Distinguished Old Boys

Distinguished Old Boys 2019-01-21T13:09:27+00:00

This list of past students is by no means exhaustive. It will be expanded as more Old Boys are researched and documented. Please email additions to oldboys@ipswichgrammar.com

Thomas Bridson Cribb 1863-1864

One of 16 boys who began their studies at Ipswich Grammar School on its first school day, 7 October 1863. Cribb became senior partner in his father’s mercantile and banking business before entering politics as Member of the Legislative Council, and later Member for Ipswich in the Legislative Assembly. He became the first president of the Ipswich Grammar School Old Boys’ Association, which was formed in 1907.

Alfred Backhouse 1865-1868

The son of Benjamin Backhouse, the architect who designed Ipswich Grammar School. Admitted to the Bar in Sydney, Backhouse became a Crown Prosecutor and then District Court judge. On occasions he acted as a Supreme Court judge. He served as Deputy Chancellor of Sydney University.

Thomas Welsby 230

Thomas Welsby was a sportsman, company director, historian, yachtsman and Member of Parliament. He was the Queensland organiser of Australian Rules Football until Rugby Union became more popular in the 1890s when he represented Queensland. Welsby helped to revive the code in 1928, was a life member of the Queensland Rugby Union (President 1929-39) and donated the Welsby Cup. His memoirs are important contributions to the history of boating in Moreton Bay and the Aboriginal people of the district. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Sir James William Blair KCMG 1882

A Barrister at Law who entered politics, becoming Attorney-General at the age of 33. After re-entering the legal profession Blair was appointed a judge in 1922 before being named Chief Justice. He became the Lieutenant-Governor in 1933 and was appointed KCMG in 1935. He served as Chancellor of the University of Queensland. Blair State School, adjacent to Ipswich Grammar, is named in his honour.

John Job Crew Bradfield CMG 1880-1884

A brilliant student who graduated from Sydney University with the University Gold Medal in Engineering and Architecture. He was the leading proponent for a bridge across Sydney Harbour and for Sydney suburban railway electrification. He was chief engineer during construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and consulting engineer for the design and construction of Brisbane’s Story Bridge. He is also remembered for the Bradfield Scheme – an ambitious plan to divert water from Queensland coastal rivers to irrigate land west of the Great Dividing Range.

Colonel Arthur Graham Butler A.A.M.C., D.S.O., V.D., M.B., C.H.B. 603

Colonel Arthur Butler was a Physician who joined the AIF prior to World War I. Butler was the only medical officer to win the Distinguished Service Order at Gallipoli. He then served in France and after the cessation of hostilities wrote the official war history of the Australian Army Medical Services. Later Butler became medical officer of the Royal Military College and the Federal Capital Territory (known as Australian Capital Territory as of 1938). #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Edward Vivian Palmer 908

Known as Vance Palmer, Edward Vivian Palmer was the foremost man of letters of his day. Novelist, dramatist, short-story writer, poet, critic, biographer, editor, political and social commentator and interpreter, his active writing career covered a period of nearly 55 years. Palmer’s portrait hangs in the National Library in Canberra. The Vance Palmer Literary Prize is presented at Ipswich Grammar School each year in his honour. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Rev Richard Bardon OBE 1902

Taught in state primary schools before studying at the University of Sydney (B.A. 1912). Ordained as a Presbyterian Clergyman in 1914, he settled in the parish of Killarney where he developed a distinctive ministry characterised by a deep insight into human problems and a strong pastoral sense. In 1920 he responded to a call to Mackay where he and his family were to stay until 1944. In 1933 he was elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland and was clerk of its assembly from 1944-57. He was also moderator-general of the Presbyterian Church of Australia from 1951-54. Having served in the Brisbane parishes of Wilston and Kalinga, he retired in 1952 and was appointed OBE in 1954.

