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The College Foundation was launched in 1989 to further develop Marcus Oldham as Australia's independent centre of excellence in rural and equine business management education.

Foundation Executive

The Foundation Executive is made up of a diverse and dynamic group of business professionals, farmers and past graduates of the College to propel the vital goals of the Foundation.

The aims of the Foundation are to develop and advance the College within agriculture and equine industries throughout Australia on a national and international basis and to encourage sponsorships for various scholarships and bursaries for Marcus Oldham College.

Executive Committee

  • Mr Antony Baillieu (FM71) (Chairman)
  • Mr Bruce Wilson (FM71) (Chairman of Council)
  • Mr Mike Carroll
  • Mr Michael Moore
  • Mr Gordon Dickinson (FM79)
  • Mr Andrew Facey (FM66)
  • Mr Rob McGavin (AA93)
  • Mrs Mary Morton
  • Ms Kate O'Sullivan (FM89)
  • Mr John Miles
  • Mr David Gibbs
  • Mrs Sarah Thomson
  • Mr Peter Nilon (FM88)
  • Mr Andrew Cameron
  • Mr Richard Longbottom (FM94)

    College Representatives

    Dr Simon Livingstone (FM87)

    Deputy Principal (Finance)
    Tony McMeel |

    Foundation Manager
    Alannah Halloran |

    Foundation Officer (Events)
    Gail Smaniotto |

    Scholarship Coordinator
    Janet Craigie-McConnell |

    Learning Centre

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    The future of Australian agriculture is strong. Driven by the world’s growing population, food security and supply chain reliability are even more important now then they have ever been.
    To ensure that global demand can be met, industry will be reliant on great minds; people with real practical skills, knowledge and innovative ideas, entrepreneurial talents and a strong business acumen.
    Marcus Oldham is known for delivering real world, face to face programs, educating Australia’s highest achievers. In order to continue to be at the forefront of global agriculture, the College needs to be more effective and strategic than ever before, pushing productivity and efficiency, and connecting with the world through innovation.

    To achieve this, Marcus Oldham’s bold ambition is to build a modern heart to the College. A state of the art Learning Centre providing a range of dynamic learning spaces and the ability to connect educators, students, graduates and business leaders around the world.

    What this will mean for industry is a new kind of leader, a dynamic graduate equipped with 21st century skills, experience and a global mindset.

    It is anticipated that construction of The Learning Centre will commence in late 2018, with completion planned for the commencement of the 2020 year. The Marcus Oldham Foundation aims to raise $5 million over this time.

    Unlike other agricultural institutions, Marcus Oldham does not received any government funding and is solely reliant on the philanthropic generosity of the College community to further advance its facilities and educational programs.

    For further information about the Learning Centre or to request a copy of The Learning Centre Prospectus please contact:

    Alannah Halloran
    Foundation Manager
    +61 3 5247 2919

    The Learning Centre: TLC Landscaping Plans:
    Click the titles of the videos above to view in higher resolution.         

    Raised   Target
    $601,500   $5m


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    14th July, 2017 Annual Cocktail Party 2017
    The annual Marcus Oldham Foundation Reception was held on Friday 14 July with special guest speaker Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest.

    17th March, 2017 Annual Fundraising Golf Day 2017
    A beautiful sunny day greeted the 100 golfers who turned out for the 11th annual Marcus Oldham Fundraising Golf Day at Eynesbury Homestead and Golf.

    18th November, 2016 Marcus Oldham Race Night 2016
    The second Marcus Oldham Race Night which was held in the Committee Room at Moonee Valley Racecourse was another wonderful night for friends and supporters of the College to come together and be thoroughly entertained with first class night racing, wonderful food, great company and a punt or two.

    7th June, 2016 Annual Foundation Reception 2016
    The Marcus Oldham Foundation Reception was held on evening of Tuesday 7 June at the Australian Club, Melbourne. We hold this event to thank and acknowledge our sponsors for their ongoing support and celebrate our current scholarship awardees.


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    Marcus Oldham College has made some wonderful changes within the college to its courses and facilities.
    In its infancy, the College began with 14 students.

