Walk for Hat Feb 2017 Memorial Service Burgmann College 2

Tributes for Harriet Nixon

Darling Harriet,
We miss your place in the family, your voice where we listened, family hugs, sharing precious moments, picnics in the paddocks. Your premature loss and the prospect of not seeing you again and developing into the exceptional woman you were destined to become is excruciating. Your beautiful smile, grace, elegance, wisdom, maturity and insight beyond your 21 years, kindness, eyes that sparkle and sense of fun are purely precious. The vast communities you touched and immersed yourself in, particularly at home, are inspired by your generous and compassionate nature, value of education, leadership and encouragement in others. Your love for your family is unswerving. Forever a loyal, devoted, cherished daughter and loving sister to Liss you were so proud to be, treasured and integral family member and adored friend. We are immensely grateful to you for the legacy of beautiful caring friends; we can all share your gorgeous memories together, supporting one another. Hat your pure heart of gold is safely nestled in our hearts and where ever we step, we are never without you.Fiona, Ralph and Liss Nixon

‘Whilst our immense sadness still exists today, our gratitude to Burgmann College provides the recipient of this award a small glimpse of Harriet’s pathway and recognition of her legacy. Hat had many attributes. She knew where her horizon was whilst being compassionate and respectful of others. Community focused, driven with ambition and a willingness to learn. Leadership, common courtesy and confidence oozed through Harriet. She was a confident communicator, empathetic yet thought provoking in conversation. Whilst her void is noticeable her spirit lives on, an individual who inspired many including her family.’ Jock Langley, Uncle

We knew Hattie from the day she was born, and she was always a very bright, happy and positive spark in our lives. She was the bestie of our daughter Caitlin as they grew up together from infancy and was like a second daughter to us as we shared many joyful times at the beach on the NSW south coast, Melbourne and her hometown area of Moss Vale. We were all absolutely devastated to lose her in the prime of her youth when such promising times lay ahead. It helps to know that her important legacy lives on with this scholarship, giving encouragement to those who also want to make a big contribution to society. We need more of it.Heather Ewart, host of ABC Back Roads, and Barrie Cassidy, former host of the ABC's Insiders and now chair of Old Parliament House, MOAD, in Canberra

Though we deeply miss Harriet every day, it brings comfort to think how proud and humbled she would be, knowing that her spirit of giving back continues to inspire and support others in her memory. This scholarship is not just a way to honour Harriet; it's a continuation of her profound impact on the world, encouraging others to pursue their dreams and aspirations with the same passion and grace she lived her life.Samantha Beresford Head of Government Relations & Regional Development Charles Sturt University

I am in my 20th year of being part of the Burgmann community working in Reception. Burgmann is like a large family and I have been privileged and honoured to be part of this amazing institution. This College is I believe unique and above all else epitomises everything that a College for young people should be. It is inclusive, understanding, and caring and is a home away from home. All the staff know the residents and I think that is what sets Burgmann apart from the other Halls and Colleges. I knew Harriet Nixon well and she was vibrant, passionate, inclusive, generous, caring and inspirational and fitted with the ethos of Burgmann so well. I am so grateful to Fiona, Ralph and Liss for the opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings not only about Harriet but the place she called home for a short while.Margaret Cadman, Deputy Manager, Residential Services, Burgmann College

I first came across Harriet Nixon before she even chose to come to Burgmann. I met her parents as they came on a tour around the College as Hat was overseas. I loved Harriet’s parents immediately and from what they told me about her I just knew she would be the right fit for Burgmann. As it so happened, I was proud to be Harriet’s RA on 3H – her first year of university. From day one, Harriet thew herself into college life and was the life and soul of our floor, and the perfect embodiment of Burgmann values – kind, caring, welcoming, funny and who could forget the cheeky smile. Harriet was quite simply one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She would welcome people into her room for late night chats, provide advice should you need it (and if you didn’t too!!), and was always keen to help with uni work. One of her greatest characteristics was her drive and motivation. Harriet immediately found a job to pay for her extra-curricular activities but more importantly she wanted to pursue her passion for politics. Hat found a job working for the Nationals and settled with Fiona Nash MP becoming an influential and key member of her team. I would love it when she would talk to me about her work in Parliament – that smile and enthusiasm was even more evident. Finally, pearls and RMs. What a winning combo. That was Harriet.Alumnus Kieran Bergholcs (20132015)

