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<strong>The</strong> Old<br />

<strong>Southport</strong>onians’<br />

<strong>Review</strong><br />

No. 138 SUMMER 2011<br />

“Old boys gathered, exchanged memories and had a great time.<br />

That is what will be remembered…”


Old <strong>Southport</strong>onians’ Association Council 2011<br />

Founded 1907<br />

OSA COUNCIL 2011<br />

President<br />

Paul Wood (Del 80-84)<br />

Vice-President<br />

Peter Lockhart (Tho 62-65)<br />

Hon. Secretary<br />

Nathan Quartermaine (McK 96-99)<br />

Hon. Asst. Secretary<br />

Brodie Cunningham (Tho 02-07)<br />

Hon. Treasurer<br />

Damien Moffrey (Wal 81-88)<br />

Hon. Asst. Treasurer<br />

Ashley Quinton (Kai 84-85)<br />

Patron<br />

Jake MacRonald (Tho 49-57)<br />

Immediate Past President<br />

V. Bruce Wright (Rad 76-85)<br />

NON-EXECUTIVE<br />

COUNCIL MEMBERS<br />

Hon. Editor – <strong>Review</strong><br />

Bruce Rogers (McK 58-62)<br />

Membership Development<br />

Scott Andrews (Wal 94-98)<br />

Young Old Boys Representative<br />

Dominic Buckland (Kai 98-10)<br />

ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS<br />

James Kennett (Wal 70-74)<br />

Ian Browne (Del 82-83)<br />

John Hillier (Atk 78-87)<br />

Christopher Johnstone (Bid 79-90)<br />

Tony Burchill (Rad 78-84)<br />

Ross Norman (Del 85-89)<br />

Simon Nicholls (Tur 80-86)<br />

Jock Beveridge (Atk 86-89)<br />

James Stewart (Del 93-97)<br />

Paul Veivers (Del 75-80)<br />

Vaughan Oxenford (Mel 80-84)<br />

OLD BOYS ON SCHOOL COUNCIL<br />

F.D. Perrin (Rad 78-84)<br />

V.B. Wright (Rad 76-85)<br />

P.A. Graham (Tho 59-65)<br />

M.M.A. Blumenstein (Mau 88-92)<br />

G.C. Rix (Wal 72-77)<br />

<strong>School</strong> Archivist<br />

Lesley Walker<br />

Auditor<br />

WHK Audit & Assurance,<br />

Carrara St, Benowa<br />

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THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW<br />

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Old <strong>Southport</strong>onians’ <strong>Review</strong><br />

B. Rogers (McK 58-62)<br />

K. Hailey (OSA Coordinator)<br />

LAYOUT & DESIGN<br />

Csquared Design<br />

BRANCH REPRESENTATIVES<br />

BRISBANE<br />

J. MacAulay (Del 94-96)<br />

D. Fielding (McK 83-87)<br />

CENTRAL WEST NSW<br />

R. Nicholls (Tur 80-88)<br />

CENTRAL WEST QLD<br />

W. Chandler (Del 48-58)<br />

M. Macmillan (Del 83-86)<br />

DARLING DOWNS<br />

B. Battersby (Kai 77-79)<br />

D. Greenup (Del 82-86)<br />

FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND<br />

T. McInnes (McK 80-86)<br />

M. Trout (Kai 76-80)<br />

HONG KONG<br />

W. Parfitt (Mel 78-82)<br />

B. Michael (Rad 80-93)<br />

Kaye Hastie (Ex TSS Staff)<br />

LOCKYER VALLEY<br />

A.G.M. Kemp (Tho 56-63)<br />

Mrs A.A. Kemp<br />

LONDON<br />

D.G. Serafini (Mel 88-98)<br />

S. Douglas (Tho 83-91)<br />

C. Faes (Tur 83-84)<br />

MACKAY<br />

G. McKinnon (Tur 80-84)<br />

NEW ZEALAND<br />

R. Mehta (McK 88-92)<br />

J. Mcllwain (McK 75-83)<br />

NORTHERN RIVERS NSW<br />

P. Kerkenezov (Del 57-65)<br />

NORTHERN TERRITORY<br />

N. Eames (Mel 57-65)<br />

NORTH QUEENSLAND<br />

R.A.W. Lyne (Tho 69-74)<br />

PAPUA NEW GUINEA<br />

C. Burgess (Kai 85-88)<br />

ROCKHAMPTON<br />

D.J.D. Rodgers (McK 01-05)<br />

ROMA<br />

N. Cameron (Bid 85-89)<br />

S. Gray (McK 49-52)<br />

D. Jones (Del 75-78)<br />

SINGAPORE<br />

C. Poetzscher (Wal 83-87)<br />

SOUTH AUSTRALIA<br />

H. Muller (McK 49-52)<br />

D. Jones (Del 75-78)<br />

SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND<br />

S. Fraser (McK 71-74)<br />

G. Webster (Tho 57-63)<br />

STANTHORPE<br />

P.C. Blundell (Tho 75-79)<br />

SUNSHINE COAST<br />

M. Elks (Del 73-74)<br />

SYDNEY<br />

J.M. Hawker (McK 59-63)<br />

I. Lambert (Wal 74-78)<br />

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA<br />

G. Tweedie (Del 63-65)<br />

VICTORIA<br />

W.N. Adderley (Del 59-68)<br />

L. Meerkin (JS 42-47)<br />

WESTERN AUSTRALIA<br />

S.J. Conran (Bid 89-93)<br />

WIDE BAY<br />

D. McIver (Del 48-52)<br />

D. Chandler (Del 87-92)<br />

HIDDEN CREEK<br />

Manager – Clinton Cronk<br />

Enquiries (02) 6679 3469, 0410 622 125<br />

clinton.cronk@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

OSA OFFICE<br />

OSA Coordinator - Mrs Kris Hailey<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong>, Winchester Street,<br />

<strong>Southport</strong> QLD 4215<br />

Tel 07 5531 9803,<br />

Fax 07 5591 2124,<br />

Email osa@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

Web link www.tssoldboys.com.au<br />

Keep in touch


Cover page<br />

Pictured…<br />

Murray Murdoch (Tho 57-62)<br />

Garth Davidson (Del 48-58)<br />

John Wettenhall (Tho 51-55)<br />

Archie Douglas (Tho 56-61)*<br />

Lance Look (Tho 56-61)*<br />

Alastair Bassingthwaighte (58-60)*<br />

Ian McLaren (55-61)*<br />

*Celebrating their 50 Year Reunion<br />

Contents<br />

From the President Pg 4<br />

Editorial Pg 5<br />

From the Headmaster Pg 6<br />

Keeping in Touch Pg 7<br />

ARTICLE<br />

Reunion Weekend Pg 8-13<br />

TSS Foundation Pg 14<br />

Branch Functions Pg 15<br />

Race Day Pg 16-17<br />

Bursaries Pg 18<br />

Mentors Update Pg 19-21<br />

Births, Baptisms and Weddings Pg 22-23<br />

REFLECTIONS<br />

By Bert Cockerill Pg 24<br />

MEMORIES Pg 25-26<br />

Request to share your ideas Pg 27<br />

CALENDAR<br />

Dates to remember Pg 27<br />

OLDEST OLD BOY<br />

William Slane Pg 29<br />

PERSONAL NOTES Pg 30-31<br />

Bill Chandler Pg 32-33<br />

SPORTING UPDATES<br />

Reds Pg 34-38<br />

TSS SCHOOL NEWS Pg 39-41<br />

OBITUARIES Pg 42-45<br />

BEQUESTS<br />

Donald Stuart Scott Pg 46-47<br />

FINANCIALS Pg 48-51<br />

THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW 3


With our Young Old Boys program and the developing support<br />

through the OSA Online Community for mentoring, study and<br />

work experience, please do not wait five to 10 years before<br />

you tap into this valuable resource.<br />

I’m sure you will all agree that time has flown by this year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> year started with floods in Queensland and New South<br />

Wales, a cyclone in North Queensland, an earthquake in New<br />

Zealand and a tsunami in Japan, not to mention a number<br />

of other natural disasters that happened both nationally and<br />

internationally throughout 2011. <strong>The</strong> positive from all of<br />

the devastation was the way our community come together<br />

and offered assistance to those in need. <strong>The</strong>se events were<br />

covered in depth in our first edition of the OSA magazine,<br />

published in May this year.<br />

As we are all aware, the economic turmoil of the United<br />

States of America and Europe is having severe effects on not<br />

only Australia, but the rest of the world. Despite the doom<br />

and gloom, we all continue on with our lives. It causes us to<br />

reflect and take stock of what is important to us – our family<br />

– our community. TSS’ community remains strong, as does<br />

the <strong>School</strong> Spirit, and this is evident with the continued and<br />

ever-increasing numbers of Old Boys that visit the <strong>School</strong> and<br />

gather for various events held at the <strong>School</strong> and all over the<br />

world.<br />

This year, the OSA, along with the Branch Representatives,<br />

have held functions in Perth, Port Moresby, Mulgowie,<br />

Katherine, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Barcaldine, Cairns,<br />

Sydney, London, Hollywood and Northern Rivers. <strong>The</strong> Old<br />

Boys community remains in constant contact with the OSA<br />

Office through quarterly newsletters and bi-annual magazines.<br />

Every day we receive notification of addresses from ‘lost’ Old<br />

Boys through our recently introduced TSS Old Boys website,<br />

narrowing the gap of Old Boys missing from our database.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se events take an enormous amount of preparation and I<br />

would like to again thank all involved.<br />

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THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW<br />

From the President<br />

It is a pleasure to be able to write an overview of the<br />

Old <strong>Southport</strong>onians’ activities for the last edition of the<br />

OSA magazine for 2011. I’d like to start by giving our<br />

newest Old Boys a warm and heartfelt welcome to the Old<br />

<strong>Southport</strong>onians’ Association – a community you will be a<br />

part of for ever.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Reunion Weekend this year was very successful and was<br />

one of the biggest gatherings of Old Boys at the <strong>School</strong>. This<br />

proves that more Old Boys are realising the importance of<br />

remaining in contact with the OSA – their community. <strong>The</strong><br />

range of Old Boys who visited the school is vast; from our<br />

newest Old Boys who left in 2010 to our oldest Old Boys who<br />

left over 60 years ago or more. A very special and unique<br />

event involving the Older Old Boys is organised every year<br />

and this year, over 40 Older Old Boys received the OSA<br />

commemorative tie, which is presented to Old Boys who were<br />

enrolled at the <strong>School</strong> 60 years or more ago. <strong>The</strong> special<br />

tie is graciously accepted and worn by those recipients with<br />

immense pride. At this year’s Old Boys weekend I had the<br />

pleasure to invite immediate past president Bruce Wright<br />

to present Bill Chandler with the Mervyn Dane Collings<br />

award. This award has only been presented four times and<br />

is only awarded to those who have contributed enormously<br />

to the OSA and the <strong>School</strong> over many years. More detailed<br />

information can be found in this publication. Congratulations<br />

Bill.<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA Mentor program saw a number of very generous<br />

and accomplished Old Boys give their time and knowledge,<br />

speaking to TSS students this year. <strong>The</strong> TSS Old Boys’<br />

network is an incredible source of knowledge and has a<br />

wealth of experience that the <strong>School</strong> holds in high regard.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>School</strong>, in conjunction with the OSA Office, is keen to<br />

tap into every Old Boy who is prepared to help guide the<br />

young students of today through their various decisions that<br />

they must make in the later stages of life at school. We<br />

sincerely thank all those who were involved – the names and<br />

details of these caring Old Boys who were involved in the<br />

OSA Mentor program, is published on page 21. We strongly<br />

encourage more Old Boys to become involved in the OSA<br />

mentor program – the rewards are priceless for both you and<br />

the students involved. For more information, contact the OSA<br />

Office.


Editorial<br />

“I wish we had kept in touch.”<br />

How often do we hear those words when<br />

we read of a good friend who passed on?<br />

Because of our busy lifestyles, it seems<br />

almost too hard to keep in touch with our<br />

old friends while being in the business of<br />

making new ones.<br />

Even when you eventually get to be a senior,<br />

over 60, you are sometimes so busy you<br />

cannot think. Everyone knows how that<br />

feels.<br />

This is about keeping in touch – it’s about<br />

remembering that which is important to<br />

you and about looking back in pride at your<br />

achievements while you were at our school.<br />

Our magazine is important for cementing<br />

friendships that have been forged over time<br />

and introducing new friends to our circle.<br />

From the President the President cont.<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA Council and Committee have worked hard<br />

again this year to keep the OSA on track financially. <strong>The</strong><br />

introduction of one fundraising event each year has helped<br />

to raise much needed funds for those families who would<br />

like to provide their boys with the same education they were<br />

fortunate enough to receive. <strong>The</strong> bursaries are awarded<br />

annually to students who have a connection with the TSS<br />

community. <strong>The</strong> OSA Race Day is a very successful event<br />

held in October each year and provides much needed funds<br />

that are allocated to families in need. This has never been<br />

more important for our community – especially in times<br />

like these. Thank you to all those in our community who<br />

supported this event. Sincere thanks to our major sponsor,<br />

SmartPrint Fleet Management, for their generous support to<br />

this very worthy cause.<br />

Thank you for the support of the <strong>School</strong> Council and in<br />

particular the Headmaster, with whom the OSA has been<br />

working directly with resolving matters facing the <strong>School</strong> and<br />

the OSA.<br />

It has been a pleasure working with all involved this year<br />

in my first term as OSA President. A special thank you to<br />

Kris Hailey for all of the incredible work she does for the<br />

OSA, not to mention keeping me in line as well. Mention<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA <strong>Review</strong> makes it easy for you to<br />

keep in touch by reporting all the OSA news<br />

and including some favourite columns like<br />

Bert Cockerill’s Reflections – and whether<br />

you are into swimming, rowing, football,<br />

tennis, cricket or any sport, you’ll most<br />

likely find something about your favourite<br />

pastime here.<br />

Remember, keeping in touch is<br />

so important – if you have any old<br />

<strong>Southport</strong>onians in your circle of friends,<br />

make sure they know about the <strong>Review</strong> and<br />

all the news contained therein.<br />

Enjoy your read.<br />

Bruce Rogers (McK 58-62)<br />

Editor<br />

must also be made to the staff of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> who<br />

actively help support the OSA and endorse the undeniable<br />

value our association adds to the <strong>School</strong>. <strong>The</strong> OSA’s<br />

strategic plan presented to the <strong>School</strong> Council last year<br />

included the implementation of a full-time OSA Coordinator<br />

to assist with communicating and providing support<br />

to all members of the OSA. <strong>The</strong> OSA Office has been<br />

instrumental in coordinating and maintaining contact with<br />

our members, and this has helped to keep our community<br />

up to date with events and the continuing projects taking<br />

place at the <strong>School</strong>.<br />

Before I conclude, I would like to mention that this year<br />

we have seen the passing of quite a few members of our<br />

community. To those of you in our community who have lost<br />

loved ones this past year, our thoughts and prayers are with<br />

you.<br />

Finally, on behalf of the OSA Council and myself, I’d like to<br />

wish our entire TSS community, Old Boys and families a very<br />

merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous 2012.<br />

All the best,<br />

Paul Wood (Del 80-84)<br />

Contributions<br />

Welcome<br />

We are always interested in what you<br />

have been doing with your life, news of<br />

your travels and who you have caught<br />

up with from TSS. All contributions<br />

should be directed to: OSA Office, TSS,<br />

Winchester Street, <strong>Southport</strong> 4215 or<br />

email to osa@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA publishes personal notes in<br />

good faith as a service to the school<br />

community and to the alumni. <strong>The</strong><br />

OSA accepts no responsibility for<br />

publishing information in this section<br />

of the magazine that may be erroneous,<br />

incomplete or false.<br />

THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW 5


<strong>The</strong> Germans needed to control Ypres to go on and take<br />

the Channel Ports through which British support was<br />

flooding into France. Several battles were fought, including<br />

the battle referred to as Passchendael. British and<br />

Commonwealth soldiers often passed through the Menin<br />

Gate (Menenpoort) on their way to the front lines, some<br />

300,000 of them died in the battles. Ninety thousand<br />

of these soldiers have no known graves. <strong>The</strong> Menin Gate<br />

Memorial’s Hall of Memory contains names on stone panels<br />

of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died in those World<br />

War I battles around Ypres, but whose bodies have never<br />

been identified or located.<br />

Ten Old Boys are named on those stone panels.<br />

Following the Menin Gate Memorial opening in 1927, the<br />

citizens of Ypres wanted to express their gratitude towards<br />

those who had given their lives for Belgium’s freedom.<br />

Every evening at 20:00 hours, buglers from the local fire<br />

brigade close the road that passes under the Memorial and<br />

sound the Last Post. In 1993, well before our time at TSS,<br />

Kate and I visited a number of the World War I battlefields.<br />

As a non-historian I was initially a somewhat reluctant visitor<br />

to that part of the world, yet very quickly I came to realise<br />

what an important place it is for Australians. <strong>The</strong> greetings<br />

and gratitude from the locals when they found out we were<br />

Australian was amazing. To see streets in these small<br />

French and Belgian towns named after Australian cities was<br />

quite surprising.<br />

To learn about the role of our soldiers on the Western Front<br />

was very educational, while being both inspiring and sad<br />

at the same time. At Menin Gate the 8pm service was<br />

particularly moving.<br />

I am pleased that next year a contingent of over 40 boys<br />

from Years 5 to 12, and staff and parents, will participate<br />

in a ‘music and cadet’ tour of the Western Front. <strong>The</strong> choir<br />

will sing at a number of churches and ceremonies, including<br />

being a part of the Menin Gate ceremony singing the hymn<br />

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From the Headmaster<br />

“He is not missing. He is here.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>se words formed part of the address given by Lord<br />

