Prominent Alumni

Prominent alumni

The University of Melbourne has a number of prominent alumni in the community spanning many different areas including:


Arts, entertainment, literature, media

  • Stephanie Alexander - Chef, restauranteur and food writer
  • Gillian Armstrong - Filmmaker
  • Les Carlyon - Writer and journalist
  • Deborah Conway - Singer/songwriter
  • Paul Cox - Filmmaker
  • John Duigan - Film director
  • Lorraine Elliott - Victorian politician
  • Ronald Farren-Price - Classical pianist
  • Helen Garner - Author, screenwriter and journalist
  • Robert Gottliebsen - Editor and journalist
  • Michelle Grattan - Editor and journalist
  • Germaine Greer - Academic, writer and commentator
  • Jack Hibberd - Playwright and author
  • Barry Humphries - Comedian and performer
  • Peter Isaacson - Publisher
  • Ramona Koval - Author and broadcaster
  • Patrick McCaughey - Academic and art critic
  • Hilary McPhee - Publisher and editor
  • Joanna Murray-Smith - Playwright, writer and journalist
  • Hannie Rayson - Playwright
  • Peter Sculthorpe - Composer
  • Rob Sitch - Director, screenwriter and actor
  • Magda Szubanski - Television performer and writer
  • Chris Wallace-Crabbe - Academic and poet
  • Jana Wendt - Author and journalist
  • David Williamson - Playwright

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Business

  • Phillip Brass - Former Managing Director, Pacific Dunlop
  • James Dominguez - Director, O’Connell Street Associates
  • Leigh Clifford - Chairman, Qantas Airways
  • Carrillo Gantner - Chairman, The Sidney Myer Fund
  • Charles Goode - Former Chairman, ANZ Bank and Woodside Petroleum
  • Brian Inglis, Former Chairman, Amcor
  • Robert Kirby - Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Village Roadshow
  • David Knott - Former Chairman, ASIC
  • Ananda Krishnan - Businessman and philanthropist
  • Hugh Morgan - Former Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia and CEO, Western Mining Corporation
  • Rupert Myer - Retailer and philanthropist
  • Elizabeth Proust - Chairman, Bank of Melbourne and Nestle Australia
  • James Riady - Deputy Chairman, Lippo Group

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Education

  • Alec Broers - Former Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Geoffrey Blainey - Historian, academic and philanthropist
  • Adrienne Clarke - Former Governor of Victoria, Chancellor of La Trobe University
  • Gareth Evans - Chancellor of Australian National University and former Foreign Minister
  • Dame Leonie Kramer - Academic and former board member of Western Mining Corporation and ANZ Bank
  • Peter Laver - Vice President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Fay Marles - Academic and former Chancellor of the University of Melbourne
  • Roslyn Otzen - Former Principal, Korowa Girls School
  • Dorothy Pizzey - Former Principal, St Catherine's Girls School
  • Ian Renard - Former Chancellor, University of Melbourne
  • Peter Singer - Philosopher and academic

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Politics and government

  • The Hon. Julia Gillard – Former Prime Minister of Australia
  • Alex Chernov – Governor of Victoria
  • Louise Asher – Victorian politician
  • John Brumby – Former Premier of Victoria
  • Sir Zelman Cowen – Former Governor General of Australia
  • David de Kretser – Former Governor of Victoria
  • Petro Georgiou – Former Federal Politician
  • Sir James Gobbo – Former Governor of Victoria
  • Robin Gray – Former Premier of Tasmania
  • Clyde Holding – Former Victorian and federal politician
  • Brian Howe – Former Federal Minister
  • Barry Jones – Former federal politician and social activist
  • Joan Kirner – Former Premier of Victoria
  • David Kemp – Former federal minister
  • Andrew Peacock – Former federal minister and Leader of the Opposition
  • Thomas Pickering – Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  • John So – Former Lord Mayor of Melbourne
  • Alan Stockdale – Former Victorian politician
  • Sir Ninian Stephen – Former High Court Justice and Governor General of Australia
  • Lindsay Tanner – Former Federal Minister
  • David White – Former Victorian Minister
  • Ralph Willis – Former Federal Treasurer

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Legal, Medical and Engineering

  • Rosemary Balmford – Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Elizabeth Blackburn – Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine 2009
  • Brian Burdekin – Former Federal Human Rights Commissioner of Australia and Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Sally Brown – Former Judge, Family Court of Australia
  • Suzanne Cory – Former President of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Justice Susan Crennan – Former Justice, High Court of Australia
  • Sir Daryl Dawson – Former Justice, High Court of Australia
  • Ian Gust – Virologist and former Director of the Burnet Institute
  • Sandra Hacker – Former Director of the Dax Centre and Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Justice Kenneth Hayne – Justice, High Court of Australia
  • Brian Loton – Former Chairman and CEO, BHP
  • Mechai Viravaidya – Thai politician and social activist
  • Sir Gustav Nossal – Immunologist and former President, Australian Academy of Science
  • John Stocker – Immunologist and former Chairman, CSIRO
  • Carl Wood – Gynaecologist and IVF pioneer

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Sport

  • David Crawshay – Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Ralph Doubell – Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Herb Elliott – Olympic Gold Medallist
  • Margot Foster – Olympic Bronze Medallist
  • Cathy Freeman – Olympic Gold Medallist and former Australian of the Year
  • John Landy – Olympic Bronze Medallist and former Governor of Victoria
  • Simon Madden – Australian Rules footballer and former President of the AFL Players Association
  • Paul Sheahan – Former Australian Test cricketer
  • Kathy Watt – Olympic Gold Medallist

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