services staff and student employees last summer. From top left: Hugh Matthews (Com 3), Dennis Stammers, Ben Provest (Arts 3). Bottom: Paula Grover Johnson (Sci 3), Phoebe Snep (Arts 3) and Walter Grgurovic.
labourers, or words to that effect. I’ve always taken this to
Summer vacation work, while offering the chance to earn
mean that it’s healthy to combine the cerebral challenge of
some cash and giving students a break from the books, also
semester time with physical work during the holidays.
helps to weave staff and student relations together in a way that strengthens the fabric of our community.
Every summer, Ormond employs a number of students in the Residential Services Department. Typically they help out Walter, Dennis and the Scouts, shifting furniture, cleaning rooms and generally helping with the thousand and one tasks needed to get the College ready for the year to come. This work provides important income so students can balance their ﬁnancial books and then concentrate on their academic ones during term time. There are happy and valuable secondary effects of this employment. It allows for students and staff to work side by side, get to know each other and develop mutual respect and understanding. As Phoebe Snep said: “Working over summer allowed me to get to know staff of the College and
Employment during semester
understand the projects happening around me. I got to meet
Ormond offers approximately 8500 hours of
members of the community I might otherwise never have
employment to students each year. In 2014 Ormond
encountered. I also learnt new skills outside of my areas of
employed almost 60 students and in 2015 just over
80 students. Annually, $200,000 is awarded to the student employment fund to ensure students are paid
The appreciation is mutual. As Facilities Coordinator Walter
adequately for their work.
Grgurovic said: There are over 20 types of jobs on offer within the “It’s good to work with the students. Not only are they ﬁt
College through the World of Work Program, ranging
and strong and hard workers, but we get to know them in a
from gardening to working in the library, food services
different way to during semester time.” A feature of Ormond
or assisting in the gym. The program aims to help
culture is that everyone is valued. Characters like George
develop students’ work readiness and build their
Mounsey and Nancy Connolly are as well remembered by
individual professional image.
alumni as are past masters and chairs of the Students’ Club.
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Life at Ormond
Transforming college spaces
Martine Seccull (1984) in the new kitchen
When the College Council decided that it was time to upgrade
successful transformation of a space originally set up for ‘heat
the Junior Common Room, Dennis Stammers, Head of
and serve’ meals into a commercial kitchen where our in-house
Property Services, suggested that Martine Seccull (1984) be
catering team can prepare food from raw ingredients to cater
approached to take on the role of consultant for the project.
for events ranging from small meetings and seminars to large
A past student, successful architect and previous member
banquets, weddings and residential conferences. Our students’
of Ormond’s Property Advisory Committee, Martine had
response to the change in variety and quality has been
a strong feel for what was needed to transform the space
overwhelmingly positive and is evidenced by the 20% increase
into a vibrant social hub of the College. Martine and Rufus
accompanied a selected group of students on a visit to the cafes and bars around Carlton to assess what would work best for the College. She then developed the design brief and recommended several architects to approach for the work. Martine was happy to provide her services on a pro bono basis “as Ormond has given me far more than I could provide back to the College: experiences, enduring friendships and academic support. There is no way I would have got through university without the support of other students and the Ormond tutors. I would not have been an architect if it wasn’t for Ormond.” Martine’s pro bono support continued with the renovation of the bathrooms on the ﬁrst and second ﬂoors of Main Building, where the old institutional layout of four showers and four bathrooms has been transformed into a modern design of four separate ensuite bathrooms. Felicity Mason (1984), Martine’s friend and a high-level project manager, designed and documented the development and Martine coordinated the construction work. The third project in which Martine has taken a major role was the redesign of the kitchen. She worked alongside Gavin Porter, the new Executive Chef, to draw up the design and determine the speciﬁcations. The result is a stunningly
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Alumni Pickenfest – a taste of Ormond
This November Ormond is hosting the inaugural Alumni
and shipped across Australia and the rest of the world to
Pickenfest, celebrating the success of Ormondians in
make beer. Stunned that there were no breweries in the area,
the craft beer, wine and food industry. Our alumni
Ashley planted some hops and barley and founded Two Metre
will provide tastings of their produce, and host
Tall. For the ﬁrst eight years, he was met with an entrenched
masterclasses at various stalls along Parker Terrace and
view from both big and small brewers, as well as ordinary
on Picken Lawn.
beer-lovers unused to the unique ﬂavours of these brews, who criticised his acidic beers as being somehow ‘off’ or ‘bad’.
