The names of the Australian victims of the attack on the Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine have emerged.


Itamar AVNON

The 27-year-old dual Dutch-Israeli national was a student at Melbourne’s Swinburne University, living in Windsor. He had been visiting his family in Amsterdam and attended a wedding in Israel. He was on his way back to Australia to resume his business course under a student visa.

Wayne and Theresa BAKER

The couple were aged 55 and 53, respectively. They have two sons, aged in their 20s. The Bakers were based in Buddina on the Sunshine Coast and also lived in Darwin. They had recently retired and had been travelling around Europe for six weeks.


A young Homelands teacher aged in her 20s, joined the staff at Maningrida College in early 2013. She was spending the school holidays in Europe before returning to the Northern Territory for the new term beginning next week. She grew up in Lithgow, NSW.

Michael and Carol CLANCY

Retired Wollongong couple Michael and Carol Clancy, believed to be in their 60s, are understood to have been on the flight after a three-week European holiday. A neighbour and close friend of the Kanahooka couple, Gail Leila Rhind, said Mrs Clancy’s former husband told her the couple had been killed.

Frankie and Liam DAVISON

The Toorak College (Mt Eliza) teacher and her husband. Ms Davison, 54, had taught at the school for 28 years and also worked with disadvantaged communities in Sri Lanka. Liam, 57, was an award-winning novelist, teacher and keen cyclist. They leave behind two children, Milly and Sam.

Liliane DERDEN

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.


IT security consultant, 48, and Dutch national from Melbourne. His wife, family and friends are devastated by his loss. His wife, Angela, had been holidaying with him but reportedly took an earlier flight back to Australia.

Roger and Jill GUARD

Toowoomba couple and doctors Roger and Jill Guard, were returning to Australia after holidaying after 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.

Howard and Susan HORDER

The Brisbane couple, both 63, had been travelling in Europe. They have three sons – living in Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast and London – who are on their way to Brisbane after their parents’ deaths.


The Sydney-based kindergarten teacher was returning from her homeland of Germany after visiting her mother. The 47-year-old had worked at the German International School in Terrey Hills for 15 years, and reportedly had just become engaged to a fellow teacher at the school.

Gary and Mona LEE

Gary and Mona Lee, of Glen Iris, had been on a European holiday that included a cruise. Gary, a retiree, had run a Chinese restaurant while his wife, Mona, was a school teacher. The couple had moved to Melbourne from Malaysia in the 1970s. The couple have two daughters, both doctors, who live in Melbourne.

Emiel MAHLER and Elaine TEOH

The couple, both 27, were on their way to a wedding in Malaysia. Ms Teoh was from Penang in Malaysia, who previously studied at Melbourne University. Mr Mahler, a Dutch national, lived in Melbourne, where he worked in finance.


The Irishwoman, 50, was returning to Perth for the start of school term at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Kelmscott, where she worked as an administrator. Her husband and children were not on the flight, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.

Mo, Evie and Otis MASLIN and grandfather Nick NORRIS

Nick Norris was accompanying his three grandchildren back to Perth for the start of the school year while their parents, Rin and Anthony Maslin, stayed behind in Amsterdam for an extra couple of days. Mr Norris was the managing director of management consulting firm Collaborative Systemic Change. Survived by daughter Kirstin, who is in the navy and living in Sydney, son Brack, daughter Rin Maslin, another child and wife Lindy, a Murdoch University professor.

Gerry and Mary MENKE

Gerry Menke and his wife Mary owned an abalone pearl company in Mallacoota and have been described as a “beautiful couple”. The business recently won a prize at the East Gippsland Business Awards.


Dutch citizen Dafne Nieveen worked as a language teacher in Perth, the city she had called home for four years. A friend on Facebook said the 37-year-old “touched so many people with her beautiful heart”.


Jack O’Brien, 25, was on his way home to Sydney after a seven-week European holiday. Family members said they were devastated his life had been cut short so suddenly. “He was loved so much,” the family said in a statement.


Victor Oreshkin, believed to be in his 30s, was returning home after a five-week trip to Europe. He is believed to be of Russian background. According to his church pastor, Mr Oreshkin was a religious man who was involved in the ministry. “He was really loved by everyone so it was a big shock for all of us,” Alex Minchenko told AAP. “He was a really big part of the church so we really feel for his parents as well as for Victor.”

Albert and Maree RIZK

The husband and wife from Sunbury, north of Melbourne, have two children, James and Vanessa. Albert and Maree were returning to Australia, after a month-long holiday in Europe, and reportedly had been trying to change their flight to avoid a long stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Rizk was a director of the local Raine & Horne real estate branch.

Arjen and Yvonne RYDER

Albany local and Department of Agriculture and Food employee Arjen was travelling with his wife Yvonne. Her sister Anne Trudgeon told Perth Now she had lost a “beautiful” sister and brother in-law.


The Gold Coast woman, aged in her late 50s, was travelling home from a friend’s wedding in Europe, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin. She had moved to Burleigh from Melbourne four years ago. It’s been reported she was originally from Adelaide.

Sr Philomene TIERNAN

Sister Philomene Tiernan, 77, was a nun who taught at Kincoppal-Rose Bay.

Shaliza DEWA and Hans VAN DEN HENDE, and children Piers, Marnix and Margaux

Hans van den Hende, his wife, Shaliza Dewa, and their three children Piers, Marnix and Margaux lived at Eynesbury, west of Melbourne. Piers, 13, played soccer at Melton Phoenix, and club president Steve Fuller found out about the family’s death early on Saturday morning.

(**DFAT’s official Australian toll remains at 28 known citizens and nine permanent residents, or a total of 37. Other names have come to light taking the unofficial total to 39, not including foreign student Mr Avnon, who is on Israli-Dutch lists)

(Sources: Government advice, media reports, family members, Malaysia Airlines passenger manifest. Some of the victims may not be Australian passport holders.)