The School and Korovian Club were saddened to hear of the death of distinguished Korovian, Sue Nattrass AO (Class of 1957). Sue’s interest in the arts had its beginnings at Korowa where she appeared in school productions and was introduced to the wonders of Shakespeare. Sue’s natural leadership abilities were recognised when she was appointed House Captain of Wilkinson in 1957 and Vice-Head Prefect of the School. At school, her strong desire was to study Medicine for which she was accepted, but as she was considered too young to enter university, Sue returned for a second year of Matriculation in 1958 and was appointed Head Prefect. She is the only student in Korowa’s history to have held both positions!
Sue forged a long and impressive career in arts administration and in 1988 was promoted as General Manager of the Victorian Arts Centre, a position she held with distinction until 1996. Under Sue’s leadership, the Arts Centre became the preeminent arts precinct in Australia and a much-loved Melbourne icon.
Sue’s mentoring of so many and her generosity of spirit have seen her name live on in various industry awards and a named scholarship in her honour. Sue was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia in 2002 for her contribution to the arts.
From humble beginnings, treading the boards in the old Assembly Hall in Ranfurlie, Sue through a combination of courage, vision, hard work and passion for the arts, became one of the most honoured arts professionals in Australia. She personified the School motto ‘no reward without effort’.