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Alumni Achievements 2019


Heath Sloane at Peking UniversityHeath Sloane, at College 2013-16, has been awarded an international scholarship to join 125 outstanding young scholars from more than 40 countries to enrol in an interdisciplinary Masters program in China this September. Heath’s scholarship provides a fully funded Masters degree in one of six core areas of study at the Yenching Academy at Peking University

Since its founding in 1898, Peking University has played a central role in China’s modern history. The Yenching Academy’s innovative interdisciplinary curriculum and rigorously selected cohort of young scholars from around the world exemplify Peking University’s quest for excellence.

More information about the Yenching Academy is available a by clicking here.

Heath will be completing a major in International Relations, focussing on bilateral public affairs and advocacy of the Australia-China relationship.


The College is delighted to offer its congratulations to three Paulines who were recognised for their achievements in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours List.

Officer of the Order of Australia:

Professor Nicholas Richard Cowdery AM QC (at St Paul’s 1963-66)

For distinguished service to the law, to the protection of human rights, to professional legal bodies, and to the community. Nick was recognised for his distinguished service as Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW between 1994 and 2011, and for his very many contributions to institutions including the International Bar Association, the Law Council of Australia, and other legal organisations including the Australian Association of Crown Prosecutors, and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia, and to legal publications.

Nick has received recognition from many local and international institutions for his service to the legal community, having received the Medal of Honour from the International Association of Prosecutors (2011), the Justice Canada Medal from the Canadian Federal Prosecution Service (2005), the Medal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (2006), among many others.

Nick becomes an Officer of the Order of Australia having been appointed a Member in 2003.

Prof Nick Cowdery (image: University of Sydney)

Member of the Order of Australia:

Peter William Light Cousens (at St Paul’s 1975)

For significant service to the performing arts, and to the community. Peter was recognised for his very many achievements as a leading Australian performer in roles spanning television, musical theatre, and as a recording artist. An actor in numerous musical theatre and theatre productions, Peter has appeared in productions of Hamlet, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera (locally and in the West End), among others. He has also appeared in television programmes including The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters, and McLeod’s Daughters.

Peter serves as Artistic Director of the Talent Development Project, is Artistic Ambassador (Theatre) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Central Queensland University, and has supported many causes including the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Men Against Sexual Assault, and White Ribbon, among other organisations.

Peter Cousens (image: ABC)

Order of Australia Medal:

Hunter Baillieu White (at St Paul’s 1974-76)

For service to the agricultural show sector, and to the community. Hunter was recognised for his many years of service to the Royal Agricultural Society, where he most recently served as Vice-President (2011-18). Hunter’s service to the community also includes volunteer roles with the Mudgee Show Society, the Havilah Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Landcare NSW, the Mudgee Race Club, previous roles including as Governor of Ascham School and Director of the Ascham Foundation, and as a Governor of World Wildlife Fund (Australia).

Hunter White (image: The Pauline 1976)


Dr James Fraser (at College 2001-03) is Senior Curator at the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum and is one of four of the University’s academics to be awarded an Australian Academy of Humanities annual grant for 2019.

Dr Fraser has received a Humanities Travelling Fellowship to fund overseas research to examine the archaeology of olive oil.  For more details about the awards click here.

The College is pleased to extend its warm congratulations to Dr Fraser.


Associate Professor Eric Knight, at College 2002-04, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship to research how academics drive technological development and the business models that emerge as a result.

Eric was Rhodes Scholar for NSW in 2007 after studying Arts and Law (Hons I) at the University. He was appointed in April 2017 as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research – Enterprise and Engagement) and is a leading economic geography and strategic management scholar. In 2014 Eric co-founded identitii a company with a mission to enable safer, more secure financial payments. From 2011 to 2013 he was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group.

For more details on Eric’s Fulbright Scholarship, click here.

Eric will spend 3 months at Stanford University and University of California, Davis in early 2020.

The College extends it congratulations to Eric on his outstanding achievement.


The College is delighted to offer its congratulations to two Paulines who were recognised for their achievements in the 2019 Australian Day honours List.

Member of the Order of Australia:

Roger Massy-Greene (at St Paul’s 1967-69)

For significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives. Roger has been Executive Chair, co-founder and benefactor to the Eureka Benevolent Foundation, since 2007; a member representative of Philanthropy Australia since 2014; major benefactor of the ‘Pave the Way’ Project, University of Sydney, 2015; a Non-Executive Director of The Hunger Project Australia since 2011; Director and Australian Representative of The Global Hunger Project, since 2016 and a member of the Global Audit Committee, since 2016; the Chair, City of Sydney Red Shield Appeal, 2010-2014, City of Sydney Red Shield Appeal Committee Member, 2008-2010 and Chair, City of Sydney Advisory Board, 2014-2017 with the Salvation Army Australia.

