Remembering the Rev’d Malcolm McKenzie, our third Master

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of the third Master of St Mark’s College, the Rev’d Malcolm McKenzie, who had served as Chaplain of the College from 1964 to 1967, and as Master from 1968 to 1977.

Malcolm McKenzie (2 March 1934 – 7 January 2022) is remembered warmly as a “priest, College Master, soldier, and diplomat”, and for guiding St Mark’s through a period of social and economic change with great skills of intellect and personality, as well as for the love of his family and friends.

Born in Geelong in 1934, Malcolm spent much of his childhood during World War II with his parents and two sisters in Dunkeld in the Southern Grampians region of Victoria. He won a scholarship to study at Hamilton and Western District Boys College before going, again on scholarship, to board at Haileybury College in Melbourne. At Haileybury, he was vice-captain of the school, captain of athletics, and a cadet lieutenant. His involvement in the army cadets foreshadowed later interests.

In 1952, Malcolm became a resident student at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne (sister college to St Mark’s), where in 1954 he secured a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in philosophy. He was a member of the inter-varsity athletics team, and the University hurdles champion. Some of the friendships made at Trinity continued for the rest of his life.

Malcolm’s studies continued with two years studying theology at St John’s College, Morpeth, NSW, in his second year serving as the well-respected Senior Student of the College. A contemporary later wrote that “he was a keen scholar, and always interested in helping his fellow students”.

Being ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church in 1957, Malcolm served in 1957 as a curate at St Stephen’s, Portland, in western Victoria, and after being ordained as a priest by the Bishop of Ballarat in 1958, became priest in charge of St John’s, Heywood, near Portland. It was here that he met Mary, a teacher, whom he married in Hamilton in 1961.

Together they went to Perth in 1961, where Malcolm served as Assistant to the Dean and as Precentor of St George’s Cathedral, and where their children, Chad and Genevieve, were born. He also commenced Masters study at the University of Western Australia.

The McKenzie family came to St Mark’s in June 1964 when Malcolm took up the position of Chaplain of the College. He combined this with serving as Anglican Chaplain to the University of Adelaide, as a Chaplain to the CMF (Citizen Military Force) and then as Senior Chaplain to the Central  Command, 4th Military District of the Army (attaining the rank of Major), and as lecturer in philosophy at St Barnabas College (the Anglican theological college in Adelaide). He also undertook post-graduate research that continued his earlier work at the University of Western Australia.

Little over three years after coming to St Mark’s, on the retirement of the Master, Mr Robert (Bob) Lewis, Malcolm was appointed the third Master of the College – from a field of 34 candidates from universities around Australia and overseas. An announcement of his appointment pointed out that, being appointed Master at the age of 33, Malcolm was a few months older than the first Master, Sir Archibald Grenfell Price, had been when he was appointed in 1924.

One of the qualities that commended Malcolm McKenzie to the College Council was that, as Chaplain, “he has already demonstrated his deep interest in the members of the College and their problems”. He had also shown a great interest in wider issues in society, and a capacity for independent thought about them, which continued throughout his life. In 1967, he had promoted the “inter-change of ideas” through a format that became known as “the Senior Common Room Evening”. A fine preacher, in 1966 he arranged a series of sermons on “the needs of the church in contemporary society”, including his own “hesitant exploration of situational ethics”.

Changes in wider society created the context for all of Malcolm McKenzie’s Mastership of the College. He took office in February 1968 as the rebellious student movement throughout the western world was gathering strength, in part driven by discontent over the Vietnam War and connected with other social changes (including attitudes to sex and gender) and challenges to established authority. In 1968, Malcolm himself presented a paper to an SCR Evening on the “Theology of Revolt”.

Malcolm McKenzie has been warmly commended for the skill with which, with great personal warmth, relaxed friendliness, and capacity for rapport with students, he guided St Mark’s through this time of change. Richard Scott Young (who had served as Dean of St Mark’s in 1967) has spoken of the “charm and tolerance” which earned him the respect and affection of very many students as he handled this anti-establishment era “extraordinarily skilfully”.

College traditions were reviewed, innovations made in College life, rules simplified and students given greater responsibility for leadership within the College and for their own conduct and its consequences. This created new responsibilities for, and pressures on, College Club Committees. Successive reports by College Club Presidents and editorials in The Lion reflect both that this was generally welcomed, but also that debate within the College continued for several years on the balance between individual freedom and the needs of “corporate living” within the College community.

At the end of 1968, Malcolm’s first year as Master, the President of the College Club, Julian Disney, wrote that “the rapport which the Master established with the students from early in the year will ensure not only that rapid development continues, but that it takes place in a relatively orderly manner”.

Initially appointed for a three-year term as Master, Malcolm’s position was made permanent by the College Council in 1971, and the Chairman of Council, Gavin Walkley, took “the opportunity to express the Council’s warm appreciation of your devoted and successful service to the College during the first three years of your Mastership”.

The consolidation of the College’s affairs in Malcolm’s early years as Master included the eastern extension of the Memorial Building, and the renovation of various buildings (including, over time, on Kermode Street). It was perhaps best reflected in the purchase of the old Correspondence School on the College’s western border on Pennington Terrace, which became Hawker House in 1970. Its purchase was made possible through the then-anonymous generosity of Mrs Lilias Needham, sister of C.A.S. Hawker (one of the founders of the College). Her death in 1975 saw a further substantial bequest to the College at a time when the College’s finances were extremely difficult.

College enrolments, which under Malcolm’s leadership were buoyant in the late 1960s, were in the early and mid-1970s declining dangerously – as a result of inflation, rural recession, decline in overseas students, and, in the ethos of the changing times, a strong tendency for university students to choose more independent living in flats or shared houses rather than in colleges. These factors severely affected colleges around Australia, and St Mark’s was not immune from them.

In 1972, Malcolm identified these and other pressures as a risk to the College continuing as “a viable economic unit”, and he worked hard – with the College Council led, throughout his time as Master, by Gavin Walkley – to secure its position. Gavin Walkley later wrote that, “with reduced administrative assistance, no task was too small or trivial for him to undertake, even in the midst of dealing with much larger issues”.

Elements of his response to the financial challenge included school visits to promote St Mark’s, the encouragement of conferences at the College, and the promotion of philanthropy. Having helped to bring a major 1960s fundraising appeal to a successful conclusion, Malcolm now worked to encourage endowments to the College, as well as promoting Annual Giving by Old Collegians to support scholarships for St Mark’s students. North House in Kermode Street was sold.

With many single-sex institutions in many countries considering co-education at the time, and some viewing it as “imminent” at St Mark’s, 1972 also saw a College committee to consider St Mark’s becoming co-residential. Malcolm was commended for “his patient canvassing of the views of all sections of the St Mark’s community”. While the College Council decided against this at the time, it helped to prepare the ground for the College’s decision to admit women in 1982 – the 40th anniversary of which we celebrate this year.

As Master, Malcolm McKenzie took a warm and engaged interest in students. He is remembered for his friendliness, for enabling students to come to St Mark’s who could not otherwise have done so, and for wise mentorship and advice to students, including regarding career choices. He attracted and worked with various staff, tutors, and resident academics of high calibre. He took a keen interest in the development of the College library, and naturally continued his keen interest in the College Chapel and its daily as well as special services, with the creation in the mid-1970s of a more “spacious and dignified chapel” in the old Downer stables in place of the more modest Oratory. Many Old Collegians remain grateful to him for baptising their children.

The innumerable College events and activities in which Malcolm took part as Master included, as well as many activities with and for students, extending warm hospitality to many international and inter-state academic and other visitors to the College. A highlight was the celebration in 1975 of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the College, in which three Masters – Sir Archibald Grenfell Price, Mr Bob Lewis, and Malcolm – took part, along with hundreds of Old Collegians and their partners. The College is now preparing to mark its 100th anniversary in 2025.

