Governor Stirling Senior High School

Our Alumni

When graduating from high school we like to keep in touch with past students and their successes. We are very proud of how our past student’s leanings have turned into opportunities in the real world.


We are constantly up-dating our Alumni ‘NOTABLES’ List. If you know of a past success student or are one yourself, and would like to be placed on our list, please contact the school P.A. for consideration.

To learn more about our history click on Brian Crisp’s History Book of GSSHS.

Allan Sidebotttom

Profession: Swan Districts premiership player
GSSHS: 1972-73

Swan Districts premiership player winning the Grand final 1982  

Games played for swans 98  

Games played VFL/AFL 57 for St Kilda and Fitzroy   

Allan Sidebotttom

Swan Districts premiership player

Swan Districts premiership player winning the Grand final 1982   Games played for...

Beau McDonald

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 1992-96

Drafted 1997 to Brisbane

91 games for Brisbane 1998 – 2007

Premiership Player 2001, 2002

Beau McDonald

AFL Footballer

Drafted 1997 to Brisbane 91 games for Brisbane 1998 –...

Bruce Yardley

Profession: Australian Test Cricketer
GSSHS: 1960-62

Bruce Yardley was born on the 5th of September 1947 and attended Governor Stirling Senior High School from 1960 – 1962. The classroom certainly was not his natural habitat as he was drawn to the sporting world and outdoors from a young age.

Yardley began playing cricket for Midland-Guilford Cricket Club as a medium fast bowler and then broke through in the 1976-77 season as a full-time off spinner. He went on to play for Western Australia before becoming an Australian Test Cricketer with his test debut being in 1978 against India. Yardley played 33 tests for Australia.

Not only was Yardley one of the greatest spinners Australia has ever produced, he also held Australia’s fastest test fifty set in the West Indies in 1978 until 2017 when David Warner broke the 39 year record.

His charismatic personality and positive mindset lead to an extraordinary season in 1981-82 which saw him named ‘International Cricketer of the year’.

After retiring from test cricket, Yardley spent his time coaching and commentating the sport the had so much success performing in and was appointed coach of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team in 1997. He became influential in coaching Muttiah Muralitharan ‘Murali’, to becoming one of the most successful bowlers the world of cricket has ever seen.

Yardley’s coaching philosophy was to keep things simple. Practice your skills and don’t complicate things.

In 1998 Yardley noticed that he had lost the vision of his left eye. He immediately flew home to Australia from Sri Lanka to have emergency surgery to remove the eye due to an aggressive melanoma. A glass eye was fitted, and this provided much amusement to his grandchildren in the years to come.

His love for travel and different cultures continued throughout his retirement and he was an incredibly kind and generous character. When the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 hit, within hours of the news Yardley had arranged for an extraordinary amount of medical supplies to be donated to the people of Sri Lanka. A week later he travelled to the country that was so devastated by the natural disaster to set up cricket camps and activities for children as a distraction to the chaos that surrounded them. He would do anything to help those in need and further supported orphanages in India that focused on educating and protecting young women.

Unfortunately, in 2016 Yardley was diagnosed again with melanoma and sadly passed away from the metastatic disease on the 27th of March 2019 in Kununurra. The Kimberley was the place where he felt most at home and his final years were spent fishing and watching sunsets from the Five Rivers Lookout in Wyndham.

Bruce Yardley will always be remembered for his infectious smile, charismatic personality and good deeds. His three children, Samantha, Andrew & Ella miss him greatly and are forever proud of his achievements.

Bruce Yardley

Australian Test Cricketer

Bruce Yardley was born on the 5th of September 1947...

Colonel Peter Douglas (Doug) Gibbons AM

Profession: Army Officer
GSSHS: 1959-64

Doug entered GSSHS from Greenmount Primary School in 1959. He was notably a Track and Field Athlete and Hockey player and a School Cadet. He was the School Vice Captain and Cadet Senior Under Officer in 1964. Doug graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968. He served in the Royal Australian Infantry including service in Vietnam in 1970/71 and also the Special Air Service Regiment. He commanded the North West Mobile Force based in Darwin in 1983/84; his outstanding contribution was recognised with the award of Member of the Order of Australia – the investiture being by the Queen at Government House in Canberra in 1986.

Doug retired from the Army in Darwin in 1996 from the position as Deputy Commander Northern Command. He became Deputy Commissioner NT Prison Service then Chief of NT Government Protocol and Visits. He was an active Rotarian, a member of Legacy Australia and a Masters Athlete. “Second best” was never good enough for Doug.

Colonel Peter Douglas (Doug) Gibbons AM

Army Officer

Doug entered GSSHS from Greenmount Primary School in 1959. He...

Craig Gregson LLB, LLM (Applied Law) TEP

Profession: Legal Practitioner Director
GSSHS: 2000-2004

Craig Gregson LLB, LLM, TEP

Craig was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in November of 2011 and the High Court of Australia in December of 2014.

Craig specialises in Succession law in Western Australia and is a registered TEP member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Edith Cowan University (WA) and a Masters of Applied Law majoring in Wills and Estates Practice (LLM)(NSW) from the College of Law. Craig is considered by many as one of Australia’s leading authorities in succession law and is a current Ph.D candidate at the University of Western Australia.

In both 2018 and 2019 Doyle’s Guide recognised Craig and his firm as leading Wills and Estate Litigation Lawyers. The listing recognises solicitors practicing within the areas of Wills & Estates Litigation, Disputes and Contested matters in the WA legal market who have been identified by their peers for their expertise and abilities in these areas.

Craig established his own law firm in 2018 as a sole practitioner. He now has a large staff of specialists whose day to day practice includes contentious and non-contentious probate, succession law litigation and estate planning. Such litigation, including but not limited to, proceedings under the Family Provision Act 1972 (WA) and other equitable jurisdictions of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Craig Gregson LLB, LLM (Applied Law) TEP

Legal Practitioner Director

Craig Gregson LLB, LLM, TEP Craig was admitted to practice...

Damon White

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 1999-2000

Drafted 2001 Port Adelaide

55 games for Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide 2004 – 2008

Damon White

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2001 Port Adelaide 55 games for Port Adelaide Port...

David Ellard

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 2002-04

Drafted 2007 to Carlton

Played 63 games for Carlton 2008 – 2015

Swan Districts Captain 2019

David Ellard

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2007 to Carlton Played 63 games for Carlton 2008...

David Phillips

Profession: Classical Violinist

David Phillips began violin at the age of nine taking lessons with former West Australian Symphony Orchestra musicians Jim Drummond, Vaughan Hanly and Graham Wood. He attended Governor Stirling Senior High School from 1959 until June 1962, when he left to learn to be a piano tuner and technician at Nicholson’s Music Store, which had a renowned piano workshop department.

He first joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra on a six-month contract in 1966, then taught violin at Christchurch Grammar School for two years before joining the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 1970. He returned to the WASO in 1975.

During his long career with the orchestra he performed alongside many world class soloists and conductors, his favorites being the soprano Jessye Norman, violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman, and Australians, conductor Simone Young and clarinetist Jack Harrison.

David also made important contributions to WASO committees, including serving as President of the Players Association and Orchestra Representative of the Friends of WASO.

In addition to his orchestral duties, he performed in other ensembles, including being a member of the Australian Youth orchestra in 1965, being runner-up in a Musica Viva national chamber Music Competition in 1972 and a founding member of The Camerata of WA in the early 1990s.

For most of his orchestral career he also taught violin in schools and privately, and he continued to tune and repair pianos.
He retired from WASO in 2006, upon which occasion he was also awarded the honorary title of “BBQ Maestro”.

His other interests include fine woodwork and camping while exploring Australia’s natural wonders.

David Phillips

Classical Violinist

David Phillips began violin at the age of nine taking...

Diane McDonald

Profession: Australian Netballer
GSSHS: 1969-71
Nee: Sidebottom:

Diane Sidebottom (McDonald)

Australian Netball team 1981

Represented Australia at the Netball World Championships in 1983 in Singapore (World Champions)

A member of the Perth Orioles (the national league team before West Coast Fever)

Inaugural Head Coach and the WA Institute of Sport Head Coach from 1997 to 1999.

Dianne coached Hong Kong at the World Championships in 1999 and has had vast experience in coaching state teams and assisting with other national league teams in Queensland, where she lived for many years.

Australian Netball Diamond

Diane McDonald

Australian Netballer

Diane Sidebottom (McDonald) Australian Netball team 1981 Represented Australia at...

Dr Alan Roberts

Profession: Sports Scientist
GSSHS: 1961-65

Ah, the memories. The school buildings may not have been the most attractive, and the outdoor sporting facility was a rock hard or muddy hockey field, depending on the season, but it was what we had and we made the most of it.

I represented the school in athletics and basketball and I believe I still hold an interschool record for the hundred yards, created just before everything converted to meters.

I studied at UWA to be a physical education teacher but ended up staying in the tertiary education sector and studying for a PhD in what is now Sports Science. I later took career moves to Ballarat and then to Canberra. At the University of Canberra, I was Head of the Centre for Sports Studies and later Head of the School of Health Sciences.

In Canberra I was fortunate to also be able to work within the Australian Institute of Sport, particularly through the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. I was closely involved in research on the effects of altitude training on sports performance which developed protocols for the use of “altitude tents” in which athletes slept each night between training sessions. I also was part of a team which studied the effects of Coca Cola on sports performance, based on observations that stage race cyclists (eg Tour de France) often switched from sports drinks to defizzed coke in the latter stages of a 200+km day of racing. It worked, it did improve performance, and had a fair claim to being the “real thing”.

University life provided many opportunities for travel and work overseas, and for example I lived and worked in Switzerland (the Swiss National Sports Institute) and the USA (the US Olympic Training Centre Colorado Springs). I have presented invited conference keynote addresses in Australia and overseas and won, with others, both a national and an international prize for sports science research. For a time, I was also a member of a multidisciplinary group providing advice to NASA on the optimum protocols for exercise in space.

At various times I have been a consultant to the Federal and State/Territory governments in Australia, international Ministries of Sport, and national and international sporting organisations on matters relating to sports policy, programs and education.

In retirement I travel as much and as widely as I can, usually with some adventure element involved. I have circumnavigated Mt Blanc, trekking 180km through parts of France, Italy and Switzerland; open water kayaked in Alaska; volunteered on a game park and dived with the great whites in South Africa; cycled in France and Spain; stood on the Trolltunga in Norway; hiked across Switzerland, you get the picture.

Married, divorced, married again and now widowed, but fortunate to be enjoying the companionship of a later-in-life relationship. I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland about 200m from a surf beach.

Life is good.

Dr Alan Roberts

Sports Scientist

Ah, the memories. The school buildings may not have been...

Dr John R Owen AM

Profession: Specialist Orthodontist, Dental Volunteer, Sculptor
GSSHS: 1971-72

Dr John R Owen graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1977 and entered private general dental practice in Midland WA. After spending 1980 in London, studying at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and establishing a general dental practice in Finsbury Park, he returned to Perth to undertake his specialist training and Master’s degree in Orthodontics from 1981-1984. Over the next 30 years, John established two specialist orthodontic practices in the Perth suburbs of Midland and Mount Lawley. He remains the principal orthodontist and owner of Midland Orthodontists and is ably supported by four associate orthodontists and our very experienced and long serving support team.


John is active in many arenas, holding the current positions of:-
Chairman of Directors, Joint Coordinator and Principal Dentist, Kimberley Dental Team Ltd. ,
UWA., Honorary Clinical Consultant, School of Dentistry, Oral Health Centre of WA., Clinical Past Clinical Associate Professor, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care,
Patron and Past Chair, Australian Society of Orthodontists, Foundation for Research and Education.
Immediate Past President and Regent, Section VIII, Australasian Section, International College of Dentists.
Past Chair, WA Immediate Action Committee of the Dental Board of Australia,
Foundation Member and proud supporter of the ASO, Give a Smile Program,
Past Executive Committee Member, the Order of Australia Association, WA Branch and current Member, Western Australia, Oral Health Advisory Council.


During his professional career, John has been President of the University Dental Students Society in 1976, Western Australian branches of the Australian Dental Association 1994-95, and Australian Society of Orthodontists 1990-91, and Federal President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists 2000-2002. He was President of the Dental Board of Western Australia from 1999 to 2010. He is a past director of the Australian Dental Council, past Congress Chairman for the 33rd Australian Dental Association Congress and Exhibition, Perth 2009 and was very proud to be the Honorary Consultant Orthodontist to the Disabilities Services Commission from 1986 to 2012.


From 2009 to 2012 John was an Inaugural Member of the Dental Board of Australia, chairing the National Registration and Notification Committees.

John has been recognized at many levels including being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours list. His citation was, “for service to the specialty of orthodontics, and through a range of leadership roles within the dental profession”.

John was a finalist in the 2011 Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards, Community Service category which “honours extraordinary service and dedication to the Western Australian community at a state wide level”.

In 2014, John was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International,” in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among the peoples of the world”.

In May 2017, John was Awarded the prestigious, Dr John Booth Award, Australasian Dentist of the Year, by the Academy for Dentistry International.

