Heritage Roll of Honour

Past students of the College who have distinguished themselves in the community and who have been assessed by the committee of the OVA to be worthy of recognition may be inducted into the Heritage Roll of Honour.

The Roll was created in 2006 following a suggestion by OVA committee member Roger Smart.

In recognition of admission to the Roll of Honour, a citation is formally presented to each recipient usually at the OVA Annual Dinner. A photograph of each recipient is displayed in the History Centre of the College.

The committee encourages anyone to nominate or propose a past student of the College for inclusion on the Roll of Honour.

Nominations should detail the achievements of the nominee and their contribution to the community within Australia or overseas. Nominations should be forwarded to the Secretary of the Association.

The committee of management meets to specifically consider all nominations received.

All deliberations of the committee are made in the strictest confidence and the committee considers the merits of each nominee using the following criteria:

  • Personal achievements – which may include examples within the academic, sporting, commercial, scientific, religious, industrial or political fields and/or;
  • Community involvement – including support for the ideals of the College and/or
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

The number of nominations to be inducted each year, including any posthumous awards, are normally limited to a maximum of four inductees.

The Association’s secretary will contact selected inductees inviting each to accept the nomination and attend the next annual dinner for formal induction onto the Heritage Roll of Honour.


  • Dan Reardon                                             Long term OVA Committee member, Senior Public servant (Quarantine Services)
  • Pierre Slicer                                               Legal Profession – Supreme Court Justice
  • Thomas Muller                                         Outstanding Humanitarian Works


  • James Henderson                                       Sports Administrator, Community Leader
  • Mitch McPherson                                        Founder and CEO of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

2017 – No inductees were added during the OVA’s Centenary year.

2016 Inductees (66-69)

16/066 Fr Kevin Dance CP Passionist Community Leader and Administrator. Established “Passionist International” a UN NGO to lobby National Governments to help make the world a less unequal and more just place
16/067 Michael Hill Retired Chief Magistrate who instigated significant judicial reforms
16/068 Major Luke Jones Rhodes Scholar and a senior Operations Manager in the Australian Defence Force
16/069 Tim Reid AM Prominent orchardist, exporter and international fresh fruit market access negotiator

2015 Inductees (62-65)

15/062 Fr Michael Delaney Diocesan priest, industrial and naval chaplain and member of the Council of Priests
15/063 Damien Geason Managing partner of a legal firm and director of Common Ground Tasmania
15/064 Adrian Howard OAM Past president of the Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue, Queens Domain, Hobart
15/065 Bernie Geard * Stalwart and supporter of St Virgil’s and the OVA

2014 Inductees (58-61)

14/058 Kieran Brown Teacher, long term supporter and administrator of St John’s Ambulance
14/059 Richard ‘Dickie’ Harold OAM Contibutor to the community through a range of charitable and sporting organisations
14/060 John Kelly Business leader, supporter of the film industry and community contributor
14/061 Fr Richard Ross Priest and minister to youth of the Archdiocese

2013 Inductees (53-57)

13/053 Fr Chris Hope Long serving priest of the Archdiocese and biblical scholar
13/054 Maj. Gen. (ret’d.) Michael Keating AO Distinguished army career and past chair of the Australian Republican Movement
13/055 Dr Paul McCartney Internationally recognized consultant and surgeon ofophthalmology
13/056 Dominic Sharpe Co-founder of The Cambodian Children’s Orphanages
13/057 Brian Setori (1928-2007) * Outstanding contributor as a life member of St Virgil’s and St Mary’s College Parents & Friends Associations

2012 Inductees (47-52)

12/047 Dr David Mackey Professor of Ophthalmology
12/048 Bruce Haley OAM Renowned musician and supporter of charitable, service and Church organisations
12/049 Michael Harmer Lawyer and philanthropist
12/050 Fr Graeme Howard 50 years of dedicated priesthood in the Archdiocese
12/051 Colonel (ret’d.) Anthony McGee AM Distinguished military career, community leader and supporter of the College
12/052 Barry Woods (1943-2010) * College supporter and benefactor

