“Thank you for believing in the potential of students and for investing in our future”

Scholarships with impact

Over recent months, dozens of current St Mark’s Collegians have again been writing letters of thanks for the scholarships that have helped them be at St Mark’s this year. In many cases, scholarships have made the difference between their being able to return or come to the College for 2024, or not.

The headline above is a quote from one such letter.

The letters from students generally express gratitude for the great opportunity to benefit from being at College, and for the kindness and generosity of donors. Many students speak powerfully of what being at St Mark’s means to them, and of the financial challenges which they and their family face, including the current cost of living and other economic pressures, and how much difference the scholarship support makes.

Inspiringly, many scholarship recipients also express the determination that, when they are able later in life, they will “give back” or “pay it forward” – doing what they can to help future generations of students to be at St Mark’s.

A great deal of our scholarships are funded by gifts from Old Collegians who are grateful for what their College experience did for them. Many others are funded by gifts from friends of the College who have seen how important and life-changing their support can be.

Donations to the College through Annual Giving are essential to our ability to provide this support, as are major gifts and bequests. Thanks to the generosity of the St Mark’s community, a number of new scholarships have been created in the last few years, and Annual Giving by alumni and friends funds several crucial scholarships each year.

One of the top priorities in the College’s strategic plan, Towards our second century, is “working to support all students who need it, and to promote excellence and diversity, through a major expansion of scholarships and other financial support for students”.

This week, the annual Scholarship Presentation Ceremonies will be held at the College. Here, scholarships are formally recognised and certificates are presented to scholarship winners by their donors. We also launch Annual Giving, which again seeks support for our students through gifts for scholarships, as well as for other College priorities.

Expressions of gratitude

These short extracts from the very many letters written by scholarship recipients reflect their gratitude for the great impact of the support they have received.


“St Mark’s will forever be a part of my life. I would not be the person I am today without the support, and opportunities for growth and success in all aspects of life. Thank you for believing in the potential of students like myself and for investing in our future.”


“Being part of the college community at St Mark’s provides me with a sense of belonging that I have never felt prior. 2023 spent at college was the best year of my life, I have made lifelong incredible friendships and learnt many new things about myself, others, and the journey of life. I couldn’t imagine myself being anywhere else.


“From the bottom of our hearts, we are truly thankful and assure you that St Mark’s College will always hold a special place in each of our hearts. I hope to one day be able to provide assistance to another student in living their dream to stay at St Mark’s College just like I have been kindly provided with.”


“This opportunity has become a reality thanks to you!”


“Coming to St Marks is one of the best decisions I’ve made. We are all grateful for your support in allowing me to return to college for a second year.”



“It is a testament to the life you have led and the values that you hold that you should show such kindness to strangers and freely support their educational journeys. Thank you for your kindness and generosity in creating this tremendous opportunity not only for me, but also for the many others who will inevitably follow.”


“The impact of this scholarship extends beyond my academic journey; it has made a significant difference in my life and has eased the financial burden I feel I have placed on my family. Without this support, continuing my studies in Adelaide would have been a considerable challenge. I will be forever grateful for your generosity.”


“Your support fuels my determination to excel academically and actively engage in the vibrant community at St Mark’s. I am eager to immerse myself in the diverse academic and extracurricular activities offered at the college, knowing that your generosity has provided me with the means to fully participate and contribute to its rich tapestry of experiences.”


“This generous scholarship has not only alleviated the financial burden of pursuing higher education but has also served as a profound affirmation of my academic and personal achievements. Your belief in my potential has provided me with the encouragement and support needed to excel in my studies. College is not just an academic institution; it is a place where dreams are nurtured, and futures are shaped. The opportunities for growth, both intellectually and personally, are invaluable. Your scholarship has made it possible for me to fully immerse myself in this transformative experience. I am genuinely grateful for the faith you have shown in me, and I am committed to honouring your generosity through dedicated and impactful academic pursuits.”



“Your support is not forgotten and thought of regularly with much gratitude.”


“Living at St. Mark’s is a privilege that I never thought I would have. Having grown up in economic and family hardship, your patronage provides me with significant emotional and financial relief that truly makes or breaks the reality of me being a student at St. Mark’s. Thank you for believing in me.”


“Thank you for providing opportunity to those like myself to continue living at St Mark’s College with the hopes to become the best version of myself in all aspects of my academic and personal life.”


“Being a daughter of two hard working farmers whose income is very dependent on weather means that there is always major stress around financial needs. This scholarship has truly been a major blessing for my family and me, especially with the unfortunate harvest season my mum and dad have experienced this year. Without your kindness, my family would have found it much harder to provide me with an opportunity to receive higher education, which would have impacted the chances of me being able to stay. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to chase my dreams.”


“My parents and I are incredibly thankful for your donation of this scholarship as it has played a large role in helping me to attend St Mark’s College this year and hopefully in the years to come. I completed a gap year in 2023, working three jobs to accumulate savings to support my tertiary education. Such a generous scholarship goes a long way in assisting me with these costs.

“I am filled with gratitude for your generosity in awarding me this St Mark’s scholarship and look forward to the future opportunities that this will open for me.”



“Your generosity not only lightens the financial burden of my education but also validates my aspirations and reinforces my dedication to the field of nursing. With the support of this scholarship, I am better equipped to focus on my studies, engage in clinical experiences, and participate in the opportunities that St Mark’s has to offer. Your dedication to supporting aspiring nurses, like myself, reflects a shared commitment to excellence, integrity, and service to humanity. I am looking forward to personally thanking you for your kind scholarship and will work diligently this year to ensure I have made you proud.”


“Without scholarships, my residence at St Mark’s would be called into question.”


“Being from a farming family, the expense of living away from home was always scary to think about and try to budget for as our family’s income is constantly changing. My family has made many sacrifices to ensure I can be comfortable while studying and have never once wavered in their support towards me even when it has put pressure on them. Your help through this scholarship means a great amount to my family, and more so to myself as it allows me to continue making the most of the opportunities that arise while living at St Mark’s and in Adelaide.”


“Receiving this scholarship means more to me than words can convey. It is not only financial assistance but also a tremendous vote of confidence in my abilities and aspirations. Your belief in my potential has inspired me to work even harder towards my academic and career goals. Enrolling at St Marks has been a profoundly transformative experience for me, one that extends far beyond the academic realm. It has been a place where I have and will continue to make lifelong connections and it will always have a special place in my heart.”



