• John Miller AO - Global Accounting Hall of Fame

    event date: 06-Dec-2017
    Dr John Miller AO, MHS 1944-47, a Bluey Truscott Scholar and generous Old Boy to the school was recently admitted to the Global Accounting Hall of Fame with the citation : ‘In recognition of an outstanding contribution and a lifetime of achievement’. John has had a remarkable career in the accounting profession, in academia and in government. A notable accountant with Hungerfords, he also served in government service in Canada as well as in Australia, as Director of Consumer Affairs. He held an outstanding academic career as a Professor and Foundation Dean of the David Syme Business School at Monash University, and later as Dean of the Graduate School of Management at Swinburne University.

    A former President of CPA Australia, John was the first Australian to be President of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants which today represents around 700,000 professional accountants. John was a pioneer of education for company directors and on the formation of AIDC in 1991 was appointed a Life Member. John is founder of the John Button Prize and was first Chairman of the John Button Foundation. (After retiring from politics in 1993 Hon. John Button was appointed a Professorial Fellow in the David Syme Faculty of Business). John Miller was awarded the AO in 1979 and the Centenary Medal in 2003 with the citation “For Leadership in the Accounting Profession, University Education and the Public Sector”

    Congratulations to John on this new and rare honour.

    Alan Gregory AM
  • Vale - Ken Inglis

    event date: 01-Dec-2017
    Ken Inglis
    MHS 1946

    Kenneth S Inglis AO FASSA MA (Melb) D Phil (Oxon) 1929-2017

    Professor Ken Inglis a distinguished Australian historian and academic died on 1 December 2017 aged 88. Inglis attended MHS 1945 and 1946.  At school he served on the committee of Unicorn. He was Editor of Sentinel and a Prefect. He won an Exhibition in Literature and also gained a General Exhibition, as well as scholarships to the University. He held academic posts at the University of Adelaide, and then became Professor of History at the Australian National University. He also served in Papua New Guinea for a time.

    He was a prolific writer and his nine books included a history of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a biography of Charles Bean, a study of war memorials called Sacred Places, a book on the Stuart case and two volume book about the ABC.Ken Inglis was one of Australia's most admired and warmly regarded historians.

    He received many honours. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003, won various literary awards and was a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences Australia.

    Alan Gregory AM
  • 2017 Vietnam Tour Report

    event date: 28-Nov-2017
    The recent tour of Vietnam was an outstanding success, despite the near torrential rain during the first 5 days in northern Vietnam. All activities stated on the itinerary were completed and others were added.

    Please see attached full report.

    2017 Vietnam Tour Report 2017 Vietnam Tour Report (425 KB)

  • 2017 MHSOBA Scholarship Winners

    event date: 19-Oct-2017
    Congratulations to the following gentleman on being awarded scholarships in 2017.

    George Fincham - 3 Recipients

    Abeshek Nadarajah
    Nisal Punchihewa
    Michael Wang

    Dr Eric Stock Prize - Nisal Punchihewa

    John Nguyen Trust Scholarship - Felix Liu

    Verma Family Scholarship - Visakan Krishnananthan

    MHSOBA Scholarship (New) - Harry Pearce

    See further details about our recipients

    2017 MHSOBA Scholarship Winners 2017 MHSOBA Scholarship Winners (410 KB)

  • 2017 Queens BIrthday Honours

    event date: 19-Oct-2017
    MHSOBA is would like to congratulate Associate Professor David Langton OAM for his service to thoracic and sleep medicine and Mr Colin Terence Heazlewood OAM for his service to higher education.  Their full list of achievements is attached

    2017 Queens Birthday Honours two more recipients 2017 Queens Birthday Honours two more recipients (238 KB)

  • 2017 MHSOBA October Newsletter

    event date: 16-Oct-2017
    Here is the October Edition of the MHSOBA Newsletter.  If you have any articles you would like to contribute please send them to

    2017 MHSOBA October Newsletter 2017 MHSOBA October Newsletter (2657 KB)

  • MHSOBA Datatbase and Communications Specialist

    event date: 09-Oct-2017
    There is a new position opening up within the MHSOBA Office. Please see attached contract.