2011 Inductees (42-46)

11/042 Paul Lennon Tasmanian Premier 2004-2008
11/043 Fr Terry Yard Long serving priest of the Archdiocese and founding member of the L’Arche Community in Tasmania
11/044 Adrian Coetzee Long standing supporter of the Church, College and OVA
11/045 Graeme Rainbow Long serving member of the College teaching staff and community worker
11/046 Phillip Vincent (1954-2011) * Activist for the disabled and international contributor to the L’Arche Community

2010 Inductees (34-41)

10/034 Michael Kent AM National business leader and significant contributor to the community
10/035 Martin Healy Supporter and contributor to the Church, College and OVA
10/036 Michael Colrain OAM Renowned musician, fundraiser and supporter of charitable organisations
10/037 Fr Peter O’Loughlin Long serving priest of the Archdiocese
10/038 Des Hiscutt Former parliamentarian and community leader
10/039 Robert Hamilton (1924-2007) * Long serving teacher at the College and OVA Life Member
10/040 Air Vice Marshall Sir Wilfred Dixon KBE (1907-1988) * Distinguished officer of the Royal Air Force and senior surgeon
10/041 Air Vice Marshall Alan Charlesworth CBE (1903-1978) * Distinguished officer of the Royal Australian Air Force

2009 Inductees (23-33)

09/023 Peter Patmore AM Community leader
09/024 Professor Brian Yates Professor of chemistry and academic
09/025 Roy ‘Tem’ Fish OAM Local government member and community leader
09/026 Brian Doyle Lawyer and Director of the L’Arche Community
09/027 Michael Di Venuto Tasmanian State, Australian and international cricketer
09/028 Harold Gatty (1906-1955) * Navigator, inventor and aviation pioneer
09/029 Sir John Galvin (1908-1994) * Substantial benefactor to the College
09/030 Noel Monks (1908-1960) * International journalist and war correspondent
09/031 Lion Morgan * Distinguished military career
09/032 Leo Doyle (1902-1940) * First student enrolled at the College. Renowned lawyer and politician
09/033 Sir Ackland Lord OBE (1901-1982) * Renowned entrepreneur and financier of AA Lord Homes

2008 Inductees (18-22)

08/018 Hon. William Cox AC Tasmanian Governor 2004-2008
08/019 Pierre Hutton Diplomat and ambassador
08/020 Damian Bugg AM Lawyer and Chancellor of the University of Tasmania
08/021 John Whitehouse OAM Champion swimmer and Olympic official
08/022 Roger Smart Long term supporter of the College and OVA Life Member

2007 Inductees (10-17)

07/010 Hon. Doug Lowe AM Tasmanian Premier 1997-1981
07/011 Fr Michael Tate AO Former Senator, diplomat and now dioceseion priest
07/012 Justice Richard Cogswell Rhodes Scholar and New South Wales County Judge
07/013 Major General Michael Crane AM Distinguished member of the Australian Defence Force
07/014 Anthony Fletcher Former parliamentarian and community contributor
07/015 Peter Toogood MBE, AM Former Australian and international amateur golf champion
07/016 Br Jack Higgins Christian Brother and long serving member of the College staff
07/017 Sean Clingeleffer Tasmanian State and Australian cricketer

2006 Inductees (1-9)

06/001 Most Rev Adrian Doyle AM Archbishop of Hobart 1999-2013
06/002 Geoff Hook Celebrated cartoonist and contributor to the community
06/003 Ashton Shirley Long standing stalwart and supporter of the Church, College and OVA Life Member
06/004 Kenneth Lowrie OBE, OAM Contributor to the community as a parliamentarian and Mayor of Glenorchy
06/005 Hon. Henry Cosgrove AM Supreme Court Judge
06/006 Hon. Justice Peter Heerey Federal Court Judge
06/007 Simon Hollingsworth Rhodes Scholar, Olympian and CEO of the Australian Sports Commission
06/008 Barry Counsel Founder of Assissi Aid Program
06/009 Dr Scott Brennan OAM Olympic gold medalist and doctor of medicine

* Posthumous award acknowledged with reference to the Order of Australia awards website

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