Thursday 9 May 2019

The inaugural oration to be delivered by

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Air Chief Marshal, Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) was awarded the Knight of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to Australia, through distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force, continued commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles, particularly the national responses to the MH370 and MH17 disasters, and in a variety of roles in the community.

Sir Angus is currently the Chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is Chair of five boards and also serves as a member on a variety of different boards. In addition, he is the Ambassador/Patron of numerous charitable organisations.

In July 2014, Sir Angus was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to lead Australia’s efforts to help recover, identify and repatriate Australians killed in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. Sir Angus also led the Joint Agency Coordination Centre coordinating the Australian Government’s support for the search into missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in 2014.

Sir Angus was Chair of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board from July 2011 until March 2014. The Board provided strategic advice to the Australian Government in relation to the planning and implementation of the Anzac Centenary 2014-2018.

Sir Angus retired from the Military in July 2011 after serving for 41 years. He was Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2005-2011 and prior to that was Chief of Air Force for four years.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) will draw on his extensive experience and knowledge to deliver the St Mark’s College inaugural J C Bannon Oration.



Former Premier of South Australia, the Hon Dr John Charles Bannon AO was the Master of St Mark’s College from 2000 to 2007.

The importance and perpetuity of education is a key theme that is carried throughout Dr Bannon’s life: through his university years, political career, teaching roles and as an academic and historian.

The arts and sports always played an important part in Dr Bannon’s life and this passion is reflected in other activities over the years, both in and out of politics.

He held numerous board, council and committee positions and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.

In acknowledgement of seed funding from the Bannon family, St Mark’s is holding an annual oration, open to the public and presented by distinguished individuals who are leaders in their fields.

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St Mark’s College is an active, vibrant and diverse community of young people. The welcoming and supportive environment facilitates a smooth transition to university where students pursue their optimum academic potential.

We actively promote a love of learning, respect for each other and an openness to different thoughts and ideas. In a technology-driven world, our students flourish through their interaction with the people around them and are connected to a global alumni network.

Students from all over Australia and the world call St Mark’s home and take up the opportunities to lead, be part of a team, contribute actively to College life, and do well in their studies. It is these opportunities that give our students the competitive advantage when preparing to enter the workforce.

Located in North Adelaide, within walking distance of the city’s universities, St Mark’s is a real home away from home for students looking for a supportive and stimulating environment.

College is a time of self-discovery, where you develop greater independence and a broadening of perspective. By providing an atmosphere in which students are accepted as mature and self-responsible, St Mark’s aims to make each student’s stay a fun, enjoyable, intellectual, and maturing experience.



Thursday 9 May 2019
Doors open at 5.30pm, guests to be seated by 5.50pm

St Mark’s College
46 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide 5006
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Tickets are complimentary but seating is limited

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