Some of the Pickenfest participants are showcased
About to give up, he decided in 2013 to apply, successfully as
it turned out, for a Churchill Fellowship – a grant which gives Australians the chance to travel overseas and learn about an industry that’s underdeveloped Down Under. Ashley travelled
Two Metre Tall – Jane (1988) and Ashley (1986) Huntington
to Belgium, the UK and the USA to study the culture and
Ashley Huntington (1986) spent ten years making wine before
philosophy. Ashley explains, “In their own languages, they all
changing sides and founding, along with his wife Jane (née
repeated my story back to me. I’d walk out of their places with
Brian, 1988), Two Metre Tall, a farmhouse brewery 40 minutes
angels singing behind me”.
production methods of breweries which shared his wild yeast
from Hobart. Most of his beers are made with the inﬂuence of wild yeasts and bacteria, and some through spontaneous
The angels are still singing – Ashley has not only begun to
fermentation – like a liquid version of sourdough bread – a
enjoy increased support in a rapidly changing domestic beer
type of fermentation which takes three years to complete
market, sending Two Metre Tall ales and ciders across the
and until very recently only survived as a respectable brewing
nation, but has just begun shipping his sour beer to the USA,
practice in Belgium. The USA has been leading the way in
home of the sour beer resurgence. This is a veritable tale of
a modern resurgence of these ancient beer styles and as a
persistence and determination to innovate into the wind of a
result, international interest in ‘sour beer’ is experiencing a
renaissance. Australia, only very recently experiencing the delights of craft beer, has been the tortoise to the American hare, importing rather than producing these farmhouse ales
Emma and Tom’s – Tom Grifﬁth (1983)
(as they are also known) for a dedicated and tiny niche market.
Emma and Tom’s, founded by Tom Grifﬁth (1983), produces whole-fruit drinks and products. For Tom, the idea came while
Ashley landed in Tasmania’s New Norfolk region in 2004,
skiing overseas on his payout from a failed start-up in London;
intent on starting his own winery. He and Jane purchased a
drinking a whole-fruit smoothie, he realised ‘It tastes fantastic,
600ha property and were soon inspired by the history of the
it’s good for you and they don’t do it in Australia’. Tom saw
area, where hops had been grown since European settlement
the opportunity to turn this idea into a business and, with his
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Bass Phillip Wines - Phillip Jones (1967) After leaving university, Phillip Jones (1967) took an interest in wine with a group of his friends, playing games with bottles of wine wrapped in brown paper bags. He became fascinated by some of the more unusual palate attributes of these wines and put effort into researching the reasons for these. It was this interest and skill, combined with a love for the country, that pushed him into leaving research engineering and trying winemaking for himself. Getting started required Phillip’s ‘research brain’, as he studied 120 years of climate data and researched the optimum growing conditions for the wines he wanted to make. This attention to detail has been critical to ensuring the quality of his wine and has characterised the development of the company over the past 35 years. The wet, fertile region of Leongatha where the winery is based requires a ‘particular mentality’ for viticulture. Over the past decade Bass Phillip has undertaken the further challenges of making its wines organic and biodynamic to ensure their quality. It was 12 years before Bass Philip wines sold its ﬁrst bottle, but from early on its wines have been met with a very positive friend Emma, started their business from scratch. The industry
reaction. Like the wines that ﬁrst caught Phillip’s attention,
was new to them both and together they had to organise
Bass Phillip wines have always appealed to consumers
branding, bottles, labels, designs, fruit and distributors. Within
looking for something special and different. Today, Langton’s
twelve months, they were producing four juices. Five years
Classiﬁcation regards Bass Phillip’s pinot noir as among the
ago, the pair had to rethink the business and shift to managing
best in Australia: the Bass Phillip 2010 reserve pinot noir was
their own distribution; from there, they were able to work up
awarded ‘Wine of the Year 2014’ by the Australian Wine
the products and customers to make their business worthwhile
Companion (James Halliday).
and to achieve the scale they wanted. Emma and Tom’s has expanded its range to include sparkling juices, fruit and nut bars, brewed iced teas and ginger beer. For Tom, the future is now clear: with the critical mass of a functioning company, he believes they can double their business in Australia over the next couple of years.
