Recap: Reunion of the 1998 Firsts Footy Team

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, Gerard Diprose, Dylan Smith, Ross Brookshaw, Luke Morrison, Ian Munro & Tom McMillan plus a special evening cameo from Damien Guengerich (team physio).

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

Australia Day Honours

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.

50 Years and Beyond

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!

Geelong Gathering

On 16 November, the College was delighted to host the annual Geelong Gathering where we welcomed Wyverns, parents and friends to catch-up and hear about developments at Queen’s College from Dr Stewart Gill.

Amgen Scholars Program 2020

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.


CBCIF: Bugs Lightyear!

This post was written by Harry Heyworth (3rd Year Arts) who was the 2018 recipient of the Cam Brown Community Innovation Fund.

The Cameron Brown Community Innovation Fund (CBCIF) was set-up in memory of the Wyvern Cameron Brown in aid of promoting and cultivating three values that were held closely to his heart: community benefit, innovation and sustainability. Entwined throughout all of these, however, Cameron had the urge to inspire others to think big.

This last cornerstone was conveyed outstandingly during the CBCIF informational panel held for current Queeners earlier this year. A group of fantastic Wyverns not only told stories of their entrepreneurial experiences but did so in a way that made even the hardest ideas seem achievable. For myself, that one-hour talk was the tipping point that made me start pursuing my vision of getting Melbournians, and Australians as a whole, to start eating insects.

My name is Harry Heyworth and I am extremely honoured to be writing this as the 2018 recipient of the CBCIF. At the beginning of this year, I started researching the ins and outs of entomophagy – the consumption of edible insects.

The multi-faceted benefits quickly became evident: not only is it an incredibly nutritious, delicious and risk-free food source, but it is also far more efficient in land use, water consumption and greenhouse gas emission as compared to traditional livestock (refer image below). With this knowledge, combined with the understanding that current food-consumption habits will be unachievable by 2050, a mission started to materialise: remove the socially-generated “yuck factor” associated with eating insects.

The ways in which we are striving to achieve this goal are varied. Structured as a business, we are looking to learn from previous shifts in food-consumption behaviour – an example being the rapid increase in consumption of raw fish in sushi – and apply these learnings to our project. From this, we intend to start testing as many product and marketing variations as can be fathomed, until we create a meal that is welcomed by the average Aussie.

Simultaneously, I am trying to get as much advice as possible from anyone and everyone. So, if you are at all interested in the project and want to learn more/get involved, or if you suddenly have a light-bulb moment wherein you discover the perfect way to sell “yummy-crawlies”, or indeed just have some advice that you could impart to us, then please do email me at – this brief summary barely even touches the surface of all that can be said on the subject.

Mission to Seafarers – A Sugden Society outing

On Friday 26 October, members of the Sugden Society spent a pleasant few hours visiting the Mission to Seafarers organisation. Located in a very distinct period building on the busy Wurundjeri Way, Sugden Society members were introduced to the history of the building and organisation – since 1857, the Mission to Seafarers has worked to provide support to the many workers on whom safe and efficient shipping depends.

In addition to this introduction, Sugden Society members were treated to a mini-concert by 3rd year Music student, Sam Williams, in the cosy Seafarers chapel. Following on from this, members had the chance to visit the Maritime Arts Exhibition across a number of galleries.

The morning was capped by lunch in the sunny Seafarers courtyard.


Membership of the Sugden Society is offered to those who have made a bequest to Queen’s College. It recognises and honours those who make bequests to the College during their lifetime, and includes invitations to exclusive events. Visit this page if you’d like to know more about the bequest program or the Sugden Society.
Wyvern Dinner 2018

The 2018 Wyvern Dinner was held on Friday 12 October with some of the highlights including the announcement of the Wyvern of the Year and the presentation of the Armistice Prize.

