Thomas (Tom) Appleton is a native of lpswich and was educated at lpswich Grammar School. He attended Emmanuel College first in 1959 to 1960 during his third and fourth years of undergraduate studies. He served as chapel organist upon completion of the chapel and the installation of the Dirksen Pipe Organ.
Tom’s entire career has been in teaching chemistry and physics, in laboratory, and as an educational administrator at secondary and tertiary levels. He served lpswich Grammar School, Churchie, Roma Senior College, and St Edmund’s College, lpswich, as Science Master and Head of Science. Tom returned to Emmanuel as a resident tutor from 1977 to 1978 while undertaking research in Chemical Education. He served The University of Queensland as a tutor in Physical Chemistry and then as Faculty Administrative Officer for the Faculty of Engineering from 1981 to 1986.
Tom also served as a Councillor at Grace College (UQ) from 1980 to 1989, Councillor for the PMSA from 1980 to 1989 and Councillor of Emmanuel College from 2000 to 2010 – he was elected Chair of Council from 2001 to 2009. He served as an Elder of St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, lpswich, and as organist and choirmaster from 1969 to 1985 and from 1996 to 2012. His interest is in the history of pipe organs in churches and he is an active member of several pipe organ societies and the Organ Historical Trust of Australia.
Tom was honoured to receive the Fellowship of Emmanuel College in 2010.