“I am grateful for every moment I get to spend here. I am truly humbled by your generosity.”


“This scholarship you have kindly presented has allowed me to continue my college journey, which may not have gone ahead otherwise.”


“I have marvelled at the opportunities that I have been able to seize, the people that have shifted from acquaintance to family, and the way a new place can quickly become a home. It is due to your generosity that this is possible.”


If you would like to help change the lives of current or future students at St Mark’s, please give now through clicking here.

For details of College scholarships, click here.

 

Tim Brooks Scholarship to create life-changing opportunities for Agricultural Science students

A generous scholarship to help a rural student continue at St Mark’s while studying Agricultural Science, or Oenology and Viticulture, has been created by Old Collegian Tim Brooks (St Mark’s 1966-70).

The Tim Brooks Scholarship, with a value of $12,000 per annum, will be awarded to an undergraduate student from a rural area who is enrolled at St Mark’s and is undertaking study in Agricultural Science (preferably) or Oenology or Viticulture in their second or later year. A student who is undertaking post-graduate study in any of these fields is also eligible to apply.

The ideal candidate would be a student who has completed at least the first year of their course with higher than satisfactory achievement, has a commitment to their field of study, and has demonstrated service to the College or community.

The criteria for this significant award will be, in order of priority: rural student, academic achievement and commitment, financial need, and contribution to the College or community.

Tim Brooks studied Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide while a resident student at St Mark’s from 1966 to 1970. In 1970, he served as President of the College Club (having previously served as Secretary) and as a member of the College Council, and was awarded the prestigious Collegians’ Prize.

For several generations members of his family have been closely associated with St Mark’s including Malcolm E Brooks OBE, Hector G Brooks OAM, and Old Collegians, Hector B Brooks (1950-52, later Honorary Fellow), Clive Brooks (1960-63), and Dr David Brooks (1963-65).

Grandchildren of Tim’s cousin, Hector B Brooks, Henry Brooks (2020-21) and Patrick Brooks (2024- ) are the most recent generation of the family at St Mark’s.

Members of the Brooks family donated the imposing gates at the Pennington Terrace entrance to the College in 1991, and other members of the family have supported the College in various ways. Tim has previously donated the Tim Brooks Agricultural Science Scholarship in 2008-14.

In creating this new scholarship, Tim would like to be able to provide life-changing opportunities to students – and the College is deeply grateful.

For details of College scholarships, including the Tim Brooks Scholarship, click here.

If you would like to donate and create life-changing opportunities for students to be at St Mark’s, click here.

Photo: Tim Brooks (St Mark’s 1966-70) and the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell AM, at St Mark’s, May 2024.

Academic successes and adventures: Semester 1, 2024

2024 is off to a strong start, with celebrations of the academic success and adventures of the St Mark’s community.

Academic Awards Dinner

We celebrated our 2023 academic high achievers at the annual Academic Awards Dinner on 27 March. The awards were presented at a special Formal Hall after a reception at the Lodge.

Students enjoying the reception before the Academic Awards Dinner.
More students enjoying the reception before the Academic Awards Dinner.

Here’s a round-up of the winners.

Scholarships and Prizes

Returning students Mackenzie Walter and Nathan Rokebrand were jointly awarded the Edward A. Radcliff Scholarship as the 2023 College Duxes. Mackenzie, who is studying Forensic and Analytical Science at Flinders University, was also awarded the Sir Ronald Fisher Medal for the most outstanding student in science. Nathan, a student at the University of Adelaide, also received a prize for outstanding results in engineering.

Third-year University of Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences student Oscar Hemmings was awarded the G. Angas Parsons Scholarship as the runner-up to the Duxes.

Prizes for outstanding academic performance were also awarded to Robyn Coles (Allied Health) and Zoe Raynes (Medical Science).

Dino Macri, who is studying Italian alongside a Bachelor of Computer Science, won the BP Wait Prize for the best student in Classics or Modern Languages.

Media and Communications student Cameron Dixon won the WF Wehrstedt Prize for an outstanding performance in Arts and Humanities.

Back row: Dr Katrina Stats, Nathan Rokebrand, and Oscar Hemmings. Front row: Dino Macri, Cameron Dixon, Mackenzie Walter, Zoe Raynes, and Professor Don Markwell AM.
The Distinguished Scholars Book, now including 2023’s award recipients.

Distinctions and High Distinctions

Overall, our community earned a total of over 800 High Distinctions and Distinctions throughout 2023.

To achieve seven or eight High Distinctions in a single academic year is an impressive feat – and 11 St Mark’s students did just that, earning Commendations for Exceptional Academic Achievement. Three of these students received High Distinctions in all their subjects.

Eight more students achieved five or six High Distinctions and were awarded Commendations for Outstanding Academic Achievement. A further 34 students were awarded Commendations for Academic Excellence for earning two, three, or four High Distinctions. 27 of these students received High Distinctions in at least half of their subjects.

We are very pleased to report that an incredible 199 students (approximately 81% of our community) earned at least one Distinction or High Distinction in the year. 31 of these students achieved either High Distinctions or Distinctions in all their subjects.

All three of our Honours students were awarded First Class Honours in Arts, Engineering, and Law respectively. One of these students, Oliver Douglas, was also selected as the South Australian Rhodes Scholar for 2024.

Additionally, Flinders students Eliza Corbin, Charli Dodson, Cate Lin Loo, Zac Meakin, Georgie Orchard, and Mackenzie Walter all received Chancellor’s Letters of Commendation for their outstanding results in 2023.

The 2023 academic performance of St Mark’s College students is very much reflective of the College motto, Spernit Virtus Humum, which roughly translates to “excellence reaches for the stars”.

Playford Trust Scholarships

The 2024 Playford Trust Scholarships Ceremony saw two St Mark’s collegians awarded prestigious scholarships to support their studies.

Jemima Lloyd, a first-year student undertaking a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Adelaide, was awarded a Playford Trust Rural and Regional STEM Scholarship.

Fellow first-year University of Adelaide student Lucas Cockshell, who is working towards a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical and Computer Sciences, was awarded one of the Andy Thomas Space Foundation/Playford Trust Scholarships.

The Playford Trust was created in 1983 to honour the memory of South Australia’s longest-serving Premier, Sir Thomas Playford. The Trust provides scholarships to South Australian university and TAFE students, especially to support them in university studies or research in STEM or related priority areas for South Australia.

