The names of some of the Australian victims of the attack on the Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine have emerged.
AT LEAST 28 AUSTRALIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE MH17 DISASTER
VICTORIA – Nine
Husband and wife from Sunbury north of Melbourne. Albert and Maree Rizk are understood to have been returning to Australia on the flight, after a month-long holiday in Europe. Mr Rizk was a director of the local Raine and Horne real estate branch.
Melbourne’s Elaine Teoh and Emiel Mahler, both 27, were travelling to a wedding in Malaysia when the flight they were on travelled into Ukrainian airspace. Ms Teoh, originally from Penang in Malaysia, and Mr Mahler, a Dutch national, lived in Melbourne where they worked in the finance sector.
The Toorak College (Mt Eliza) teacher and her husband were onboard the flight. They left behind two children, Milly and Sam.
QUEENSLAND – Nine
Toowoomba couple, doctors Roger and Jill Guard, were reportedly returning to Australia after holidaying following a medical conference. Roger Guard was director of pathology at Toowoomba Hospital, while Jill Guard worked as a GP. Both were well-regarded in the Toowoomba and Queensland Health communities.
The Gold Coast woman, aged in her late 50s was reportedly travelling home from a friend’s wedding in Europe on flight MH17, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin. She moved to Burleigh from Melbourne four years ago. It’s been reported she was originally from Adelaide.
Also there are reports of a Sunshine Coast couple and four people from the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly.
WA – Seven
Nick Norris was onboard with three of his grandchildren, the managing director of management consulting firm Collaborative Systemic Change Pty Ltd. Survived by daughter Kirstin, who is in the Navy and living in Sydney, and son Brack.
NSW – One confirmed; two feared.
Sister Philomene Tiernan, a nun who taught at Kincoppal at Rose Bay, was among those killed. Among those paying tribute were Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “Many women incl my wife Lucy & daughter Daisy were inspired by the love of Sr Phil Tiernan RSCJ” he tweeted.
Retired Wollongong couple Michael and Carol Clancy, believed to be in their 60s, are understood to have been on the flight following a three-week European holiday. The school where Mr Clancy taught, Albion Park, sent a letter home to parents.
Mother of two Liliane Derden, 50, from Hall in Canberra’s north. Ms Derden worked for the National Health and Medical Research Council, whose staff expressed deep sadness at the loss of a valued colleague and friend.
Fears three NT residents have been killed. NT chief minister Adam Giles says it’s believed a teacher from a remote community and a couple from Palmerston were on the flight.
(Note, numbers are based on government advice and media reports. Some of the victims may not be Australian passport holders)