RELIGION

Marist College Ashgrove has had 35 ordained priests and 20 ordained brothers. Notable amongst these are:

  • Bishop Brian Heenan (1955): Rockhampton Diocese
  • Bishop James Foley (1966): Cairns Diocese
  • Father Michael Carroll (1970): Former head of Marist Fathers (QLD)
  • Brother Peter Carroll (1976): Provincial of the Marist Brothers (Aust.)
  • Brother Ken McDonald (1976): Deputy Provincial of the Marist Brothers (Aust.)
  • Father Thomas Zaranski (2003) – ordained June 2018
  • Father Tom Duncan (2011) – ordained July 2019
  • Father Isaac Falzon (2001) – ordained July 2023

POLITICS

Many Old Boys have given distinguished service as State Members, Mayors of Regional Councils, and in official Parliamentary roles:

Politics – National and International

  • Kevin Rudd, (1969-1971): Prime Minister of Australia 2007-2012, 2013
  • Sir Julius Chan (1958): Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea 1980-1982, 1994-1997
  • Sir Anthony Kandambi (1963): Minster PNG Government 1982-87
  • Dan Tufui (1954): (Elevated to Lord Tufui of Talaheu) Chief Secretary to the Government of Tonga and Secretary to Cabinet
  • Frank Saemala (1966): MP 1989-1993 and Diplomat, Solomon Islands

JUDICIARY

Supreme Court

  • Brian Ambrose (1951)
  • Martin Moynihan (1958)

Federal Court

  • David Jackson KC (1958)

District Court

  • Chief Judge Kerry O’Brien (1967)
  • Con McLoughlin (1941)
  • Kevin Row (1946)
  • Terry Gardiner (1981)
  • Nathan Jarro (1994)

Magistrates

  • Chief Magistrate Terry Gardiner (1981)
  • Trevor Pollock (1959)
  • Walter Ehrich (1961)
  • James Herlihy (1961)
  • Chris Callaghan (1974)
  • Damian Carroll (1965)

MILITARY

  • Major General David Mulhall (1981)
  • Colonel Frank Colley (1973): Military Order of Australia Division for
  • developing strategic options for Australia’s War contribution in Iraq
  • Major Brian Lindsay (1959): Duntroon Graduate
  • Geoffrey Christopherson (1954): Duntroon Graduate
  • Group Captain Paul Deighton RAAF (1982) – Conspicuous Service Cross.
  • Major Geoff Kendall (56) Platoon Commander 6RAR at the battle of Long Tan when Awarded the Medal of Gallantry
  • Colonel Peter Connolly DSC (1986)

EDUCATION

Academia

Many Old Boys have been awarded Open Scholarships (awarded in State public examination results for top 25 seniors up to 1973), and then followed Australian Student Prizes to those placed in with OP1 results in the State. Many have proceeded to UQ and received the prestigious University of Queensland medals at Graduation. Further notable achievements:

Rhodes Scholars

  • Colin Apelt (1946)
  • James  Tilbury (2005)

UQ Alumnus of the Year 

  • Gabriel Perry (2008):  2016 (Also University Medallist 2016)

Emeritus Professors

  • Colin Apelt (1946): Professor of Civil Engineering, UQ 1979-1996 and also Head of Department of Civil Engineering 1982-1994
  • Terry Freer (54): Professor of Orthodontics, UQ 1992-2002
  • Phillip Woodford (1971): Professor of Immunology and Pathology, Uni of Newcastle
  • Mark Walker (1979): Professor of Microbiology, UQ
  • Barry Wood (1962): Professor of Chemistry, UQ
  • Brian Towler (1968): Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Uni of Wyoming, USA
  • John Parise (1971): Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, State University of New York, USA

Dean of Faculty

  • Jack Laracy (1953): Foundation Head Dept. Mechanical Engineering at QIT, Acting Dean QIT, Dean QUT

