In this issue

  • 2019 OBA Events & Reunions
    Canberra Reunion – Thursday 12 September
    Melbourne Reunion – Thursday 24 October

    Perth Reunion – Thursday 5 December
  • Old Boy Achievements
  • OBA Watch
    Timed for Perfection
  • A Pictorial History of Churchie
    Celebrating 100 Years of Old Boys
  • plus interesting feature articles

August 2019

There is something extraordinary about a shared experience which becomes very obvious at the annual Old Boys’ Association dinner. The night brings together generations of Churchie boys for a night of story telling and reminiscing with friends new and old. With 250 Old Boys converging on Howard Smith Wharves last …

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August 2019

There is something extraordinary about a shared experience which becomes very obvious at the annual Old Boys’ Association dinner. The night brings together generations of Churchie boys for a night of story telling and reminiscing with friends new and old. With 250 Old Boys converging on Howard Smith Wharves last Friday evening, making it our largest annual since the school’s centenary in 2012, this year was no exception. As the Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell reflected: “There was something special and vibrant about the evening, everyone was happy and conversing across age groups.” The formalities of the evening commenced with a brief welcome from the OBA President Mr Simon Pattison, followed by some enjoyable and lighthearted banter from School Captain Jack Butler-Wood before he said Grace.

One of the more memorable and poignant moments of the evening were the fitting tributes to very prominent Old Boys who have recently passed – Graham Freudenberg (1951) and Lloyd McDermott (1957). Graham’s remarkable life was reflected on by the Honourable Cameron Dick (1984) who is an Old Boy and a minister in Queensland’s current Labor government. Graham, often described as the ‘Donald Bradman’ of speechwriters, wrote over a thousand speeches spanning fifty years for several leaders of the Australian Labor Party​ (ALP), including Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke. Lloyd McDermott’s life was honoured with a nostalgic tribute by Old Boy Christopher Hughes QC (1974), a recent past president of the Qld Bar Association which had an important link with Lloyd. Lloyd was Australia’s first indigenous barrister and was also one of the first indigenous Wallabies.

Old Boy Tim Walsh (1996), gave an intriguing insight of his journey from being a student at Churchie, to becoming a professional rugby player, to his current career as a professional coach which has already taken him to the 2016 Rio Olympics as Head Coach of the gold medal winning Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team. It seems Tim was destined for such success in the sporting arena when in 1996 the Australian Olympic Committee acknowledged his sporting prowess in upholding Olympic ideals of sportsmanship and leadership qualities both on and off the field by bestowing on him the Pierre de Coubertin Award (now known as the Australian Olympic Change-Maker program). In 1996, Tim captained both Churchie’s First XV Rugby team and premiership winning First XI Cricket team. He also captained both the Queensland and Australian Schoolboys Rugby teams in that year.

The following day at Old Boys’ Day, we were treated to some highly competitive rugby and basketball against Gregory Terrace. The First XV came away with a well-earned, but ultimately hard fought, 33-29 drought breaking win. Conversely, our fast finishing First V basketball team were not quite able to close the gap on their rivals, falling agonisingly short of victory, 75-70, for their first loss of the season.

Later this month we welcome the 1949 cohort back to Churchie to celebrated their 70 Year Reunion. We also have interstate reunions scheduled for Canberra on Thursday 12 September, Melbourne on Thursday 24 October and Perth on Thursday 5 December.

When you next go to the movies be sure to check out the new feature film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. Old Boy Oliver Lacey (2014) plays a small part in the movie and at one point can be seen playing on the keyboards. Oliver debuted professionally as Baby John in West Side Story on Sydney Harbour in March 2019.

Job Search
Sam Tasker (2018)
Sam is looking for some part time work before he commences study in sports science in 2019. Ideally, Sam is looking for work in this field however would be interested in any part time work that may be available in the meantime.

Aaron Huang (Year 12)
Aaron is a current student and is looking to study Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. Aaron is looking for some work experience over the upcoming school holidays in September/October.

If you have an opportunity for either Sam or Aaron, or are able to provide some guidance in their search,please contact the OBA office by email at oba@churchie.com.au or by phoning 07 3896 2203.

 

 

 

Mustering with Mates

Old Boy Dr Bill Glasson (1969) recently had the pleasure of visiting Escott Station, which is situated in gulf country of North Queensland, approximately a …

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Mustering with Mates

Old Boy Dr Bill Glasson (1969) recently had the pleasure of visiting Escott Station, which is situated in gulf country of North Queensland, approximately a two hour chopper flight north of Cloncurry.

“We were guests of Ian and Gabe Kennedy (nee Daniels) who own and operate the property. The property is at large a cattle station, running in the order of 30 thousand Brahman cattle. Working as Jackaroos in their gap year after finishing at Churchie, were Old Boys Michael Fletcher, Alistair Sheahan, Fergus White and Will Archer. Jesse Daniels (2017), also a Churchie Old Boy, works on one of the other properties owned by the Daniels family. The boys are having a wonderful year learning how to ride horses, muster and brand cattle, drive all sorts of machinery, as well as gaining experience in helicopter mustering. It is truly a life experience which will make them better men no matter where life takes them. We need to thank the Kennedy/Daniels family for the opportunity that they have given to these wonderful Churchie Old Boys.”