Harriet Nixon’s leadership qualities and sense of community service remain a great source of inspiration to the Burgmann and wider ANU community. While a resident at Burgmann College, Harriet excelled academically, led social justice initiatives and certainly made the most of the opportunities available to her at ANU and in Canberra generally. This scholarship, as well as being a fitting tribute to Harriet, will hopefully inspire future recipients to embrace that same spirit of servant leadership Harriet wove into everyday life.Alumnus Morgan See (2016–2017)

As Harriet’s godfather I was very aware of her love for rural Australia and her commitment to ensure country kids have the same opportunities as city kids. I strongly support this very important initiative.Hon Robert Webster

My beautiful intelligent god daughter Harriet, was on the cusp of making an indelible contribution to this country. Her family and friends and Australia will miss this wonderful person. Jenny Hawley, precious family friend

Harriet Nixon exemplified the ethos and values of Burgmann College; she was a thoughtful and respectful friend to many, she dedicated her energies to the service of her communities, and through The Harriet Nixon Scholarship, her legacy will continue to inspire and support others to strive. Greg Mills, Chair of Council and Board

Harriet wasn't just a dear friend who I had the utmost privilege of getting to know whilst at the ANU, she was also a shining light in what a good ANU student could be. She was an old soul whose beauty was often mistaken for Audrey Hepburn, having an appreciation for music across the eras from Don McLean to Usher which served her well on a Thursday night trip to Mooseheads. She was full of adventure, determination, compassion, wisdom, patience, elegance and humour. From climbing mountains in the Victorian High Country, to singing the national anthem at drought relief concerts, to spending hours in Hancock library, running around the Canberra trails or walking around the lake with friends, Harriet would happily do it all. Hailing from the Southern Highlands and having been instilled with enduring country values, she continually embodied the college's values of respect, inclusivity and egalitarianism in all aspects of her life. These values enabled her to quickly break down traditional barriers of connection in ways that may take others years, to establish genuine rapport with others. She was loved and adored by so many people in the broader ANU community, this is not only reflective in all she was able to achieve whilst at the ANU but also what she'd achieved in her time before joining. She was an active member in Civic2surf, within Burgmann College (across sporting and community activities) and also in supporting our national parliament in staffing for Senator Fiona Nash. It is no small statement that Harriet managed to leave a lasting impact on those she encountered, an impact that boiled down to a respect for each individual. This is an incredible tribute to an incredible human. We miss you everyday Harriet.Joshua Dundas, ANU Law alumnus

I was fortunate to have followed in Harriet’s footsteps at GGS and at Burgmann College. In another twist of fate we both have the same name. I wish we had met, however, I feel I know Harriet as so many people have discussed her with me. Like Harriet, I am from a rural background, which only made more valuable the incredible experiences Burgmann College had to offer. It was a place to study and to make lifelong friends. I often feel that Harriet has been looking out for me all this time and her scholarship will ensure many others get to experience what we both have had at Burgmann. Harriet’s memory reminds me every day to take advantage of every opportunity at Burg and beyond.Harriet Furphy, Burgmann alumna (2021–2023)

One thing I have learnt about Harriet Nixon, is that she was someone to dive right in and give everything a go. It is so special that The Harriet Nixon Scholarship will give other rural women the opportunity to come to Burgmann College and do the same.Lily Delves, regional NSW Burgmann resident (2022–2024)