On Malcolm’s retirement as Master in 1977, in the year in which Sir Archibald Grenfell Price passed away, Malcolm wrote, in expressing gratitude to the St Mark’s community for his own time as Master: “it has been an undeserved privilege to experience at first hand the grand vision of the first Master and to be associated with a community which is also rightly identified as the ongoing expression of his ideals and his commitment to the collegiate system”. He expressed optimism, encouraged by “many thoughtful people in the Oxford and Cambridge colleges”, about the future of collegiate education, including for nurturing “the creative innovators in our society”.

When, in May 1977, it was announced that Malcolm McKenzie was resigning as Master of the College after nearly 10 years in that position, the Chairman of the College Council, Gavin Walkley, said that “the whole College community regretted that Mr McKenzie’s tenure of office was coming to an end”.

“His administration of the affairs of the College, his concern for student welfare and his maintenance of the high standards of College life that have been developed over more than fifty years, had resulted in his being held in the highest regard by the Council, Fellows, Senior members, [Old] Collegians and current undergraduate members of the College”, Gavin Walkley wrote.

The College Club President, Nick Birdseye, wrote of 1977: “It was a significant year in the life of the College, the foremost event of the year being the retirement of the third Master, the Reverend Malcolm McKenzie.

“He took the College from an environment where tradition and hierarchy were more prominent than today, through a period of questioning of the status quo and authority, to a position where I feel that members of College have begun to realise that traditions are important in stimulating a sense of belonging, and that respect for others is the most important characteristic to have.

“I thank Mr. McKenzie for bringing the College through this period, while maintaining an environment which people will respect for what it teaches them from their experience of living here.”

As Senior Chaplain to the Central Command and as a Major, Malcolm McKenzie had regularly visited the secret rocket testing site at Woomera to hold services and offer pastoral care. This may have contributed to his interest in issues of security and intelligence. It is said that he guided a number of St Mark’s students into work in security and intelligence, and this field became an important element of his own future work.

After leaving St Mark’s, Malcolm McKenzie joined Australia’s diplomatic corps and, after what he described as “James Bond-like training” in the UK, he was posted to Australia’s High Commission in Malaysia as First Secretary in the late 1970s. It was during his years working in Malaysia (including dealing with the military and the police special branch both in west Malaysia and in Sabah and Sarawak) that he met Maggie, who became his second wife.

Over subsequent decades, he and Maggie returned often to Malaysia, both for family reasons and as together they pursued various business interests in South-East Asia after Malcolm left Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Amongst his many interests in politics and society in the region was a deep commitment to the wellbeing of West Papuans in Indonesia.

Malcolm passed away peacefully in his sleep on 7 January 2022 after a long period of illness.

The College has expressed its deepest sympathy to the McKenzie family at this sad time, and the flags at the College flew at half-mast for several days as a mark of respect for Malcolm.

The warmth with which he is remembered in the St Mark’s community was well summed up by Professor Graham Zanker (St Mark’s 1969-70), who has written that Malcolm “was a consistently cheerful, considerate and wise Master. My life was enriched by his friendship. My memory of him will always be one of admiration and gratitude.”

Malcolm McKenzie’s portrait, by Robert Hannaford, hangs in the College Dining Hall, behind the High Table where he so often presided.

His funeral was held in Geelong on Friday 14 January. A recording of it can be viewed here.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Photo: Malcolm McKenzie at St Mark’s College in 1975

“A great day for South Australia” – unveiling of “stunning” portrait of Ian and Pamela Wall

“A great day for Ian and Pamela Wall, a great day for St Mark’s, and a great day for South Australia” – this was the comment of the Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, on Sunday’s unveiling of Tsering Hannaford’s joint portrait of Ian and Pamela Wall in the St Mark’s College dining hall.

Innovative engineer and successful businessman Mr Ian Wall AM (St Mark’s 1950-54, Honorary Fellow) and Mrs Pamela Wall OAM are the largest donors to the College in its history.

Their extraordinarily generous gifts have been indispensable to the building of the College flats, the East Wing (including the Ian and Pamela Wall Academic Centre), and the multi-storey carpark and its recent expansion – as well as many other College projects over many years.

“This portrait by Tsering Hannaford is one way in which we at St Mark’s say ‘thank you’”, the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell, said.

South Australian artist Tsering Hannaford has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize for portrait painting in each of the last seven years, including being highly commended last year.

Her joint portrait of Ian and Pamela Wall was greeted with enthusiastic applause and praise at the unveiling. “Stunning” and “fabulous” are just two of the many superlatives from guests about the portrait, which will hang in the College dining hall.

Guests at the unveiling included – besides the Premier, Honorary Fellows, and Old and current Collegians – such distinguished guests and friends of the College as the former Governor, the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC, and Mrs Lan Le; the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Professor Peter Høj AC, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Jennie Shaw; and the SA Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Hon. Josh Teague MP.

In welcoming guests, Professor Markwell spoke about Ian and Pammie Wall’s “profound connection to St Mark’s”, beginning with Ian’s years as a resident student while studying electrical engineering at the University of Adelaide (1950-54). He quoted Ian as saying that “my life was really centred around St Mark’s for [nearly] five years”, and that without St Mark’s, he would not have had the success that he has had.

Professor Markwell recounted amusing anecdotes from Ian’s student days, when he was affectionately known in College as “Prof”, and served on the College Club Committee for three years, including as Treasurer.

He quoted Ian on many elements of “the total experience” of College life, including the wise counsel he had received from the Master, Sir Archibald Grenfell Price, and Vice-Master (and later Master), Bob Lewis, all of which gave him “good preparation for the things that I needed to do in my adult life”.

Professor Markwell also quoted Ian as feeling “almost a duty that you should reinforce the opportunity for those who are to follow in your steps” – something he and Pammie Wall had together done through their exceptional generosity in providing facilities and support for our students.

“Theirs is a uniquely special place in the current life and in the history of this College, just as theirs is a very special place in the South Australian community, to which they have contributed so much, both through the development of a remarkable and innovative international business based in Adelaide [Codan], and through their extraordinary and unassuming generosity to so many good causes.”

Mrs Pamela Wall said: “Ian and I have both been involved with the College over many years and we feel honoured to be here today”. She also spoke of the “wonderful experience” of having “sat for Tsering Hannaford for four weeks”.

Ian Wall spoke movingly of how his parents had enabled him to come to St Mark’s after he had set his mind on becoming an engineer, rather than following his father and grandfather into work as a butcher.

“I enjoyed my time at St Mark’s and benefited from the experience”, he said. “Over the years I have been able to return some of St Mark’s benefits.

“After today, our portrait will continue our long-time association with St Mark’s.”

After the portrait was unveiled, Tsering Hannaford described the process of painting the portrait – beginning with meeting Ian and Pammie at St Mark’s. “Seeing Ian and Pammie seated side by side as we first spoke struck me as so natural and I knew I’d like to represent them in this way in the portrait.”

“Over time, the portrait came together and I have had the privilege of getting to know Ian and Pammie, learning of the beginnings of Codan in Norwood, the incredible growth of the company to what it is today, their lives, travels, passions and great generosity. Ian and Pammie care deeply for their community and give so much of their time to help others – and this portrait was no exception.

“With this work, I hope that I’ve captured something of their essence and in the years to come, may those in the St Mark’s community feel the depth of their kindness and character whilst continuing to appreciate their wonderful contribution to the College.”

For Professor Markwell’s speech, click here.

For the speech by Mrs Pamela Wall OAM, click here.

For the speech by Mr Ian Wall AM, click here.

For Ms Tsering Hannaford’s speech, click here.