Research

  • Aaron Brandis (1999): Senior Research Silicon Valley, California- Prominent in “Mars 2020 Project” and recently inducted as an Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2018)
  • Tim O’Hare (1980): Agricultural Scientist Ph.d). Head Researcher, UQ and Dept of Agriculture who continues to lead the research team in providing more medicinal food by inserting our favourite foods with health boosting nutrients in a natural way -Federal Government 2016 Industry and Innovation Award
  • Phil Woodford (1971): While Professor of Immunology at Newcastle University, Phil was heavily involved with the Red Cross Blood Bank especially with the screening of blood to detect the AIDS virus ensuring blood transfusions were safe.
  • Professor Paul Simshauser AM (1985): Economist by trade, holds bachelor degrees in economics and commerce, masters degree in accounting and finance, and a PhD in economics from the University of Queensland. He is a CPA, an AFMA Accredited Dealer and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also Professor of Finance at Griffith University’s Business School and widely published on energy economics in academic journals. Paul has been recognized for his many outstanding contributions by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for significant service to energy sector through executive roles, applied economics and policy research. We all look forward to Paul solving Australia’s power problems in the years to come.
  • Professor John McGrath (AM) (74) graduated from UQ Medical School in 1985. Awarded the AM for services to Medicine in the field of Schizophrenia research and psychiatric education, Smithsonian fellowship to Harvard, a Premier’s Award and a Centenary medal from the Australian Government. He is also head of epidemiology and developmental neurobiology at Queensland Brain Institute. John was recognised by the Danish National Research Foundation in 2016 with Niels Bohr Professorship and in 2017 awarded the prestigious Erik Stromgren medal at a ceremony In Denmark.
  • Professor Peter Bartlett (1983) was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2015. He is professor in Mathematics at QUT and professor in Computer Science and Statistics at UC Berkley. He has been professor in the Research School of Information Science and Engineering at the Australian National University, Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley, honorary Professor at University of Queensland and visiting Professor at the University of Paris. He was awarded the Malcolm Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year in 2001, was an IMS Medallion Lecturer in 2008 and is an Australian Laureate Fellow.

THE ARTS

  • Andrew McGahan (1983): “Praise”, “Last Drinks”, “The White Earth”. 2005 Miles Franklin Award for the “The White Earth”. 2004 Courier Mail Book of the year “The White Earth”.
  • Michael Bauer (1972): “The Running Man” shortlisted for both 2005 Premier’s Literary Awards and 2005 Courier Mail Book of the year. Won Children’s Book of Council of the Year Award in 2005 for “Don’t Call Me Ishmael”. In 2018, Michael won the CBCA Book of the Year for early childhood with “Rodney Loses it”.
  • Mark Farrelly (1969): “Canvas of Dreams”, 1990.

Film and Television

  • Ray Meagher (1963) Actor: “Breaker Morant” and as Alf on “Home and Away”. Won the Gold Logie in 2010.
  • Terry Hannagan (1963): Writes, produces and performs some of Australia’s iconic TV commercials e.g. “I Can Feel a XXXX Coming On”, “Qantas – Feeling Qantastic!”, “Wally Lewis: He’s The Emperor of Lang Park”.
  • Anthony Phelan (1972): Acclaimed Thespian with many supporting roles in Film, TV and Stage, most recently in Angelina Jolie’s movie box office success “Unbroken” performing as a Catholic Priest.
  • Joe Brumm (1995): Film Director / Writer – Creator and writer of “Bluey” Animated TV series
  • Daley Pearson (2001): Producer of “Bluey” Animated TV series
  • Ben Foley (2000) – Producer and Emmy Award winner for “Yemen’s Forgotten War” – VICE News Tonight on HBO
  • Marcus Vanco (2010) played the character “Lambert” in ‘Unbroken’ and “Brandon” in ‘The Shannara Chronicles’.