    MHSOBA Database and Communications Specialsit MHSOBA Database and Communications Specialsit (99 KB)

  • 2017 Sir Peter Ustinov Award

    event date: 26-Sep-2017
    Melbourne scriptwriter Joe Brukner has won the prestigious 2017 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, bestowed each year by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.

    The competition required entrants to submit a completed one-hour television drama script which Joe won with his script Judas.

    Joe is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, and subsequently went on to complete a Masters degree in Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles and working in entertainment for several years. This award is in addition to recognition for his previous script Transplant, which placed 1st on the 2017 A-List of unrepresented writers working in entertainment, and the 2017 Bitch List which celebrates unproduced scripts that depict complex, female-driven stories.

    Joe was chosen as a Fellow of Australians in Film’s Writers Room for 2015-16, developing a feature script under the guidance of industry professionals in Los Angeles. As a producer working in Los Angeles, he has written and produced multiple short films and music videos for leading international artists such as Jack Ü and The Fratellis. He has also worked as part of producing teams for blockbuster projects including Ghostbusters and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
  • Bill Meaklim OAM - Richmond FC Historian

    event date: 26-Sep-2017
    Bill Meaklim OAM - MHS Exit 1949
    ABC News 19 September

    Richmond stalwart Bill Meaklim knows what it's like when the drought breaks.

    The 83-year-old first started barracking for the Tigers after watching them win the 1943 flag — and then had to wait 24 years for the next one.

    "I clearly remember the anticipation in 1967. It's just the anticipation that the drought will break, and when it did break, boy oh boy," he said.

    Richmond will face Greater Western Sydney in the preliminary final on Saturday.

    If they win, they'll have a chance to break an even bigger drought — 37 years since the club's last premiership in 1980.

    "I've been involved within the club for three premierships and I've had to warn the staff, be prepared," Mr Meaklim said.

    "The merchandise shop will sell out overnight, they'll need to have more staff than Myer."

    Mr Meaklim received an Order of Australia medal earlier this year for his decades of service to Richmond.

    He was the Tigers' statistician for 25 years before becoming club historian in 1986.
    Richmond fans hold up yellow-and-black flags and banners at the MCG.
    Photo: Richmond fans will turn the MCG into a fortress when they play GWS this weekend. (AAP: Julian Smith)

    He reckons he once saw 1,200 Richmond games straight, not missing a pre-season practice match, final or anything in between.

    But he has seen nothing like the hype surrounding the Tigers this September.

    "It's been exceptional really. We did have a 24-year drought, but the lead-up this time is multiplied by many hundreds," he said.

    "Thirty-seven years. People who have never seen Richmond win a premiership running around in Richmond gear. The buzz is unbelievable and unequalled in my journey."
    Lounge room can rival MCG atmosphere

    Mr Meaklim doesn't get to as many games as he once did. There is no interstate travel and night games are a bit of a stretch.

    "The atmosphere at the ground is really important I reckon, but by gee there's some atmosphere in my lounge room, I really let go," he said with a laugh.

    "I still get excited. Silly old bloke, I still get up and yell."

    Mr Meaklim is also secretary of the Richmond Former Players and Officials Association, and his phone has been running hot this week with past players chasing extra tickets for Saturday's match.

    "Only two days ago I spoke to Royce Hart, Ian Stewart, Dick Clay, Jack Dyer Junior — the buzz is there among them as well."

    Mr Meaklim's knowledge of past players, whether they played one game or 300, is encyclopaedic.
  • Nathaniel Diong

    event date: 26-Sep-2017
    Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

    At just 16 years old, Year 11 student Nathaniel Diong is building his reputation as a rising star in the realm of entrepreneurship.

    Nathaniel recently qualified as a Victorian Finalist in the globally recognised CPA Australia Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition. As one of three individuals selected in the whole of Victoria, his entry clearly caught the eyes of the judges. His project, SmartPax, is a smart digitalised medicine pack equipped with sensors and reminders, which aims to help patients remember to take their medication.
    While he is waiting to hear further news from CPA Australia, Nathaniel is also getting ready for the inaugural ABCN Entrepreneurs Unearthed finals in partnership with Commonwealth Bank Australia and Ernst & Young this week after passing all four phases. Fuelled by a passion to change the world, Nathaniel is someone to definitely be looked out for in the near future. We would like to wish him good luck in his ventures.
  • 2017 Arnold O'Brien Enters Hall of Fame

    event date: 18-Sep-2017
    Arnold O’Brien
    MHS Exit 1951

    Article supplied by Bowls Victoria
    Published 7 September 2017

    Victorian bowls administrator and former State player Arnold O’Brien OAM will be formally inducted into the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame this year.