Roger has been the Cranbrook School Council President since 2016 and is the Former Vice-President and Former Chair of the Building Committee whilst being a School Councillor, since 2005.

Roger has worked in the New South Wales Energy Sector as Chair, Networks NSW, 2012-2016; Chair of Endeavour Energy, 2012-2017; Chair of Ausgrid, 2012-2016; Chair of Essential Energy, 2012-2016;  Executive Chairman, since 2007 and was Chief Executive Officer of Eureka Capital Partners, 2000-2002.

His other business roles have included Director, Illawarra Coke Company, since 2014; Non-Executive Director, One Ventures Pty Ltd (tech venture capital), since 2010; Chairman, Excel Coal Ltd, 2002-2006; Chief Executive Officer, Resource Finance Corporation, 1984-2000; Executive Director, Bank of America Australia Ltd, 1979-1984; and was a mining engineer with Rio Tinto Ltd, 1971-1977.

Roger is married to Belinda Hutchinson AM who is Chancellor of The University of Sydney.

Conspicuous Service Cross:

Dr James Renwick SC (at St Paul’s 1983-84, Sub-Warden 1992-93)

For outstanding devotion to duty as a legal officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve where James holds the rank of Captain.

James provided exceptional legal support in relation to complex military justice and national security law. His outstanding devotion to duty, legal knowledge and skills, and leadership greatly assisted the Australian Defence Force through the many seemingly intractable legal national security challenges faced since 2001. His distinguished accomplishments over many years of service have served as an inspiration for his fellow legal officers.

The Governor-General appointed James as Australia’s Independent National Security Legislation Monitor in 2017 and he is currently a Barrister at 12 Wentworth in Sydney. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011 and James was a Fulbright scholar in 2007. James’s is married to Sarah and their son, Lachlan, is a current Pauline.

Alumni Publications 2019

Alumni Deaths 2019

Samuel (Sam) John Greenland, in College 2007-12, b. 28 May 1974, d. 26 June 2019. MChem(Oxon) BTeach(Syd) 2009 MEd(Syd) 2010. Teacher, Melbourne Grammar School 2012-19, Sub-Warden of St Paul’s College 2007-12.

Ronald Edwin Corben,  in College 1978, b. 10 May 1956, d. 28 May 2019, Sydney NSW. BEc(Syd) 1978, MEc(Syd) 1984. Athlete and journalist. Spent many years working for the South China Morning Post and based in Thailand.

Michael John Knox Cook, in College 1961-63, b. 6 December 1942, d. 20 May 2019, Bulli NSW. BA(Syd) 1964. Solicitor and professional photographer.

Emeritus Professor Michael Coper, AO, in College 1964-68, Grainger Scholar, b. 27 April 1946, d. 13 April 2019, Canberra. BA(Syd) 1966, LLB(Hons)(Syd) 1969, PhD(UNSW) 1972, Fulbright Senior Scholar University of Virginia 1978. Constitutional Lawyer, Commissioner of the Inter-State Commission 1988, Professor of Constitutional Law ANU 1995-1997, Dean of Law and Garran Professor of Law ANU 1998-2012, Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans 2011-14, ANU Emeritus Professor 2017, Officer of the Order of Australia 2018, Honorary Doctorate UNSW 2019. For a full obituary click here.

Emeritus Professor John Francis Bryant Uther, AO, in College 1956-62, Grainger Scholar, Senior Student 1961, b. 29 June 1939, d. 27 February 2019, Sydney. BSc(Med)(Hons) (Syd) 1960, MBBS (Hons) (Syd) 1963, MD (Syd) 1971, FRACP, FCSANZ, Research Fellow UNSW 1967-68, Research Fellow University of Sydney 1968-69, Research Fellow Mississippi University 1970-71, Research Fellow University of California 1971-72, Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology University of Sydney 1975-90, Clinical Professor Faculty of Medicine University of Sydney 1990-2006, Emeritus Professor University of Sydney 2006. AO 1993.

Emeritus Professor James Waldo Lance, AO CBE, in College 1944-49, Grainger Scholar 1946, Tutor 1950, Sub-Warden 1952, b. 29 October 1926, d. 20 February 2019, Sydney. MBBS (Syd) 1950, Hon DSc (UNSW). Professor of Neurology Prince Henry Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital 1961-62, Professor of Neurology UNSW 1975-92. CBE 1978, AO 1991. For a full obituary click here.

