John devoted passion, patience and endless time to supporting Neville White and others in their work in the community. He was particularly passionate about education.


The Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) was founded in 2015 and aims to help students from remote communities make the transition to Melbourne schools. The program is for  children of about year seven age and the boys and girls go to Melbourne schools on completion of one year at MITS. 


The website:  provides further information.  Those of us who have had contact with the school are very impressed by what they are doing.

We feel it would be appropriate to pay tribute to John Mitchell's devoted work for indigenous people by awarding a scholarship for one pupil to MITS.  The cost of this would be a commitment of $20,000 per year and the commitment would be made for three years.  Melbourne Rotary is prepared to commit a total of $7,500 to the “John Mitchell Scholarship”. In excess of $7,000 per year has been pledged by a number of Rotarians.  So we need further pledges totalling some $5,500. 

This Bulletin Notice is to invite you to pledge any amount you would be comfortable with. We will have a representative from MITS speaking at our Wednesday lunch on 22nd November where we will officially launch the scholarship. You can do so by sending an email to Ted Garland at or to Peter Duncan at

Donations to MITS will be tax deductible. It would be of great help to us if your pledge could be communicated before the end of October as we hope to announce the scholarship in November.
Rob McGuirk
Rotary Club of Melbourne
Chair, Indigenous Programs Committee

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