Dr Owen is extremely proud of his appointment as the Inaugural Patron of Kalamunda Senior High School (2013 – 2020). John was a student at this school in 1967-1969. John has supported the School over the past 30 years, through his Incentive Award for a year 10 student which pays the approximate equivalent of the student’s Year 11 and Year 12 fees.
In early 2009, John and his wife Jan, founded the Kimberley Dental Team which became an ATO approved, not for profit organization in 2011. With the assistance of hundreds of volunteer dental personnel and the support of so many sponsors and supporters, the team has been able to visit the remote Kimberley region of WA over twenty five trips, 76 weeks, to provide much needed urgent general dental care, education and advice.

Since 2014, KDT Southern has been actively assisting clients at many centres for the vulnerable around Perth including, at Oxford Foyer for youth in transition, Uniting Care West for the homeless, Tuart Place, Uniting Care Family Foundations for families and Devenish Lodge and Franciscan Lodge mental health hostels.
Over $4 million dollars of free dental care has been provided by the Team over the last decade.

For two weeks in February 2017, he volunteered with 17 others (joint Dental, Medical, Optometric and Speech Pathology) for Equal Health in association with an organization called SEVAI that looks after the welfare of poor villages in the surrounds of a Southern Indian town called Trichy. We travel by bus from the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, for 6 hours to reach our destination. We are based in a small rural village called Amoor and travel out to work each day in a bus with all our gear. Was a great experience and worked hard and enjoyed the dentistry and company.

Over the past 21, John has have visited Nepal three times, firstly climbing Mera Peak in the Hinku Valley, East of Everest (6480m) in 1997 and in 2015, traveling into Nepal and Kathmandu after two weeks in Tibet. He returned to Nepal for two weeks, volunteering and working in Kathmandu at the Kopan Buddhist Monastery, with Project Yeti, April 2018.

Dr John R Owen AM

Specialist Orthodontist, Dental Volunteer, Sculptor

Dr John R Owen graduated from the University of Western...

Dr Ron Edwards

Profession: Deputy Speaker House of Representatives
GSSHS: 1958-62

Ron was fortunate to attend Governor Stirling after beginning his education at West Midland Infants School and Midland Primary. He grew up close by at 12 Ford Street West Midland.

From Governor Stirling he went to UWA and Graduated with a Bachelor of Economics in 1967. By then he was a Graduate Administrative Trainee in the Public Service in Canberra moving then to Sydney where he worked in the public service and NSW TAFE.

In 1970 he married his wife Pam in Sydney and they had three children, Johanna, Richard born Sydney and Meredith born in Perth. By 1978 the family relocated to Perth where Ron worked at Edith Cowan University. Ron also completed a Master of Education with Honours at the University of Sydney

In 1983 Ron won election for the Federal Electorate of Stirling and was a member of the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments until 1993 and in this period became Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Since his time in Parliament Ron has worked in commercial radio with 6PR and been a consultant and Board Member in a number of roles working with government and industry including the Board of the Perth Mint .He also completed a Doctorate in Education at UWA in 2006.

Currently he is Chair of WA State Emergency Management Committee dealing with issues such as bushfires, cyclones and the coronavirus. As well he is a Founding Member of the Graham Polly Farmer Foundation dedicated to supporting Aboriginal youth through education.

Dr Ron Edwards

Deputy Speaker House of Representatives

Ron was fortunate to attend Governor Stirling after beginning his...

Eddie Tomczak

Profession: Project Manager

Edward (Eddie) Tomczak 1959 – 1963
Life’s Learning’s
• Believe in yourself
• Take Risks
• Grasp every opportunity
• Live outside the box
• Have Compassion
• Be happy with who you are
• Don’t be afraid to seek help – you will never know it all
1964: Life after school started at Royal Military College Duntroon – a tough year in many respects. Away from family, living in a structured military environment, sports injuries, a car accident and separation from close friends and social network. Then failed to graduate to the next level at years’ end. That was a year I learnt a lot about resilience and self reliance.
1965: A new start at the Officer Cadet School Portsea Victoria. With a year of hard knocks behind me the year was an outstanding success. Made some life friends and graduated 4th in a class of 120. That was the start of my career as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army.
1966: My first two appointments were in Metropolitan Melbourne each of 6months duration.
1967: Commenced 8 months of engineering training in Sydney and in September was posted to Perth to an Army Engineering unit where I consolidated my training on projects for defence and the State Government.
1968 – 1970: A posting to Sydney to undertake a 3 month course as a Maritime Engineer which started a very different 2 ½ years for someone in the Army, driving Australian cargo ships in support of the Vietnam War effort. Destinations covered most of SE Asia and included New Guinea and New Zealand as well as the Vietnam War Zone. Late 1969 managed to have time out to get married.
1970 -1971: Mid to late 1970 the sea faring life came to an end with a short training course and by early 1971 was on the ground in South Vietnam. After 9 months of operations and civil aid work, the Army’s forward base Nui Dat, was closed and I remained there with a small group decommissioning the area before returning to Australia in December.
1972 – 1974: Studied Civil Engineering at WAIT (now Curtin University) and graduated.
1975 – 1984: Several roles in Defence Facilities Management across Australia including South East Queensland, Perth and Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The roles were much about Project Management to ensure the built asset was maintained and new facilities were funded and constructed as needed. These roles provided significant experience for my life after the Army.
1984 – 1995 Facilities Management roles over a period of 11 years for the Western Australian Government. Agencies included Prisons, Education, Courts and Fremantle Port Authority.

Eddie Tomczak

Project Manager

Edward (Eddie) Tomczak 1959 – 1963 Life’s Learning’s • Believe...

Garry Sidebottom

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 1968-69

Garry was an Australian rules football player who played for St Kilda, Geelong and Fitzroy Football Clubs in the Victorian Football League and Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League during the 1970s and 80s.

Named in the Team of the Century

State Representative

Named in the WA Football League of Fame 2011

Garry Sidebottom

AFL Footballer

Garry was an Australian rules football player who played for...

Gaye Teede

Profession: Australian Netballer
GSSHS: 1962-63
Nee: Switch:

1962-63 I completed Years 11 & 12 at GSSHS. Following graduation I attended Claremont Teachers’ College and taught Physical Education in metropolitan high schools over the next decade.

During this period, I represented WA at Netball and in 1969 I had the distinction of being a member of the WA Open netball team that created history in winning the All Australia Netball Championships outright for the very first time.

I was selected in the All Australian Netball team chosen at each national championships and went on to represent Australia at 3 World Tournaments –

1967 Third World Netball championships Perth Australia 1967 (Runners up)

1971 Third World Netball championships Jamaica West Indies (Winners/Captain)

1979 Fifth World Netball championship Trinidad & Tobago West Indies (Vice captain)

The highlight of my playing career was captaining the Australian Netball team, to victory in the Third World Netball championships, Jamaica, 1971.

In 1982 I moved into professional coaching and took up the position of Assistant Coach Netball at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. In the early 1990’s I took over the position of Head Coach of the netball program at the AIS.

In 1999 I returned to WA to coach the Perth Orioles.

Other significant achievements:

1971 named the WA Sportsman of the Year

1989 inducted into the WA Hall of Champions

2009 Inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame

The highlight of my coaching career was coaching the Australian Netball team to victory in the Johnson & Johnson Tri Series versus NZ and England, 1991.

Gaye Teede

Australian Netballer

1962-63 I completed Years 11 & 12 at GSSHS. Following...

Graeme Wallis AM

Profession: Company Director
GSSHS: 1956-60

Managing Director of Wallis Drilling since 1980 and is responsible for all aspects of Wallis Drilling. He spent five years in the Finance Industry and since then has been with Wallis Drilling for over 40 years.
By 1988, Wallis Drilling was listed as one of Australia’s top 1000 companies.
In 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list Graeme was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division for his significant service to the mining sector as announced by the Governor General.

Through his influence with the MDAA, the ADIA and EMICoL, it instigated and assisted in developing several innovative initiatives that have benefitted the engineering trades and drilling sector.

  • The formation of an industry Registered Training Organisation (DrillSkill)
  • The formation of an engineering co-operative (EMICoL)
  • The development of an engineering trade work experience program (LEAPS)
  • Implementation of a training and assessment system that provides existing workers and new employees with a nationally recognised qualification to Certificate II, III and IV in Drilling
  • The first drilling company in Australia to qualify a female Driller to Certificate III level

Graeme is an active member of industry associations and associated training committees (past and present), including:

  • EMICol: (Engineering Manufacturing Industry Cooperative Ltd) – Founding member, Chair and Board member for four years
  • Skills DMC – Representative on Training Package Working Party
  • Mineral Drilling Association of Australia (MDAA formed to promote training) – Founding member, Past President and Life member
  • ADIA: (Australian Drilling Industry Association) – Life member, past Director
  • DrillSkill: Board of Management


Current Awards

  • 2005 Australian Drilling Industry Association – Life Membership
  • 2010 Mineral Drilling Association of Australia – Life Membership
  • 2013 Business Person of the Year – Swan Business Award
  • 2014 Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the Year Western Region finalist
  • 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honour – Member of the Order of Australia

Graeme Wallis AM

Company Director

Managing Director of Wallis Drilling since 1980 and is responsible...

Greg Ryan-Gadsden

Profession: Chief Executive Officer
GSSHS: 1976-80

Greg has dedicated his career to improving the lives of those living in disadvantage both here in Australia and internationally. This is his passion. He has led multi-million-dollar Australian Government education aid and development programs in Asia and the South Pacific, CEO positions with Native Title Corporations, General Manager of Australia’s largest education Charity (The Smith Family) and been a School Principal.

He has held positions including WAs Chair of Anti-Poverty Week, President of International School Suva, Fiji, Board Member of the Government Employees Housing Authority in WA and Board member of schools. Greg was commissioned to write a report for Government on “Re-Thinking Education and Training in Remote Aboriginal Communities”.
After five years at Governor Stirling SHS and completing Year 12, Greg combined work and tertiary study to complete three degrees including a Master of Education from the University of Western Australia. He became a teacher, Deputy, Principal and consultant working in Perth, the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Goldfields. Following this, he worked overseas for many years.
Working closely with Australian Embassies, he led large teams of up to 120 education specialists to support Governments in developing countries to improve national education systems. Examples include supporting the introduction of Year 11 & 12 in the Philippines, introducing a new national curriculum, HR business processes and corporate information systems in Fiji, developing national law and justice policy in Samoa and reporting on the innovative education aid model in Rwanda.

As General Manager for The Smith Family for WA he led a team in twelve offices across WA that supported thousands of children and their families living in financial disadvantage through education. Over a period of five years he built the charity in WA to a point of financial self-sustainability through developing partnerships with large corporations, universities and Government. Greg has always believed that supporting a child’s education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage. The Programs included mentoring, literacy and numeracy, learning clubs, scholarships, financial literacy, technology, work experience and art.

As a thought leader in Education, Greg has been invited for many International and national education keynote speaking opportunities. He has been sought for countless newspaper and radio interviews, mainly focussed on children and families living in financial disadvantage as well as Aboriginal issues.

Greg’s first priority has always been his family. He is married with three daughters. Greg has represented WA in hockey, playing in numerous national tournaments. Aside from his passion for sport, he believes in staying connected to the natural environment and has taken the opportunity to experience the wonderful and varied land and sea areas while living in several countries. On returning to Perth, he has gone full circle and chosen to reside in the Perth Hills amongst the trees, not far from his parents’ original home where he used to travel down to Governor Stirling SHS as a student.

Greg Ryan-Gadsden

Chief Executive Officer

Greg has dedicated his career to improving the lives of...

Gregory Yurisich

Profession: International Operatic Baratone
GSSHS: 1964-67

Gregory Yurisich was born in Perth, Australia, was one of the world’s leading operatic baritones and is described by Placido Domingo as his favourite baritone. His portrayals of the great Verdi repertory earned him tremendous critical acclaim – “phenomenal” and “overwhelming” described his portrayal of the title role of Nabucco for the Bregenz Festival, Austria and later for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Geneva. Other acclaimed performances include the title role Rigoletto in Israel, Athens and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; title role Simon Boccanegra for the English National Opera; title role Falstaff in Australia and the USA; Germont La Traviata for San Francisco Opera, Teatro a La Scala with Georg Solti, The Australian Opera and in Tel Aviv and Geneva; Iago Otello with Placido Domingo for the Los Angeles Opera and at La Monnaie, Brussels and Brisbane; Stankar Stiffelio for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden for which he won a Sir Lawrence Olivier Award, also available on DVD; and Amonasro Aida for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Mr Yurisich performed repeatedly in all the major opera houses and concert halls of the world partnered with the leading singers of our time including Dame Joan Sutherland, Montserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Jose Cura, Roberto Alagna, Karita Mattila, Renata Scotto, Samuel Ramey, Sumi Jo, Renee Fleming, Dolora Zajick, Fiorenza Cossotto, John Tomlinson, Ruggero Raimondi, Martti Talvela and Gerald Finley.

He collaborated with the greatest conductors of our time including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Richard Bonynge, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Geoffrey Tate, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Gary Bertini, Jose Serebrier, Daniel Oren, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marcello Viotti, Michel Plasson, Edo de Waart, Carlo Rizzi, Evelino Pido, Antonio Pappano, Donald Runnicles, Jacques Delacote and Sylvain Cambreling.

