Eddie Mabo (1936–1992) was a Torres Strait Islander community leader and land rights campaigner, who was deeply involved with politics, education, the law, and community improvement. It was on 3 June 1992 that the Australian High Court overturned more than 200 years of white domination of land ownership. The victory was largely down to the determination of one First Nations person – Eddie Mabo. That’s why this most significant legal decision is universally known as “Mabo”. Eddie Mabo is an extraordinary person who resolutely embraced our school value of Challenge. He challenged others to secure a historic change of land rights law which reshaped Australia for the better. There remains more work to be done.
Mirka Mora (1928–2018) was a French-born artist and restaurateur who narrowly escaped the Nazi regime in Auschwitz as a child. Emigrating to Melbourne with her husband Georges, she became a leading figure in the reformation of the arts and art society in Melbourne. A very proud St. Kilda local, Mirka became a bohemian icon of the city; a beloved figure in the cultural landscape and creative zeitgeist of Australia. Acknowledged for her formative influence on Melbourne’s cultural identity, Mirka was loved as much for her contributions to contemporary art as for her generous and outrageous nature. Mirka Mora embodies our school value of Creativity in many profound and lasting ways.
Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s most courageous and effective advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights, diversity, and inclusion. Her efforts to advocate for gay marriage in Australia were critical to the win of the Yes vote in 2017. Growing up in Melbourne, Magda studied at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Philosophy and Fine Arts. She then rose to fame in response to the variety of comic characters she created. For over thirty years Magda has survived and thrived at the top of a notoriously fickle business. Using this platform to become one of Australia’s most powerful advocates for equality, inclusion, LGBTQIA+ rights and human rights shows the strength, compassion, and determination of her Character, one our core school values.
Patrick McGorry is an Irish-born Australia psychiatrist and Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. He studied at the University of Sydney, before completing his doctorate in medicine at Monash University in Melbourne. In 1996 he became Founding Director of the mental health service ORYGEN Youth Health. This organisation has made Australia a world leader in the development of preventive and early intervention strategies for emerging mental disorders in people aged between 12 and 25. His work impacts the wellbeing of young people, families, and communities every day. Patrick McGorry was appointed Australian of the Year in 2010 and his life work shows how powerfully he personifies our school value of Curiosity.