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Issues from 1998
Issues from 1998


Australia Day Honours 2015



Congratulations to the following Scotch Family members who received awards in the 2015 Australia Day honours, and to David Grierson (‘56) who received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday honours.

Timothy Francis Gurry OAM (past parent),

Mr Gurry received his award for service to education, and to the community.


Anthony James McGinn OAM (‘78),

Mr McGinn received his award for service to the community, particularly through fundraising events.


Glenys Margaret Phillpot OAM (past parent),

Mrs Phillpot received her award for service to the community of Warrnambool.


Peter William Farrell PSM (‘70),

Mr Farrell received his Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through leadership roles during and after major fire events in regional Victoria.


Professor Stephen Anthony Bernard ASM (current parent),

The Ambulance Service Medal recognises distinguished service by the men and women of Australia’s ambulance organisations.


Captain Brian Jonathan Schlegel RAN (‘84),

Commendation for Distinguished Service

Captain Schlegel receive his commendation for distinguished performance of duty in warlike operations as commanding officer HMAS Melbourne and commander task group 633.1 on Operation SLIPPER from September 2013 to February 2014.


Lady Anna Cowen AM (past parent),

Lady Cowen received her award for significant service to youth, medical research, educational, historical and cultural organisations, and to the people of Australia through vice-regal patronages and support roles.


Dr Robert Andrew Reid AM (‘72),

Dr Reid received his award for significant service to sports medicine through executive roles with professional organisations, and as a voluntary medical officer.


Stephen Charles Spargo AM (past parent),

Mr Spargo received his award for significant service to the community through a range of executive roles with business, agricultural, sporting and health organisations.

The following award was accidentally omitted from an article in the September 2014 edition of Great Scot, which listed Scotch Family members who received Queen’s Birthday honours in 2014.


John David (David) Grierson OAM (‘56),

Mr Grierson received his award for service to veterans and their families.

Don Hume (‘59) sent Great Scot the following information about David Grierson and his links with Scotch:

David represents one of five generations of Scotch Collegians. A member of the Class of 1956, David is a life member of OSCA, has contributed to Great Scot, has read the Ode to the Fallen at Anzac Day and Remembrance Day assemblies, has assisted in fundraising, and has contributed to the Scotch Archives. In his own words: he didn’t make much of a mark while at Scotch, but he has made up some ground since then.

David’s career was in aviation, first in the RAAF. After service in the Vietnam war he flew a variety of aircraft including nine years in VIP flying, retiring as a wing commander. He was the pilot for six Australian Prime Ministers and three generations of the Royal Family. He then became an examiner of airmen, checking Ansett and Australian Airlines pilots on Boeing 737 aircraft. After the loss of his flying licence for health reasons, David consulted in aviation safety and legal matters, and was an organiser of air shows at Avalon.

Since retirement, David has become a trustee of the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance, is a past president of Melbourne Legacy and past chairman of Legacy Australia, and is president of his local RSL sub-branch. He enjoys golf and motor racing. David is married to Pam and has three sons and six grandchildren. David’s son Andrew (‘82) attended Scotch, as did his grandson David (‘10). Two of his grandsons, Nicholas and Rafferty, are booked to attend Scotch.

Updated: 3 October 2016