Lucas Cockshell (far right) pictured with other scholarship recipients.

An award-winning Yarn with Rebecca Keeley, inaugural Ivan Shearer Scholar

Old Collegian Rebecca Keeley was named the NSW/ACT AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner for 2024! The award recognises Bec’s innovative approach to improving speech pathology services for children and families across rural and regional Australia.

Originally from Darwin, Bec was a resident student at St Mark’s from 2012-14 while she studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University. She was later awarded our prestigious Ivan Shearer Scholarship in 2022, which helped enable her to undertake an MBA at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Bec used the learnings from her postgraduate studies to establish Yarn, an innovative app designed to enhance the impact of speech pathology services. Yarn provides regional clients with access to allied health support, reduces wait times and wait lists, and gives families ongoing support between sessions.

Congratulations, Bec!

Rebecca Keeley (middle) at the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award ceremony.

Speaking from Experience with Oliver Douglas

We welcomed back recent Old Collegian and 2024 Rhodes Scholar, Oliver Douglas, for the first Speaking from Experience for the year.

In a fireside conversation with our Senior Academic Tutor, Cam Akehurst, Oliver offered his best tips and advice for making the most of university, College, scholarships, and other opportunities. Oliver certainly offered a wealth of information, having served as Charitable President and College Club Vice President during his time at St Mark’s and jointly winning the 2023 Collegian’s Prize!

Current students listened eagerly as Oliver spoke of his search for purpose and the importance of introspection for growth. It was an illuminating and inspiring evening.

Oliver studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide and was awarded First Class Honours in History. Later this year, he will head to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar to undertake postgraduate study in modern British history.

Oliver Douglas.

Ink drinking at St Mark’s

The St Mark’s College Book Club is a small but enthusiastic group of buveur d’encre, or ink drinkers, as the French say!

The Book Club meet once a term to talk books over supper. Our first meeting for 2024 took place in March in the Senior Common Room, where we reviewed Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow. The discussion was led by our well-read Librarian, Amanda Ward. Topics ranged from critiquing the style of writing and the unusual structure of the book to exploring its key themes, such as gender inequality, the complexity of relationships, and the idea of video games as art.

From left to right: Cooper Ferguson, Andie Hallgath, Oscar Hemmings, Emma Neuhaus, Zoe Hughes, and Amanda Ward.

Club members are currently reading Bonnie Garmus’s bestseller, Lessons in Chemistry. Excitingly, they got to attend a talk with the author at Regal Theatre.

From left to right: Andie Hallgath, Kathy Radoslovich, Zoe Hughes, Amanda Ward, Karin Dunsford, Cooper Ferguson, Will Gillet, Cam Akehurst, and Dr Katrina Stats.
Author Bonnie Garmus is interviewed about her book, “Lessons in Chemistry”.

Getting down to business

On May 1, our Business, Finance, Commerce, and Economics students enjoyed a dynamic Q&A. The discussion was hosted by our 2024 SAT and Business/Law Academic Coordinator, Cameron Akehurst.

From left to right: Cameron Akehurst, Andrew Stevens, Lauren Stevens, Craig Mudge, Sarah Ware, and Edwina Page.

The panel included:

  • Old Collegian Dr Craig Mudge AO (St Mark’s 1960), who has had a long and distinguished career in IT and innovation in Australia and abroad.
  • Edwina Page (St Mark’s 2020-22), auditor and Old Collegian.
  • Lauren Stevens, now a Marketing Director and business owner.
  • Andrew Stevens, Financial Controller at Flinders Port Holdings.
  • St Mark’s own Business Manager, Sara Ware.

The panellists offered thoughtful advice. The discussion spanned work-life balance (or work-life integration, as one guest described it), invaluable interview tips, and entertaining stories from the coal face of the business world.

Students enjoying the event.

A wine-derful evening

Academic Coordinator Rachael Bird organised a faculty evening with a twist for members of the Agriculture, Viticulture, Veterinary, Marine, and Animal Science Faculty on Thursday, 9 May.

Students were treated to a sampling of professions in between a formal wine tasting experience! With the Ballroom set up to resemble a grand wine bar, fifth generation winemaker Simon Tolley led the group in an expert tasting of a selection of his finest wines.

In between drinks, students heard from:

  • Simon (owner of Simon Tolley Wines).
  • Veterinarian Dr Andrew Dunn, co-founder and surgeon, Small Animal Specialist Hospital, Adelaide.
  • Marine biologist Georgina Kenning, who works at the Marine Discovery Centre in Henley Beach.
  • Livestock industry development consultant Bruce Hancock.

The panel shared tips for salvaging smoke-tainted grapes, hand-rearing seahorses, surviving burnout, and distinguishing oneself as a graduate applicant. It was a delicious and delightful evening!

Re:Marks re:Vived

We congratulate 2024 Lion Editors, Juliette Parlange, Roslyn Thomas, and Zoe Raynes for the long-awaited revival of Re:Marks. The Lion Editors were encouraged and supported in this endeavour by College Club Committee member and Outreach Officer Zoe Hughes.

Re:Marks is an informal student publication first established in 1990 as a forum for students’ work. Showcasing creative writing, visual arts, news, and information about forthcoming events, the latest edition of Re:Marks was enthusiastically received at the recent College Club OGM. We eagerly anticipate the second edition for 2024!

Micho Milanovic with his copy of Re:Marks.
Gemma Garraway with her copy of Re:Marks.

Women’s health on the menu

Zoe Hughes was also responsible for organising the fantastic Women’s Health Formal Hall and Q&A on 13 March. There was a large turnout at the panel discussion in the Ballroom after dinner. While the crowd was predominantly female students, they were joined by some of our male students.

Zoe, together with Dorisa Nasserian, did a brilliant job of chairing the panel session. Guest speakers included:

  • Eloise Hall, the co-founder and Managing Director of TABOO Period Products.
  • Gynaecologist, pain physician, Chair of the Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia, and Founder and CEO of Alyra Biotech, Associate Professor Susan Evans.
  • Tiffany Brooks, a health psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.
  • Nawal Church, a women’s health specialist physiotherapist.
  • Former College Club President Sophie Ludbrook (St Mark’s 2019-21), who is currently completing her final year of medicine.

The guests shared different personal, medical, and therapeutic perspectives on endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and adenomyosis. They spoke about changing approaches to treating women’s pain, and the importance of destigmatising and improving education about women’s health.

