Award-winning novelist and passionate teacher remembered

An award-winning novelist and his teacher wife are among the Victorians killed in the MH17 disaster.

LIam and Frankie Davison from the Mornington Peninsula had two children, a son, Sam and daughter, Milly.

Two of Mr Davison's books, Soundings and The White Woman, were shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Award and The Age Book of the Year Award. Soundings won a National Book Council Banjo Award for Fiction in 1993.

Fairfax Media television reviewer Ben Pobjie was taught writing by Mr Davison at the Chisholm TAFE Institute in Frankston in 2001 and 2001.

"He was a really great writer in his own right and it was a privilege to be in his classes," Mr Pobjie said.

"He was pretty universally liked."

Preeminent Australian illustrator Terry Denton, who did workshops with Mr Davison, described the loss as "devastating" on his Facebook page.

Toorak College also paid tribute to Mrs Davison, 54, a beloved teacher of literature who had been with the school for 28 years.

"She was an inspiration to all who came in contact with her," principal Helen Carmody said.

"She was a passionate teacher who loved arts and literature."

Ms Carmody said Mrs Davison had an "enduring commitment" to social justice issues and engaged young people to support disadvantaged communities, including in Sri Lanka.

"Frankie was a dear friend; warm, generous and kind. She gave so much to Toorak College," Ms Carmody said.

Mrs Davison had two children - son Sam and daughter Milly, who was a head girl at Toorak College.

College graduate Jessica Lee said Ms Davison had positively impacted many young lives on the Mornington Peninsula.

"Frankie was such a good, good person. She was an incredible teacher and had such a positive impact on so, so many lives both at Toorak College and beyond," she said.

"My thoughts are with Sam and Milly and their family."

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