Alec Douglas McGill 1899-1904

Was Dux in 1904. Admitted to the Bar, McGill’s practice grew, but he was also attracted by politics. President of the Country and Progressive National Party from 1925 until its demise in 1935, he contested unsuccessfully the South Brisbane State seat in 1926. In 1939 he was offered a judgeship, but declined. He figured in many notable cases. From 1935 until his death, McGill was a member of the University of Queensland Law Faculty and the university senate, and became Deputy Chancellor in 1946.

Percival James Savage DSO MBE 1908-1909

During World War I, he was three times mentioned in dispatches, three times recommended for colonelcy (he was too young for it to be granted), had his twenty-first birthday on the Gallipoli Peninsula while an acting Commander in the Royal Engineers and was chosen with one other to represent the first AIF at an investiture by George V where he received the Distinguished Service Order for action at Pozieres. After the war he left engineering for the land and spent the next 54 years at ‘Purple Patch’, Savage Road, Brookfield. While fruit growing, he became critical of, and then interested in the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing and rose to be the chairman of the COD for 30 years. During those years, he and fellow Old Boy, COD general manager Bernard Flewell-Smith, made their mark on the state in many ways. He was awarded an MBE in 1969 for services to the Queensland fruit and vegetable industry.

Raymond Arthur Dart 1906-1910

Became Professor of Anatomy at the University of Witwaterstand, Johannesburg, in 1923. He is best known to Australians for his association with the ‘missing link’ or Taung Baby, properly called Australopithecus Africanus. His contribution to paleoanthropology is but one of many he has made to the advancement of man’s understanding of himself.

Eric Francis 1908-1913

Was the school’s Senior Prefect in 1913. In 1914 he was selected from the University of Queensland in the Australian rugby union team, becoming Ipswich Grammar’s first Wallaby. He taught at IGS and enlisted in the AIF in 1915. After being wounded he trained as a pilot and served in the Australian Flying Corp, seeing service in England, Egypt and France. He later graduated in dentistry from Sydney University.

Arthur Frank Bell 1913

Enlisted in the AIF and served on the Western Front. On discharge he rejoined the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock, and gained his B.Sc. He won a sugar research travelling scholarship in 1924. In 1928 Bell was appointed plant pathologist to the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Brisbane. While attending the triennial conference of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists at Puerto Rico, he learned of and later reported on the success of the giant American toad in reducing populations of cane beetles—then the scourge of the Queensland sugar industry. In 1935 a colony of these toads was brought to Queensland from Hawaii, where they had been introduced from South America. He was appointed director of the bureau in 1945 and in 1947 became the first qualified scientist to be appointed under-secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Stock. Bell was a member of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research from 1949, and chairman of its Queensland committee from 1948-55.

Charles Edward Chauvel 1912-1914

Became a well known Australian film producer and is widely credited with pioneering the Australian film industry. He studied commercial art and drama. Fascinated by films, he sought work as a production assistant and spent some time as a jack of all trades in Hollywood. Back in Australia he obtained finance from Queensland businessmen and friends to make his first films ‘The Moth of Moonbi’ and ‘Greenhide’. Inspired by the distinguished war records in Palestine of his father and uncle, he shot ‘Forty Thousand Horsemen’ in 1940, which was an immediate success. ‘The Rats of Tobruk’ (1944), ‘Sons of Matthew’ (1949), and ‘Jedda’ (1955) followed.

Donald Alistair Cameron OBE 1344

Donald Cameron OBE, was a GP, honorary medical officer and Militia Captain in Ipswich when he joined the Army Medical Corps in 1940. As a Major and then Lieutenant-Colonel, he saw service in the Middle East and Papua New Guinea. Cameron was mentioned in dispatches and appointed OBE in 1946. Cameron was Chairman of Trustees of his old school from 1948-56. At the 1949 general elections, he won the Federal seat of Oxley and was appointed Minister for Health in 1956. Defeated at the 1961 election, Cameron worked for his former department as a medical officer until his appointment in 1962 as High Commissioner to New Zealand. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Bernard Flewell Smith CBE MM 1310