From left to right: Zoe Hughes, Dr Tiffany Brooks, Sophie Ludbrook, Eloise Hall, Nawal Church, Prof. Susan Evans, and Dorisa Nasserian.

Zoe says: “In a college that values inclusiveness and having a voice, it was time to start the conversation about women’s health in an open and candid way. We were lucky enough to have five brilliant women join us and share insights from their various backgrounds.

“Even after many years of fighting to be heard and believed, thousands of women are still turned away from medical help and told that ‘period pain is normal’. Spoiler alert: it’s not. That’s why it’s so important to have honest and open conversations about women’s health even when it’s hard and uncomfortable.

“Although the night is finished now, the conversation is far from over. I urge everyone to continue to have these hard but truthful conversations.”

Read all about it!

Last term, first-year UniSA Psychology student Jack O’Connor successfully petitioned the College for the regular delivery of newspapers. Jack argued that access to quality news sources would help students to become more informed about and engaged with local, national, and global affairs. He believed this would equip students to better fulfil their civic duties; improve their writing, grammar, comprehension, and critical thinking skills; and provide a source of connection and conversation for students.

The College now receives daily print copies of The Advertiser and The Australian. This is in addition to our existing subscriptions to The Guardian Weekly, The Economist, New Scientist, National Geographic, and The Koori Times. Jack has taken on the duty of delivering papers to the JCR and recycling the previous week’s papers. He also runs regular quizzes on current affairs.

Lucas Cockshell and Andy Kariuki enjoying access to the newspapers in the Junior Common Room.

“The rocks were amazing!” – Cooper Ferguson on his NZ Study Tour

University of Adelaide Geology Honours student, Cooper Ferguson, provides us with another compelling reason to study earth sciences: travel!

“At the beginning of semester 1, I had the opportunity to visit New Zealand for two weeks as part of the Earth Sciences Honours Study Tour organised by the University of Adelaide,” Cooper says. “We explored both islands, utilising our geological knowledge and skills to understand the complicated tectonic history that shaped New Zealand.

“The trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, allowing us to utilise everything we learnt in our Bachelor degrees. We also got an introduction to presenting and researching through the nightly seminars built into the trip and our overall assessment.

“Of course, the rocks were amazing! Some highlights were the contact between the Australian and Pacific plates, the outcropping near Franz Josef, and the Taupō Volcanic Zone, the site of Mount Ngauruhoe, used in the Lord of the Rings films as Mount Doom.

“A huge thanks to our demonstrators for providing their knowledge and expertise, and their time and energy driving us around and hearing our constant questions. The trip would not have been possible, nor as enjoyable and educating, without them.”

Cooper Ferguson.

Report from the field – Madi Martin

Third-year UniSA speech therapy student, Madi Martin, is the 2024 Academic Coordinator for the Allied Health and Health and Medical Sciences Faculty. She is currently completing her first placement and writes to us from the field.

“I am currently three weeks into my first Fieldwork Placement for my Speech Pathology course! I’ve been placed at the UniSA City West Health and Medical Clinic, which is a student-run allied health clinic. Here, families access the benefits of allied health services without paying full cost for sessions.

“I’m working with three other speech pathology students, and we each have a caseload of four clients over two days. My days consist of planning and administering formal and informal assessments, planning sessions and implementing interventions, and getting feedback from my clinical educators on how I can improve.

“My tip for starting placement is to remember that you (at least in my case) aren’t expected to be the best at everything in your first placement rotation. You are allowed to make mistakes and ask questions. If you’re nervous about starting placement, know that your clinical educators or supervisors are there to help you. They wouldn’t sign up for being a supervisor if they didn’t want to help you become a better professional in your field!”

Madi Martin.

Showcasing skills at Showcase SA – Kellie Lessue

Kellie Lessue, who is studying a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at UniSA,  is completing an internship with Showcase SA. She provided a summary of her experience so far:

“Showcase SA is a marketing company that connects and showcases South Australian businesses, both small and large. I’m excited to use my event planning experience from the Charitable Foundation last year and the College Club Committee this year. This experience has made my transition into this related work a lot easier. I’ve really enjoyed using the skills I’ve learnt at university in a professional environment.”

Kelly Lessue (far right) pictured at a Showcase SA event.

Chillin’ on the other side of the earth – Imogen Dickinson

Imogen Dickinson, a third-year UniSA Human Movement student, has been on exchange in Canada this semester. She recently sent us this update from St. Catharines, Ontario.

Imogen Dickinson (middle) pictured with fellow students on a postcard.

“Hi there from Canada!

“It’s been a whirlwind of experiences over here at Brock University. We’re situated in one of Canada’s biggest wine regions (which has its perks!) and just a short 20 minutes away from the notorious Niagara Falls.

“It’s safe to say that Canadians share a similar lifestyle to us in Australia, it just gets so much colder here with snow and strong winds. It’s nothing a coffee from Canadian chain Tim Hortons can’t fix, especially with friends from all over the globe.

“Apart from the weather, other observable differences include driving on the other side of the road and the content of my university classes. My classes are much easier here in Canada compared to my classes back home. Can’t say I’m unhappy about it!

“One of my favourite experiences so far is the winter expedition I did with my outdoor education class. This involved camping outside in the snow for two nights, pulling all our belongings on a sled across a frozen lake, and taking water from a hole in the ice to use for cooking and drinking. While I’ve never been happier to see my bed in my dorm, it was an amazing experience nonetheless.

“My time here has come to an end, which I can’t quite believe – short but sweet. It’s both exciting and sad to come back home. See you soon, Mark’s!”

An action shot of Imogen’s once-in-a-lifetime expedition.

Service above self

College Club Vice President Will Gillett recently spoke at the Rotary District Conference, celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Loxton. Will shared how his association with Rotary has shaped his life and values so far, and spoke passionately on the topic of service above self. He used Charles Hawker, one of the founders of St Mark’s, and Charles’s sister Lilias Needham, as examples.

“While Charles Hawker’s achievements are well known and widely admired, it is his sister, Lilias Needham, whose selfless commitment is truly extraordinary and does not get acknowledged enough.

“It was Lilias Needham who endowed the lifechanging Hawker Scholarships. Since 1990, these have enabled students like me to reside at St Mark’s and at other Australian colleges, and in Cambridge, like her brother did, while undertaking their university studies.

