Old Virgilians

At this College, lifelong friendships are formed and memories etched. Old boys of St Virgil's College maintain a pride and loyalty in their College and many continue to meet regularly.

The College also boasts an:

Old Virgilians Association

Old Scholars Football Club - The Saints

Athletics Club - Southern Saints

Cricket Club - contact President, Stephen Bourke

More than 10,000 former students proud to be called Old Virgilians

The Old Virgilians association was established in May 1917 as a way for Old Virgilians to met regularly and keep in touch with news about the College.

The association holds bi-monthly luncheons at Austins Ferry. Regular reunions are also held for particular year groups across Tasmania and mainland Australia as well as overseas, particularly in London. The association’s Annual Dinner is held in October of each year.

The President of the Association is Mr David Mazengarb.

News of Old Virgilians is circulated through Words and Deeds, published twice each year, with many past editions also posted on this website. The OVA also circulate a monthly e-newsletter called OVAtions - to subscribe simply visit the OVA's website and sign up. 

A highlight of the OVA calendar is the OVA Golf Day at Royal Hobart. Information is shared via the OVA website and OVA Facebook page. 

If you are interested in news of the Old Virgilians Association, or becoming a member of the Association, or if you are simply seeking details of coming events, please contact  the College or OVA Secretary, Graeme Rainbow.

Keeping in touch

Are you an Old Virgilian and would like to sign up to our newsletter OVAtions and/or share what's been happening in your life since you left St Virgil's College? We would love to hear from you.

Heritage Roll of Honour

The award ceremony, which has been held in conjunction with The Old Virgilians Annual Dinner since 2006, was established to recognise Old Virgilians who have demonstrated outstanding ability and excellence in their lifetime achievements and who have contributed so much to building the traditions and spirit of St Virgil’s College. They represent the product and dedication of its founders – The Christian Brothers.

In late October each year a number of prominent Old Virgilians are recognised by their peers at the annual Old Virgilians Association Dinner. Details of all inductees plus their biography are listed below.

Inductees to the Heritage Roll of Honour

Members of the St Virgil's College community who have suggestions for inductees to the Heritage Roll of Honour should contact the OVA Archivist Graeme Rainbow.


Jack Riewoldt - AFL footballer and multi-award recipient

Dr Leighton Kearney - Cardiovascular imaging specialist and multi-award recipient

Dr Martin Scurrah - Outstanding teaching and professional career, Regional Director of Oxfam


Dr Patrick Dalton - University Lecturer 

Dr Stratos Roussos - Medical practitioner with Indigenous communities 

Associate Professor Marek Havlat - Medical practitioner and researcher 


Dan Reardon - Long term OVA Committee member, Senior Public servant (Quarantine Services)

Pierre Slicer - Legal Profession, Supreme Court Justice

Thomas Muller - Outstanding Humanitarian Works


James Henderson - Sports Administrator, Community Leader

Mitch McPherson - Founder and CEO of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY


No inductees were added during the OVA's Centenary year.


Father Kevin Dancey - Diocesan Priest, Provincial Leader and UN NGO Official.

Michael Hill - Chief Magistrate

Major Luke Jones - Rhodes Scholar, Decorated Serviceman, Co-Founder Beastworx

Tim Reid - Managing Director Reid Fruits, OAM for services to industry


Fr Michael Delaney - Diocesan priest, industrial & naval chaplain, Member of the Council of Priests.

Damien Geason - Managing partner of legal firm and a Director of  Common Ground Tasmania.

Adrian Howard - Past President of the Friends of Soldiers’ Memorial  Avenue, Queens Domain, Hobart.

Bernie Geard* - Stalwart and supporter of St Virgil’s and the OVA


Kieran Brown - Teacher and outstanding contributor to St John’s Ambulance

Richard 'Dickie’ Harrold OA - Outstanding contributor to community through numerous charitable and sporting organisations.

John Kelly - Business leader, supporter of the film industry and community contributor.

Fr Richard Ross - Priest and minister to the youth of the Hobart Archdiocese.