Bernard Flewell-Smith CBE MM was awarded the Thomas Joseph Byrnes Memorial Medal for the best Junior Public Examination results in Queensland in 1914. At the age of 18, he was awarded the Military Medal for exceptional bravery in the Battle of the Somme. From 1935-68, as the General Manager of the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, he played a lead role in establishing the Golden Circle Cannery, where fellow Old Boy Percival Savage joined him. Flewell-Smith was an adviser to the Australian Government at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade talks in Switzerland in 1947. In 1958, he was made a Commander of the British Empire for his services to the fruit industry. Later Flewell-Smith served on the Board of Trustees at Ipswich Grammar School and as President of the Old Boys Association. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Alfred McCulloch 1296

Alfred McCulloch was Senior Prefect, Dux and achieved third place in the University of Queensland Open Scholarship list in 1916. He was a member of the premiership winning 1918 and 1919 1st XV teams. McCulloch was also an excellent tennis player and cricketer. In 1917 he studied engineering but enlisted in the AIF in 1918. McCulloch served in England and joined the Australian Flying Corps just before the Armistice. On graduating with First Class Honours in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1922, McCulloch joined the City Electric Light Co (CEL) as a Junior Engineer. After management roles in Rockhampton City Council and the Townsville Electric and Water authority, he re-joined CEL in 1938. McCulloch was a consultant for several states, served on CSIRO committees and in 1962 was an Australian delegate to a United Nations Conference on the peaceful uses of atomic energy. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

William George Henderson 1915-1917

Affectionately known as ‘Pop’, he was Ipswich Grammar’s first Old Boy Headmaster from 1946-51. In 1951 he relinquished his Headmastership and moved on to become senior science master at Churchie and a lecturer at QIT in Brisbane. His science teaching was of the highest order and his text books were very much in demand. His ability extended beyond the classroom and he is remembered as a top sportsman. He not only coached teams in tennis and football to a very high standard, but showed he could play these games himself. For years he dominated the West Moreton Tennis Championships and many a sound innings flowed from his cricket bat.

Herbert (Joe) Burton CBE 1914-1918

Selected as Rhodes scholar for Queensland in 1922, Burton went to Queen’s College, Oxford (BA, 1925; MA, 1929), and gained first-class honours in modern history. As principal of the Canberra University College, he was responsible for its transformation into an institution of higher education respected throughout the nation. His leadership facilitated the amalgamation of the CUC and the Australian National University in 1960. He was appointed principal of the School of General Studies, ANU. As well as creating national undergraduate scholarships to attract the nation’s top school leavers to ANU, he built residential accommodation for interstate students. Burton Hall ANU, a residential college, was named after him. As secretary of the Social Science Research Council of Australia, he guided its conversion into the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, of which he was executive director from 1971-73. He served as foundation president of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties from 1936-40. He was appointed CBE in 1962 and emeritus professor of ANU on retirement.

Gordon Arthur Fisher 1913-1918

Senior Prefect and captain of the 1918 premiership XV. A four-time Rugby Blue at University, he represented Queensland at rugby league. A teaching career included appointments as Headmaster of Sydney’s Church of England Grammar Junior School and Headmaster of The Armidale School for 22 years. In his later years, he was a Rotary Governor.

Sir Robert Lowe Hall KCMG CB 1387

Sir Robert Lowe Hall topped the state in the Junior Public Examination. In the Senior Public Examination in 1918, he was ranked seventh in the State, earning an open scholarship that enabled him to study Engineering at the University of Queensland (BE, 1923). A Rhodes Scholarship led to a BA and MA at Oxford with emphasis on Philosophy, Politics and Economics. A fellow of Trinity College, Oxford from 1927-50, he lectured in Economics and Applied Economics. In 1939 Hall was seconded to the new Ministry of Supply at Whitehall and spent 1942-44 based in Washington. From 1943 Hall’s work mostly involved post-war economic planning. From 1951-63 he was economic advisor to successive Chancellors of the Exchequer in the Parliament of Great Britain. In 1969 on being made a life peer, he assumed the title of Lord Roberthall. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