“She was also part of many service organisations like Rotary and donated a lot. However, with many of these donations, she requested to remain anonymous. It was only after her death that these organisations, including St Mark’s, could acknowledge all she had done.

“Lilias Needham is indeed a true example of selfless service. Her service, which was motivated by the desire to perpetuate that of her brother, now inspires and recognises others.”

He concluded with a powerful assertion. “The motto of service above self is one I aspire to apply throughout my studies and future career.”

Will Gillett (left) speaking at the Rotary event.

In honour of this remarkable and humble woman, the Lilias Needham Medal for Service is now awarded annually at St Mark’s to a student who has demonstrated selfless service, and winners of the Lilias Needham Medal are listed on an honour board in the Junior Common Room. Read more about Lilias Needham here.

Collegians connect at Melbourne and Brisbane reunion events

Melbourne Reunion

Our Melbourne Reunion event was a fabulous night on the beautiful grounds of Trinity College!

Head of College, Professor Don Markwell AM, and Director of Centenary Engagement, Karin Dunsford, had a wonderful time catching up with Old Collegians and friends of the College from many different generations. There was plenty of laughter as friendships were forged and renewed.


Brisbane Reunion

Some 25 Old Collegians and friends of the College from different generations came together at the riverside Blackbird Bar. They joined the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell AM, and Director of Centenary Engagement, Karin Dunsford, for a lovely evening of laughter and nostalgia against a backdrop of twinkling city lights.

Professor Markwell shared news of the College today and of our Centenary Gala weekend (14 – 16 March, 2025), where we hope to see hundreds of alumni and friends of St Mark’s! 
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Marking Anzac Day and Founders’ Day

Every year at St Mark’s, we commemorate Anzac Day and Founders’ Day.

Anzac Day holds significant meaning for the College, as it’s also St Mark’s Day. Many of our founders served in World War I and all were profoundly affected by it. The founders named the College after the Saint on whose day the Gallipoli landings fell in 1915.

Founders’ Day is normally marked on the Sunday immediately following Anzac Day.

Lighting up the dawn

Every Anzac Day, St Mark’s students wake up early to honour the fallen and “light up the dawn” with a candlelight vigil.

This year, well over 100 St Mark’s students and staff lined Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide, at 6am. We remembered those who served in wars and peace-keeping operations, including the 20 Collegians killed in World War II whose names are forever etched on a plaque on College grounds.

 


Founders’ Day Service

At our Founder’s Day Service on April 28, we commemorated Anzac Day and St Mark’s Day, and honoured our founders who worked hard and gave generously 100 years ago to bring the College into being. The service was followed by morning tea and the traditional toast.

It was a morning of quiet reflection on what it means to be a part of the St Mark’s community. Many thanks to the very many students, Old Collegians, and friends of the College who took part. Thank you also to our Chaplain, the Reverend Canon Stephen Daughtry, for his inspiring sermon.

 


 

Old Collegians’ Football

Following the Founders’ Day Service and morning tea, we enjoyed an afternoon of football, in which current and Old Collegians played each other in friendly matches.

The winner? Why, St Mark’s, of course!

2024 starts with “a spring in our step” – and a big win in the swimming!

The 2024 College year is off to an exciting start, with much positive energy in the College – reinforced by a convincing win in last night’s inter-college swimming carnival, with three records for St Mark’s swimmers.

We entered 2024 with a spring in our step, following:

    • strong enrolments for 2024 – one of the largest enrolments in our history (currently 248 students),
    • excellent academic results in 2023,
    • one of our fourth-year students, Oliver Douglas, being chosen as Rhodes Scholar for South Australia,
    • the purchase of the Cathedral Deanery, providing a home in College for seven St Mark’s students, thanks to a most generous donation to the College, and
    • our exceptional staff team being joined by our new Chaplain, the Rev’d Canon Steve Daughtry.

The summer saw detailed planning for the new academic year, including preparation of a new College Handbook which gives an overview of how the College works today (available here ), a calendar of events for the year, and a lively but balanced program for Welcome Week.

After extensive training of our excellent team of student leaders for 2024, we welcomed new students and returners in mid-February. Many parents and friends joined us for the Admission Ceremony in which our new students of 2024 signed the same Roll of Members as new students have signed since 1925.

Welcome Week included important training for new and returning students, many opportunities for new students to become familiar with the College, their university, and the local area, and lots of fun activities and events.

The week ended with the Commencement Service in the Cathedral, attended by many family members and friends of the College, and the Commencement Dinner held in beautiful weather on the College tennis courts. The tennis courts were in use again the following day for a relaxed afternoon of Old Collegians tennis.

The Commencement Service focussed on the start of the academic year as a “new beginning” for us all, and continued the strong focus on upholding good values – including those in the student-written Living Document of Values which, for the second year in a row, our students have pledged to uphold. For the Commencement Address by the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell AM, in the service, click here, and for the sermon by the Chaplain, the Rev’d Canon Steve Daughtry, click here.

The start of the new College year has seen our student leaders organise many superb events and activities – such as Charitable Foundation charity volunteering and coffee mornings, “salty sips” when some dozens of our students brave a 6am start to yoga and swimming at Henley Beach or Glenelg, a heart-warming celebration of International Women’s Day, and a lively panel of experts discussing key issues in women’s health. The energy and vision of our student leaders is inspiring.

The academic, wellbeing, and practical support offered to St Mark’s students by staff and student leaders alike is greatly appreciated. Amongst much else, academic skills training sessions for new students on such topics as academic referencing and writing have been held, the tutorial program is underway and growing, and Study Hall – students studying together in the Dining Hall with tutors on Tuesday evenings – has resumed.

Having missed retaining the High Table Cup by just one point last year, we are keen to do our best to reclaim it in 2024. Our tennis players played with passion and determination in the inter-college contest on 3 March, and – with only narrow margins between the top four teams – were unlucky to come in fourth. The inaugural winners of the new inter-college tennis trophy – the Andrew and Albertina Douglas Tennis Trophy, donated by recent St Mark’s Old Collegians Oliver and Patrick Douglas – are St Ann’s, whom we congratulate on their win.

Congratulations also to the St Mark’s swimmers who won last night’s exciting inter-college swimming carnival with scores:

St Mark’s              85
Aquinas                67
St Ann’s                51
Lincoln                  43
Flinders                28

Our women’s sports officer, Eloise Wills, broke the records in the women’s 50 metres backstroke and women’s 50 metres freestyle, and our team set a new record in the mixed medley relay.

