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ALAN HINDS (‘37) is retired and living at Walmsley Hostel in Kilsyth. Alan worked for Nylex Corporation for well over 40 years, and worked his way up from his original posting in costing. He held several senior positions over the years, including company secretary of the Nylex cables division at Lilydale. Alan is a member of the Riversdale Masonic Lodge, and has served as Master of the Lodge. He is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Croydon, where he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Alan served in the navy during World War II, and is a survivor of the sinking of HMAS Canberra in August 1942. His five years of navy service were gently parodied at his 90th birthday celebration in 2012, for which Alan chose to have a nautical theme. He wore an HMS Pinafore cap as a fitting complement to the theme.



Scotch’s former Director of Music, John Bishop, encouraged MILES MAXWELL (‘48) in Miles’ early efforts on the French horn. ‘He [Bishop] showed me what real singing sounded like,’ Miles told Great Scot, ‘and introduced me to the guitar as a classical instrument.’ After he left Melbourne University, Miles and his wife toured as a folk song duo and made the first record entirely devoted to traditional Australian songs.

‘Teaching at Brighton Grammar School helped to support our three sons,’ he said. ‘We then went to England, where I studied composition with Alan Bush. The BBC broadcast my orchestral music sometimes, but not enough for me to live on, so I turned to guitar teaching.’ Returning to Australia, Miles became music director at Ruyton Girls’ School for 14 years, and finished his career at Carey Baptist Grammar School. ‘In retirement I sailed my 28 foot yacht Irene extensively, including round Tasmania and to northern Queensland,’ Miles said. ‘Nine years ago, we moved to Geelong to be near our growing grandchildren, and we have become active members of the Wesley Uniting Church in Yarra Street, Geelong. We look forward to celebrating our 64th wedding anniversary in May this year.’



RICHARD BATCHELOR (‘55) left Scotch at 15. He later gained a Commerce degree and started work in 1962 as an investment analyst. Subsequently Richard was elected a member of the Sydney Stock Exchange and a partner in Jacksons. He established a Melbourne branch for the firm and later spent four years as London partner. Richard left Jacksons in 1985 and joined a merchant bank to manage investment portfolios. Since retiring from the workforce in 2002 Richard has managed family investments with Gabriella, to whom he has been married for 40 years. Richard and Gabriella are also involved in looking after their two grandchildren.

Richard has competed in surf lifesaving, long distance running (with Old Scotch) and motor sport, including driving in the national Porsche Cup race series. He has written many articles on these activities and edited various publications. He continues to take part in open water swimming races and motor sport, and is on the board of a charitable foundation associated with Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club, where he is a life member.

ANDREW EDGAR (‘59) retired in 2008, and now lives at Barwon Heads. He was formerly managing director of Yakka Pty Ltd and is a past president of the Textile and Fashion Industry Association of Australia. Andrew plays golf at Barwon Heads Golf Club, and enjoys boating and gardening.


DAVID EVANS OAM (‘60) has been given a historic collection of about 500 photos taken in Cairo in 1916. The photos show the Australian roughriders breaking in Australian horses, sometimes called ‘Walers’, for the Australian troopers. David says a few dedicated riders have obtained much of the saddlery, uniforms, rifles, bayonets and swords which were used in the Middle East during the Great War.

After leaving school, ROSS McOMISH (‘66) entered Ormond College and commenced a law degree. In 1969 he applied to join the Australian Army and served in South Vietnam in an infantry battalion during 1971. Ross then enrolled to finish his law degree at Adelaide University, after which he was employed at a long-established legal firm in the Adelaide Hills. By 1983 he had bought the firm. Rapid expansion began, and by the time Ross sold the firm in 2001, it was the largest regional law firm in South Australia.

Since then, Ross has run a group of companies engaging in property development and investment. Hobbies include gardening, sailing, travel, entertaining and restoring old Riley cars. Ross married Geraldine in 1973 and has lived with her in the Adelaide Hills since 1979. They have three children, Daniel (34), Dougal (29) and Ellen (27).

