2018 ANDREW FORREST, AO (1977-78)
Andrew Forrest AO (1978-79) is well known for his exceptional business and philanthropic ventures and in honour of his unselfish, voluntary devotion to duty, this much respected Old Haleian has been awarded the 2018 Bishop Hale Medal.
At the Old Boys’ Day assembly in April, Chair of the Board of Governors, Mark Foster, outlined Andrew’s history, from growing up on Minderoo station, where he herded sheep on horseback from as young as six years of age, to running Fortescue Metals, steering the Minderoo Foundation with wife Nicola and all the amazing things between. He noted how Andrew and Nicola have committed $645 million to charitable initiatives and showcased their work in the fight against modern slavery, achieving parity for Indigenous Australians, supporting research into treating cancer and driving breakthrough research in higher education.
Andrew’s acceptance speech was an insight into his youth and what made him the man he is today. He spoke of his move to Hale School, where he felt accepted for who he was, and how the School believed in him and that allowed him to be challenged. He reflected upon how close his peer year of 1979 is and how they won the Head of the River that year “and we shall win again tomorrow!” (right he was). His message centred on the importance of determination to challenge and then channel any injustices one may experience. He mentioned Antarctic explorer and Old Haleian Syd Kirkby (1944-50) and how his words about finding frontiers were aligned with his and his wife’s drive to cure cancer.
To see the speech in full, go to YouTube
2017 ERIC ISAACHSEN (1964-68)
Eric Isaachsen (1964-68) was Captain of School, on the sports council and a cadet under officer. He received Colours for swimming, life saving and hockey and won the Guy Ward Memorial Prize and the CP & AE Williams trophy for athletics. He gave his all to the School as a student.
This year he was awarded the Bishop Hale Medal for his continued commitment and contribution to Hale School. Some would say it is legendary and that he is largely responsible for the way Hale School operates today.
There are three bodies in particular which drive support for the School: The Board of Governors, The Old Haleians’ Association and the Hale Foundation. Eric has been an integral part of all three: on the Board of Governors from1995-03 and Chairman from 1998-02; OHA Committee member from 1991 to 2015 and President in 1994/95 and 2010; a member of the Hale School Foundation since its inception in 1988 and Chairman from 2006-12.
At a strategic level as a member of the Board, he understood the need to adopt a broader approach to education. During the 1990s, together with fellow Governors he called for and supported the many significant changes that occurred at Hale under the direction and vision of the then Headmaster, Mr John Inverarity.
Later, as Chairman he went on to lead the Board of Governors through the process of selecting the next Headmaster, Mr Stuart Meade. He is owed a great debt of gratitude for the support and vision he shared with those two extraordinary Headmasters as they changed and built the Hale of today.
2016 JOHN GARLAND, AM (1945-50)
John is a fine representative of the values of Bishop Hale and a staunch supporter of Hale School.
John left school after Year 9 and went straight to work in the sales yards at Elders. He worked hard and earnt respect from a very young age and developed a strong affinity to rural Australia where he was embraced by the farming community. He worked as a stockman, sheep classer, bought and sold livestock, organised the state’s first 2nd hand farm machinery auction - finally moving into real estate, again focussing on rural WA. He has sold over 3000 rural properties.
His contribution to the community grew rapidly from the early 80s. He has been involved in numerous charities and industry bodies including Celebrate WA, Australian Chamber of Commerce, Regional Development Authority and Future Directions International to name but a few.
His contribution to the Real Estate industry and to the community were recognised in 2007 when he was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Since that time he continues to mentor young professionals through his involvement with the Rotary Club of Perth. He currently serves on the Board of Path of Hope, a program tackling the issues of domestic violence and mentors new police officers at the Joondalup academy.
2015 JOHN ROSSER (1951-55)
The Rosser name is synonymous with rowing at Hale School. John has two Head of the River wins to his name; went on to stroke the winning Kings Cup crew in 1960 and the second placed crew at the Rome Olympics of the same year.
It is John’s passion and commitment to sailing however which sees him named Bishop Hale Medal winner for 2015.
John has been involved in State and World Championships and was part of the 1997 and 1980 America’s Cup campaign. In 1980, he worked with Ben Lexen to build the infamous bendy mast for that year’s challenge: recognised as one of the greatest achievements in sailing technology for that time.
He became a regular race official in the mid-1980s and was heavily involved in the restoration of the Walpole Yacht Club. He played a significant role in the smooth management of the 2011 ISAF World Cup held in Perth by utilising his engineering skills to implement an automated starting system. As a volunteer during the 2006 Disabled World Championships, John created a rotating skippers seat. He continues to be a consistent and valuable contributor to the disabled racing community – having also designed the ‘Rolls Royce’ of helmsman chairs, and is still an accredited official.
John was judged Volunteer of the Year by Yachting Australia in 2015 and was also awarded the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation’s Gold Medal for outstanding service to yachting – so it is of little surprise that he now adds the Bishop Hale Medal to his collection.