Save the Date – Sunday 29 November, 12.30pm – 3.30pm Join us to enjoy boutique wines, farmhouse ales and artisan food from some of our outstanding Ormondians in the food and beverage industry. More information will be available soon.
PINOT NOIR geelong region
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Francis Ormond: the man revealed
Louise Curran Alumni & Community Relations Associate Elizabeth Alexander AM and Max Grifﬁth (1949) at the book launch earlier this year held in the Dining Hall
In the space of less than six months, Ormond College has had the privilege of hosting not one but two book launches.
Max’s book tells the story of Francis Ormond, a most
Both of these books are about our famous benefactor, Francis
extraordinary man. It shares Francis’ family, his work and
the religious beliefs that guided him throughout his life and culminated in his many and varied legacies, not least of all his
Edward (Ted) Stephens’ book The Ormonds of Borriyalloak
desire for an education for everyone. Max wraps up this story
was launched by the Master, Associate Professor Rufus Black,
with Francis’ death in Pau, France, and the promise made by
on Monday 8 December 2014 in the Senior Common Room.
Mary Ormond to return him to his homeland of Australia. He
Ted was joined by his wife, Judy (to whom he dedicated his
shares with us the complex logistics of Francis’ funeral, which
book), his family and friends, and also the Robert Hawker
took place in both Melbourne and Geelong, at the time a
Dowling portrait of Francis Ormond, which at the time was
temporarily housed in the SCR while awaiting return to its rightful resting place above the Dining Hall doors after
Reading Max’s book made me think of Francis in a different
returning from the For Auld Lang Syne exhibition at the Art
light: it personalised him in an unexpected way. He truly was
Gallery of Ballarat.
an inspirational man.
Ted’s book is the ﬁrst full biography of Ormond’s early life and
For more information or to purchase Max’s book, contact:
tells the story of the Ormond family’s times in the Western
District, the family’s philanthropy, and Francis’ life and his own philanthropy. Ted has recently uncovered a large amount of information about the Ormonds, so he is preparing for a second, updated edition of the book. For more information or to purchase a copy, head to: www. francisormond.com.au Max Grifﬁths’ (1949) book Francis Ormond: A Ruling Passion was launched by Elizabeth Alexander AM, Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, in the Dining Hall on Sunday 15 March 2015. Max was joined on this special occasion by his wife, Dr Merrilyn Murnane-Grifﬁths AM, the Master, Associate Professor Rufus Black, Ormond alumni and many of Max and Merrilyn’s family, friends and colleagues. Ted Stephens launching his book in Ormond College’s Senior Common Room
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Beatrice Ormond MacDonald (née Foster) (1923–2014) Fiona Smith (Daughter) Beatrice MacDonald
Bea, as she was always known, was a delightful and engaging 91-year-old who made you feel special when she was speaking
Alumni recognising Francis Ormond’s legacy
to you and still had a twinkle in her eye.
Ross and I are very happy to have donated funds to assist in
Last year Bea was pictured in New & Old attending the ‘For
the restoration of Francis Ormond’s grave at Geelong Eastern
Auld Lang Syne’ exhibition celebrating Scottish Australia at the
Cemetery. Although I was always aware of his obvious
Ballarat Art Gallery. She did not attend Ormond College, nor
connection with Ormond College, it was not until I recently read
in fact did she go to university. When she would have been in
a biography of Francis Ormond that I became aware of how
a position to consider university, she was working in Batavia
widely his philanthropy extended – not only to RMIT and a Chair
(as Indonesia was then known) for the war effort. After the
of Music at Melbourne University, but how he was instrumental
war, she married and devoted her life to her family, her friends
in the early development of Geelong. This included his ﬁnancial
and her interests – in particular, the Red Cross. It is, however,
assistance in the establishment of the Gordon Institute of
thanks to Bea’s initiative, on behalf of the descendants of
Technology and support of many local institutions such as the
Francis Ormond, that the large mounted photographs of
hospital and orphanage, as well as leadership shown through
Francis and his second wife, Mary, adorn the entrance to Main
his membership of various institutes and societies. He was truly
Building. These photographs, dated circa 1885, were donated
a visionary, particularly with his keen interest in promoting the
to Ormond College in 2005. Originally they were owned by
availability of education for all.