Plumer in 1927 at the unveiling of the Menin Gate<br />

Memorial at Ypres in Belgium.<br />

and laying a wreath. It has been arranged that one of our<br />

boys will play the Reveille on that night; a great honour for<br />

the <strong>School</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> names of the Old Boys at Menin Gate will be located by<br />

the boys, as will the five graves of Old Boys at the Australian<br />

War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, where a TSS Ceremony<br />

of Remembrance will also be conducted. <strong>The</strong> group will<br />

also visit a number of other sites where Old Boys lie or are<br />

commemorated, including Albert, Flanders War Museum,<br />

Fromelle, Le Hamel, Dernancourt and Pozieres.<br />

It will be a wonderful trip and one that key organiser and<br />

Head of the Preparatory <strong>School</strong> Mr Jeff Symms hopes may<br />

be a regular educational tour on our program.<br />

Thank you - As I write this article I am looking out my<br />

window at the newly completed Bennett Building (to the<br />

west of the Dixon Administration Building) housing the Year<br />

7 Centre, Visual Art Centre and the Leadership Development<br />

facilities. Thank you to the many Old Boys who<br />

philanthropically contributed to this wonderful new threestorey<br />

facility. <strong>The</strong> Year 7 Centre will house staff from now<br />

until late next year, during which time the old Sheil building<br />

will be demolished and a new Student Services, staff room,<br />

Robotics and Drama building will be completed. In 2013,<br />

the Year 7 boys will move into their new Year 7 Transition<br />

Program Centre and join the secondary <strong>School</strong>.<br />

Between the appeals to refurbish Delpratt House, rebuild<br />

the River Centre and build the new Bennett Building, 2010<br />

was the most successful philanthropic year in recent history.<br />

Again, my thanks, and the thanks of the <strong>School</strong> Council, to<br />

all who have helped make this happen.<br />

Best wishes<br />

Greg Wain<br />

Headmaster


Keeping in Touch<br />

Footy Tipping – Top 3!<br />

Congratulations to the top three placed<br />

Old Boys in the Super XV footy-tipping<br />

competition.<br />

Online<br />

www.tssoldboys.com.au<br />

Many of you will have been visited our new online community database –<br />

www.tssoldboys.com.au in recent months to update your profile, post photos,<br />

search for your schoolmates, check events, functions and meeting dates and<br />

even join the Super XV footy-tipping competition.<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA Office encourages all TSS past students to seek out the website, which has limitless potential in developing a solid<br />

networking support system for all Old Boys. Joining this community database is completely free and all Old Boys are invited<br />

to register. Log on and update your profile, add a picture and your bio, update your contact details so you will receive all the<br />

latest enewsletters, emails and invitations to various events. For more info, contact the OSA Office on osa@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

Points Name Peer year<br />

88 Kevin O’Dowd 1999<br />

87 David Watts 1969<br />

86 Timothy Borten 1988<br />

A big thank you to our sponsors, Bendigo Bank,<br />

Burling Brown Architects and Baker, Affleck, Moffrey<br />

Chartered Accountants, for providing the prizes. Well<br />

done to all involved and we hope you will all join in<br />

again for the next footy-tipping competition.<br />

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PHOTO - <strong>The</strong> very happy Kevin O’Dowd pictured accepting his prize from<br />

Bendigo Bank Relationship Manager Peter Kai-Nielsen.<br />

THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW 7


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8<br />

Reunion Weekend<br />

2 3<br />

4<br />

1 PHOTO - Reunion family BBQ on TSS river ovals. 2 PHOTO - Jake Ogburn<br />

3 PHOTO - Ryan Corrigan, Dave McClymont, Jack Rankin 4 PHOTO - Gladiator Challenge<br />

5<br />

THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW<br />

PHOTO - Delpratt Breakfast on Clock Tower lawn<br />

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Reunion<br />

Weekend<br />

Old Boys gathered,<br />

exchanged memories and<br />

had a great time. That is<br />

what will be remembered...<br />

This year, crowds of Old Boys descended on campus to<br />

reignite and invigorate the Spirit that is definitely alive and<br />

well in TSS Old Boys, both young and old.<br />

A reunion is many things to many people. Its major<br />

significance, though, is to keep contact with traditions and<br />

have a sense of place. Renewing acquaintances with people<br />

and travelling to the places that were once so important in<br />

our lives helps refresh our perspective on what has happened<br />

to us since our schooldays. We also have a chance to give our<br />

significant other, a glimpse into our past.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Generations Dinner was the start to a very busy weekend<br />

of events. Situated this year in the brand-new ‘Old Gym Café’<br />

were over 150 second, third and fourth-generation families.<br />

<strong>The</strong> venue, while not the traditional place for the dinner, was<br />

very well accepted and was nicely decorated in school colours,<br />

with photos from archives displayed on photo boards around<br />

the entire area.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next scheduled event was the traditional Older Old Boys<br />

assembly. Here we had 50 Older Old Boys attend, along with<br />

their wives and families.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se Older (and wise) gentlemen commenced school 60 years<br />

ago and were therefore eligible to receive the Commemorative<br />

Older Old Boys tie. All those 1951 Old Boys who were unable<br />

to attend were posted their commemorative tie.<br />

After assembly, lunch followed for all the OOBs and their<br />

families in the Dining Hall. Bert Cockerill (McK 46-55)<br />

was thrilled to do the traditional Roll Call and kept everyone<br />

entertained recounting stories that have grown over the years.<br />

Saturday commenced with the Delpratt Breakfast organised<br />

by Phil Ward, Delpratt housemaster, with the most ever<br />

on record of Old Boys attending. Next function was the<br />

Headmaster’s morning tea – after such a large breakfast, we<br />

1<br />

2<br />

PHOTO - Fraser Perrin, Rev Canon Bruce Maughan,<br />

Bruce Wright, Paul Wood<br />

PHOTO - Conrad Brown, Brodie Cunningham, Alex McCowan, Dean<br />

Counter, Josh Perring, Alex Uruchurtu<br />

still managed to entice over 50 Old Boys to share morning<br />

tea and a chat with the Acting Headmaster, Mr Alan Parsons,<br />

joined by Mrs Kate Wain. <strong>The</strong> Rediscovery Tour of the <strong>School</strong><br />

saw over 50 Old Boys visit the various new and old buildings<br />

on campus.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Reunion Family BBQ on the River Ovals at lunchtime was<br />

a huge success. Entertainment was provided by Young Old<br />

Boys singer Jake Ogburn (Mel 00-07). A gladiator challenge<br />

and jumping castle was provided for the children, as well as<br />

Mr Whippy ice creams for everyone!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Old Boys’ Reunion Dinner on Saturday evening took place<br />

in the Dining Hall and saw over 180 Old Boys and partners<br />

attend this very special annual dinner. At the dinner, Old<br />

Boy and staunch supporter of TSS Bill Chandler (Del 48-58)<br />

was presented with the very prestigious Mervyn Dane Collings<br />

Award by Past President Bruce Wright.<br />

A very deserving award for a man who has served the <strong>School</strong><br />

and OSA for over 50 years.<br />

Pictures do speak louder than words – these photos help to<br />

capture how successful the 2011 Old Boys’ Weekend was…<br />

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Seated Row: Peter Larner (Junior <strong>School</strong> 1948-52), Bill Laver (McK 1943-46), Edward Kernke (Del 1945-49), Sam Pollard (Del 1945-48), Bob Akes (Del 1945-47), Keith<br />

Gill (Del 1945-47), Tom Eady (Del 1944-48), Graeme Parry (Tho 1943-51), Trevor Dover (Del 1942-43), Ian Bucknell (Junior <strong>School</strong> 1939-41), Ray Lewis (Tho 1938-40),<br />

Peter Fletcher (McK 1937-41), Jim Dover (Del 1937-39), Ellis Goldman (Tho 1935-39), Alan Radcliffe (Tho 1927; 1935-39)<br />

Second Row: Paul Brown (Del 1948-51), John Douglas (Del 1948-52), Tom Frith (Del 1948-50), Roger Harding (Mitre 1948-50), Errol Steinhardt (McK 1948-50), Peter<br />

Dowling (Tho 1946-48), Bill Campbell (Tho 1947-56), Neil Goldsmith (Del 1947-53), Bert Cockerill (McK 1946-55), John Walker (McK 1946-50), Charles Eden (McK<br />

1946-48), John Taylor (McK 1945-51), Bob Andrew (Del 1945-51)<br />

Third Row: Lew Cooper (McK 1949-55), A. Gavan Lahey (McK 1943-49), Alan McWilliam (Del 1945-48), Spencer Sutton (McK 1948-50), Graeme Rylance (McK 1950-<br />

56), Jake MacRonald (Tho 1949-57), John Austin (Tho 1950-53), Garth Davidson (Del 1948-58), David Miller (Tho 1948-54), Neville Hawkins (Del 1950-51), Sandy<br />

Taylor (Tho 1949-53)<br />

Fourth Row: John Roberts (McK 1950-51), Bill Chandler (Del 1948-58), Captain Ralph Derbidge (Junior <strong>School</strong> 1951-52), Peter Lengenberg (Del 1951-54), John<br />

Wettenhall (Tho 1951-55), Frank Young (Tho 1951-52), Rad West (McK 1951-54), Kevin Davies (Del 1951-54), Des Neill-Ballantine (Del 1951-54)<br />

Older Old Boys presented with their Commemorative Old Boys tie<br />

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Seven of those who commenced in 1951<br />

were presented with the Commemorative<br />

Older Old Boys Tie by Vice-President<br />

Peter Lockhart.<br />

Captain Ralph T Derbidge M.B.E.R.A. Junior <strong>School</strong> 1951-52<br />

Mr Frank Young Thorold 1951-52<br />

Mr Kevin Davies Delpratt 1951-54<br />

Mr Peter Lengenberg Delpratt 1951-54<br />

Mr Rad West McKinley 1951-54<br />

Mr Des Neill-Ballantine Delpratt 1951-54<br />

Mr John Wettenhall Thorold 1951-55<br />

Seated Row: Rad West (McK 1951-54), Captain Ralph Derbidge (Junior <strong>School</strong> 1951-52), Peter Lengenberg (Del 1951-54), Frank Young (Tho 1951-52)<br />

Second Row: Kevin Davies (Del 1951-54), Des Neill-Ballantine (Del 1951-54), Peter Lockhart, OSA Vice-President (Tho 1962-65), Missing from photo – John<br />

Wettenhall (Tho 51-55)<br />

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PHOTO - Four generations: Lleyton and Lawrence Sehmaish-Lahey, Gavan and Greg Lahey (portrait of Thomas George Lahey)<br />

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Kevin Fowler (McK 67-71) writes…<br />

“I met up with George Gowing and his wife Judy for morning<br />

tea and we then went on a discovery tour with the Deputy<br />

Headmaster, Alan Parsons. He was a very vibrant man and<br />

if he is typical of the teachers at TSS then they are a lucky<br />

group of boys. Some of our vibrant teachers were there as well<br />

and Creepy Crowther was still wearing his rubber-soled shoes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Luncheon was the source of many tall tales after I met<br />

up with Denis Stephenson, Wally Campbell, Peter Evans and<br />

Stewie Wells.<br />

We beat Ipswich Grammar at the Rugby and I heard that a<br />

few others from 1971 were at the game. Chris Calderwood<br />

was one of them. It was good to see and hear the boys<br />

cheering on their team.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Reunion Dinner saw Shane Salmon, Shane Rushbrook<br />

and Alan Postle with his wife Karen add to the numbers.<br />

We lamented the fact that there were not a lot of Old Boys<br />

from 1971, so we proposed that an effort should be made to<br />

see if that could be rectified for the next event.<br />

I did wonder what to expect at the reunion and I was<br />

pleasantly surprised with our discussions and memories that<br />

came back to me. I look forward to next time.”<br />

Anthony Delaney (Wal 85-91) writes…<br />

“What an excellent weekend I had catching up with<br />

Old Boys, particularly with my ’91 class peers.<br />

Yes – some with a little less hair, some with larger<br />

waistlines, and some that haven’t changed at all.<br />

But most importantly, there were lots of laughs,<br />

good times reminiscing, and it was great to hear<br />

how the next chapter in each person’s life has<br />

developed. I’m already looking forward to our 30year<br />

reunion.”<br />

Tom Lawton (Tho 79-81) writes…<br />

“Coming back to the school and meeting up with<br />

old and sometimes forgotten classmates was a<br />

fantastic occasion, It made me thankful for my<br />

opportunity 30 years ago and proud to have such<br />

close and dear friends. I haven’t laughed like that<br />

for years.”<br />

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“<strong>The</strong> 2011 Old Boys’ Reunion<br />

Weekend proved to be an eye-opener<br />

with recent new building work and the<br />

boatshed looked great. I wonder if they<br />

use as much fuel in winter as some of<br />

the boys did in 1971.”<br />

Brian Hardiman (Del 1960) writes …<br />

“Congratulations on organising a great weekend in late July.<br />

I could say without fear of contradiction that all the 1961<br />

alumni had a very good weekend – well done.<br />

We started on a very positive note with a Friday evening<br />

‘gathering’ at Lance and Laney Look’s home, where they very<br />

generously catered for 50-60 ’61ers and their partners. I was<br />

asked for feedback on the catering and service and I am<br />

pleased to say it was fine, and one of my close friends from the<br />

class of ’61, Don Williams (McK 59-61), a professional caterer<br />

much of his life, said as much.<br />

One comment though regarding the Reunion Dinner; for many<br />

of us it was a unique opportunity (to attend) and not being able<br />

to hear guest speakers in the Dining Hall was unfortunate.<br />

Overall, I thought the organisation of the Reunion Weekend<br />

went very well, from the first point of contact until the last,<br />

and congratulations for that. On Sunday we were again hosted<br />

by Lance and Laney on their boat – they were extremely<br />

generous.”<br />

Sincere thanks to the year group coordinators for all their efforts<br />

in contacting their classmates and encouraging them to attend<br />

the 2011 Reunion Weekend…<br />

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PHOTO - Ben Mack, Collin Myers & Lance Look


Messages<br />

from those unable to make the Reunion Weekend<br />

Tony Gill (McK 68-71)<br />

Sends his very best wishes<br />

to his year group as he is<br />

unable to attend the Reunion<br />

Weekend. Tony says he has<br />

owned fine art galleries for 16<br />

years now. He and his wife<br />

Jane own ‘Art of Cairncross’<br />

just outside Maleny and are<br />

often busy organising satellite<br />

exhibitions as far afield as<br />

Chinchilla and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach.<br />

Tony would love to meet up with any TSS Old Boys along the<br />

way. He says he has a fascinating life, always full of new<br />

discoveries and great characters – both artists and clients!<br />

Greg Tweedie (Del 63-65)<br />

Emailed to advise he is currently living in Los Angeles<br />

and is unable to make the reunion. He passes on his best<br />

wishes to all who attended.<br />

James Fountain (Rad 00-02)<br />

Has been living overseas for the past three years and is<br />

unable to make this year’s reunion.<br />

Dr Matthew Meerkin (She 42-47) writes…<br />

“My apologies for not responding earlier, but I have just<br />

arrived back from overseas. Unfortunately I will not be<br />

unable to attend the TSS Old Boys reunion.<br />

You would not believe this, but I was walking around<br />

Pompeii on a very hot day a few weeks ago and someone<br />

tapped me on the shoulder to ask if I really went to TSS.<br />

I was wearing a white TSS cap. Of course I said yes and<br />

this guy responded saying his son (standing with him) was<br />

also at TSS and in the same house in the Junior <strong>School</strong> as<br />

I was – Shepherd House. <strong>The</strong>y were a lovely family. Such a<br />

small world. I’m sorry to be missing the reunion.”<br />

Dan Morahan (Kai 95-01)<br />

Had full intentions to attend the reunion, however,<br />

unfortunately had to cancel due to work commitments.<br />

Dan passes on his best wishes to his 2001 year group.<br />

John Morison (McK 55-59)<br />

Wrote to say he received the letter regarding his 50-year<br />

reunion. … “Thanks for inviting me but, unfortunately, we<br />

will be away travelling in Western Australia. Hope you all<br />

have a great time.”<br />

John Williamson (Del 50-53)<br />

Emailed to advise he is unable to make the reunion this<br />

year.<br />

Justin Andrew Kidd (Kai 78-81)<br />

Emailed to say he would be in China while the reunion was<br />

on, but passed on his best wishes to his year group.<br />

Mark James Stigwood (Del 68-69)<br />

Emailed classmate and 1971 year group coordinator<br />

Chooky (Kevin Fowler)… “I will have to decline the<br />

invitation to attend the reunion, as I now live in Tanzania,<br />

East Africa.”<br />

Ross Sheil (Del 47-50)<br />

“Sadly, I cannot be with you for this year’s celebrations.<br />

Please present my apologies and give my warm regards and<br />

best wishes to everybody.”<br />

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By Gerry Northausen,<br />

TSS Foundation Coordinator<br />

This year 100 players competed in the Annual Foundation/<br />

OSA McWhirter Cup Golf Day at RACV Royal Pines. Again<br />

we were lucky with the weather and a great time was had<br />

by all. <strong>The</strong> winners of the McWhirter Cup were Old Boys<br />

Mark Wescott, John Elks, Murray Elks and Jim Twentyman<br />

with a score of 106 pts. Runners-up were our sponsor Beric<br />

Lynton, Paul Weel, Matthew Busby and Tom Pickett with a<br />

score of 103 pts. Congratulations also to Simon Livingstone<br />

who won the OSA NTP on Hole 7.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Foundation Golf Trophy was won by the George<br />