To watch the ceremony in full, click here.

Photos by Kathy Radoslovich, Tsering Hannaford

Introducing our Centenary historians, Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk and Dr Carolyn Collins

St Mark’s College has commissioned two highly regarded historians from the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk and Dr Carolyn Collins, to write the College’s history for publication at the time of our Centenary in 2025.

St Mark’s was officially opened on 15 March 1925, following some years of planning and fund-raising. A short history of the early decades of the College was written by the founding Master, Sir Archibald Grenfell Price, and published by the College in 1967.

The history being written by Paul Sendziuk and Carolyn Collins for the College’s Centenary in 2025 will draw on the College’s substantial archives and publications, oral histories, other input from Old Collegians and friends of the College, and other sources. It will be extensively illustrated.

Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk teaches Australian history at the University of Adelaide. He has particular expertise in the histories of Australian immigration, labour, public health and disease.

He is the author or editor of five books, including A History of South Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which was awarded the Keain Medal by the Historical Society of South Australia, and In the Eye of the Storm: Volunteers and Australia’s Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis (UNSW Press, 2021), joint winner of the Oral History Australia Book Award. He has also written nearly 40 scholarly journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries on topics related to Australian history and the teaching of history.

Paul has appeared on television and radio programs such as Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS TV) and Aussie Inventions that Changed the World (Foxtel). For four years, he also co-hosted an Australian history segment on Carole Whitelock’s afternoon ABC radio program.

Paul has an abiding interest in university residential colleges, having lived at three of them: as an undergraduate student at St Thomas More College in Perth, as a resident tutor at Newman College in Melbourne, and as a Scholar in Residence at St Mark’s College in Adelaide in 2005.

Author and historian Dr Carolyn Collins is co-author of Trailblazers: 100 Inspiring South Australian Women (Wakefield Press, 2019) and co-editor (with Paul Sendziuk) of Foundational Fictions in South Australian History (Wakefield Press, 2018). Her most recent book, Save Our Sons: Women, Dissent and Conscription During the Vietnam War (Monash University Press, 2021), was shortlisted in the 2021 Victorian Community History Awards. Her doctoral thesis on the same topic was awarded the University of Adelaide’s Doctoral Research Medal.

Carolyn is a member of the South Australian Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography and a committee member for Oral History Australia (SA/NT), and edits the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia.

Paul and Carolyn have collaborated numerous times, having co-edited Foundational Fictions in South Australian History and written scholarly journal articles together. They are currently writing a social history of working life and workplace culture at General Motors Holden in the post-World War II period, which includes recording the life stories of 100 former Holden workers for the National Library of Australia.

Paul and Carolyn will seek input from Old Collegians and friends of the College on their experiences of St Mark’s. An invitation to provide input will be posted on the College website and included in the College e-newsletter early in 2022.

The year concludes with reflections on gratitude, and awards for outstanding student achievements

A year of superb student achievements – academic, sporting, cultural, and in community service – has been recognised with awards presented at the College’s recent Final Dinner.

The Final Service and Dinner on Saturday 30 October were the climax of a jam-packed Term 4. A Quiz Night run by the Charitable Foundation raised a record sum for charities. Old Collegian and entrepreneur David Rohrsheim gave a fascinating talk on how his experience at St Mark’s helped equip him with the skills to bring Uber to Australia, and former Defence Minister Christopher Pyne spoke compellingly on Australia’s strategic position. A “Mark’s Day Out” music festival on the tennis courts was a great opportunity for students to relax before exams, the Variety Evening (or College Revue) featured sparkling skits – and there was much more!

Having been equal first in the High Table Cup for some time, the College ended the year narrowly behind St Ann’s (in first place) and Aquinas, after securing third place in the Table Tennis and in the Athletics. In both of these sports (as throughout the year), the College competed with energy and commitment, and with some outstanding individual performances – including from Kira McMahon, who set a new record in the women’s 200m.

A highlight of October was the election (for the first time through electronic voting) and the appointment of an impressive team of student leaders for 2022. These came in the days after a fun “Leadership Dinner” in the Learning Commons at which the Head of College (Professor Don Markwell) enthusiastically thanked the student leaders of 2021 for their exceptional leadership and service to the College this year.

This theme of gratitude continued at the College’s Final Service at Christ Church North Adelaide – attended by the Premier, the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, and including performances by the College choir and music student Elinor Warwick on violin – prior to the Final Dinner.

Both the Chaplain (the Rev’d Grant Moore) and Professor Markwell spoke in the Service on the importance and benefits of gratitude.

“We have so much to be grateful for”, Professor Markwell said. (His address is here.)

Looking back on 2021, Professor Markwell said that he was “grateful for – and proud of – all that our students have achieved this year –

  • superb academic results in first semester
  • passionate and dedicated sporting performances throughout the year, from tennis in March to athletics in October, with grit and determination throughout
  • the creativity and flair of artistic achievement, both in music reflected, for example, in our Arts Evenings, and in visual arts reflected in Marksenfeast
  • the wit and warmth of our Variety Evening
  • the inspiring community service of our Charitable Foundation, including in fundraising and in working to help those less fortunate than us through Café Outside the Square and Anglicare
  • the many social activities organised by the Committee, underpinned by huge amounts of hard work on their part, including such wonderful memory-making events as the winter wonderland Narnia Ball and Mark’s Day Out
  • the work that has been done on the Gassie to help return it to its former glory
  • the many and various activities to promote wellbeing and belonging among our students organised by so many of our student leaders, and
  • all the acts of friendship and kindness and camaraderie which students in our community show each other, helping to support each other in hard times as well as good, and building the lifelong friendships which every student, I hope and believe, will take from here.

“I am grateful for the outstanding student leaders of 2021 who have worked so hard and so well to make this year a special one for each and every student of St Mark’s.

“I am grateful also for the outstanding staff who have also worked with such commitment to support our students, including in their academic studies and their personal wellbeing.”

Looking ahead to 2022, Professor Markwell said that he was “grateful and excited

  • for the excellent student leaders who have been elected and appointed for 2022
  • for the major expansion in student support we will see with Stuart Meldrum becoming Director of Wellbeing and Dr Rachel Buxton moving to a mentoring and advisory role, with new staff coming on board as well
  • for continuing rapid growth in our College enrolments
  • for the fact that growing vaccination rates should give us greater scope to have all the activities we want, including those we have had to forego last year and this
  • for the opportunity to welcome our new College caterers, and
  • for the fact that next year we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of co-education at St Mark’s.”

Professor Markwell said that he was “grateful also for the scholarships and bursaries which enable students to be at St Mark’s who otherwise could not, or would face much more daunting financial challenges”.

Speeches by student leaders at the Final Dinner reflected their great affection for the College “family” to which they owe so much, and the sadness of farewell of those who are leaving the College – leaving with happy memories and life-long friends.

A toast to the students leaving the College was proposed by the College Club President for 2022, Caitlin Glascott, to which student leaders Kaidy Morgan and Aidan Jones responded highly entertainingly on behalf of “the Leavers”.

The toast to the College was proposed in a most moving speech by Sophie Ludbrook, who was later presented with the Collegians’ Prize by the President of the Old Collegians’ Association, Mr Michael van Dissel. The Collegians’ Prize is awarded (following a rigorous selection process involving student leaders and staff) to a student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the College, their university, and the wider community over a period of years.

Sophie Ludbrook is a third-year medical student and Hawker Scholar who served with distinction as President of the College Club this year, and as President of the Charitable Foundation in 2020.

The Final Dinner again saw the award of the Lilias Needham Medal for Service to a student who has given “an outstanding example of selfless service – of acting in a generous spirit for the good of others rather than for their own glory”.

