In this issue

  • 2019 OBA Events & Reunions
       Sydney Reunion – Friday 21 June
      OBA Annual Dinner – Friday 16 August
      Melbourne Reunion – Thursday 24 October
  • Old Boy Achievements
  • OBA Watch
       Timing is Everything
  • A Pictorial History of Churchie
       Celebrating 100 Years of Old Boys
  • plus interesting feature articles

May 2019

The 2019 Vintage Vikings Morning Tea & Lunch was held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. With a total of 129 in attendance it was a truly memorable occasion. Churchie’s premiere jazz ensemble Big Band 1 performed splendidly. In a surprise guest appearance, accompanying Big Band 1 for their …

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May 2019

The 2019 Vintage Vikings Morning Tea & Lunch was held in Morris Hall on Friday 24 May. With a total of 129 in attendance it was a truly memorable occasion. Churchie’s premiere jazz ensemble Big Band 1 performed splendidly. In a surprise guest appearance, accompanying Big Band 1 for their final piece, so too did Mr Jeffrey Black (1979) and current Year 11 student Harry Shaw who combined for a stirring vocal performance. Jeffrey, an internationally acclaimed opera singer, is Churchie’s Director of Music. The band is looking forward to once again performing at this year’s Jazz Under the Stars with special guest Rai Thistlethwaite from Thirsty Merc on Friday 9th August 2019. James Mason OAM (Past Staff) presented as Guest Speaker on the topic Fallen Old Boys of the Second World War, which certainly evoked some interest and emotion among our guests. We also enjoyed a record attendance of new Vintage Viking inductees with 16 Old Boys being presented with their ties by the Headmaster.

Without doubt, each year one of the highlights of the Vintage Vikings Morning Tea & Lunch is the crowning of the Oldest Old Boy in Attendance. This year, at 95 years of age, Tony Osborn (1942) proudly received this acknowledgement. Special mention should also go to Stuart Inverarity (1941) who travelled from Sydney to join us. Stuart is also 95 years of age, only 3 months younger than Tony. In acknowledgement of this tradition, the OBA Committee recently commissioned sculptor Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM to design a leather helmet, modelled on the St Magnus of Orkney statue in Magnus Quadrangle. Rhyl is a Past Parent of Churchie and was the sculptor of the St Magnus statue, as well as the Canon Morris statue. The helmet was made to Rhyl’s design and brief by leather artist Len Bytheway.

The 2019 OBA Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 16 August in Rivershed East at Howard Smith Wharves. In the coming weeks, special invitations to the dinner will also be extended to our cohorts celebrating their 5 year (2014), 15 year (2004), 25 year (1994), 35 year (1984) and 45 year (1974) reunions. Interest in the event is already gaining momentum, so please ensure you book early to secure your seat. Tickets can either be purchased individually for $95 or as a table booking for $800 (i.e $80 per person). The following day, Saturday 17 August, is our annual Old Boys’ Day. This is the afternoon the school plays Gregory Terrace in both rugby and basketball. For more details, please refer to the Reunions and Events calendar later in this newsletter.

OBA Annual Dinner | Individual Booking
OBA Annual Dinner | Table Booking [10]

For those who will be in Sydney on Friday 21 June, please be sure to click here to purchase your ticket for the 2019 Old Boys Sydney Reunion. Hosted by Morgans Financial and with tickets at a cost of only $20 per person, it is an evening not to be missed. This is a mixed event, so everyone is welcome.

A Legacy of Giving

Churchie has been very fortunate to receive many generous gifts and bequests over its long history. From the very beginning, the Crampton-Andrews Family generously allowed …

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A Legacy of Giving

Churchie has been very fortunate to receive many generous gifts and bequests over its long history.

From the very beginning, the Crampton-Andrews Family generously allowed the founding Headmaster to use part of “Ardencraig”, the family home at Toowong, as the School’s premises for its first year. Enrolment grew from three students on Foundation Day to eleven students by the end of 1912.

Since this modest beginning, many Old Boys and families have supported the School through generous benefaction, enabling the School’s leadership of the day to better fulfil our ambitions for the boys through the provision of world- class facilities and amenities.

