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Issues from 1998
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Scotch’s Captain of Rugby, Jack Holyman (Year 12) greeted BILL MORGAN (’35), and Old Scotch Rugby Club President RICK BOYKETT (’81) at the annual rugby contest for the Colin Bell Cup between Scotch and Melbourne Grammar School, held on the Main Oval at Scotch on 15 June.

The match, won by Melbourne Grammar, 36-14, was followed by the presentation of the Colin Bell Cup and the announcement of the winner of the Bill Morgan Cup, an annual award created last year in Bill’s honour for the best Scotch player in games against Melbourne Grammar. The Scotch Scrum Club, ably assisted by the Old Scotch Rugby Club and the Scotch canteen team, sponsored refreshments for players, families, past players and other visitors, in the Lithgow Centre.

In 1935, Bill Morgan had very little time to spare: he was School Captain, Captain of Morrison House, Captain of Boats, Captain of Rugby, and a Cadet Under Officer.



TOM HOGG (’43)

TOM HOGG (’43), Captain of the School in 1943, was a remarkable school sportsman, as a member of the Athletics team from 1940 to 1943, the premiership-winning 1st XVIIIs of 1942 and 1943, and the 1st Tennis and 1st Swimming teams of 1943. Tom kicked 41 goals in just five APS football games in 1943, including 14 in the final game against Xavier College. He joined the navy in 1944 immediately after leaving school, and saw action in the Pacific region. He was present at two Japanese surrender ceremonies in 1945.

Discharged from the navy late in 1946, Tom studied Commerce at Melbourne University, meanwhile playing football for University Blues in the VAFA, and gaining a Blue for football. He worked for a manufacturing firm for 20 years, before sharebroker and Scotch benefactor IAN ROACH (’43) asked Tom to join his firm, where Tom remained for 20 fruitful years, first as a member of the Melbourne Stock Exchange and later as a member of the ASX, and serving on several company boards. Tom retired from all work at the end of 2012, and now lives in Toorak with his partner, Merrilyn. He is a member of Peninsula Golf Club.


According to The Australian newspaper, Goulburn Valley farmer GEOFF DOBSON (’54), ‘has always known a potato is much more than just a mere spud’. Geoff and his wife, Bronwyn, the paper says, have played a key role in the rebirth of the potato as part of modern Australian cooking since they began growing unusual potato varieties 30 years ago. They now grow 12 less common potato varieties on their riverside Acheron farm in the Yarra Valley, such as Jersey Royal, Pink Fir Apple, Purple Congos and Red Rascals.

‘Consumers are getting to know a few names and [to understand] that different varieties have different uses,’ Geoff told The Australian. ‘That’s a big change from the ’80s when everything sold in the shops was just a potato and often of rubbish quality.’

Dr BRIAN GENTLE (’55) lives in the USA and has worked there as a United Methodist minister. He received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale, his Master of Arts from Columbia and his PhD from Duke. While always a pastor, he has also been a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School and an adjunct professor at Southern Baptist Seminary, retiring two years ago from serving as executive director of the Academy for Leadership Excellence. Brian says he will always celebrate the vision of Scotch for investing in the lives of young people. ‘Scotch and its culture of excellence, faith and service contributed immensely to transforming my life,’ he says. 1960s



RON FREDERICK (’65) has retired from legal practice. He told Great Scot that his initial concerns of being bored in retirement have not materialised. ‘To the contrary,’ he said. ‘Grandchildren, orienteering and rogaining, golf, bushwalking, overseas walking trips and ski touring leave me with little spare time.’

He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, tackled the ‘W’ walk in Torres Del Paine National Park, (Chile), the Coast to Coast walk across northern England, and the Tour du Mont Blanc in Europe, and he recently took a supported bike ride across Cuba. Ron has also enjoyed memorable Australian walks, including the Larapinta Trail west of Alice Springs, the Jatbula Trail out of Katherine in the Northern Territory, and the Walls of Jerusalem and Frenchman’s Cap in Tasmania.