A brilliant achievement by our swimmers!

Meanwhile, several dozens of our students whose ability to be at St Mark’s depends on scholarships have written very moving letters of thanks for the support that generous donors have given them. Extracts from some of these letters of gratitude will be published here in coming weeks, as will news of the creation of a further scholarship endowment through a generous donation, and news of further activities at the College.

Top photo: “Salty sips” at Henley Breach

Middle photo: Senior staff and College Club Committee members on the day of the Commencement Service and Dinner.

Photographs by Estelle Wollin and others.

Mary Ruth McKenzie

(30 April 1937 – 15 January 2024)

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mary McKenzie in January.

Mary came to live at St Mark’s in 1964 when her then husband, the Rev’d Malcolm McKenzie, came to the College as Chaplain and was here throughout his years as Chaplain and, from 1968, as Master, before they left the College in 1977.

Mary’s early years were in country Victoria, before attending Portland High School, where she was Head Prefect and Dux in her final year. After attending teachers’ college, she was teaching near Heywood, Victoria, when she met the new Anglican Rector of Heywood, the Rev’d Malcolm McKenzie, whom she married in Hamilton in September 1961.

After Mary and Malcolm moved to Perth in that same year, she taught at St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, and two children, Chad and Genevieve, were born. In 1964, the McKenzie family moved to St Mark’s, where Malcolm became Chaplain. A reference from the Dean of Bunbury for Malcolm McKenzie for the position of Chaplain said: “His wife too is an excellent young person with good church experience both as a teacher in New Guinea and also a teacher of Divinity of St. Hilda’s Girls school in Perth and is a real helpmate to him.”

Mary was an avid musician, and during her years at St Mark’s, she lectured in oboe at the Adelaide College of Advanced Education, and taught oboe also at St Peter’s College, before teaching flute and oboe for the South Australian Department of Education. Family summer holidays were often spent in the outback and other country areas, which Mary loved.

The Lion of 1977, referring to Malcolm McKenzie’s departure from the Mastership of St Mark’s, said: “We can only wish him, his wife Mary, and Muffy and Chad the best of luck in the future, and thank them all for what they gave to the life of the College.” (There is a tribute to Malcolm McKenzie’s years as Master in our obituary of him here.)

After moving to Malaysia with Malcolm McKenzie (who was then serving in the Department of Foreign Affairs) in 1979, Mary’s teaching expanded to include the bassoon, which she taught for the Malaysian Ministry of Sport, Youth and Culture. She also taught oboe at Malaysian national music camps, and her performances included the inaugural ASEAN music workshop in Penang.

In 1981, Mary moved to Canberra, where she lived for the rest of her life, teaching music for many years at Canberra Girls Grammar School, and pursuing a range of other interests, including her family which grew with the arrival of much-loved grandchildren, travel, bridge, and in her retirement from teaching, massage.

A number of members of the College kept in contact with Mary over the years, and in recent years she made a kind donation of materials to the College Library which included very interesting materials relating to the Angry Penguins poets, with their strong St Mark’s links.

Mary’s family have kindly donated to the College items of St Mark’s memorabilia which Mary owned, including the framed print of the Grenfell Price Dining Hall which had been given to Mary and Malcolm by the College as a gift at the farewell dinner for the McKenzie family in 1977.

Mary McKenzie is warmly and gratefully remembered as a smart and curious person, who never stopped learning, with a fearless and adventurous spirit, and as a woman of kindness, understanding, strength, wisdom, and warmth. She was much loved.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

There is a link to Mary’s funeral service here.

Our thanks to Genevieve McKenzie and Chad McKenzie for the photograph of Mary above.

 

 

Elisabeth Amy (Beth) Lee

(5 October 1930 – 14 January 2024)

Beth Lee, who has died in New South Wales at the age of 93, is warmly remembered at St Mark’s, including with deep gratitude for her volunteer work for nearly 20 years in the College Library – an enormous contribution to St Mark’s.

Elisabeth Amy Humphris grew up at Mungeree, a sheep property north of Wirrabara, in the Southern Flinders Ranges in the Mid North of South Australia. After boarding at Walford Anglican School for Girls in Adelaide from the age of 10, she became a resident student at St Ann’s College in 1948, the second year of its existence. Beth made lifelong friends at St Ann’s.

Studying English and History at the University of Adelaide, she was awarded the Tennyson Medal for Excellence in English, before commencing teaching in country schools, including Minlaton High School.

While a resident student of St Ann’s, Beth was courted by a St Mark’s medical student from Singapore, Chin Tiong Lee (1930-2009, St Mark’s 1950-52), whom she later married.

Beth and Dr Chin Lee had four daughters – Jane (St Ann’s 1971-73), Chris, Marion, and Susannah – and a son, Jonathan. Jonathan was a resident student at St Mark’s when he was killed by a white pointer shark in waters off Aldinga Beach on 8 September 1991. Jon was 19, and was then in his second year at College, where he was very happy, and at the University of Adelaide.

Beth and Chin Lee greatly appreciated the time they were able to spend with Jonathan’s St Mark’s friends after his death, including when several went to the family’s farm at One Tree Hill to burn the big pile of wood Jon had prepared in the bottom paddock for his annual Paddock Party bonfire.

Following Jonathan’s death, Beth Lee volunteered thousands of hours in the College Library from 1993 until 2012, typically working on Wednesday afternoons each week, especially helping the Librarian, Pirjo Rayner. In this time, she accessioned thousands of periodicals, processed many more thousands of books, helped with the stocktakes, and willingly performed any tasks asked of her, including plastic covering and reshelving books.

In October 1994, Beth wrote: “I commenced volunteer work in the College Library early in 1993 for 4 hours a week. I volunteered because I wanted to maintain a connection with the College in memory of Jon, and because I like books.”

On Beth’s “retirement” from her volunteer work in the Library due to declining health, Pirjo Rayner recorded that “because of her great love of books the Library was a natural fit for her”.

“She worked here for 19 years and has given roughly 3,500 hours to the College in that time. She has done a wonderful job assisting me. Beth and her daughter Jane have also donated hundreds of books to the Library over the years, of which 190 are currently part of our collection.”

