Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Spring 2017 Contents business on 400ha at Carrick. As well as
poppies, the farm produces horses, peas,
beans and onions. The farm has placed in
Tasmanian Alkaloids’ top 10 crops three times,
but this is the first win.
Justin Nilon (’14) was named in an Australian
cricket touring team for cricketers with an
intellectual disability. The 21-year-old South
Launceston leg spinner competed in a tri-series
against South Africa and England in England
Rhianna Lovegrove (’16) features in a
promotional video for Bond University on the
Gold Coast. Rhianna, 18, of Scottsdale, was
last year named as the only Tasmanian recipient
of Bond’s Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship
which covers tuition fees for Rhianna’s Bachelor
of Psychological Science degree.
After Dinner Mint is the latest creation of Will
Tatchell’s (’99) Evandale-based Van Dieman
Brewing’s experimental stout series. Head
brewer Will said the dessert beer would
appeal to chocolate lovers. It was launched
at the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular, a
Melbourne beer and food festival.
Former South Launceston and Western
Storm Aussie Rules footballer Matt Hanson,
22, kicked the first goal of a match between
the VFL and the WAFL and had 23 disposals,
seven clearances and seven inside-50s. Despite
his efforts, the VFL lost by 63 points. Midfielder
Hanson (’13), twice Werribee’s best and fairest
winner, has hopes of playing in the AFL.
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When Royal Hobart Hospital anaesthetics
staff took examinations towards achieving full
registration as specialists, Kaylee Jordan had
cause for a double celebration.
Dr Jordan (née Barnett, ’04) attained first
place in the nation for her primary exam and
also received a merit prize for her final exam.
The latest accolades follow on from her
earlier achievements. Dr Jordan, who grew
up in Bridport, was awarded the Renton Prize
in 2015 as the trainee with the highest marks
in the primary examination for fellowship of
the Australian and New Zealand College of
The next stage in Jeremy Dutton’s (’03) high
flying career is taking off as he leaves a role
in the Royal Australian Air Force for a job with
Qantas. His new flying role, as an A330 Second
Officer, follows on from nearly 15 years with the
“I flew nearly 3000 hours on the C-17A
Globemaster with nearly 1000 hours in
command of the aircraft,” he said.
“This new job has been a dream since my
days at Scotch Oakburn College.”
Brisbane-based Jeremy flew more than 30
combat missions in his C-17A flying career,
delivering personnel, helicopters, vehicles and
other humanitarian aid into Iraq, Afghanistan,
Lebanon and South Sudan on behalf of the
“Most recently I had the privilege of being
selected as the aircraft captain for Australian
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and our Chief
of Defence Force during their visit with the
troops in Iraq,” he added.
“I have also flown multiple repatriation
missions, reuniting fallen soldiers with their
families. These are the toughest flights both
mentally and emotionally.
“I’ve also flown humanitarian relief missions
to Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji and Vanuatu after
various cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes,
along with one of the largest aeromedical
evacuations in recent years when Cairns was hit
by Cyclone Yasi.”
Two talented authors with links to Scotch
Oakburn College feature in a new compilation of
emerging Tasmanian writers.
Seven Stories, edited by Ben Walter, features
writers who have won major awards, been
published widely in the literary magazines, and
are on the cusp of book publication. The book
was on its second print run even before it was
launched in Hobart in April.
Robbie Arnott (’07) and former staff member
Emma Waters both have work in Seven Stories.
Arnott is the winner of the Scribe Prize for
Non-fiction in 2014, and the Tasmanian Young
Writer’s Fellowship in 2015. His fiction and non-
fiction have featured in a range of Australian
publications including Island.
Waters is the daughter of Scotch Oakburn
College Network Manager David Waters. She
is a musician, songwriter and works at Mona in
“The success of Seven Stories has been a
real boost and is spurring me on to keep at it,
get busy writing and continue to submit pieces
of work,” she said.
Tasmanian Alkaloids’ top thebaine grower is
David Wishaw (’01). He has a mixed farming
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