Laurens (GC) team of David Wood, Wayne Washington,<br />

Peter Middleton and Jonathan Pitt with a score of 110 pts,<br />

followed closely in second place by Terry Jackman, Peter<br />

Arnison, Des Power, Gary Medley with 109 pts, followed<br />

closely in third place by Rob Whitton, Paul Sanders, Steve<br />

Wyndham and Dan Whitton from Fast Proof Press with a<br />

score of 108 pts.<br />

Congratulations to all those who won on the day and a huge<br />

thank you to all sponsors, especially our major sponsor,<br />

Beric Lynton and Bruce Lynton BMW, our players and RACV<br />

Royal Pines Resort. We look forward to seeing you all again<br />

next year.<br />

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TSS Foundation<br />

OSA McWhirter<br />

Cup Golf Day<br />

PHOTO - REGULAR PLAYERS Trent Pevy (Atk 94-98), Richard Brown (Mel 90-<br />

97), Simon Anderson (Tur 92-98), Garth Trathen (Mel 93-98), Jason Pohl (Wal<br />

95-06), Hilton Pohl (Wal 95-99), Jon Llewellyn (Sur 92-98)<br />

PHOTO - WINNERS OF THE 2011 OSA MCWHIRTER CUP L to R Mark Westcott<br />

(Tho 66-74), Jim Twentyman (Tho 66-73), John Elks (Del 72-74), Murray Elks<br />

(Del 80-84)<br />

PHOTO - 1968 GROUP Doug Murphy (McK 61-68), Phil Mahoney (McK 67-68)<br />

and Jack Cooper (Tho 64-68)<br />

PHOTO - WINNERS OF THE 2011 FOUNDATION GOLF DAY David Wood,<br />

Wayne Washington, Peter Middleton, Jonathan Pitt<br />

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Branch Functions<br />

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PHOTO - Caravans camped at Hidden Creek<br />

Hidden Creek… a piece of paradise… If ever you were going to see the real<br />

Australia without travelling thousands of kilometres, you can do it right here in<br />

S.E. Queensland<br />

This is a part of Hidden Creek, the place where dreams<br />

really do come true. Some of our friends, including our<br />

own Kerry Eddowes (Queen of the Clock Tower), took time<br />

out to visit this beautiful place. It has to be one of the<br />

best-kept secrets in Australia. Contact the OSA for more<br />

information on how to get there and how to enjoy this<br />

excellent piece of paradise.<br />

Toowoomba Reception<br />

Tony Watt Director of Community Relations and<br />

Headmaster Mr Greg Wain hosted a reception for current,<br />

prospective and past parents as well as Old Boys at Gips<br />

Restaurant in Toowoomba on Wednesday, September 7th.<br />

Westech (Barcaldine) Function<br />

Bill Chandler (Del 48-58) and his ever- helpful wife<br />

Julann banded together to cater for a bunch of Old Boys<br />

and current parents at the Westech Field Day, Ken Wilson<br />

Pavilion, on Tuesday, September 13th.<br />

Cairns Branch Function<br />

Tony McInnes (McK 80-86) and Michael Trout (Kai 76-80)<br />

welcomed 20 Old Boys, partners and children to a fabulous<br />

family BBQ at Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club at<br />

Kewarra Beach, just outside of Cairns on September 17th.<br />

Tony reports… “It was a great event that went to plan.<br />

Great mixing with all TSS Old Boys enjoying themselves<br />

and sharing all the usual boarding anecdotal stories.<br />

Robert Bryett was replaced (subbed) by young Old Boy<br />

(2008 vintage) Harry Blundell, who is Peter Blundell’s son/<br />

James Blundell’s nephew.<br />

It was encouraging to see quite a few new faces this time<br />

from far and wide that did not attend our 2010 inaugural<br />

Cairns reunion. We were fortunate to have John & Sue<br />

Warner formerly of Cairns up visiting us from Brisbane<br />

where they now live. John is the son of our recently passed<br />

Oldest Old Boy Jack Warner. <strong>The</strong> Warners are a fourth<br />

generation TSS Family.<br />

In 2012 we aim to get a bigger attendance with our Old<br />

Boys in Cairns and the Far North.”<br />

London Function<br />

<strong>The</strong> UK OSA Representative,<br />

David Serafini, arranged a very<br />

successful London Branch function<br />

with special guest in attendance,<br />

Mr Greg Wain, Headmaster of <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong>, on October 19th.<br />

Fourteen Old Boys attended the<br />

function, which was held at <strong>The</strong><br />

East India Club in London. <strong>The</strong> Old<br />

Boys in attendance were:<br />

Mark Beames (Rad 1985), Kieran Blight<br />

(Del 1994), Stephen Cadell (Tho 1998),<br />

Sam Douglas (Tur 1991), Christian<br />

Faes (Sur 1994), Douglas Gadaloff (Del<br />

1985), James Illing (Kai 1998), Andrew<br />

Look (Mau 1999), Carey O’Dowd (Del<br />

1996), David Serafini (McK 1998),<br />

Michael Squirrell (Del 1993), Stewart<br />

Tan (Sur 1989), Aaron Weisz-Koves (Tho<br />

1994), Anthony Whittaker (Del 1987).<br />

Branch News<br />

PHOTO - Headmaster Mr Greg<br />

Wain speaking at the London<br />

Branch function<br />

On Thursday, March 31, the Class of 54 gathered at<br />

Maleny for a luncheon. Those present were Sandy Taylor,<br />

John and Libby Robertson, Kevin Davies, Des Neill-<br />

Ballantine, Radley and Jill West, Margaret Wyman, David<br />

Walker, Fred and Allison Reichert, John and Di Falconer<br />

and David and Elwyn Miller.<br />

David Miller reports … “It was a most enjoyable day, a<br />

great venue, beautiful countryside and tasty food. Radley<br />

West is hoping for a special reunion in 2014 and asks<br />

that all members of the class of ’54 mark this special<br />

occasion in their diaries as it may be our last opportunity<br />

to get together.”<br />

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Race Race Day Day<br />

Quotes<br />

Jason Ganis, Managing Director of SmartPrint says… “SmartPrint<br />

Fleet Management and staff had a great day at the races and OSA<br />

did a sensational job with the function and promotion. We look<br />

forward to sponsorship in the coming years!”<br />

Susan Presto says… “<strong>The</strong> food, fashion and photo with the<br />

winning horse all contributed to a fabulous day at the races for<br />

OSA Race Day! Everybody had a fantastic time, and win or lose on<br />

the track, everybody left smiling! Thanks for a GREAT day!”<br />

Tom Ray says...“Thanks to you (Kris) and your colleagues for<br />

organising such an enjoyable OSA Race Day as you did last<br />

Saturday. If there was a tote for the world’s worst punter I’d be<br />

odds on favourite for winner. Fortunately that was no matter<br />

for me in being there - for all the $5 bets I lost with the bookie<br />

throughout the day - it was worth the opportunity to have a<br />

fantastic day out with old friends and even a few past teachers.<br />

I’ll look forward to coming back next year!”<br />

Phil Ward (current Delpratt Housemaster) says… “Jan and I had<br />

a delightful time thank you. It was amazing to catch up with all<br />

the old boys from the late ’80s and early ’90s and to hear of<br />

all their wonderful successes in life – they are all very grateful<br />

to us which was nice of them to say. Good to see many of them<br />

sending their sons back to us.”


Thank you to our major sponsor:<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA Race Day was held on October 1st at the Gold Coast Turf Club. <strong>The</strong><br />

weather held out and the track was dry, allowing all seven races to run on the day.<br />

All guests were able to watch each race from the first-class<br />

viewing deck of the Winner’s Circle Room, providing great<br />

trackside entertainment for all the 140 guests from the local<br />

community who supported the OSA’s only fundraising event<br />

for the year.<br />

Many guests did not go home empty-handed, with over<br />

30 raffle prizes drawn during the day. All prizes were<br />

generously donated by our local community, with prizes<br />

worth hundreds of dollars up for grabs. An auction of a<br />

limited edition TSS Reds players jersey was outbid by none<br />

other than keen Reds and TSS supporter, OSA President<br />

Paul Wood.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Race Day provided a chance for all guests to enjoy a<br />

good meal, plenty of drinks, a chance to place a bet on any<br />

of the seven local races and numerous interstate races, have<br />

a chance to network and catch up with many people from the<br />

Gold Coast community, all while supporting a very worthwhile<br />

cause.<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA is the only Old Boys association in Australia to<br />

offer bursaries to students wishing to enrol at <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> and all funds raised from this event go towards the<br />

OSA Bursary fund. Bursary conditions apply. Applications<br />

can be found of the TSS website. Inquiries can be directed<br />

to the OSA Office; Tel 07 5531 9803.<br />

Thanks must go to the businesses who contributed to the<br />

extensive list of prizes that were raffled off on the day:<br />

Villotti Photography; Outermark Australia; Konc<br />

Hairdressing; Esteem Day Spa Marina Mirage; Coca-Cola;<br />

Streets; Gold Coast Alfa; Coolamon Mining; Pelican Waters<br />

Golf Club; Negoriants Fine Wine Shippers; Surfers Paradise<br />

Marriott Resort & Spa; Shuck Seafood; Gold Coast Turf Club.<br />

Thanks must also go to the Table Sponsors:<br />

SmartPrint Fleet Management (Major sponsor); Bendigo<br />

Bank (Race Sponsor); Stewart Silver King and Burns;<br />

Midway Metals; RPS; ISCS; KordaMentha; Anthony Delaney<br />

Lawyers; Yeats; Burling Brown Architects; Ross Wolbers;<br />

Outermark Australia; <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong>; Aussie Home<br />

Loans, Toowoomba.<br />

No doubt, due to the success of the day, everyone will be<br />

back next year!<br />

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OSA Bursaries<br />

Applications close April 13, 2012<br />

Each year the OSA offers up to:<br />

One Nimmo Bursary<br />

One Tritton Bursary<br />

Seven General Bursaries<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dr J R Nimmo Bursary<br />

This Bursary is a two-year Bursary for students beginning<br />

Years 11 & 12 in 2013. <strong>The</strong> Bursary has an indicative<br />

value of $3000 per annum, and is only available to<br />

students who intend to pursue a career with a Medical or<br />

Science degree. <strong>The</strong> continuation of the Bursary, into the<br />

second year, is subject to performance.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Tritton Bursary<br />

This Bursary is available to boys entering Years 9 or 10<br />

in 2013, and the applicant need not to have had a direct<br />

family descendant who was or is an Old Boy of the <strong>School</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bursary has an indicative value of $3,000 per annum,<br />

and is for a maximum of two years. <strong>The</strong> continuation of the<br />

Bursary, into the second year, is subject to performance.<br />

General Bursaries<br />

For consideration of a General Bursary (an indicative value<br />

of $1000-$3000) an existing student or a new applicant<br />

needs to have a family member who is either attending<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> or is an Old Boy of the <strong>School</strong>. A<br />

family member shall include a direct line descendant and/<br />

or brothers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> criteria for the selections, except for the Nimmo<br />

Bursary, will be based upon financial ‘needs’. A ‘financial<br />

assessment’ will be required, so please provide as much<br />

relevant and supportive income and asset information as<br />

possible. All applications are strictly confidential, and<br />

will be reviewed only by the members of the OSA Bursary<br />

Committee.<br />

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Please be advised that OSA Bursaries are limited to two<br />

successful applications per qualifying student. <strong>The</strong> OSA<br />

Bursary is valid for one year thereafter; you must reapply<br />

for consideration for a second year. Successful applicants<br />

for either Academic, Music, Creative Art, Sport, Foundation<br />

Scholarships, General and Country Boarder Bursaries are<br />

not eligible to receive an OSA Bursary.<br />

Applications close on Friday, 13 April, 2012, and<br />

successful applicants will be notified by mail.<br />

All applications must be sent to:<br />

CHAIRMAN OF THE OSA BURSARY COMMITTEE<br />

OSA OFFICE, THE SOUTHPORT SCHOOL<br />

WINCHESTER STREET<br />

SOUTHPORT


Mentors<br />

Update<br />

TSS Business guest speaker Mr Craig<br />

Hobart spoke to TSS students and<br />

this report was written by current TSS<br />

student, Brodan Tanner …<br />

In August, TSS students were privileged with the honour<br />

of meeting TSS Old Boy Craig Hobart. Mr Hobart shared<br />

with us the knowledge that he had acquired through<br />

past experiences, as well as recommendations on how to<br />

achieve our goals and ambitions in life.<br />

Mr Hobart started his schooling life at <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>, and then went on to study at the University of<br />

Queensland, before graduating from the Macquarie <strong>School</strong><br />

of Management. Since then he has had numerous jobs<br />

in the funds management industry and is currently the<br />

Managing Director at Tyndall Investment Management, one<br />

of Australia’s biggest fund management corporations.<br />

He claimed that his accomplishments had come from<br />

following some simple techniques. <strong>The</strong> most important<br />

was to try and be effective and efficient in everything you<br />

do. Mr Hobart also stated that being accountable and<br />

responsible for your behaviour, utilising leadership position,<br />

implementing tactical and strategic techniques to achieve<br />

goals, and presenting yourself appropriately, were all<br />

distinctive factors between success and failure. However,<br />

the three most memorable attributes that I took from the<br />

lecture were sticking at it, involving yourself and taking<br />

opportunities, and doing something you are passionate<br />

about.<br />

“In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.”<br />

This quote really encapsulates the strong, recurring<br />

message that is engraved into the members of the Business<br />

Leadership Passport Program. Not a single person will go<br />

through life without making mistakes. Richard Branson,<br />

Steve Jobs, Donald Trump and Bill Gates are some of the<br />

most well-known and influential business leaders of our<br />

generation. But what do they all have in common? <strong>The</strong>y<br />

all possess the ability to learn, and move on from their<br />

mistakes. “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” Stephen<br />

Kaggwa.<br />

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PHOTO - Craig Hobart talking to TSS Business Students<br />

Another characteristic carved into Mr Hobart, and all past<br />

and present students of TSS, is to involve yourself and take<br />

all the opportunities that present themselves to you. While<br />

at school he involved himself in rugby and rowing, making<br />

it on to the first teams for both sports. He stated, “In life<br />

there are two different types of people, those who make the<br />

best of opportunities, and those who sit back. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

also those who succeed, and those who fail”. Outside of<br />

school, opportunities are not so apparent. You have to go<br />

out and find them. But by taking on challenges in your life,<br />

you will quite often reap the rewards.<br />

Mr Hobart stressed the importance of this final point. He<br />

stated that to truly succeed in something you must have a<br />

strong passion for it. If you do not enjoy something, then<br />

you will not be very motivated to do it. This is true in all of<br />

our lives and applies to school, work and other activities we<br />

involve ourselves in.<br />

All the boys in the lecture came out with a strong<br />

understanding of the requirements to achieve their<br />

dreams and ambitions in life. Mr Hobart concluded with a<br />

passionate and motivating statement: “Don’t look back and<br />

think what could have been. Know that you made the best<br />

decisions, tried your best, and took all the opportunities<br />

you could.”<br />

On behalf of every person in the Business Leadership<br />

Passport Program, I would like to thank Mr Hobart for<br />

coming in and sharing his experiences and knowledge<br />

with us.<br />

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OSA Mentor Network<br />

written by Mike Halpin<br />

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“OSA Mentor”… what a great title! What does it mean<br />

and why are we trying to set up this system of connecting<br />

present students with members of the OSA? What’s<br />

involved and what’s the commitment?<br />

TSS has been a leading school on the Gold Coast for over<br />

a century. We have a distinguished body of Old Boys,<br />

successful in the many facets of life. Some have done<br />

amazing things in their lives; many are inspirational people<br />

with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share. Many<br />

have established successful and long-lasting businesses<br />

here on the Gold Coast, while many others have moved<br />

back to home communities or overseas to make the most of<br />

the opportunities that have come their way.<br />

Some may see their lives as reflecting ‘just a normal life’,<br />

while others may recognise that their lives have been<br />

anything but ‘normal’… whatever that means. We want to<br />

hear your story! We want the current crop of TSS boys to<br />

benefit from your life’s journey, to maximise their learning<br />

opportunities while minimising the pitfalls along the way.<br />

At TSS, like every other school, we have Year 10 boys who<br />

need to make important decisions about which subjects to<br />

study for the last two years of their schooling. We have Year<br />

12 boys who are about to enter the post-secondary phase<br />

of their lives, which involves a working knowledge of the<br />

myriad pathways and careers surrounding them. You were<br />

there once, and you, too, had to make these decisions…<br />

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for some it wasn’t so long ago and perhaps the mistakes<br />

you made are still fresh! For others, maybe you had a<br />

dream run and ended up where you are now because of<br />

well-made decisions made at critical times. Maybe some<br />

had a helping hand along the way, which made the climb<br />

a bit easier. Some may still be struggling to achieve those<br />

elusive goals. Perhaps some may feel that if they had their<br />

time over again then they would do it all differently.<br />

Whatever your situation, the OSA Mentor Network could<br />

become an invaluable way of sharing your experiences, so<br />

please consider registering your name and details with Kris<br />

Hailey (OSA Office) or Mike Halpin (Office of Vocational<br />

Education and Training), so that current TSS boys can<br />

make informed decisions based on the sound, practical<br />

knowledge and experience of those who have gone before<br />

them.<br />

Mike.Halpin@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

Tel: 5531 9896<br />

Kris.Hailey@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

Tel: 5531 9803<br />

I thank you sincerely in advance for any time you may be<br />

able to give.<br />

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TSS Old Boys have an incredible abundance of school spirit…<br />