The medal is named for Lilias Needham (1900-75) who, as well as enabling the creation of the prestigious Hawker Scholarships, was an extremely generous benefactor to St Mark’s College, including making possible the purchase of the house named in memory of her brother C. A. S. Hawker – but who insisted there be no public recognition of her generosity in her lifetime.

The 2021 Lilias Needham Medal for Service was awarded to Alice McKenzie, a third-year Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) student who has served as Secretary of the College Club this year, and as the College Club’s Merchandise Officer last year.

The College also again recognised the most outstanding individual academic performances with commendations and colours at the Final Dinner. These are based on first-semester results for first-year students, and first-semester results combined with earlier results for second and later year students.

Commendations and colours were awarded to:

Academic Commendations for first-year students:

Holly Boswell
Jessica Cassidy
Oliver Leslie
Darcy Lillecrapp
Talia Robinson
Sinead Sidhu
Corey Smith
Jack Stimson

Academic Commendations for second-year students:

Regan Binder
Riley Cornell
Oliver Douglas
Caitlin Glascott
Jessica Hulett
Emily Jeffrey
Lachlan Matheson
Isabel Unwin
Grace Whyte

Academic Colours for second-year students:

Chloe Futcher
Max Gordon
Elinor Warwick
Kate Whyte

Academic Commendations for third-year students:

Kristen Coles
Katherine Dumas
Jackson Furst
Hamish Hill
Kira McMahon
Eliza O’Connell
Madeleine Taylor
Niamh Van Berkel

Academic Colours for third-year students:

Kaitlin Beltakis
Niamh Jones

Academic commendation for fourth year and above:

Samantha Hauptman

Academic Colours for fourth year and above:

Ashlee Nichol

Special mention was made of the outstanding academic achievement of Gemma Nunn, who had completed her degree mid-year.

This year also saw many fine individual sporting performances, which were recognised by the College Club with these Club colours, announced at the Final Dinner by the Sports Officers, Eliza Lee and Abraham Tuckwell:


Kristen Coles
Patrick Douglas


Ella Browne
Jonty Pretorius


James Andrews
Kara Phillips


Benjamin Ransom
Bellarose Watts


Blake Dodson
Taylor Glover
Gia Thomson


Jack Brady
Brodie Carrigan
Kira McMahon


Darcy Lillecrapp
Alicia McCully


Kara Phillips
Saxon Westbrook


Eliza Lee
Connor Marzohl

Table Tennis:

Oliver Douglas
Chloe Grosser


Max Gordon
Kira McMahon

The College Club also recognised other student achievements with these Club colours:

Arts Evening:

Max Gordon
Isabel Unwin

College Revue:

Bellarose Watts
Sarah Whyte

James Andrews was again recognised as Male Athlete of the Year, and Taylor Glover was recognised as the Female Athlete of the Year.

The College Club also recognised outstanding students in their first year in the College with awards, announced by the College Club President (Sophie Ludbrook), to Sinead Sidhu and Ben McCure.

Students who were graduating (or completing their degrees) at the end of the year were recognised with presentation to them by the Head of College of College banners. These students are:

James Andrews, Bachelor of Project Management
Kaitlin Beltakis, Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Advanced)
Jack Brady, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Clayton Burke, Bachelor of Finance
Yemaya Coleman-Smith, Bachelor of Music (Popular Music)
Isabel Dawson, Bachelor of Music Theatre
Blake Dodson, Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity
Tayla Farlie, Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Corey Finlay, Bachelor of Business (Sport and Recreation Management)
Abby Goodwin, Bachelor of Paramedic Science
Oliver Hoskyns, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Corporate Finance)
Aidan Jones, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Annabelle Jones, Bachelor of Arts
Alice McKenzie, Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)
Sophie Moore, Bachelor of Human Movement
Kaidy Morgan, Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
Matt Mouvet, Bachelor of Arts
Eliza O’Connell, Bachelor of Music Theatre
Oliver Quixley, Postgraduate Certificate in Film and Television
Bonnie Seagrim, Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Shawn Wang, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural) (Hons)
Bianca White, Bachelor of Health Science

Adam Feder and Gemma Nunn, both Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences students, had completed their degrees mid-year.

The Head of College, Professor Don Markwell, again warmly thanked all student leaders who had served the College during 2021, and made presentations to the most senior appointed student leaders: the Senior Academic Tutor, Niamh Jones, and the Assistant Deans, Kate Beltakis and Ashlee Nichol.

As we look back with gratitude on all that our students achieved in 2021, we also look ahead to 2022 with great optimism. Congratulations to the St Mark’s students of 2021 on a year to be proud of, and best wishes for the year ahead!

Photos by Kaidy Morgan, Emerson Fielke and others

Congratulations to our 2022 student leaders!

The College is delighted to announce the election and appointment of an impressive team of student leaders to serve the St Mark’s College community in 2022.

Members of the College Club Committee for 2022 were elected at the recent Final General Meeting of College students, and students have been appointed to other leadership roles following a rigorous application and selection process, including leadership training prior to application.

Our student leaders are vital to the life of the College. They assist in leading, fostering, and nurturing our College community, including through the provision of academic and wellbeing support to fellow students, organising sporting, cultural, social and service activities across the year, and much else besides.

Student leadership positions give students superb opportunities to develop their leadership and teamwork skills, and to undertake the community service that has been at the heart of the values and ethos of St Mark’s College since its founding in 1925. Experience in these roles also provides invaluable preparation for students’ lives and careers after College.

We are enormously grateful to all our students who are willing to serve the St Mark’s community in this way.

We would like to give a huge thank you to our outgoing student leaders, who have given so much to our community over the past year, and we congratulate the following student leaders for 2022:

Student Executive Team

The Student Executive Team comprises the College Club Executive (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), the two Assistant Deans, the Senior Academic Tutor, the Indigenous Student Advisor, the Senior Residential Advisor, and the President of the Charitable Foundation. It works closely with the Head of College, Dean, Director of Wellbeing, and Director of Learning on coordinating many aspects of College life, and promoting student welfare and success.

Top Left: Jessica Hulett, Isabel Unwin, Clayton Burke, Olivia White, Anastasia Pannell
Front Left: Oliver Douglas, Caitlin Glascott, Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Professor Don Markwell (Head of College), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Jackson Furst, Lachlan Matheson
Absent: Iman Westhead (image below)

2022 College Club Committee

All resident students at St Mark’s are members of the College Club. Elected by their fellow students, the College Club Committee promotes student wellbeing and interests in diverse ways, including by organising an impressive line-up of events in partnership with other student leaders and the College staff. The College Club Executive consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Top Left: Sadie Fuss, Benjamin Ransom, Patrick Douglas, Ben McCure, Georgina Devereux
Middle Left: Tori Low, Yuan Zhang, Despina Eleftheriadis, Shannen Webb
Front Left: Oliver Douglas, Caitlin Glascott, Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Professor Don Markwell (Head of College), Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Olivia White, Clayton Burke

President* Caitlin Glascott Nerrina, VIC UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 3rd Year
Vice President* Oliver Douglas Coromandel Valley, SA UA Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts 3rd Year
Secretary* Olivia White Sandy Bay, TAS UniSA Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) 3rd Year
Treasurer* Clayton Burke Chandlers Hill, SA UA Bachelor of Finance 2nd Year
Male Sports Officer Ben McCure Coojar, VIC UniSA Bachelor of Journalism 2nd Year
Female Sports Officer Tori Lowe Renmark, SA UniSA Bachelor of Human Movement 2nd Year
Male Social Officer Patrick Douglas Coromandel Valley, SA FL Bachelor of Paramedic Science 2nd Year
Female Social Officer Georgina Devereux Mildura, VIC FL Bachelor of Health Sciences 2nd Year
Male Equity Officer  Benjamin Ransom Mitcham, SA UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 2nd Year
Female Equity Officer Deni Eleftheriadis Monash, SA UA Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 2nd Year
Arts and Cultural Officer Sadie Fuss Cummins, SA UniSA Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) 2nd Year
Merchandise Officer Yuan Zhang Gillen, NT UA Bachelor of Science (Microbiology and Immunology) 2nd Year
Sponsorship/ Charitable Officer Shannen Webb Tumby Bay, SA UniSA Bachelor of Business 2nd Year

*Student Executive Team member.

