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The Christina Montgomery Oration 2018

On Tuesday 13 March 2018, Professor Gillian Triggs presented the third annual Christina Montgomery Oration.

The Christina Montgomery Oration is named in honour of the first principal of The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School and was created to celebrate the successes and achievements of extraordinary women, while simultaneously supporting the current cohort of students.

The intent of the Oration is to provide an opportunity for a woman of influence to address the community on a topic of their choice. This year we were fortunate to announce our speaker:


Professor gillian triggs

Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (2012-2017)

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Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is a fiercely intelligent academic, lawyer and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (2012-2017).

As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Professor Triggs set out to advocate for Australia's domestic law to reflect its international human rights obligations. Professor Triggs was placed under extraordinary pressure by the government when the AHRC released its report The Forgotten Children: National Enquiry into Children in Immigration Detention in 2014. Professor Triggs quickly became a renowned figure, shaping Australia's political and human rights landscape.

Professor Triggs graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and worked with governments and international organisations advising on human rights law.

Professor Triggs was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-2012, and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-2007. Professor Triggs is a former Barrister and a Governor of the College of Law. She also served the AHRC as Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 2016-2017. Professor Triggs is the author of many books and papers. She is married to Alan Brown AM, a former Australian diplomat, and has two children and two grandchildren.



The Mac.Rob Foundation Launch

March 2016


The launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation took place on the 5th March 2016, at the National Gallery Victoria. The Mac.Rob Foundation charted the trajectory of women, young and old, who have been empowered by their education, and celebrated the launch of a Foundation that will go on to assist other young women to do the same.

Did you miss the night? Copies of the program of the event's proceedings have been provided for download.

Virginia Trioli acts as MC for the launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation.

Virginia Trioli acts as MC for the launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation.


An amazing night spent celebrating the power of an important school - and marking the efforts of influential and educated women.

The Mac.Rob Foundation has been established to support the educational needs of girls in Victoria. For example, every year Mac.Robertson Girls' High School sees many young talented women cross the threshold, from all walks of life and many varied backgrounds. As the State's premier selective school for young women, The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School is dedicated to giving talented and gifted young women the support they need to help them realise their full potential. However many young women, regardless of their talent and abilities, can find themselves held back by simple financial issues: excursions may be out of reach, computer equipment too costly, or the opportunity to study overseas may not be possible for many otherwise exemplary young women.

We believe that all gifted young women in Victoria, regardless of their background and circumstance, should be given the opportunity to be the best they can. With the support of The Mac.Rob Foundation, that is now possible.

The Mac.Rob Foundation provides support through the provision of grants, through bursaries, and through the creation of pathways to tertiary education and beyond.

The launch of The Mac.Rob Foundation has been a crucial first step in creating a steady flow of support, assisting the next generation of young, powerful and influential women.

The event was ably captured through the marvellous lens of Agatha Yim.