<strong>The</strong> generosity of our Old Boys always delights and at times<br />

amazes me, whether it’s a kind email offering to help at an<br />

event, volunteering time to mentor the current TSS students,<br />

offering donations to rebuild or repair some part of the school’s<br />

heritage, our Old Boys are always there.<br />

Our members have a strong sense of belonging and therefore<br />

continue to be interested and involved in their school. <strong>The</strong><br />

mentoring program is gaining serious momentum among our<br />

Old Boys, with offers now coming in daily.<br />

We would like to especially thank the following Old Boys for<br />

their continued support:<br />

Complete the form below or log onto the TSS Old Boys website<br />

and register online under the new Mentors module<br />

Mentors Update<br />

Andrew Taylor – Qantas Pilot<br />

Archie Douglas – Halycon Days<br />

Craig Hobart – Tyndall Investments<br />

Damien Moffrey - Baker Affleck Moffrey Chartered Accountants<br />

Derek Cronin – Cronin Litigation Lawyers<br />

Jon Hui – Bank of Queensland, Manly<br />

Nathan Quartermaine – Burling Brown Architects<br />

Paul Wood -Stewart Silver King and Burns<br />

Jason Carlson – Hynes Lawyers<br />

Michael Gatenby – McLaughlin’s Solicitors<br />

Lt Thomas Usher – Lieutenant, Australian Army<br />

Tony Windle – PricewaterhouseCoopers<br />

Bryan Priestley – Corporate Partnering<br />

Alistair Miller – Vikings Futsal<br />

Dr John Williamson<br />

OSA Careers & Mentor Network<br />

Name<br />

Year of Leaving (if applicable) House (at TSS)<br />

Occupation<br />

Firm/Institution<br />

Website Address<br />

Home Address (for Careers Dept)<br />

Contact Phone Numbers (H)<br />

Email<br />

(W)<br />

(M)<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

I am able to offer Work Experience<br />

Placement/<strong>School</strong>-Based Traineeship<br />

or Apprenticeship<br />

I am prepared to represent my field/<br />

industry at a TSS/OSA Careers Night<br />

I am interested in the idea of<br />

assisting with a mini-careers night<br />

in my area of employment and/or<br />

industry<br />

Please return to<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA Coordinator<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

Winchester Street, <strong>Southport</strong> Qld 4215<br />

email: osa@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

Register your interest for mentoring<br />

on the new online community website:<br />

www.tssoldboys.com.au<br />

Please feel free to contact the Vocational Education Coordinator:<br />

Mike Halpin 5531 9896 or email mike.halpin@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

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Births<br />

Leigh Holtsbaum (Kai 88-99)<br />

and his wife Missy welcome the birth of their third child,<br />

baby boy Fynn Martin Holtsbaum, born March 16th, 2011.<br />

Fynn’s two older sisters, Piper Grace, four years, and<br />

Paeton Rose, two years, just adore their new baby brother.<br />

Daddy is happy to finally have a boy to send to TSS, play<br />

rugby and go fishing with!<br />

Fynn was also baptised at St Alban’s Chapel on April 30,<br />

2011. Godparents were Ryan and Claire Henkey and Will<br />

and Mikayla Lawrie.<br />

Ken Jackson (Del 75-83)<br />

and his wife Renee celebrated the birth of their daughter<br />

Taylor on July 7, 2010.<br />

Baptism<br />

Rhys Evans (Mel 82-90)<br />

and Jennifer baptised their son, Thomas David, in St<br />

Alban’s Chapel on June 19.<br />

Warwick Leitch (Tur 85-92)<br />

and Melissa Beaumont baptised their daughter, Willow<br />

Asha, on November 5 in St Alban’s Chapel. “Our<br />

daughter, Willow Asha Leitch, was born on April 11, 2011.<br />

We have two boys, Harrison aged six and Bailey aged three,<br />

who are both smitten with their baby sister. We live in<br />

Sydney and have done since 1996, but we still support<br />

Queensland in rugby! I have my own business, CALUMO,<br />

and I employ about 40 people. CALUMO is a business<br />

intelligence software company.”<br />

Peter McKnight (Kai 90-94)<br />

and wife Ann baptised their son, Christopher David, in St<br />

Alban’s Chapel on September 10.<br />

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Weddings<br />

Lachlan Jackson (Kai 88-99)<br />

and Dane-Maree Diparts were married on April 7,<br />

2011. Lachlan was assisted by his brother Dougal, also<br />

of Kaiser House. <strong>The</strong> bride and groom have returned<br />

to live in Dubai. Wonderful to see Rev Jim Stonier<br />

celebrating the wedding.<br />

Owen Henry (Del 91-93)<br />

and Anna Reid from Toowoomba met while working in<br />

Dubai and were married at St Alban’s by Father Crook on<br />

October 16, 2010. Following the service, many guests<br />

from all over the world gathered at Oscars at Burleigh for<br />

the Reception.<br />

Owen and Anna have moved back to Australia and now<br />

live at Coolum.<br />

James Pope (Kai 88-99)<br />

“OSA<br />

married<br />

Mentor”…<br />

Laura<br />

what<br />

Kate<br />

a<br />

Bunting,<br />

great title!<br />

Nov<br />

What<br />

7,<br />

does<br />

2010<br />

it mean<br />

in Timaru,<br />

and<br />

New<br />

why<br />

Zealand.<br />

are we trying<br />

James<br />

to set<br />

met<br />

up<br />

his<br />

this<br />

wife<br />

system<br />

while<br />

of<br />

performing<br />

connecting<br />

in<br />

present<br />

Buddy<br />

students<br />

Holly, the<br />

with<br />

Musical<br />

members<br />

in<br />

of<br />

2009.<br />

the OSA?<br />

Laura<br />

What’s<br />

is currently<br />

involved<br />

and<br />

performing<br />

what’s the<br />

in<br />

commitment?<br />

the national tour of Wicked, as Elphaba<br />

the green witch.<br />

TSS has been a leading school on the Gold Coast for over<br />

a century. We have a distinguished body of Old Boys,<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir wedding photographer, Rachel Callander, has<br />

successful in the many facets of life. Some have done<br />

just won New Zealand Professional Photographer of<br />

amazing things in their lives; many are inspirational people<br />

the Year 2011 and won a Gold Award for her photo of<br />

with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share. Many<br />

James and Laura on the bike. <strong>The</strong>ir wedding photos will<br />

have established successful and long-lasting businesses<br />

be featured in a NZ bridal magazine later in the year.<br />

here on the Gold Coast, while many others have moved back<br />

James was <strong>School</strong> Captain in 1999.<br />

to home communities or overseas to make the most of the<br />

opportunities that have come their way.<br />

Matt Thomas (Mau 92-96)<br />

Some may see their lives as reflecting ‘just a normal life’,<br />

while Married others Diana may recognise Alexandra that Oldja their at lives <strong>The</strong> have Plaza been Hotel in<br />

anything New York but City ‘normal’… on May whatever 7, 2011. that “We means. were We blessed want to to<br />

hear celebrate your story! with We over want 300 the guests current from crop of countries TSS boys around to<br />

benefit the world, from your including life’s journey, Australia, to maximise Romania, their Hong learning Kong,<br />

opportunities England, Bermuda, while minimising Canada, the Serbia pitfalls and along Argentina. the way.<br />

<strong>The</strong> night was a celebration of Australian, American<br />

At and TSS, Romanian like every other culture, school, which we proved have Year to 10 be boys wildly who<br />

need entertaining. to make important We spent decisions three weeks about which honeymooning subjects to at the<br />

study Four for Seasons the last Resorts two years on of the their Hawaiian schooling. islands We have of Year Maui,<br />

12 Kona boys and who are Lanai. about to enter the post-secondary phase of<br />

their lives, which involves a working knowledge of the myriad<br />

pathways We are and expecting careers the surrounding birth of our them. first You child were in there February<br />

once, 2011. and We you, currently too, had to reside make in these New decisions… York City, NY for some where I<br />

work at a hedge fund as an assistant Portfolio Manager.”<br />

John Holmes (Tho 80-82)<br />

and his new bride ‘Frankie’ were married in All Saints<br />

Anglican Church in Murwillumbah on January 22. David<br />

and Elwyn Miller had the pleasure of attending the<br />

wedding and supplied the photo of the bride and groom.<br />

OSA Mentor Network<br />

written by Mike Halpin<br />

it wasn’t so long ago and perhaps the mistakes you made<br />

are still fresh! For others, maybe you had a dream run and<br />

ended up where you are now because of well-made decisions<br />

made at critical times. Maybe some had a helping hand<br />

along the way, which made the climb a bit easier. Some may<br />

still be struggling to achieve those elusive goals. Perhaps<br />

some may feel that if they had their time over again then<br />

they would do it all differently.<br />

Whatever your situation, the OSA Mentor Network could<br />

become an invaluable way of sharing your experiences, so<br />

please consider registering your name and details with Kris<br />

Hailey (OSA Office) or Mike Halpin (Office of Vocational<br />

Education and Training), so that current TSS boys can make<br />

informed decisions based on the sound, practical knowledge<br />

and experience of those who have gone before them.<br />

Mike.Halpin@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

5531 9803<br />

Kris.Hailey@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

Tel: 5531 9896<br />

I thank you sincerely in advance for any time you may be<br />

able to give.<br />

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THE OLD SOUTHPORTONIANS’ REVIEW<br />

Reflections<br />

by Bert Cockerill (McK 46-55)<br />

In the last issue, there were several great stories that I’m sure<br />

will be repeated in the years to come... If you didn’t read<br />

them then you have missed out on several great stories and<br />

I’m sure those responsible would get six of the best, if they<br />

had been caught…. Gordon Douglas and his twin Angus, as<br />

well as older brother Archie, have given a full report that their<br />

dad, Pug Douglas, would not be proud of…, yes - these pranks<br />

really happened and if you were the respondent… Masters Tom<br />

Atkinson and Peter Fleming, I hope you took it as a great laugh.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Older Old Boys reunion on Friday, July 29, 2011, was a<br />

great success with over 50 old farts and their family attending…<br />

Unfortunately, Greg Wain was away but all went well... It was<br />

disappointing that both Wally Miller and Brian Nason who had<br />

intended to come were not there. Lionel Meerkin was another<br />

absentee as he has always been there for any school function.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were several, or should I say, many, who had obtained the<br />

title of OBE (Over Bloody Eighty). Alan Radcliffe just had his<br />

90th. Congratulations Alan. It was pleasing to note that there<br />

are several who had been a boarder for more than 10 years.<br />

After consulting Bill Chandler and Garth Davidson, I discovered<br />

that I am one of those. Others among the elite were Tom Eady,<br />

Trevor and Jim Dover, Bill Laver, Captain Ralph T. Derbridge<br />

(OBE) and our school patron Jake MacRonald – No relation to<br />

Ronald McDonald.<br />

I must report now on the time that I was given the task of<br />

teaching at the junior school from 1956 through until 1968.<br />

It was a very memorable time and I will take a few issues of<br />

this magazine to tell you the great experiences I had with such<br />

brilliant students and a great collection of teachers under<br />

Ron Pearson, with Don Taylor, Andrew Melville, Bill King, Ron<br />

Morse and Cec Munns. John Buchanan, long-time coach of the<br />

successful Aussie cricket team, started off with these teachers.<br />

In an interview at the ABC and talking to Ron Pearson, who<br />

passed away a few years ago, he recalled his love for cricket<br />

and those who mentored him. In particular, Don Taylor, Bill<br />

King and Andy Melville. A copy of this interview is in the school<br />

archives. I have a 1958 photo of the grades 3 and 4 with some<br />

Calling all Old BOYS – <strong>The</strong> archives are<br />

looking for any memorabilia such as old<br />

photos or movies or even a story that you<br />

have been telling your mates that happened<br />

at TSS while you were there… either address<br />

to the school or myself at bawinner@bigpond.<br />

net.au.<br />

outstanding Old Boys. Can you pick them in the photo? Heath<br />

Goddard (Pillow Talk), Warren Adderley, Roger Seccombe, Ross<br />

Blackman, Bill Norris, Tim Jeffries, Billy Wehl, Peter Lambert<br />

and John Russell to mention a few.<br />

Is there any Old Boy who had a key to the clock tower?<br />

Someone did back in the ’60s as there were reports that the<br />

clock struck 13 several times at midnight, and on inspecting<br />

someone had a used a large hammer to make the extra chime.<br />

When I was a prefect I had access to this area and as I had<br />

suspected certain boys of going to secluded areas on Sandy to<br />

have a smoke, I was watching from the tower for these larrikins.<br />

Late one afternoon, Tex Tritton trotted up from the Armoury<br />

and down the track to his hideout for a quick smoke, but that<br />

was his last. I live close to the school and the clock’s chimes<br />

never bother me, BUT recently, something has happened as it<br />

has been erratic. Maybe it’s the GHOST in the tower again...<br />

For almost 10 years, Lew Cooper has been arranging a luncheon<br />

at the “O.K. CORRAL” (Caxton Hotel Brisbane) for several of<br />

his old school mates. This group, known as “<strong>The</strong> Beagle Boys”,<br />

comprises of Lew, Arthur and Billy Morgan, Bill Crawford,<br />

Ken Mander-Jones, John Osborne, Charles Elaurant, Elton<br />

Rasmussen and me. We all enjoyed yarning about old times and<br />

enjoyed a very fine luncheon. Just like a little Mulgowie muster<br />

that was held earlier than<br />

usual this year. Thanks to<br />

Annilese and Sandy Kemp<br />

for their organising and<br />

also to Gary Ferguson who<br />

as usual did an excellent<br />

job as MC.<br />

Well I am disappointed that<br />

there are only a couple of<br />

stories for this edition, so<br />

put on your thinking cap<br />

and give it a good go for<br />

next year.


Memories<br />

Rob Gill (McK 63-66) writes…<br />

“Contrary to what the tourism marketing spin doctors would<br />

have us believe, the Gold Coast can turn nasty in winter.<br />

At least, that’s the way I remember it in the pre-global<br />

warming mid-1960s … cold and rainy with gusty<br />

westerlies. Gaggles of bedraggled, wet schoolkids smelling<br />

like damp corn sacks, testosterone-fuelled mid rugby<br />

season, hung starving around the doors to the dining hall of<br />

an evening.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were rumbles of discontent one particularly cold July<br />

night when the meals rolled out on dinner wagons shunted<br />

along by Mavis and her long-suffering cohort. Dinner??? A<br />

couple of cold slices of Devon or Fritz ... I forget what it<br />

was called, but basically, pink-rinded processed sausage …<br />

limp lettuce, tomato and canned beetroot. <strong>The</strong> hordes were<br />

unimpressed and dinner went largely uneaten. Bread and<br />

butter were the order of the night and, as always, butter<br />

was in short supply. Not particularly appealing for a boy<br />

from a dairy farm.<br />

We had a repeat performance of this culinary delight twice<br />

more that week. By this time the tuckshop was doing a<br />

roaring trade in chocolate or anything else that would fill<br />

the intestinal gap, and there were desperate appeals for<br />

anyone with afternoon leave to bring food back from the<br />

shops downtown.<br />

A couple of days later and the word got around via spies<br />

at the kitchen delivery door that we were to get more of<br />

the same that night. Stacks of tomato boxes and scores of<br />

sad lettuce had arrived. Handbills appeared all round the<br />

school … DON’T EAT SALAD TONIGHT!!<br />

We filed in to dinner, the hubbub of conversation all but<br />

drowned out by the roar of teenage stomachs. Grace<br />

said, (I always enjoyed Allan Radcliffe’s version) … his<br />

dear erudite dad must have turned in his grave at the<br />

exhumation and comprehensive re-murder of an already<br />

dead language. Only Doomp could interpret domi nostrum<br />

as dollar me nostril, as we eschewed the sad array of<br />

beetroot-stained sausage and flaccid lettuce.<br />

Word appeared to have got around and authority stepped<br />

up in the imposing form of Ron Pearson, duty master for<br />

the evening, tennis coach, economics guru and another<br />

highly qualified Latin mangler. “You will eat your salad,” he<br />

proclaimed from a lofty 6’3”.<br />

Two hundred pairs of eyes watched malevolently as<br />

Pearson returned to his seat at the head table and, in huge<br />

mouthfuls, demolished the world’s largest T-bone steak<br />

smothered in chips and gravy.<br />

Only then did I fully appreciate the term, ‘come the<br />

revolution’.”<br />

Lionel Meerkin (JS 42-47) writes…<br />

“It was late in 1942, and the top school had been taken<br />

over by the American Army as a military hospital. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

expanded all the facilities, including the erection of new<br />

buildings, and as the <strong>School</strong> had at that time only septic<br />

tanks, they built an elaborate concrete sewerage system,<br />

situated near where the current Headmaster’s house is<br />

sited. This ‘state of the art’ system filtered the sewage and<br />

provided the <strong>School</strong> with fertiliser for all the gardens and<br />

grounds.<br />

My dormitory was a two-storey building next to Pong Creek<br />

and one night we were awakened by sirens and flashing<br />

lights, being a continuous stream of USA Army ambulances.<br />

This went on for 304 nights and we watched as hundreds<br />

of patients were brought in. We had never experienced<br />

anything like this – the sight of all these wounded soldiers,<br />

most of who had been evacuated from Guadalcanal.<br />

During the weeks that followed, all the US wounded wandered<br />

around in their corduroy dressing gowns, watching us play<br />

sport. It was hard for us to comprehend – some had missing<br />

limbs – and it brought home to us the horrors of war.<br />

On a brighter note, the Americans erected a huge circus<br />

tent on the vacant block opposite the Junior <strong>School</strong> for<br />

recreation. We were invited in every Friday night to watch<br />

the latest-release movies, but unfortunately for us Junior<br />

<strong>School</strong> boys, on the orders of our Headmaster, C G Pearce,<br />

we had to leave at 9pm to go to bed. Although we never saw<br />

the end of any movie, the senior boys would let us know the<br />

next morning how the movie finished.”<br />

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John Wettenhall (Tho 50-55) writes…<br />