William Joseph George Sneyd 1401

After a time as a public servant, signwriter and window dresser, Willian Sneyd, joined the staff of the ‘Brisbane Telegraph’ and became its Chief Photographer from 1934-66. During this time, he served in the RAAF as a Flying Officer during World War II. Sneyd worked on ‘The History of the War’ and was the first Queenslander to land in Japan after the signing of the surrender. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

John (Johnny) Hunt 1510

John Hunt is remembered as a brilliant rugby player who represented Queensland from 1923-25 and Australia in two Tests in 1924 as five-eighth. Hunt taught at Ipswich Grammar School from 1922-29 and was a highly-regarded rugby coach, later continuing his career at Church of England Grammar School and Brisbane State High School. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Sir William Alan Thompson Summerville 1917-1921

Attended Queensland University where he obtained his B.Sc. in 1929, M.Sc. in 1933, D.Sc. in 1944 and an Honorary LLD in 1963. He began his career with the Agriculture and Stock Department in 1922 and was appointed Queensland Agriculture director general in 1959. He was a former Sugar Board chairman and was Queensland’s agent-general in London from 1964-70. He received a knighthood in 1968.

Reginald Hardwick (Jim) Foote 1918-1922

Attended The Southport School in 1923 before enrolling at Sydney University where he studied dentistry. He practised in Mosman, played for the Waratahs and represented Australia in three Tests against New Zealand in 1924-25. He toured New Zealand in 1925, but did not play in Tests. He was selected for the 1927-28 tour of the UK/US but declined due to his studies.

James Thomas Finimore 1920-1922

A dentist, Finimore was a former Mayor of Ipswich and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Ipswich Grammar School. He was awarded the CBE in 1968.

Allan Arthur Morrison MA 1928-1929

Won the Lilley medal in 1925, the Byrnes medal in 1927 and a state open scholarship to the University of Queensland (B.A., 1933; M.A., 1935) where he graduated with first-class honours in history. He became reader in history at Queensland University and was a member of the committee responsible for establishing the Queensland Archives.

Hamilton Stuart Patterson 1924-1929

Following war service as a medical officer in the RAAMC he was a General Practitioner in Ipswich for 35 years and the Sunshine Coast for 25 years. A foundation member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in England in 1953, he was co-founder of the Royal Australian CGP in 1958. He enjoyed a long involvement with St John’s Ambulance, Rotary, the Society of St Andrew and community affairs.

Sir Harry Talbot Gibbs GCMG AC 1930-1933

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in English in 1937 and a Bachelor of Law with first class honours in 1939. Admitted to the Bar in 1939 and after war service with the Australian forces, where he was mentioned in dispatches and attained the rank of Major, graduated with a Master of Laws in 1949. Sir Harry lectured at the University of Queensland in evidence, personal property and commercial law and acquired the reputation among students as being one of those rare lecturers of law whose classes were enjoyable to attend. In 1957 he took Silk and began developing an extensive practice which included appearances before the Privy Council. From 1961-67 he served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, also undertaking the chairmanship of a committee of inquiry into the expansion of the sugar industry and as a royal commissioner during the period. In 1967 he resigned from the Queensland bench to become a Justice in Bankruptcy with the Federal Court, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and a member of the Copyright Tribunal. He was appointed to the High Court in 1970 and succeeded Sir Garfield Barwick as Chief Justice in 1981, retiring in 1987. Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts Building and Sir Harry Gibbs Legal Heritage Centre in Brisbane are named in his honour.

