There was once a boy from Broady who became a lawyer, moved out to regional Victoria, went on the telly, the stage, sang, played the piano, bought land out in Gippsland and ran sheep… and also won two medals – one for bravery and one for his work championing access to justice. But what makes Mark Woods really interesting is that he defies pigeon holing. He is not defined by his job, his suburb or town (who among us are?), his interests or his achievements.
Some of the most high profile people in the world of business, law, comedy and stage started out in the peculiar tradition of ‘law revues’ at unis the world over – that includes people like Stephen Fry, and Rowan Atkinson, and locally, Libbi Gorr, Magda Szubanski. But in the legal profession in Melbourne, that also includes Hugh de Kretzer (now heading up the Human Rights Law Centre), Fiona McLeod SC (Victorian Bar Chair 2013 and well known for her work fighting human trafficking and slavery) and former TV actor – now Slater & Gordon lawyer Anna Jennings-Edquist. Read more
This is a bit of a cheat because I didn’t write a post about this person by speaking to them. But since this blog is about reallyinterestingpeople, I couldn’t miss a mention of ABC foreign correspondent Sally Sara. Back in the day when I dreamed of being a great investigative journalist I set my admiring sights on Jana Wendt, who was so calm, so cool & controlled, so smart, and just so damned polished (I could not claim most of those). Read more