2014 LLOYD CHRYSTAL, AM (1947-50)
This year's recipient was announced and presented with his medal at Old Boys' Day, in front of many of his peers as well as the boys in the Senior School.
Lloyd is an outstanding role model of the term "selfless devotion to duty".
Among a long list of involvement spanning his life, Lloyd: spent 13 years as a volunteer with APEX and 14 years with Rotary; served on the Board of HBF for 15 years, was chairman for 6 and served on the Board of Silver Chain for over 20 years; and served on two fundraising campaign committees at Hale School.
His influence in many areas of community life has been significant and long-lasting.
2013 ROBERT DEVENISH, OAM (1952-59)
On leaving school, Robert attended night school to study accounting and by day worked with Coopers and Lybrand. In 1965 he took a posting in Port Moresby, PNG: eye-opening years which developed his acceptance and appreciation for peoples of differing backgrounds and cultures. He returned to Perth and continued in accounting until 1977 when his desire to ‘make a difference’ came to the fore. As a result, he enrolled in a Chaplaincy course offered by the Anglican Church which led to his appointment as Chaplain at the Casuarina Maximum Security Prison. Over a ten-year period, Robert not only gave counsel but also became an advocate for prisoners whom he felt the system had failed. He never judged or differentiated. He treated everyone as human beings regardless of their offences and worked tirelessly to improve the situation for many, many prisoners.
Sadly, in March 2010 Robert died as a result of an inoperable brain tumour. Just six months later he was awarded an OAM for his services to inmates as Chaplain.
2012 ROB BARBOUR, (1978-82)
Rob completed a medical degree, joined the Army as an undergraduate and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He spent time on active service with the UN peace keeping missions in Western Sahara and after two years living and working as a volunteer in Tanzania Rob founded AfrikaAfrika, a socially responsible and community based safari operation and Kisampa, where he now lives with his family.
Rob's mission - to help poor communities move out of poverty by assisting them to use their own resources to generate income and employment. He teaches sustainability by implementing community development initiatives through conservation and tourism. He now operates four conservation and tourism projects around Tanzania and continues to investigate further vulnerable areas in Tanzania.
2011 HARRY LODGE, OBE (1938-41)
The Second World War began in 1939 and continued until 1945 – so the boys leaving school in 1941 faced the prospect of going to war.
Like so many others at the time, Harry joined the RAAF as soon as he was 18 and was trained as a pilot. He flew 63 combat sorties in the SW Pacific and survived over 650 hours of flying Beaufort Bombers.
Following the war, Henry completed a degree in Law and practised in Harvey for 10 years, relocating to Perth in 1962 when he became a partner in the firm of Parker and Parker.
In 1981, Harry’s selfless devotion to duty was recognised when he was awarded and OBE for service to the community.
2010 JOHN FAWCETT, AM (1946-48)
John Fawcett, ceramicist, educationalist and Acting Deputy Director of Perth Technical College has been living continuously in Bali since 1983, after relocating there to recover from a life-threatening medical condition - which kept him hospitalised for nearly three years.
He quickly recognised the great medical need on the island and, with assistance from Rotary Australia and Rotary International began his humanitarian work: establishing a Cleft Lip and Palate Programme in 1989 followed by the Mobile Clinic for Cataract Surgery in 1991. He went on to establish the John Fawcett Foundation in 2000 and since John’s work first started over 28,000 blind Indonesians have received the gift of sight.
John has received many awards for his humanitarian work including an AM in 2004.
2009 MICHAEL BEECH, OAM (1949-56)
Michael’s time at Hale School was successful and rewarding. He was Captain of Wilson House, Captain of the 1st XVIII and the 1st XI, the Cadets Shooting Team and Captain of School in his final year.
He went on to help many people in his journey through life through his involvement with Apex and his participation on the boards of the Schools Commission State Planning Committee, the Autism Trust and the Speech and Hearing Centre. He has also helped Anglican and Catholic Religious groups including the Sisters of Mercy, St Louis School, John XXIII and Trinity Colleges as well as St Anne’s Mercy Hospital.
He was awarded Life Membership of the University Football Club and the North Cottesloe Surf Club and in 2007. Michael’s lifetime commitment to many sporting communities was recognised more widely when he was awarded an OAM for his years of community support with education, church, service and sporting organisations.
2008 DAVID ROBERTS, OAM (1948-52)
The inaugural Bishop Hale Medal was presented on Founder’s Day 2008 to the family of Mr David Roberts, who was posthumously honoured as the first recipient of this prestigious award.
The late David Roberts attended Hale School from 1948-1952 as a boarder at Havelock Street. A farmer from Dandaragan, David had a great love of the land and contributed to the community across a broad sphere of interests - including rural development, Apex, the Anglican Church, school leadership, sporting, conservation and heritage, health and charity, culminating in being awarded an OAM in 2006 for his service to the community. David was a remarkable man and a fitting recipient of the inaugural medal.