Featured Image (L-R): Michael Fletcher (2017), Will Archer (2017), Bill Glasson (1969), Alistair Sheahan (2016) and Fergus White (2017)

Free Wheeling Fishers Chase Churchie Connections

Endeavoring to traverse every desert between Brisbane and Geraldton, Old Boy and current Churchie teacher Charles Fisher (1977) and his wife Shona have embarked on …

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Free Wheeling Fishers Chase Churchie Connections

Endeavoring to traverse every desert between Brisbane and Geraldton, Old Boy and current Churchie teacher Charles Fisher (1977) and his wife Shona have embarked on a journey across Australia. Their first stop was Roma Saleyards (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere) where they observed 4,500 store cattle being auctioned before spending the next two nights dining at the very modern Royal on Ninety-Nine, a stylish Roma pub owned by the Garvies, a Churchie family.

Next stop was Birdsville where Old Boy Kerry Morton (1997) joined them for a chat across the road from the iconic Birdsville Pub. Kerry’s family run Rosberth which is 1.2 million acres (4,000 square kilometres) and encompasses the town. The Birdsville Track and Lake Eyre were ticked off the bucket list as they made their way to Alice Springs where they were joined by their daughter Izzy and son Charlie (2016) for a visit to Uluru over the ensuing week. It also presented an opportunity to catch up with Old Boys Hamish Clark (1999) and Stuart Barrett (1999).

The Gunbarrel Highway in Western Australia was the next landmark on the journey, where harsh corrugations and washouts meant averaging 15 kilometres per hour for 400 kilometres over three days was unavoidable. Along the way, a chance meeting in a caravan park with Old Boy Bruce McLeish (1984) rekindled some more Churchie memories.

Moving on, the next stop was Kalbarri, a beautiful seaside town and separate principality within Australia known as Hutt River Province. Continuing up the coast to the white beaches of Shark Bay, with its tropical blue water and 60 kilometres of beach made up entirely of shells (no sand), revealed to Charles and Shona that it is not only extraordinary but very worthy of its World Heritage Listing by UNESCO. Another nine hours of driving up the West Australian coast to Karratha followed, which is currently home to Old Boy Tristan Bliss (1996). Tristan and Charles spent time recalling memories of the classroom and army cadets.

From Marble Bar, after attempting the Canning Stock Route, the journey continues … during which time they will be catching up with Old Boy Jock Warriner (1998) in Kununurra.

If you wish to follow the Fishers, please click here to read their blog.

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Clockwise from Bottom Left: with Prince Graeme of Hutt River Province; with Kerry Morton (1997); with Hamish Clark (1999) and Stuart Barrett (1999); with Tristan Bliss (1996).

For the curious among us, Charles’ shirts come from TradeMutt, which was founded by Old Boy Ed Ross (2010) and his mate Dan Allen. The idea is part of a much greater plan to start the conversation around suicide in Australian men and came about after one of Dan’s mates took his own life. Their aim is to make tradies and workers of all kinds look and feel great at work, and in doing so, reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia. Their loud and vibrant shirts act as a catalyst to starting the conversation around mental health in men. Please click here to purchase your TradeMutt shirt online.

Return of Service

Inspired by his involvement with Churchie Service, Old Boy Jack Gadsby (2017) has recently returned from a trip to Vanuatu during which he visited St …

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Return of Service

Inspired by his involvement with Churchie Service, Old Boy Jack Gadsby (2017) has recently returned from a trip to Vanuatu during which he visited St Patrick’s College, an Anglican secondary school in Ambae. This is the same school he visited as a Churchie student in 2017.

For Jack, certainly one of the most gratifying parts of the visit was donating school supplies and clothing to the families affected by the volcanic eruptions on Ambae in 2017 and 2018 causing acid rain and making the island uninhabitable. Most of his time was spent talking to the year 7 and 8 classes about the importance of pursuing a good education. Jack is currently studying a degree in Computing and Cyber Security at the Australian Defence Force Academy so he also spent some time with the senior IT classes talking about the importance of cyber security and introducing them to some more modern IT practices. This was critical as their curriculum is quite behind on 21st century IT practices.

Jack is very pleased to report that things are looking well at the school. Whilst their campus in Ambae is prepared for their return later this year, they are sharing a campus with Santo East School in Luganville. Jacks says: “They told me they would like to express their gratitude to Churchie for previous visits to the school and would like to continue the partnership after their return to Ambae.” He also reported that they still wear the Churchie shirts given them in 2017, as a part of the teacher uniform on Monday and Wednesday. Jack is already planning and looking forward to returning to Ambae for yet another visit.

Featured Images
Left Image: Jack (pictured right) with Churchie in 2017.
Right Image: Jack in the IT classroom on his recent visit to Vanuatu.