Douglas Malcolm Campbell 2244

Douglas Campbell was an Arts/Law graduate who served in the engineers during World War II. After the war, Campbell was involved in Japanese war crimes trials. He became a QC in 1957 and a member of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1965. He was controversially overlooked on two occasions by the Bjelke-Petersen Government for judicial promotions. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Robert Lawrie 1933-1934

First represented Queensland and Australia in 1939. He went on to play 24 internationals from 1939-53 and was captain 15 times, including a tour of South Africa in 1950. His career was interrupted by WWII, in which he enlisted in the AIF and served in New Guinea. He later transferred to the RAAF and during training in England played for fourth-division club Brentford where he was approached by Tottenham Hotspur for a trial which he turned down. After the war he lived in and played for South Australia and then New South Wales before returning to Ipswich in 1949 and again representing Queensland. Trained as a teacher, he resumed his teaching career and spent most of his time at Silkstone State School until his retirement in 1979.

Henry Malcolm Whyte 1934-1937

Was Dux, winner of an Open Scholarship, Lewis Thomas Scholarship and a Rhodes Scholar in 1947. A lifelong campaigner for the integration of patient care, clinical teaching and research, he was appointed Foundation Professor of Clinical Science at the Australian National University.

Keith Tongue AO 1938-1940

Joined the Air Force and rose to the rank of Air Commodore. As Director of RAAF Plans and Policy, he was responsible for the early planning and development of the Tindall base in the Northern Territory. His final posting was as Commanding Officer of the RAAF base at Richmond.

John Henry Curtis 1936-1939

Joined the Post Master-General’s Department as an engineer after serving in the RAAF during World War II and in 1975 became the first managing director of Telecom Australia when the PMG was split into Telecom and Australia Post.

Maurice Earle Williams 2434

Maurice Williams is still the only IGS cricketer to score a double century in GPS with 217 not out against TSS in 1941. He enlisted in the RAAF in 1941 and spent three years in England flying Wellington and Lancaster bombers. After the war, he continued his studies and became a teacher with the Queensland Education Department until 1957 when he returned to Ipswich Grammar School as Teacher and Sports Master. He passed on his flight experience as Flight Commander of the school’s Air Training Corps and coached a number of GPS 1st XI Premiership teams. He retired from full-time teaching in 1988 but maintained an interest in the school and the Old Boys’ Association. The GPS cricket trophy, the former Music block and Junior School Literacy Centre are named in his honour. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

 Donald Percival Savage 2686

Donald Savage grew up on the fruit and vegetable farm of his father, Percival James Savage (Class of 1909), at Brookfield and later moved to Sydney where he studied Art, trained in Ballet and sang in opera productions. After winning the Australian Scholarship to the Slade School of Art in London, he gained a place at the Sorbonne’s L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris where he obtained a triple Master’s Degree in History of Art, Engraving and Lithography. His artistic talents and flamboyant personality launched him into the world of high fashion, where he became an international star. He inspired the name of a men’s perfume, rubbed shoulders with Elizabeth Taylor, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, represented Lanvin and Nina Ricci in Paris and later established himself in London, where he became the leading influence in fashion promotion. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Allan Henry Ware 1939-1942

Was a master at IGS from 1943-64 and TSS from 1965-88. His nickname, ‘Wallaby’, derived from his selection in the Australian team for the rugby tour of New Zealand in 1949. His involvement with sport included coaching the 1st XI and 1st XV at both schools and he was for many years chairman of the GPS Sportsmasters’ Committee. A memorial to Alan Ware was established in Wallaby Ware Park, which was dedicated as part of Grammar Park Estate.

Alan Max Ladley 2873

Alan Ladley was Ipswich Grammar School’s second Old Boy Headmaster. Ladley’s teaching career began at The Scots School, Bathurst, in 1952. Ladley then spent the next 16 years at Newington College, where he became Deputy Headmaster before returning to his alma mater in 1969. He held the position until his sudden death at the end of 1989. The Main Administration building at Ipswich Grammar School is named in his honour. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

John Vernon Kestell Cornish 1946-1949

Became a Minister in the Anglican Church. He was eventually made Assistant Bishop of Perth. A few years later he was appointed Bishop of Tasmania, but died before he could take up the position.

Dud Beattie 1948-1949

Represented Ipswich, Queensland and Australia playing Rugby League. When his playing career ended in 1962 he had played 12 Tests and three World Cup games. He served as a Queensland selector from 1973-94 and an Australian selector from 1979-94.