    Marcus Oldham opens its doors (14 students in Farm Management)
    Completion of East Wing
    Purchase of McDowall's Property
    James Darling Resources Centre Library, Administration and Printing rooms incorporated
    McCann Stables developed
    Student Facility developed
    College Foundation established
    Launch of the inaugural fundraising campaign $1.3 million raised
    Arthur Beggs Centre developed
    Indoor Riding Arena expanded
    Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Wing developed for residence
    Introduction of Agribusiness course
    William Buckland Wing developed including additional lecture room and staff offices
    Law-Smith Wing developed for additional residences
    Introduction of Degree for Farm Business Management course
    Building for Excellence Campaign Launched
    Improvements to Equine facilities (seven new horse paddock shelters)
    Launch of the Student Financial Assistance program
    Launch of the Oldham Society – giving by the Bequest Program
    Continued development of industry scholarship opportunities for students across all course
    Launch of the Dr Alastair Mackenzie Wool Industry Scholarship Fund
    2004/5  Completion of the refurbishment of residential accommodation (constructed in 1961)
    Completion of toilet and shower block refurbishment (constructed in 1961)
    Dining Room refurbishment
    Development of distance education programs
    Building for Excellence campaign concludes
    $1.4 million raised
    Office space extensions to the computer centre
    Building to commence in September/October
    The Jubilee Campaign launched - Target $3 million
    2006/7  Development of two new lecture rooms.
    Building to commence in December/January.
    Buckland Wing Extension (new classrooms) completed
    Official Opening 17th May 2007
    In excess of $300,000 raised for the project
    Inaugural Golf Day at Moonah Links
    In excess of $65,000 raised for the National Jockeys Trust and Marcus Oldham Equine Facilities Project.
    2008 Annual Golf Day at Eynesbury. In excess of $75,000 raised for the Marcus Oldham College Dining Room re-development.
    Part proceeds donated to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) Schools Education Program
    Centre for the Study of Rural Australia – launched in May
    2009  Annual Golf Day at Eynesbury – raised over $35,000 with part proceeds to CFA
    Refurbishment of original (1962) lecture rooms x 3 and student / staff courtyard
    Opening of Ivo Dean Centre (Dining room and function centre) and landscaping of courtyard
    April $900k gift from the RC & EC (Cappur) Webb Trust
    2010     Annual Golf Day at Eynesbury – raised over $40,000 with part proceeds to SecondBite
    Opening of Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Stable Complex
    (9 stable, 5 day yard, tack room, feed room and wash bays)
    2011 Annual Golf Day Eynesbury - Monies raised $35000 with proceeds going towards the extension and upgrade of the College Library “The James Darling Resources Centre” and our chosen charity for 2011, Brainwave Australia.
    Opening of upgraded James Darling Resources Centre.
    2012   Feb 2012 – Golf Day Monies raised $20000 with proceeds going towards the extension and upgrade of the College Library “The James Darling Resources Centre” and $5000 to our chosen charity for 2012, Cottage by the Sea.
    April 2012 – A luncheon was held at Murradoc Farm, Drysdale on Wednesday 18 April. A memorable day where Marcus Oldham had the pleasure of announcing that the college was a recipient of a most generous gift – “Murradoc Farm” – given to us by Philip Myer and his family. The College was delighted to name the new campus after Philip’s mother, Prudence Myer and the CSRA Forum Series after his grandfather Douglas Boyd. The gift is approximately worth $3.8million. Watch the 7.30pm Report about the gifting of Murradoc Farm.
    Dec 2012 – Recipients of The William Buckland Foundation donation of $1.2million towards our Entru biz program
    2013 Feb 2013 – Golf Day monies raised $36,000 with proceeds going towards Marcus Oldham Student Scholarship fund and $5000 to our chosen charity for 2013 SecondBite
    Social Room Fundraising challenge - $300k Dec 13 towards the new student social room – Stage 1 of 3 of the Student Recreational Hub
    2014 Feb: Golf Day - $25k towards Student Recreational Hub, supported Cottage by the Sea.
    2015 Feb: Golf Day - $25k raised towards building program, supported SecondBite.
    April: Opening of Student Recreational Hub. Includes tennis, basketball and volley ball courts, small gym, club room and land scaped gardens.
    2017 Feb: Golf Day - $25k raised towards building program.
    July: Cocktail Reception - Launched the 'We need great minds' campaign, a $5 million fundraising project for a state of the art Learning Centre.

    Oldham Society

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    The aim of The Oldham Society is to seek support for the College through bequests as part of the Foundation activities. The Oldham Society will enable benefactors to be recognised and thanked during their lifetime, (benefactors can remain anonymous).

    Benefactors may also encourage others to support the work of The Oldham Society.

    For further information please e-mail
    or telephone (03) 5247 2919

    The Herd

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    Marcus Oldham College is offering you the opportunity to become a member of the Marcus Oldham Cattle Club – The Herd.


    The future development of Marcus Oldham is vital to ensuring we remain the number one educational institute in Australia for Agriculture, Agribusiness and Equine Management.


    It’s easy to support the future stars of Australian agribusiness. The Marcus Oldham Cattle Club ‘The Herd’ purchases one of your cows for an agreed market value (no more than $1000). You then run an unidentified cow on your property and guarantee to commit to Marcus Oldham the agreed market value of one calf, each year, for six consecutive years.

    Please contact:

    Alannah Halloran, Marcus Oldham Foundation
    Phone: 03 5247 2919

    How to Support?

    There are some wonderful ways that you can support the Learning Centre project.

    Buy A Chair

    Click here to find out more

     Become a Partner

    Download the Partnership Booklet


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