Support Those Who Support Us

Thank you very much to our sponsors of the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner. Please do take a moment to click on each of the sponsor …

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Support Those Who Support Us

Thank you very much to our sponsors of the 2019 OBA Annual Dinner. Please do take a moment to click on each of the sponsor logos below and familiarise yourself with their products and services. We are very appreciative of their support and we know that in return they would be very appreciative of yours.

GOLD

Snowscene, as Gold Sponsor of the 2019 Churchie OBA Annual Dinner, would like to offer all Churchie Old Boys and their families an exclusive special for the month of August.

  • Ski store – 15% off
    – when mentioning Churchie in their Woolloongabba ski store (discount to Churchie families normally 10%)- valid in store to 31 August or online at shop.snowscene.com.au
  • Snowscene Travel Agency – 15% off all travel insurance policies
    – when booking a snow holiday with Snowscene to anywhere in the world
  • Club Med Holidays with Snowscene
    – as Queensland’s only in-store boutique for Club Med snow holidays worldwide Snowscene is offering
    $100 off all Club Med winter and sun holidays to 31 August.

SILVER 

          

BRONZE

Cohort Reunions 2019

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below. 10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys Saturday 7 September 2019 …

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Cohort Reunions 2019

For more details about your cohort reunion, please click on the relevant link below.

10 Year Reunion | 2009 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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40 Year Reunion | 1979 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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60 Year Reunion | 1959 Old Boys
Thursday 28 November 2019
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70 Year Reunion | 1949 Old Boys
Friday 30 August 2019
Click here

View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

Interstate Reunions 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. 2019 Canberra Reunion Thursday 12 September 2019 Venue: TBC 2019 Melbourne Reunion …

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Interstate Reunions 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below.

2019 Canberra Reunion
Thursday 12 September 2019
Venue: TBC

2019 Melbourne Reunion
Thursday 24 October 2019
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2019 Perth Reunion
Thursday 5 December 2019
Venue: TBC

View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

Photo Gallery

To view photos from the recent events and cohort reunions, please click on the relevant links below. 2019 OBA Annual Dinner Friday 16 August 2019 …

Photo Gallery
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2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament

On Monday 16 December, the third Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet tennis professionals, Old Boys John …

Monday 16 December
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2019 Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament

On Monday 16 December, the third Old Boys’ Tennis Tournament will be held at the David Turbayne Tennis Centre. Meet tennis professionals, Old Boys John Millman (2006) and Colin Sinclair (2012), as well as Churchie’s Director of Tennis, Ian Malpass. This event is open to the whole Churchie community, so current students, parents (past and present), staff (past and present) and Old Boys are all invited to play and compete for the John Millman Shield. It is encouraged that at least one player from each doubles pairing is either a Churchie Old Boy or current Churchie student.

Starting at 6 pm and finishing at 9 pm, this is a fantastic opportunity to play some social tennis and make new connections. The format for the day will be 24 doubles teams competing in a round robin format. There will also be a sausage sizzle for players and spectators. Registration fee per player is $50, so if you’re interested in participating then please click here to register. Alternatively, if you simply wish to come and spectate we look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a great event.

 

Time Is On Your Side!

Owing to the success of the sale of all 100 Limited Edition OBA Centenary Watches, the OBA Committee have again commissioned Adina Watches to create …

OBA Watch
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Owing to the success of the sale of all 100 Limited Edition OBA Centenary Watches, the OBA Committee have again commissioned Adina Watches to create this beautiful bespoke timepiece. Whilst it doesn’t carry the OBA centenary logo, it does exhibit all the features and functionalities of the limited edition watch. It is beautifully presented in a timber presentation box boasting a stylish new design. If you would like to purchase one of these premium timepieces, which has been designed and hand finished, then please click here. Purchase price is $500.

A Pictorial History of Churchie

A Pictorial History of Churchie celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. Past Staff member Mr James Mason OAM was commissioned by the Old Boys’ …

Less than 100 copies remaining
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A Pictorial History of Churchie celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. Past Staff member Mr James Mason OAM was commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association to author this  magnificent publication. With less than 100 copies remaining, if you haven’t already purchased your copy will want to act now. Please click here to order online for only $50 (plus $5 if postage is required). When ordering, please indicate your preferred method of collection. You can also see if you feature in this centenary publication, by clicking here to view the Index.

Churchie Cycling Gear – clearance

The Churchie Shop currently has some cycling gear which was used for Ride to Conquer Cancer. They are now selling at reduced prices. Pants and …

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Churchie Cycling Gear – clearance

The Churchie Shop currently has some cycling gear which was used for Ride to Conquer Cancer.
They are now selling at reduced prices.

Pants and bib have been reduced from $135 to $100, whilst Jerseys are $85 down from $105.
Be quick to order so you don’t miss out as the range of sizes available is limited.

To place your order please click here to email the Churchie Shop, or call on 07 3896 2256.
Churchie Shop

14-18 Oaklands Parade
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