Assistant Deans

The Assistant Deans work with the Dean and Director of Wellbeing, other staff, and students to ensure that St Mark’s provides a respectful, inclusive, and safe environment for all. The Assistant Deans assist students in various ways when needed, including liaising between staff and students, and help to ensure that the College’s values and expectations are upheld in student behaviour.

The Assistant Deans are senior leaders in the College, and assist the Dean, Director of Wellbeing, and Director of Learning in leading the Student Leadership Team (SLT).

Lachlan Matheson, Jackson Furst

Assistant Deans* Jackson Furst Mallala, SA UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 4th Year
Lachlan Matheson Ballarat, VIC UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 3rd Year

*Student Executive Team member.

Residential Advisors (RAs)

Residential Advisors (RAs) are expected to show leadership in all aspects of College life, and to support actively the aims and ideals of St Mark’s College in promoting the wellbeing and academic success of its students. The primary function of an RA is to establish and maintain an environment which is safe, socially cohesive, welcoming and conducive to academic excellence. They are often the first point of contact for students’ issues and can advise on additional support structures within and beyond the College community.

The Residential Advisors and the Flat/Hawker House Wardens are led by a Senior Residential Advisor, who also serves on the Student Executive Team.

Flat/Hawker House Wardens

As with RAs, the primary function of the Wardens is to establish and maintain in their area of responsibility an environment which is safe, socially cohesive, welcoming and conducive to academic excellence. Like RAs, Wardens also serve as Duty Tutors and Fire Wardens for the full year.

Top Left: Jordan Howard, Bellarose Watts, Eliza Lee, Cameron Akehurst, Abraham Tuckwell, Miah Sherry, Darcy Lillecrapp
Front Left: Callum Guidera, Emily Jeffrey, Iman Westhead, Isabel Unwin, Stuart Meldrum (Dean), Jackson Furst, Lachlan Matheson, Max Gordon, Despina Eleftheriadis

Senior Residential Advisor* Isabel Unwin Lake Wendouree, VIC UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 3rd Year

Residential Advisors


Cameron Akehurst Port Lincoln, SA UA Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Business 3rd Year
Max Gordon Sydney, NSW UniSA Bachelor of Physiotherapy 3rd Year
Emily Jeffrey Queenscliff, NSW UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 3rd Year
Eliza Lee Norton Summit, SA UniSA Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology 3rd Year
Miah Sherry Forth, TAS UA Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) 3rd Year
Abraham Tuckwell Quorn, SA UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 3rd Year
Bellarose Watts Singapore UA Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Advanced) 3rd Year
Iman Westhead Mildura, VIC UniSA Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) 4th Year
Wardens  Deni Eleftheriadis Monash, SA UA Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 2nd Year
Jordan Howard Junortoun, VIC UA Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) 3rd Year
Callum Guidera Cowell, SA UA Bachelor of Psychological Science 2nd Year
Darcy Lillecrapp Suttontown, SA UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 2nd Year
Hawker House – appointment process to follow

*Student Executive Team member

Senior Academic Tutor

The role of the Senior Academic Tutor (SAT) is to assist students in the positive transition from school to university life, and provide support to ensure academic success and resilience. Working closely with the Director of Learning, the Senior Academic Tutor’s portfolio includes coordinating the Academic Coordinators, providing administrative support for the Tutorial Program, and ensuring all students are aware of and able to access the academic support at the College.

Academic Coordinators

The role of each Academic Coordinator is to support the Director of Learning and Senior Academic Tutor to help ensure all students attain their academic goals and fulfil their potential, and to improve the accessibility, relevance and quality of academic and career development opportunities for all students. St Mark’s College students in related degrees are grouped by Faculty, and each Faculty has an Academic Coordinator. For 2022, the six Faculties will be: (1) Agriculture, Viticulture, Veterinary and Animal Science; (2) Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry; (3) Engineering, Physical Sciences, Architecture, and Aviation; (4) Business and Law; (5) Health & Medical Sciences and Allied Health; and (6) Arts and Education.

Top Left: Ephraim Nann, Clare Jenkin, Jordan Howard
Front Left: Ella Browne, Dr Rachel Buxton (Director of Learning), Anastasia Pannell, Eddie Page

Senior Academic Tutor* Anastasia Pannell Alice Springs, NT FL Bachelor of Paramedic Science 3rd Year
Academic Coordinators
Agriculture, Viticulture, Veterinary and Animal Science Clare Jenkin Suttontown, SA UA Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences 2nd year
Engineering, Physical Sciences, Architecture, and Aviation Jordan Howard Junortoun, VIC UA Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) 3rd Year
Business and Law Eddie Page Perth, WA UA Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce 3rd Year
Health & Medical Sciences and Allied Health Anastasia Pannell Alice Springs, NT FL Bachelor of Paramedic Science 3rd Year
Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry Ella Browne Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 3rd Year
Arts and Education Ephraim Nann Adelaide, SA UA Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) 2nd Year

Indigenous Student Advisor

The Indigenous Student Advisor (ISA) provides pastoral care and support to all current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Working closely with the Dean, Director of Wellbeing, Director of Learning, and Registrar, the ISA also acts as representative for current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, assisting in the recruitment to College of future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, maintaining relationships with local Elders and with relevant university support services, and assisting in the organisation of events that celebrate Indigenous culture and history.

Iman Westhead

Indigenous Student Advisor* Iman Westhead Mildura, VIC UniSA Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) 4th Year

*Student Executive Team member.

Charitable Foundation Executive

Community service is at the heart of the ideals and values for which St Mark’s stands. Many of the community service activities undertaken by the students of St Mark’s College – including volunteering and fundraising activities for charities – are led through the Charitable Foundation. Its Executive members are its President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Sophie Tan, Nadya Athan, Jessica Hulett (seated)

President* Jessica Hulett Harare, ZIMBABWE UA Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Advanced) 3rd Year
Secretary Sophie Tan Ballarat, VIC UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 2nd Year
Treasurer Nadya Athan Torquay, VIC UA Bachelor of Laws (Undergraduate) 3rd Year

*Student Executive Team member.

Library Assistants
The Library Assistants work collaboratively with the Librarian to ensure the effective running of the Academic Centre and Learning Commons, including ensuring students are utilising the Academic Centre and Learning Commons in a respectful and enjoyable manner.

Mani Draper, Brooke Hutchesson

Library Assistants Mani Draper Port Willunga, SA UA Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) 3rd Year
Brooke Hutchesson Penola, SA UniSA Bachelor of Primary Education 2nd Year

Music Room Curator

The Music Room Curator takes responsibility for the safe and enjoyable use of the music facilities at College, in particular, maintaining the Music Room to a high standard.

Music Room Curator Luke Marcus Penola, SA UA Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts 3rd Year

Gym Curator
The Gym Curator takes responsibility for the safe and enjoyable use of the gym facilities at College.

Gym Curator Kara Phillips Loxton, SA UniSA Bachelor of Secondary Education 3rd Year

Luke Marcus, Kara Phillips

Lion Editor

The role of the Lion Editors is to produce and edit the annual College magazine, The Lion, the official and public record of the year’s events at St Mark’s. The Lion was first published in 1948. Prior to 1948, College achievements and events had been recorded in the St Mark’s College Record since the College’s founding in 1925.