On 3 February, the Hon Justice STEPHEN KAYE AM (‘68) was appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Stephen had previously been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria on 16 December 2003.



Dr ROBERT REID (‘72) received a Member of the Order of Australia Award (AM) in the Australia Day honours for significant service to sports medicine through executive roles with professional organisations, and as a voluntary medical officer. (See ‘Australia Day honours 2015’ in the OSCA pages of this edition.) While at Scotch, Rob was a Sergeant in the Cadet Unit’s Assault Pioneers and he rowed and played rugby for the school. He was secretary of the school’s Model Railway Club for two years.

At Monash University Rob was the secretary of the university’s Medical Undergraduates Society, spent a year as the secretary of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, and was the student member on the Australian Medical Association’s Victorian branch council for two years.

Rob was a surf lifesaver with Surf Lifesaving Australia for seven years, and served on the medical committee of SLSA Victoria for one year. When in West Germany with the Canadian Armed Forces as a civilian doctor, he was a ski patroller and zone president with the Canadian Ski Patrol system for three years, and a member of the German mountain patrol for one year.


ADAM HOWARD (‘79) was the visual effects supervisor on the movie Birdman, which won best picture, best director and best original screenplay at the 2015 Academy Awards. During a 30-year career, Adam has developed a reputation as a highly accomplished visual effects artist in the US and Australian movie and television industry. He has won many Emmy awards for his television work, and was senior visual effects supervisor for the exciting ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’ ride at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. Adam’s most recent feature film projects as visual effects supervisor are Unknown, The Social Network, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn I.and II, Tower Heist, Las Vegas and Birdman.


On 3 March, the Solicitor-General for Victoria, the Hon Justice STEPHEN MCLEISH SC (‘80) was appointed a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria.


In the 2015 Australia Day honours, Captain BRIAN SCHLEGEL (‘84) received a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his duty as commanding officer of HMAS Melbourne on ‘Operation Slipper’ in the Middle East. (See ‘Australia Day honours 2015’ in OSCA pages of this edition.) Brian told the Navy Daily website: ‘For me, the two standout events which the Melbourne crew should be rightly proud of were the apprehension and subsequent landing of Somali pirates, and a specific narcotic boarding that tested the very limits of the entire team.’ The ship’s intervention resulted in the seizure of more than $1 billion in illegal drugs and the apprehension of nine suspected pirates..


ANDREW ALFORD (‘86) has recently been appointed national business manager at Talent Architects, which provides human relations services to the not for profit and government sectors. Andrew and his wife Lisa have two children, Ellie (7) and Ben (5). Andrew is a life member of the Old Scotch Soccer Club and is a former assistant coach of the club. He still turns out for OSSC’s veterans’ team, the Cardinals, and is very much involved around the club.


Attaining his fellowship in plastic surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2002, RICHARD BLOOM (‘86) worked overseas, gaining further experience in hand and cosmetic surgery. Returning to Australia, he worked for 10 years at the Alfred Hospital, where he was involved in the Victorian Melanoma Service as well as establishing a breast reconstruction service for women with breast cancer.

In 2005, along with another plastic surgeon, he started ARC Plastic Surgery, which is now one of the largest plastic surgery practices in Victoria. Richard has also been active within the plastic surgery community, serving on the council of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as being elected chairman of the Victorian training programme, before becoming the Australian chairman of training, a position he currently holds.

In his free time Richard enjoys cycling, travelling and spending time with his wife and their three children. Richard’s son Max is currently in Year 8 at Scotch.

Dr MATTHEW SNAPE (‘86) of the Oxford University Vaccine Group is leading a safety trial of a combination Ebola vaccine, which will be administered to 72 volunteers in the hope that the treatment will thwart the virus that has so far killed more than 8,000 people in West Africa. In a report on the ABC website, Matthew said volunteers taking part in the study will receive two doses of vaccine, one or two months apart. ‘We’ll be looking at how their body and immune systems respond to the vaccine, including reactions such as fever, tenderness of the injection site and things like that,’ he said.