Ron is the current president of the Rotary club of Mitcham, the NEV Orienteering Club and the Langren Ski Club; he is vice president of the Victorian Rogaining Association, and chairs the owners’ corporation where he lives in Mont Albert.



Coleman — the Untold Story of an AFL Legend, a book by DOUG ACKERLY (’67), looks in great detail behind the scenes of one of the game’s greatest players, covering the drive and determination which propelled Coleman into a brilliant football career, during which he played 98 games, kicked 537 goals, and was a premiership player in 1949 and 1950.

Coleman’s career was cut short by a knee injury when he was just 25, an affliction which today would most likely involve an operation and full recovery. Coleman coached Essendon from 1961-67, including leading the club to premierships in 1962 and 1965, and died at just 44 years of age in 1973. Doug’s book is available from Readings, online at



Silent Pearls is the work of another Old Boy author, JOHN LAMB (’66). John’s book was short-listed for the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s 2016 History Book Award. Emeritus Laureate Professor STUART MACINTYRE (’64) described the book, which is an examination of the Japanese presence in the Northern Territory, as ‘at once an intriguing account of the pearling industry and a compelling study of the men and women who lived and died so far from their homeland …’ Silent Pearls is available at Readings, Carlton, or online at

John Lamb has recently been awarded a grant from the Australia-Japan Foundation for further related research, this time on the largely untold history of Okinawan seamen who came in the past to northern Australia.

John is also a remarkable veteran athlete. At this year’s Australian Masters Athletics Championships in Adelaide, he became the national champion in four of his age group events. Last year he was awarded both the NSW Masters sprinter of the year and most outstanding (male) athlete trophies, and in August 2015 he participated in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, returning with two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.




GRAEME ALLISON (’72) retired in 2015 after a career including a stint in merchant banking followed by positions as company secretary and national manager, superannuation, with Ansett Australia, and company secretary of the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, the provider of triple zero communications in Victoria. In retirement he is doing some pro bono corporate governance advisory work for not-for-profit organisations.

Recently Graeme has travelled overseas with his wife, Dianne, and he is trying to resurrect his golf game, which he says has ‘deteriorated somewhat over the past three decades with focus on family, as our children Katherine, Victoria and Ben grew up’. Graeme is also hoping to spend more time at his holiday house.



After leaving school, DAVID BUCHANAN (’76) moved to Canberra and studied computer science at the Australian National University, where he met his future wife, Lorinda. David and Lorinda now have two children and two grandchildren. David formerly worked in IT, ultimately as a specialist in data warehousing. In 2014 he moved into a different role – as human resources manager of a large organisation.

David is a keen cyclist, and has travelled overseas to ride in events in Laos, China, South Korea, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. As well, he coaches at a local cycle club, and enjoys seeing young people developing their cycling skills. His spare time is devoted to working for his church and volunteering as a mentor for young people, with young people. David says: ‘In our society there is a growing need for everyday people to assist those around them, so I am happy to be able to help where I can.’



DICK MERIGAN (’79) is a partner at a large general practice and specialist centre in Rowville. He also has an interest in property development. In his spare time, Dick enjoys a weekly round of golf at the National Golf Club and supports the Tigers in the AFL. He is married to Kim, with two daughters and one son, Connor, who is in Year 9 at Scotch. Dick and Kim visited Scotland in the Term 2 school holidays to watch Connor and the Scotch Pipes and Drums band compete in the European Pipe Band Championships.


SHAUN AISEN (’82) married Penelope Tresise on 12 February 2016. Attending the celebrations were Shaun’s brother, BRETT AISEN (’86), and Shaun’s son, Sam; also at the wedding were Penelope’s father, FRED TRESISE (’63), Fred’s sons, TOBY (’89) and SAM TRESISE (’92), and Fred’s grandson, ANGUS POND (Scotch, Year 9).