Music

  • Adrian Tully (1999): Berlin Philharmonic
  • Gerard McFadden (2005): Paris Opera Orchestra
  • Paul Furness (2005): Multi Aria nominated artist with Ball Park Music
  • Alex Woodward (2005): Musical Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company’s  production of “Spring Awakening”, multi Matilda nominated artist, Book of Mormon Cast Member, 2019
  • Ryan Walsh (1997): Composer, APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award winner, collaborated with Alberto Iglesias and Ridley Scott, 2017 AEL Outstanding School Alumnus of the year for Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
  • Dr Stephen Cronin (1977): Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
  • Joel Adams (2014): Pop artist, Adams was named the 16th most influential artist in the world Spotify’s 25 Under 25 list, As of November, his song Please Don’t Go has been streamed over 320 million times and the music video had been watched over 50 million times.
  • Paul Marchisella (1995): Double Bass player and James Morrison National Jazz Scholarships winners (2000 and 1996 respectively) and members of the James Morrison quartet.
  • Gerard Mapstone (1998): Flamenco Guitarist, popular concert performer in Europe
  • Tyrone Noonan (1987)- Member of George – ARIA Award Winner (2002)
  • Bryce Gilhome (1995)- James Morrison National Jazz Scholarships winner
  • Nick Hollamby (2002) – Head of Musical Theatre: Institute of The Arts – Barcelona, Spain
  • Noel Fitzpatrick (1997) – Member of Halfway, Pedal Steel – Courier-Mail’s Top 10 albums 2003, 2006. AIR, Best Country Album and Queensland Music Award “Song of the Year” 2014
  • Liam Fitzpatrick (1993) –  Member of Halfway, Banjo/Mandolin – Courier-Mail’s Top 10 albums 2003, 2006. AIR, Best Country Album and Queensland Music Award “Song of the Year” 2014
  • Ross Chandler (2003) – Member of The John Steel Singers, Drums. 2008 Triple J Unearthed Winners and 2010 Triple J Hottest 100 placeholders No. 52
  • Angus McDonald (1987) – Founding member, songwriter and producer for the musical group Sneaky Sound System which has produced Triple Platinum and Gold albums together with multiple ARIA, MTV and APRA awards and nominations. The band had four singles simultaneously in the Australian Top 40 – UFO, Goodbye, Pictures, and I Love It and, on release, the single I Love It was the longest charting single in Australian music history with 73 weeks in the Top 100.
  • AJ Hall (2002) – Guitarist with the band supporting Sahara Beck and the first Ashgrovian, in 2022, to perform at the Glastonbury Music Festival.

QUEENSLANDER OF THE YEAR

  • Jon Rouse (1981): 2019 Queenslander of the Year. Inspector Jon Rouse was leader of the Task Force Argos that has enabled children to live in a safer world.

HEALTH

Community Service

  • Frank Timmermans (1963): Chief Medical Officer during the war in Afghanistan for Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders)
  • William Coote (1966): General Medical Practitioner and then Health Economist and then CEO in the Federal AMA (1992-1998). Awarded Bruce Shepherd Medal for Outstanding and unique service to the Independence of Australian Medicine.
  • James Houston (1969): Medical Administrator Greenslopes Private Hospital
  • Robert Hodge (1967): Queensland AMA President 1995/1996.
  • Ralph Kelsey (1968): ADAQ President 2007

Specialists

  • Fergus Wilson (1943): Orthopedics
  • Charles Wilson (1943): Obstetrics
  • Robert Thorpe (1948): Radiology
  • Mick Barry (1960): ENT
  • John Kelly (1961) ENT
  • Michael Hurley (1962): Psychiatry
  • Mark Musgrave (1964): Radiology
  • Paul Poulgrain (1964): Neurosurgery
  • Peter Stewart (1965): Opthalmology
  • Rob Hodge (1967): Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
  • Jim Johnson (1968): Radiology
  • Richard Astill (1968): Psychiatry
  • Chris Muir (1968): Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Peter Cooney (1969): Pathology
  • Rob Sinclair (1969): Dermatology
  • Kevin Vandeleur (1969): Opthalmology
  • Peter Lavercombe (1970): Intensive Care
  • Peter O’Hare (1971): Radiology
  • Phil Woodford (1971): Pathology
  • Shane Connolly (1972): Radiology
  • John McGrath (1974) Psychiatrist
  • Chris Pyke (1975): General Surgery
  • Peter Sinclair (1975): Dermatology
  • Jim Muir (1977): Dermatology
  • Damien O’Brien (1977): Opthalmology
  • Greg Treston (1978): Accident & Emergency
  • Tim O’Brien (1978): Anaesthetics
  • John Brown (1979): Psychiatry
  • Glenn Sterling (1982) Obstetrics
  • Paul Bretz (1983) Obstetrics
  • Luke Garske (1986): Respiratory Medicine
  • Neil Bretz (1987): Respiratory Medicine
  • Daniel Ford (1989): Pedodontics
  • Greg Sterling (1989): Orthopedics
  • David McCormack (1990): Anaesthetics
  • Jason Lamberly (1990): General Surgery
  • Matthew Purcell (1990): Anaesthetics
  • Michael Gabbett (1991): Clinical Geneticist and Paediatrician
  • Adrian Cois (2001): Emergency Medicine
  • Tim Eviston (2002): General Surgery
  • James Bennett (2004): Pathology
  • Josh Conroy (2008):
  • Sean McKeague (2009): Haematology
  • Nick Wing (2009):
  • Nathan Hearn (2010):
  • Nick Rigby (2010): ICU PHO
  • Alex Milliken (2010): Obstetrics
  • Sam Geraghty (2012):
  • Angus Porter (2012):
  • Michael Wing (2012):
  • Chilly Peng (2013):
  • David Brough (2013): General Surgery
  • Nathanael Leavy (2014):
  • Darcy Wright: (2014):
  • Will Collins (2014):
  • Lachlan Yaksich (2014):