“As a bush kid, I started at TSS Junior <strong>School</strong> and was<br />

placed in Mitre House by the then Headmaster, Mr Ivor<br />

Cribb. Mr Cribb was very much a father figure who I<br />

thoroughly respected and in later life would see from time<br />

to time in the Queensland Club in Brisbane. <strong>The</strong>re were<br />

about 200 children in the Junior <strong>School</strong> with an equal<br />

amount in the Senior <strong>School</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were four black bitumen tennis courts for the whole<br />

school and our ‘Olympic Pool’ was two wooden platforms<br />

with boarding 25 yards apart situated in two metres of<br />

water in the Nerang River just in front of the old boat shed.<br />

To pass the ‘river king’ was an initial test. That was, swim<br />

non-stop for one mile in continuous circles around the<br />

boards, about 20 laps is my memory.<br />

In 1951, I was made both Mitre House and Junior <strong>School</strong><br />

Captain and was awarded the ‘Watts Cups’ for services<br />

to the <strong>School</strong>. As Junior <strong>School</strong> Captain one gained the<br />

privilege of having a private room in the old ‘bell dorm’,<br />

which I shared with Don Rylance as vice-captain. I<br />

understand this section of the old prep has been retained<br />

for heritage reasons.<br />

I was an average student who had to work hard to achieve<br />

and in 1953 I passed the Queensland Scholarship in all<br />

four subjects, Maths, English, Geography and History. I<br />

moved up into Thorold House for my two senior years,<br />

again securing an average pass of 1A, 2Bs and 3Cs in Year<br />

10 or Queensland Junior as it was called.<br />

I enjoyed sporting competition, mainly in athletics, rowing<br />

and football. My only claim to fame was a first in the open<br />

broad jump and second in the 200 yards sprint at the all<br />

Queensland <strong>School</strong>boys athletic meet in 1955 held at the<br />

Queensland University. We ran on cinders, which were<br />

quite a hoot! I made the 2nd Rugby XV and the 1st IV<br />

rowing crew in my final year (Year 10).<br />

It might have been 1954 when Queen Elizabeth II made<br />

her first visit to Australia after her coronation and TSS sent<br />

their entire cadet company to Brisbane complete with .303<br />

army rifles (no magazine) to line a section of streets where<br />

the cavalcade moved. We were ordered by senior master<br />

Harry Kaiser to form a human barrier and to face the<br />

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Memories<br />

crowd. I was tempted to take a quick look and remember<br />

Prince Phillip’s face and the back of the Queen’s hat. On<br />

the bus trip back to school we called into the Yatala Pie<br />

Shop for a treat, which was always a regular stop when<br />

returning from Brisbane sporting events.<br />

On rare occasions, a few of us would nick out from school<br />

on a weekend into the bushland south-west of the school<br />

where there were some dry dairy heifers running. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

was a funny little yard that enabled us to round them up<br />

on foot, throw a rope around one and buck them out. Just<br />

bush boys having fun! This forested land was about where<br />

Bundall Road runs now.<br />

Again, in my senior school years, three or four of the more<br />

daring would sneak into ‘Mozzie bush’ below the school<br />

to have a puff on a cigarette or two. This stealth was all<br />

part of a boy’s education, however, on one occasion we got<br />

more than we bargained for. We stumbled on a bloke deep<br />

in the undergrowth having his way with one of our school<br />

domestic staff. Stories could go on!<br />

My extended family had a long association with TSS.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were two Barnes uncles who were some of the first<br />

enrolments at the Dixon <strong>School</strong>, followed my father-in-law,<br />

Don Parkinson, my brother-in-law Bryan, my brother Robert<br />

and my son Wylie have all attended TSS.<br />

I was married to my wonderful wife Prue in February, 1967<br />

in the delightful <strong>School</strong> Chapel and that brought back<br />

some wonderful school memories.<br />

I was a rural kid and elected to make a career in the bush.<br />

Working for large companies, I had four years jackerooing<br />

in Western Queensland, seven years as an overseer and<br />

head stockman in Queensland and the Northern Territory<br />

and secured my first management at 27 years of age. I<br />

managed large operations for several years in remote<br />

situations, be it Queensland’s far west, Northern Territory,<br />

Cape York and the Philippines before spending my last<br />

20 years of company life as General Manager for two<br />

separate organisations. We have three children and nine<br />

grandchildren.<br />

We have spent the past 11 years in retirement at the<br />

Sunshine Coast.”


Greg Wain has expressed his wish to make the collection<br />

available to the broader school community by proposing<br />

a TSS Museum space be part of the overall school<br />

development. To develop this initiative, planning needs to<br />

be put in place so that a true representation of the <strong>School</strong>’s<br />

history is presented to the wider community. This is also<br />

very important with regard to the National Curriculum’s<br />

local history component.<br />

Andrew Stark (Head of Library and Information Services)<br />

and I have visited Toowoomba Grammar <strong>School</strong> and <strong>The</strong><br />

Glennie <strong>School</strong> to see the developments they have made in<br />

this direction. Both schools actively promote their school<br />

history among school members, ex-students and the local<br />

area. We would like to develop a TSS Museum that not<br />

only highlights the <strong>School</strong>’s unique and varied history, but<br />

creates a space worthy of public patronage and support.<br />

Such a Museum would be a worthy addition to the facilities<br />

of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Gold Coast City Council Heritage Section is looking<br />

for support to establish a community-fed Heritage<br />

Dates to remember<br />

Sydney – Thursday 10 November<br />

OSA AGM – Monday 28 November<br />

Northern Rivers – Ballina – Saturday 10 December<br />

2010 Young Old Boys Gathering – Friday 23 December – <strong>Southport</strong> Surf Lifesaving Club<br />

Festival of Cricket – Village Green – Sunday 5 February 2012 – 1st XI v TSS Old Boys<br />

Mulgowie Muster – Sunday 22 April 2012<br />

Old Boys Weekend – Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 August 2012<br />

OSA Race Day – Saturday 13 October 2012<br />

Request to share your ideas<br />

by Lesley Walker, Archivist<br />

<strong>The</strong> Archives area of the school has a<br />

valuable collection of precious artefacts,<br />

memorabilia and photographs dating from<br />

1901. <strong>The</strong> <strong>School</strong> Collection is one of the<br />

largest in Queensland, if not the largest.<br />

Tell us Your Story!<br />

Policy for the city, and as a member of Heritage Voice,<br />

I support this. <strong>The</strong> creation of a TSS Museum would<br />

develop and strengthen the position of TSS in the local<br />

area in a number of ways and would reinforce to the local<br />

community the <strong>School</strong>’s determination to take active<br />

responsibility for its own heritage and history.<br />

To implement this vision we would like to ask community<br />

members from the Old <strong>Southport</strong>onians’ Association to<br />

share their ideas on what they would like to see in a TSS<br />

Museum, how they see their stories being told, and how<br />

they might like to support this project. Please contact the<br />

<strong>School</strong> Archivist, Lesley Walker, on 07 5531 9994 or 07<br />

5531 9444 Monday-Wednesday, 7.30am-3.30pm, Lesley.<br />

walker@tss.qld.edu.au for further details.<br />

Calendar<br />

Best wishes for a<br />

Merry Christmas<br />

and a happy and<br />

safe 2012!<br />

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Dear Mr Wood,<br />

My husband (Jim Spence Tho 51-61) was so pleased to receive the <strong>School</strong>’s kind gesture of the Older Old Boys<br />

school tie. It’s so nice, depicting both current and Old Boys’ badges, and I know he will always be proud to wear it.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se reminders of school days are good for the soul, and recall many memories, both happy and challenging. We<br />

do enjoy keeping in touch through the Old Boys magazine. Thank you again for the tie and accompanying letter.<br />

We did appreciate it.<br />

Yours sincerely, Jenny Spence, of Yeppoon<br />

Dear Mr Alan Parsons, Acting Headmaster,& Mr Paul Wood, OSA President<br />

I wish to acknowledge the receipt of an Older Old Boys tie, which arrived in my mail yesterday. Consequently, I am<br />

particularly grateful to all at TSS and to you both in particular for such a meaningful and generous gesture. I will<br />

wear the tie with great pride.<br />

Although I was unable to attend the Older Old Boys’ day recently, I feel as though my interest and involvement<br />

with my wonderful old <strong>School</strong> has been recently reborn: I am in constant communication with my old McKinley<br />

House roommate, Rob CC Lethbridge, who sent me a House tie; my old Housemaster, Malcolm G Ham, who lives<br />

in Sydney; my old English/Modern History teacher, Pat Hunt; et al<br />

I often wear my TSS cuff-links, which I secured by assisting with the recent TSS building appeal.<br />

Two days ago, I met TSS Staff members Andrew Stack and Lesley Walker when they were touring the TGS museum<br />

facility, which I have been associated with since its inception.<br />

Yesterday I spoke by phone to Tony Watt to thank him for mailing me copies of Band of Brothers as well as some<br />

photographs he took of the Honour Board in the Dining Hall (<strong>The</strong> Great Hall). This new magazine is quite excellent<br />

and I am grateful to him and the <strong>School</strong> for listing my name on the mailing schedule.<br />

In the not too distant future I will put together some biographical notes and send them off so that they may be placed<br />

in the archives if you see fit.<br />

I wish you both well and cheers to the <strong>School</strong>, which obviously just goes from strength to strength. I feel quite<br />

humbled when I think of the opportunity my selfless parents made to send me (as well as my brother, Hayden) to<br />

such a truly wonderful place.<br />

Best Wishes,<br />

Sincerely, John K Winn (JS 51-54, McK 55-58) of Crows Nest<br />

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Letters<br />

Received


Oldest Old Boy<br />

William Slane (McK 26-29)<br />

At 97, William Slane holds the honour of being the OSA’s Oldest Old Boy.<br />

William’s cousin, Alan Newitt, has written the following<br />

information for us to share with our community…<br />

“I have just received your invitation on behalf of William<br />

Slane who attended <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> in 1926 and was<br />

a member of McKinley House. Unfortunately Mr Slane is<br />

unable to attend this year’s function as he has only recently<br />

been admitted to a high-care nursing home at <strong>Southport</strong>. I<br />

am Bill’s second cousin and his power of attorney and over<br />

the years have heard him speak well of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

and the time he spent there.<br />

William (Bill) is now nearing 97 years of age and up until<br />

December 2010 he was living and maintaining his acreage in<br />

Brisbane’s Southside. While I am not sure of all Bill’s travels<br />

since attending <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> I do know that he went<br />

on to Gatton College and studied agriculture, with which he<br />

continued throughout his life. Bill came from what would<br />

have been in that day a privileged family who owned several<br />

cane farms, to which Bill was the sole heir as he was the only<br />

child.<br />

Bill never married throughout his life and the story goes that<br />

his mother did not believe any of the women he courted were<br />

good enough for him, thus he remained a bachelor (possible<br />

why he has lived so long – just kidding). From an outsider’s<br />

view he has had a wonderful life and to my knowledge has<br />

never had any serious illnesses or injuries and never really<br />

needed to work to support himself. He farmed in his younger<br />

years while also cutting cane and went on to invest in property<br />

after ceasing to farm.<br />

He became a prolific orchid grower and won many awards,<br />

and to date still has a large greenhouse with many rare<br />

orchids still growing.<br />

During the past 20 or so years Bill has spent his time<br />

entertaining at nursing homes around Brisbane, either by<br />

playing the piano at which he was quite accomplished, or<br />

alternatively he would take his cassette player and entertain<br />

the residents with a diverse range of music from his era,<br />

which earnt him the nickname of the Music-Man. As late as<br />

the middle of last year he was still very active as I would ask<br />

where he had been all weekend and he would tell me that he<br />

had travelled from his home in the Logan Shire to an arts and<br />

crafts festival in Caboolture.<br />

This would require him catching several buses and trains both<br />

ways and on the way he would stop in at the Valley to get his<br />

hair cut. He then did it again the next day (at 96 years of<br />

age). Bill has lived a simple life and has been a kind man<br />

who has never been a hindrance to anyone, and I believe that<br />

the <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> can take a degree of credit for helping<br />

to shape and guide him in his formative years. I hope we can<br />

all live a life like Bill’s.<br />

I’m sure I speak for Bill when I say thank you for your<br />

invitation to attend the ‘Older Old Boys Assembly’, but due<br />

to his frailness I feel it would be unwise for him to leave his<br />

nursing home.”<br />

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Brodie Cunningham (Tho 02-07)<br />

celebrated his 21st birthday party at home in Sorrento<br />

a few days after his actual birthday. Many friends and<br />

relatives joined in to help Brodie enjoy his special day.<br />

Brodie is involved with the OSA and holds the position of<br />

Hon. Assistant Secretary.<br />

Rod Bickell (Del 54-63)<br />

Rod is now President of the Queensland Rifle Association.<br />

He has more than 50 years of shooting experience behind<br />

him so is more than qualified for the top job. A kid from<br />

the country, Rod boarded at TSS and got into shooting<br />

while at school. For three generations, his mother’s family,<br />

the McLeods, held sheep property between Inglewood and<br />

Stanthorpe. In 1960 Rod joined the <strong>Southport</strong> Rifle Club.<br />

He served as <strong>Southport</strong> club secretary before coming to<br />

Brisbane to study law. A long association followed with the<br />

University Rifle Club where he has been club captain for<br />

the past 15 years. Rod is a solicitor in private practice and<br />

is looking forward to a big year with the QRA in 2011.<br />

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PHOTO - Brodie Cunningham<br />

PHOTO - Hugh McDonald with parents Bob and Barbara McDonald<br />

Award for the<br />

prestigious Australian<br />

Student Prize<br />

Congratulations to<br />

Max Lau (Rad 05-10)<br />

who was awarded the Australian<br />

Student Prize for 2010 by the<br />

Minister of <strong>School</strong> Education, Mr<br />

Peter Garrett.<br />

We have since been advised that<br />

Oliver McDonald (Tur 97-09) was<br />

awarded the same prize in 2009.<br />

Well done to both boys.<br />

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Personal Notes<br />

Hugh McDonald (Tho 00-04)<br />

supplied by Bob McDonald. I thought you might be<br />

interested in what has been happening with Hugh R.<br />

McDonald (Tho 00-04) since leaving TSS.<br />

While at TSS, Hugh achieved Colours in Tennis for three<br />

years – 2002, 2003 and 2004. 2005 was spent as a gap<br />

year travelling to ITF Tennis Tournaments in Australia<br />

and the South Pacific before commencing in 2006 at the<br />

University of Oregon.<br />

He played on the Tennis Team there in his Freshman and<br />

Sophomore Years before transferring to the University of<br />

Idaho on a better Scholarship to play in his Junior and<br />

Senior years mainly at the No. 1 doubles position and No.<br />

4 in singles. He spent a final year at Idaho as Assistant<br />

Men’s Tennis Coach before graduating in May 2010.<br />

He has spent two summers coaching at the 120-year-old<br />

Meadow Club, Southampton, NY and this year has been<br />

coaching at <strong>The</strong> River Club, Manhattan.<br />

At present he is working in the Marketing Department<br />

at prominent New York residential real estate company<br />

Stribling and Associates.<br />

His sister, Georgie (St. Hilda’s 2002-06), is also working in<br />

New York for J Public Relations.


