Michael Kenneth Pratt GC, the oldest of five brothers all schooled at Parade, attended the Preparatory College in Alphington in 1964. Four years later, he was amongst the first intake of students at the newly-opened Bundoora campus.
After completing his schooling in late 1972, Michael embarked on a career with Victoria Police. Gradutating from cadet to constable (No. 18182), he earned a transfer to Heidelberg Police station.
On the morning of Friday, June 4, 1976, Michael intervened in a robbery involving three masked gunmen at the ANZ Bank in Clifton Hill. Michael was off-duty and unarmed at the time and in the manic moments that followed was shot in the back by one of the fleeing bandits.
The life-threatening injuries sustained by Michael on that fateful morning in Queens Parade resulted in him retiring from the force.
In 1978, in recognition of his selfless actions in Clifton Hill, Michael was awarded the George Cross Medal for civilian gallantry.
He remains Australia's only living recipient of the Medal.
Peer Year 1972