Since it's foundation in 1911, the Archibald Scholarship has supported some of UQ's finest economics students. Some recipients of the scholarship have shared their stories.

Associate Professor Sandra Martin

“After completing my schooling at Dayboro State School and Pine Rivers District State High School, I arrived at the University of Queensland to prepare for a future career as an accountant. However, discovering the fascination of economics led to a change in career path, which was encouraged by the award of the Archibald Scholarship. While studying for my economics degree, I was also able to branch out into agricultural economics and economic development. Combined with my farming background and a two-month visit on a student exchange to a village in PNG while studying, this set the scene for a very rewarding and satisfying future career."

Sandra Martin is Associate Professor in Agribusiness for Development at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She was the inaugural director of LUCID (Lincoln University’s Centre for International Development) and is currently theme leader for Agribusiness and Development at LUCID. Her prior employment, research and consulting activity have spanned Africa, the Pacific and South-East Asia, with PNG and Vietnam remaining countries of key interest for her. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and a Ph D from Lincoln University. She has been actively involved as an academic with New Zealand agribusiness, and has written one book, co-edited a second book, and has authored a number of journal articles, conference presentations and consulting reports. She is currently a ministerial appointee to the Board of the New Zealand Horticulture Export Authority, which encourages and monitors the orderly marketing of New Zealand horticultural products.

Dr Anna Straton

"It has been wonderful to receive prizes and scholarships during my academic career. The recognition by my peers gives me positive feedback and encourages me to continue striving. I hope that the publicity I receive through these awards helps to inspire other young researchers, especially young women in traditionally male-dominated fields and anyone who is driven to improve the applicability of their discipline to real world issues." - Dr Anna Straton

Dr Donald Markwell

"It was a great pleasure to met so many people at the recent UQ Centenary Events. The focus on the Archibald Scholarship is excellent and I would be honoured to have my profile included.

I am enormously grateful for my Economics studies at UQ, which have been profoundly influential in my subsequent life, and to both fellow students and those who taught us during what were for me four and a half happy and rewarding years in UQ Economics. It is excellent to see how well the School of Economics is doing today - including engaging alumni, whose support is so important for the future." - Dr Donald Markwell

Dr James Cumes

After serving in World War II, James Cumes completed his Arts (Economics) degree in Queensland in 1945 and was awarded the Archibald Scholarship for Economics. Unable to take up the scholarship as he had already began a diplomatic career in Canberra, James felt that the award of the scholarship helped establish his status as an "economist."

While in Canberra, he headed up several departments in the Economic Relations Section of the Department of External Affairs, before embarking on a fascinating career overseas.

He worked for the Economic Counsellor for Western Europe in 1949 and then won a Commonwealth Postgraduate Overseas Scholarship to the London School of Economics and Political Science and was awarded a Ph.D. (Economics) by the University of London in 1951.

James was Chargé d'Affaires in Bonn (1955-6), Head of the Australian Military Mission in Berlin (1956-8), Chargé d'Affaires of the Australian Mission to the European Communities (1961-63), Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union (1975-77). High Commissioner to Nigeria and Ambassador to Austria, Hungary and the United Nations Agencies in Vienna as well as Governor on the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

James is the author of several non-fiction titles including The Indigent Rich, A Theory of General Economic Equilibrium in a Keynesian System (1971), Inflation, A Study in Stability (1974), The Reconstruction of the World Economy (1984), How to Become a Millionaire - without really working (1990), The Multiple Abyss (1996), America's Suicidal Statecraft: The Self-destruction of a Superpower (2006). Also several works of fiction including Haverleigh, about a group of young Australians during the Kokoda Campaign. Uncle Rupert, the man who threw money over back fences (1998) Operation Equalizer (2000) and The Hedonists (2003).

 “…an award like the Archibald Scholarship for Economics can help the career of a young man or woman to blossom. It helps in adding to economic status. It also helps greatly in adding to the confidence of the young student. It gives him confidence that he can go anywhere and do anything. If it is not the actual key to success, it can provide the added stimulus that turns the key and opens many doors.”