One of the earliest bequests was from John Darnell. Following his death in 1930, the School received £1,200 for the construction of a library. The John Darnell Memorial Library became the second of what Canon Morris considered his ‘Three Sisters’ (the Canon Jones Memorial Chapel [1924], the John Darnell Memorial Library [1934], and the Jackson Science Hall [1938]). These iconic, early buildings enabled the Founder’s vision of providing a broad, liberal education in the Anglican tradition.

Many other bequests enabled the School to respond to the increasing enrolment demand over the years and develop the once ‘little farm school’ into one of the nation’s greatest schools.

As the growing school gradually required a greater level of management and resources, the Jensen Building [1994] was purpose-built to house the School’s leadership team as well as the Music and Languages Departments. This was the bequest of the Kappe/Jensen families in recognition of Old Boy L V Mervyn Jensen (1924-27).

Old Boy Stanley Smith (1921-23) made several financial gifts to the School during the post WWII years, enabling Headmaster Roberts to continue the increasingly necessary building and expansion program during the 1950s and 1960s. Amongst other endowments and bequests, enabled by Stanley Smith’s Trusts, the School has The Smith Fields, The Stanley Smith Preparatory School (1965) and the Stanley and May Smith Science Centre (1999).

State-of-the-art Physical Education, sporting and fitness facilities in the School would not be as they are today without numerous bequests that benefit the entire student population. The Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex (2010) is an outstanding sports, wellness and recreational facility borne of a bequest by Old Boy John Pidgeon (1940-43).

The Graham Fowles Boat House (2005) provides the rowing community with an outstanding facility for rowing on the Brisbane River. The bequest from Graham Fowles (1939-41) enabled the School to construct the new facility and enhance the growth in the program and achievements in the boat shed (1936), which was named the Elder Hunter Boat House (1969) after H Elder Hunter (1918-22).

The Barry McCart Aquatic Centre (2010) is the result of a family bequest recognising Barry (1945-47) and the family’s contribution to swimming over many years. The centre enables the School to conduct swimming training and carnivals, lifesaving, water-polo and learn-to-swim programs.

The David Turbayne (1926-27) Tennis Centre [2011] is a state-of-the-art facility providing outstanding coaching, skill development and competition opportunities for students and the broader community.

The generous giving to the School by Old Boys has enabled the establishment and evolution of one of the most outstanding school campuses in Australia. The impact of bequests and generous donations has left a lasting legacy for families of future students, Old Boys and the wider Churchie community.

 

Tackling Wildlife Trafficking

Old Boy Omar Harduwar (2016), pictured front centre, has joined forces with a group of fellow University of Queensland Law students to tackle wildlife trafficking. …

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Tackling Wildlife Trafficking

Old Boy Omar Harduwar (2016), pictured front centre, has joined forces with a group of fellow University of Queensland Law students to tackle wildlife trafficking. As part of a new international university course, The University of Queensland Law School has partnered with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to develop university modules on wildlife, forest, and fisheries crime. The group joined their counterparts from the Universities of Vienna and Zurich to trade knowledge and ideas and meet some of the endangered animals they’d be working to save. Below is a recollection of Omar’s experience so far.

International law is certainly an area of our degree that interests many budding lawyers, but often something we very rarely can interact with in our studies and careers in general. So, when the opportunity arose to research, present and prepare a paper on transnational organised crime in Vienna, it seemed like a no-brainer to me.

After a few introductory sessions, trawling through endless sources and getting tips on presentation techniques, the seven of us jetted off to Vienna to present our findings in front of colleagues from the other side of the world. Not knowing what to expect, a lot of us were quite nervous.

The nerves quickly melted away when we met the other students from the University of Vienna and University of Zurich at a local bar for a meet and greet. There was definitely a feeling from that first beer that the week was going to be one we would not forget – both academically and for the friendships we would forge in such a short period of time.