 Thomas William Shapcott AO 3408

Thomas Shapcott was originally an Ipswich accountant who has become a national literary figure, publishing 11 novels and 17 poetry collections as well as various other books. Shapcott received an AO in 1989 for services to Australian Literature and Arts Administration and has also received numerous literary awards including the Patrick White Award in 2000. Shapcott retired as Professor of Creative Writing at Adelaide University. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Lieutenant-General Henry John Coates AC, MBE 2990

Lieutenant-General Henry John Coates AC, MBE1943 continued his education at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, from which he graduated in 1955, returning later as its Commandant. Coates served on exchange with the United States Army and British Army before commanding a Cavalry (Armoured Personnel Carrier) Squadron in South Vietnam from 1970-71. He was the Head of the Australian Defence Staff in Washington DC before returning to Australia to become Assistant Chief of Defence Force (Policy). In 1992 he retired as Chief of the General Staff. In retirement from the Army Coates wrote books on military history and was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence Force Academy. #yourplaceinhistory #igs


Hubert Kestell Cornish AM 1948-1951

After a number of years in radio Cornish switched to TV and became known as the ‘First Face on Queensland Television’. He was in front of the cameras the night Channel 9 officially began transmission. He went on to become general manager of Channel 9 later switching to Channel 7 as program manager.

Sir Llewellyn Roy Edwards AC 1948-1951

Qualified as an electrician before entering the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland and after graduation became a doctor in Ipswich. In 1972 he turned to politics and was elected State Member for Ipswich, later serving as Queensland Health Minister, Deputy Premier and Treasurer. In 1984 he was made a Knight Bachelor and in 1989 a Companion of the Order of Australia and was named a Queensland Great for his “exceptional contributions” to the state. Appointed Executive Chairman of Brisbane’s World Expo 88, it is a role he regards as a career highlight. Elected Chancellor of the University of Queensland in 1993, he held the office until 2009.

Roy Stanley Emerson 1951

Roy Emerson became one of the world's all-time great tennis players. He won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and is the only male player to have won singles and doubles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. Emerson's 28 Men's Grand Slam titles are an all-time record, that still stand today. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Barry Wright 1950-1953

Started his international rugby career at the age of 18 as captain of an Australian rugby touring team to Tonga in 1954. He also toured New Zealand with the Wallabies in 1955.

Kenneth John Donald AO 1952-1955

Entered medical school at the University of Queensland in 1956, obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1962. His many contributions and leadership roles have been in pathology, basic and applied research, social and preventive medicine, medical education, healthcare administration, military medicine and veterans’ health. He was Deputy Director-General of Health in Queensland for a decade and during this period chaired the Drug Testing Committee for the 1982 Commonwealth Games. From 1992-99 he was Professor and Head of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Queensland and Head of the School of Medicine from 2000 until retirement in 2006. He was an outstanding all-round sportsman at school and represented Queensland at athletics and rugby, playing nine Tests for the Wallabies from 1957-60. He maintained interest in sport and was a Queensland rugby selector in the 1970s and 1980s and manager of the Wallabies from 1979-81.

Donald Barry Appleton OAM, FRACP 1955-1958

Graduated in medicine at UQ in 1965. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study child neurology overseas in 1971 and has been visiting neurologist to the Royal Children’s and Royal Brisbane Hospitals since 1972. He has been an adviser to the Cerebral Palsy League, the Autistic Children’s Association and the Epilepsy Association. He served as a Medical Officer in the RAAF Reserve from 1979-2001.

Brian George Littleproud MLA 1956-1958

Was the Member for Western Downs in the Queensland Parliament. He was Environment Minister for in the Borbidge Government and previously was Minister for Education.

George Miller 1958

A film director, screenwriter, producer, and medical doctor. He is best known for his work on the Mad Max movies, but has been involved in a wide range of projects including ‘Babe’, the Oscar-winning ‘Happy Feet’ and a number of Australian television miniseries including ‘The Dismissal’ and ‘The Cowra Breakout’.