Other memorable performances include Barak Die Frau Ohne Schatten for the Melbourne International Festival winning him a Green Room Award for Best Male Artist in a Principal Role; Scarpia Tosca for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the Hong Kong Festival, and also available on the Chandos label; title role Guillaume Tell for the Royal Opera Covent Garden; Escamillo Carmen for the English National Opera and Bavarian State Opera, Munich and also available on the Chandos label; title tole Rigoletto at Deutsche Oper, Berlin with Claudio Abbado, Telramund Lohengrin for the Victoria State Opera winning him a Green Room Award for Best Male Artist in a supporting role; Balstrode in the French Premiere of Peter Grimes at the Chatelet Paris, La Monnaie, Brussels, Hamburg Opera and the Weiner Staatsoper; the Four Villains Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Opera de Paris at the Bastille, Weiner Staatsoper, The Australian Opera and for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For the Deutsche Staatsoper unter den Linden he sang Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio in Pagliacci. He also recorded Leporello in Don Giovanni (EMI), Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Chandos) and Amonasro in Aida (Chandos).

Gregory Yurisich has made many international appearances on the concert platform, highlights include Revival of the Dead with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for the Edinburgh Festival; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Mass for Rossini for Opera de Lyon; Alberich Siegfried in concert with the Melbourne Symphony and Sir Charles Mackerras as well as numerable performances with Richard Bonynge. He worked tirelessly for The Princes Trust whilst resident in Britain and has performed for Prince Charles a number of times, the last being live on BBC television with Dame Kiri te Kanawa to open Waterfront Hall in Belfast for which he was awarded the City of Belfast Medal. He sang the role of Tonio in Washington in the Franco Zefferelli production of Pagliacci with Placido Domingo which is available on DVD. Many of his performances with Dame Joan Sutherland and José Carreras are also available on DVD.

After almost forty years as a soloist, Gregory Yurisich retired from the operatic stage … his final role was the High Priest of Dagon Samson and Delilah with Denyce Graves and Placido Domingo … to take up the position of Adjunct Professor at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he taught both classical and music theatre singers before moving on to create the Australian Opera Studio, a national training institute for operatic performers in the Indian/Pacific region. In May 2004 he was one of five artists honoured for their contribution to the Arts as part of the centenary celebrations of His Majesty’s Theatre Perth and in 2005 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Arts and the mentoring of young performers. Mr Yurisich continues to give Masterclasses in universities and conservatoriums around the world and continues to teach singers, the majority of whom are working in opera companies in Australia, Europe and America.

Gregory Yurisich

International Operatic Baratone

Gregory Yurisich was born in Perth, Australia, was one of...

Jan Cooper

Profession: AFLW Pioneer
GSSHS: 1970-72

Jan Cooper was the AFL Manager: Female Football Development for 12 years. Prior to this
role she was with the WA Football Commission as their Female Football Manager whilst still
primary school teaching.

In that time she lead the increase in female AFL participation nationally from 16,000 to over
500,000 players. With State based colleagues she also developed the talent pathway
improving the professionalism of State Women’s Leagues through to initiating State and
National High Performance Academies and national competitions in schoolgirls, AFLW 18s
through to AFLW.

Her advocacy and quest for providing evidence to validate significant decisions and change
extended to family members! Her nephew conducted research into the appropriate size
football for women. In his Masters thesis he provided the anthropometric evidence for the
AFLW ball size being smaller than the traditional, previously unsubstantiated hybrid
women’s football.

In 2015 she received the national Football Woman of the Year Award. Locally Jan was
appointed Chair of the GoAL program (Get on Board and Lead) for the Department of Sport
and Recreation to improve diversity in leadership roles in sport organisations. She was
inducted into WA’s International Women’s Day Hall of Fame in 2017, was a finalist in the
Western Australian of the Year for Sport and United Nations Diversity and Inclusive finalist.
Jan hopes her legacy will be that within all levels of the industry board and senior
management composition will reflect the community, parity in salaries will be achieved and
equity in opportunities will include both genders and all cultural backgrounds.
Jan now works for the West Coast Eagles Football Club as the Player Wellbeing and
Pathways Manager and helped get their first AFLW team prepared for 2020.

Jan Cooper

AFLW Pioneer

Jan Cooper was the AFL Manager: Female Football Development for...

John Gangell

Profession: Mayor of Bassendean (2009-2017)
GSSHS: 1996-2000

Since graduating from Governor Stirling Senior High School John Gangell has been prolific in the local community through his involvement with a number of local and Government organisations.
When elected President of the Governor Stirling P&C Committee in 2001 John became the youngest ever President of a P&C committee in Australia and was instrumental in calling for the redevelopment of the Senior High School Campus.

John has always had a keen interest in politics and having undertaken work experience with the Member for Midland John went on to work for the Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA who is the longest serving female member of Parliament in Western Australia history.

Through his commitment to the Labor movement John would hold various positions within the party including the President of Young Labor Western Australia for two years.
In May 2005 John was elected to the Town of Bassendean Council where he would serve as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor and was re-elected to Council for the fifth term in 2019.
In 2007 John was the President of PRIDE WA and was responsible for and organised the month long PRIDE festival to celebrate diversity in our community.

Never one to shy away from the spotlight John would have regular appearances on locally produced television shows including being a semi-regular panellist and host of Sweet and Sour.
Locally John was involved with and has been the Master of Ceremonies for a number of local festivals and events including the award winning WonderRealm Fringe World festival in Bassendean and the Maylands Street Festival.

During his time as Mayor of the Town of Bassendean, John successfully saved the Town from the proposed amalgamation, oversaw a record amount of investment and development to the Town and established the Old Perth Road Markets and Outdoor Community Cinemas.

John Gangell

Mayor of Bassendean (2009-2017)

Since graduating from Governor Stirling Senior High School John Gangell...

Joyce Sala Tenna

Profession: Dual Olympic Athlete
GSSHS: 1958-60
Nee: Bennett:

Joyce attended Governor Stirling Senior High School from 1958 – 1960. After leaving school Joyce became a Dual Olympic sprinter and represented Australia in two Olympic and two Commonwealth Games.



  • 1962 – British Empire & Commonwealth Games in Perth
  • 1964 – Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 1966 – British Commonwealth Games in Kingston Jamaica
  • 1968 – Mexico City Olympic Games


Over her career Joyce won;

  • Silver medal in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Perth
  • Two Gold medals in the 4 X 400m relay in both Commonwealth Games
  • Four Australian sprint titles


Joyce started in the sport as a sixteen-year-old with Swan Districts Athletics Club. She first represented Western Australia at the 1961 National Championships. In 1963 she won the first of her three national 220 yard titles. Still qualified to run as a junior her winning time of 23.5 seconds was an underage national record. Her performances that year earned her the 1963 Lindy Award. In 1964 in the Nationals Joyce won the coveted 100/220 yards’ double. Later that year she ran at her first Olympics in Tokyo and finished 7th in the semi-final of the 200m and was a member of the 4 X 400m relay team that finished sixth in the final.

In 1966, she won her third 220yds National crown and also picked up another gold medal in the 4 X 110yds relay at the Kingston British Commonwealth Games.

At the Nationals in 1968 she finished second in both the 200m and the 400m. Due to the strong 200m contingent within the Australian ranks she was selected to run the 400m at the Olympics in Mexico City. Not her favourite event and she finished sixth.

Exert from Women’s Sport Foundation of Western Australia (Inc) by Glen Mitchell

Joyce Sala Tenna

Dual Olympic Athlete

Joyce attended Governor Stirling Senior High School from 1958 –...

Justin Longmuir

Profession: AFL Footballer Coach
GSSHS: 1994 - 96

Drafted 1998 to Fremantle

139 games for Fremantle 1999 – 2007

Fremantle Coach 2020 – current

Justin Longmuir

AFL Footballer Coach

Drafted 1998 to Fremantle 139 games for Fremantle 1999 –...

Kate Lamont AM

Profession: Chef/Restauranteur
GSSHS: 1975-79

Kate Lamont has more than three decades of experience in the wine, food and tourism industries in Western Australia. She has overseen the development of her family’s business from a tiny one person farm to an integrated food and wine group with 80 employees. The family operates popular licenced restaurants, cellar door and specialist wine stores in the Swan Valley, Margaret River, the Perth CBD and Cottesloe. Amongst the Lamont’s businesses is a winery that produces 5 thousand cases of wine a year from fruit sourced across Western Australia and an import/distribution operation that sources wines from all over Europe that specialises in Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany.

As one of Western Australia’s best known chefs, Kate Lamont has written 5 cook books with sales in excess of thirty thousand and has contributed to various books, magazines and newspapers including The Weekend Australian and The West Australian. She is an occasional guest presenter on ABC local radio Perth.

Kate is experienced in developing new, relevant and desirable products that attract new customers as well as keep existing users satisfied, advocating and spending.

Kate Lamont has the sound skills and coalface experience to recognise flaws in strategy that can compromise implementation. This includes a respect for relevant community views.

Kate served as Chairman of Tourism WA from 2006 to 2012 and as Deputy Chairman of Tourism Australia from 2012 to 2015. Kate chaired the Swan Valley Planning committee; sat on CCI WA board and in 2019 was elected to the Chairman role at Committee for Perth.

Kate has worked in the service sector for 30 years, speaks to customers every day and has a genuine sense of what appeals to various demographics and ages. As an employer she has a substantial understanding of what innately drives performance and practical IR solutions.

In June 2020 Kate was awarded an AM in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to tourism and hospitality.

Kate Lamont AM


Kate Lamont has more than three decades of experience in...

Lindsay Watson

Profession: Mechanical Draftsman

Lindsay Watson born in Midland Junction in 1953, educated at Governor Stirling Senior High School before commencing an apprenticeship in Mechanical Fitting at the Midland Junction Railway Workshops and qualifying as a draftsman at Wembley Technical College. A fourth generation descendant of a Midlands of England Engineer and tradesman in 1995, his first book, the Railway History of Midland Junction was published, as part of the Swan Shire’s Centenary celebrations for Midland Junction. He has also had several articles published in the Railway Journals and the Light Railway Research Society of Australia’s magazine.

Enos Watson an English Engineer from that great training ground, the industrial Midlands town of Walsall, UK had brought his family out to Western Australia in 1886. He arrived in WA at a time when skilled trades people were scarce and found work literally as he stepped of the ship. The Watson family first moved to Midland Junction from Fremantle in 1893.

A baby boomer, his great grandson, Lindsay Watson, was born in Sayer Street Midland Junction in 1953. As a child he remembers, sounds and events that made Midland unique. The chatter of steam locomotive whistles from the Midland Junction depot as steam locomotives were being prepared for duty at all hours of the day or night.

Many people thought Midland Junction to be an industrial town with the always-busy bustle of people passing. The fifties and sixties proved to be the zenith of Midland Junction’s activity. The decline commenced in the early seventies with some rationalization of railway activity and the closure of the Midland Abattoirs. Both of these events reduced the percentage of people frequenting the commercial hub of the town. The average Western Australian’s concept of Midland Junction then was of an industrial, railway and commercial working class town where perhaps one commuted, but did not reside.

Helena Street was the main commercial centre and Mecca for shoppers. Lindsay recalls as a kid with pocket money on riding his bicycle into Helena Street regularly on Saturday mornings. He and his brothers referred to this area simply as the street. Helena Street then boasted a Coles, Woolworth’s and Freecorns store.

In winter Midland Junction became an island with the Helena River bursting its flood plain to the south and the Swan River in flood to the north. Hazelmere residents were cut off when the footpath was flooded and would need to make a long detour via Great Eastern Highway to shop in Midland. With the flood levels receding intrepid cyclists would attempt to ride to Governor Stirling High School, over a flooded pathway. A loss of balance could lead to a wet sock or worse, a dunking.

Since establishment as Helena Vale in 1895 Midland Junction was always a community of new Australians. They came to Midland seeking work in the Railways, Abattoirs, Brickwork’s or the service and support services of such institutions. This new ever-changing culture helped define the character of Midland Junction. Originally the jobs seekers came mainly from the UK. From places such as the Midlands and working class north, from Glasgow, Scotland and Ireland.

Lindsay Watson is one of the founding members of the Bennett Brook Railway out at Whiteman Park since its formation in 1976 in his father’s back yard then on to Whiteman Park in 1982 where he has been Chairman, Treasurer and also served on the Board of Whiteman Park in a volunteer capacity in the 1990,s. To this day he is also Rolling stock Manager.

Lindsay Watson Mechanical/Draftsman

Chairman of the WA State tourist rail body 2002 2017 ARPG WA
Treasurer of National Tourist & Heritage Rail body 2008/2017 ATHRA
Board member Whiteman Park 1998/2002
Chairman Bennett Brook Railway 6 years

Lindsay Watson

Mechanical Draftsman

Lindsay Watson born in Midland Junction in 1953, educated at...

Matthew Bill

Profession: West Australian Young Person of the Year 2017
GSSHS: 2008-11

Matthew never graduated from High School. He left school to become a plumber with a three-year apprenticeship which he undertook for 2.5 years. With only six months left of his apprenticeship Matthew decided to leave. He didn’t finish because he was unhappy and looking for excuses not to go to work. He left with no idea what he wanted to do.