The week combined the perfect mix of student presentations, informal outings and listening to guest lecturers from the likes of the UN Organisation on Drugs and Crime and Austrian Customs. We were immensely fortunate to have access to some of the leading professionals in the field and being able to ask them questions that related to our individual topics was definitely a highlight.

I think the overwhelming consensus was that the highlight was a visit to the Schönbrunn Zoo – the oldest in the world. We were given a tour of the big ticket animals and gained invaluable insight into how Schönbrunn also has a big role in conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife.

Our trip to Austria was undoubtedly an adventure I will never forget. We managed to achieve so much in a single teaching week; we met new people from across the world, learnt from leaders in the field and enjoyed the wonderful sights and scenes of beautiful Vienna.

Omar has also recently co-authored a paper that was published in the Reuter’s Criminal Law Journal. The paper looked at reform of s320A in the Queensland Criminal Code which relates to Torture.

Prospering in Pennsylvania

Old Boy Sean Riksen (2017), pictured above right, is a 2018 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship’ for Old Boys. Sean is attending …

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Prospering in Pennsylvania

Old Boy Sean Riksen (2017), pictured above right, is a 2018 recipient of the Churchie Foundation ‘Overseas Study Scholarship’ for Old Boys. Sean is attending the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and has penned the following recollections of his experience so far.

As my first year at Penn is coming to a close I thought I would write to you to provide a small update on the adventure thus far. Perhaps it would be nice to start with my realisation of how well Churchie prepared for me this environment. There are umpteen opportunities here to involve yourself in numerous academic, business and sporting clubs. For example, I have become entrepreneurship chair of Wharton Healthcare and have walked on to Varsity Rowing who had actually just raced against fellow Old Boy Alex Jeremijenko (2016) on the weekend. I am now pursuing pre-medicine as part of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the culture here is very rigorous. The academics here are very challenging and again I felt very well prepared in the areas of chemistry and physics.

Outside of the school however, there has been a lot of self-learning. In the first semester, I did bite off a little more than I could chew, leading to an average of less than four hours sleep a night for three months. I do not recommend trying this. A big lesson has been that sometimes it can be a lot more fruitful to focus on what you want to really do, do that incredibly well and then, after this, start adding the nice accessories. As former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden said in his speech here last week, build the body and then add the radio.

Separate from this, it brought a smile to my face when Alex Chan (2018) messaged me with his good news from Georgetown. It’s great to see that the boys are still willing to pursue heading overseas.

Unfortunately, I will not be returning to Australia over the summer vacation as I will be working in Amsterdam.

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarships. Applications are now invited from Old Boys and current Year 12 students wishing to attend colleges or universities in the UK or USA. The application process will close on Friday 31 May. To find out more information or apply for a scholarship then please click here.

Old Boy Achievements

Kalyn Ponga (2015) Kalyn has been selected in the Queensland State of Origin team. After debuting from the interchange bench for Queensland in the second …

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Old Boy Achievements

Kalyn Ponga (2015)
Kalyn has been selected in the Queensland State of Origin team. After debuting from the interchange bench for Queensland in the second match of the 2018 series, Kalyn will take to the field in the run on side in the position of fullback. Game 1 kicks off at 8.10 pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019 at Suncorp Stadium.

James Debnam (2018)
James won a Bronze medal representing Australia in Volleyball at Arafura Games that were recently held in Darwin.

Zac Crothers (2018)
Zac recently made his Premier Grade Rugby debut off the bench for Easts Rugby Club against Sunnybank. Please click here to read more.

James Debnam (2018) with Shaun Scott (current parent)

 

OBA Events 2019

For more details about each event, please click on the relevant link below. OBA Annual Dinner Friday 16 August 2019 Click here Old Boys’ Day …

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

OBA Annual Dinner
Friday 16 August 2019
Click here

Old Boys’ Day
Saturday 17 August 2019
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View the full Events and Reunions Calendar

Old Boys’ Day 2019

The OBA Committee invites all Old Boys to the traditional annual Old Boys Rugby BBQ which will be held on Saturday 17 August 2019. At …

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Old Boys’ Day 2019

The OBA Committee invites all Old Boys to the traditional annual Old Boys Rugby BBQ which will be held on Saturday 17 August 2019. At the conclusion of the First XV match v Gregory Terrace (which kicks off at 2.15 pm), please join us at the Brenan Pavilion end of the 50 m pool to enjoy your free steak burger.

