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Interesting Alumni

Dr Annie Sparrow
Gningala Yarron-Clanton
Ben Etherington
Tony Robinson
Sara Macliver
Sir Rod Eddington
Dr Annie Sparrow
Dr Annie Sparrow
Pediatrician

Studying at The University of Western Australia equipped Annie Sparrow with the knowledge base to complete a Masters degree in Public Health at Harvard University and walk away with the annual Albert Schweitzer Award, in recognition of work and activities marked by 'a reverence for life'.

Today, Annie is using her Harvard Millennium Fellowship in Human Rights to monitor the situation of refugees from the conflict-ridden Sudan. "There is such an integral relationship between health and human rights and I would like to be able to raise awareness of that in Australia..."

Annie's brother Philip and his wife Julie (both UWA graduates) live in Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of Afghanistan, working in community development and building local health, sanitation and agriculture programs.

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Gningala Yarron-Clanton
Gningala Yarron-Clanton
Barrister

Gningala Yarran-Clanton dons wig and gown for appearances in WA Supreme and District Courts. The University of Western Australia Law graduate spent her first five years of her life at the Mount Magnet Aboriginal reserve. On relocating to Perth she completed Year 11, went to business college, married and had five daughters before enrolling, aged 31, in the UWA Pre-Law program.

During her time at UWA, Gningala won the highly-contested Gloria Brennan Scholarship for Aboriginal students. This scholarship was established in memory of one of the first Aboriginal graduates from UWA who was instrumental in setting up the Aboriginal Legal Service.

Today Gningala is the first Aboriginal State Prosecutor she is involved in the Indigenous Law Students Mentoring Program and had been elected to Women Lawyers of Western Australia.

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Ben Etherington
Ben Etherington
Bassoonist

Now at Kings College, Cambridge UK, the 2005 recipient of the esteemed General Sir John Monash Award Ben Etherington completed Honours in both Musicology and English at The University of Western Australia. In 2004 Ben won the Gladys Wade prize for the best Honours student in English, the UWA Graduates Prize, the Katherine Moss Prize in English and the Lady Callaway Medal for Music.

A third generation bassoonist, Ben has played with WASO, WA Youth Orchestra, composed, plays both piano and bass guitar and attended master classes with Klaus Thunermann, one of the world's premier bassoonists.

"I found I had the ability to transfer a sense of being a performer to my academic work. I could summon the same intensity that you have in an orchestral performance and put that into a written paper."

Ben is on track to achieve his professional goal - "to contribute to Australian artistic and intellectual life as a leading English and Musicological scholar, musical performer and educator."

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Tony Robinson
Tony Robinson
Winemaker

Tony chose to study at The University of Western Australia, knowing it was one of the best research universities in Australia and that his applied science degree would allow him to work outdoors, pursue his interest in science and turn it into a practical career allowing him to work and travel at the same time.

'I've always enjoyed science, and winemaking involves a lot of biology, organic chemistry and wine tasting is a pre-requisite'. Passionate about making wine Tony has worked on vintages in many Australian wine regions as well as in New Zealand. He was awarded the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Student Prize and the Walter Harper Prize in 2004.

Today Tony is a Viticultural Research Officer at UWA and project manager and research winemaker for an Australian Research Council Industry Linkage Project. Tony involves himself in assessing wines from around Australia, officiating as an associate judge at the Brisbane Royal Wine Show, a steward at the Sydney Royal Wine Show, and a committee member for the Perth Royal Wine Show.

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Sara Macliver
Sara Macliver
Soprano

Growing up in Perth, a pupil of renowned soprano Molly McGurk, now as a Music graduate of The University of Western Australia, soprano Sara Macliver is one of Australia's most popular and versatile artists. Appearing in opera, concert and recital performances Sara is a leading exponent of Baroque repertoire in Australia. She is a regular performer with Symphony Australia Orchestras, Musica Viva, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Sara made her Pinchgut Opera debut in their highly successful production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen and Monteverdi's Orfeo. Her opera roles include Angelica in Orlando and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Micaela in Carmen, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Giannetta in The Elixir of Love for WA Opera. Sara has a number of recordings and was a finalist for the ARIA Award for the Best Classical Release in 2004.

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Sir Rod Eddington
B.Eng.Sc, Hon.LLD (UWA), DPhil Eng Sc (Oxford)
Sir Rod Eddington
CEO British Airways

Rod Eddington graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1972 with first class Honours in Engineering Science. This was followed by a Master of Engineering Science also from UWA. As Western Australia's 1974 Rhodes Scholar, Rod completed his DPhil in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University.

After joining The Swire Group in 1979, and working with Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, Rod was appointed Managing Director in 1992. He then returned to Australia in 1997 to take on the role of Executive Chairman of Ansett Airlines as well as Deputy Chairman of News Limited Australia. In 2000 he became Chief Executive of British Airways, a position he held until September 2005.

Sir Rod currently holds directorships at John Swire and Sons Pty Ltd, News Corp and Rio Tinto Limited and will commence as the Non-Executive Chairman for JP Morgan Australia and New Zealand in January 2006.

Sir Rod has recently taken on the role of Chairman of the Victorian Major Events Company (VMEC). He has been a member of the Victorian Government's Innovation Economy Advisory Board since 2002, and was the Deputy Chairman of the Government's Growing Victoria Together Summit in 2000.

Sir Rod Eddington is the International Chairman of the UWA Hackett Foundation and in December 2000 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University. In June 2005 he was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to civil aviation.

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