SIMON BEENY (‘98) and his wife Kirsten, now living in Sydney, welcomed twin sons, Ben and Toby, born on 21 November 2014. Ben and Toby are nephews of MILES BEENY (‘95) and cousins of WILLIAM BEENY, in Prep at Scotch.

Working at night on the streets of the City of Yarra, RANDLE BOND (‘99) is helping to create a safer environment for late night revellers. Randle told The Melbourne Anglican newspaper: ‘We hand out bottles of water to sober people up, give thongs to those with sore feet from high heels, give blankets to the cold, help people get home safely, comfort the distraught, diffuse potentially difficult situations before they occur, build relationships, and connect people with help’. Randle, of Deep Creek Anglican Church in East Doncaster, is president of the Yarra Street Pastors. ‘When we consider who is out on the street – our sons, daughters, friends and colleagues – we want to do our best to ensure they have a fun time and get home safely,’ Randle said..



PAUL DANIELS (‘00) married Suzannah Keogh (Zan) Walsh at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Bendigo, on 10 January 2015. The best man was YU-CHIAO HSUEH (‘00) and guests included ANDREW ‘PONY’ CROMIE (‘00). The couple lives in Bendigo.


CHRISTOPHER BACKMAN (‘03) and his wife Emma have welcomed twin boys, Jackson Ashley and Oliver James, born on 9 April 2015. The twins’ uncle is ASHLEY BACKMAN (‘05) and their grandfather is NEIL CATHELS (‘74).


JAMES HOPTON (‘06) completed a year’s study in Sweden under a Rotary student exchange programme. Returning from Sweden, he obtained a B Comm and BArts (Language) at Monash University in 2012, and is now living in Dubai and working with a German shipping company as chartering manager. James is married to Annabel. His father, Peter and Peter’s wife regularly attend Scotch reunions in Darwin under the stewardship of TONY PICKERING (‘57).


Playing American football successfully for the Utah Utes, TOM HACKETT (‘10) has been named the ‘best punter’ in American college football, the first Utah punter to receive this award. Another Australian, Brad Craddock of Adelaide, was named ‘number one college kicker’. In 2013, Tom was named ’player of the week’ in his very first game for the Utah Utes. At the time, Tom was asked if he had any previous ties to American football, and said he hadn’t taken any interest in the game. ‘I still don’t really watch the NFL. I don’t really care, to be honest about it,’ he said at the time.

CARTER DICKINSON (‘14), a member of Scotch’s winning Head of the River crews in 2013 and 2014, has been accepted as an early admission at Harvard University, while ANDREW EMMETT (‘10) is vice captain of boats at Harvard..

St Kilda Football Club selected JACK SINCLAIR (‘13) as its first pick in the AFL’s 2014 rookie draft. Jack was a promising cricketer at school – he was Vice Captain of Cricket – but chose to pursue a career in football. Described as ‘a balanced and prolific ball-winner who can also drift forward and play either a lead-up role or a crumbing role’, Jack was selected for the Saints’ first game of the AFL season – becoming the166th Scotch Collegian to play VFL/AFL football – and acquitted himself well in the club’s narrow loss to Greater Western Sydney. Jack joins JACK BILLINGS (‘13) at St Kilda, drafted by the Saints in 2013, who had an impressive debut season in 2014, and returned to the senior side to accompany Jack Sinclair in the Saints' round two win against the Gold Coast Suns...

JAKE KELLY ('13) made his AFL debut for the Adelaide Crows in round three of the 2015 season, against Melbourne at the Adelaide Oval in front of 45,000 people. Jake performed well in his first outing for the Crows, describing the experience as ‘absolutely incredible’.



Updated: 3 October 2016