Pirjo has recently recalled: “During her time as a volunteer in the St Mark’s College Library, Beth and I became friends and I really enjoyed her company. She was a feisty and down-to-earth woman in her quiet way, and we got on very well.”

In acknowledgement of Beth Lee’s longstanding service and generosity to the College, two commemorative brick pavers were produced and laid near the Pond around the time of her “retirement”: one in the name of her late son, Jonathan Lee, and the other in the names Beth and Chin Lee.

Jonathan Lee is also remembered at the College with a photograph which hangs in the College Library, and a tree near the College Green planted in his memory. His name is also recorded on the honour board in the Junior Common Room for the Collegians’ Prize, which he was awarded posthumously for 1991.

Our deepest sympathy goes to the Lee family on Beth’s passing. We remain deeply grateful for her exceptional contribution to the College.

There is a tribute to Beth Lee on the St Ann’s College website here.

Main photograph: Beth Lee in her retirement.

Photographs below: Chin and Beth Lee with Ian Wall at the 1950 St Mark’s Collegians’ reunion in 2000; Beth and Chin Lee in 1953.

Our thanks to Jane Lee and the College Archives for these photographs.

 

Academic successes and adventures of our students

Semester 2 has seen great academic success by our students, and many impressive and fascinating academic adventures – with more to come!

Final Academic Results for 2023

The final results for 2023 are a testament to the supportive learning environment, comprehensive program of academic support, and excellent facilities and resources provided for our students here at St Mark’s College.

The pass rate of 97.1% was well above the average pass rate for each of the SA universities and the national average pass rate in 2021 (85.6% – the most recent data available), and above the College’s average rate for the past 15 years.

Our students did more than just pass their subjects: 43% of all grades were high distinction (HD) or distinction (D) grades and at least 31 students achieved either HDs or Ds in all their subjects. 26 students achieved HDs in at least half of their subjects and 15 students achieved an impressive 6, 7, or exemplary 8 HDs, including three students who achieved HDs in all their subjects.

Honours Successes

We are very proud of our three Honours students, Oliver Douglas, Jord Howard, and Harry Yous, who all achieved First Class Honours overall in their respective degrees this year.

Oliver Douglas completed his fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree majoring in History at the University of Adelaide. Oliver is headed to Oxford in 2024 as a Rhodes Scholar, where he plans to read for an Masters in History before progressing onto a doctorate. He will be the 114th Rhodes Scholar from the University of Adelaide and the 30th from St Mark’s College.

Jord Howard was this year’s Senior Academic Tutor, leading by example in the role by dedicating himself to and excelling in his studies. Jord’s Mechanical Engineering Honours project was showcased at this year’s Ingenuity exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre. His team’s project won third prize in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Project category for their autonomous weed-removing robot project and their thesis was awarded First Class Honours.


Jord Howard (right) with his Honours team showcasing their autonomous weed-removing robot at Ingenuity 2023 at the Convention Centre

As well as a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced), Harry Yous completed his Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. During Honours, Harry was selected on the basis of academic excellence to be a Student Editor for the Adelaide Law Review, one of the oldest and most prestigious law reviews in Australia. He will be admitted as a solicitor in early 2024 and intends to specialise in the areas of corporate disputes involving director duties, equity, trusts, restructuring and insolvency as well as working in private clients’ disputes involving family provision claims, wills, estates, probates, equity and trusts.

Cooper Ferguson – Arkaroola field trip

Cooper Ferguson, a third-year Earth Science student, spent the mid-semester break on a 9-day field trip in the Flinders Ranges as part of the Field Geoscience III capstone course.

As Cooper explains, in small groups, the students “mapp[ed] geological units, structures, deformations, and indicators of past temperature and pressure conditions to understand the history of the area, and its relevance to the evolution of the Earth from 1600-500 million years ago.

“The experience was, without a doubt, the best thing I have done during my undergraduate studies. Between the people, the scenery and of course the rocks, it was an extraordinary time, and I am so grateful that I am able to do this as part of my degree. Not only was it enjoyable, but it was perhaps the best way to learn about geology, and the report is one of my proudest pieces of work I have done.”

Cooper Ferguson in the Flinders Ranges in September 2023

Luke McKay – Gallipoli Scholars Trip to Canberra

At the end of September, Luke MacKay, a 2023 Gallipoli Scholar, travelled to the nation’s capital for a guided tour of the Australian War Memorial, a dinner with current and former Gallipoli Scholars and their sponsors, and to meet with the Governor General, His Excellency the Hon. David Hurley AC DSC.

The Gallipoli Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to the most deserving and meritorious Australian students who are commencing their first year of tertiary study and are the direct descendant of someone who has served in the Australian or New Zealand Defence Force in any conflict or peacekeeping role since the First World War.

Luke, who is studying a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide, was also the inaugural recipient of the A. Simpson & Sons Scholarship at St Mark’s this year. The Simpson Scholarship was created from a generous endowment by Mr Antony Simpson (St Mark’s 1958-62), Honorary Fellow of the College, and is awarded annually on the basis of excellence in intellect, character, leadership, and service, to give recipients of the Scholarship the opportunity to attend the College.

In his first year of university, Luke has proven himself a very worthy recipient of both of these prestigious scholarships, which have allowed him to fully immerse himself and excel in his studies and College life.


Luke MacKay with the Governor General, His Excellency the Hon, David Hurley AC DSC, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley at Government House in Canberra on 26 September 2023.

Jasmyn Lloyd – NALHN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship

Jasmyn Lloyd, a third year University of Adelaide Medicine student and this year’s Indigenous Student Advisor at College, was one of six recipients of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network’s (NALHN) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship in 2023.

These scholarships are aimed at increasing and enhancing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in its workforce. As Jas explains, “They increase First Nation’s representation within the medical field and provide young First Nations people with role models they can aspire to follow.”

Jas has participated in two placements at NALHN and, as a direct result of her experience there, recently applied for and was appointed as a casual Aboriginal Project Officer in the Emergency Department Aboriginal Access team, Kumangka Padninthi, helping to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive culturally appropriate care.

Jas is “[s]o grateful to be a part of this amazing program [and] cannot recommend it enough for mob studying any aspect of Health at Uni!”