SPORT

Wallaby and Test Representatives

Marist College Ashgrove has produced a number of Old Boys who have represented the Wallabies (24), Queensland (60) and nearly 30 Australian Schoolboy Rugby Representatives.

Three Old Boys, Chilla Wilson (1943), Des Connor (1953) and John Eales (1987) captained both the Wallabies and Queensland. Barry Honan (1964), Des Ridley (1955) and Daniel Herbert (1990) captained Queensland. Des Connor also represented the All Blacks in 12 tests and coached the Wallabies in 1968-1969. John Connolly was Wallaby coach in 2006-2007.

Fergus Wilson (1943) in the 1950s, John Connolly (1969) in the 1990s and Richard Graham (2014-2016) would all coach Queensland. Richard Graham was previously Captain-Coach of the Australian 7s team after successfully winning a Bronze medal as a player in the 1998 Commonwealth Games Rugby 7s for Australia in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Charles Wilson (1943)
  • Des Connor (1953)
  • Shane Sullivan (1954)
  • Paddy Knapp (1955)
  • Mick Barry (1960)
  • Robert Honan (1961)
  • Alex Pope (1961)
  • Barry Honan (1964)
  • Robert Wood (1965)
  • David L’Estrange (1966)
  • Michael Flynn (1966)
  • Paddy Batch (1969)
  • Brendan Moon (1976)
  • Nigel Kassulke (1978)
  • Anthony Herbert (1982)
  • Sam Scott-Young (1984)
  • Garrick Morgan (1980-1985)
  • John Eales (1987)
  • Patrick Howard (1990)
  • Daniel Herbert (1990)
  • Graeme Bond (1992)
  • Daniel Heenan (1999)
  • Brendan McKibbin (2002)
  • Nick Frisby (2009)

Test Referees

  • Andrew Cole (1977)
  •  Rohan Hoffmann (1989)

Rugby Union (Other Countries)

  • Des Connor (1953): New Zealand
  • Rohan Hoffmann (1987): Portugal
  • Alex Rokobaro (2007): Fiji
  • Ben Toolis (2009): Scotland
  • Scott Malolua (2011): Samoa
  • Emosi Tuquiri (2017): Fiji

Rugby 7s

  • Richard Graham (1990)
  • Tom McVerry (1997)
  • Peter Loli (1997)
  • Ashley Elphinston (1998)

Rugby 7s (Other Countries)

  • Peter Tsiamalili (1997): PNG
  • Rohan Hoffmann (1987): Portugal

Rugby League

  • Bob Honan (1961): South Sydney, NSW, Kangaroo – 1967
  • Wayne Stewart (1966): Wests, QLD (1970/1972), Kangaroo – 1972
  • Billy Walters (2011):  Melbourne Storm (2019), West Tigers (2020) and Grand Finalist with Broncos (2023).

