Australia Day Honours

Old Haileyburian and former Chairman of Haileybury the Honourable Dr Ross Sundberg, QC was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours.

Ross Sundberg attended Haileybury between 1948 and 1960 and graduated as Dux.  He is considered one of the finest scholars Haileybury has produced.   Ross studied law at The University of Melbourne and graduated with First Class Honours in 1964.  Ross went on to earn the degree of Master of Laws in 1967.

In 1969, Ross was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law by Oxford University, graduating with First Class Honours and as the Vinerian Scholar (the best student in the BCL course).  He was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy by Monash University in 1979 and was also awarded a Master of Arts degree by The University of Melbourne in 1982.

Ross was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1966 and commenced full-time practice at the Victorian Bar in 1969 with a focus on equity.   Ross made a significant contribution to legal education through tutoring and lecturing at Monash University and The University of Melbourne.  During his time in England he served as Lecturer in Evidence at the Inns of Court School of Law.  For ten years he was also Director of Studies in Law at Ormond College in The University of Melbourne.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in Victoria in 1984, in Tasmania in 1987 and in New South Wales in 1988. 

Ross was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia with effect from 10 July 1995 – a post he held until his retirement in August 2010.

The former Chief Justice of the Federal Court, the Honourable Michael Black, AC, QC, has referred to Ross’s service to the Federal Court as exceptional, especially through the lucidity and notable scholarship of his judgments, and the polite and dignified way in which proceedings before him were invariably conducted.

Ross was appointed to Haileybury Council in 1997 and took over as Chairman in 1998, a post he held for a record 11 years until 2008.  Ross worked closely with Principal Robert Pargetter on the introduction of girls to Haileybury through the Parallel Education model and the revitalisation of the School to be a successful contemporary educational institution.   During Ross’s time as Chairman enrolments grew from 1,500 students and are now more than 3,500.  The Brighton campus had less than 200 students in 1998 and today is at capacity with a little more than 1,000 students.  

In 2008, Haileybury expressed its gratitude to Ross Sundberg for his outstanding service to the School by appointing him a Life Governor of the School.

Ross is one of Haileybury’s finest and we congratulate him on becoming a Member of the Order of Australia.