• 2018 MHSOBA Golf Day

    event date: 09-Apr-2018
    Southern Golf Club
    9 April 2018
    11.30am Registration
    12.30pm Tee off

    We have been very fortunate to have Mark Ryder from Ryder Commercial agree to sponsor the Golf Championship again this year.

    We have moved after many years from Keysborough Golf Club to Southern Golf Club after all the favourable comments from last year.

    We hope that you can put together a team and join Warren Fall, Vice President MHSOBA and Marco Dogliotti, Secretary MHSOBA on the 9th of April.

    For further information please use this booking form

    2018 MHSOBA Golf Registration Form 2018 MHSOBA Golf Registration Form (637 KB)

  • 2018 Banking and Finance Event

    event date: 21-Feb-2018
    Venue: ANZ, Melbourne Room, level 34 100 Queen Street, Melbourne
    Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (Please bring photo identification with you)
    Date: Wednesday 21 February 2018

    MHSOBA Banking and Finance Event generously sponsored by Peter Dolkas (MHS 1985) Director, Corporate Banking ANZ, Peter will give a brief address then everyone will have the opportunity to meet and network with others in the profession.

    Peter is a experienced Director Corporate Banking with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in Portfolio Management, Financial Risk, Business Relationship Management, Risk Management, and Corporate Finance. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Economics & Politics focused in Accounting & Economics from Monash University.

    We encourage you to diarise this event as it will be an evening not to miss!
  • Vale - Colin Brumby

    event date: 08-Feb-2018
    Colin J Brumby
    MHS Exit 1951
    18 June 1933 – 3 January 2018

    Colin Brumby is one of Australia’s most notable composers has died, aged 84. Brumby cam to MHS from Spring Road Central and was at the school from 1947-1951. He made an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the school, In the House Chorals, Como was invincible under Brumby’s baton. He also conducted the school orchestra at Speech Night. Gaining honours in music he went to the University of Melbourne where he completed his Dip.Mus, MUS.Bac and Dip.Ed.

    He did past graduate study in musical composition overseas with Alexander Goch in London, Philipp Jarnaett in Spain and Franko Evangelestini in Rome. He was appointed to the Music Department at the University of Queensland where he became an Assoc Professor. He retired in 1998. In Queensland he was also Music Director of the Queensland Opera and had other posts in music.

    A prolific composer he completed operas, operetta’s for children, symphonies, concerts for a variety of instruments, keyboard compositions , songs and a large folio of choral music. He was generous and often did compositions for groups with a fee. Including a “Leavers Song” for the Centenary Speech Night of MHS. His work is frequently played on the ABC.

    Brumby was regarded as a melodic composer, who was known for his pioneering work in opera especially.  He won various awards and was recognised as a outstanding composer.

    Certainly a most distinguished old boy of the School.

    Dr Alan Gregory AM
    MHS 1955
  • 2018 Australia Day Honours

    event date: 31-Mar-2018


    Professor Jeffrey Victor ROSENFELD AM

    For eminent service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of neurosurgery, as an academic and clinician, to medical research and professional organisations, and to the health and welfare of current and former defence force members.

    Service includes: Monash University: Director, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering, since 2014. Pro Vice-Chancellor Advancement (Major Projects), 2012-2014. The Alfred Hospital: Senior Neurosurgeon, Department of Neurosurgery, since 2015. Professor and Director, 2000-2015. Honorary Visiting Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Papua New Guinea, since 2000. Honorary Clinical Research Fellow, Bionics Institute, University of Melbourne, since 2012. Adjunct Professor in Surgery, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda Maryland USA, since 2013. Board Member, Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Medical Research Foundation, since 2010. Adjunct Professor, Centre for Military and Veterans' Health, University of Queensland, 2006-2014. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons: Examiner in Neurosurgery, 2005-2013. Member, Court of Examiners, 2005-2013. Member, National Trauma Committee, current. Colonel Commandant of Victoria, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, since 2014. National Vice-President Health, Defence Reserves Association, since 2012. Member, Defence Employer Support Council, current. Patron-In-Chief, Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen and Women Australia, since 2012 and Federal Patron, since 2013. Member, Australian Medical Association Defence Health Working Group, current. Chair, Australian Defence Force Human Research Ethics Committee, 2012-2015. Surgeon-General, Australian Defence Force Reserves, 2009-2011 and Army Reserve Medical Officer (MAJGEN), since 1984. Awards and recognition includes: Inaugural Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, 2015. Elected International Fellow, American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Elected Fellow, Academia Eurasiana Neurochirurgica, Eurasian Academy of Neurological Surgery, 2016. Elected Fellow, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (FTSE), 2016. Recipient, Anzac of the Year Award, Returned and Services League of Australia, 2015. Appointed a Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, 2014. Awarded the Monash Medal, 'for Leadership, Integrity and Service', Rotary Club of Melbourne, 2012. Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013, nominated by the Government of Papua New Guinea, 'for services to neurosurgery and to the School of Medicine, University of Papua New Guinea'.


