Angus Mitchell Oration

Angus Mitchell was inducted into the Rotary Club of Melbourne in December 1927. He was President of the Club in 1931-32. He was elected District Governor in 1934-35 and again in 1937-38. In 1948-49 he became the first Australian to be elected to the office of President of Rotary International. He was created a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty the Queen in 1956. Two years later he was the first member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne to be named a Paul Harris Fellow. Sir Angus Mitchell died on 18 August 1961.

In his honour, and as part of the Club’s fiftieth birthday celebrations in 1971, the Board of Directors initiated the Angus Mitchell Oration. The Oration has been delivered at the nearest meeting to the birthday of Rotary which began on 23 February 1905 in Chicago USA by Paul Harris who, in later life, became a close personal friend of Angus Mitchell.

The Oration has been delivered by:

  • 1971 Rev. I. B. M. Parsons
  • 1972 Rev. D. M. Henbury
  • 1973 Past RI VP Doug Stewart
  • 1974 Mr. Kenneth H. Gifford QC
  • 1975 Rev. Dr. Davis McCaughey
  • 1976 Dr Herman Sanger
  • 1977 Professor Harold Hunt
  • 1978 RI Pres. Elect Clem Renouf
  • 1979 P.D.G. Frank Newman
  • 1980 H.E. The Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen
  • 1981 P.P. Sir John Reid
  • 1982 Dr Owen Parnaby
  • 1983 Rev. H.J. Butterley
  • 1984 Rabbi John Levi
  • 1985 P.P. Professor Harry Ford
  • 1986 Bishop Peter Hollingworth
  • 1987 Sir Gustav Nossal
  • 1988 H.E. The Governor Dr. Davis McCaughey
  • 1989 RI Pres Royce Abbey
  • 1990 Prof David G. Penington
  • 1991 Comm Bramwell Tillsley Sal. Army
  • 1992 Rabbi John Levi
  • 1993 Mr. Justice John Phillips
  • 1994 P.P. David Wittner
  • 1995 Dr. P. G. Law
  • 1996 Rev. Kevin Green
  • 1997 Monsignor Gerry Cudmore
  • 1998 Mr. Nobby Clark
  • 1999 H.E. The Governor Sir James Gobbo
  • 2000 Rev. Tim Costello
  • 2001 The Rt. Hon. Sir Ninian Stephen
  • 2002 H.E. The Governor-General Dr Peter Hollingworth AC OBE
  • 2003 Dr. Barry Jones
  • 2004 Gen. Peter Cosgrove
  • 2005 Ms Elizabeth Proust
  • 2006 P.P. John Kendall & P.P. David Wittner
  • 2007 Mr. Justice Michael Kirby
  • 2008 H.E. The Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery AC
  • 2009 Ms Louise Adler
  • 2010 Mr Bill Kelty
  • 2011 Graeme Samuel AC
  • 2012 Don Argus AC
  • 2013 Professor Roz Hansen
  • 2014 Professor Peter Shergold AC
  • 2015 Laureate Prof P C Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS
  • 2016 Mr John Bertrand AM
  • 2017 Mr Simon McKeon AO
  • 2018 Mr Ian H S Riseley OAM
  • 2019 Dr Tilman A Ruff AO
  • 2020 Prof. Hugh R Taylor AC
  • 2021 Prof. John Skerritt
  • 2022 Prof James (Jim) Angus AO, FAA, FAHMS