    Mr O’Brien, 82, will join the Hall of Fame on October 26 at the national body’s 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night, which will be staged at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.

    While boasting achievements both on and off the green, Mr O’Brien has earned inclusion for his tireless work and contribution to the sport in a non-playing capacity.

    His involvement in the sport spans more than 65 years, including accolades achieved playing, coaching, umpiring, marking and administering across club, group, region, state, national and international levels.
    He is a former President of Bowls Victoria's forerunner, the RVBA, and a Life Member of Bowls Victoria, as well as playing more than 200 matches for the State - the vast majority at senior level.
    Mr O'Brien had a distinguished tenure with the RVBA. He served as a Councillor for 21 years, which included the roles of Vice President from 1994 to 1998, Deputy President from 1998 to 2000, and President from 2000 to 2003.
    He has also served on the state’s selection committee for 26 years - 12 as Chairman - and the coaching committee for 21 years, 13 as Chairman.
    He was made a life member of Bowls Victoria in 2006.
    At an international level, Mr O’Brien served on Bowls Australia’s selection committee in 2002, before taking the reins as Chairman for a term of three years from 2003.
    He was also a marker and umpire at the sport’s premier event, in the 1980 World Bowls Championships.
    He was recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the sport in 2004.
    Mr O’Brien will be included in the “2000-present - General” category of Hall of Fame membership.
    Arnold O’Brien
    MHS Exit 1951

    Article supplied by Bowls Victoria
    Published 7 September 2017
  • 2017 GMB AGM Report and Minutes

    event date: 14-Jun-2017
    23rd Annual General Meeting and Dinner was held Wednesday 14 June in the Unicorn Club. Keith Elsner retired from his position as P-I-C and he welcomed into his position John McIntosh. A huge thank you to Keith for the wonderful work he has done and welcome on board John. David Saul has taken is now the deputy P-I-C and we look forward to the new incumbents involvement over the next few year.

    Please see attached AGM report for 2017.

    2017 GMB AGM Report 2017 GMB AGM Report (1414 KB)

    2017 GMB AGM Minutes 2017 GMB AGM Minutes (26 KB)

  • 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours

    event date: 13-Jun-2017

    Mr Aaron Jonna GANDEL AO,

    For eminent service to the community as a benefactor and supporter of a range of visual arts and cultural institutions, to youth education, medical and biotechnology innovation programs, to business, and to the advancement of philanthropic giving.

    Service includes: Philanthropic: Chairman, Gandel Philanthropy, current. Major Donor, National Gallery of Australia, 2010. Chairman, Board of Governors, Jewish Museum of Australia - Gandel Centre of Judaica, since 1983; Patron and Benefactor, since 1982. Life Governor, Alfred Health, since 2002; Member, Appeal Committee, Burns Unit, 1992; Chair, Alfred Hospital Cancer Centre; Benefactor, current. Foundation Member,
    Patrons of the Victorian Arts Centre, since 1991; Life Member, 2008.
    Member, Advance Council, The Global Foundation, 'no dates'. Life Governor, Vision Australia Foundation, 2002. Life Governor, Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, 1999. Business: Chairman, Gandel Group of Companies, since 1984. Founding Chairman, CFS Gandel Retail Trust, 1994-2006. Board Member, CSIRO, 1999-2002. Director, Priceline, 1982-1998. Member, World Business Council; World Presidents Organisation, and Chief Executives Organisation, since 1985. Awards and recognition includes: Co-Recipient, Victorian Premier's Award for Community Harmony, 2016. Co-Recipient, Research Australia's Great Australian Philanthropy Award, 2015. Honorary Degree, Monash University, 2013. Hall of Fame Inductee, Property Council of Australia, 2013. Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, 2006. Recipient, Centenary Medal, 2003.



    The Honourable Joseph Victor KAY,

    For significant service to the judiciary through reforms to child protection
    policy and family law and practice, and to the legal profession.

