2 May 2019


John attended Eastwood Public School and Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and initially followed his father into accounting. As a young man he was a member of St Alban’s Anglican Church in Epping, and later at Christ Church St Laurence and St James’, King Street. He undertook his theological training at St John’s College, […]

22 May 2015

Dr Winifred Vere HOLE, MA Hon. PhD London

Sociologist and Author DR WINIFRED VERE HOLE was the only child of Ralph Vere Hole and Blanche Young, who had settled in the Coonamble district in the 1900s. For her first fourteen years, her formal education was from the Blackfriars Correspondence School. Vere had a passionate love of the outback, and was not terribly happy […]

22 May 2015


In an eleven-year parliamentary career that commenced at the age of 27 and ended in 1996, Wendy Machin represented the mid north coast of NSW and held numerous senior positions, culminating in the role of Minister for Consumer Affairs and Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport. Prior to this, she was Deputy Speaker for four […]

22 May 2015

Rosemary Foot (ASHTON) AO BA

Politician, Board Member, Investor Rosemary participated fully in University life while a student at the Women’s College. The varied friendships she formed in the mid-fifties broadened her outlook after a strict country upbringing and being a boarder at Frensham, Mittagong. In 1960, Rosemary married old Pauline, Robert Foot. After their divorce, Rosemary and their daughters, […]

22 May 2015

Ruth Lissant DOBSON OBE BA

Diplomat (1918-89) Ruth was educated at Malvern School, Mosman and at Frensham where her mother was housemistress. She was at the Women’s College from 1937-1939 and graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1940. After a short stint in various jobs including as temporary secretary to the Principal of the Women’s College in 1941, she embarked on […]

22 May 2015


Anthropologist, expert on gender and race bias (1942-1998) DR CLARE BURTON, an international expert on gender and race bias, was one of Australia’s finest feminist intellectuals. She put her scholarship into action in senior public sector appointments in NSW, Queensland and Canberra. Clare graduated in Arts from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in […]

22 May 2015

Her Excellency Prof. Marie BASHIR AC CVO

Governor of New South Wales From Senior Student to Governor of New South Wales “When the suggestion was made to me… to begin with I was absolutely spellbound and speechless. Thinking about it, it seemed to me to be symbolic about the way our country is advancing in a sophisticated manner, that it could consider […]


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