    Emeritus Professor Russell Duncan LANSBURY AM

    For distinguished service to industrial relations education as an academic, researcher and author,
    through contributions to international arbitration foundations, and as a mentor of young academics.

    Service includes: University of Sydney: Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business,
    since 2009. Vice-Chancellor's Nominee, Review of Health and Medical Research at the University,
    2014. Adjunct Professor in Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, since 2010.
    Adjunct Professor, Open University of Hong Kong, since 2010. Life Member, Association
    of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 2013. Patron,
    Industrial Relations Society of Australia, since 2013. Life Member, Industrial Relations Society
    of NSW, 2012. Life Member, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Society, 2010.
    International Advisory Board Member, Cambodian Arbitration Foundation, since 2010.
    Community: Joint Coordinator, Organisational Review, Wayside Chapel, Sydney, 2016.
    Volunteer Guide, Botanic Gardens of NSW, ongoing. Awards and recognition includes:
    Recipient, the Vic Taylor Distinguished Long Term Contribution Award, Association of
    Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand.



    Also Dr Helen Veronica SZOKE

    Formerly Chair of School Council and President of the MHS P&F.

  • 2018 MHSOBA Annual Dinner

    event date: 15-Mar-2018
    The Langham Melbourne
    1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
    Online Payments

    Join us for our flagship event of the year, the 2018 MHSOBA Annual Dinner with guest speaker Chris Edwards (MHS exit 2003), young entrepreneur and founder of Oscar Hunt Tailor.

    Below is part of the transcript from the interview Chris had with Adam Ashton for his book MHS Entrepreneurs.  Attend the Annual Dinner  to hear the rest of Chris's great story.

    “Fail as much as you can early on. The only condition is – you can’t make the same mistake twice”

    Chris Edwards

    Chris Edwards is a young entrepreneur who has learned from his ‘failures’ in past business ventures to build Melbourne’s leading suit tailor, Oscar Hunt. Chris was the School Vice Captain of the Class of 2003 at Melbourne High School and went on to study Commerce at Melbourne University.

    “I wasn’t too bad at school,” Chris said, “but I think there might have been some concerns when I became Vice Captain… When I finished school, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do.”
    After a summer internship at a large accounting firm, Chris realised he wouldn’t be happy in the ‘rat race’ and decided to build something of his own. He went out and tried a bunch of ideas hoping that one would eventually stick. The one that worked was Oscar Hunt, and today he is focused on growing his baby. Oscar Hunt has expanded to a second city and they have international expansion in their sights.

    Chris had a blast at MHS and then went on to enjoy his time at Melbourne Uni too. He admits that he probably enjoyed the uni lifestyle a little too much and spent a bit too much out of uni rather than in it. After a few semesters, he took two years off and travelled the world. He worked a ski season in France, spent a few months backpacking around Europe, then live year in South America for a year. Upon his return, he found that most of his friends were “finishing their degrees and getting their first real jobs” and he thought to himself, “I really need to start doing something”. He believed his grades from his first few semesters weren’t good enough and he had no professional experience, so he went back to continue his degree and decided to take University a lot more seriously.

    “During the first two years of Uni, I’d spent a lot of time not at Uni,” Chris told me. “I had a lot of fun, but it didn’t turn out so well when it came to exam time”. After a conscious effort to improve his application to the academic side of his education, Chris was able secure a summer internship at Ernst & Young.

    “I already knew deep down that (that field of work) wasn’t going to suit me, but the one month of work experience certainly cemented the fact that the corporate world wasn’t for me”. In his final year, he came to a mindset changing decision.

    “Well… I guess I have to do my own thing”.
    Rather than focusing on economics and finance, he began preparing to build and grow a business of his own.
  • John Miller AO - Global Accounting Hall of Fame

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

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

    Congratulations to John on this new and rare honour.

    Alan Gregory AM
  • Vale - Ken Inglis

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

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

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

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

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

    Alan Gregory AM
  • 2017 MHSOBA Scholarship Winners

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

    George Fincham - 3 Recipients

    Abeshek Nadarajah
    Nisal Punchihewa
    Michael Wang

    Dr Eric Stock Prize - Nisal Punchihewa

    John Nguyen Trust Scholarship - Felix Liu

    Verma Family Scholarship - Visakan Krishnananthan

    MHSOBA Scholarship (New) - Harry Pearce

    See further details about our recipients

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

  • 2017 Queens BIrthday Honours

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

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

  • 2017 MHSOBA October Newsletter

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

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

  • Bill Meaklim OAM - Richmond FC Historian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mr Meaklim's knowledge of past players, whether they played one game or 300, is encyclopaedic.
  • Access to grounds of Melbourne High School

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

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

    The Claremont Street gates will not be open.

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

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

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

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

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

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