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Lindsay Forster (McK 96-99)<br />

I work for a residential real estate developer and broker in<br />

Aspen, specialising in building and selling one-off estate<br />

homes (large spec homes). I basically run the day-to-day<br />

operations, bookkeeping, banking, contracts, running subcontractors,<br />

organising loans, coordinating investors, etc.<br />

I am now living in Basalt, which is a town about 20 miles<br />

north of Aspen. I am an accountant and have been in<br />

Colorado for six years.<br />

Ian Butler (Del 68-74)<br />

I moved to Denver, Colorado with my wife Mary in April<br />

2011, having been the Mine Technical Services Manager<br />

at Kalgoorlie’s Superpit, which is a 50:50 Barrick Gold/<br />

Newmont joint venture. Both are gold-mining companies.<br />

I now work exclusively for Newmont, whose headquarters<br />

are in Denver. I am the Geology Manager of Development<br />

Projects in Ghana, West Africa so spend lots of time there.<br />

Newmont has an existing mine (Ahafo Mine) and more in<br />

the pipeline, so it is a very exciting place to be with the<br />

price of gold so high.<br />

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PHOTO - Picture L-R Lindsay Forster (McK 96-99), Steve Price<br />

(Friend) and Ian Butler (Del 68-74) – Photo taken at Memorial<br />

Day weekend at the end of May in Aspen, Colorado. Steve Price, a<br />

Queenslander, but not a TSS Old Boy – christened Lindsay Forster the<br />

“Crocodile Dundee of Aspen” as he certainly has that demeanour!<br />

PHOTO - David Eddowes & Brett Woodford<br />

PHOTO - Angus Lockhart<br />

David Eddowes (Wal 81-89)<br />

met up with Brett Woodford (Rad 81-89) when he was<br />

recently in Ibiza. David and his brother, Kieron (Rad 84-<br />

95), are working in the Mediterranean.<br />

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Angus Lockhart (Wal 96-07)<br />

<strong>The</strong> recent semester break at University of Queensland saw<br />

Angus head to the London <strong>School</strong> of Economics, Summer<br />

<strong>School</strong>, as one of a select group of 100 odd students<br />

worldwide. He attended the Itermediate Macro Economic<br />

Course and in between lectures caught up with local<br />

Old <strong>Southport</strong>onians. He joined David Serafini and other<br />

London Branch members at the Henley Regatta in the<br />

Leander and Steward enclosures.<br />

Angus also attended the St John’s College University of<br />

Queensland Alumni reunion at the Oxford and Cambridge<br />

Club.<br />

Contacts were made in London with visits arranged to<br />

Deutscher Bank and the Swedish Handlesbank as well<br />

as enjoying the comradeship of his fellow international<br />

students.<br />

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Bill attended TSS from 1948 to 1958. In his final year<br />

he was a Prefect and House Captain of Delpratt. Bill was<br />

an all-round sportsman, and in addition to being Captain<br />

of Boats and a member of the winning VIII in 1958, Bill<br />

also represented the school in swimming, athletics and<br />

shooting.<br />

After he completed his education, Bill maintained close<br />

contact with the <strong>School</strong>. He coached rowing crews for 17<br />

years, became active in the OSA, and was instrumental in<br />

the formation of the Central West branch.<br />

In 1986 he played a major role in the establishment of<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> Foundation, with his wife, Julann,<br />

and he being Patron members. He remained on the<br />

Foundation as a Director until 1991.<br />

In 1987 he was elected Vice-President of the OSA, and<br />

then President for 1988-89. During this time he was<br />

the driving force and the major donor in the acquisition<br />

and establishment of the Hidden Creek facility. He has<br />

Bill Chandler<br />

(Del 48-58)<br />

At the OSA AGM, held on November 29, 2010, ratification of the Mervyn Dane<br />

Collings Recipient was put to the Council by Mr James Kennett (Wal 70-74). Mr<br />

William (Bill) Chandler was selected as the recipient of this award.<br />

History on M D Collings as published in (R68 P36):<br />

1st XI 1906-1907: AIF (15Bn.): Killed in action,<br />

Gallipoli, 13th May, 1915: First contributor and<br />

collaborator with A H Osborn in ‘Tell Tale’:<br />

1907 Founder of OSA formed 21st July, 1911,<br />

secretary and chairman 1911-12 (R81 P2)<br />

Mervyn Dale COLLINGS, 1904-07, was the first<br />

contributor, and with A H Osborn a collaborator in<br />

the ‘Tell Tale’ 1907. He was the early urger for an<br />

Old Boys’ Association, and with Ken Chapman rode<br />

a bicycle from Brisbane to <strong>Southport</strong> 1911 over<br />

continued his passion for outdoor education as a Director<br />

of the Hidden Creek Foundation.<br />

After his term as President, Bill remained a strong<br />

presence on the OSA Council and was very influential in<br />

the OSA’s efforts to ensure that rugby remained the main<br />

code of football played at the <strong>School</strong>. This stance taken<br />

by the OSA resulted in the Rugby Improvement Program<br />

being introduced, which led to the premierships won in<br />

recent years.<br />

Bill served on the Parents and Friends committee in<br />

1991, and was elected to the <strong>School</strong> Council in 1996<br />

and was a member for two years. While he is actively<br />

engaged with his agricultural and commercial interests,<br />

he still continues to give his strong support to the OSA<br />

and the <strong>School</strong>.<br />

Bill was presented with the very prestigious Mervyn<br />

Dane Collings award at the Reunion Dinner by Past OSA<br />

President Mr Bruce Wright.<br />

a dirt road with deep ruts, to discuss with Jimmy<br />

the formation of an Association. He was present at<br />

the initial meeting of the SHS Old Boys at YMCA<br />

on 6th July, 1911 as Secretary-Chairman. Jimmy<br />

acknowledged Collings’ efforts in his Annual Report<br />

1911: “Through the splendid efforts of M D Collings an<br />

Old Boys’ Association has been formed.”<br />

Mervyn Collings was generally acknowledged by older<br />

hands as the Founder of our Old Boys’ Association. <strong>The</strong><br />

Association lapsed during the war and Collings was<br />

killed at Gallipoli on 13 May, 1915.<br />

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Exclusive Interview with six TSS St George<br />

Reds’ Players by Angela Hughes.<br />

Embedded within the powerhouse Queensland Reds 2011<br />

rugby side is a formidable contingent of six young TSS Old<br />

Boys, four of whom already have donned their Wallaby<br />

jerseys, plus a few TSS ‘extras’ waiting in the wings.


It has been an exceptional season for the Queensland<br />

Reds, scooping their first-ever Super Rugby title against<br />

the Crusaders at Lang Park in July. <strong>The</strong> win was made<br />

even sweeter by the growing number of TSS Old Boys who<br />

used their GPS grounding to move into the elite ranks of<br />

Australian rugby.<br />

Of the six-strong Reds group, Luke Morahan, James<br />

Slipper, Rob Simmons and Scott Higginbotham have<br />

donned the green and gold to join another TSS old boy and<br />

the most capped second-row Wallaby in Australian history,<br />

Nathan Sharpe, whose career in representing Australia<br />

continues to be etched in the history books of the ‘game<br />

they play in Heaven’.<br />

Joining the four former TSS Old Boys on the Reds bench<br />

this year and displaying finesse and a strong presence<br />

in the final winning games of the series were Ben Tapuai<br />

and rookie Jono Lance. But the depth of TSS’ influence<br />

doesn’t end there Mentoring, cajoling, honing skills and<br />

helping extend their knowledge and playing tactics while<br />

being accountable for the way they approach training and<br />

each game is former TSS rugby coach and Scottish Sevens<br />

representative Matt Taylor, now the Reds assistant coach.<br />

With his sharp analytical mind, the genius chosen by Reds<br />

coach Ewen McKenzie to ‘fix’ the team’s previous poor<br />

defensive play record, Matt has been the glue needed to<br />

keep the players focused and improve their play.<br />

In chatting with the six TSS old boys at their Ballymore<br />

home ground before the big two final matches, all agreed<br />

their schoolboy days of playing rugby and the influence of<br />

Matt, other TSS staff and the GPS competition in general<br />

had given them a thirst to continue with the sport.<br />

Here is what they had to say along with a short synopsis of<br />

their career to date:<br />

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Scott Higginbotham<br />

(Wal 99-03)<br />

<strong>The</strong> eldest of the group, Scott is a<br />

third-generation Old Boy, having begun<br />

his education at TSS in Year 5 and<br />

his first foray into rugby in Year 8. <strong>The</strong><br />

blindside flanker has been a formidable<br />

player at GPS, Club, State and<br />

Australian representative level.<br />

Admitting that running on the field as a<br />

Wallaby for the first time in 2010 was the most memorable<br />

moment in his career, Scott has remained true to himself.<br />

He attributes his passion of the game to his TSS mentor<br />

Greg Thorne and said the excellent playing fields at TSS<br />

made the experience all the more enjoyable.<br />

Despite gruelling training sessions each week, Scott also<br />

likes to balance his sport with quality leisure time (and<br />

that means not sleeping during the day he jokes!) and<br />

studying for a diploma in business. He mentally prepares<br />

for each game by listening to his favourite music. Postrugby,<br />

his goal is to dip his feet into the property market<br />

and take time out to pursue his other sporting love, surfing.<br />

His advice for up-and-coming TSS rugby players is to only<br />

play the game if you enjoy it, then be prepared to give it<br />

everything you’ve got.<br />

Luke Morahan<br />

(Kai 01-07)<br />

Luke entered TSS in Year 6 around the<br />

same time he began playing at Under<br />

6 level for Colleges. Luke’s talent as<br />

full-back and on the wing quickly<br />

became evident and it wasn’t long<br />

before his grit and determination led<br />

to a spot in the school’s 1st XV in the<br />

GPS competition, then travelling the<br />

elite pathway of Queensland Under<br />

16s, Queensland <strong>School</strong>s and Australia A <strong>School</strong>s before<br />

entering the Premier Colts (U19) ranks in 2008 with<br />

University. An Australian Sevens representative, Luke’s<br />

transition within the Reds to his selection as replacement<br />

in the Australian side for Stirling Mortlock in 2009 sealed<br />

his career.<br />

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Player Profiles<br />

Mentored at TSS by Matt Taylor and Eleanor Mackie,<br />

Luke believes it was his days at TSS that brought him<br />

to the attention of selectors. “<strong>The</strong> GPS competition is a<br />

great stepping stone for rugby,” said Luke, whose younger<br />

brother, Simon, is quietly waiting in the wings to follow<br />

in his brother’s footsteps. Currently studying business at<br />

QUT, Luke said he has many fond memories of TSS and<br />

advises current students to make the most of their time at<br />

the school. “TSS teaches you to be organised and that is<br />

what I need to be to balance my rugby with training, study<br />

and social life. My advice to young players at TSS is be<br />

organised, make sure you train hard and, most of all, enjoy<br />

what you are doing.”<br />

James Slipper<br />

(Tur 05-07)<br />

With 14 Test rugby caps<br />

already to his name, the young<br />

architecture student admits that<br />

despite his catapult into rugby<br />

success at the highest level, he<br />

still misses playing for TSS.<br />

“Being a TSS boy was great fun<br />

and I have found that wherever<br />

you go in the world, you always seem to run into someone<br />

you know from TSS,” said James. Mentored at TSS by Matt<br />

Taylor and Rob Nowlan, James said his career highlights<br />

to date have been many … playing his first game for the<br />

Reds and the Wallabies, and experiencing the winning<br />

feeling against the All Blacks in Hong Kong (2010) and the<br />

Springboks in Bloemfontein (2010).<br />

Playing prop, although he had to sit out the final two Super<br />

Rugby games due to injury, James has been an integral<br />

member of the Reds for the past four years. While playing<br />

in the 2009 Under 20’s Junior World Cup in Japan, he was<br />

chosen as Player of the Year on John Eales medal night.<br />

James’ advice for players preparing in everything they do<br />

is – eat well, always do your homework on the opposition,<br />

train hard and, most of all, enjoy yourself.


Rob Simmons (McK 02-06)<br />

Almost as soon as Rob started boarding<br />

at TSS he was playing rugby. Inspired at<br />

school by players such as Nathan Sharpe<br />

and mentored by the Taylor/Nowlan<br />

combination, Simmons believes if it<br />

wasn’t for TSS he may not have gone<br />

down the path of playing rugby.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 200cm lock, who has been five<br />

years with the Reds, said it was the<br />

competitive GPS competition that gave him the right mental<br />

approach to playing each game as though it was a grand final –<br />

something that has stuck with him when playing for Australian<br />

<strong>School</strong>boys, Australia Under 19 and Under 20, the Reds and the<br />

Wallabies. “Maintaining a winning attitude was one of the most<br />

important lessons I learnt at TSS,” said Rob, who is combining<br />

his love of the game with studying for a business degree.<br />

“I really enjoyed my time at TSS and hope every other student<br />

grabs the same opportunities as I did.” After making his Wallaby<br />

Test debut in 2010 against South Africa in Brisbane, Rob now<br />

claims five Test caps and has his eyes set firmly on adding many<br />

more. When his playing days do come to an end, Rob intends to<br />

make use of his business degree before returning to the family<br />

farm.<br />

Ben Tapuai (Del 04-07)<br />

Playing for the Reds is a dream come<br />

true for rugby centre Ben Tapuai, who<br />

first started playing rugby at the age<br />

of seven at Box Hill in Victoria. Now in<br />

his fourth year with the Reds, Ben put<br />

on an awesome display of tactical skill,<br />

agility and ability in the Reds semi-final<br />

against the Blues of the Super Rugby<br />

series. Currently completing a business<br />

diploma, Ben is yet another prodigy of<br />

Matt Taylor’s influence at TSS and is proud to call himself a TSS<br />

old boy.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> combination of being educated at TSS, playing in the GPS<br />

competition and having so many opportunities offered to me has<br />

been significant in my rugby career,” said Ben. “My advice to all<br />

students is if you have a dream, go for it.” And ‘go for it’ certainly<br />

is Ben’s attitude as he reflects on one of his most memorable<br />

moments – wearing the Reds jersey for the first time. In the<br />

future, Ben hopes to establish his own personal training business.<br />

Jono Lance (Kai 03-07)<br />

<strong>The</strong> rookie fly-half is now basking in his third year with the Reds,<br />

having played for University, Queensland A, Australia U20s, Australia<br />

Sevens and the Super Rugby finals 2011.<br />

Currently studying architecture, Jono<br />

has taken up the baton from his father,<br />

Dean, who notched up two rugby league<br />

premierships with the Canberra Raiders.<br />

Reds assistant coach and former TSS<br />

mentor Matt Taylor sees a lot of Dean’s<br />

traits in the rookie, especially his talent<br />

for defending, and is confident we are<br />

going to see a lot more of this young<br />

player in the future. Jono said he has<br />

many fond memories of TSS from being a member of the 1st XV<br />

GPS premiership team, to the quality of coaching and the school’s<br />

sporting environment, which ‘made you always want to push to be<br />

better’. Jono maintains his balance between play, training, study and<br />

social life by keeping in touch with fellow Old Boys, many of whom<br />

are not involved with the sport. A firm advocate of the benefits of<br />

growing up within the GPS competition, Jono’s advice to up-andcoming<br />

players is always to have fun when playing sport with your<br />

schoolmates, as you may not get a chance later in life. “I loved my<br />

days at TSS and will always be grateful for what I learnt both on and<br />

off the field while at school,” said Jono.<br />

While not an Old Boy of TSS, this story would not be complete<br />

without a focus on Matt Taylor, whose brief coaching stint at TSS<br />

(and the premierships wins of 2006-07) raised the bar in terms of<br />

sporting success and built a strong rapport with students. “Both my<br />

family and I loved our time at TSS and, one day, hope to return to<br />

teach and coach there,” said Matt. “I would love to send my son,<br />

Cruz, to TSS so he can experience what so many others have over the<br />

years. <strong>The</strong> GPS competition offers a great grounding for boys to test<br />

themselves at all levels and winning two premierships while at TSS<br />

helped me gain a job with the Reds Academy.”<br />

Matt said one of the most magical moments for him recently was<br />

sitting on the sidelines and watching eight TSS old boys on the rugby<br />

field at the same time (this included Nathan Sharpe (Tur 88-95)<br />

and Mark Swanepoel (Tur 04-08). Under the guidance of the Reds<br />

and Matt’s inspirational coaching, all the young TSS old boys remain<br />

good friends away from the field, another factor they contribute to<br />

the tightness that gelled them together as a group while at school.<br />

Each holds special memories of TSS and concedes they will always<br />

retain special pride for their school as well as their playing career,<br />

whether it is for the Reds or the Wallabies.<br />

And, don’t be surprised if you see a few more TSS Old Boys begin to<br />

appear in Reds jerseys as a fresh pack waits in the wings – names<br />

such as Simon Morahan (Luke’s brother), Jarrad Butler and Jack<br />

Kimmince are all training hard for their chance to reach the elite<br />

level in the sport. Matt also says be prepared for a few more TSS<br />

names to be selected to wear the green and gold in the years ahead,<br />

and they all have the advantage of youth on their side.<br />

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PHOTO - James Slipper, Nathan Sharpe, Scott Higginbotham, Robert Simmons, Luke Morahan<br />

Stop Press!<br />

At the time of going to press, we are delighted to announce that four of our Old Boys<br />

made selection for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Nathan Sharpe, Scott Higginbotham,<br />

James Slipper and Rob Simmons all won a spot in the team with the Wallabies, scoring a<br />

68-22 win over Russia, completing their final pool phase of the RWC, the Wallabies ended<br />

the tournament finishing 3rd place overall. To their credit, the Wallabies fought to the<br />

end. We congratulate them all!<br />

Mention must be made of Nathan Sharpe’s incredible achievement of his history-making<br />

mark of 100 Tests.<br />

<strong>The</strong> OSA arranged a Limited edition TSS players signed Red’s Jersey to<br />

be framed. All seven players signed the jersey along with coach Matt<br />

Taylor. <strong>The</strong> jersey was presented to the <strong>School</strong> by OSA President Paul<br />

Wood and will be proudly displayed in the <strong>School</strong> Gym.<br />

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TSS Wallabies Players at Rugby Function<br />

A very impressive line-up of six Old Boys are in the current 2011 Wallaby squad.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wallabies based themselves at TSS for two weeks just prior to their Bledisloe<br />

match at Eden park on Saturday, August 6th. <strong>The</strong> boys were in fine form and<br />

were happy to be interviewed and have their photo taken with 2011 1st XV players<br />

and Old Boy rugby coaches.