Arthur W. Busch 1958

Played Hockey for Australia at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968 as goal keeper. Australia won the silver medal, being defeated in the final by Pakistan after beating India in the semi-final.

John Brown 1958-1959

Represented Queensland from 1963-71. In 1969 he was awarded the Rothman’s Medal for the best and fairest rugby league player in Queensland and in 1970 he was selected in the Australian team for the Rugby League World Cup in England. He also represented Queensland in Sheffield Shield matches from 1964-66 as an opening batsman. After his playing days he became ABC Queensland’s ball-by-ball cricket commentator for 12 years and also a TV rugby league commentator. From 1982-85 he spent a term as an elected councilor with Ipswich City Council.

Frederick Colin Petersen 4777

Before attending Ipswich Grammar School, Frederick Petersen played the lead role in the Australian-made movie series ‘Smiley’ alongside Chips Rafferty and others. A school friend of Barry Gibbs at Humpybong State School, he joined the Bee Gees as the drummer and equal partner when they moved to England. In 1969 he left the Bee Gees and formed the band Humpy Bong. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Bernard Berekia Sakora CBE CSM 4513

Bernard Sakora is a Justice of the National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea, to which he was appointed in 1993. After attending Ipswich Grammar School he studied a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Papua New Guinea and a Master of Laws at London University. In 1974 he joined the Department of Justice as a Legal Officer and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of PNG with entitlement to admission to the High Court of Australia and other Federal Courts and Supreme Courts of Australian Territories. In 1981 he resigned to join the Faculty of Law at UPNG, becoming senior lecturer in law and a member of various departmental, faculty and university committees. He was the recipient of the CBE in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours and the Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia in 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Chancellor of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

John Braithwaite 1964-1968

An Australian Research Council federation fellow and founder of RegNet, the Regulatory Institutions Network, at the Australian National University. He has been active for 40 years in social movement politics in Australia and internationally. He served from 1983-87 as a member of the Economic Planning Advisory Council, which was chaired by the Prime Minister, was a part-time commissioner with the Trade Practices Commission from 1985-95 and served as a member of the Council on Business Regulation from 1994-96. He has won a number of prizes in the US and Europe, most recently the US$200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order and the first Stockholm Prize for Criminology.

David Rodney (Dick) Orbell 7310

Dick Orbell represented Australia in backstroke at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games. In 1982 he won silver in the 200m backstroke and gold in the medley relay. Orbell was an assistant coach of the team for the 2000 Paralympics. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Craig McDermott 1978-1982

A fast bowler who started his career with Queensland in 1983-84 and made his Test debut for Australia in 1984-85 while still 19. He went on to play 71 Tests and 138 ODIs and was the spearhead of the attack during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was selected as a member of the Queensland Cricket Team of the Century in 2000.

Steve Walters 8255

Steve Walters played the majority of his Rugby League career with the Canberra Raiders from 1986-96 before playing for the North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights. Walters played 14 State of Origin games for Queensland and 15 Tests for Australia and made history with his younger twin brothers Kerrod and Kevin in 1992 when the trio played for Queensland and Australia. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Kerrod Douglas Walters 8800

Kerrod Walters commenced playing with the Brisbane Broncos in 1988. He represented Queensland in six State of Origin matches and Australia in eight Tests as the hooker. He made history with his twin brother Kevin and older brother Steve when the trio played for Queensland and Australia. Walters went on to play for the Adelaide Rams and Gateshead Thunder before signing a one-year deal to re-join the Broncos in 2000 when he played one game off the bench. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Kevin David Walters 1984

Began his club career with Canberra in 1987 and in 1990 moved to the Broncos, eventually being handed the Captaincy in 1999. The former Catalans Dragons coach founded the Kim Walters Choices program after his wife lost her battle with breast cancer in 1996. Walters played over twenty State of Origin matches for Queensland and eight Tests for Australia before being named Queensland coach in 2016.

