Hamish had a significant on-line presence. You can read his blog Omission of Mercy as well as his lively blogger profile.
Here is the email recieved from the Melbourne University Debating Society explaining of Hamish's death and the events to celebrate his life:
Dear VCs Cuppers,
MUDS has recently received some very sad news regarding one of our members, Hamish Malcolm, who you may have met, chatted to and debated with or against during the VCs cup. He passed away on Wednesday, following a cardiac arrest, aged 25. Hamish was extremely friendly and always keen to be involved with MUDS and he will be sorely missed.
Hamish's funeral will be held this Monday, Oct. 31st 1:00 pm (please arrive early) at Lilydale Cemetery & Memorial Park 126-128 Victoria Rd.
His family has requested that the dress for the funeral be very casual (ie: jeans, cargos, etc.) and that no flowers be brought as the family is providing one floral tribute.
The following night Hamish's good friend Ali Lemer has organised to celebrate Hamish's 26th Birthday which would have been that day. So on Tuesday, Nov. 1st 7:30 pm at 6/48 Leicester Street (between Victoria and Queensberry, opposite Queen Vic Market) Carlton please join us to remember the good times. If any of you have photos of Hamish, Ali was making a slideshow for Tueday and would greatly appreciate any help in this regard. If you can help or need to contact Ali his phone number is 04xx xxx xxx and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If any of you would like more information regarding either of these events please contact us.
We hope you are all well,
and best of luck with assessment period,
Rest in Peace, Hamish.
Hamish Malcolm, 1979-2005
UPDATE, 1/11, 10:25am: Though I only knew Hamish for a few months, I can't help but think of him frequently. So young to be taken from us. I'll be going this evening to the tribute night for Hamish. Apologies to Ali, Hamish's girlfriend, for repeating the MUDS mistake of calling she a he, and also for publishing a mobile number. Sorry, Ali, and my heart goes out to you for the loss that you've suffered.
UPDATE, 13/11, 9:13am: It's been wonderful to see the comments and emails from some of Hamish's friends in the UK. A touching tribute to Hamish has been published in a local newspaper. A memorial service has been planned at Hamish's old university in the UK, Nottingham Uni. It's taking place on 20 November at 2:30pm in the Portland Building. Details in the article. Any reports back from this service would be most welcome.