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Michael Kenneth Pratt GC

1954 -

Final year at Parade College: 1972

Michael Kenneth Pratt GC, the oldest of five brothers, all schooled at Parade, attended the Preparatory College in Alphington in 1964 and in 1968 was amongst the first intake of students at the newly-opened Bundoora campus.

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.


(inducted 2011)