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Editors • Denis Brosnan & Rebecca McEwen Smith • Volume 8 • Issue 3

2008 Cromwell College N ews

C r o m w e l l

C o l l e g e

Within The University of Queensland

DECEMBER 2008

A Most Worthy Recipient On the last formal dinner of the year, the Principal of Cromwell College, Rev. Dr. Begbie, had the pleasure of awarding the College’s most prestigious award to a most worthy recipient. “The College Medal is awarded every year at the Valedictory Dinner. In choosing the recipient, I look for a number of factors. Firstly, the person must have made a significant contribution to the College; secondly, they should be respected in the community; and thirdly, their values should be supportive of, or at least consistent with, those Christian values that inspired this College when it opened in 1954. “The person I have chosen this year is an outstanding candidate in every respect. Her academic record is strong, but the deepest contribution she has made lies elsewhere. It will not take you long to work out who she is when I quote from a school teacher’s reference that came with her application to come to College. “I quote: ‘She is one of our most caring, compassionate and reliable Seniors. She involves herself in a wide range of spiritual, intellectual and social activities to which she gives true commitment. She cares genuinely for the welfare of others. She has fulfilled her pastoral care role beyond expectations. Her energy and positive attitude stem largely from her strong Christian faith. I can rely on her honesty and sense of responsibility without any doubt. She has a truly warm character and it is a pleasure to have known her as a student.’ “None of that, I am delighted to say, has changed. This lady is known and loved by us all and her Christian faith and love shine warmly upon us as they did upon her schoolmates and teachers. She has also been deeply involved in the College, not only with her enthusiastic overall involvement but by having been a Senior and Vice-President in 2008 and International Representative and Tennis and Cross Country Convenor in 2007. I have no hesitation in awarding the 2008 Cromwell College Medal to Rebecca Smith.”

A Magazine for Old Collegians, Friends of Cromwell, Current Residents and their Families

Medal

Ms. Rebecca Smith Recipient – 2008 Cromwell College Medal

What’s I nside

From the Principal

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Vale Boris Christa

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Six Months in Denmark

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Academic Dinner

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Commemorating Oliver Cromwell

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Valedictory Dinner

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Sporting Awards Dinner

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International Dinner

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Cultural Dinner

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Chit-Chat Roundup

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CROMWELL COLLEGE Walcott Street ST. LUCIA, QLD 4067 Ph: (07) 3377 1300 Fax: (07) 3377 1499 Email: friends@cromwell.uq.edu.au Website: www.cromwell.uq.edu.au Mission Statement To provide a vibrant community for students in a caring Christian environment that enables them to grow in knowledge and character and the desire to serve. Vision Statement Accept diversity Create community Strive for excellence Pursue spiritual, academic, cultural and social maturity Serve Society Care for the environment. Coat Of Arms When the College was able to adopt its arms, it secured permission from the surviving head of the Cromwell family to bear Oliver Cromwell’s personal arms, a lion argent rampant on a field of sable. Motto VBI SPIRITVS IBI LIBERTAS – This motto comes from the Latin version of the Second Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, Ch 3, Verse 17. “Now the Lord is Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Thanks Thank you to all the staff, students and Alumni who have been contributors to this issue of COCA News. Editors Denis Brosnan, Dean of Students & Rebecca McEwen Smith, Development Manager Graphic Design & Printing Westminster Printing 31 Stevenson Street PADDINGTON, QLD 4064 Collating & Distribution Work Solutions (Wesley Mission) P.O. Box 6402 FAIRFIELD GARDENS, QLD 4103

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Dear Friends, What a year it has been – certainly fast and furious and yet it has been an eventful year as well. We had 105 new students join us this year and they all became a part of the Cromwell family very quickly. The social life for the students was full and ongoing. An interesting point was that 2008 is a leap year and that meant it was the girls’ turn to ‘Ask’ the boys to the Ball and that produced some interesting spectacles around the College. We hosted some stimulating people at our Formal Dinners, some from within the College, some from The University of Queensland and some from other walks of life. Our Special Dinners produced some hilarious and wonderful moments, both academically and socially. Both International and Cultural Dinners have become important dates on our annual calendar and along with Sporting Awards Dinner, give the respective convenors an opportunity to display their organising (and secret-keeping) skills to the rest of their peers. The ICC and other results are on the relevant pages. Academically Cromwell did rather well this year and we have a number of students who were ceremoniously rewarded for their sustained efforts despite the ongoing temptations offered by the Social, Cultural and Sports Convenors. On a more sombre note one of our long-serving Board of Governors members and ardent supporter of Cromwell, Professor Boris Christa, died in August. His funeral service was held

here at the College and officiated over by Rev. Dr. Begbie. More details of his life as a Professor of Russian at The University of Queensland are outlined in this magazine. There is more renovation work happening during this summer semester as Thatcher-Dowling gets its facelift, as did North this time last year. We are also building a new visitor accommodation room and upgrading two other rooms for visitors. Cromwell has continued to have a very good word of mouth reputation and we are inundated with over 350 applicants for places in 2009. Unfortunately a lot of prospective residents will be disappointed as we will not have enough rooms available to cater for all of them. Our Seniors and Students’ Association Executive and Non Executive members for 2009 have been nominated/elected and we look forward to working with them. And to all of you, our Alumni, our Friends of the College and Parents of our Residents, have a safe and happy Festive season. Please keep sending in your changes of address and interesting snippets of news for this magazine – it is always great to read your stories. We look forward to being part of your lives again in 2009.