I had the honour of knowing Harriet Nixon during our time together at Burgmann College, whilst studying at ANU. From day one, Harriet felt like a sister to me and I will always treasure the memories of what can only be described as the happiest and most genuine of friendships. It is difficult to think of words that truly encapsulate the character of beautiful Harriet. Her selflessness, caring nature and brilliant outlook on life were second to none, and she will always serve as an inspiration to those who were blessed to have known her. She took her studies seriously and constantly endeavoured to be the best she possibly could be. She was a familiar face at the Hancock and National Libraries, and never failed to provide advice and support to those who asked for her help. Organisation and leadership came naturally to Harriet. These attributes were particularly evident within her role as President of Civic 2 Surf, a role Harriet was so proud to have held. I distinctly remember sharing a cup of tea after Civic 2 Surf had finished its annual event, and asking if she was relieved that it was over and had been such a success. I should hardly have been surprised to receive the answer, ‘Hannah, there’s no time to be relieved, I want to start planning for next year!’ Such was her boundless energy and enthusiasm, especially when it came to causes close to her heart. It never paid to underestimate Harriet’s drive and capability, nor her aptitude to go above and beyond what was required of her. It also goes without saying that Harriet had an extremely genuine, caring and thoughtful nature. She always made time for her family and friends and is an incredible testament to Ralph, Fi and Alicia. I feel exceptionally grateful to have had her in my life. Harriet will always be missed and will continue to hold a very special place in our hearts. It is important to live in a way that honours her memory and makes her proud. For me, that means looking forward, loving life and daring to embrace opportunities that may initially have seemed out of reach. I am thankful for all of the life lessons Harriet taught me and am delighted that this scholarship has been named in her honour. Hannah Hall, Burgmann alumna (2015–2016)

‘I was privileged to know Harriet Nixon both through the ANU Law School and Burgmann College. She exemplified many great values including those of kindness and humility which graced and complemented her intelligence and hardworking nature. It is not difficult to understand the pain of her loss, especially, as deeply felt by those who best knew her, particularly her family and friends who were closest to her, drawn to her warm and bubbly nature. Burgmann College, the ANU, and our world are poorer for the loss of Harriet, and the loss of the talent and promise she would have continued to bring to our community. The Harriet Nixon Scholarship is a wonderful programme that will allow the community to continue her legacy, and give effect to some of that great promise. I urge those who can to help Burgmann to remember and honour Harriet’s name by supporting the Harriet Nixon Scholarship, to be earmarked for a student from rural, regional, or remote Australia who otherwise may not have had the financial resources or opportunity to attend Burgmann College and the ANU. This opportunity to benefit young people to gain access to a first-class education in a comfortable home away from home, is something Harriet cherished for herself and would no doubt have wished the same for those otherwise unable to afford such an opportunity. Professor Asmi Wood, Burgmann College Residential Fellow, and member of the ANU staff at the Law School and the College of Business and Economics

Hat was a very dear and treasured friend of ours and we feel truly honoured to have shared so many special times with her. She was the person who lit up the room with her beautiful smile and bright, bubbly presence. She had an infectious enthusiasm and unwavering drive for everything she did. She was compassionate, gentle, unbelievably kind, fun, clever and had wisdom beyond her years. Hat truly had so much to offer the world and has left behind a wonderful legacy which will be such an inspiration to those that follow. We will never stop missing Hat and know how honoured she would be having this scholarship in her name.The Alison Family, Mittagong NSW

My friend Harriet Nixon had an energy and warmth that would light up a room. She was smart, interesting, kind and caring. And she had a passion for regional Australia, its people and communities, that was just infectious. There was no doubt she had a very bright future ahead. This scholarship is such a fitting way to honour her memory through two of her passions: opportunities for regional students and Burgmann College at ANU. What a wonderful way to continue her legacy and empower a regional student to pursue their dreams.’ Dom Hopkinson, Former Chairman, SW Young Nationals

‘I had the privilege of knowing Harriet during school in the Southern Highlands through to University at ANU. We were neighbours, I was at Johns XXIII College and Harriet was at Burgmann. I am so glad we both moved to study at ANU in Canberra and had the opportunity to continue our friendship. Harriet was totally one of a kind. She was warm, bright, and welcoming, with boundless energy. She was also incredibly wise and accomplished beyond her years. A caring and kind friend, I always felt inspired in her presence and lucky to call her my friend. Harriet loved her time and thrived at Burgmann College, and it makes me so happy to think of her hearing she has a scholarship in her name and honour. Harriet touched people wherever she went, and this scholarship will continue that legacy.Sophie Kooros, friend

