College Honour Roll


Alan Thompson

Commodore Alan Thompson was born on 29 September 1945. He attended Salesian College Chadstone from 1958 to 1964, during which he was Editor of the College Newspaper and Convenor of the College Debating Society. Alan has fond memories of Father Alan McDonald and Father Bill Edwards, who he says “embodied the spirit of Don Bosco and inspired me to make some use of my talents. I will always be grateful for my education at Salesian College Chadstone.” After studying a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, Alan joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1972. Commodore Alan Thompson has shown extraordinary commitment to the service of Australia in his career in the Australian Defence Force.

His role as Director General for ADF Personnel Policy principally involved developing policies across the ADF relating to drugs, alcohol, sexuality, sex discrimination, assisting Defence families, redress of grievances, honours and awards, education and training and non-financial conditions of service.

Commodore Alan Thompson was appointed Chief Lawyer for the Defence Force in 1993, before becoming Head of the Defence Centre, Sydney, in 1994. In his time in this position, he became a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympics Security Committee. He was also a Senior Member of the Veterans’ Review Board, as well as National Chairman of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January, 1993 for his outstanding commitment to Defence Force personnel policy development.

Alan is the son of Leslie and Frances Thompson, and has two siblings; Rob and Maureen. Alan was happily married to Darian Thompson for 38 years. He is now a retired widower and devoted son to his 91 year old mother, Frances.

College Achievements





Alan Thompson

Hall Of Fame Inductee - Legal Profession




Griffin Summer 2017

Commitment To Service

Griffin Winter 2017

Celebrating 60 Years - 2017 Hall Of Fame Dinner