The McNeill Society

The McNeill Society has been established by the St Joseph’s College Foundation to recognise and honour those who remember the College in their will. The McNeill Society enables us to thank and recognise – privately or publicly - for their generosity towards the College. Often St Joseph’s College is not able to thank a donor in his or her lifetime and The McNeill Society allows us to express our gratitude in the here and now. It also allows us to make clear to bequestors just how valuable their gift to the College will be.

Our hope is that it will also encourage others  to include  a gift to St Joseph’s College in their will.

The McNeill Society – acknowledges the significant role bequests have played and will continue to play in the life of the College. The McNeill Society has been named after John McNeill, 
(SJC 1935-1937) A foundation student, John McNeill was a pupil at St Joseph’s during the first three years of its existence. One of the original House Captains, he took full part in all school activities, he was possessed of considerable ability as an athlete and was College Athletics Champion in 1935, 1936 and 1937.

John McNeill enlisted in the RAAF in March 1940 and in April 1941 Sergeant / WAG John McNeill (wireless air gunner) set sail from Australia, arriving in Singapore on 11 April, (Good Friday) and was immediately sent to Kota Bharu the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base of operations in Northern Malaya, he returned to Singapore as the Japanese launched concurrent attacks on Malaysia and Pearl Harbour on 7 & 8 December 1941. 
John McNeill was killed in a flying battle over Singapore on January 18th, 1942, age 23, he was the first St Joseph’s boy to be killed in action.

From its beginnings in 1935, bequests and other philanthropic gifts have enabled the College to move forward, and adapt to changing needs by providing students with new facilities, access scholarships, and bursaries.  The McNeill Society honours the original men and women who believed in St Joseph’s College from its beginning and acknowledges the significant role bequests have played and will continue to play in the life of the College.

Members will be listed in/on the College’s Bequest Register/Honour Board and other publications, receive a membership pin and be invited to The McNeill Society functions. There are no membership fees or regulations. Membership can be anonymous if preferred.

For more information about The McNeill Society, a membership form or to discuss your bequest plans, please contact the St Joseph’s College Bequest Coordinator on: 
T: 61 3 5226 8149
E: [email protected]