My colleagues and I had the good fortune of getting to know Harriet as a 15 year old at Geelong Grammar’s remote boarding campus, Timbertop in 2010. Even at that young age she stood out as a kind, generous and committed young woman who grasped every opportunity she was presented with. As a result, Harriet won the ‘Timbertop Prize’ in 2010; an award predicated on the criteria of the greatest overall contribution to life on campus and the embodiment of the Timbertop spirit of kindness, honesty and effort. Following Harriet’s passing we renamed the award in her honour and every year we celebrate her vitality and generosity; through these virtues her memory lives on. I commend the Burgmann Scholarship to anyone who has similar ideals and a readiness to give their all.Tom Hall, Geelong Grammar, Vice Principal (Head of GGS Timbertop 2016–2021)

‘As a proud Bathurst boy, I'm proud to support the efforts of Burgmann College to set up The Harriet Nixon Scholarship for students from regional Australia. Regional students are a vital part of Burgmann’s essential fabric, traditions, tall tales and sporting triumphs. Long may this continue! The Harriet Nixon Scholarship will help regional students from all backgrounds benefit from a university adventure.’ Matthew Lobb, Alumnus (1989 - 1991), President Burgmann College Alumni Association, Secretary Burgmann College Council

‘If Harriet Nixon had a motto, it would be “My heart is in the Country”. It. Reflects the fact that she grew up in the country and loved the people, the places and the lifestyle of regional Australia. I knew Harriet from when she was a baby and through the years that she grew up into an exceptional young woman. In my view Harriet was always going to be somebody one day. She was genuine, intelligent, motivated, driven by a strong sense of fairness and equity. She was one of those people who was always trying to help somebody who needed a hand. I don’t know how many times I received a text from her saying that she was raising money for this or that charitable cause via a walk, a run or some sort of activity and would I send some money in. It was impossible to refuse her request because I knew that whatever I sent her would be used really well and for the right purpose and would help someone who needed a hand up. She had a heart of gold and was as close to perfect that any human can get. Like so many I miss her and her exploits constantly. This scholarship with Burgmann College will ensure Harriet’s personality and character continue to do what she was so good at, helping people, particularly country people. I applaud the College and those who support it for this initiative.’ The Honourable John Sharp AM, Chairman, Rex Airlines

Harriet Nixon was a unique human being. Having known Harriet since her birth as a close family friend and Godmother to her cherished sister Alicia, it is difficult to articulate in words her overwhelming energy and spirit she brought to every interaction with others in her life. Yes, she achieved beyond her years, however from my experience and much more importantly connecting with Harriet was just a sheer joy. Her sense of fun, her naughty laugh and cheeky challenges were energising and inspiring. She had the world at her feet, she was a natural leader as everyone was drawn to her and I am sure was going to knock it out of the park. We all knew she was extraordinary. She will forever be in our hearts for all of us fortunate human beings who were lucky enough to be part of her way too short life. We can all learn from Harriet: laugh, lean into life and give without expectation, reach for the stars, love adventure, and love your family, friends and your community.Ginny and Roy Woodhouse

'This scholarship is reflective of Harriet’s personality and supportive sense of community. Harriet was a beautiful young vibrant human being, but she was also a beacon of light for those in her realm. She was active politically and cared about justice and equality. This scholarship provides an opportunity for a student to step in to Harriet’s shoes and to potentially become a leader in the community that we all anticipated Harriet would become.'Andrew and Mandy Lawson, family friends, Moss Vale NSW

It is an honour to be working with Fiona, Ralph and Alicia Nixon to establish a scholarship in memory of Burgmann alumna Harriet Nixon. Harriet shone brightly in our community and continues to do so through the way she is remembered. As a resident, Harriet championed the values of respect, inclusivity and egalitarianism that distinguishes our Burgmann community, and worked tirelessly to inspire others to do their best and to volunteer and contribute to support important causes. Buoyed by Harriet's legacy, and with gratitude for the incredible support of her family and our Burgmann community, I am pleased we will be remembering Harriet through this scholarship for years to come, and through her legacy, supporting future generations of Burgmann residents from rural, regional and remote Australia alongside their studies at the ANU. At Burgmann, our residents learn, to support each other and grow within a diverse community, respecting and being enriched by the differing perspectives, beliefs and backgrounds of other residents. This scholarship will give students from rural, regional and remote Australia the opportunity to join our supportive home-away-from-home community, and ensure that our community continues to reflect the diversity of our nation and the world.Amelia Zaraftis, Director of Advancement, Burgmann College

Banner photo: Walk for Hat, Memorial Service at Burgmann College ANU, February 2017.