Dr John Fallon

"I gained confidence and motivation from winning prizes and scholarships, it helped me to win a Commonwealth Government scholarship to study overseas for a PhD and to secure good quality positions in well regarded economic institutions." - Dr Fallon, Archibald Scholarship recipient, 1977

Dr Fallon has advised and acted as an expert witness on a wide range of economic regulation and governance matters. He has particular expertise in regulatory arrangements for private and public monopoly-type entities and has supervised projects assessing the commercial and economy-wide benefits of major investments, particularly infrastructure investments.
Dr Fallon has been the lead consultant and team leader for many ADB, AusAID and World Bank economic development projects, particularly in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Prior to becoming a consultant, Dr Fallon worked at the OECD on macroeconomic issues, at the Industry Commission (now the Productivity Commission) on economic reforms, at the Queensland Treasury on public enterprise issues and early in his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Dr Keith Henry McDonald OBE

Keith Henry McDonald was awarded the Archibald Scholarship in 1944. He graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honours in 1949. He was also awarded the University Medal and a Government Gold Medal for outstanding merit.

Dr McDonald spent most of his working life with Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd and Queensland Press Ltd.  He was a finance writer, investment advisor and stock broker and the Courier Mail's Finance Editor. He later went on to become Director and CEO of Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd and Chairman of Queensland Press Ltd. He was also a Director of News Corporation Ltd.

Dr McDonald was a member of the Board of Governors of The University of Queensland Foundation and was Chair of the Editorial Board of the university’s Graduate Contact magazine. An alumnus of King’s College at UQ (1943-1944), Dr McDonald is a Fellow of the college and was a member of the College Council for more than 40 years. The college’s Keith McDonald Travelling Scholarship is named in his honour.

A leading businessman and community figure, Dr McDonald was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 for service to the print media industry. In 1998 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy by The University of Queensland for his service to business, the University and the community.

Dr Samuel Alan Rayner

Dr Rayner was born in Brisbane in 1921, and was educated at New Farm School and the Church of England Grammar School. Growing up in New Farm, Dr Rayner remembers well the Archibald family home, Glenugie, on Moray Street.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Queensland as an evening student, and was awarded the Archibald Scholarship and the Thomas Morrow Prize in 1941. He went on to do an honours degree and gained his Master of Arts (History) in 1947.

Dr Rayner worked as a teacher at the Church of England Grammar School and Nambour Rural School.

Between 1943-1946 Dr Rayner served in the Australian Imperial Force as an infantry private and with the Army Psychology Service. On discharge from the Army, Dr Rayner was seconded by the Queensland Department of Public Instruction as a Research Assistant at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne. He later became President of ACER (1973-1979).

Dr Rayner completed his Bachelor of Education (Hons) and Master of Education at The University of Melbourne, with both his theses winning the Cohen Prize. A doctorate in Education from the University of Illinois followed, made possible by a Fulbright Scholarship.

Dr. Rayner was appointed Assistant Registrar (Academic) at The University of Queensland in 1958 and Deputy Registrar in 1961. He was appointed Registrar in 1970.  Dr Rayner’s dedication to the efficient administration of the university saw him spearhead many changes at UQ over the years. His extensive work in the collection and analysis of statistical data for the university influenced the review and development of national statistics on education.

During his years at UQ, Dr Rayner worked closely with several Vice-Chancellors including JD Story, Professors Sir Fred Schonell, Sir Zelman Cowen and Brian Wilson AO.

After a lifetime’s work in education and university administration, Dr Rayner retired in 1986 but remained as a consultant until 1994. He is the author several books and journal articles on education.

Rayner, Samuel Alan. “Reminiscences of a Registrar of The University of Queensland 1958-1986.” Unpublished, 1998.
Who's Who in Australia. 2010. 

Dr Simon Quinn

Dr Simon Quinn completed a dual degree in Economics and Law in 2005, having done Honours in Economics in 2003.  Simon was awarded the 2005 Rhodes Scholarship for Queensland, and completed the M.Phil and D.Phil in Economics in Oxford.  He is now doing post-doctoral research in economics as an Examination Fellow at All Souls College.  Simon's research involves the analysis of survey data from developing countries, particularly from Africa

"It was a privilege to receive the Archibald Scholarship; I think this was one of many very generous ways in which the University of Queensland supported and encouraged me in my studies.  I'm glad to hear that the scholarship will continue to support and encourage academic excellence among UQ economists."