Earlier this year, ANDREW SHEARER (’83) was appointed senior advisor on Asia Pacific Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), located in Washington DC, USA. Andrew is also director of a new CSIS project on alliances and American leadership. He was previously national security adviser to Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, playing a leading role in formulating and implementing Australian foreign, defence and counter-terrorism policies.

Andrew was also political minister-counsellor at the Australian embassy in Washington, and director of studies at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. He has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne.




After leaving school CHARLES PYM (’91) completed a Bachelor of Business degree at RMIT and travelled extensively for two years. He moved to London for the second time in 2006 and is currently working at Saatchi & Saatchi as managing partner. He leads the HSBC business globally, which comprises 18 markets across North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United Arab Emirates. In 2013 Charles was selected for Saatchi & Saatchi’s worldwide future leaders program. Later this year he is expanding his studies at the London Business School.

He has been responsible for some of the UK’s most talked about advertising campaigns in recent times; for example the Life’s for Sharing work for T-Mobile, which achieved more than 100 million views online and worldwide acclaim, including multiple awards at the Cannes Lions advertising festival.

Outside work Charles is on his bike, riding through Kent, and in 2011 he competed in the Etape du Tour. Charles is married to Alison Landy, a fellow Melburnian. They have two beautiful daughters, Isla and Neve. He recently became a UK citizen.

ANDREW HINSHELWOOD (’97) and his wife Kate welcomed a son, Lachlan William, born on 10 February 2016.


TIM LINLEY (’00) graduated from the Royal Military College — Duntroon on 28 June. He is currently based in Brisbane as a lieutenant. Tim’s father, PETER (’60), a very good skier and surfer, is a most welcome regular visitor to Scotch.

CHRIS SAYERS (’00) and his wife Lucy have welcomed a son, Sebastien James, born on 20 March 2016.





CHARLES DAVISON (’02) gained his pilot’s licence before he finished Year 12, and then spent his gap year at three separate universities in China, his interest in the Chinese language and culture stemming from his studies in the Scotch language school. He completed Commerce and Arts degrees at Deakin, earning a distinction in Chinese; then the Swatch Group appointed him as an event host at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. After the Olympics, Charles completed a Masters in Applied Finance while working in commercial real estate in Beijing. In 2014 he married Song Ran, whom he met in Beijing.

He is now general manager of Goldenport race track in Beijing, which is soon to be floated on the Chinese stock exchange. Charles enjoys social contact with several Scotch friends, including SPENCER BROWNE and PAUL and MICHAEL DWYER from the Class of 2002. Charles’ motto is ‘Leave no stone unturned’.



JAMES DAVISON (’04) coxed the undefeated Scotch 2nd VIII in 2003. The day after completing Year 12, he travelled to Misano race track in Italy to watch his cousin Will Davison test the F1 Minardi. In 2005 he joined Austrian team, HBR Motorsport, and won the Formula BMW race at the American Formula 1 Grand Prix, staged at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Later he finished second in the US Star Mazda Series, and was second in the Indy Lights Series.

James was then contracted to Aston Martin, and in 2014/15 achieved five consecutive pole positions. He has competed in the 2014/15 Indianapolis 500, the world’s largest one-day event, watched by more than 300,000 spectators. James is currently contracted to Nissan as their number one driver in the US. His motto is: ‘If you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.’

Charles and James Davison are grandsons of car racing champion of the 1950s and ’60s, Lex Davison.

STEPHEN DOWER (’03) completed his PhD in Computer Science in 2013, and is now working as a senior software engineer for Microsoft in Seattle, USA. Along with developing computer language, Stephen represents Microsoft at worldwide conferences.

After completing a research Master of Jazz Piano at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2015, DAVID DOWER (’08) is currently performing, writing and teaching in London. David’s website is


VORAPONG VADHANASINDHU (’04) was recently promoted to second secretary, having served as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand since 2014. After leaving Scotch, Vorapong completed his undergraduate Law/Arts studies at the University of Melbourne. He then undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Bristol, UK, receiving an MSc in International Relations, and went on to a five-month internship with the UN resident coordinator’s office in Bangkok, followed by a year as an analyst at the National Security Council.