Fr Chris Hope - Long serving priest of the Hobart archdiocese and Biblical scholar

Maj Gen (ret.) Michael Keating - Distinguished army career and past chair of the Australian Republican Movement.

Dr Paul McCartney - Internationally recognised ophthalmological  consultant and surgeon

Dominic Sharpe - Co-founder of The Cambodian Children’s  Orphanages.

Brian Sertori (1928-2007)* - Outstanding service to the St Virgil’s and St Mary’s Parents’ and Friends Associations


David Mackey - Professor of Ophthalmology, University of WA

Bruce Haley OAM - Real Estate, Travel Agent, service to music, charity and church.

Michael Harmer - Lawyer and philanthropist

Fr Graeme Howard - 50 years of dedicated priesthood in Tasmania

Colonel (ret.) Anthony McGee AM - Australian Army, Chair of Centenary Committee


Paul Lennon - Former Tasmanian Premier

Fr Terry Yard - Long serving Priest of the Diocese

Adrian Coetzee - Businessman, community worker and long serving President of OVA

Graeme Rainbow - SVC teacher and long time supporter of OVA


Michael Kent AM - Successful businessman and community philanthropist

Martin Healy - Electrical engineer

Michael Colrain OAM - Service to performing arts, musician and community

Fr Peter O'Loughlin - Long serving Priest of the Diocese

Des Hiscutt JP - Former MLA


Peter Patmore - Community Leader and Public Servant

Professor Brian Yates - University Chemistry

RT ‘Tem' Fish - Local Government member and Businessman 

Brian Doyle - Lawyer and L’Arche Director

Michael Di Venuto - Australian, Tasmanian and English County Cricketer 


Pierre Hutton - Diplomat and Ambassador 

William Cox - Former Tasmanian Governor

Damien Bugg - Lawyer and University of Tasmania Chancellor

John Whitehouse - Champion Swimmer and seven time Olympic water polo Official

Roger Smart - Tasmanian State Public Servant and OVA Life member 


Doug Lowe - Former Tasmanian Premier

Michael Tate - Former Senator and now Parish Priest 

Richard Cogswell - New South Wales County Judge and Rhodes Scholar

Major General Michael Crane AM, DSC - Current serving member of the Australian Defence Forces 

Anthony Fletcher - Former member of the Legislative Council and sportsman 

Peter Toogood - Former Australian Amateur gold champion

Jack Higgins - Long time religious Brother 

Sean Clingeleffer - Australian U19 cricket captain and Tasmanian wicketkeeper


Rev Adrian Doyle AM - The Archbishop of Hobart 

Geoff Hook - Cartoonist

Ashton Shirley - Former State Public Servant and Sportsman 

Kenneth Lowrie OBE - Former member of the Legislative Council and Glenorchy Alderman 

Henry Cosgrove OA (passed away in 2010) - Former Judge

Peter Heerey - Federal Court Judge

Simon Hollingsworth - Rhodes Scholar and Olympian

Barry Counsel - Founder of Assissi Aid Program 

Dr Scott Brennan OAM - Olympic rowing gold medallist 

Scholars added posthumously

A number of past scholars have been added to the Roll of Honour posthumously:

  • Harold Gatty - Major role in the history of World Aviation
  • Sir John Galvin - Director of various South East Asian companies and substantial benefactor of the College
  • Noel Monks - Former world renowned Journalist and War Correspondent
  • Lion Morgan - Army Brigadier and Military Leader
  • Leo Doyle - Lawyer and Politician and the first day boy enrolled at the College in 1911
  • Sir Ackland Lord - Businessman and Entrepreneur and Financier of AA Lord Homes
  • Air Vice Marshall Sir Wilfred Dixon KBE, MB, BS, FCRS, FRCSED, DO - Senior RAF surgeon
  • Air Vice Marshall Alan Charlesworth CBE, AFC - Commander of RAAF
  • Phillip Vincent - Activist for the disabled
  • Barry Woods - Meteorologist and College benefactor