About MLC > Old Collegians > Prominent Alumnae

MLC is proud of our strong alumnae community, comprising of over 30,000 Old Collegians from, and currently living, all around the world.

Past students have excelled in a wide range of fields including science, the arts, research, politics, sport and entrepreneurship.

Since 1980, more than 100 members of the MLC Alumnae Community have been recognised in Australia Day and Queen's Birthday honours. We pay tribute to their leadership, commitment and service across many fields of endeavour.

Prominent alumnae include:
  • Lady Millie Peacock (Holden 1885), first woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria
  • Matron Marie Cameron (1893), military nurse and Royal Red Cross medal recipient
  • Dr Mary De Garis (1897), decorated military doctor, noted Geelong obstetrician
  • Ruth Flockart MBE (1910), music educator
  • Isabel Clifton Cookson (1912), pioneering botanist and palaeobotanist
  • Jessie Vasey OBE CBE (Halbert 1915), war widows' advocate
  • Dame Kate Campbell (1916), paediatrician, researcher and child welfare advocate
  • Dr Lorna Sisley OBE (1933), first female surgeon admitted to Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Monica Maughan (Wood 1950), Australian actor in film, theatre, radio, television and ballet over a career spanning 52 years.
  • Judy Dalton AM (Tegart 1953), former world number 7 tennis player, advocate for women in sport
  • Emeritus Professor Denise Grocke AO (1963), musician, academic, pioneer in music therapy
  • Lyndsey Cattermole AM (Canning 1965), IT entrepreneur
  • Professor Christine Kilpatrick AO (1970), Chief Executive of Melbourne Health
  • Deborra-lee Furness (1973), actress and adoption advocate
  • Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO (1976), paediatric neurologist and epileptologist, prominent researcher
  • Davida Forshaw (1980), international airline pilot with Qantas
  • Libbi Gorr (1982), radio personality, author and comedian
  • Jenny Lumsden CSC (1983), RAAD Air Commodore, navy nurse
  • Nicola Roxon (1984), former Attorney-General of Australia
  • Cate Blanchett AC (1986), Oscar-winning actor
  • Lara Giddings (1990), first female Premier of Tasmania
  • Alisa Camplin-Warner AM (Camplin 1992), Australia's first female Winter Olympiad gold medallist
  • Meg Hutchins (1999), AFLW player and Collingwood Football Club Operations Manager
  • Lydia Lassila OAM (Ierodiaconou 1999), Winter Olympiad gold medallist and Sport Australia Hall of Fame awardee 
  • Shannon Martinez (1999), innovative restauranteur, owner of Smith and Daughters
  • Jessica Jiang (2007), international prize-winning flutist
Read more about how an MLC education has influenced the lives of some of our alumnae on MLC Stories.

MLC has a long tradition of giving our students the opportunities to achieve their best in the fields that interest them.