Prior to the First XV match, which kicks off at 2.15 pm, the Old Boys Committee will again be selling OBA merchandise at a marquee that will be located at the entrance to The Pocket, in front of the Old Boys War Memorial Pavilion. For anyone interested in a tour of the School, we will meet at the flagpole at Churchill Post at 11.30 am. The tour will conclude at 1 pm.

Join Us at the Pineapple Hotel afterwards!
After the BBQ, we will reconvene at the Pineapple Hotel to watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup live from Auckland. Kick-off is at 5.35 pm.

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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20 Year Reunion | 1999 Old Boys
Saturday 20 July 2019
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30 Year Reunion | 1989 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 2019
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40 Year Reunion | 1979 Old Boys
Saturday 7 September 2019
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50 Year Reunion | 1969 Old Boys
Saturday 27 July 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
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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

Who, When, Where?

AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS No 3 FLIGHT CEGS / No 3 FLIGHT ATC ACGS / 203 SQUADRON If you can assist by providing any Cadet …

Assisting Archives
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Who, When, Where?

AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS

No 3 FLIGHT CEGS / No 3 FLIGHT ATC ACGS / 203 SQUADRON

If you can assist by providing any Cadet Under Officer group photographs for the years listed below, our School Archivist Mr Peter Collin would be very appreciative. Any photographs lent to Archives will be scanned, added to the digital collection and returned promptly to the owner. These contributions will enhance the permanent display of photographs in the AAFC office area located  in The Campbell Centre.

– 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949
– 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957
– 1973
– 1989
– 1995, 1996

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.

Celebrating 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys

A Pictorial History of Churchie, commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association, celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. It is selling fast, so click here to order online and secure …

A Pictorial History of Churchie
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A Pictorial History of Churchie, commissioned by the Old Boys’ Association, celebrates 100 Years of Churchie Old Boys. It is selling fast, so click here to order online and secure your copy now for only $50 (plus $5 if postage is required). When ordering, please indicate your preferred method of collection. To see if you feature in this centenary publication, then please click here to view the Index.

the churchie 2019

Entries for the churchie national emerging art prize are now open, until the 14 July 2019. All Australian emerging visual artists (over the age of …

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the churchie 2019

Entries for the churchie national emerging art prize are now open, until the 14 July 2019. All Australian emerging visual artists (over the age of 18), serious about developing their professional arts practice, are encouraged to apply. The overall prize winner will be awarded a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize. Old Boy Sam Cranstoun (2004) is the newly appointed Patron of the churchie and the Churchie OBA are proud to continue their long association with the event as a Major Sponsor. The Official Opening + Prize Announcement will be held at the Institute of Modern Art, one of the country’s leading independent art galleries, on Friday 13 September from 6 to 8 pm. Please click here to read more.

Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys 2019

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarships. Applications are now invited from Old Boys and current Year 12 students …

Apply Now!
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Overseas Study Scholarship for Old Boys 2019

In 2019, Churchie Foundation is again awarding the Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarships. Applications are now invited from Old Boys and current Year 12 students wishing to attend colleges or universities in the UK or USA. The application process will close on Friday 31 May. To find out more information or apply for a scholarship then please click here.

Reconnect with your mates!

The Churchie Business Network (CBN) is an online platform that provides all Old Boys with the opportunity to reconnect with each other, list businesses, job …

Churchie Business Network
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The Churchie Business Network (CBN) is an online platform that provides all Old Boys with the opportunity to reconnect with each other, list businesses, job search (either as an employer or employee) and also register for tutoring and/or mentoring (either as a mentor or mentee). To set up your profile and register your business on the CBN is absolutely free. If you would like to join over 1,600 Old Boys who have already done so, then please click here.

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Useful Links

For ease of reference and access, here are some links that will take you directly to frequently viewed pages on the Old Boys website. Vale …

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