The 2018 Wyvern of the Year is Associate Professor Andrew Weickhardt for his work as a medical oncologist and translational scientist at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre at the Austin Hospital, leading the genitourinary cancer team investigating new ways of using immune therapies to treat bladder, prostate and kidney cancer.

The Wyvern Armistice Prize is a new offering from the Wyvern Society, awarded annually to residents for either a piece of writing, art, or music that honours the legacy of those who served in WWI.The 2018 submissions included a war collage by Miranda Smith (2nd year Fine Arts), a polemical essay by Tom Waring (2nd year Science), and a musical composition for piano and oboe by Sam Williams (3rd year Music). (refer to this news article for further details on the Armistice Prize winner).

Wyvern Armistice Prize

The Wyvern Armistice Prize is a new offering from the Wyvern Society, to be awarded annually for either a piece of writing, art, or music that honours the legacy of those who served in WWI. These Wyverns strove to achieve a peace that they hoped would be lasting—that the Great War would be ‘the war to end all wars’. Subsequent generations, however, have borne tragic witness to successive conflicts and atrocities.

A century on from the Armistice, the Prize honours their sacrifice by looking to the future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s future leaders, innovators and challengers. The prize prompts critical and reflective thinking by asking questions such as ‘how do we communicate the horror of war to generations for whom war is a media concept rather than a brutal reality’, ‘how might WWIII begin?’, and ‘what constitutes a true peace?’. The ‘dangerous idea’ at the heart of the prize is: Are wars a necessary evil?

Interested students met with Deputy Arch Wyvern Dr Katti Williams to workshop their ideas. By the closing date on September 11, three  students had submitted pieces: Sam Williams a piece of music for piano and oboe (performed with Brienne Gawler on oboe), Miranda Smith a war collage, and Tom Waring a polemical essay.   The 3 applicants presented their work to the panel, consisting of Dr Stewart Gill, the Dr Katti Williams, and Ryan Johnston, former head of the Australian War Memorial, on October 11. The judges were so impressed with all three that as well as the first prize, which went to Sam Williams, both runners-up received a Highly Commended award.

In her address to the contestants (repeated at the Wyvern dinner on October 12), Dr Williams spoke movingly of the sense of potential in Sam’s music, the ‘dissonance, wry triumphalism, sirens and the Last Post, suggesting a piece that might continue into the future’. Tom’s piece was applauded for its finely crafted rhetoric that charted the trope of the ‘light on the hill’ through political speeches, and  Miranda’s for the multi-layered sophistication of its meditation on the human, moral and economic cost of war through the depiction of a soldier enmeshed in archival headlines.

All 3 Armistice entrants were published in the 2018 edition of Aedificamus. You can listen to a 30-second snippet of Sam Williams piano and oboe piece below.

The College also has received a Gallipoli oak that is to be planted at College in honour of those who served in the Great War.  The Oak has been grown at the property of Michael and Alexandra Kelso, parents of Zara Kelso (Wyvern 2013).  The tree is now three years old and ready to be planted.


Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List

We congratulate the following members of our community who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List:

Companion (AC) in the the General Division

Prof. Emeritus Geoffrey Colin Harcourt AO (Wyvern, 1951)
For eminent service to higher education as an academic economist and author, particularly in the fields of PostKeynesian economics, capital theory and economic thought.

Member (AM) in the General Division

Dr Ian John Kronborg (Wyvern, 1967)
For significant service to medicine, particularly gastroenterology, and through innovative substance abuse treatment programs.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

Dr Jacqueline Kim Mein (Wyvern, 1984)
For service to medicine, and to community health
Mr Donald Ivan Moss (Past Parent)
For service to medicine, particularly to urology.

Member (AM) in the General Division

Prof Iain James Clarke (Past Parent)
For significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology and neuroendocrinology, and to medical research into reproductive biology.
Ms Janet Wood (Past Choir Member)
For significant service to aged welfare as an advocate for human rights and health initiatives, and to the Uniting Church in Australia