<strong>School</strong> News<br />

By Tony Watt, TSS Director of Community Relations<br />

and Karen Martin, TSS Marketing Coordinator<br />

It’s been “all systems go” on the TSS campus<br />

With the end of 2011 fast looming up, the pace still hasn’t let up<br />

in what’s been a year of full-on activity on the TSS campus. From<br />

the sports fields to the classrooms and beyond TSS students<br />

and staff have been giving it their all on all fronts to chalk up yet<br />

another year of noteworthy achievements that have added lustre<br />

to the TSS reputation.<br />

Good sports, win, lose or draw.<br />

TSS is renowned for its sporting prowess and 2011 has<br />

certainly produced its share of victories, but perhaps even more<br />

importantly, the boys have maintained a fighting spirit at all<br />

times, and whether the contest resulted in a win, loss or draw,<br />

the same sportsmanlike demeanour was upheld. Here are some<br />

highlights.<br />

After the splash, a spirited dash<br />

At the Australian Age Swimming Championships, TSS Aquatics<br />

pulled out all the stops to notch up its most successful National<br />

Age Competition to date. After making it into 27 finals we<br />

managed to bring home 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 14 and Under Boys Medley Relay Team became the first TSS<br />

Aquatics Relay Team to take Gold at a National Championships,<br />

while the Freestyle Relay Team came within a whisker of claiming<br />

double Relay Gold, when they finished 2nd to take Silver.<br />

In addition to the medal haul, 3 swimmers qualified for the<br />

Australian Swimming Gold Squad and 8 swimmers made it into<br />

the Silver Squad, while Alex Press was named in the Australian<br />

Junior All Stars after winning the 50m freestyle in 23.15<br />

seconds; a stunning 1.2 seconds faster than his time at the GPS<br />

Championships where he also achieved a new GPS record in the<br />

50m butterfly.<br />

<strong>The</strong> aces up our sleeve<br />

Out on the courts, TSS tennis players have taken the fight to the<br />

competition in a series of hard-fought matches. Giving no quarter<br />

during the Queensland Secondary <strong>School</strong>s Teams Event, the<br />

TSS 1st IV took out the Regional Finals after defeating Somerset<br />

College, Helensvale State High <strong>School</strong> and Coombabah State<br />

High <strong>School</strong>. With that win on the board, the team then went on<br />

to gain 3rd place in the State finals held in Rockhampton.<br />

In the ongoing GPS competition with one round washed out, the<br />

1st IV GPS Team had recorded two wins, a bye and one loss, with<br />

the prospect of some further fierce competition against 3 very<br />

strong teams in the final part of the season.. Also worth noting<br />

is the performances of the Open 2nd IV and the Year 9A Teams,<br />

both of whom had been undefeated at the time of going to press.<br />

<strong>The</strong> revival of the TSS Friends of Tennis has provided a<br />

welcome boost in support through obtaining funding for training<br />

equipment for both Prep and Senior <strong>School</strong>s as well as a number<br />

of social activities and fund - raisers.<br />

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On the ball<br />

A record number of teams have been playing in this year’s<br />

GPS Football season and we’ve seen a definite improvement<br />

in the quality of games, the depth of talent and the growing<br />

football spirit. Our A division games have produced some<br />

very pleasing results, with TSS winning more than half of our<br />

matches to place in the top 5 schools in all age groups, while<br />

the 2nd XI defeated some of the big name teams of the GPS<br />

competition. <strong>The</strong> 1st XI has been plagued with injury during<br />

the season, but despite this the team has played some great<br />

matches.<br />

Our junior players have all benefited from playing Football<br />

in the core PE program, with greater skills and excellent<br />

development in evidence. More and more of the boys<br />

are backing up their TSS Football training with club and<br />

representative team training outside of school, and as a<br />

result 4 of our young players have been selected in State<br />

or National teams this year. Mitch Cooper, Yr 12 has been<br />

selected as a shadow player for the Queensland U19 team.<br />

2011 was another fantastic year of achievement and growth<br />

for TSS Rugby. <strong>The</strong> 1st XV squad toured Sydney to play three<br />

very competitive fixtures against Knox Grammar, Newington<br />

College and Kings College (NZ). <strong>The</strong> 1st XV also played as<br />

a curtain raiser to the REDS at Suncorp Stadium. <strong>The</strong> 16A<br />

squad toured the Sunshine Coast to play Sunshine Coast<br />

Grammar 1st XV and the 15A squad toured Warwick and<br />

Toowoomba with games against Scots PGC and Toowoomba<br />

Grammar. <strong>The</strong>se tours not only provided terrific exposure for<br />

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<strong>School</strong> News<br />

TSS Rugby, but also a fantastic experience for all staff and<br />

boys involved. At home, almost 200 TSS students attended<br />

the annual TSS Rugby Camp, which included training and<br />

fixtures against Churchie, Marist Brothers and Far North<br />

Coast Representative Teams.<br />

Ten TSS boys participated in the Queensland <strong>School</strong>boy<br />

trials at Ballymore as part of the GPS representative team.<br />

Six gained selection in the Queensland State teams to<br />

contest the National Championships at Ballymore, while two<br />

were part of the Championship-winning Queensland 1 team,<br />

making it six consecutive years for Queensland.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Open division was again strong, with the 5th XV fielding<br />

a very competitive team throughout a season marked by<br />

some fiercely contested victories, including beating Churchie<br />

away. For the 4th, 3rd and 2nd XV the clean sweep against<br />

GT (Old Boys Weekend) in front of a home crowd on the<br />

Village Green was a season highlight. After a couple of very<br />

narrow losses early in the season, the 1st XV still had a very<br />

successful season to finish third overall.


<strong>School</strong> News<br />

Doing our bit for the games bid<br />

As part of the bid process for the 2018 Commonwealth<br />

Games, our TSS Prep boys participated in the ‘Adopt A<br />

Commonwealth Country’ program, which aimed to educate<br />

Gold Coast students about fellow Commonwealth countries<br />

and the Commonwealth Games. TSS Prep adopted Wales<br />

as its Commonwealth Country, and as future leaders of the<br />

Prep <strong>School</strong> the Year 6 team of teachers and classes took<br />

on board the project of leading the program to broaden the<br />

knowledge of Wales among their fellow students right across<br />

all year levels of Prep.<br />

<strong>The</strong> exciting culmination of the project came when four<br />

Year 6 boys represented TSS at an official function for<br />

the European delegation charged with assessing the Gold<br />

Coast’s suitability as the venue for the 2018 Games. At<br />

this function, the boys shared an afternoon tea with the<br />

Welsh delegate, Mr Chris Jenkins, presenting him with some<br />

memorabilia from TSS and told him of the journey we had<br />

taken in researching his country. Mr Jenkins was suitably<br />

impressed with the effort and knowledge of the boys about<br />

his home country and has since kept in contact with TSS.<br />

So if impressions count for anything, then the efforts of our<br />

TSS Prep boys will have ensured the we can at least count<br />

on Wales in supporting the Gold Coast’s bid for the 2018<br />

Commonwealth Games.<br />

Food for thought<br />

<strong>The</strong> need to feed more than a hunger for knowledge has<br />

been served by the opening of the Old Gym Café as part<br />

of the refurbishment of <strong>The</strong> Day House Precinct. <strong>The</strong><br />

Cafe provides the boys and wider TSS community with yet<br />

another unique facility, complete with wireless access, a<br />

barista and a good selection of meals and snacks.<br />

Dayboys are now able to sit down to a plated-up meal for<br />

lunch just like their boarder cousins, and for those boys who<br />

prefer the DIY lunch, the Café provides sandwich toasters,<br />

microwaves and an instant hot and chilled water facility.<br />

<strong>The</strong> school community has wasted no time making good<br />

use of this latest addition to the Day House precinct, and<br />

it’s especially pleasing to see the increased interaction of<br />

the boarding and day students in what’s rapidly becoming a<br />

central hub for the eight day houses and three of the senior<br />

boarding houses.<br />

High drama in the house<br />

<strong>The</strong> annual House Drama Festival gave students a chance<br />

to stand in the limelight and not only display their thespian<br />

talents, but to get involved in a spirited bid to win the<br />

coveted Anning Shield. This year the competition was<br />

given a bit of a makeover with the adoption of a <strong>The</strong>matic<br />

Collage based on QCS-Style Stimulus Sheets and involving<br />

a range of performance styles, for example including:<br />

acting, physical theatre/dance/movement, live music, visual<br />

art and media. In keeping with the TSS “Band of Brothers”<br />

ethos the theme adopted for this year was “Brothers”.<br />

Performance material was able to be selected from a<br />

diverse range of sources such as plays, poetry, prose,<br />

songs, music, dance, newspapers, film, video clips,<br />

media, TV and original material. <strong>The</strong> selection was then<br />

transformed, linked and shaped, then rehearsed and<br />

performed, with a requirement that a minimum of 15<br />

students per House to be actively and appropriately<br />

involved in the performance on stage, although not<br />

necessarily for the whole production. In this respect<br />

alone, the new format was a great success, with over 250<br />

students performing.<br />

And that was the tip of the iceberg<br />

Needless to say this has been just a small cameo of what’s<br />

been keeping TSS buzzing throughout the year and it would<br />

take the whole magazine to tell the full story. But you get<br />

the picture. It’s been “all systems go” in every corner of<br />

the campus for 2011, which means a proud record to look<br />

back on and motivate everyone to aim higher for 2012.<br />

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Farewell Dear Friends<br />

Percival George Ernest Alcorn (McK 53-56)<br />

passed away September 13th, 2011.<br />

John Makepeace Bennett (Del 34-37)<br />

Emeritus Professor John Makepeace Bennett AO, FTSE,<br />

was an early computer scientist. His pioneering career<br />

included work on early computers such as EDSAC, Ferranti<br />

Mark 1* and SILLIAC, and spreading the work about the use<br />

of computers through computing courses and computing<br />

associations.<br />

He was born on 31 July, 1921 in Warwick, Queensland.<br />

After leaving <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong>, he went to the<br />

University of Queensland to study civil engineering.<br />

From 1942 to 1946 (during WWII) he served in the RAAF.<br />

He worked on a radar unit on the Wessle Islands and later<br />

worked in airfield construction. He then returned to the<br />

University of Queensland to study electrical and mechanical<br />

engineering and mathematics.<br />

In 1947 he went to Cambridge University to become<br />

Maurice Vincent Wilkes’ first research assistant as part of<br />

the team working to build EDSAC. This was the world’s<br />

first practical stored program electronic computer and the<br />

world’s first computer in regular operation from 1949. He<br />

used EDSAC to carry out the first-ever structural engineering<br />

calculations on a computer as part of his PhD.<br />

He worked for Ferranti in Manchester and London as a<br />

computer specialist. Here he designed the instruction set<br />

for Ferranti Mark 1*, which was the main improvement of<br />

that machine over Ferranti Mark 1.<br />

In 1956, John returned to Australian to become Senior<br />

Numerical Analyst to the Basser Laboratory at the University<br />

of Sydney. His main work was the development of software<br />

for SILLIAC.<br />

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Obituaries<br />

Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on<br />

And cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s<br />

gone… <strong>The</strong> OSA extends its sincerest condolences to the<br />

families and friends of the following Old Boys.<br />

Until 1958 he taught associated courses in the use of<br />

computers. In 1958 he established a Postgraduate Diploma<br />

in Numerical Analysis and Computing, which was later<br />

changed to the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.<br />

In 1961 he became the Foundation Professor of Computer<br />

Science and in 1972 he became head of the new Basser<br />

Department of Computer Science.<br />

He was also Foundation Chairman of the Australian<br />

Committee on Computation and Automatic Control from<br />

1959-63, the President of the New South Wales Computer<br />

Society from 1965 to 1966, and the Foundation President<br />

of the Australian Computer Society from 1966 to 1967.<br />

In 1981 he helped found the Research Foundation for<br />

Information Technology at the University. In 1983 he<br />

became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).<br />

In 1986 John, aged 65, retired. He lived with his wife<br />

Rosalind Mary (nee Elkington) in Sydney’s Northern<br />

Beaches. He had four children and six grandchildren.<br />

John died at home on 9 December 2010.<br />

(retrieved from http;//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_<br />

Makepeace_Bennett)<br />

Jay Joseph Dowie (Del 51-55)<br />

of Toowoomba, formerly of Blackall and Isisford. Born<br />

October 14, 1937 and passed away on December 8, 2010.<br />

Beloved son of Leslie and Esther Dowie (both deceased).<br />

Proud father and grandfather. Loved brother of Jennifer<br />

King (Toowoomba).<br />

Ian Ross Evans (Unk 49)<br />

formerly of Middle Street, Chinchilla, passed away suddenly<br />

on January 21, 2011, aged 69 years.


Denis Selwyn Ferguson (McK 54-57)<br />

Gary, Denis’s brother, advised the untimely passing of his<br />

brother in May 2011 after he suffered in pain for some<br />

time. Gary says… “Denis was at school during a period of<br />

great change. <strong>The</strong> swimming pool was opened in 1957 (and<br />

hot water was introduced in the same year) and this made<br />

a welcome change for those who represented the school at<br />

swimming. Denis often spoke of the ‘river kings’ held in<br />

front of the boat shed and the oyster-encrusted boards that<br />

everyone had to swim around.<br />

Harold Symons almost coached the U15As to a premiership.<br />

On leaving school, Denis jackarooed at “Norelle” Hodgson, for<br />

the Johnson family (He was great friends with Clyde Johnson<br />

at school). Denis enjoyed the life and even though he wanted<br />

to pursue sport he often regretted leaving.<br />

Denis was Roma Swimming Champion in 1958-59. In<br />

Brisbane Denis joined <strong>The</strong> Australian Estates Coy Ltd and<br />

developed his swimming further through pool swimming at<br />

State Championships, water polo (representing Brisbane) and<br />

surf swimming at Branch level for the Kirra Club. (Junior Belt<br />

Champion). In winter he played A Grade Rugby for GPS and<br />

was unlucky to miss State representation. Disappointed, he<br />

moved to Rugby League where he played for Valleys, Brisbane<br />

and then Queensland. Denis played a season in Toowoomba<br />

where he represented before returning to Brisbane. In<br />

later years he played Rugby for Citys in Rockhampton and<br />

represented Rockhampton against touring overseas teams.<br />

For almost 40 years Denis worked in the liquor Industry and<br />

forged many friendships with some great personalities of the<br />

sporting and turf industries.<br />

Denis had three children. Lachlan and Barton (both 1st XV)<br />

attended BBC and Sarah attended Clayfield College. His<br />

life partner of 23 years, Sue Whiteman, has been comforted<br />

by the many friends Denis made through his very warm<br />

personality and ability to walk across many boundaries to<br />

make friendships.<br />

Denis attended <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> with his older brother,<br />

Ross James Ferguson (McK 1954-56), deceased, younger<br />

brother, Gary Douglas Ferguson(McK 1956-61), and was<br />

uncle to Douglas James Macalister Ferguson (McK 1980-84).<br />

A funeral service conducted by Reverend David Johnstone<br />

(former Junior <strong>School</strong> Chaplain at TSS) was held on Friday,<br />

May, 6.”<br />

Andrew James Forsyth (Tur 90-98)<br />

Funeral notice in the Courier Mail, 3 October - “Doo” our<br />

brave boy lost his battle on 29 September 2011, aged 30<br />

years. Adored son of Susan and John, best brother of Milly<br />

and Pete, loved uncle of Ava and Thomas, Elgin and Chilli<br />

(the ferals). We are so proud of you, little mate, you never<br />

complained.<br />

Everyone who knew Andrew was invited to attend his funeral<br />

service, which was held in the Chapel of St Alban’s at <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> on Friday, October 7th.<br />

John Lockhart Gibson (McK 41-47)<br />

passed away on Sunday June 5, 2011.<br />

Christopher Maddock Hughes (Del 45-49)<br />

Chris Hughes, age 77, of the Beaverdam community of<br />

Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA, passed away at the home<br />

he loved on April 18.<br />

<strong>The</strong> youngest of six children, Chris was born in Mossman,<br />

Queensland, to Alfred Lucas Hughes (<strong>Southport</strong> High <strong>School</strong>,<br />

