Thank you for all who attended the recent Intercollegiate Alumni event in London held at the historic Temple Church. It was a great night of networking, reminiscing and reconnecting with friends old and new. With over 100 Alumni from Melbourne Colleges, it was wonderful to have such a fantastic group of Wyverns attending the event.
Photography by Sam from Piranha Photography.
The Sydney Reunion was a wonderful Tuesday evening for the 80+ Wyverns, parents and friends of the College. Kindly hosted by Mark (1977) and Louise Nelson at their Point Piper home, it was a chance to catch up with old friends and to hear from Head of College Dr Stewart Gill OAM about activities and developments at Queen’s.
Kicking off the start of the academic year with Commencement Dinner! Over 300 residents, Young Wyverns, honoured guests and staff filled Eakins last night for a night of recognition and celebration.
Joining us were Ms Elizabeth Eldridge (1974, Vice President, Queen’s College Council), Dr Katti Williams (1994, Arch Wyvern), Professor David Vaux AO (1978, Principal Fellow), Mr John Weretka (Choir Director) and Dr Stewart Gill OAM (Master) to congratulate the recipients of the 2019 Wyvern Medals (for academic excellence), scholarships and bursaries.
Photos by Skyla Harris (2017) and Ben Fon (2003).
This is a guest post by Wyvern Tom McMillan (1997-1998).
The 1998 Queen’s College 1sts footy team premiership players converged on the Eagle Ridge Golf Club on the peninsula to celebrate their 20-year reunion on Saturday, Oct 27th 2018.
Those in attendance were Sam Beaton (coach), Paul Sheehan (captain), Archie Paton (b&f), Matt Amor, Chris Thwaites, Danny Walsh, Steve Coster, David Harris (team physio), Gerard Diprose, Dylan Smith, Ross Brookshaw, Luke Morrison, Ian Munro & Tom McMillan plus a special evening cameo from Damien Guengerich (team runner).
Many laughs and drinks were shared as we regaled and reminisced about 1998, a year in which Queen’s reigned undefeated and knocked off Newman in the final held on the Uni Main oval in front of a pulsating crowd. It was reportedly the first premiership in many years for Queen’s 1sts; in fact the year before, Queen’s only chalked up their first home and away win in almost a decade! Coming off a very dry spell, the celebrations were raucous and the champions were treated like royalty for weeks to follow.
This triggered an era of dominance for Queens who went on to many more footy final appearances and premiership wins in subsequent seasons, ably assisted and coached by passionate Wyverns. Well done boys and hats off to Munners – winner of the 2018 Jacket. See you all again in 2028! “Queens for sure the greatest college…” Tom McMillan
Congratulations to the following Queen’s College Wyverns who received Order of Australia Honours on Australia Day:
Member (AM) in the General Division
The Reverend Professor Emeritus Robert Gribben (Fellow of the College, Wyvern 1961)
For significant service to the Uniting Church in Australia, to ecumenical relations and theological studies.
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
Mr Peter Freeman (Wyvern, 1962)
For service to architecture.
On Friday, 23 November, Queen’s was delighted to welcome back Wyverns (alumni) who entered College 50 years or more ago. Tim Blood (1968) was the guest speaker and he regaled the audience with his amusing and detailed recollections of his time at Queen’s College.
It was an especially memorable event for some Wyverns who were visiting Queen’s for the first time in 50 years!
In 2020 Queen’s College, in partnership with the University of Melbourne, will welcome 15 international scholars taking part in the global Amgen Scholars Program.
The program offers high-achieving undergraduates the opportunity to experience the life of a researcher via working at prestigious universities in Europe, the US (including Harvard and MIT), Japan, and now Melbourne and its affiliated science centres.
Students will be in residence at Queen’s for 8 weeks of the summer to take part in an enrichment programme devised by the College as its contribution to this world-class initiative, one which resonates with the founding beliefs of the College’s first Master Rev E. H. Sugden, a man of both science and the arts.