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Brisbane born STEPHEN PAGE is the first choreographer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to have achieved major national and international recognition.  Stephen was a student at Cav Rd from 1994 to 1997.

His Aboriginal ties are to his father's community, that of the Munaldjali people of the Yugambeh tribe who traditional land in south-eastern Queensland extends from Charleville in the west, across to Surfers Paradise in the east. 

He progressed to become a nationally and internationally renowned Indigenous dancer and choreographer, a member of Sydney Dance Company and  Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre. 

Some of his most famous work includes choreographing dance for:

  • 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Sydney Theatre Company
  • Australian Ballet
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Director of  The Adelaide Festival 2004

​He is the recipient of two Australian Dance Awards - in 1997 he received the award for outstanding choreographic achievement and in 2010 the award for services to dance.  He is currently the Artistic Director of Bangarra.  In 2008 he was named NSW Australian of the Year.



Four members of the HARROP family attended Cavendish Road.  Loretta attended Cav Road between 1988 and 1992.  She represented Australia in swimming between 1986 and 1990 and competed as a Triathlete in the 2000 Sydney Olympics finishing 5th.  Loretta also won Silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. 

Rebecca attended Cav Road between 1985 and 1989 and was School Captain in 1989. 

Luke attended Cav Road in 1990 and was a world-class Professional Athlete.  Sadly at the age of 24, Luke died tragically after being hit by a stolen car when on a training ride for the national Australian triathlon series at Surfers Paradise.  “He was an absolute world-class athlete," coach Col Stewart said of Harrop, who was second in the 2001 Triathlon Australia national series.  And finally Russell Harrop, the proud father of Rebecca, Loretta and Luke and a very generous supporter of Cavendish Road SHS, who sadly passed away in 2019.​



As a boy, PAUL HARPUR was fit and fast. He was a student at Cav Road between 1994 and 1997. In true Cavroadian spirit, he continued his love for sport and began working upon a pathway to life after school.  After graduating, Paul went on to complete degrees in Business and Law with Honours, a Masters in Law, and a PhD. Paul was admitted as a solicitor in February 2004. 

Dr Paul Harpur's research and teaching expertise are in the areas of disability rights, anti-discrimination laws, work health and safety laws and corporate social responsibility.  Dr Harpur's PhD concerned labour rights and human rights. Building on this research base, Dr Harpur has published widely in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States on employment, anti-discrimination and human rights laws. 

Dr Harpur has a mixture of practice and research experience, having formerly practiced as a lawyer and continuing to work as an industrial relations special advisor in a private practice. In the past Dr Harpur has held a range of research posts, including, research fellowships at The University of Queensland, Griffith Law School and on an Australian Research Council grant with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, the United Nations University, New York University and the Centre for International Governance (Canada). 

Dr Harpur has led a range of projects, including an International Labour Organization project assessing labour rights in the South Pacific, including a particular focus on the rights of persons with disabilities. 

Dr Harpur has an extremely strong international reputation and has held visiting fellowship positions with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Institute for Lifecourse & Society, National University of Ireland, Galway and with the Burton Blatt Institute, College of Law, Syracuse University, New York. Following his work at Syracuse University, Dr Harpur has been appointed an International Distinguished Fellow with the Burton Blatt Institute.​


DICK JOHNSON was a student at Cav Road between 1952 and 1956. He is a five-time Australian Touring Car Champion and three-time Bathurst 1000 winner. Dick is a supporter of over 100 charities annually including organization's supporting children.  In 1997 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia. 

Now retired from driving, Dick Johnson has no intention of stepping away from the sport that has made him a popular national sporting personality and one of the most successful racing drivers in Australian history. 

The colourful Queenslander is today readily identified with Ford's proud blue and white oval badge, but Johnson actually started his long and successful career in the rival camp, racing an FJ Holden in 1964 in which he won his first race from only his second attempt. 

Early in 1999, Dick Johnson announced his retirement from driving.  Despite many setbacks over the years, Johnson soldiered on, preserving a statistic that has seen him finish in the top ten every year since 1981. ​

Last reviewed 12 October 2021
Last updated 12 October 2021