Revd William (Bill) Warren Moriarty, in College 1945-48, Grainger Scholar 1945, University Blue (Rifle) 1949, b. 18 May 1927, d. 18 February 2019, Melbourne. BSc(Hons)(Syd) 1949, MSc(Syd) 1951, ThL(Aust Coll of Theol) 1959, BA(Hons)(Melb) 1960. CSIRO Meteorological Physics Section 1951-55; Trinity College, University of Melbourne 1956-59; ordained deacon, Melbourne 1960, priest 1961; Australian Bureau of Meteorology 1970-87; served on the World Met Organisation working group on Urban and Building Climatology.

Dr David John Cuthbertson, in College 1956, b. 6 June 1936, d. 5 February 2019 Burnie Tasmania. BVSc (Syd) 1961.

John Patton Hyman III, in College 1964, b. 10 September 1942, d. 27 January 2019, Vermont USA. Rotary Foundation Scholar in Law from Florida in 1964. Lawyer in Atlanta before founding Applied Mindfulness Training Inc. Author The Inner Advantage.

Timothy Royse Lysaght, in College 1957, b. 26 November 1937, d. 2 January 2019.

Alumni News 2018

Alumni Achievements 2018

Dave Cobcroft (1985-88) and Charlie Cropper (1980-83) both have part-ownership of Melbourne Cup horses this year.  Dave’s Sound Check, finished 18th and Charlie’s Red Cardinal, finished 23rd.

Sound Check at Flemington (image courtesy of Racenet)

Alexander ‘Sasha’ Belonogoff (2009-10) – a member of the 2016 Australian Men’s quadruple sculls and Olympic Silver Medallist joined the Sydney University men’s team for the 2018 Australian Boat Race. The 150 year old rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne universities was celebrated in the 2018 Australian Boat Race on 14 October at Darling Harbour, won by Sydney. This has been an annual event for the last 10 years based on the famous Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race. Click here for more

2018 Australian Boat Race (Australian Boat Race site)

The College has been assisting the Beyond 1914 project through its extensive archives of former students. For more information or to look-up an relative who was an alumni of The University and served in WWI click hereThe University’s Great War ProjectHerbert Welch (1912-13) and Leslie Welch (1900) are both commemorated in the August-September 2018 newsletter of the Beyond 1914 The University of Sydney and the Great War project which is an extensive, searchable database of biographies and archival information about members of the University community involved in the First World War. Herbert and Leslie were two of four brothers who lived at St Paul’s before the First World War. All four Welch brothers studied at Sydney University and they all became medical practitioners and three of them served in the First AIF. For more click here

Leo Tutt, (1982-87) was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours List for significant service to community health, particularly to people with diabetes, through administrative and leadership roles, and to accounting.

Service includes: Diabetes Australia: Director, since 2014. Chair, Finance and Risk Management Committee, current. Chair, Diabetes NSW and ACT, since 2010. Vice-President and Member, Board Executive, Diabetes NSW and ACT, 2004-2010. Chair, Finance and Risk Management Committee, Diabetes NSW and ACT, 2001-2004. Director, since 2001. Life Member, since 1998. Director, Glycaemic Index Foundation, since 2014. William Buck Chartered Accountants: Partner, since 2004. Director, Audit and Assurance, current. Member, NSW Executive, since 2005. Member, Investment Advisory Committee, Securities Institute of Australia (now Financial Services Institute of Australia), 2000-2003. Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 1998-2003.


Leo Tutt in the 1982 College photo

Associate Professor Terry Bolin (1956-57) received the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to medicine in the field of gastroenterology.

Service includes: Founding President, The Gut Foundation, since 1983. Emeritus Consultant, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, current. University of New South Wales: Conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine, 2002-2014. Associate Professor, 1979-2001. Lecturer, 1968-1978. Chairman, Human Research Ethics Committee, South East Sydney Area Health Service, 2003-2007. Chairman, Colorectal Cancer Working Party, NSW Cancer Council, 1999-2003. Member, Burma Medical Association, 1983. Honorary Secretary, Gastroenterological Society of Australia, 1977-1983 and Member. Honorary Secretary, Sydney Gut Club, 1972-1983. Chairman, Sydney Group, Nutrition Society of Australia, 1975-1978 and Founding Member, 1975. Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, since 1972 and Member, since 1966. Fellow, Royal College of Physicians, since 1980 and Member, since 1964.


Assoc Prof Terry Bolin OAM

Emeritus Professor Michael Coper (1964-68) was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for distinguished service to legal education, and to the law, as an academic, author and administrator, through advisory roles, and to safety standards in the transport industry.