Emerson Fielke, Brooke Hutchesson

Lion Editor Emerson Fielke Bookpurnong, SA UniSA Bachelor of Design (Communication) 2nd Year
Brooke Hutchesson Penola, SA UniSA Bachelor of Primary Education 2nd Year

Student Outreach Officer

The role of the Student Outreach Officer is to assist the Registrar in promoting the College to prospective students, including through on-site tours, promotional events (e.g. Open Days), school visits (both inbound and outbound), career expos, field days and webinars.

Student Outreach Officer Maddy Young Mildura, VIC FL Bachelor of Arts 3rd Year

Photographer & Social Media Content Creator

The role of the Photographer & Social Media Content Creator (‘Photographer’) is to assist the Registrar and others in documenting the life of the College and promoting the College through the production of appropriate social media marketing materials.

Photographer & Social Media content creator Emerson Fielke Bookpurnong, SA UniSA Bachelor of Design (Communication) 2nd Year

Film Maker

The role of the Film Maker is to assist the Registrar and others in promoting the College through the production of appropriate video content that showcases College life.

Film Maker Oliver Quixley Leabrook, SA 2022 course to be confirmed 4th Year

Madison Young, Emerson Fielke, Oliver Quixley

Additional Duty Tutors

The primary function of the Duty Tutor is to conduct regular checks of the College in the evening and on weekends, and to ensure that any incidents are reported to the designated Assistant Dean and logged on the Duty Tutor shift sheet. Students in various leadership positions undertake Duty Tutor responsibilities, and additional Duty Tutors are also appointed.

Additional Duty Tutors Anthony Doll Mount Gambier, SA UniSA Bachelor of Education (Primary) 3rd Year
Paddy Douglas Coromandel Valley, SA FL Bachelor of Paramedic Science 2nd Year
Jasmyn Lloyd Old Calperum, SA UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery 2nd Year
Tori Lowe Renmark, SA UniSA Bachelor of Human Movement 2nd Year
Grace Neuhaus Unley, SA UA Bachelor of International Relations/Bachelor of Arts 2nd Year
Jonty Pretorius Launceston, TAS UA Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) 2nd Year
Oliver Quixley Leabrook, SA 2022 course to be confirmed

4th Year

3rd Year

Grace Whyte Ravenswood, VIC UA Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery

Photos by Kaidy Morgan

Acclaimed university teacher, Dr Katrina Stats, appointed Director of Learning

A highly acclaimed university teacher and researcher, Dr Katrina Stats, has been appointed to be Director of Learning at St Mark’s College from January 2022.

She will succeed Dr Rachel Buxton, who is moving to a mentoring and advisory role as part of St Mark’s major expansion of mentoring and wellbeing support for students.

The Director of Learning leads and administers the College’s academic program, actively encouraging academic excellence and supporting career preparation for all students.

Dr Katrina Stats is a course coordinator, lecturer and tutor in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide (sessional), and a Senior Research Assistant in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University.

She has previously taught history and politics, and contributed to research projects, at various Australian universities, including on Australian history, global citizenship, international relations, European politics, media studies, migration, domestic violence and gender equality.

Katrina Stats has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York. Her leadership roles have included Postgraduate Officer on the Student Representative Council at the University of Adelaide in 2009.

Katrina grew up in regional Victoria and, after a year as an exchange student in Sweden, was a resident student at Newman College at the University of Melbourne.

“College supported, stimulated and sustained me at a very formative stage of my life, for which I am grateful”, she said. “I would not be where I am now without it.”

Katrina graduated in 2003 from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in political science and a Diploma of Modern Languages (Swedish).  Her Masters of Arts by Research at the University of Melbourne was also awarded First Class Honours.

A book based on her PhD thesis at the University of Adelaide, on Australia’s responses to refugees and asylum seekers (1901-2013), will be published early next year. Her other publications include many journal articles, book chapters, and others.

Student evaluations of Dr Stats’s teaching considerably exceed the averages for the school, faculty, and university. Students regularly comment on her enthusiasm for teaching, her clarity of communication, and her ability to stimulate discussion, encourage participation, and enable all voices and points of view to be heard and discussed.

All St Mark’s student leaders who met Dr Stats as part of the rigorous process for selection of the Director of Learning responded with similar enthusiasm to her warm engagement with them.

“I look forward to joining St Mark’s as Director of Learning, contributing to college life and helping students to fulfil their academic potential and personal ambitions, to strive for excellence in all their endeavours, and to reach for the proverbial stars of the College motto”, Katrina Stats said.

The Head of College, Professor Don Markwell, said that he and all who had met Dr Stats during the selection process were excited by her appointment, and look forward to her work with students to support their academic studies and career preparation.

“It is a delight to welcome Katrina, her partner Paul, and their two sons to the College community”, he said.

For more on the College’s significant expansion of student support, click here.



Former Monash University head of college appointed Dean of St Mark’s

The former head of Normanby House and Briggs Hall at Monash University in Melbourne, Dr Andrés Villamizar, has been appointed to be Dean of St Mark’s College from January 2022.

He will succeed Mr Stuart Meldrum, a psychologist with expertise and experience in student wellbeing, when Stuart moves to become the inaugural Director of Wellbeing at St Mark’s, as part of a major expansion of student support.

The Dean is responsible for fostering a vibrant and engaged student body with a strong culture of inclusion and respect, nurturing student leadership skills, and overseeing student discipline.

Dr Andrés Villamizar is currently a Learning Adviser in the Student Academic Success team at Monash University, and a Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education there.

For three years (2018-20), he was head of Normanby House, one of Monash University’s halls of residence, and has also served as head of Briggs Hall and Deputy College Head of Jackomos Hall, also with Monash Residential Services.

In these roles, Andrés oversaw fun and inclusive social, academic, cultural, sporting, and wellbeing programs, catering for the needs and interests of a diverse population of students from rural Victoria, interstate and overseas.

“I loved my time living in a university residential community, contributing to a positive student experience, and working with amazing student leaders. This is why I am so excited to expand my horizons, move to beautiful Adelaide, and join the thriving St Mark’s community as Dean from early 2022”, he said.

Andrés greatly enjoyed meeting many of the St Mark’s student leaders as part of the rigorous selection process for the position of Dean – and their enthusiastic feedback showed that they clearly enjoyed meeting him also.

Andrés’s other roles in the 20 years since he came to Australia from Colombia as a student have included serving as a student wellbeing adviser and Spanish and Latin American Studies teaching associate at RMIT University, student adviser, teaching associate (Faculties of Arts and Education) and alumni relations manager at Monash University, and English language teacher at Swinburne University.

His Bachelor of Architecture and work as an architect in Colombia was followed by a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a Masters of Education (TESOL International), and a PhD on visual literacy in adult education, all at Monash University.

Andrés has had university commendations for his outstanding teaching, as well as for his research, and is a mental health first aider, and LGBTIQ Ally at Monash University.

In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and practising yoga. He’s also a big fan of suspense movies and musical theatre, a karaoke enthusiast, and a cat lover.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Andrés and his partner, Bryce, to St Mark’s in January”, the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell, said.

“Everyone who met Andrés in the selection process was impressed with how well his residential and other educational experience, well-honed skills, and lively and engaging personality equip him for the role of Dean at this exciting time of expanding student support at St Mark’s”, he said.

For more on the College’s significant expansion of student support, click here.



Ivan Shearer Scholarship for study in Oxford or Cambridge – call for applications

A generous bequest by the late Professor Ivan Shearer AM RFD has enabled the creation of the Ivan Shearer Scholarship to support St Mark’s Collegians to study at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge.

An international law academic and practitioner who developed a high global reputation, Ivan Shearer (1938-2019) was Dean of St Mark’s College from 1968 to 1971, and an Honorary Fellow of the College from 2005. Read more about Ivan Shearer here.

