Class notes


Susan Adams (PhD Med ’02)

Susan has just released her first book of poetry, Beside Rivers (Island Press). After gaining her PhD in Medicine, Dr Adams worked as an ARC Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences and in the Cell and Reproductive Biological Laboratory, Discipline of Anatomy and Histology at the University.

Her main area of research was in establishing cellular biomarkers for embryo implantation in both humans and reptiles. Many of the pieces in her poetry book have been inspired from the environment of her home life on Dangar Island surrounded by the beautiful Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney.

Several of the poems have received awards in National and International competitions. She has been published in nine countries and three languages.


James Eccles (DipMus ’99) and Ollie Miller (BMus ’00)
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James and Ollie are two of the contemporary-classical string quartet The NOISE, which performed the world premiere of seven new Australian string quartets at the Cell Block Theatre in the National Art School in Darlinghurst earlier this month.

Eccles, who plays the viola, and Miller the cello, teamed up with violinists Veronique Serret and Mirabai Peart in 2008 when the four musicians started having regular jam sessions in a terrace house in Darlinghurst after classical concerts and gigs.

The Noise plays anything from jazz to classical, with a heavy emphasis on improvisation, including special effects pedals.


Nadia Wheatley (BA ’71)
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Historian, author, Honorary Associate and Artist-in-Residence in the Faculty of Education and Social Work last year, Nadia has just published another history book, Australians All (Allen & Unwin).

Featuring 80mini-biographies, the bookencompasses the history of our continent from the Ice Age to the Apology, from the arrival of the First Fleet to the Mabo Judgement.

Brief accounts of the lives of real young Australians open up this chronological narrative. Some of the subjectsof the biographies have become nationally or even internationally famous. Otherswere legends in theirown families and communities.

Bruce Auld (BScAgr ’67 MScAgr ’70 PhD ’75)

Bruce has recently published his fourth book, A Traveller’s Flora, designed, in part, to increase public interest in the plant sciences. The book describes and illustrates common and conspicuous plants around south-east Australia.

The book includes an introduction to botany: how plants are named and classified, and how they grow. Bruce has worked as a Research Scientist and Consultant for the NSW and Australian governments and the United Nations. He has also been an adjunct professor, Sydney University, visiting professor, Kyoto University and is currently Adjunct Professor of Plant Ecology at Charles Sturt University.

He is developing a national online database of risk management assessments of exotic invasive plants.

Amy Merriman (BCom ’99)
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Amy is Group Managing Director of the Jupiter Management group, a constellation away from the Yass property where she grew up, and from there to school at Ascham.

Amy launched her first company at the age of 23 and it now forms part of the Jupiter group – a cluster of niche companies in event management. After graduating with her Commerce degree, Amy travelled through Africa with two school friends before landing in England to find work.

A brief visit to France, where she was invited to the polo at Deauville, led to work with an event management company in the UK. In 2001 Amy returned to Australia to establish an event management company of her own.


Astley Boston (BA ’34 DipEd ’35)
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Astley was born in Broken Hill in May 1913, the second of three daughters. Her parents settled in Dulwich Hill after years of travelling. Astley went to Sydney Girls High School and then the University of Sydney where she graduated with a BA and then became a teacher (schools unknown).

She married Alf Harvey and they had a son. Her husband joined the RAAF and was killed in Germany, and Astley remarried after the war. Astley returned to teaching in the 1960s and taught at Summer Hill primary school. She has four granddaughters and two grandsons, six great granddaughters and three great grandsons.