Matthew’s Mum, Melissa, was instrumental in his life and she gave him an opportunity to undertake some community work with young students in the local area. Things moved very quickly for Matthew and before he knew it he was given an opportunity for a pastoral role in a local Primary School to help indigenous students make it through the day, by ensuring they had eaten and made it to class. Eventually, Matthew was lucky enough to work in every school in the local area apart from GSSHS which Matthew always found funny as this had been his school.

Matthew was then approached by the Shire of Mundaring to develop some programs for indigenous youth at risk. Matthew worked for the Shire of Mundaring for approximately 4-5 years and during this time he started growing and developing lots of after school programs. One of which was Kaart, Koort and Hoops which is a basketball program that he developed with Cheryl Kickett-Tucker. The program was very successful and is still running today.

Matthew’s family is heavily into community work and his mum worked with indigenous ladies in the local area. Matthew would see the men sitting around waiting for the ladies and decided to start a men’s group. This group has now been running for 4-5 years and is the biggest men’s group in WA. Originally the group involved just hanging out with the men but now they cover different topics regularly such as substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health and depression as well as cultural stuff too.

In 2016 Matthew was nominated for the West Australian Young person of the Year by the Shire of Mundaring where he was a runner up in the Young Community Worker of the year category.

In 2017 the council asked for Matthew to re-apply and again the Shire of Mundaring nominated him. This time he won and became the West Australian Young Person of the Year. Matthew found this a very humbling experience as he didn’t think he would win. With the money that he won he travelled around Western Australia talking to Indigenous Communities.

Also, in 2017 Matthew made a return to Governor Stirling to speak to the Graduating Class of 2017 where his inspiring speech was well received. He never writes speeches. It comes from the heart!!

Matthew currently works for the CLONTARF Foundation, where he has been for three years, working with young indigenous boys from Years 7-12.

Matthew strongly believes that if you can change one bloke’s day then you have made a difference.

Matthew Bill

West Australian Young Person of the Year 2017

Matthew never graduated from High School. He left school to...

Max Binnington OAM

Profession: Olympic & Commonwealth Games Athlete
GSSHS: 1965-66

Governor Stirling Senior High Honour Board

Information for Max Binnington OAM

Mr Maxwell Clifford Binnington, Caulfield South, VIC, 3162



For service to athletics.


Service includes:


  • Glenhuntly Athletics Club
  • President, 2014-2016, 2011-2013, 2002-2003, 1993-1997.
  • Vice-President, 1979.
  • Life Member, 1980; Member, since 1969.
  • Trustee, Gus Theobald Trust, since 1992.
  • Member, Club Coaching Groups, since 2000.

Athletics Victoria

  • President, 2002-2005.
  • Board Member, 1999-2006.
  • Life Member, 2012.

Athletics Australia

  • National Performance Manager, 2004-2009.
  • Member, Nomination and Remuneration Committee, since 2014.
  • Inaugural Edwin Flack Award, ‘for distinguished service to the sport by a competing athlete’, 1982.
  • Awarded Bib Number 385, 1974.
  • Life Member, 2014.


  • Olympic Hurdler, Montreal Olympic Games, 1976.
  • Silver and Bronze Medallist, Commonwealth Games, 1982, 1978, 1974.
  • Silver medallist Pacific Conference Games (110 hurdles & 4 x 100m relay) 1981
  • Australian Team Captain 1978, 1981, 1982 Games and 1979 Aust vs NZ match.
  • Ranked Number 1 Australian Hurdler, 1976-1978, 1981 and 1982.


  • Member, Victorian State Sports Advisory Council, 1980-1982.
  • Member, Yarra South Regional Sports Assembly, 1980-1982.



  • Director of Sports and Government Relations, PRIMCO Pty Ltd, since 2015.
  • Vicsport – Sport Education Manager, 2010-2013.
  • Sports Consultant, 2014-2015.
  • Director, Verve (later renamed Skillshub) Industry Training Advisory Board, 2011-2013.
  • Founder and Director, Personnel Performance Pty Ltd, 1989-2010.
  • Manager of Community Development, Flinders Shire, 1984-1989.
  • Former Recreational Officer, Caulfield City Council; Coordinator, Community and Family Services, 1977-1984.
  • PE Teacher, Western Australia and Victoria, 6 years.



  • Chair, Peninsula Healthy Lifestyle, 1985-1995.
  • Eastern Victorian Representative, Victorian Surf Life Saving Association Lifeguard Scheme Advisory Panel, 1985-1989.
  • Board Member, Transfield Superannuation Fund, 1998-2000.


Awards and recognition

  • Australian Sports Medal, 2000
  • Order of Australia Medal (OAM) announced January 26th, 2019 Citation for: Service to Athletics


Other sporting history:

  • Raised in Collie WA where I was a foundation member of the Collie Athletics Club as a 9 year old in 1958.
  • Moved to Perth in 1961 and joined Canning Districts Athletics Club where I was a member until I moved to Melbourne in late 1970 to pursue my athletics career. As a junior and senior athlete in WA I won many state and south west titles, and state school titles, in sprints, hurdles and long jump.
  • While at Gov. Stirling I also played basketball and was a state representative (Under 18 team) in 1965 at the national championships in Adelaide. I was also the very proud captain of the victorious Gov. Stirling athletics team at the interschool athletics carnival at Subiaco oval in 1966.
  • From 1962 – 1968 I also played hockey for YMCA Hockey Club, and basketball for Welshpool BC in 1963-65.
  • After moving to Victoria I won 8 Vic state hurdles titles and 5 national titles in 110m and 400m hurdles events and was 4 times selected as Australian Team Captain.

Max Binnington OAM

Olympic & Commonwealth Games Athlete

Governor Stirling Senior High Honour Board Information for Max Binnington...

Michael Walters

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 2007-08

Drafted 2008 to Fremantle

All-Australian team in 2019

Fremantle 2009 – current

Michael Walters

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2008 to Fremantle All-Australian team in 2019 Fremantle 2009...

Mr Len Dundo

Profession: Football Hall of Fame
GSSHS: GSSHS 1959-63

Born 24th July 1946.
West Midland Western Australia
Len attended Upper Swan State School
From 1952 to 1958

Len attended Governor Stirling Senior
High School, West Midland.
(now known as Woodbridge).
From 1959 – 63

Len joined the school soccer team and remained at the school until his graduation when he received his Leaving Certificate.
In 1962 the school soccer team won the Grand Final.


As early as his primary school years Len loved soccer and started with his first club The Swan Valley Soccer Club, Herne Hill WA and at the age of fourteen the Swan Valley Soccer Club Committee placed Len in the league side.


Len represented the State on numerous occasions and won the Golden Boot Award for being the State Leading Goal Scorer seven times in eight years from 1972 to 1979 and still holds this title today. Len was selected 18 times for State teams including tournaments to Asia and he helped the clubs he was with win two first division championships, three Top Four Cups and one night series.

Len was inducted into the Hall of Champions 1960 – 2000.
Len was inducted into the Western Australian Soccer Hall of Fame 1902-2002 receiving an Honours Certificate in 2004 for one of Western Australia’s 100 best players – A Century of Champions.
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the WA State Team’s historic inclusion in Malaysia’s Merdeka Cup tournament 2007. Len is included in The WA Heroes who made History in Malaysia.
Len retired from playing soccer in 1983 but continued on with coaching and is currently involved with the Swan IC Soccer Club in Midland WA.
In August 2018, Midland Gate officially unveiled the first inductees into the Local Legends Midland Walk of Fame. All inductee names, including Len, are now on pavers on Cale Street in Midland.
Len commenced employment with Swan Settlers Co-Op in Herne Hill in 1965 and in 1967 he was conscripted into the army in the Eastern States during the Vietnam War, but when his unit left for Vietnam Len was still in hospital due to contacting measles which caused a murmur in his heart.


Len returned to work at Swan Settlers Co-Op in the Dried Fruit Department in 1969 and during the
his 30 years’ service with the company Len held the following positions:

Secretary to Viticulturist Union of W.A., Grape Growers Association of W.A., Export Grape Poll of W.A., Manager to Sunblest Distributors Pty Ltd., Commercial Beekeepers Pty Ltd., Manager and General Manager, Swan Settlers Co-Op. Association Ltd.


Len continued on as Sales Representative, for Ray White Swan City, 1995-2016 and as a Sales Manager, Bindoon Enterprises Pty Ltd and Walkaway Vineyards Pty Ltd (local and export table grapes) 1996-2011. Len retired from his employment in 2015.

Mr Len Dundo

Football Hall of Fame

Born 24th July 1946. West Midland Western Australia Len attended...

Nathan Broad

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 2006-08

Drafted 2015 Richmond

Premiership player 2017 & 2019

Richmond 2016 – current

Nathan Broad

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2015 Richmond Premiership player 2017 & 2019 Richmond 2016...

Nic Naitanui

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 2003-07

Drafted 2008 to West Coast Eagles

All-Australian team in 2012

West Coast Eagles 2009 – current

Nic Naitanui

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2008 to West Coast Eagles All-Australian team in 2012...

Nigel Satterley AM

Profession: HonDBus ECowan
GSSHS: 1960-63

Integrity, trust and an

indefatigable personal energy

have seen Satterley founder and

chief executive Nigel Satterley

create one of Australia’s largest

and most successful property

development companies.


In career rich in industry and government accolades, Mr Satterley’s business achievements, contributions to the property development industry and his charitable

involvements were celebrated at the highest level when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006.


He is a sought-after expert on Australian residential housing markets and cycles, taking on advisory roles to the Australian Federal Government and working with all levels of government to improve housing affordability. In 2015 he was honoured with a Doctor of Business by Edith Cowan University in WA for his contributions to the WA

business and housing sectors and his philanthropic activities in the community.


Mr Satterley’s energy and drive continues to shape and grow Satterley. When possible, he divides his time between the Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne offices, visits each of

his estates at least monthly and is regularly found on the weekend meeting buyers at his estates. He is single-minded in his vision to achieve successful outcomes for his company, his investor partners, and the buyers who make their homes and raise their families’ in

Satterley’s master planned communities.


Since founding his namesake business in 1980, Mr Satterley’s strategic direction, development innovations, and hands-on approach have forged a business with an annual project land sales turnover around $750 million (AUD).


He is most proud of the long-standing personal relationships he has forged with his investor partners, several of whom have been part of the Satterley story since its inception and continue to actively invest in new estates including six WA Government joint ventures.



  • 2019 Foundation Board Member of the National

Portrait Gallery

  • 2015 honoured with a Doctor of Business, Edith Cowan


  • 2013 Councillor WA Police and Community Youth

Centres (PCYC) WA

  • 2012 Patron of the St John of God Hospital South West

Coronary Care and Cancer Centre

  • 2011 Member of the Federal Government’s Advisory

Committee for Housing Assistance Reform

  • 2010 Appointed National Board Member of the

Property Council of Australia

  • 2010 Member of the National Supply Council of


  • 2009 West Coast Eagles Life Member
  • 2009-2017 Chairman of the Residential Development

Council of Australia

  • 2008 Patron of the Telethon Speech & Hearing Centre
  • 2007 West Coast Eagles Football Club No 1 ticket


  • 2006 Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
  • 2006 Patron of University of Western Australia Town

Planning Chair

  • 2006 Urban Development Institute inaugural

Distinguished Service Award

  • 2003 Real Estate Institute of WA Kevin Sullivan

Memorial Award for individual excellence and services

to the housing industry

  • 2002 Urban Development Institute of Australia –

President’s Award

  • 2000 Western Australian Government’s Ministry of

Housing Citation for services to the housing industry


Nigel Satterley AM

HonDBus ECowan

Integrity, trust and an indefatigable personal energy have seen Satterley...

Peter Randell

Profession: Dermatologist
GSSHS: 1957-61 (School Captain 1961)

• University of Western Australia faculty of medicine, graduated M.B., B.S. 1968.
• Resident Medical Officer at Fremantle Hospital 1969-1970.
• Registrar in Dermatology and Radiotherapy Royal Perth Hospital 1971-1972.
• Honorary Fellow in Dermatology Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney 1973-1974.
• Visiting Clinical Assistant in Dermatology St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney 1973-1974.
• Registrar, St Margaret’s Children’s Hospital Darlinghurst 1973-1974.
• Fellow, Australasian College of Dermatologists 1975.
• Consultant Dermatologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital 1975-2005 and appointed Emeritus Consultant Dermatologist on retirement. Peter was honoured to receive this acknowledgement for his teaching, research and clinical contributions to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital over his 30 years that he was there. In total Peter had a 40-year association with Sir Charles Gardiner.
• Clinical Lecturer in Dermatology, University of Western Australia 1975-2005, taught medical students and dermatology registrars in training.
• Visiting dermatologist, Geraldton Regional Hospital 1975-1988, and occasional dermatologist to Kununurra, Derby, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and Broome for the Health Department of W.A. in the 1980s, and also to various offshore platforms in the North-West Shelf oil fields of W.A.
• Publications: On Herpes simplex early diagnosis, hair disease, skin signs of metabolic disease, skin cancer –including what was then the world’s largest population study of incidence and prevalence, based on the Geraldton population. In 2008, a collection of more than 16,000 photographs of skin diseases seen from 1971-2007 was reviewed and the best 1000 were digitised, transferred to DVD format and forwarded to all dermatology trainees in Australia, with a master copy going to the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
• Pro bono dermatologist to the Cancer Council of W.A. from 1975, helped the late Clive Deverall AM to establish Skin Cancer Screening Clinics and literature as a way of spreading the Slip-Slap-Slop message. The first such clinic attracted more than 2,000 people.
• Inaugural president and now life-member of the Mazda MX-5 Club of Western Australia. This precipitated the writing of a monthly motoring column for ‘Medicus’, [ the gazette of the Western Australian branch of the Australian Medical Association.] from 2006 to 2018, along with occasional travel articles.
• Keen photographer; has had images published in Australian Photography, Better Photography, Medical Journal of Australia and an international car calendar.

