Available to applicants enrolled or intending to enrol in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) Program.

Closing date 29 July 2024 (5pm AEST)
Interview date Week beginning 2 September 2024
Supported by

Marcus Oldham College has established a Dr Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship Fund.


Dr Alastair Mackenzie
Alastair Mackenzie was born in 1922 at Trawalla House near Beaufort, Victoria. After leaving school during World War 2, he joined the Australian Navy and was trained in a radar ‘crash course’ at Sydney University before being posted to H.M.A.S. Australia as a Radar Officer. After the war, Alastair went to Cambridge University in England, where he graduated in Electrical Engineering.

In the early 1970’s, Alastair looked into wool handling practices. Drawing on his own ideas and those of fellow producers, he built a new demonstration shearing shed complete with raised and curved shearing board and revolving wool tables.

There was never an idle moment for Alastair. When he wasn’t tending his own fine wool flock, he was asking questions at conferences, writing research papers, or thinking of how to solve a problem. The University of Melbourne recognised his efforts with an honorary doctorate.

Australian Wool Education Trust
The Australian Wool Education Trust provides funds for the promotion and encouragement of education in undergraduate and/or post-graduate training in wool and wool science and technology, from wool growing to the textile product stage.

Although the Trust’s funds were originally provided by the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd and Australian Wool Innovation Limited, the Trust is an independent body, with policy being fully determined by the Trustees.

The Trust is delighted to support the Dr Alastair Mackenzie Scholarship offered at Marcus Oldham College, which provides a unique educational opportunity for young people passionate about making a career in the Australian Wool Industry. David Ward OAM – Chairman of Trustees

  1. Which specific activities or endeavours do you aspire to pursue in the sheep and/or wool industry in the future, and what are the reasons driving your interest in those areas?
  2. What are your career goals and aspirations?
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