Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Alumni/OWCA

History

The Old Wesley Collegians' Association (OWCA) was founded in 1882 when a group of young students decided to form a society to which all former students would be eligible for membership. The chief objective of the society was to hold "social gatherings of its members and foster the interest of Collegians". This youthful enthusiasm lasted for two years only.

A hiatus of twelve years followed until 1895 when a meeting of 100 former students decided to form the Old Wesley Collegians' Association. Since that date the Association has maintained an unbroken link with the school. The present constitution of the OWCA states simply its aim: "the objects of the Association shall be to promote the welfare of Wesley College and to unite former Wesley Collegians for that purpose".

The OWCA is an Associate Governor of the Foundation and has played a major part in each appeal and the annual giving program. Many affiliated clubs have been sponsored by the OWCA and some other bodies have the support of the Association.

Notable former Wesley students include: one of the great philosophers of the 19th century, Samuel Alexander; scientist and founder of the CSIRO Sir David Rivett; historian Geoffrey Blainey; prominent barrister and legal scholar SEK Hulme; and Prime Ministers of Australia Sir Robert Menzies and Harold Holt. Recent graduates include Young Victorian of the Year for 2004 Matthew Albert, lawyer and Muslim community leader Waleed Aly, and international sporting stars Sharelle McMahon (netball), Michael Klim (swimming) and Katie Mactier (cycling).