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The MLC Old Collegians’ Club (OCC) was established in 1904 to foster ongoing relationships between all Old Collegians and between Old Collegians and the College.

President's Message
The Old Collegian community is an incredible network of over 32,000 alumni across Australia and the world. Our MLC graduates are vibrant, diverse and engaged. As your Council we are responsible for providing fora in which Old Collegians can learn and connect – where everyone is welcome and supported. I am incredibly proud to take on the role of Old Collegian Club President and build on the incredible work of those before me.

We are living in an extraordinary time. Social, environmental, and political change will remain a constant. As Old Collegians we have the opportunity and responsibility to use our education and connection to advance the wellbeing of people and the planet for current and future generations. Many of our Old Collegians are doing amazing work and continue to have a positive impact on society. The Old Collegians Club is committed to supporting their projects and passions. Each year we celebrate these Women at our OCC Celebration Event, Young Alumnae Event and throughout the year on our social media; Instagram and Facebook.

We know that when women succeed, their families and communities benefit and often thrive. Over the past few years times we have seen an evolution in the concept of gender thanks to the advocacy of the non-binary and queer communities, women and allies. Their work has helped us to confront restrictive gender assumptions and ideas of what we can and can’t do. Each year we celebrate this important work at our International Women’s Day Event, while our Val Kerr Fellowship Grant aims to provide meaningful support to Old Collegians planning to undertake a not-for-profit venture that promotes the empowerment of women.

Our community is important and is strengthened by our connection to each other. The Council warmly invites you to continue your connection no matter where in the world you reside.

Warm regards,

Alex Waddell (2010)

Our OCC Patrons

Past OCC Patron Fran Keller (Woolhouse 1948, deceased) and Current OCC Patron Anne Scott OAM (Simpson 1957) 

In 2018, MLC’s Old Collegians Club was thrilled to announce the appointment of Patrons Fran Keller (Woolhouse 1948, deceased) and Anne Scott OAM (Simpson 1957).

OCC Patrons hold a special position within the MLC community, acting as ambassadors for the College and its alumnae, wherever in the world they are located.

A teacher at MLC from 1973 – 1990, Fran Keller (Woolhouse 1948, deceased) touched the lives of many students, particularly in her role as the inaugural Head of MLC’s Junior Secondary School, to which she was appointed when MLC’s four schools were established by former Principal, David Loader.

As a student, Fran boarded at MLC during the 1940s, while her daughter attended the College during the years she was on the school’s teaching staff. Fran joined the Old Collegians’ Club when she finished her secondary education and served as President in 1986.

Anne Scott OAM (Simpson 1957) attended MLC from the age of six until she completed her Leaving Certificate. Her daughter and granddaughter are also past students. Anne served on the OCC Council for almost 20 years, including as its President from 2009 – 2010.

Anne says her long history of community contribution – beyond MLC she has made an enormous impact on the Girl Guides Association/Guides Australia, International Guiding, The Order of Australia Association and Rotary International – reflects the life lessons taught at MLC and Dr Wood’s famous reminder that “from those to whom much is given, much will be required.”

In Honour of Immediate Past OCC Patron Fran Keller (Woolhouse 1948)

The President, Council and members of the Old Collegians’ Club, acknowledge with enormous sadness the passing of Fran Keller on 22 May, 2020.

Fran will be remembered by many as a past student, MLC teacher, Head of Junior Secondary School, past parent, President of the OCC, Patron of the OCC and friend to all.

As a Patron, Fran took an enormous interest in all aspects of the Old Collegian’s Club, supporting its activities over many years. Sincere condolences to Fran’s family, as we give thanks for an exceptional life well lived.

For me, an MLC education opened doors - not simply in exposure to different activities and experiences, but in the way the ethos of the College and its teachers encouraged me to set my sights high and understand the work it would take to get there.
Eleanor Brown (Class of 2008)