The College now invites applications for the Ivan Shearer Scholarship from members of the College who meet the eligibility criteria and who will be, or expect to be, studying at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge in the 2022-23 academic year (including from members of the College currently studying at Oxford or Cambridge).

Eligibility: Under the terms of Professor Shearer’s will, the Ivan Shearer Scholarship is open to current and Old Collegians of St Mark’s College, Adelaide, who have resided at St Mark’s for at least one academic year.

Purpose and value: The Scholarship will pay some or all of the travel, accommodation, tuition, and general living expenses of the Scholar/s to support them to study at either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. Any part of the Scholarship used for payment of fees will be paid directly by St Mark’s College to the relevant college in the University of Oxford or Cambridge, and any part to be used for travel, accommodation, and general living expenses will be paid to the Scholar/s by St Mark’s College.

The award for the 2022-23 academic year will comprise a single Scholarship with a value of up to $50,000 (AUD), or a number of Scholarships totalling not more than $50,000. In the case of more than one award, the selection committee will allocate funds to Scholars according to assessed merit and need. As tuition and living costs in Oxford or Cambridge will ordinarily exceed $50,000 per annum, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for other scholarships and sources of financial support.

At the absolute discretion of the College, a Scholarship may be renewed for up to two further academic years subject to satisfactory performance by the Scholar and the Scholar demonstrating need for the renewal of the Scholarship. In exceptional circumstances, the College may give consideration to a further award to enable a doctoral student to complete their doctorate at Oxford or Cambridge; no Scholar should assume that such further funding will be possible.

Criteria for award: The award will be based on:

  • excellence in intellect, character, leadership, and service; and
  • demonstrated need for financial support to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

Candidates must have applied to, or been admitted to study at, or be studying at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge at the time of application. (If a candidate is already studying at Oxford or Cambridge, the Scholarship could support them either to move to a new course, or to complete a course for which they are currently enrolled; in either case, financial need would need to be demonstrated.)

The academic standards for admission to Oxford and Cambridge are very high, and the selection committee will offer the Scholarship only to a candidate or candidates who, in its judgement, is/are likely to be admitted to Oxford or Cambridge, and to achieve at a satisfactory standard there.

The Scholarship will only be confirmed upon successful admission to the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, and will not be paid if the Scholar does not take up their place at Oxford or Cambridge. The College may apply other terms if judged appropriate.

Preference will be given to candidates undertaking or intending to undertake a graduate degree.

The Scholarship will not be offered if there is not a sufficiently qualified candidate who is also in need of financial support.

Application process: Applications should comprise a letter of application, addressed to the Head of St Mark’s College, and enclosing:

  • a full curriculum vitae (of up to three pages);
  • a complete transcript or transcripts of all your university study to date;
  • a statement (of up to two pages) outlining:
    • details of the course of study proposed to be (or being) undertaken at Oxford or Cambridge, and the status of your application for admission to that University and any of its colleges (including, if relevant, second preference for a course);
    • your reasons for undertaking this course; and
    • your likely or intended further study (if any) and career after undertaking this course;
  • a personal statement (of up to three pages) outlining your interests, priorities, and motivation, which reflects how you fulfil the criteria of excellence in intellect, character, leadership, and service;
  • a statement (of up to two pages) setting out your need for financial support to study at Oxford or Cambridge, including details of other scholarships or sources of financial support applied for or likely to be applied for, and the status of those applications; and
  • the names and contact details (including email addresses and telephone numbers) of three referees, at least one of whom must have formally taught you in a university course.

The font size of the CV and statements should be no smaller than 11 point.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 7 March 2022.

Selection process: Selection will be by a committee appointed by the College, comprising individuals of high academic and/or professional standing.

The committee will interview only short-listed candidates, and references will ordinarily only be sought for short-listed candidates.

It is likely that interviews will be in April or May 2022.

The award of the Scholarship is at the absolute discretion of the College.

For further information: please consult the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell.

For this information as a PDF, click here.

Remembering Bob Hastwell, Bursar (1958-84) and Honorary Fellow

Flags have recently flown at half-mast at the College in memory of the long-term and much-admired Bursar and Honorary Fellow, Robert Duncan (Bob) Hastwell (17 March 1927 – 29 September 2021).

Bob Hastwell was a student at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, and joined the Commonwealth Bank in 1944, before enlisting to serve in the RAAF in World War II just ten days after his 18th birthday in March 1945. He was discharged in September 1945, and returned to the Commonwealth Bank, where he worked while studying commerce (accounting) at the University of Adelaide. He joined the accounting firm of C.B. Jennings, Bowering & Duffield in 1951.

In 1953, Bob married Jill Kitchener, whose family lived in Malaya and whose brother Martin was a resident student at St Mark’s. Bob and Jill’s was to be a loving life-long partnership, their lives centred on their growing family of three children, and then grandchildren and more recently great grandchildren. Jill passed away in December 2014, aged 84.

In 1958, when Bob’s colleague at their accounting firm (by then Bowering, Duffield & Co.), C W B Kerr, retired as Bursar of St Mark’s, Bob was invited to succeed him in that role. In the same year, Bob was made a partner at Bowering, Duffield & Co. – the firm that had provided all St Mark’s Bursars from 1925, and was to go on to provide Bob’s successor as Bursar, Michael Shearer.

Bob served as Bursar of St Mark’s from 1958 to the end of 1984, as his own professional career and other community commitments continued to develop. Throughout those 26 years, he skilfully and effectively managed the College’s financial affairs, working closely with successive Masters (Mr R B (Bob) Lewis, Rev’d Malcolm McKenzie, Dr Peter Edwards, and Rev’d Peter Thomson) and Chairs of Council (Sir Keith Angas, Dr Gavin Walkley, and Justice Rod Matheson). He also, for example, took minutes of Council and other meetings, and is remembered as being able to “calm troubled waters” when needed between meetings.

On his retirement as Bursar, at a dinner held in his honour in the College Dining Hall on 22 November 1984, Bob Hastwell was surprised to be told that the College Council and Honorary Fellows had unanimously approved his election as an Honorary Fellow – the College’s highest honour. The citation for Bob Hastwell’s Honorary Fellowship recorded that after his appointment as Bursar:

Successive Masters and other members of the College Council were soon to appreciate his efficient handling of the business affairs of the College. But the many College people with whom he had dealings realized that he was not merely an efficient administrator; he came to be known for his courtesy, willingness to help and for his wise advice at all times. As a man of total integrity he has identified himself with the objects of the College, constantly and loyally acting in its best interests.

In proposing the toast to Bob at the dinner in November 1984 marking his retirement as Bursar, Gavin Walkley said of him:

His remarkable grasp of the minutiae of all the many affairs he administers has always astonished me, and his legendary courtesy under considerable work stress is also a source of wonderment. Although, goodness knows, St Mark’s is not an affluent college, such prosperity as we enjoy is very largely due to his careful attention to our financial affairs.

No one was better placed to make these judgements than Gavin Walkley, with whom Bob had worked closely not only throughout Gavin’s time as Chair of the St Mark’s College Council (1961-82), but also in architectural professional bodies in which Gavin Walkley held leading roles. In August 1984, Gavin Walkley had written the citation for Bob’s Honorary Fellowship of St Mark’s. Two months earlier, he had also initiated Bob’s election as an Honorary Member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, to which Bob gave dedicated service as South Australian secretary (1960-87). Bob also served the Architects’ Board of South Australia as its Registrar from 1960 to 1995, for several of those years also under Gavin Walkley’s chairmanship. Bob was also a Councillor with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) between 1972 and 1992, AACA treasurer from 1982 to 1986, and secretary of the Association of Consulting Architects – SA from its inauguration in 1963 until 1987.

