Bridget (Bud) Hyem

Bridget Hyem (nee Bridget MacIntyre – Class of 1949) competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. She was the first-ever female to represent Australia in an Olympic Equestrian event and was a trailblazer for all female riders who have come after her. It was 20 years before another woman competed in an Olympic event.

Olivia Gossip

NEGS Old Girl Olivia Gossip (class of 1999) is a Senior Assistant Parliamentary Counsel at the Australian Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Julia Hargreaves Lynch

NEGS Old Girl Julia Lynch (nee Julia Hargreaves – Class 2004) and her horse ‘Vedor’ represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games. At 26, Julia was the youngest Australian show jumping competitor ever to compete at the Olympics. Julia placed 35th in the individual event and equal 10th in the team event. She also became the 4th Olympian NEGS Old Girl.

Margaret Early

NEGS Old Girl Margaret (Meg) Early (class of 1969) is an artist and prize-winning author of 6 children’s books. After NEGS Margaret attended Sydney University majoring in Fine Arts, Archeology and Anthropology. She then went on to Shillito Design School for another 3 years and did a Post-Graduate year at St Martins School of Art in London. Margaret moved to France after spending

Rechelle Leahy

This year, NEGS Old Girl Rechelle Leahy (Class of 92), was listed on the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2019 for the Local and Regional category, and was nominated for a Pro Bono Australia IMPACT25 Award recognising her work creating a positive impact for women and girls in rural, regional and remote Australia. Rechelle is a co-founder of RegionalCollab and a

Georgie Rogers

Our NEGS Old Girl is Georgie Rogers Class of 1993. After living an adventurous life travelling the world, Georgie was inspired to start Gathered Goods, a bespoke hamper service which sources beautiful goods from regional Australia.

Georgie grew up on a family property in Guyra and started boarding at NEGS in 1988. Her family has a long history associated with the Armidale region and NEGS.

Jessica White

NEGS Old Girl Jessica White (Class of 1995), is both an author and an academic. She is the author of A Curious Intimacy (2007), Entitlement (2012) and Hearing Maud (2019). Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared widely in Australian and international literary journals and she has won awards, funding and residencies.

Edwina Corlette

Edwina Corlette (Class of 1981) is the owner and director of the Edwina Corlette, a commercial art gallery in New Farm, Brisbane.

On describing how six years at NEGS has informed her journey in life, Edwina says:

‘NEGS girls are pretty down to earth and resilient. A lot of us came from country backgrounds, hard working families who valued a broad education for girls.’

Ursula Hope McConnel

Ursula Hope McConnel (1888 – 1957), anthropologist, was a student at NEGS from 1904-1905 during the very early years when Miss Florence Green, the founder of NEGS, was the headmistress. Ursula was one of 10 born on a grazing property in Queensland. She was one of the many Queensland students who were sent to boarding school at NEGS. During her time at NEGS