Peter Randell


• University of Western Australia faculty of medicine, graduated M.B.,...

Phillip Delich

Profession: Inventor/Entrepreneur
GSSHS: 1976-80

My time at Govo etched positive memories that are as vivid today as when they were created. Like the day that one out of 300 paper planes launched from a popular third-floor classroom flew like a soaring eagle across to the other end of the hockey field. A unique design seemingly capable of disrupting the avionics industry, never to be found again. Or the science project that required the construction of either an electronic egg timer, or some other lame device that was equally useless to me, so I handed in a digital capacitance meter that I built from scratch and was reprimanded for building a mains-powered appliance against the rules of the project. (In hindsight, it was illegal!)

Despite the best efforts of my (patient) teachers, my lack of focus during year 11 and 12 saw me unable to attend Uni. However, I was motivated to learn about technology and other topics that were of interest. I pursued my electronics hobby and taught myself how to fix things without schematics, which resulted in my first electronic service business in 1984. I had a parallel fascination for Light Emitting Diodes and took every opportunity to study their operation.

In 1996 I sold the service business and started a private company to commercialise my first invention using initially LED’s, then electroluminescent technology.
Subsequent perseverance landed me on national TV across the USA on the Home Shopping Network, selling my invention via 8 minutes of live broadcast to a 186 million audience. I was then able to get this and other inventions into Home Depot and Walmart. However, soon after, a dishonest agent in Nevada robbed me of much of the profits, with the FBI involved and unable to recoup any of the defrauded payments I was further motivated to succeed, and in 2009 I immersed myself into “lighting Class” LED’s, which had just become commercially viable.
The LED lighting business gained traction and I was grateful to be named “Curtin Growth Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2013.

I used my knowledge of LEDs to distribute a technical booklet in 2014 that was acknowledged by the Lighting Council Australia. I was then invited to provide input at forums in Canberra to assist the Government’s transition to LED lamps. We won a global tender to manufacture and deliver all the LED lighting for the biggest shopping mall in Pakistan, as well as The World Bank Headquarters in Islamabad and then an 18-hole golf course in Lahore. We developed new LED lights for sports ovals and have since upgraded many sports/AFL ovals around Australia. Our innovative approach to LED tunnel lighting was rewarded by winning the Northbridge Tunnel (WA) and Eastlink Tunnel (Vic) lighting upgrades, along with a subsequent invitation to audit 15km of tunnels needing an upgrade to LED in Brisbane.

As at 2020, the business operates in Midvale, only a few kilometers from Govo. Our business manufactures LED lighting for roadways, mine sites, sports ovals, tennis courts, office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and, would you believe it, schools!

One takeaway from my time since Govo is the realisation that if you do your best and still don’t succeed academically, there is still no limit to what you can achieve when you leave school, as long as you are prepared stay motivated even when the odds are against you. I view all my (many) failures as a learning experience and do not waste time pondering on “what could have been”.
And finally, we are all given the same 24 hours every day. It’s what we do with those hours that determines whether our dreams become reality.

Phillip Delich


My time at Govo etched positive memories that are as...

Phillip Fawell

Profession: Senior Principal Research Scientist CSIRO
GSSHS: 1976-80

Phillip excelled academically at Governor Stirling SHS, particular in mathematics. He therefore enrolled in UWA’s “blue ribbon” science units in 1981, intending to major in maths. Surrounded by similar-minded students in the elite maths course, he had to come to terms with the unusual perception of being bottom of the class. He still felt that way at year’s end, but only half the class remained, and he comfortably passed. However, his heart and head were drawn to chemistry, a subject he’d previously never taken seriously.


On completing his Bachelor of Science (double major in physical/inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry) in 1983, he was keen to continue to Honours, but there was a lack of applied chemistry research at UWA back then. Instead he did a chemistry Honours project at Murdoch University supported by Greenbushes, which included vacation work on their tantalite leaching pilot plant (fortunately their flowsheet leaching tantalum with hydrofluoric acid was never implemented). After being awarded First Class Honours as top student in his year, he completed a chemistry PhD at Murdoch, then in 1989 was awarded a CSIRO postdoctoral fellowship to research resins for gold recovery in a team based at WAIT (now Curtin University).


In 1991, Phillip took a postdoctoral position in Melbourne within the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), developing fire-resistant phenolic composites for ship structures. Even though getting to burn things had its attractions, he returned to Perth for a CSIRO position in 1993, commencing an involvement with flocculation and thickening that continues to this day.


Central to this was the AMIRA P266 ‘Improving Thickener Technology’ project series, having extensive interaction with local and international sponsors for implementing research results to enhance operating gravity thickeners. A 2005 study estimated net-present-value from P266 research to sponsors of A$295M (updated 2008 to ~$500M), indicating the genuine impact this research had with mineral processing. Phillip’s involvement expanded to leading flocculation studies, delivering a model then incorporated within computational fluid dynamics modelling of feedwell flocculation and becoming their main tool for feedwell optimisation around the world. He became research coordinator and led the final stage (P266G), also developing technology transfer resources.


Phillip has written over 50 journal papers and five book chapters, as well as supervising six PhD students to completion. As part of the P266 team he has won two CSIRO Medals, one in Business Excellence. He’s also recently had two postdoctoral fellows to do his advanced mathematics for him.


Never an athlete, Phillip started playing hockey for GSSHS in 1976 and has never stopped. He filled in as a goalkeeper at high school, but only focused on the role from 1985, within two seasons then becoming the top keeper at Kalamunda Districts Hockey Club, where he is a Life Member and former President. He takes great pride in his part in encouraging a number of junior parents to take up or return to playing and his club record of most games played as a keeper, not so much the record for most goals conceded.

Phillip Fawell

Senior Principal Research Scientist CSIRO

Phillip excelled academically at Governor Stirling SHS, particular in mathematics....

Pr Cheryl Kickett-Tucker AM

Profession: National Basketballer & Social Scientist
GSSHS: 1981-85

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is a highly respected Wadjuk Noongar Traditional Owner, academic community development practitioner, children’s fiction author and emerging photographer. She is a former National Women’s Basketball league player, State Basketball League player and captain and coach with over 20 years playing and coaching experience. She is currently an ARC Research Fellow at Curtin University Founding Director of Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd- Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing and Director of Research and Community Development at Koya Aboriginal Corporation.

Cheryl attended Governor Stirling Senior High School from 1981-1985 and graduated year 12.



  • First Aboriginal student awarded a PhD from Edith Cowan University
  • First Aboriginal student awarded a degree in Sport Science at Edith Cowan University
  • PhD (Edith Cowan University, Perth)
  • Master of Science (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University, Perth)
  • Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Edith Cowan University, Perth).
  • Educated in both Australia and the United States of America.
  • Player for WAIS Rockets in the Australia National Women’s Basketball League
  • Player/Captain for Swan City Mustangs in Western Australian State Basketball League
  • Coach for Swan City Mustangs Division 1 in Western Australian Basketball League
  • Committee Member of the Swan City Mustangs State Basketball League
  • Player for Perry Lakes Hawkes in Western Australian State Basketball League
  • Player for Perth Redbacks in Western Australian State Basketball League
  • Represented WA in National Junior Basketball Championships
  • Represented WA Aboriginal Team in National Aboriginal Junior Basketball Championships
  • MVP at National Aboriginal Junior Basketball Championships
  • Inaugurated into the Sports Hall of Fame, Governor Stirling Senior High School
  • Chief editor and co-author of award winning text book Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development: Fostering Cultural Security published by Cambridge University Press
  • 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia
  • 2019 Australian of the Year WA Local Hero
  • 2018Midland NAIDOC Awards Service Provider of the Year, Koya Aboriginal Corporation
  • 2018Western Australia Industry Awards 2018, Finalist, Supporting Volunteers Award, Koya Aboriginal Corporation
  • 2017Educational Publishing Awards Australia, Winner, Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Resource, Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development: Fostering Cultural Security, Kickett-Tucker, C. Coffin, J. Bessarab, D. Wright, M. (Eds). Cambridge University Press.
  • 2014 WA Department for Communities, Children’s Week WA, Communities Award, Highly Commended “IRISE: Racial Identity and Self-Esteem” Perth, WA
  • 2013 WA Department for Communities, Children’s Week WA, Communities Award for Metropolitan Project Award “Connecting Culture, Curriculum and Community in Early Years Aboriginal Education” Perth, WA
  • 2010Injury Control Council of WA Outstanding Achievement Award for Solid Kids, Solid Schools Research, Perth, WA
  • 2004 University of Western Australia, Postdoctoral Re-Entry Research Fellowship, Perth, WA.
  • 2003 Australian Society of Authors’ Indigenous Mentorship Program, Redfern, NSW.
  • 2001 Western Australia NAIDOC Scholar of the Year, presented by NAIDOC State Committee, Perth, WA.
  • 2001 National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year, presented by NAIDOC National Committee, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 1998 Kurongkurl Katitjin Inaugural Post Graduate Scholarship, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, Edith Cowan University, WA.
  • 1998 Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Scholarship, WA.
  • 1995 Queens Trust Award for Young Australians, WA.
  • 1992 Queens Trust Award for Young Australians, WA.
  • 1992 Certificate of Recognition, Global Education Project, Office of International Services, University of Oregon, USA.
  • 1992 WA NAIDOC, Sportswoman of the Year, Perth, WA.
  • 1992 International Scholar Recipient, Black Women’s Action Group in Education Foundation (now Roberta Sykes Foundation), Sydney, NSW.
  • 1990 “Aboriginal Advisory Committee Prize” for outstanding Aboriginal student, presented by WA College of Advanced Education, WA.
  • 1990 “Women for Technical Jobs” Scholarship, presented by the Government of WA.
  • 1989 “Eveline Rosina Henty” Scholarship, presented by the University of Western Australia.
  • 1986 Australian Jaycees Five Outstanding Young Australians Award, WA.


Cheryl holds the following positions:

  • Executive Director, Pindi Pindi Pty Ltd, Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Wellbeing
  • Professor and ARC Research Fellow, Faculty of Humanities, School of Education, Curtin University
  • Director, Research and Community Development, Koya Aboriginal Corporation
  • Adjunct Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University, USA
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, Notre Dame University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia

Pr Cheryl Kickett-Tucker AM

National Basketballer & Social Scientist

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker is a highly respected Wadjuk Noongar Traditional...

Professor Bruce Robinson

Profession: Professor of Medicine
GSSHS: 1966-67

Bruce is a Professor Medicine, lung specialist and cancer researcher. He has also written several best-selling books on fathering and founded The Fathering Project, which has already had a major impact on the future of Australia’s young people. He regularly undertakes humanitarian medical work in disaster hit areas, especially in Indonesia.

He has received many awards for his medical research and has received an Order of Australia. He also Western Australian of the Year in 2013.

He grew up in Bassendean. He has played and coached Australian Rules football and is currently co-patron of the Swan Districts Football Club.

He speaks five languages and is married with 3 children.

Professor Bruce Robinson

Professor of Medicine

Bruce is a Professor Medicine, lung specialist and cancer researcher....

Professor Dominic Spagnolo AM

Profession: Pathologist
GSSHS: 1965-69 (School Captain 1969)

Dominic Spagnolo is a public sector Anatomical Pathologist at PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA, and Clinical Professor of Pathology at The University of Western Australia. After concluding his secondary education at GSSHS (1965–1969) as School Captain, he studied medicine at UWA, graduating MBBS in 1976. A further five years of specialist training saw him admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) in 1982. Supported in part by a W.A. and M.G. Saw Medical Research Fellowship from UWA, he undertook pathology Fellowships at Charing Cross Hospital, London and Stanford University Medical Centre, California, where he was privileged to work with some of the world’s pre-eminent pathologists.

Professor Spagnolo returned to WA in 1984 to take up his first Consultant post in Anatomical Pathology, at the combined laboratories of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and UWA. He has been a full-time Consultant in the public service, and maintained his affiliation with UWA, ever since. Professor Spagnolo credits his life-long dedication to pathology to the excellent mathematics and science teachers he had at GSSHS: the passion for science they nurtured led him to specialise in pathology, which provides the scientific basis for disease. A highlight of his time at GSSHS was being chosen as one of five Western Australian high school students to attend the prestigious International Science School in Sydney, in 1968.