Meanwhile, Bob’s professional career as a chartered accountant (FCA) continued to develop, including as Bowering, Duffield & Co. became Duffield, Hastwell & Co., later (after further evolution) merging with Arthur Young & Company, of which Bob became SA Managing Partner until his retirement in 1987.

The day after the dinner in 1984 when Bob’s election as an Honorary Fellow of St Mark’s was announced, he wrote to Gavin Walkley: “The possibility of being made a Fellow had not crossed my mind, & I regard it as a great honour. Such a distinction is one which I will always value greatly.”

Even as recently as the last year, Bob has continued to take an interest in the College’s affairs, writing to the Head of College, Professor Don Markwell, last New Year’s Eve: “I am delighted to hear of the College’s success in 2020. May it continue in the future!”

After many months of illness, Bob Hastwell passed away on 29 September 2021. Professor Markwell and Honorary Fellows the Hon. Rod Matheson AM QC and Associate Professor Rob Cheesman AM attended his funeral at St David’s Anglican Church, Burnside, where he and Jill had long worshipped, and where he was remembered with warmth and sincerity as a “wholesome” man, deeply devoted to his family and to the charities and other good causes, such as Rotary, to which he and Jill were so committed.

Mr Matheson, who was Chair of the College Council in Bob Hastwell’s last three years as Bursar, has expressed his “great regard” for Bob as “an excellent Bursar for St Mark’s”, who was always both calm and helpful. Associate Professor Cheesman, who knew Bob both from St Mark’s and from architectural professional bodies, has written: “His quiet and constant contribution to several professions, kind and thoughtful manner, gentle advice, and politic minute-keeping will be well remembered.”

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Photograph: Bob Hastwell in 1984

A nail-biting High Table Cup, Winter Wonderland Ball, stellar speaker events, and more

What a term it has been! Running equal first in the High Table Cup, a visit from the Premier, a fabulous Ball, an awe-inspiring Arts Evening and Marksenfeast arts show, a masterly J C Bannon Oration, community service and wellbeing activities – these are just some of the highlights of the past few months.

After a COVID lockdown-affected start in late July, the term soon burst into life.

Passionate and resolute performances by St Mark’s teams in basketball, volleyball, and rain-drenched soccer over recent weeks – building on the strong performances in Semester I in tennis, swimming, netball, debating, football, and hockey – now see St Mark’s in a three-way tie for equal first place in the High Table Cup with Aquinas and St Ann’s.

The final nail-biting outcome now hinges on table tennis (for which our skills have been honed through an internal College table tennis tournament) and athletics (in which St Mark’s normally more than holds its own), in mid-October.

The July COVID lockdown in South Australia, plus subsequent restrictions, meant that many of the events planned for Welcome Back Week could not go ahead as hoped. The College Club Committee responded brilliantly to this disruption, reshaping and rethinking many of the plans for the week, including our annual Ball which was ultimately held at Adelaide’s InterContinental Hotel in mid-August. The theme of the Ball was Narnia, and – while dancing could not go ahead due to COVID – it was still a scintillating evening, hugely enjoyed by all, and a great credit to the Committee.

The Ball fell on the weekend of university and college Open Days, at which students proudly showed off the College to visitors – contributing to what are currently very strong enrolments for 2022.

While most other planned social events have been able to go ahead in one form or another this term, it was with natural disappointment that the Committee had to make the very difficult decision that, because of the pandemic, it would once again not be possible to hold Marksenfest, our music festival celebrating arts and culture.

Even the Premier’s much-anticipated visit to the College had to be delayed by a month due to pandemic restrictions. On 2 September, Mr Marshall spoke engagingly in Hall on such issues as Indigenous reconciliation, the environment, and the pandemic, as well as the great benefits of being a college student. After speaking further on innovation and South Australia’s economic future, the Premier answered many wide-ranging questions from students in a Q&A session upstairs in the Learning Commons, and spoke one-on-one with many students. There’s more on the Premier’s visit here.

The week of the Premier’s visit also saw – largely online – our landmark annual public academic event, the J C Bannon Oration. This annual Oration is given in memory of Dr John Bannon AO, the seventh Master of St Mark’s College (2000-07), who was earlier the second longest serving Premier of South Australia (1982-92), and who had been a student at St Mark’s in 1962-63.

The J C Bannon Oration was given this year by Dr Bannon’s friend and fellow scholar of the Australian Constitution and federation, Professor John Williams (Acting Provost of the University of Adelaide). Professor Williams spoke on a topic close to John Bannon’s heart – South Australia’s “remarkable” and “disproportionate” contribution to the Constitution. For an overview of the Oration, including video footage of it, click here. The text will be published online and in hard copy later this year.

Alongside these events have been faculty dinners and panel discussions for students studying medicine, nursing, and dentistry; law; education; and arts. We are very grateful to Old Collegians and other professionals in these fields who have generously and helpfully shared their experiences and insights, especially on career preparation, with our students. It has also been terrific to have workshops led by Jeff Duncan, Caroline Govin, and students on such topics as personal finance and interview preparation.

Our comprehensive Tutorial Program has been in full swing, and the Dean and Director of Learning have been meeting with all students in their semesterly Learning & Wellbeing Reviews.

The artistic and creative talents of our students have been spectacularly on display. Our visual arts show by and for students – Marksenfeast – showcased painting, photography, pottery, poetry, crochet, film, and more; and our last Arts Evening of the year saw students again awe-struck and exhilarated by the singing and musical talents of their fellow collegians, including the jaw-droppingly talented musos of our College band.

The commitment of our students to serving the wider community has continued to be shown in various ways, be it through students volunteering for environmental work, or preparing meals for Cafe Outside the Square. The latter assists disadvantaged and vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness, and helping out there has been a new initiative for our students this year, led by the Charitable Foundation. It has been heart-warming to see so many putting their names forward to serve in this way.

Promoting wellbeing within our College community has continued to be a central focus of student and staff leadership this past term. It has been evident in many ways – from a Wellbeing Team Event to kick off the semester, to a barbecue to focus on Men’s Mental Health, to events to mark Wear It Purple Day (to support LGBTI+ youth) and R U OK Day, and regular Charitable Foundation “café clubs” (which also raise funds for charity) in the Junior Common Room.  A springtime afternoon of fun-filled football against the Old Collegians on Father’s Day was a good opportunity for many students to relax and refresh amidst the pressures of mid-semester university assessments.

The term ended with around 50 students actively participating in two days of leadership training for those seeking student leadership positions in the College for next year. This training (involving external experts on topics including ethical bystander intervention, alcohol and drugs, and mental health) was superbly led by the Dean, Mr Stuart Meldrum, and the Director of Learning, Dr Rachel Buxton.

This student leadership training followed hot on the heels of the announcement by the Head of College of a major expansion of student wellbeing support and mentoring at St Mark’s. This sees the current Dean, Stuart Meldrum, a psychologist with a passionate commitment for student wellbeing (including its positive promotion), become our inaugural Director of Wellbeing, and Rachel Buxton – with great experience as an educator, mentor, and strategist – move to a mentoring and advisory role. As part of this significant increase in student support, the College is advertising for a new Dean and a new Director of Learning to succeed Stuart and Rachel in their current roles early in 2022. For more information on this innovative expansion of student support, click here, and for details of the advertised positions, click here. We are all extremely excited by how 2022 is shaping up.

So, after a disrupted start, this past term has been one of energetic participation and inspiring achievement by our students. And we look ahead, after the current mid-semester break, to the final, culminating term of the year, and hopefully more sporting triumph to celebrate, leading in to end-of-year exams – and then a well-earned summer break!

Photos by Kaidy Morgan and others.