“The 23 in ‘23” – Inaugural PLHS Hall of Fame Inductees

At our Centenary Celebration function earlier this month, we announced the names of the first twenty-three inductees into Port Lincoln High School’s inaugural Hall of Fame.  “The 23 in ‘23” were nominated by members of the PLHS school community, with the final list ultimately ratified by the school’s centenary planning committee.

We congratulate our first twenty-three inductees, who are listed here in alphabetical order…

  • Major General Peter ABIGAIL (Australian Army)
  • Thomas Elliott ASHTON (Inaugural School Council Chairman)
  • Harry Tamblyn ASHTON (Teacher/RAAF/Meteorologist)
  • Susie BETTS (Artist/Designer)
  • Nick BICE (Yachtsman)
  • Shaun BURGOYNE (AFL Footballer)
  • Robert K. CHAMPION (Musician)
  • Robert CHARLTON (State Emergency Services)
  • Donna GYNELL (Illustrator)
  • Neil HARVEY (Yachtsman)
  • Dr. Barbara KIDMAN (Physicist/Computer Scientist)
  • The Honourable Chris KOURAKIS (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia)
  • Dean LUKIN OAM (Tuna Fisherman/Olympic Gold Medallist)
  • Laurel McGOWAN (Actor)
  • Daniel McGRATH (Electrical Engineer)
  • Andrew MEYERS (Businessman)
  • Fay MILLER AM (Politician)
  • Dr. Merna MUELLER (BCA Flying Doctor)
  • Rowland PETTIT (Organic Chemist)
  • Sean PROUDE (Stage Manager)
  • Colin THIELE (Teacher/Author)
  • Graham VICKERY (OECD Division Head)
  • Michael WARD AM, CSC (Australian Army/Defence Industry)

* Port Lincoln High School sincerely thanks the Kapnistis family (Nick, Deanne, Peter and Aliki) for their important role in our Hall of Fame announcement – we again recognise these humble champions as the epitome of our school’s “Non Nobis Solum” motto

** Many of “The 23 in ’23” are pictured below – please note, we don’t own copyright-free images of the others (yet!)

We intend to regularly induct more nominated individuals into the PLHS Hall of Fame at our annual Year 12 Awards Ceremony – we already have several more names to announce at this year’s ceremony on Friday November 24.

PLHS staff are in the process of compiling a folder containing the nominations and biographical information about each of our Hall of Fame inductees – this living document will be housed in our Front Office and will become available for viewing.  Please feel free to submit further nominations via phone or email.


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