Vorapong commenced a public service career at the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board, working mainly on international and sub-regional cooperation. At the Foreign Ministry, Vorapong has been a desk officer responsible for weapons of mass destruction disarmament and non-proliferation issues, and was a Thai delegate to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2015.

While enjoying being home after years abroad, Vorapong still keeps up with the AFL from time to time.

PATRICK DOWER (’10) is teaching at Kilvington Grammar School in Ormond, having completed his Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin University, Burwood, in 2014. Patrick loves theatre, and he recently co-directed the Kilvington Grammar senior musical. He is also a keen cricketer, playing for Hawthorn

In rowing, two of the crew of the Australian men’s coxless four at the Rio Olympics were Old Scotch Collegians — WILL LOCKWOOD (’06), bow seat, and JOSH BOOTH (’08), three seat.




ANDY WHITE (’10) participated in the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships in Cairns in June, successfully completing a 3.8km swim in choppy water at Palm Cove, 30km north of Cairns, a 180km bike ride along the Captain Cook Highway, and a marathon-distance 42.2km run around the Cairns Esplanade.

At school, Andy was a member of the Scotch crew which won the 2010 Head of the River. After school he transitioned into long distance triathlon to continue his competitive pursuits, and engage in something challenging, but highly rewarding.

He has competed in many half ironman distance races, and was encouraged to attempt the full distance by his training partners, which include TOM CLARKE (’08) and Georgia Stott, daughter of CHARLES STOTT (’76), both of whom are high level amateur athletes. He says: ‘We have completed hundreds of hours training together, often at ridiculous hours in the morning and sometimes in horrendous conditions.’

He is now in the penultimate year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations degree at the Australian National University, CHARLIE AUSTIN (’12) is working part-time as a court officer in the Federal Court in Canberra. He says: ‘I really enjoy this job because it provides me with an inside perspective on how the litigious world operates. Last summer, I worked as a paralegal in the Melbourne office of the US firm, Sullivan & Cromwell.’



Charlie won the Gilbert+Tobin Client Interview Competition earlier this year, and was selected to represent the ANU College of Law in this competition at the Australian Law Schools Association Conference in July. He is a sub-editor of Woroni, the ANU’s student newspaper, and has been awarded ‘best news reporter’ for covering federal and university politics as well as hosting a weekly radio show.

Next year Charlie plans to go on exchange to the University of Vienna to further his law studies, and on returning, to complete his honours thesis.



JAMES NGUYEN (’12) graduated in Commerce at the University of Melbourne in August 2015 and is now a partner at M5859 Apps, which is the studio behind App of the Year 2012 with Stephen Fry. James told Great Scot that the studio is currently developing the official game for Hell’s Kitchen (the TV series), after previously making the official apps for the BBC, 20th Century Fox, and for the movie Walking With Dinosaurs. ‘We have also released the official app for Hughesy and Kate of KIIS FM radio station,’ James said.

James has also been the keynote speaker at a series of presentations, which have sold out Crown Conference Centre for three consecutive months. ‘These presentations are aimed at teaching the start-up community practical ways of building successful apps,’ James said. ‘I have run master classes for audiences in excess of several hundred, on topics such as ‘Closing Celebrity Partnerships’, ‘Building An Addictive Product’ and ‘Raising Venture Capital.’



In late 2014 RONALD ZHANG (’12) took on the role of leading the marketing and fundraising portfolio of Oaktree, one of Australia’s largest youth-led organisations, with over 150 volunteer staff under the age of 26 and 200,000 members across the country, all working toward the organisation’s mission of seeing an end to extreme poverty within this generation’s lifetime.

Over the last two years, Oaktree has launched a new monthly giving program, built a community of major supporters and corporate partners, and implemented new internal processes for seeking grant funding – laying a strong foundation for future growth.

What they're doing now – compiled by Mr David Ashton ('65)

Updated: 3 October 2016