    Service includes: Judge, Appeal Division, Family Court of Australia,
    1993-2008; Judge, 1986-2008. Australian Judicial Representative,
    The Hague Abduction Convention Commission, 2000- 2008;
    Network Judge, International Hague Network of Judges, 2000-2008.

    Co-Director of Studies, Sydney, World Congress on Family Law and
    Children's Rights, 2013; Halifax, Canada, 2009. Executive Member,
    Family Law Section, Law Council of Australia, 1983-1986; Member,
    Family Law Committee, 1981-1984 and 1975-1977; Moot Master,
    National Family Law Moot, 2009-2012. Member, Family Law Council,
    1988-1992 and 1983-1984. Chairman, Family Law Committee,
    Victorian Bar Association, 1984-1986. Consultant Editor,
    'Federal Law Reports', 'Australian Journal of Family Law', and
    'Halsbury's Laws of Australia'. Deputy Chair, Children's Bioethics
    Centre Development Board, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne,
    current; Member, Bioethics Clinical Development Board since 2008;
    Member, Clinical Ethics Committee, 2010-2015. Chairman,
    National Centre Against Bullying, current.


    Mr Graham Harry SLADE AM

    For significant service to the community as a supporter of aged care,
    medical and multicultural associations, and to the pharmacy

    Service includes:
    Board Member, Jewish Care Victoria, 2001 -2002; Member,
    Values Committee 2002- 2006;
    President, Montefiore Homes (now Jewish Care Victoria ), 1993- 1995;
    Board Member, 1987 - 2002; Life Governor, since 2002;
    Philanthropic supporter.

    Board Member, Jewish Community Services, (previously known
    as the Jewish Welfare Society ), 1999-2000.

    Benefactor, Epworth Men's Health Lunch, Epworth Hospital, 2015.
    Benefactor, Epworth Medical Foundation, since 1990.
    Secretary, Victoria Street Traders Association, 1995; Co-Chairman,
    Victoria Street Lunar Year Festival, 1985-1995.
    Member, Management Committee, Richmond Chamber of
    Commerce, 1993-1994.
    Chairman, Victoria Street Development Committee,
    circa 1980s.
    Secretary, Rotary Club of Richmond, circa 1990s.
    Board Member, North Richmond Family Care Centre,
    circa 1979-1981.

    Proprietor, Slade Pharmacy Services (VIC, NSW and QLD),
    since 1965.
    Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, since 1962.

    Awards and recognition includes:
    Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation, Richmond Asian Business
    Association, 1995.
    Recipient, Certificate for Special Civic Service, City of Richmond, 1993.



     Mr Andre RAZUMS, Balwyn

    For service to business and commerce.

    Service includes: Co-Founder, Dairy Bell Ice Cream, 1970-2015. Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, since 1971.

    Member, Melbourne High School Old Boys Association, current.

    President, Greythorn-Balwyn Junior Football Club, 1980. Vice-President, Camberwell Victorian Football
    Association Club, 1987-1989.

  • 2016 MHSOBA Annual Report

    event date: 16-May-2017

    On 15 May 2017, the MHSOBA held its Annual General Meeting at the Unicorn Club. Please see attached report below.

    The AGM provided an opportunity for the Committee to inform members of the extremely successful year that the MHSOBA enjoyed in 2016.

    The 2017 MHSOBA Committee was elected unopposed.

    The MHSOBA Committee has been working extremely hard to ensure that 2017 will be even more successful than 2016. Thanks to your support, they are well on their way to achieving that goal.

    2016 MHSOBA Annual Report 2016 MHSOBA Annual Report (1980 KB)

  • 2017 John Nguyen Trust Scholarship

    event date: 02-Feb-2017
    MHSOBA is pleased to announce the John Nguyen Scholarship Trust is now available to current Melbourne High School year 12 students.  We have been able to provide this scholarship due to the generosity of John Nguyen,  MHS Exit 2002.

    The John Nguyen Trust Scholarship is awarded annually to a current Year 12 student at Melbourne High School, studying science-based subjects. 