Elizabeth Gordon, the niece and adopted daughter of Francis Ormond, who had no children of his own. Elizabeth married
This donation from us, both beneﬁciaries of his efforts in
and later became Bea’s grandmother. The photographs hung
relation to being former Ormondians and living in Geelong, is
at Boisdale House, Bea’s family home near Maffra, for 120
but a small contribution to ensure that Francis Ormond’s legacy
years prior to being donated to the College.
continues to be recognised.
Bea lived a long and happy life and is succeeded by four
Lyn George (1978) and Ross George (1978)
children, twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Four of her grandchildren, Claire Nicholls (née Pruden, 1996), Georgina Tann (née Pruden,1998), Felicity Smith (2008) and Angus Smith (2011), attended the College. As her granddaughter Georgie expressed at Bea’s memorial service: “Building relationships was something that came naturally to Garmie. She had a very special ability of making you feel like there was nobody else she would rather be speaking to.”
Francis Ormond’s grave at Geelong Eastern Cemetery
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Duncan Kauffman (1985) is one of the 30 of 900 graduates to be awarded the prestigious Baker Award for distinction in the Harvard MBA course. John Knox (1991) joined Credit Suisse in 1995 and was recently appointed chief of Credit Suisse Australia. As he succeeds Rob Stewart, 51, the handover makes John, 41, the youngest country head for an investment bank and wealth ﬁrm in Australia: congratulations, John. The College would like to extend its thanks to Ro McGinley and John Knox, who are generous supporters of Ormond, the NSW alumni chapter and the NSW scholarship. Susannah Ritchie (2003) married Edward Smelt on February 21 in Queenscliff. Theirs is an inter-collegiate love story as Edward attended Queen’s College, they were introduced by Joel Hummel (2003). Ormond was the ﬂavor of
Simon Crone (1979) recently left the Board of Bicycle Network
the day with Jane Hayden
after 12 years of service and sold his confectionary business of
(2003) in the bridal party,
9 years. We wish Simon good health and success in his future
while Laura Doherty (née
FitzGerald) (2003) and Shehara Mendis (2003)
Mark Dawson (1999) recently returned to Australia after
gave toasts. Michael
his time at Cambridge University. We welcome Mark back
Grifﬁth (2003) was MC
to Melbourne and wish him all the best at Peter MacCallum
and he ensured there was
Cancer Centre, where he works as a consultant haematologist.
a traditional ‘spooning’ into the dining room of
Bridget Healey (2003) married Chris Stover at the College on 10 January 2015. Bridget and Chris celebrated this special occasion with family and friends. Bridget followed a family tradition, as her
Susannah Ritchie (2003)
the Vue Grand Hotel.
Susannah is the daughter of Mickey Dewar (1974) and David Ritchie (1973), who were married in the gardens of Ormond College in 1980.
parents were also married
The wedding was also attended by Susannah’s much loved
at the College in January
grandfather Frank Ritchie (1948) who sadly passed away in
1977. We wish Bridget
and Chris every happiness in their lives together.
John Stewart (1989) is joining a new digital health company, Health&, as its CEO. This is a welcomed career change after 15 years as an investment banker and 6 years prior to that working in law ﬁrms. Health& is a digital consumer platform designed to educate, monitor and manage individuals’ health. The new portal will be launched at the end of 2015. It will transform electronic medical records into a live source of information that ultimately enables individuals to
Bridget Healey (2003)
take responsibility for their own health in an informed and
Bradley Horsfall (1997) completed his MBA at London
knowledgeable way, by accessing the best medical, creative
Business School in 2010 and since that time has been working
and digital minds in the country.
in consulting in London.
We wish John every success with this new venture. To learn more, visit: www.healthand.com.
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Stephen Whiteside (1974) won a Golden Gumleaf for Book of the Year at the Australian Bush Laureate Awards at the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival for his recently published book ’The Billy That Died With Its Boots On’ and Other Australian Verse.