Professor Spagnolo’s diagnostic career has involved all aspects of tissue-based pathology; with a predominant focus on the pathology of cancer, he has internationally recognised expertise in the field of lymphomas. He also has particular interests in molecular pathology, ultrastructural pathology and diseases of the kidneys.

Through his career, Professor Spagnolo has been a committed teacher of undergraduate and post-graduate pathology. He has been an examiner for the RCPA and also sat on its WA education subcommittee. Teaching and mentoring successive generations of pathologists—seeing some rise to positions of eminence and leadership—has been his greatest reward and sustaining pleasure.

Research has also played an important part in Professor Spagnolo’s professional life. He has authored or co-authored more than 130 scientific papers and chapters, co-edited a major text-book on diagnostic ultrastructural pathology, served on editorial boards of major journals, including as an Associate Editor, and has been an invited speaker at state, national and international scientific meetings.

Professor Spagnolo has held several leadership positions, including as Clinical Director of Anatomical Pathology at PathCentre for ten years, and as President of the International Academy of Pathology (Australasian Division). In 2005, he was honoured to deliver the Academy’s prestigious Vincent McGovern Lecture and, in 2014, to receive its Distinguished Pathologist Medal. He received the RCPA’s Distinguished Fellow Award in 2020. Professor Spagnolo was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2018, for “significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of pathology, as a clinician, and to medical education as a researcher and author”.

Professor Spagnolo married fellow 1969 GSSHS graduate Brenda Combes in 1975; they have two sons. Away from the hospital, he enjoys reading, music and long-distance running. He is deeply grateful for an outstanding secondary education at GSSHS, the springboard for his subsequent professional career.

Professor Dominic Spagnolo AM


Dominic Spagnolo is a public sector Anatomical Pathologist at PathWest...

Professor John Yovich MD PhD FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI

Profession: Obsetrician, Gynaecologist & IVF Pioneer
GSSHS: 1958-62

Professor John Yovich MD PhD FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI graduated MBBS from UWA in 1970,
progressing into Specialist Obstetrics & Gynaecology practice in 1976. Born in Midland in 1945
on 31st July, John attended Midland Primary School (1951-55), thereafter Middle Swan Primary
School (1956-57) after the family home moved from 47 North Street to 76 Great Northern
Highway (on the corner of Margaret Street) which was a boundary change for the two schools.
John recalls coughing and wheezing his way through those 2-years at Middle Swan Primary
School which, in recent years has been closed down, being identified as heavily polluted from
the nearby brickworks. Thereafter, John attended Governor Stirling Senior High School
(1958-1962) which he recalls as a healthy and enjoyable learning environment where he made
many life-long colleagues and friends.

John completed his internship at Royal Perth Hospital (1970-1972) where he completed a range
of disciplines including anaesthetics. In the latter period, John enjoyed a rotational period in Port
Hedland with an attachment to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, regularly visiting Nullagine,
Marble Bar and Jigalong mission on the western edge of the Little Sandy Desert. It was this
experience in the Pilbara region of Western Australia that caused John to see a pressing need
for specialised Obstetric Services in the region, hence his next residency periods were
undertaken at King Edward Memorial Hospital. During that period John utilised his anaesthetic
skills to assist the Director of anaesthesia, Dr Miller-Forbes to establish an efficient pioneer
Epidural Service at KEMH (1971-73). With the view of advancing his skills in Laparoscopic
Surgery as well as the newly emerging ideas for Infertility, including Reproductive Endocrinology
and In-vitro fertilization (IVF), john arranged to work in pioneer facilities in the United Kingdom
including at the Universities of London and Cambridge. To accumulate the financial needs for
this undertaking John worked in private practice in the Northern Suburbs for 3-years (1974-76)
utilising the facilities of Osborne Park Hospital for Obstetric services and Mount Hawthorn
Hospital for Gynaecological services. The latter ceased functioning as a surgical hospital in 1979
when it was heritage-listed as Hawthorn House.

Following laboratory research and clinical work over 4-years in London 1976-80 with Professor
Ian Craft, John presented his PhD thesis “Human pregnancies achieved by in-vitro fertilization”,
conferred UWA in 1985. During those seminal years in London John was exposed to all the new
innovations in Reproductive Medicine with each area, including Embryology, taught to him by the
very pioneers in their fields. John brought all these new ideas back to home-town Perth where
he established PIVET Medical Centre in 1981, generating WA’s first IVF child in July 1982. John
assisted many IVF clinics to establish worldwide and formed PIVET Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
with Dr Haris Hamzah whose first IVF infant was born May 1987. He also assisted the first IVF
pregnancy to be generated in Greece during 1986, with the infant delivered in May 1987. John
achieved CREI subspecialty in 1992. He has an adjunct position as Clinical Professor in the
School of Biomedical Sciences at Curtin University. His publications in high impact factor journals
exceeds 250, he has an RG score of 44.77 and h-index of 37.

John married Jeanne Conceicao, who completed a BSc in Science at UWA and was a “Miss
University” contestant of 1966, when they met, there-after marrying in 1968. They have two
children; Steven born 1972 and Celina born 1975. Jeanne progressed from teaching to
embryology and has assisted John in developing PIVET Medical Centre, which has an
international reputation and has trained many overseas embryologists and clinical staff in
Infertility procedures including IVF and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. PIVET remains a family
business where son Steven heads the Andrology Department and Jeanne has progressed from
Laboratory Manager to CEO. John is the Medical Director of PIVET Medical Centre in Perth and
the Chairman of PIVET Group activities which embraces Cairns Fertility Centre in Queensland
and PIVET Fertility Darwin in the Northern Territory. At age 75 years John plans to review his
activities in 5-years time.

Professor John Yovich MD PhD FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI

Obsetrician, Gynaecologist & IVF Pioneer

Professor John Yovich MD PhD FRCOG FRANZCOG CREI graduated MBBS...

Ramon Andersson

Profession: Olympic Medallist and World Champion Canoeist
GSSHS: 1976 – 80

Ramon Andersson is a dual Olympian from the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the sport of kayaking. His career highlights include winning a bronze medal in the K4 1000m (4 man kayak) and backing up two months later to win the Gold medal in the World Marathon Canoeing Championships in K2. In addition, he has one silver and two bronze from other World Championships, as well as 14 World Cup Medals and 29 Australian titles. He has also competed some of the top river races in the World including the Sella Descent in Spain and Liffey Descent in Ireland winning both of those in 1988.

Ramon has been the Head Coach of the Western Australian Institute of Sport Kayak program since 2003where he has taken the program from a small part time program to a program that is one of WAIS’s priority programs and has produced numerous National Champions and National team representatives as well as World Cup and Olympic Medalists.

He has been a National team coach since 2006 including coaching at the 2012 London Olympics. In 1992 and 1993 he was the Western Australian Sport Star of the Year and in 1992 WA Institute of Sport(WAIS)Athlete of the Year as well as runner up for the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year.

He was also Western Australian Sports Federation Coach of the Year in 2011. Only three individuals have had the honour of winning the award as an athlete and a coach, the other two being Ric Charlesworth and Justin Langer. He was named Australian Canoeing Coach of the Year for 2011/12.The WAIS Kayaking program has also been named program of the year five out of the last twelve years at the WAIS annual awards.

Ramon Andersson

Olympic Medallist and World Champion Canoeist

Ramon Andersson is a dual Olympian from the 1992 Barcelona...

Rear Admiral Raydon Gates AO CSM 

Profession: Royal Australian Navy
GSSHS: 1967-69

Rear Admiral Raydon Gates matriculated from Governor Stirling Senior High School in 1969, the same year he achieved his Queen Scout award. He joined the navy graduating from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1974. He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 37 years retiring in 2008 as a Rear Admiral. A seaman officer, his sea service culminated with the command of two guided missile frigates. His flag officer appointments include the inaugural Commander of the Australian Defence College, Maritime Commander Australia (including operational service during the 2003 Iraq war), and Defence Attaché and Head Australian Defence Staff in Washington DC.

Raydon has been awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Monash), a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, and a Diploma of Company Directorship. He is a graduate of a number of strategic leadership management programs from Mt Eliza (Victoria) Management College, Australian Graduate School of Management, Oxford University and Harvard University.

His honours and awards include his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia, the Conspicuous Service Medal, the United States’ Legion of Merit and the French Order of Maritime Merit. He has also been appointed an Honorary Fellow of Monash University.

In his post Navy career Raydon was Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand, retiring in 2017. Raydon was appointed as the Defence Advocate for Western Australia in August 2017.

Rear Admiral Raydon Gates AO CSM 

Royal Australian Navy

Rear Admiral Raydon Gates matriculated from Governor Stirling Senior High...

Renée McLennan

Profession: Mayor - Town of Bassendean
GSSHS: 1989- 93
Nee: Weston

After leaving GSSHS, Renée studied Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Upon graduation she was employed at Royal Perth Hospital working in areas such as Intensive Care and the State Head Injury Unit and eventually specialising in Spinal Cord Injury. Renée spent over a decade at the state spinal service assisting people who had sustained a spinal cord injury to regain their independence.

Renée later took up a lecturing position at Curtin University in the School of Physiotherapy & Exercise Science. During this time she also founded DriveABLE Australia, an evidence based assessment service for objectively assessing fitness to drive for patients with medical conditions.

Renée is involved in a wide number of community groups, including having founded the Bassendean Repair Cafe.

In 2014 Renée took maternity leave with her first child, Elliott. Having volunteered on a number of committees and wanting to make a greater change for her community, Renée decided to run for Council within the Town of Bassendean and was elected as a Councillor in 2015. At the time Renée was the solitary woman among the elected members and the executive team of the local government.

After 2 years of service, Renée was elected unanimously as the Mayor of Bassendean. In 2016, her second child, Xavier, was born and the following year she was re-elected both as a Councillor and Mayor for the Town of Bassendean. During Renée’s time as Mayor the local government has undergone significant transformation, becoming more contemporary and relevant with a focus on actively engaging with the local community. The Town of Bassendean is also developing a reputation for being a leader in sustainability and as an example of effective community leadership.

Renée McLennan

Mayor - Town of Bassendean

After leaving GSSHS, Renée studied Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Upon...

Roland Rocchiccioli

Profession: Writer & Broadcaster
GSSHS: 1960-64

Born in Agnew, Western Australia.
Came from Gwalia.
A boarder at Swanleigh.

Licentiate – Trinity College, London. (Teaching Diploma) – auspices of the University of Western Australia.
7th Grade (Piano) AMEB – Mrs. Phyllis Browning Turner Ashton.

Joined the ABC as a cadet announcer in the Children’s Department.
A company member of the National Theatre at the Playhouse, Pier Street under the artistic direction of the late Edgar Metcalfe.

Moved to Sydney in 1968.
Assistant Stage Manager Community Theatre, Killara.
Joined Harry M Miller Attractions:
Productions included:
Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Boys in the Band, Rocky Horror, The Secretary Bird starring Patrick Macnee; Dames at Sea with Nancye Hayes, Present Laughter with Stuart Wagstaff and Rosemary Martin; Sleuth with Patrick Wymark, Stratford Johns, Richard Todd, Gary Waldhorn, John Fraser; Butley with Peter Wyngarde; Grease; Winnie The Pooh – a musical;
No Sex Please We’re British with Jonathan Daly.
Stage Director – Melbourne Theatre Company:
Monthly Repertory, productions included:
Cherry Orchard and An Ideal Husband with Googie Withers and Frank Thring.
Mother Courage – The Berliner Ensemble Production with Gloria Dawn, directed by Joachim Tenschert.
Patate and The Man Shot The Albatross starring Leo McKern, written by Ray Lawler, directed by John Sumner.

Commercial Productions include:
The Circle, Star Dust, The Kingfisher with Googie Withers, John McCallum, Frank Thring, Robert Helpmann, Angela Punch McGregor.
The Cobra with Sir Robert Helpmann and Mark Lee.
Me and My Girl.
West Side Story.
Scrooge – the Musical – Keith Michell.
La Cage Aux Folles – Keith Michell and Jon Ewing.
The Day After The Fair – Deborah Kerr.
Guys and Dolls.
Star engagements include:
Debbie Reynolds, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hayley Mills, Joan Fontaine, Charlton Heston, Gina Lollobrigida, June Allyson, James Coburn, Victor Borge, Phyllis Diller, Shirley Bassey, Jackie Collins, Angie Dickinson, Leslie Bricusse, Jean Simmons.

The AFL Footy Show with Ed McGuire and Sam Newman (10-years).
Thirty years between the 7, 9 and Ten networks:
Good Morning Australia; The Bert Newton Show; Peter Couchman Show; Day by Day; 11AM based in London – countless interviews with stars, writers, authors, directors and celebrities.
The Parkinson Show in Australia.

ABC Melbourne; 3AW; 2GB; 2UE; 3XY; 3MP;

LBC radio:

The Bolshoi Ballet – Moscow, Venice and Australia.
The Shanghai Ballet – Shanghai and Australia.
Spoleto Festival – Spoleto – Umbria, Italy.

Childhood memoir – And Be Home Before Dark – shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award.
The Actor Who Laughed – co-authored with Frank Thring. Foreword by Sir Robert Helpmann.
The AFL Cookbook – foreword by Shane Warne.

