A number of Old Geelong Grammarians were recognised in the 2018 Australia Day honours list announced on Friday 26 January. 


David Ames (FB'71)
For distinguished service to psychiatry, particularly in the area of dementia and the mental health of older persons, as an academic, author and practitioner, and as an adviser to professional bodies. 

One of Australia's leading dementia experts, David has been a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Park, Broadmeadows and St George's Hospitals, since 1987.

He is the author of over 56 book chapters, 340 peer reviewed journals and 47 book reviews, and is the Editor of 22 books including 4 editions of the standard text, 'Dementia'.

David was the foundation Professor of Ageing and Health at the University of Melbourne and has been a member of, chaired or advised multiple boards relating to dementia, Alzheimer's and other medical organisations.

Ian Darling (P'79)

Ian Darling

For distinguished service to documentary film production, to the performing arts, education and community engagement, and to social welfare organisations through philanthropic endeavours.

​Ian received the Leading Philanthropist Award at the annual Australian Philanthropy Awards in 2017. Ian's creative vision and leadership has been instrumental in encouraging and developing philanthropy in documentary, social impact and the arts (through his work as Chair of Good Pitch Austraila, Executive Director of Shark Island Productions and founder of Documentary Australia Foundation) as well as growing new collective impact models for donors to collaborate at scale with the projects they support.

Ian is a past student and the father of Adelaide (Cl'13), Emma (Cl'15) and Sophie (Yr12 Cl).

Dr Anthony David Holmes (Cu'63)
For distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reconstructive and craniofacial surgery, as a leader, clinician and educator, and to professional medical associations.

An article published by Fairfax details Tony's journey from "scraping into medicine" at uni, to a surgical round in New Guinea which helped him to realise his passion, before holding residencies at both the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children's, as well as Harvard. 

Tony is perhaps best-known for the procedure which separated Bangladeshi conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna in 2009.



Arthur Pendrill Charles (M'59)
For significant service to the primary industry sector through roles with agricultural societies, as a children's author, and to the community.

Arthur, along with illustrator Kate Anderson, is responsible for the Poucher & Big Guy series of children's books. 

Arthur served on the Geelong Grammar School Council between 1978-82 and is the brother of the Honourable Stephen Charles, who was awarded an AO in 2017.


Adjunct Professor John William Kelly (Glamorgan ’57) A-Professor-John-Kelly

For significant service to medicine through the management and treatment of melanoma, as a clinician and administrator, and to education.




Andrew Vallejo Myer (Glamorgan '67)

For significant service to the community through support for a range of cultural and environmental conservation organisations, and to the film industry.

Andrew is a past parent of Louis (Glamorgan'06) and Lilli (Cl'11) and his wife, Kerry Lee Gardner, received an AM under the same criteria this year. 

The Andyinc Foundation - the charitable arm of the A V Myer Group, of which Andrew is Principal - provides philanthropic distributions to community organisations that address disadvantage, promotes innovation and effects change in the fields of social justice, environmental sustainability and The Arts.



John-Mitchell-200x266-2John Mitchell (P'73)
For service to the community as a philanthropist.

John is a successful farmer and investor with a passion for economics and reducing income inequality. In 2016, John established the John Mitchell Research Fellowship with a significant gift to the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) Research School of Economics. John says "researching income wealth disparity, its cause and effects together with public policy towards its mitigation, is a passion of mine." John is also committed to developing farming practices that are better environmentally as well as financially. In 2016, he funded a sustainable farming pilot project. 




Community Members Recognised

A number of parents (past and present) were also recognised on this year's Australia Day honours list.


Andrew Gordon Michelmore (father of Lucy Michelmore (Ga'01))

For distinguished service to the mining industry through leadership roles in establishing trade and investment links, and in resource sector standards of practice on environmental and safety issues.


Kerry Lee Gardner (mother of Louis Myer (Glamorgan'06) and Lilli Myer (Cl'11))

For significant service to the community through support for a range of cultural, social justice and environmental conservation organisations.

William Wyatt Guest (father of Jake Guest (Yr3 Ma))

For significant service to community health, particularly to people living with cancer, through fundraising support for charitable organisations, and to sport.

Nerina Suan Harley (mother of Olivia Wilson (Glamorgan'02) and Ali Wilson (Glamorgan'03))

For significant service to medicine in the fields of intensive care and nephrology, as an administrator, and to medical research and education.

Mark Randall Stirling (father of Matt Stirling (FB'04) and Thandi Stirling (He'05))

For significant service to international relations through humanitarian and emergency response programs in developing countries.