Professor Robin Sharwood AM, 22 June 1931–12 April 2015 On Wednesday 21 April, the Heads of Colleges attended
Alan Wu (2005) was Australia’s only community-sector participant at the World Economic Forum 2015 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Alan is the youngest member of the Board of Oxfam Australia and has previously served as Chair of Australia’s National Youth Council, Special Envoy for Young People to the UN Environment Programme and on the National Commission for UNESCO. Alan is currently establishing the Canberra Hub of the World Economic
the funeral of Professor Robin Sharwood AM to publicly honour a great man whose life was one of distinguished public service. Many Ormond alumni were taught by Robin and knew him from his time as a senior tutor at the College and as a lecturer and later professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He was also a professor at the Australian National University and Warden of Trinity College. “Robin was my Director of Studies in Law at Ormond. He kept a keen eye on us and if we got into any strife, he would try to sort things out. I remember failing an exam and when it came to Robin’s attention, he organised for me, and a number of other students who had received a similar result, to sit a ‘supp’. He was a very kind person, always interested in what people were doing.“ Graeme Hubbard (1959)
Forum Global Shapers Community for young Alan Wu (2005)
“In addition to his academic attributes of erudition and great learning, Robin was a fun person. His lectures were occasionally enlivened by song when the legal case under examination had titillating facts. One such concerned poor Mrs Sayers, who had become locked in the cubicle of a public convenience. Her attempts to extricate herself involved putting one foot on the porcelain followed by the other on the toilet-roll dispenser, which revolved and
The College has learned of the following deaths in our community. Our sympathy is extended to the families of these Ormondians.
brought about the injury for which she sued the local council. Robin set her various manoeuvres to a tune well known to his audience. Robin gave many stirring and often amusing orations at Ormond. One was on the eve of his departure to take up his chair at ANU. His topic was a ﬁctitious Sharwood family history starting in England at
Keith Alder (1942) Francis Barrymore Smith (1962) Anthony Clunies-Ross (1962) Alex Lascelles (1974) Beatriece MacDonald Graeme Marshall (1968) Joan McIntosh (1963) Frank Ritchie (1948) Peter Russell (1957) Andrew Shannon Begg (1954) Robin Sharwood AM
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the time of William the Conqueror. One of Robin’s remote forebears was a distant uncle, Theophilus Sharwood,who went ‘right through the Wars of the Roses without getting a scratch’. A friendship spanning 54 years came to an end on Robin’s lamented death.” Ross Sundberg AM QC (1961) Peter Edwards Associate Director of College Advancement
NSW Chapter Cocktail Party
Alumni and parents are invited to attend a Cocktail function at the home of Carolyn Kay (1979) and Simon Swaney (1971) in Double Bay, Sydney. Thursday 20 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please save the date – invitations will be sent soon or for more information please visit our website.
New York Alumni Function
Wednesday 24 June
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Sunday 16 August
Ormond College 10.00am – 4.00pm
NSW Chapter Cocktail Party
Thursday 20 August
Father’s Day Brunch
Sunday 6 September
Ormond College 10.30am – 12.30pm
Friday 9 October
Ormond College 6.45pm – 11.30pm
Sunday 29 November
Ormond College 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 17 November
Ormond College 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Thursday 3 December
Ormond College 6.30pm – 8.30pm
6.30pm – 8.30pm
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Celebrating 40 years of the OCA
Please join us to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Ormond College Association at this year’s Dinner on Friday 9 October 2015. We will be celebrating the following reunions at this year’s dinner: 10 year (2005), 20 year (1995), 30 year (1985) and 40 year (1975). If you were in College during any of these years, then this is your reunion! We will also celebrate signiﬁcant sporting anniversaries at the dinner so if you were in a premiership team gather your teammates together and join us for a great night. If you would like to organise a table please contact Louise Curran 03 9344 1270 or email@example.com or complete the attached reservation form.
OCA Scholarship Rafﬂe Please support the rafﬂe for the OCA scholarship fund which was established by the OCA in partnership with
1st prize Cocktail Party with the Master at the College for 20 guests
the alumni whom they represent, to assist a student who is a descendant of an alumnus of the College with ﬁnancial need. Rafﬂe tickets are $20 each or 5 for $80.00 and are available by completing the OCA dinner ﬂap (attached) or can be purchased on the night of the dinner, the rafﬂe will be drawn at the conclusion of the evening. No.90 JUNE 2015
2nd prize Brunch for 10 guests in the College Dining Hall (during semester time)
3rd prize 2 tickets to Pickenfest and a bottle of premium wine 23
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