Stage Plays include:
Now You Can Eat Father Christmas – a one man show.
Letters From The Heart – Gordon Frost Organisation – Australia, UK and the USA. Brighton UK with Hugh Bonneville and Caroline Langrishe.
Servant of the Crown – Gordon Frost Organisation.

Columns/articles/interviews published in major Australian newspapers and magazines.

Roland Rocchiccioli

Writer & Broadcaster

Born in Agnew, Western Australia. Came from Gwalia. A boarder...

Rory Lobb

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 2006-08

Drafted 2013 to GWS

74 games for GWS 2014 – 2018

Fremantle Dockers in 2019 – current

Rory Lobb

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2013 to GWS 74 games for GWS 2014 –...

Sandy McKiernan

Profession: NFP Executive
GSSHS: 1982-86
Nee: Nicholls

I completed my Bachelor of Science – Nursing at Curtin University in 1990 and throughout my clinical career became a specialist Cancer Nurse working at Royal Perth Hospital where I managed a Domiciliary Bone Marrow Transplant program – a home based treatment service. I undertook further study, completing a Masters of Public Health, majoring in Health Service Management completed in 2004. I left the hospital system in 2003 moving into Community Services and became the Support Service Manager of the Leukaemia Foundation where I grew services and programs for individuals and their families affected by blood cancers until 2008.

I then took on the role of Director of Cancer Information and Support Services at the Cancer Council WA as part of the leadership team, managing the strategic and operational direction for all services and a budget of more than $6 million. In 2018 I moved into the welfare sector and am currently the Executive Manager of Specialist Community Services at St Vincent de Paul Society – incorporating Mental Health, Homelessness and Crisis Housing programs.

I have volunteered all my life and now do so with Board work. I am a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and have sat on a number of boards. I am currently the Chair of Ishar Multicultural Women’s Services and am a Past President of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.

I have been married to the same amazing man since 1991 and have one daughter and an 8-month old grandson.

My maiden name is Nicholls and my father John Nicholls also attended Governor Stirling in the 1960’s.

Sandy McKiernan

NFP Executive

I completed my Bachelor of Science – Nursing at Curtin...

Steele Bishop OAM

Profession: Professional Cyclist
GSSHS: 1969-70

Steele Bishop, OAM – World Champion Cyclist and Author


Born Subiaco 29 April 1953

First West Australian to win World Professional Cycling Championship in Zurich in 1983

After 36 yrs in retirement, won 4 Gold and set new world record at World Masters Track Championships in Manchester in 2019


Published memoirs “Wheels of Steele” in 2019



  • -OAM
  • Centenary Medal
  • Australian Sports Medal

Foundation member of the Western Australian Sports Hall of Fame

Steele Bishop OAM

Professional Cyclist

Steele Bishop, OAM – World Champion Cyclist and Author  ...

Superintendent Valdo Sorgiovanni APM

Profession: Superintendent WA Police Force
GSSHS: 1975-79


Governor Stirling 1975-1979

I joined the Western Australia Police Force in July 1982 and worked in numerous, and predominantly, metropolitan detective offices and various business units.

That included:

  • Tactical Response Group
  • Macro Task Force – Claremont Serial Murders
  • Sexual Assault Squad
  • National Crime Authority
  • Homicide Squad
  • OIC Albany Detectives Office

Promoted to Senior Sergeant in 2000, Inspector in May 2001 and Superintendent in May 2018.

As an Inspector I served in Major Projects, Strategic Information Management,  North West Metropolitan District Office, Commercial Crime Division, Coronial Investigation Unit, and Intelligence Operations.

In June 2018 I was appointed as Officer in Charge, Ethical Standards Division where I re-structured and updated the Section 23 Police Act discipline process for WA Police Force. I lead key policy reforms relating to the Managerial Intervention Model and the WA Police Code of Conduct review project.

I have a strong personal interest in the marketing of the Professional Standards Portfolio and regularly attend the WA Police Academy to address recruits and in-service Managers training courses, reinforcing internal investigation expectations, promoting policy and procedures and driving the Agency’s reliance of ethical leadership through the core values and Code of Conduct principles and responsibilities. To maintain community confidence and legitimacy in the WA Police Force.

In 2012 I was selected to set up a proactive WA Police Force bush-fire strategy to reduce the risk of deliberately-lit bushfires, following serious wildfires in the Eastern States that caused 173 deaths. The team implemented a response blueprint to ensure best investigative practice and safety were maintained when responding to bushfires, known as Strike Force Vulcan.

Its focus was to prevent bush fires, improve the operational police response, educate operational police and initiate the use of technology in detecting and targeting offenders. In its first year, Strike Force Vulcan reduced bushfire offences by 24% and significantly increased offender apprehension rates, and it continues to be successfully employed today.

I also lead the re-engineering of the Agency’s Human Source Management Program. As the Agency’s representative on the Australasian Police Human Source Operations Group, I identified best national practices and policies relating to operational methodologies, intelligence gathering and training techniques for the recruitment and management of human sources and governance practices to reshape the program, leading to better decision making and deployment of police resources.

I have been fortunate to develop a diverse investigative and management skill-set and been involved in several high-profile criminal investigations.

I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Diploma in Criminal Investigations, Diploma in Policing. Level 7 Senior Criminal Investigator.

I have a passion for coaching AFL and have coached juniors and Seniors since 1989. I hold a Level 2 AFL Coaching Accreditation.

Superintendent Valdo Sorgiovanni APM

Superintendent WA Police Force

SUPERINTENDENT VALDO SORGIOVANNI APM Governor Stirling 1975-1979 I joined the...

Suzanne Brown

Profession: Civil/Environmental Engineer
GSSHS: 1982-86

After finishing school, where she was the winner of the year 12 prize for French, Suzanne attended UWA where she obtained her Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1990. She is now an award winning engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the water industry. She has worked in academia as a research assistant and tutor, both in Perth and the UK, in consulting and for the state government.

Upon returning from a 3-year period in the UK in 1996 she commenced working at the Water Corporation of WA and has worked on multiple major utility projects. While working full time she completed a Master’s degree in environmental science and has applied that knowledge to many of her projects, particularly in a two-year role as the Project Environmental Manager for the Southern Seawater Desalination Project in Binningup, WA. In 2012 she won the Asia-Pacific Federation of Project Management award for project team member of the year for this work, presented in Hong Kong.

Suzanne was a finalist in the Australian Water Association’s Water Professional of the year in 2018, and in 2019 her Drainage for Liveability program won the Association’s Program Innovation award. She is currently the Water Corporation’s Manager, Drainage and Liveable Communities.

Suzanne is the Chair of the UWA Industry Advisory Panel for the Faculty of Maths, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. From 2013-2017 was a member of the Applecross Senior High School Board, the final year as Chair. She has two grown up children, both of whom attended Applecross Senior High School as Suzanne still strongly believes in the value of state education. In her spare time, she sings and plays cello, keyboards and electric bass in her band, Jimjam, and is still best friends with Govo graduate Sandy McKiernan (née Nicholls).

Suzanne Brown

Civil/Environmental Engineer

After finishing school, where she was the winner of the...

The Hon Bob Pearce

Profession: WA Government Minister
GSSHS: 1959-63 (School Captain 1963)

Bob Pearce – Profile

School Captain 1963

President, National Union of Australian University Students

Member of the WA Parliament

Minister for Education, Planning, Heritage, Transport, Environment, Parliamentary and Electoral Reform, Police, Inter-Governmental Relations and Leader of the House in the WA Government

Captain of the Australian Debating Team

The Hon Bob Pearce

WA Government Minister

Bob Pearce – Profile School Captain 1963 President, National Union...

The Hon Chris Pullin QC

Profession: Judge
GSSHS: 1963-64
  • Studied law at UWA, graduated 1969
  • Admitted to bar 1970
  • Appointed QC 1988
  • President of WA and Australian Bar Association in 1990’s.
  • Appointed to Supreme Court 2001
  • Appointed to WA Court of Appeal 2005

The Hon Chris Pullin QC


Studied law at UWA, graduated 1969 Admitted to bar 1970...

The Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich

Profession: Minister of Education & Training
GSSHS: 1971-75

Born in Kozica, Split, Croatia . Arrival in WA to Western Australia 9 May 1963. The Hon. Ljiljanna Ravlich was the first woman born in non-English speaking country elected to the WA Parliament.

Educated at Midvale Primary School and Governor Stirling Senior High School
Curtin University—BA (Soc Sc) major in economics; Post Grad Dip Ed; Post Grad Ed Admin.

Teacher, policy officer and director.

Employment History:

School teacher at Norseman District High School, Kambalda Senior High School and Northam Senior High School 1980–1984, Deputy Principal Morawa Agricultural High School 1985–1986, Deputy Principal Bullsbrook District High School 1987–1988
Principal Education Officer Minister of Education Joondalup District Education Office 1989, Principal policy officer to Gavan Troy, Minister for Productivity and Labour Relations 1990–1991, to Kay Hallahan, Minister for Education, Employment and Training 1991–1992, and to Eric Ripper, Minister for Family, Community, Youth Justice and Disability Services 1992–1993, Director Joint Venture Consulting Group Pty Ltd 1993–1996.

Parliamentary Service – Electorates:

MLC East Metropolitan Region 22 May 1997–10 March 2015. Elected to the Thirty-fifth Parliament for East Metropolitan Region on 14 December 1996 for term commencing 22 May 1997. Re-elected 2001, 2005, 2008, for terms commencing 22 May. Re-elected to the Thirty-ninth Parliament for North Metropolitan Region on 5 April 2013 for term commencing 22 May 2013. Announced retirement on 26 February 2015 and resigned 10 March 2015.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Community Development; Women’s Interests; Seniors and Youth; Disability Services; Culture and the Arts 20 March 2001–21 September 2004 , Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health 20 March 2001–27 June 2003 , Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Tourism; Small Business; Sport and Recreation; Peel and the South West 27 June 2003–21 September 2004 , Minister for Local Government and Regional Development 21 September 2004–10 March 2005 , Minister for Heritage, the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne, Goldfields-Esperance 21 September 2004–10 March 2005 , Minister for Education and Training 10 March 2005–13 December 2006 , Minister for Youth 13 December 2006–2 March 2007 , Minister for Government Enterprises; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and, Infrastructure 13 December 2006–23 September 2008 , Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Minister Assisting the Minister for Goldfields-Esperance, Youth 2 March 2007–23 September 2008 , Shadow Minister for Public Sector Management 22 May 1997–10 February 2001 , Shadow Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs January 1998–10 February 2001 , Shadow Minister for Commerce and Small Business; Government Accountability; Tourism; Training 24 September 2008–21 February 2011 , Shadow Minister for Commerce and Small Business; Training 21 February 2011–26 January 2012 , Shadow Minister for Mental Health 21 February 2011–8 April 2013 , Shadow Minister for Training and Workforce Development 27 January 2012–8 April 2013.

The Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister of Education & Training

Born in Kozica, Split, Croatia . Arrival in WA to...

The Hon Michael Murray AM QC

Profession: Supreme Court Judge
GSSHS: 1955-59 (School Captain 1959)

Mr Murray was born in Perth on 16.1.1942.  He is married with three children – two sons and a daughter, all adults.  Mrs Murray is a professional artist and freelance art teacher.

Mr Murray did his secondary education at Governor Stirling Senior High School.  He was school captain in his final year.  He then attended the Law School of UWA.  He graduated LLB in 1963.

He was articled to the then Crown Solicitor for Western Australia and upon admission to practice was employed in the then Crown Law Department where he occupied a number of positions on the litigation side of Crown practice.  From 1973-80 he was Crown Prosecutor for Western Australia (the precursor to the State DPP).  He was then appointed Crown Counsel for Western Australia, a position which he occupied until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in February 1990.  He was appointed a QC in 1984.

For many years he was an active member of the Law Society of Western Australia.  He was first elected to the Council of the Society in 1979.  He has served on many Law Society committees.  For five years he served on the executive of the Law Society, a period culminating in his presidency of the Society in 1988.

From 1984 until his appointment to the Supreme Court of Western Australia he served on the Barristers’ Board (as it was then known) and was active on its committees.  He chaired the Appeal Costs Board from 1982 until his appointment to the Bench on 1 February 1990.

He was for many years an active member of the Army Legal Corps, holding the rank of Major.  For some years he held the most senior position in the Corps in Western Australia, that of Deputy Assistant Director of Legal Services.

Whilst in practice he was an active member of the Law Council of Australia and for three years was the delegate of the WA Law Society to that Council.

Mr Murray has long been active in the field of legal education, presenting papers at International Criminal Law Congresses, Summer Schools and other Law Society legal education programmes, particularly in the fields of criminal law, evidence and advocacy.

He has been interested and active in areas of law reform, particularly in the reform of the criminal law where he was directly involved in the reform of the law with respect to sexual assault and his General Review of the Criminal Code published in 1983 has provided the basis for much of the reform of the criminal law of Western Australia which has been made since then.

More recently, and while Crown Counsel, he chaired an Interdepartmental Committee on the Treatment of Mentally Disordered Offenders and has been closely involved in efforts to reform the law with respect to the treatment by the criminal law of persons who are mentally ill or intellectually handicapped.  He was closely involved in formulating the terms of the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 (WA).