Australian Rules

  • Charlie Cameron (2011): Adelaide Crows (2014 – 2017), Brisbane Lions (2018 – Current). Twice named in “All Australian team” in 2019 and 2023.
  • Lachlan Keeffe (2007): Collingwood 2008 – 2017, GWS (2018 – Current)

Soccer/Football

  • Corey Brown (2011): Brisbane Roar, Australia Under 23
  • Glen Kolpak (1994): Australian U23
  • Macklin Freke (2016): Brisbane Roar Goalkeeper 2022-

Swimming

  • Michael Bohl (1979): Australian Olympic Coach, Finalist (5th) 200 IM 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games.
  • Aaron Bourke (1994): 1994 Commonwealth Games, Canada. Freestyle.
  • Brendan Keogh (1988): Head Coach, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Paralympics. Coach 2000 Paralympics.
  • Paul Gockel (1983): 1992, 1996, Paralympics
  • Ricardo Moffati (2004): 2004 Paralympics, Silver and Bronze Medallist. Also represented at 2008 Paralympics.
  • John Jameson (1993) – successfully completed English
    Channel in 2013.
  • Patrick McGrath (1987) – successfully completed English Channel in 2018.
  • Sam Short (2018): 1500m Gold medal freestyle 2022 Commonwealth Games. Gold medal 400m 2023 World Championships. Silver medal 800m 2023 World Championships. Bronze medal 1500m 2023 World Championships.

Water Polo

  • Pietro Figlioli (2001): 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. World Champions (Italy) 2011 and Captain of World Champions (Italy) in 2019. Won Silver at Olympics (2012), Bronze (2016) with Italy.
  • Marcus Berehulak (2018): Australian rep at 2023 World Water Polo Championships
  • Will Valentine (2021): Captained Australia in World Youth Water Polo Championships in 2022.

Tennis

  • Ray Kelly (1975): Australian Davis Cup member in 1976 and Australian Open Junior (U19) Champion 1976. French Open Junior Finalist 1977 (defeated by John McEnroe).

Boxing

  • Paul Miller (1995): 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games – Gold Medallist (middleweight division)

Equestrian

  • Russell Johnstone (1982): 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Athletics

  • Michael Barry (1968): Australian Shot Put Champion in 1974
  • Brett Leavy (1982): National Representative – 100m Sprint and relay

Cross Country

  • Peter Berney (1980): Australian Representative in 1986
  • Anthony Smith (1980): Australian Representative in 1987

Triathlon

  • Ryan Fisher (2008): 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Alan Moran (2000): Four years consecutive World Champion, U20 – Canada 2001, U20– Mexico 2002, U23 – NZ 2003, U23 – Japan 2003
  • Dwayne Cannel (1986): Represented Australia at World Triathlon Championships in 1993.

Volleyball

  • Andrew Grant (2001): 2012 London Olympics
  • William Thwaite (2004): Australian representative.

Cricket

  • Matthew Hayden (1988): QLD & Australian Opening Batsman (Test, One Day and T20)
  • Peter McPhee (1980): Sheffield Shield, Tasmania
  • Alex Cusack (1997): Ireland (One Day and T20- World Cup Representative)
  • Pat Howard (1990): Chief Executive, Cricket Australia, 2013
  • Chris Kent (2008): PNG (One Day and T20 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

Winter Olympics

  • Stephen Lee (1995): Speed Skating, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics (6th in 5000m team relay at both Olympics) and 2005 World Championships (1,500m individual)

Surf Life Saving

  • Warren Gifford (1964): Member of Winning QLD surf team at 1968, Aust Titles, North Cronulla.
  • Peter O’Hare (1971): Member of Winning QLD Beach Sprint Relay, Aust National Championships, 1974, Burleigh Heads QLD.

Wrestling

  • Tom Cicchini (2013): 2018 Commonwealth Games. Quarterfinalist, Freestyle Division.

Powerlifting/Weightlifting

  • Lev Susany (2005): Australian, Oceania, Commonwealth Powerlifter Champion over 74, 83 and 91 kg classes. Member of Australian team 2010-2014. UQ Sportsman of the Year. Awarded Full Blue UQ. Also QUT Sportsman of the Year.
  • Rory Scott (2016): Silver medal representing Australia at 2023 Pacific Games Weightlifting 81 Kg division.

Windsurfing

  • Sean O’Brien (2001): Australian Windsurfing Champion (11 times between 2002-2018)

Miscellaneous

  • Guinness Book of Records: Fr. Leo Coote (1962) – Twice world record holder between 1975-1979 for most push ups. Final record – 1,586 push ups in 30 mins!