Notable alumni

You may or may not recognise all of our notable alumni, however, they have one thing in common: they are part of an international community who call the University of Melbourne their alma mater.

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Australian Honours

The University of Melbourne is proud to acknowledge the recipients of Australian Honours closely related to the University – including senior members of staff, valued alumni, and supporters.

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Gillian Triggs
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs 
Human Rights Commissioner
LLB 1967, PhD 1982, Janet Clarke Hall, International House
The Human Rights Commissioner – Gillian Triggs

Nicole Car
Nicole Car
Opera singer
BMusPerf 2007
Music finds a new beat

George Megalogenis
George Megalogenis
Policital commentator
BCom 1984
The Great Explainer

Anna Funder
Anna Funder
BA(Hons) 1988, LLB(Hons) 1991, MA(CrWrtg) 2002
Telling stories for the Martians

Ian Frazer
Professor Ian H Frazer
Leader of groundbreaking Gardasil vaccine
MD 1988

The Hon. Julia Gillard
Former Prime Minister of Australia
LLB 1986, BA 1989

Peter Singer
Professor Peter A Singer AC
Philosopher and academic
BA(Hons) 1968, MA 1969
Arts Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephanie Alexander
Stephanie Alexander
Chef, restauranteur and food writer
BA 1966

Ronny Chieng
Ronny Chieng
LLB 2009, BCom 2009
A funny thing happened...

Pallavi Sharda
Pallavi Sharda
BA(Media&Comm), LLB 2010, DipModLang(Fr) 2011
Dancing to a Bollywood beat

Germaine Greer
Professor Germaine Greer
Noted author and academic
BA(Hons) 1961 , LLD 2003

Emma and Tom
Emma and Tom
Business owners
Emma Welsh (BAgrSc 1988, Trinity College) and Tom Griffith (BCom 1986, Ormond College)
Time is ripe for fruitful ventures