Mr Timothy Hammond ('92)
Quite simply, my time at Trinity was an experience that set me in good stead for my future. I think it was a perfect mix, in that I was encouraged to do well, I learned resilience and I made life-long friends. My closest mates to this very day are my friends I made as a young man at Trinity College.
My time at Trinity helped define my values and it honed my passion for social justice. I went into the law, helping those who needed a voice and access to justice, and then politics. In 1993 upon leaving school I went to the University of Western Australia (UWA) to pursue an Arts degree, which I completed in 1995; then to Murdoch University to complete a law degree from 1996 - 1998. I was a solicitor for 10 years (and was a partner of a law firm, specialising in representing dying victims of asbestos disease) a barrister for six years, then a Federal Shadow Minister (as the former Member for Perth) and now back into the law!
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
To be honest, my greatest achievement has been to be a Dad. I think Trinity helped teach me some life-long values of the importance of service, of respect, and to aim to be the best version of myself that I could be. After looking around for a long time and thinking the answer lay elsewhere, I have come to the realisation that such a path is best embodied in being the best role model I can be to my kids, and the rest will take care of itself.
What type of changes did you see happen while you were at Trinity?
Good question – I think when I was there – from 1988 to 1992 – we saw the start of some significant infrastructure changes (ie: the first gym) that put the school on the path it is today. We were also there when the dear Br Jim McGinnis started the TC pilgrimages to India – I think that served the school very well in terms of an obligation to give back to the community – even one that was a continent away.
Any final thoughts?
Only to say thanks to all of my teachers and friends who played a part in shaping me to be the person I am today – someone who I would like to think has maintained a strong sense of social justice and to stand up for what is right. If not for my time at Trinity, I’m not sure that would have necessarily been the case. I owe the school very much.