Jason Plummer 1983-1984

Represented Australia in distance freestyle events at the 1988 Olympics and the 1986 Commonwealth Games, where he won the 1,500m gold medal. He also won two bronze medals at the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships.

David John Wilson 9322

After making his debut for Queensland in 1989, David Wilson was selected to tour with the Wallabies to Canada and France. Wilson played in the Bledisloe Cup series wins in 1992, 94, 98, 99 and 2000, including the 1999 win as Captain. A 1999 World Cup win was followed by Australia’s first ever Tri-Nations series win in 2000, after which he retired from Test Rugby. Wilson then moved to the UK to play for the London Harlequins in the Zurich Premiership. A serious knee injury ended his playing career at the age of 35. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Willie Carne 8318

Willie Carne was a Rugby League winger who represented the Brisbane Broncos from 1990-96. During this period, he represented Queensland in the State of Origin on 12 occasions and Australia in nine Tests. Carne made his Rugby Union debut in a Queensland Reds trial match in 1997, however, was unable to secure a place and subsequently retired from playing professional sport altogether that year. In 2007, Carne was inducted into the Bronco’s official Hall of Fame. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Rodney Zuyderwyk 1985-1988

As the national 110m hurdles champion, he represented Australia in this event and the 4x100m relay at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, where his team claimed the bronze medal. He finished sixth at the World Cup in the 110m hurdles and sixth at the World Student Games in the decathlon. Zuyderwyk competed successfully for Washington State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sports administration in 1993. He received a postgraduate diploma in sports psychology from the University of Queensland in 1995 and coached at the elite level in Australia for several years. He has since established himself as a track and field coach on the American collegiate circuit.

Glen Gilmore 9890

Glen Gilmore was the Captain of the Australian polo team for over 10 years. He became a professional upon completion of a University degree and has played in most of the major polo playing countries in the world including the UK, France, Spain, USA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Dubai. Based in England for about half the year, Gilmore competes in high and medium goal tournaments and is the chief umpire of the Guards’ Club in England and plays all the high goal tournaments in Australia. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Robert McGregor 9216

Robert McGregor was the Australian and Oceania Modern Pentathlon champion and the sole male representative in the Australian Olympic Games team for the 2000 Olympics. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Steven Darryl Reeks 1990-1994

Steven started archery as a toddler and won his first world championship at the age of 13. He competed in bow hunting, target and field archery and over the next few years won state, national and world championships. Reeks was the youngest adult world champion and had been preparing to shoot on the US Professional Circuit when he was tragically killed in a roadside accident aged 22. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Shane Watson 11776

Shane Watson continued his rapid rise in Australian cricket by being named Vice Captain of the national side in all three forms of the game. After winning the Allan Border Medal in 2010, Watson swept the board in 2011, winning the medal again along with the Test and one-day Player of the Year awards before retiring from Test cricket in 2015. Shane now plays for and captains Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Berrick Barnes 12808

Berrick Barnes began his professional sporting career in 2005, playing Rugby League for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League competition. The following year he switched codes to Rugby Union with the Queensland Reds in the Super 14 competition, making 34 appearances before joining the Waratahs in 2010. Barnes made his international debut aged 21 in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

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Rodney Davies was a Queensland Reds player who made his Test debut against Samoa on 17 July, 2011 when he was named as a late replacement for injured winger James O’Connor. The 2006 IGS First XV captain became the first Reds player to score three tries in one game in a brilliant display of running rugby against the Blues in a 2011 Super Rugby semi-final. Davies donated his Wallabies jersey to Ipswich Grammar School in August that year. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

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Matthew Hodgson was an Under-19 Australian Boomers representative who took up a basketball scholarship with the University of Southern Utah before transferring to St Mary’s College in California. He played three seasons with the Adelaide 36ers before returning to Queensland, joining the Brisbane Bullets in April 2018. #yourplaceinhistory #igs