Honouring John Hanks (Fr 1943)

In 2009, the College received a generous bequest from John Nugent Hanks (Fr 1943).

John’s bequest has been invested by the St Andrew’s College Foundation and each year the endowment funds support areas of student life that the Council considers to have greatest need. This year, John’s legacy is supporting the College’s Scholarships and Bursaries program which invests $1 million dollars in the lives of our students.

Whilst at College, Hanks studied a Bachelor of Science and was awarded the Coutts Scholarship for academic excellence in 1943. In 1944, Hanks represented the College in rugby and cricket but set aside sport at College to commence his lifelong pursuit of chess, leading the College to victory in the Intercollegiate Chess competition in 1945.


In 2013, Chairman of Council Robert Harper (Fr 1979), unveiled a plaque naming the new building on Carillon Avenue the Hanks Building to honour John Hanks’ enduring legacy. The unveiling was attended by the Principal, then Chairman of Foundation, Richard Dougan (Fr 1962), architect Hector Abrahams (Fr 1979) and Brian Cohen (Fr 1945), who knew John when he was in College.