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Vale Noel Harman (OW1949)

The Wesley Foundation was greatly saddened by the death of one of its long-standing Sapere Aude Bequest Society members, Noel L Harman, who passed away on 3 October, 2021. His son and past Wesley parent, Michael, wrote the following:

'Noel Harman attended Wesley College in his senior years from 1945 to 1949. After school, Noel studied accounting then joined the family business, Alfred T Harman & Sons Pty Ltd as Marketing Director, promoting and selling heavy engineering equipment.

In the early 1960s, Noel joined the Melbourne Stock Exchange where he became a Member in 1966 and was elected a Member of the Australian Stock Exchange Ltd in 1987. Well-known and respected as a stockbroker and financial consultant, Noel held various partnership roles within stockbroking. In 2001, he established the franchise branch of Novus Capital in High Street Armadale, where he worked late into life.

Noel held many directorships in various companies and industries, including Swan Breweries, insurance companies, wineries, hospitals and motels.

His three grandsons Rizha (OW2016), Kamal (OW2016) and Ali (OW2021), attended Wesley and gave Noel a great reason to reconnect with the College and alumni friends.

Noel had happy recollections of his time at Wesley and held great admiration for his headmaster, Neil Harcourt McNeil, who he described as ‘firm but fair’. Noel acknowledged that Jack Kroger was an important influence in his finally choosing stockbroking as a career path. He rowed at Wesley alongside his old friend, Jack Joel.

Despite having little to do with the school for more than 20 years after leaving, Noel joined the ‘Tall Ships’ over 20 years ago, a group of alumni from the late 1940s and early 1950s who meet regularly. Noel and his wife Susan were also delighted to be welcomed as members of the Sapere Aude Bequest Society.

Noel recalled, ‘I don’t know where the 20 years went, but I enjoyed very much meeting with old and new friends through my contact with the Tall Ships, the OWCA and the Sapere Aude Bequest Society.’ He will be sorely missed.'

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