Service includes: Australian Academy of Law: Director, current. Member, Membership Committee, current. Foundation Fellow, current. Attorney-General’s Department: Member, International Legal Services Advisory Council, 2005-2013. Member, Advisory Panel on Appointments to the Family Court of Australia, 2012. International Association of Law Schools: Vice-President, 2011-2012. Board Member, 2007-2012. Executive Member, Australasian Law Teachers’ Association, 2011-2012. Chair, Council of Australian Law Deans, 2005-2007. Member, American Law Institute, current. Australian National University: Council Member, 2005-2006. Recipient, Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the University, 2013. Australian National University College of Law: Emeritus Professor of Law, since 2017. Dean and Robert Garran Professor of Law, 1998-2012. Professor of Constitutional Law, 1995-1998. University of New South Wales: Council Member, 1973-1977. Founding Member, Law School. Publications: Co-Editor, ‘The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia’, Oxford University Press, 2001. Co-Editor, ‘Power, Parliament and the People’, Federation Press, 1997. Co-Editor, ‘Justice Lionel Murphy: influential or merely prescient?’, Federation Press, 1997. Author, ‘Encounters with the Australian Constitution’, CCH, 1987. Author, Freedom of interstate trade under the Australian constitution, Butterworths, 1983. Transport Industry: Chair, Trucksafe Industry Accreditation Council, Australian Trucking Association, since 1996. Chair, Special Task Group on Working Hours for Drivers in the Australian Long Distance Road Freight Industry, 1990-1992. Commissioner, Inter-State Commission, 1988-1990.


Assoc Prof Michael Coper AO in the 1964 Cricket Team photo

John Gaden AM (1959-61) was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List for distinguished service to the performing arts through seminal performances as a stage actor, as an artistic director and administrator, and as a role model for, and mentor of, aspiring actors.

Service includes: Sydney Theatre Company: Actors Company, 2004-2007. Performer and Advisor, since 1984. Artistic Director, State Theatre Company of South Australia, 1986-1989. Board Member, Adelaide Festival, 1994. Notable stage appearances: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, 2013 No Man’s Land, Queensland Theatre Company and STC, 2011. The Seagull, Belvoir St Theatre, 2011. Tiresias in The Lost Echo, 2006, Copenhagen, Michael Blakemore’s production, 2002. The Unexpected Man, 2000. King Lear, 1967, 1988 and 2009. Cloudstreet, 1998. The War of the Roses, Sydney Theatre Company. Selected film and television appearances include: The Eye of the Storm, film, 2011. Rake, ABC Television 2010. Right Here Right Now, film, 2004. Excursion, 2003. A Little Bit of Soul, film, 1998. Thank God He Met Lizzie, film, 1997. Children of the Revolution, 1996. Halifax f.p., The Nine Network, 1994. Muriel’s Wedding, film, 1994.

Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play, 2001.


John Gaden AO (Image Wikipedia)

Peter Henchman (1955-59) received the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Honours List for service to conservation and the environment.

Service includes: Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife: Life Governor, since 2009. Governor, 1984-2009. Vice-President, 1996-2013. Director, 1984-2013. Company Secretary, 2002-2013. Trustee and Executive Board Member, 1979-1984. Chair, Project’s Committee, 1979-2011. Member, Finance and Risk Committee, 1995-2013.


Peter Henchman OAM in the College Eight 1959

Alumni Publications

  • Dyson Heydon AC (1960-64)Selected Speeches and Papers, Federation Press 2018.

The Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC at the Heydon Royal Commission 2015

Alumni Deaths in 2018

  • Alfred James Milson (1947-48) d. 20 December 2018. Born 22 June 1928.
  • Herbert James Cannington (1954-59) d November 2018. BA 1957, LLB 1959. Born 23 July 1935.
  • Charles Edward Armitage (1978-81). d. 15 November 2018. BEc 1981 LLB 1983. Born 4 June 1959.
  • Denis Michael Magoffin (1957-58, 1960-61) d. 9 October 2018. BArch 1964. Born 19 July 1938.
  • Dr Richard Michael “Mick” McCredie (1949-50, 1952-55, Fellow 1972-2004) d. 28 October 2018. MBBS 1956. Born 12 November 1930.
  • Dr Hugh Annesley Williams d. 6 October 2018, MBBS 1966. Born 16 September 1942.
  • Ian Gordon Scott (1956-58) d. 28 September 2018. Born 23 March 1935.
  • Revd Dr John Beer (Fellow 1980-2014) d. 23 September 2018. Born 18 February 1931.
  • Graham Hugh Basil Hart (1949-55) d. 16 September 2018. Born 28 June 1931.
  • Brian Francis Edward Donnolley (1957) d. 16 June 2018 in Seattle, Washington USA. Born in Sydney 1 November 1936
  • Bruce Neil Procter Benjamin (1950-53) AO OBE MBBS (Syd) FRACS FACS (Hon) d. 3 June 2018. Born 20 December 1931.
  • Peter Geoffrey Graham Carter (1942, 1946-51) d. May 2018. Born 3 August 1923.
  • Hamilton Arthur Harvey Sutton (1949-1953) d. 03 April 2018. Born 7 September 1930.

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