Name Photo Biography

Sue McNeill


Sue McNeil grew up in Maitland and was Dux of Maitland Girls High School in 1972. Sue has gone on to have a distinguished international career in civil and environmental engineering which includes holding various professor positions in Australia and America, and co-authoring academic journals and papers. Sue is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and received the Slocomb Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Delaware in 2009 and the Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence at the University of Newcastle in 2008.

Athel D'Ombrain AM

1901 - 1985

Athel D'Ombrain

A man of many talents, Athel D’Ombrain was a photographer, optician, naturalist, author, cricketer, pioneer angler, game fisherman and historian. He lived in Maitland for 66 years and wrote 995 articles for the Newcastle Herald. In 1938 he devised the tag and release concept for big game fish and he worked hard on protecting the flora and fauna of Port Stephens. He was also awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to photography and the study of nature.

Vanessa Murphy

1977 -

Vanessa Murphy

Research scientist Vanessa Murphy has lived in Maitland for almost 20 years. She is internationally renowned in the field of Asthma management in pregnancy. She holds a doctorate in philosophy, has published 54 academic papers, received 37 research grants and supervises three PHD students, two post-doctoral fellows and a research nurse. She has spoken at international conferences and won many coveted awards in her field. Vanessa is the Deputy Director of Thoracic Society of Australian and New Zealand Asthma and Allergy Special Interest Group.

Mark Joseph Rowe

1943 - 2011

Born in Sydney, Mark Rowe attended high school at Maitland Marist Brothers and went on to become an internationally renowned neuroscientist. He gained his University of NSW Lectureship in 1972, Professorship in 1988 and Scientia Chair in 2001. He published more than 110 research papers, secured 45 research grants and supervised almost 30 higher degree and honour students. Mark was also well known for his hospitality and his ability to throw great dinner parties with his beloved wife Janet.