Jasmyn Lloyd during her NALHN placement

Speaking from Experience

Speaking from Experience is a new informal discussion series at St Mark’s, where we invite our staff, postgraduate students, and Old Collegians to come and tell us about something they have learned the hard way – through experience! The last Speaking from Experience event for 2023 featured our Head of College, Professor Don Markwell AM, in conversation with two of our student leaders, Clare Jenkin and William Gillett. The event drew a large audience, who were enthralled, entertained, and inspired by the wide-ranging and very personal discussion in which Don reflected on the people, events and experiences that have shaped his life and career thus far.


Professor Don Markwell AM in conversation with Clare Jenkin and Will Gillett

High Jinks and Ice Rinks

In the lead-up to their final exams for the year, St Mark’s students were invited to join a series of three juggling workshops with international juggling sensation, Philippe Quoilin. Requiring one’s full physical and mental attention on the task at hand, juggling is an excellent way to take a quick physical and mental break from the books. These workshops were generously funded by a grant from the Adelaide City Council and enthusiastically embraced by students and staff alike.

For STEM Academic Coordinator, Josh Rummell, “the juggling workshops were a great way to interact with a new skill that I’ve always wanted to learn”.

Philippe managed, as promised, to have everyone juggling three or more balls within the first 30 mins, working closely with those who needed extra encouragement and extending those, like Drew Willie (pictured below), who mastered it very quickly.

As Agriculture/Viticulture/Vet and Animal Science Academic Coordinator, Maddie Dodds reported, Phillipe “brought a passion to his juggling lesson like no other. His warmth encouraged everyone to give juggling a go and made a safe environment to make mistakes. His insight and tips boosted our confidence (and our skills)!”

We are grateful to the Adelaide City Council for their generous support of this well received and beneficial activity for our students – and staff.


Drew Willie juggling (or almost!)

In a similar vein, first-year students India Ciura and Dino Macri organised an ice-skating session for students at the Ice Arena in Thebarton to give fellow Collegians an opportunity to cool the pre-exam nerves and try a new skill in a supported environment.

Academic Achievement Celebrated

At our Final Dinner on 28 October, we celebrated some of the brilliant academic achievements in semester 1 by St Mark’s scholars.

Academic Colours were awarded to Ruby Ford and Mackenzie Walter (second year), Oscar Hemmings (third year) and Oliver Douglas (fourth year) for their consistent academic achievement at the very highest level during their time at College.

Academic Commendations were awarded to ten first-year students (Robyn Coles, Cameron Dixon, Luke McKay, Dino Macri, William McConnel, Zac Meakin, Zoe Raynes, Nathan Rokebrand, Madalyn Toet and Eloise Wills), three second-year students (Harriet Ellis, Sophie Gale, and Georgie Orchard), five third-year students (Oliver Leslie, Darcy Lillecrapp, Corey Smith, Jack Stimson, and Harry Yous), and one fourth-year student (Ella Browne) who have consistently achieved outstanding results during their time at College.


Ruby Ford receiving Academic Colours from Professor Markwell at the 2023 Final Dinner


Mackenzie Walter receiving Academic Colours from Professor Markwell at the 2023 Final Dinner’


Oliver Douglas receiving Academic Colours from Professor Markwell at the 2023 Final Dinner


Oscar Hemmings receiving the Sir Keith Angas Essay Prize for 2023 at Final Dinner

Sir Keith Angas Essay Prize

For the second year in a row, University of Adelaide Science student Oscar Hemmings (pictured above) won the coveted Sir Keith Angas Essay Prize.

The Angas Essay Prize, which was established in 1962, thanks to a generous gift by Sir Keith Angas, a former Chair of the College Council and Honorary Fellow of the College, is awarded for an essay written by a member of the College on a topic of general or contemporary interest.

This year, students were invited to write on an aspect of contemporary democracy. Oscar’s excellent essay, entitled “A democracy sausage, but only the bread”, examined how governments can fight illiberal democracy in the global theatre.

Imogen Dickinson, Liam Dixon, Reuban Duguid – Forthcoming Exchange Programs

Three of our students will be going on exchange in 2024, swapping the Australian summer for snowy adventures on the other side of the world in semester 1.

Imogen Dickinson will be studying in Canada, while Liam Dixon and Reuban Duguid are both off to Scandinavia. Liam, who will be undertaking a course in Nordic Backcountry Skiing through the University of South-Eastern Norway in Bø, has never seen snow before, let alone strapped on skis!

We wish them all the very best and look forward to hearing all about their international adventures when they return in time for semester 2.

SMC Book Swap and Drop

Thanks to a very generous donation by avid reader Kathy Radoslovich, we now have a Book Drop and Swap shelf in the JCR. Students and staff are free to take any books to keep, read and return, or hand on to others.


SMC Book Drop and Swap in the JCR.

 

St Mark’s makes historic purchase of Cathedral Deanery

St Mark’s College has purchased the spacious house at 40 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide, that previously served as the residence of the Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral.

This historic acquisition is the first expansion of College grounds since the College purchased Hawker House in 1969.

The Deanery is immediately adjacent to the College, and is the only house between Walkley Cottage and the Cathedral.

It has been rented by the College from the Cathedral since late 2022, and currently houses seven students. Its use for students has been a great success, and has enabled the College to have the largest enrolment in its history this year, responding to high student demand for College places while remaining a warm, friendly, and cohesive community.

It is intended that the Deanery will continue to be used for students for the foreseeable future (although it could, of course, be used for other purposes in future years as circumstances evolve).

Purchase of this significant property was fully funded by a very generous donation by Dr Pamela Wall OAM, Honorary Fellow of the College and widow of Dr Ian Wall AM (St Mark’s 1950-54, Honorary Fellow).

Dr Wall’s donation is the largest donation so far in the initial phase of the College’s Centenary appeal, which aims to expand much-needed scholarship support for students as well as fund some heritage and capital projects.

The Chair of the College Board, Ms Linda Matthews, said: “We could not be more delighted that the College has been able to make this valuable acquisition, which is so important for current and future students.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr Wall for making this exciting purchase possible.”

The elegant house at 40 Pennington Terrace was built in the early 1880s as a private residence, and was transferred to the Cathedral for use as the Deanery in 1922.

Property settlement for the Deanery took place today.

The College’s Pennington Terrace frontage, facing the Parklands and Adelaide Oval, now comprises a row of five 19th century houses – the Deanery, Walkley Cottage, Downer House, the Grenfell Price Lodge, and Hawker House.


The 2023 and 2024 College Club Presidents, Ben McCure and Eloise Montefiore, on the front porch of the Deanery.