Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Wan, James – Lake Tuggeranong College

James Wan is an internationally recognised film producer, screenwriter and film director, who is widely known for directing the horror film ‘Saw’ (2004). James has also directed ‘Dead Silence, Death Sentence’ (2007), ‘Insidious’ (2010), ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ and ‘The Conjuring’ (2013). He is currently working on ‘Fast & Furious 7’, which is due for release in 2015.

Wasikowska, Mia – Cook Primary School, Ainslie Primary School, Canberra High

Mia Wasikowska is a critically acclaimed international actor. After a few small roles early in her career, including on television series ‘AllSaints’, she was cast in the HBO series ‘In Treatment’, a role which she auditioned for by videotape. In 2008, she found international fame after being cast as Alice in Tim Burton’s blockbuster ‘Alice in Wonderland’. She has been nominated for more than 25 international acting awards, winning at least five. She is currently working on ‘Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass’ in which she reprises her role as Alice. The film is due for release in 2016.

Whitlam AC QC, The Hon Edward Gough – Telopea Park School

Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam became Australia’s 21st Prime Minister on 5 December 1972. His Labor government, the first after more than two decades, set out to change Australia through a wide-ranging reform program. Whitlam’s term abruptly ended when his government was dismissed by the Governor-General on 11 November 1975. After serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, Whitlam joined the Australian Labor Party in 1945. He became the Member for Werriwa in Sydney’s south in 1952, retaining the seat in 11 more federal elections over the next 25 years. Whitlam led the reform of the Labor Party platform during the long years in Opposition. As Prime Minister he immediately set about implementing a reform program that included strengthening Australia’s status by making Queen Elizabeth II Queen of Australia. His government drew on international agreements to develop programs on human rights, the environment and conservation. Gough Whitlam died on 21 October 2014. (Source: primeministers.naa.gov.au)

Visit the National Archives website to learn more about Gough Whitlam.