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Hon David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: Web:

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

26 April 2006


Six new Charles Hawker Scholars were announced today and presented with their scholarship certificates at a function at St Mark’s College in Adelaide by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Member for Wannon and Hawker family member, Hon. David Hawker MP.

The 2006 Charles Hawker Scholarship recipients are Ms Skye Gabb from Ballarat Grammar School (Vic), Ms Lauren Hannan from Notre Dame College (Vic), Mr. Michael Jones from Knox Grammar School (NSW), Mr. Duncan McGrath from Knox Grammar School (NSW), Ms Rhiannon Pulford from Kormilda College (NT) and Mr. Alec Sutherland from Rockhampton Grammar School (Qld).

Established by Charles Hawker’s sister Lilias Needham, the Charles Hawker Scholarships, valued at up to $60,000 over four years, are the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia.

Since 1991, the Trustees have awarded more than $2.5 million to 56 young Australians, including a significant number from regional areas. The six successful candidates for 2006 were awarded a Charles Hawker Scholarship from a strong field of 180 applicants from Australia and overseas.

Describing the Charles Hawker Scholarship as ‘Australia’s Rhodes’, Mr Hawker encouraged Australian students to visit the Hawker Scholarship web site to find out more about Charles Hawker and the scholarship named in his memory.

“The Charles Hawker Scholarship is one of the most important in Australia. I commend the Trustees for the contribution the scholarship has already made and will continue to make to the education of a number of outstanding young Australians,” Mr. Hawker said.

There are a number of fully and partly funded scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to academically capable students of principle and character, who are committed to Australia’s future.

“Each of these recipients has already displayed a strong commitment to the ideals upon which the Charles Hawker Scholarship is founded. They are gifted scholars with inquiring minds and have already contributed to the wider community,” Mr. Hawker explained.

“As a member of the Hawker family, I’m delighted to present of the 2006 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships. Charles Hawker had an enormous impact on Australian politics and all members of Federal Parliament had an enormous respect for him during his time as Australia’s first Minister for Commerce in the Lyons government in the 1930s.”

The Charles Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers.

Born on May 16th 1894 at Bungaree homestead near Clare in South Australia, Charles Hawker was educated at Geelong Church of England Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Undergraduate and postgraduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of educational institutions. These include the Australian National, Adelaide, Flinders, South Australian and New England Universities and Marcus Oldham College. Post-graduate Charles Hawker Scholars are also offered the opportunity to follow in Charles Hawker’s footsteps by enrolling at Trinity College and studying at Cambridge.

“C.A.S. Hawker was truly a remarkable man and a great Australian. This scholarship is a fitting tribute to his memory and each of these six scholars is a very worthy recipient,” Mr. Andrew Hawker, Scholarship Trustee and Hawker family member said.

Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability. Applications for the 2007 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on December 4th 2006 and close on January 19th 2007. An application form and further information is available from or by contacting the Secretary to the Trustees on 08 8238 6295.


SKYE GABB is from a long line of primary producers in the Western Districts of Victoria. She and her three siblings are the 5th generation on their family property ‘Black’s Creek’. After attending the local Skipton Primary School, Skye spent six years as a boarder at Ballarat Grammar.

Skye completed her secondary education in 2003 and ‘went bush’ for a couple of years working as a jillaroo on large cattle stations in northern Australia. She rolled her swag under the ‘thousand star motel’ and it was largely her experiences in the pastoral north that influenced her decision to study rural science. Skye is the first Charles Hawker Scholar to enroll at the University of New England. Her career goal is to act as an agent for change to improve farming practices in Australia

LAUREN HANNAN has always been interested in politics - local, national and international. While she has lived and studied in Melbourne, Indonesia and Sweden, she still calls the country town of Shepparton in Victoria ‘home’. Lauren successfully completed her secondary education at Notre Dame College in Shepparton in 2005.

Lauren believes in the creed that we should ‘think globally and act locally’ and that politics provides an opportunity to change the framework of the world in which we live. She is driven by a desire to use politics as a catalyst to make the community, be it local or global, a better place. Lauren is studying Law / Arts at the Australian National University (ANU) and is residing at Burgmann College. Her career goal is to pursue a career in politics, the diplomatic service or with an international aid organization.

MICHAEL JONES completed his secondary education at Knox Grammar School in 2004 with a UAI of 98.9. He completed the first year of his Arts / Law degree at the ANU in 2005.

Michael was Knox School Captain in 2004 and was an outstanding student in both the class room and on the sporting field. He is a dedicated and committed student, with a highly disciplined approach to his studies and his extensive extra curricula activities. The results of that dedication are many and significant. His career goal is to secure a position with the Department of Foreign Affairs, the UN, the International Criminal Court or in Australian Federal Politics.

DUNCAN McGRATH completed his secondary education at Knox Grammar School in 2005 with a UAI of 93.2. Duncan was Knox Grammar School Vice-Captain. He had an outstanding approach to his studies, showed all-round sporting ability and was a strong team player.

Duncan believes everyone should have access to the opportunities, freedoms and experiences he has had during his life. He feels deeply that he has a responsibility, through education, greater security and stability, to bring about real change in the world and create a better and brighter future for the next generation. Duncan is studying Arts / International Relations at ANU and is in residence at Burgmann College. His career goal to secure a position with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or an International NGO working in the area of social justice and conflict resolution.

RHIANNON PULFORD was born at Nhulunbuy in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory and was educated Ross Park Primary in Alice Springs, Wagaman Primary School and from 2000 to 2004 at Kormilda College in Darwin. Rhiannon Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) when she graduated as School Captain in 2004 was an outstanding 99.8. Rhiannon is a critical and creative thinker and a recognized leader.

By any measure, Rhiannon is a high achiever. Her exposure to local, NT and international politics through the Darwin City Council, the last NT elections and various United Nations organizations, has fired her political passion. Rhiannon has the intellect, energy, capacity and ability to achieve whatever she determines to do in the coming years. Rhiannon is studying Law and International Studies at the University of Adelaide and is in residence at St Mark’s College. Her career goal is to obtain a position in international politics.

ALEC SUTHERLAND is from a family property west of Emerald in Central Queensland. He completed his secondary education at Rockhampton Grammar School in Queensland in 1998 and in 2004 commenced a Bachelor of Business / Agricultural Management at Marcus Oldham College in Victoria. After a time in the central Queensland coal fields, he decided his future was back on the family property. Alec returned and the family decided to expand the property - just in time for the worst drought in 100 years. It was time to complete his formal education. Alec Sutherland is the future of rural Australia. He has the vision and capacity to influence fundamental change.

Alec is studying 3rd year at Marcus Oldham College and his career goal is to develop and then deliver sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by Australia’s rural producers.

More Information:

Photos of the 2006 presentation by Hon. David Hawker MP are available by contacting Ian Doyle on 0417 819 189 or

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