Mr Murray was the Supreme Court’s delegate to the Consultative Council on Alcohol.  He has chaired a committee of the Supreme and District Courts to write the Criminal Procedure Rules.  Mr Murray chaired a committee of the Supreme and District Courts known as the Jury Advisory Committee, which made recommendations for the amendments which were made to the Juries Act in 2010.

He chaired the Accommodation Committee of the Supreme Court, whose major project was to provide a new Supreme Court building in the Perth CBD. That committee was also responsible generally for the accommodation needs of the Supreme Court.  In addition, he chaired the Art Acquisition Committee of the Court, and was responsible for building the art collection of the Court.

Mr Murray has been interested in education generally.  For 15 years from 1972 he served on the council of the Helena School (later Helena College) in Darlington and Glen Forrest.  In 1989 and 1990 he was the first chairman of the school council of Kalamunda Senior High School.  He was a founding member of the State Committee of the Safety House Association of Western Australia.

Since the time when his grand-daughter, Sarah, attended the school, he has been a member of the Saint Brigid’s College Advisory Council, although he is not a practicing Catholic. His first term commenced on 1 February 2012 and his current term of office will expire on 31 January 2020.

From 1990-1999 he was a Senator of Murdoch University and was the longest serving Pro Chancellor of the University for 6 years from 1993.  He chaired the University’s Legislation Committee and served on other committees of the Senate such as the Resources Committee.

In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University, for service to the law and education.

Mr Murray was, since 2001, the Court’s delegate on the Governing Council of the Judicial Conference of Australia and until 2011 served on the Steering Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Supreme and Federal Courts Judges’ Conference, to which committee he was appointed in 2003. He remains a member of the JCA and has been awarded honorary life membership in recognition of his service.

Mr Murray has continued his interest in matters of legal education and judicial professional development since his appointment to the Bench in 1990.  He has not kept a curriculum vitae in relation to such matters, but over the years he has presented, to seminars and conferences of lawyers, papers concerned with such matters as the art of advocacy, preparation for trial and for appeals, and the law of evidence.

Examples include a paper given at the 36th Australian Legal Convention in 2009 on communication with juries and jury management, a paper presented in 2010 to the WA Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Forensic Psychiatrists on the challenge of presenting expert evidence to the Courts in a variety of contexts, and a paper given at the Judges’ Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand, in January 2011, on the sentencing of mentally impaired offenders.

For many years, his Honour participated annually in the Young Lawyers Advocacy Weekend, sponsored by the Law Society, and he has regularly given an annual presentation to the WA Bar Association’s Bar Readers Course on preparation for, and the conduct of, a civil or criminal trial.

On 19 May 2011, his Honour gave the Sir Ronald Wilson Lecture.  The title was “The Delivery of Criminal Justice:  Building on the Past to Meet the Challenges of the Future”.

Mr Murray has been a “generalist” as a Judge.  He has served in all areas of the Court’s jurisdiction, doing appellate work as a member of the Full Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and, latterly, the Court of Appeal, and also as a single Judge.  He has exercised the jurisdiction of the Court at trial level in a wide range of cases on the civil side of the Court, and particularly in the exercise of its criminal jurisdiction.  His Honour has dealt with a variety of other matters concerned with administrative law, wills and inheritance matters, dangerous sexual offenders, etc.

Mr Murray was the Senior Judge of the Court.  When he retired on 15 January 2012, he had served as a member of the Supreme Court of Western Australia for 22 years. Prior to his appointment, in 1989, he served for a period of about 6 months as a Commissioner of the Court.  As the senior Judge of the Court, his Honour headed the Trial or General Division.

In the absence of the Chief Justice, he was required to perform the role of Acting Chief Justice.  During periods when both the Chief Justice and the Governor of the State were absent, he was required to act as Administrator.

Since his retirement from the Bench, Mr Murray has taken up two part time positions.  The first is the Chairmanship of the Supervised Release Review Board, the parole board for young offenders. He served in that capacity for 6 years from January 2012 –  January 2018.

The second position is that of the Parliamentary Inspector of the Corruption and Crime Commission, in which capacity he oversees the work of the CCC and regularly reports on matters arising in that context to the W A Parliament. He commenced in that role on 6 January 2013 and has undertaken a second 5-year term, which will expire on 5 January 2023.

He has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Murdoch University.  In that role, he has accepted teaching commitments in the fields of criminal law, advocacy, sentencing, parole and expert evidence. He has ceased that work, but serves on the Advisory Committee of the University’s alumni – type body, the Banksia Association.

For his services to the law he has been awarded life membership of both the Law Society of W A and the WA Bar Association.

He is a councillor and member of the Executive of the National Trust of W A. Since 2014 he has been privileged to be elected as its Chairman, a position which provides opportunities to make a contribution to the varied and challenging work of the Trust.

In the Australia Day honours list, on 26 January 2014, he was awarded Membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia, “for significant service to the judiciary, to law reform and education, and to the community.”

In semi – retirement he derives much enjoyment from indulging his passion for reading and keeping up with current affairs, as well as painting as a pastellist under the guidance of his wife, Dale, and rather desultory efforts to again become proficient as a pianist, not having studied the instrument since secondary school days.

The Hon Michael Murray AM QC

Supreme Court Judge

Mr Murray was born in Perth on 16.1.1942.  He is married...

Todd Banfield

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 2006-10

Drafted 2008 to Brisbane

53 games for Brisbane 2010 – 2013

Richmond 2014

Todd Banfield

AFL Footballer

Drafted 2008 to Brisbane 53 games for Brisbane 2010 –...

Tony Mann

Profession: Test Cricketer
GSSHS: 1958-62

Anthony (Tony) Longford Mann – 08.11.1945 – 15.11.2019

A proud Swan Valley son, best known for his impressive cricket career. Tony began playing First Grade cricket in 1960 at the age of 14. He played club cricket with University, Midland-Guildford and Mount Lawley. Represented Western Australia 76 times from 1963 to 1984, celebrating 7 Sheffield Shield victories. Over 28 seasons he amassed 933 wickets and scored around 8,400 runs.

In the summer of 1977/78 Tony, at the age of 32, became the 285th man to make his Test debut for Australia. He played 4 Tests against the Indians and most famously made a century in the WACA Test as a nightwatchman.

In tandem, Tony enjoyed a long career teaching mathematics at a number of WA schools, including Governor Stirling.

Tony Mann

Test Cricketer

Anthony (Tony) Longford Mann – 08.11.1945 – 15.11.2019 A proud...

Troy Longmuir

Profession: AFL Footballer
GSSHS: 1992-96

Drafted 1997 to Melbourne

17 games for Melbourne 1998 – 1999

55 games for Fremantle 2000 – 2004

11 games for Carlton 2005 – 2006

Troy Longmuir

AFL Footballer

Drafted 1997 to Melbourne 17 games for Melbourne 1998 –...

Wally Edwards

Profession: Australian Test Cricketer and owner of Holman Industries
GSSHS: 1966-67

Studied engineering at UWA. Graduated 1971 B. Eng.

Worked as an engineer for ten years with Commonwealth Department of Housing & Construction

1981 to present – Managing Director and owner of Holman Industries which designs and manufactures garden watering and plumbing products. Employs over 200 staff in Australia and New Zealand.

Played cricket at Midland Guilford Cricket Club 1964-68 & 1973-75. University Cricket Club 1968-72. Captain & Coach of North Perth Cricket Club 1976-82.

Represented Western Australia in Shield Cricket 25 times as an opening batsman 1974-78. Played three Test Matches and one ODI for Australia 1973-74.

Served on WA Cricket Association (WACA) Board 1987-2012. Vice President of WACA 2000-2012. Appointed Life Member 2002.

Appointed to Board of Cricket Australia (CA) 1996. Elected Chairman of CA 2011-15. Director of International Cricket Council (ICC) 2011-15.

Appointed to Board of Bradman Foundation 2016.

Co-Founder of the Truffle Industry in WA 1996. Managing Director of The Wine & Truffle Co 1996-2009. Managing Director Oak Valley Truffles 2005-2018. Chairman Oak Valley Truffles 2018 to present.

Wally Edwards

Australian Test Cricketer and owner of Holman Industries

Studied engineering at UWA. Graduated 1971 B. Eng. Worked as...

Winthrop Professor Frank Christiansen

Profession: Clinical Immunologist
GSSHS: 1965 and 66 (School Captain 1966)

Frank graduated in Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1973 and following his internship completed joint postgraduate fellowships in Pathology and Medicine. He worked as a Clinical Immunologist at Royal Perth Hospital and PathWest where he also served as Head of Department and Director of Pathology and was responsible for the WA Organ Matching programme and the WA Bone Marrow Registry. As an academic and Winthrop Professor in the School of Medicine and Pathology at UWA, he undertook undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and a research programme in immunogenetics with a particular focus on optimizing donor and recipient matching for organ and bone marrow transplantation. He served on numerous state, national and international committees including the RPH Medical Research Foundation, the National Renal Transplant Advisory Committee, the Management committee of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry, board member and President of the Asia Pacific Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association the American Society for Histocompatibilty and Immunogentics and the International Histocompatibilty Workshop committee. He has authored over 200 scientific publications and edited several books on Immunology.

Winthrop Professor Frank Christiansen

Clinical Immunologist

Frank graduated in Medicine at the University of Western Australia...

Yvonne Rate

Profession: Australian Netballer
GSSHS: 1959-63 (School Captain 1963)
Nee: Liddlelow:

1959 – 1963 Attended Governor Stirling Senior High School – Head Girl 1963

1959 & 1960 State Schoolgirls’ Netball Team

1963 – 1972 State Netball Team – Captain 1970 – 1972

1969 Australian Netball Team tour of New Zealand (Captain)



1995 Advanced Management Programme, Graduate School of Management UWA

1989 Master of Philosophy (Women’s Studies) UWA

1978 Master of Education UWA

1969 Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) UWA


Awards & Honours:

Life Member Netball Association of WA

Life Member Coastals Netball Association

Life Member National Association of Heads of University Colleges and Halls

National Gold Award, Prime Ministerial Women and Sport Awards

Womensport West, Presidents Award 1998

WA Citizen of the Year – Sport Award 1999

Order of Australia – General Division 2003


Positions Held:

Principal, The Women’s College, University of Sydney, 2004 – 2008

Head of College, St Catherine’s College, UWA, 1994 -2003

Commissioner, Australian Sports Commission, 1997 – 2000

Chairperson of the WA Sport and Recreation Council, WA, 1995 – 2003

Member of the Sports Council of WA, 1984 -1987

Foundation Board Member of WAIS, Perth Superdrome Trust and Joondalup Sport complex

Board Member of the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation 1995 – 2003

Board Member of Netball Australia 1996 – 2002

Board Member of Bluearth Foundation 2013 – present

Executive Director the Women’s Sport Foundation 1989 – 1993

Lecturer A, Edith Cowan University 1970 – 1993

Lecturer, Claremont Teachers’ College, 1969

Advisory Teacher, Education Department of WA, 1968 – 1969

Physical Education Teacher, Churchlands Senior High School, 1967

Yvonne Rate

Australian Netballer

1959 – 1963 Attended Governor Stirling Senior High School –...

Zak Kirkup MP

Profession: Member of Parliament
GSSHS: 2000-04

I grew up in Perth’s eastern suburbs, spending most of my time in Guildford, Midland & Woodbridge. I currently live in Seascapes in Halls Head, Mandurah.

My mother, born in New Zealand, has been a pharmacy assistant in Forrestfield since before I was born. My father, of Aboriginal heritage, is a plumber by trade but has spent much of his time in civil construction both in Perth and as a Fly-in, Fly-out machine operator.

I went to Woodlupine Primary School in Forrestfield and graduated from Governor Stirling Senior High School in Woodbridge in 2004.

Later I dropped out of Murdoch University, before going to work for W.A. Senator, Judith Adams.

Worked for the WA Liberal Party since 2006, eventually becoming the youngest ever Deputy State Director (Campaign Support). I’ve worked on 14 elections (various state, federal & by-elections) since 2007.

Worked as a Principal Policy Adviser for the 29th Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett, for four and a half years.

Spent two and half years with Australia’s largest private construction company, BGC, with a focus on financial strategies for the residential and hotel division. Spent the 2015/16 summer on two hotel sites as a concrete form-worker as part of professional development.

Elected to the District of Dawesville in March 2017. In June 2019 I was asked by Liberal Leader Liza Harvey to take the position of Shadow Minister for Health; Mental Health; Innovation & Disruptive Technologies and Manager of Opposition Business. In July 2019 I added Aboriginal Affairs to my portfolio responsibilities. I was appointed Deputy Chair of the Education & Health Standing Committee in February 2020 and sit on the Joint Select Committee into Palliative Care in May 2020.

In my free time I was training for the Busselton Half Ironman in May 2020 (until COVID) but continued my running and riding training.

During COVID-19, I worried that the pandemic would strain our local health services so I started volunteering as an Ambulance Officer with St John Ambulance. I have continued this volunteer work and currently hold the rank of Emergency Medical Responder.

Zak Kirkup MP

Member of Parliament

I grew up in Perth’s eastern suburbs, spending most of...

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