    John attended Melbourne High School from 1999 to 2002 and graduated on the Honours Roll Board achieving an ATAR of 99.50. He was then awarded a scholarship and educated at Monash University, where he received a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 2006. John was awarded the Monash University Gold Medallion for Outstanding Community Spirit Award for his commitment and contribution to improving the life of pharmacy students on campus and overseas.

    To read further please use this link

    2017 John Nguyen Trust Scholarship 2017 John Nguyen Trust Scholarship (271 KB)

  • 2017 MHSOBA Sponsorship Prospectus

    event date: 02-Dec-2016
    We are pleased to announce that DomaCom has agreed to continue as the Principal Sponsor of the MHSOBA in 2017.

    We are incredibly excited about the MHSOBA’s plans for 2017 and the corresponding benefits that will be provided to our sponsors. We have already arranged one of the most distinguished Old Boys in the history of Melbourne High School as the guest speaker for our gala event, the Annual Dinner. We are confident that it will be one of the most significant events in the history of the MHSOBA.

    In 2016, the MHSOBA established these wonderful sponsorship packages that were quickly and enthusiastically embraced by a broad range of businesses and individuals around Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. We are extremely proud of the benefits that the MHSOBA provided to its sponsors throughout the year. The unanimous feedback that we received from our sponsors was that each package provided outstanding value for money and opened networks that otherwise would not have been possible.

    Our digital media network now regularly reaches tens of thousands of individuals, with whom the MHSOBA can connect at the touch of a button. This allows us to promote our sponsors in ways you may not have thought imaginable.

    We have also arranged a number of industry events for 2017, including among Melbourne’s business elite, as well as planning to increase the record number of attendees at MHS reunions.

    We encourage you to consider sponsoring the MHSOBA in 2017 to support Old Boys and current students, while reaping the benefits of a tax deductible contribution for your business.

    Please click on the link to view the Sponsorship Prospectus.

    2017 MHSOBA Sponsorship Prospectus 2017 MHSOBA Sponsorship Prospectus (1764 KB)

    The MHSOBA would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Geelong Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Gandel Group for their sponsorship in 2016.
  • Access to grounds of Melbourne High School

    event date: 15-May-2016
    Access to grounds of Melbourne High School

    Please note that access to the grounds of MHS is via Alexandra Avenue and Chapel Street.

    The Claremont Street gates will not be open.

    If you drive in via Alexandra Avenue you will need to park the car on the top drive and walk down to the MHSOBA Office and Unicorn Club.

    If there is a reunion or function that you will be attending;  you will be provided with a code for the boom gate at Chapel Street to enable you to drive down to the Unicorn Club.

    All members of the school community, who park on the grounds, especially on weekends, need to be aware of the following changes:

    Parking at MHS on the weekends has reached substantial and unacceptable proportions which has become an escalating public health and safety risk for pedestrians, private and Emergency Service vehicles, primarily the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, reducing visibility and restricting the safe right of way and movement of all vehicles. As a result, Melbourne High School has identified and implemented ‘No Parking’ zones starting from our Alexandra Ave entrance incorporating our front staff parking level areas, yellow swing gate driveway and the hoarding side of Forrest Hill driveway where new signage has already been installed. Yellow kerb line marking and stenciling stating ‘NO STANDING’ has been applied where applicable; existing parking signage to select areas will remain.

    The City of Stonnington has approved the new restricted parking zones as they comply with Local Government and Vic Roads restricted parking regulatory policies. From Saturday April 16 2016, parking officers from the City of Stonnington were given authority by MHS to randomly enter the grounds of MHS 24/7 unassisted by a MHS representative, every weekend and select unannounced weekdays after hours, to infringe vehicles who do not comply with our new No Parking procedures. Please ensure you park your vehicle outside the restricted No Parking zones.
    The orange line indicates the ‘No Parking’ zones. Parking on any grassed lawn or embankment is not permitted at any time, this will also attract an infringement notice. Vehicles displaying permits or other will not be exempt, including vehicles displaying MHS parking permits. Areas where signage indicates No Parking between nominated hours (7am – 4pm) and/or limited allowable parking times (30min), will also be enforced.

    The MFB offered advice during a preliminary on-site risk assessment consultation and have welcomed these new restrictions as they have been designed to allow more vehicle and pedestrian freedom to help ensure safety of movement around the grounds of MHS