Chief of Defence leads alumni honour roll

The outstanding achievements of leaders from business, architecture, medicine, law and the military have been recognised at the annual UNSW Alumni Awards.

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General David Hurley and UNSW Chancellor David Gonski

UNSW Chancellor Mr David Gonski has announced the recipients of the University’s Alumni Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements and leadership.

General David Hurley, Chief of Defence, was among a stand-out group of recipients to be honoured at the annual Alumni Awards dinner.

Accepting the award for arts and deign, renowned architect Richard Johnson said, “At UNSW my mind, interests and perspectives were dramatically widened. I cannot today imagine a better formative experience.”

Mr Gonksi presented a special posthumous award to Dr Robert Maple-Brown for his outstanding achievements in business and contribution to the University.

Alumni Awards Honour Roll

  • Professor Richard Johnson MBE (BArch ’69) – Director, Johnson Pilton Walker Pty Ltd (Arts and Design)
  • Mr Peter Mattick (BCom’75) – Director, Matsal (Business)
  • General David Hurley AC DSC (BA (Mil)’75) – Chief of Defence (Community-at-Large)
  • Dr Robert Care AM (BE (Civil)’73 PhD (Civil)’78) – Chairman UK Middle East & Africa ARUP (International Alumni)
  • Mr Fong Fui Wong (BE’69) – Chairman & CEO, Boustead Singapore Limited (International Alumni)
  • Professor Terrence Campbell AM (BSc (Medicine)’72 MB BS’75 MD’91) – Senior Associate Dean, UNSW Medicine 

  • Ms Rachel Davis (BA LLB’03) (Young Alumni)
  • Mr Michael Cannon-Brookes (BSc’02 (Business & Information Technology’02) and Mr Scott Farquhar (BSc’03 (Business & Information Technology’03) – Co-founders & Joint CEOs, Atlassian

(Young Alumni)
  • Posthumous Award: Dr Robert Maple-Brown (BCom’65 HonBus’08) – for outstanding achievements in Business.

Mr Gonski also announced the development of an iconic green space on campus to be called Alumni Park.

The Park will be the largest of its kind at an Australian university, designed to celebrate the achievements of UNSW’s 240,000-plus alumni.

“My father worked at this University and I graduated here. I am proud that another 12 members of my family are UNSW graduates,” said Mr Gonski, one of Australia's most prominent business leaders and philanthropists.

“Alumni Park offers a terrific opportunity for graduates to have their achievements and attendance at this wonderful University captured in a permanent way.”

Architects Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW), whose award-winning projects include the New Asian Galleries, Art Gallery of NSW and the National Portrait Gallery, will design Alumni Park.

A competition jury, chaired by landscape architect Professor Catherin Bull from the University of Melbourne, chose the winning firm. Founding director of JPW, Richard Johnson, earlier accepted an alumni award.

Alumni Park is part of an ambitious capital campaign that is transforming UNSW’s Kensington campus.

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