Dr Vincent FitzGerald

"...when it was awarded to me for 1966 it was a great motivator to go on to complete as good an Honours degree as I could – and I subsequently received a University Medal at also helped me obtain a later scholarship and no doubt assisted me to secure a good entry position into the world of economic analysis and policy advice in Canberra. It is excellent that the value and significance of the Scholarship has been maintained for almost a century now." - Dr FitzGerald

Emeritus Professor Ian Harper

“Economics for Life”

Professor Ian Harper is one of Australia's best known economists, who has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level. In August 2008, he joined Access Economics where he is now a Director, following a 25-year academic career, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. In recognition of his services to the University of Melbourne, Professor Harper was elected Emeritus Professor on his departure.

Professor Harper has served as Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and recently he was appointed to a four-person Advisory Board established by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia. Professor Harper has a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of his standing as an academic economist and a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Professor Harper is sought after as a commentator and public speaker on economic and financial issues. He’s has been described as "one of those relatively rare academics who can communicate extremely well with both the business community and the academic community."

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Mr Benjamin Young

"I am currently on the Reserve Bank of Australia's Cadetship award for my honours year and am starting a graduate position there next year. After this, I plan on completing my PhD in Economics.

As for the Archibald scholarship, it is a great honour to have received this prestigious award and to join such an outstanding and inspiring list of recipients. It has given me added motivation to achieve my maximum potential not only in my honours year, but in the longer term as well. Awards, such as the Archibald Scholarship, are one of the important ways in which the UQ economics school supports its aspiring economists." - Mr Young

Mr Daryl Dixon

The School of Economics and The University of Queensland would like to thank Mr Daryl Dixon for his generous contribution of $50,000 to the Archibald Scholarship Appeal. 

“As a past recipient of an Archibald Scholarship, and interested in the future of both young Queenslanders and Economics, I am keen to help ensure the success of the Archibald Scholarship Appeal through a gift to The University of Queensland.  I encourage other UQ Economics graduates to similarly consider making a donation."

Daryl Dixon is the Executive Chairman of Dixon Advisory and Superannuation Services. Mr Dixon is one of Australia’s foremost investment experts and a well known writer and consultant. He has provided trusted advice to thousands of personal clients over the past twenty years and is an acknowledged expert in the areas of tax, superannuation (including public sector superannuation), social security and investments.

Mr Dixon is the author of numerous newspaper articles on investment and superannuation and writes regularly for The Canberra Times, Smart Investor, Herald, The Advertiser and The Defence Information Bulletin, Public Service information. He has written a number of books and consults on personal and business finance strategies.

Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, Mr Dixon worked in the International Monetary Fund, the Treasury, the Department of Finance and as Head of the former Social Welfare Policy Secretariat on major policy issues. He has worked as a consultant for a variety of government bodies and undertaken a large number of consultancies for diverse organisations covering the public, private and voluntary not-for-profit sections of the economy. 

Mr David King

“Having originally studied both economics and law, I chose to focus solely on economics during my third year at UQ.  When I was notified I received the Archibald Scholarship during my honours year in Economics I was both flattered and financially surprised but also felt a small degree of satisfaction in my decision to leave my Law studies.  As a result, I look back on the award quite fondly and feel it was the start of my career in international finance”.

David left UQ to start a career in Investment Banking with JPMorgan and BNP Paribas.  For 15 years he worked in Sydney, Tokyo, New York and London in the international bond markets in a variety of sales and Executive roles.  His final role with BNP Paribas was managing their Northern European Debt Capital Markets team.  Upon returning to Brisbane with his family, David run ANZ Private Bank’s Brisbane team for a while before founding his own consulting and training company, Vue Consulting in 2007. 

Mr Edward Duhs

My academic career began in 1955 when I graduated with a Bachelor of Science. I went onto gain a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate in Education in 1958. It was the 1970’s when I returned to the University to study Economics, during this period I was awarded the Archibald Scholarship and also awarded the Economic Society Prize for Economic Methodology and the Economic Society Prize for Economic Behaviour.  I completed my Masters of Economics in 1986.

The Archibald Scholarship helped me to gain a lectureship in Economics at QUT and in my last 6 years I was an honorary research fellow. I retired in 2004.