Quentin O'Keefe and Rod Cheatley. Photo by Lannon Harley.

Quentin O'Keefe and Rod Cheatley. Photo by Lannon Harley.

Quentin O’Keefe, BA ’78 and Rod Cheatley, BA ’77

Alumni then and now

These days the former ANU students have a small farm in Gippsland that’s ‘mostly wombats’.

Quentin and Rod met on campus several decades ago when the University was still taking shape.

During part of their undergraduate years, Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, presiding over business at Old Parliament House.

Quentin was working casual shifts in the bar there and was on duty one Budget night when the place was packed.A patron pointed out to her the Prime Minister was waiting for his drink. “I looked up and Gough was about six people further down the queue,” she says. “So I said, ‘the Prime Minister can wait for his drink like anybody else’, and Gough said, ‘well said, comrade!’”