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Michael Dixon, not your regular bikie.

Graduation from melbourne uni bachelor of laws 1970

Michael Dixon is another of those first day 1950 boys at Marcellin, starting in Grade 5 and eventually pushing right through to Matriculation.  His brothers, Frank, Jim and Martin shared his Marcellin days with him.  Michael was an early winner of a Commonwealth scholarship for tertiary study, which he pursued in the Law Faculty at the University of Melbourne.  Post-graduate studies saw him admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.

Soon after graduation, Michael married North Balwyn nurse, Geraldine Fitz-Gerald.  It might be claimed that Geraldine ALMOST came to Marcellin, because she pursued her post-grad nursing qualifications right next door, at the Presbyterian Babies Home, famous in its own right in Marcellin folklore.

For the past 35 years they have been living in Hobart, in retirement these last 14 years.  The route to Tasmania from the U of M Law School ran via Canberra, Norfolk Island, then back to Canberra, with Michael building a career based on public administration.  This led to his appointment in 1979 as Director of the Advisory Council for Intergovernmental Relations in Hobart, and eventually to Ombudsman for Tasmania.

The Dixon brothers: martin, frank jim and michael (all marcellin grads) at brother tony's wedding. 1979

Michael Dixon is another of those first day 1950 boys at Marcellin, starting in Grade 5 and eventually pushing right through to Matriculation.  His brothers, Frank, Jim and Martin shared his Marcellin days with him.  Michael was an early winner of a Commonwealth scholarship for tertiary study, which he pursued in the Law Faculty at the University of Melbourne.  Post-graduate studies saw him admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor.

Soon after graduation, Michael married North Balwyn nurse, Geraldine Fitz-Gerald.  It might be claimed that Geraldine ALMOST came to Marcellin, because she pursued her post-grad nursing qualifications right next door, at the Presbyterian Babies Home, famous in its own right in Marcellin folklore.

For the past 35 years they have been living in Hobart, in retirement these last 14 years.  The route to Tasmania from the U of M Law School ran via Canberra, Norfolk Island, then back to Canberra, with Michael building a career based on public administration.  This led to his appointment in 1979 as Director of the Advisory Council for Intergovernmental Relations in Hobart, and eventually to Ombudsman for Tasmania.

The five dixon brothers and marcellin school leaders at the 6oth celebration of marcellin college

Michael remembers Marcellin of the 1950s as a happy school with a very loyal group of boys.  He now sees advantages of being among the first students in a new school – fresh attitudes, no silly old traditions and the fact that you knew every student at the school.  He remembers most fondly Brs Nilus, Eustace, Evangelist and Austin, but says that he owes his biggest debt to Br Roger, who encouraged him to study Social Studies in Matric, even though he had never studied for it.

Geraldine and Michael have two sons, two daughters and five grand-children.  The families are divided between Melbourne and Hobart, but the seniors are committed to the southern capital, where Michael enjoys coaching rowing at St Mary’s College and Geraldine is an enthusiastic lawn bowler.

Your correspondent visited Michael and Geraldine recently at their new home in New Town, just out of central Hobart, where many boxes of law books remained unpacked.  The greatest surprise was revealed in the back shed: a gleaming red motorcycle, complete with two sets of leathers and helmets.  Maybe it’s not quite the expected mode of transport for a retired septuagenarian ombudsman, but Geraldine and Michael still thrill to the rush along the highway.  A recent dash took them across the Nullarbor and back. 

 

60th celebration speaking about memories

West of albany, wa, 2010

michael addressing the school at 60th celebrations