1906) and Dorothy Kildare Vyvyan Hughes. After leaving<br />

school, Chris began his work career as a trainee ranch<br />

manager, and then managed cattle properties ranging from<br />

13,000 to 80,000 acres running up to 5000 head of cattle.<br />

His marriage to American-born Alice Hill led them to Georgia,<br />

USA in 1969 where he began a career in ready-mix concrete<br />

production and retired as plant manager in 2006.<br />

A long-time curiosity about woodcarving led Chris to become a<br />

well-known carver; his work is in collections all over the world.<br />

His first carvings were birds, followed by horses and other<br />

animals, with hummingbirds topping the list in popularity.<br />

He carved Noah’s Arks, Nativity sets and barnyards as special<br />

orders, but Chris’s favourite pieces were his rodeo figures.<br />

In his younger years, Chris built a camper and designated<br />

autumn as the time to explore the United States. He also<br />

loved being at home, as long as he could wander his land<br />

and spend time reading. Chris had strong opinions. His<br />

photographic memory amazed many, facts and history always<br />

ready. He could fix anything, didn’t worry about the little<br />

things, and ate the gushy chocolates in the sampler box.<br />

Chris is survived by his wife Alice, daughter Vyvyan Hughes,<br />

sisters Rosemary Hughes and Katherine Hughes Davidson,<br />

and brother Philip Hughes (Del 1943-44). He was<br />

predeceased by one sister, Norah Hughes Shannon, and one<br />

brother, Charles Hughes (Del 1936-37).<br />

A graveside service was held Thursday, April 21, at historic<br />

Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden, Alabama, USA, where he was<br />

buried alongside several generations of his wife’s family. A<br />

hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Waltzing Matilda” was sung<br />

as a salute to Chris’s Australian roots. His daughter Vyvyan<br />

offered a closing prayer composed by her father’s first cousin,<br />

the Rev. David Cossar of Kent, England.<br />

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Nigel William Johnston (Del 67-74)<br />

passed away suddenly in May, 2011.<br />

John Gordon Kellas (McK 38-41)<br />

passed away on August 31. A qualified pharmacist and<br />

later a grazier at Middle Creek, Mongogari, south-west of<br />

Casino.<br />

Thomas Murray Knox (Tho 36-40)<br />

Sadly, Murray was unable to make the Older Old Boys<br />

assembly this year. He passed away on June 26. Murray’s<br />

retirement years on the Gold Coast had him volunteering<br />

for Coast Guard, Legacy and in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong> Old<br />

Boys Office. He learnt to paint and took up computers. He<br />

continued his contribution to 3 Squadron and went to as<br />

many events as possible.<br />

One of Murray’s great delights was his role as a grandfather<br />

to Heath, Rose, Sam, Campbell and Eli and in the last<br />

couple of years as great-grandfather to Dylan and Marley.<br />

Murray had a wonderful journey with Betty by his side for<br />

66 years, he had rewarding business experiences, wonderful<br />

overseas and family holidays and most importantly the joy<br />

he gave his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.<br />

Murray’s dear wife, Betty, passed away in May 13th. For the<br />

family to lose both Betty and Murray in such a short space of<br />

time is hard to comprehend, but they know they are together<br />

in a happy and safe place.<br />

Peter McKechnie (McK 52-59)<br />

died suddenly at his Toowoomba home on Thursday, May<br />

26, 2011. Peter was the former local member for then-<br />

Carnarvon electorate and Pastor for Stanthorpe, best<br />

remembered as a loving family man and caring politician.<br />

He leaves behind his wife Jeanette and two children, Mark<br />

and Jenny.<br />

Gerald Mills (Del 40-41)<br />

passed away on Thursday, June 23rd and will be sadly<br />

missed as a much loved father and father-in-law by<br />

Rosanne, his daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Peter<br />

Stephan, and his grandchildren, Linas and Karolis.<br />

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Obituaries<br />

Robert Edwin Patterson (Del 45-52)<br />

passed away Friday, June 3. Tim, son of Robert, advised<br />

that the funeral was held in Springshore on Friday, June 10.<br />

Myrtle, Robert’s wife, wrote a lovely letter to the OSA …<br />

“Robert was very proud of that ‘Old Boys Tie’. His four sons<br />

were pall-bearers and they all wore a <strong>School</strong> tie. He had<br />

planned to go to this year’s Old Boys Day, but that was not<br />

to be. Robert loved his Old <strong>School</strong>. This is a piece of writing<br />

we found in Robert’s bedside drawer… ‘I am not going to<br />

write my own eulogy although I did think of it, but I will give<br />

my daughter Jenny the pleasure of doing that for me.<br />

I would like to thank all my friends and relations for being<br />

kind and wonderful friends and spending their time to<br />

come to my service. A learned woman once said to me<br />

‘Gee, you are lucky you were born with a silver spoon in<br />

your mouth’. I immediately thought – one makes their own<br />

luck – nothing fell off the back of a truck into my lap, but<br />

as I thought into it more deeply, I realised she was right.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are certain things in life that one has no control over;<br />

it just happens.<br />

I was just lucky that I was born to such loving, caring<br />

parents, I was lucky I was born in Australia, I was lucky I<br />

was born white, I was lucky I was born so healthy and was<br />

lucky I was sent to the best boarding school in Australia.<br />

All these things I had no control over and it wasn’t until I<br />

was 16 years old that I started to make my own way in life.<br />

I was lucky to find the most wonderful girl God ever made<br />

and I was lucky that she agreed to spend the rest of her<br />

life with me. <strong>The</strong>n on looking back on my life, if I had the<br />

chance to write up my own life journey I would not change<br />

anything. It was a perfect journey.<br />

God bless you all, be kind to one another, until we meet<br />

again’.”


Many Old Boys and TSS Staff will remember Mrs Lorrie<br />

Royles who worked in the Studies Department for 22 years.<br />

Sadly, Lorrie passed away late September. Most would<br />

remember her working for Harry Kaiser and others in the<br />

Studies Department. Lorrie was a very warm and caring<br />

lady and will be sadly missed by many.<br />

Bryan Schmidt (McK 38-41)<br />

Late of Clifton and formerly of Talpa, Wyandra, passed<br />

away at Mossman Hospital aged 85 years. Lovingly<br />

remembered and greatly missed by his daughter and<br />

son-in-law, Tarella and Michael, and his sister Barbara<br />

and by all his family and friends. A service was held in<br />

Toowoomba on Friday, September 16th.<br />

Peter John Watson Stephens (McK 55-56)<br />

Late of Cedar Glen, Beaudesert, passed away of a brain<br />

tumour on January 2, 2011. Peter was the beloved<br />

husband of Janet, devoted father, father-in-law and<br />

grandfather of Anna and Tim.<br />

Barry Robert Wilkinson (Mck 48-49)<br />

passed away on December 24, 2010.<br />

Bishop David Shand (Del 35-38)<br />

It is with sadness I advise of the death of Bishop David on<br />

8 July. Bishop David was born in Queensland and trained<br />

at St Francis College. He was ordained Deacon in 1949<br />

and Priest in 1950 in St John’s Cathedral. He served his<br />

curacy in Lutwyche (1948-52), and was later incumbent<br />

of Moorooka (1952-53), Inglewood (1953-55), Nambour<br />

(1955-60) and Ipswich (1960-66).<br />

Bishop David moved to the Diocese of Melbourne in 1966.<br />

In 1973 he was consecrated as the last bishop of the<br />

Diocese of St Arnaud and from 1978 was a regional bishop<br />

in Melbourne until his retirement in 1988.<br />

His Requiem will be held in St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne<br />

on Friday, July 15 beginning at 10.30am. We give thanks<br />

to God for Bishop David’s faithful ministry and service.<br />

Please pray for his wife Jean, their children, Jenny, Sue,<br />

Michael and Ruth, and their families at this time.<br />

I also advise that the Reverend Canon Richard Tutin has<br />

accep ted appointment as General Secretary of Queensland<br />

Churches Together. Richard has been involved with QCT<br />

as a member of the Executive and brings knowledge and<br />

experience of Queensland and the Australian church to the<br />

position. He will commence in the role on 3 October.<br />

I thank Richard for his work as Archbishop’s Chaplain<br />

over the past three years, for his support, dedication and<br />

commitment.<br />

Yours in Christ<br />

<strong>The</strong> Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall<br />

Archbishop of Brisbane<br />

John Rogerson (Tho 51-54)<br />

passed away on February 13. John had a stroke some<br />

years ago and in recent times was a resident in a nursing<br />

home. He leaves behind his wife Jocelyn.<br />

Henry Arthur Shannon (Del 53-60)<br />

Art (Henry Arthur) Shannon, late of Ballina in Northern<br />

NSW, passed away August 12, aged 66 years, after years<br />

valiantly fighting a heart condition.<br />

Luke Whistler (Del 95-96) stepson of Arthur, wrote to<br />

advise of the passing of Arthur, who is survived by his<br />

partner Kay Whistler, brother Jock Shannon (Del 53-55)<br />

and 10 beloved children.<br />

Originally from Tabulam, rural Northern NSW, Art was one<br />

of the youngest boarders ever to attend the school when he<br />

arrived in the ’50s. He had many memories of adventures<br />

during his schooldays.<br />

Family and friends were invited to attend Art’s service held<br />

in Ballina, August, 26. <strong>The</strong> school was proudly represented<br />

at the service, including Zane Moulton (Bid 06-11),<br />

extended family and current students, who delivered the<br />

framed Dellie clock-tower picture gift from the OSA. This<br />

included a reminder of Arty as Junior Scull Champ 1960.<br />

Those gathered at the service recalled Art’s cheerful<br />

appreciation of life when his preferred funeral song was<br />

played, Monty Python’s “<strong>The</strong> Bright Side of Life”.<br />

Vale Arty!<br />

John Lawrence Woodburn (McK 39-40)<br />

passed away on December 28, 2010.<br />

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Donald Stuart Scott (Tho 43-44), born January 20, 1928. In August 2010,<br />

not long after Donald Scott passed away, the OSA was overwhelmed when<br />

we received word of a very generous bequest of $50,000 from Donald Scott’s<br />

estate.<br />

Don Scott’s Eulogy, August, 24 2010, prepared by<br />

Cameron Brew...<br />

Don Scott, simply put, was a remarkable man. He would be<br />

uncomfortable with that accolade, but all of us here today,<br />

in one way or another, would know this to be true.<br />

In typical understated Don fashion, he has asked a couple<br />

of us “to say a few words”. Well as we all know, Don’s life<br />

and legacy could not be summed up in “a few words!” But<br />

we will do our best!<br />

Don was born on January 20, 1928 at Roma Hospital. He<br />

was the eldest child of Cyril & Doreen Scott. In 1930 his<br />

sister Robin was born, followed in 1934 by his brother<br />

Iain. <strong>The</strong> Scotts lived on their property “Brookfield” near<br />

(Yulba) Yuleba in the Taroom district.<br />

Don and his siblings were the third generation of Scotts<br />

to have lived in Taroom. “Brookfield” was originally the<br />

outstation of the main property “Hornetbank”. When<br />

“Hornetbank” was divided Don’s father took it over and<br />

ran shorthorn cattle & a flock of ration sheep. <strong>The</strong>y had<br />

pure-bred Smithfield dogs to work the cattle and sheep and<br />

near the house there was an orchard that Don’s parents<br />

maintained. <strong>The</strong> property was like the Scott’s-neat and tidy<br />

and up-to-date with the latest developments.<br />

In 1938 when Don was 10 he started his formal education<br />

at Toowoomba Prep. He remained there until 1942. In<br />

1943 he started at <strong>The</strong> <strong>Southport</strong> <strong>School</strong>, finishing his<br />

schooling at the age of 16 in 1944. His interests at school<br />

were Boxing, Rugby, Rowing & Tennis.<br />

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While at TSS Don met John Elliot and the pair became<br />

great friends and it was the start of a lifelong friendship<br />

between the Scott and Elliot families.<br />

On June 4, 1953 Don was elected Councillor for Taroom<br />

Shire. Four years later, in June 1957, at 29 years of age,<br />

he became Chairman of the Taroom Shire Council where<br />

he served until 1964. To this day Don was the youngest<br />

person ever to become Chairman or Mayor of the Taroom<br />

Shire Council.<br />

During his term as Chairman Don set out, against<br />

opposition, to modernise the Council fleet of trucks and<br />

equipment. Once done the Council became very efficient at<br />

road making and maintenance and as a result Taroom had<br />

its first bitumen roads constructed. Don won the respect of<br />

everyone in the shire and soon everyone knew him to talk to.<br />

As Chairman Don also oversaw the survey and construction<br />

of the Taroom aerodrome between Taroom and Wandoan.<br />

This would later become the site of the Tarwan Soaring Club.<br />

Also in 1957 Don learnt to fly through the Darling Downs<br />

Aero Club. A few years later in the early 1960s Don bought<br />

a yellow Auster – “Bravo Yankee Hotel” (affectionately<br />

known as “Bloody Yellow Horror”). This increased his<br />

flexibility and he became proficient at flying the aircraft.<br />

He then built a strip at Brookfield and in retrospect I<br />

suspect Don wishes he built the strip a bit longer as trying<br />

to land on a hot day the Auster would float from one end of<br />

the strip to the other!!


Don spent many of his holidays with his old schoolmate John<br />

Elliot & the Elliot family. He would go over at least once a year<br />

to go fishing at Round Hill near Seventeen Seventy, did this<br />

for decades. John’s brother Rob recalls that in the early days<br />

all the kids looked forward to Don’s visit as he always brought<br />

loads of CHOCOLATES!<br />

Don had a love for Humber cars and would arrive in his<br />

Humber Super Snipe with its timber dash and all. It was most<br />

impressive and of course, very well maintained. Don’s trips<br />

were not all fun as often he had to help with musters or other<br />

station work before fishing.<br />

One story worth telling is when Don flew to Bundaberg and<br />

then on to Round Hill late at night. Next morning Don & the<br />

Elliot boys set off at daylight to go over the bar and catch<br />

a mackerel. <strong>The</strong> mackerel gear was a 300-pound breakingstrain<br />

cord line and a long wire trace that had not been used<br />

for 12 months. It was not long before Don hooked on to a big<br />

one and after playing it a while got it beside the boat. But<br />

as fate would have it, the trace broke. Don politely said a few<br />

words about lack of maintenance and proceeded to double<br />

up the broken trace and put on an old rusty lure. <strong>The</strong> boys<br />

trawled for hours with no result, but on the way back in and<br />

near the bar “Don’s fish” was waiting. This time he caught<br />

and landed the big mackerel. With the mackerel’s nose on the<br />

ground the tail was almost up to Don’s shoulders. As it was<br />

far too big to go in his eskies it had to be cut into chunks so<br />

he could take it back to Brookfield. It took years to get the<br />

smile off Don’s face whenever he told the story.<br />

In 1965 at 37 years of age Don took over the running of<br />

“Brookfield” so that his dad could retire. It was also this year<br />

that Don was awarded his first MBE for his work serving on<br />

the Taroom Shire Council ...<br />

it was also the same year that a small English rock’n’roll<br />

band called <strong>The</strong> Beatle received their MBEs. <strong>The</strong>re was<br />

public outrage and Don was in the thick of it! Being a man of<br />

principle he handed back his MBE in protest!! It was another<br />

22 years before he was awarded his next MBE for Services to<br />

Local Government, Youth & Community!<br />

In the late ’60s Don discovered gliding. He initially learnt<br />

to glide at Kingaroy and in 1970 did his Instructors<br />

Course there. It was during this course that he met another<br />

gentleman who would become another lifelong friend. His<br />

name is Gus Mauch, and he is sitting here today.<br />

Don’s early gliding saw him instruct at Taroom. He was the<br />

chief instigator behind the formation of the Tarwan Soaring<br />

Club, where he also became their first Chief Flying Instructor.<br />

Don’s life in the 1970s remained centred around the Taroom<br />

District. His flying became more gliding orientated and his<br />

reputation among his peers as a gliding instructor grew. At<br />

home his busy schedule at “Brookfield” continued along with<br />

his interest in attending many field, pasture improvement and<br />

cattle-breeding days. By the late 1970s he had moved his<br />

gliding interests back to Kingaroy where he later became their<br />

Chief Flying Instructor.<br />

In 1979 and for Don, after 51 years of living at “Brookfield”,<br />

the Scott family decided it was time to sell and move to<br />

Brisbane. Don settled in St Lucia where he lived and cared for<br />

his ageing mother & father while pursuing what had become<br />

his major interest – teaching kids to fly ...<br />

And I, like many here today, am thankful that he did!!<br />

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Extract Of 2011 Financials<br />

Complete financials can be viewed on the TSS Old Boys website,<br />

by logging onto www.tssoldboys.com.au<br />

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Financials<br />

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What if you could make a permanent<br />

difference to our mission?<br />

“My parents made substantial sacrifices to send me to<br />

TSS in the early 1970s. I have always appreciated their<br />

decision and I know that I personally gained so much from<br />

my time at the <strong>School</strong> – both in the classroom and away<br />

from it. I believe that it is particularly important to give<br />

back to the <strong>School</strong> and its future students in a personal<br />

manner; beyond the fees paid by my parents at the<br />

time. I hope that the bequest to TSS in my Will can help<br />

other young men get the experience of a fine, all-round<br />

education to prepare them for a productive, honourable<br />

future and a fine life.”<br />

You can...<br />

Dr Leighton Cochran (Wal 72-75)<br />

For more information about how you can leave a bequest to the <strong>School</strong> or the OSA, please<br />

contact:<br />

TSS Foundation Office<br />

Phone: (07) 5531 9841<br />

Email: bequests@tss.qld.edu.au<br />

OSA Office<br />

Phone: (07) 5531 9803<br />

Email: osa@tss.qld.edu.au

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