Rebecca McEwen Smith Development Manager Cromwell College Ph: (07) 3377 1235 Fax: 07 3377 1499 Email: r.mcewen@cromwell.uq.edu.au friends@cromwell.uq.edu.au

Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year to all of you from all at

Cromwell College


From the

Principal

Valedictory Dinner is always an extraordinary event in the life of the College. If any outsider wants to see the richness and depth of College life, then it is at this dinner that it is most clearly seen. This year the emotion, the quality of the toasts, the sense of community was palpable and a real endorsement of the College. We also had a great speech from a COCA member, Mr Geoff Harley. He was great company and his address well received. Valedictory also provides me with an opportunity to say farewell, a task I always want to make meaningful. This is what I said this year: It is time for me to say farewell to those of you who are about to leave College for the world outside. Clearly this has been an important and exciting three years for you and through this experience, you have learned many things. I hope that in some small way I have been able to assist you in this exciting journey. What you may not realize of course, is that you also have played a part in my life. And not just in the obvious ways of hard work and broken nights. More importantly, you all enrich my life, affirming for me a sense of great purpose in all I do. As you graduate tonight from this College I would like to leave with you three questions to consider. The first is: What will be your life’s work? Life is easily squandered or misdirected. Having a vision of what you can contribute to this world is important. It is important that you address this question seriously. The kind of work you do may or may not be clear to you, but that’s not important. What is important is that you have an understanding of the gifts you have and the kind of person you need to be, matched with a clear conviction that serving and contributing is one of the key responsibilities you have in life. Let me say again: What will be your life’s work? Secondly, what part will love play in your life? You can have a goal that may lead you to achieve many things, but if you cannot love or receive love, they are really pointless. If this College has taught you anything, it

has taught you the importance of respect and love. And to you guys in particular – do not make the mistake of measuring your manhood in outside achievements. If you can be a loving man, a loving husband and a loving father you can achieve more great and important things for this world than any bridge builder, sportsman, businessman or politician. Finally, what will you do about faith? Or more accurately, in what or whom will you place your faith? For whether you realise it or not you have in your heads a map of reality that guides you and which you have accepted by faith. Is that map a good one? Does it make sense of the world?

In many ways I feel for your generation. You have been swamped with information, alternatives, and choices and have been told that all beliefs are equally valid. They are not. Nazism was evil, Marxism unsustainable and blind to real human need. In the end you must choose which map to follow and it is your responsibility to test your map against reality and live by it with integrity. I do my best to live and work among you as a Christian. By definition that means that I am both frail and fallible, but also that I can rejoice in forgiveness and in the hope of a new day. I believe in the Christian map and I hope that from time to time you have glimpsed something of this map in what I have said and done. It is my prayer that sometime, somewhere, somehow you will give this map the examination it deserves. Personally, while I acknowledge that there is bad religion, bad Christianity in the world, rightly understood I believe this map carries the mark of God’s deep truth upon it and many of the important things in history have flowed from it. Thank you again for your contribution to this College and my life. And now I wish to pray God’s blessing upon you. Blessing Go forth into the world in peace, be of good courage; Hold fast that which is good; Render to no one evil for evil; Strengthen the faint-hearted. Support the weak;

Help the afflicted; Honour everyone; Love and serve the Lord Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit And the Blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with you now and always. AMEN

Applications and Interviews for 2009 Second semester is both exciting and exhausting. We see some go but we also see many line up to try and get in. I say try, because this year College was more popular than normal (both in terms of those wanting to stay and those wanting to get in) and there were over 350 applications. All these have to be interviewed and that is the exhausting part. It is also difficult to discern between them. Some are clearly in, some clearly out, but the vast majority are simply great kids all of whom deserve a place but many of whom will not find one. This is stressful for all concerned but a real indication of the popularity of the College. One of the common reasons for wanting to come to Cromwell is the obvious sense of community visible on the web and to those who visit. It is heartening when person after person gives a similar reason for applying to Cromwell. It means we are doing something right. Property Matters Cromwell is about to spend another $1.3m on refurbishing Thatcher and Dowling. By the time you receive this newsletter, it will be well and truly underway. The Master Planning process is continuing. Currently we are exploring possibilities with a company that does high quality work in factory productions that are transported on to the site. This process has been used successfully in parts of Europe for 30 years but is new in Australia and allows for high quality, but excellent value and very strong outcomes. I will keep you in touch. Happy Christmas May the Lord bless you all this Christmas in the New Year. 2008 has had its challenges (as no doubt will 2009) but the Lord is still in charge and still promises to ‘cause all things to work together for the good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes.’ (Rom 8:28). All the best, Hugh Bebgie Principal

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Vice Chancellor’s Message Dear Alumnus, If you graduated during or since 1993, or attended an international graduation celebration in recent years, there is a good chance you have shaken hands with our Chancellor, Sir Llew Edwards. On November 20, Sir Llew announced to the UQ Senate that he will not seek re-election as Chancellor when his term expires on February 9, 2009. He will bow out in his trademark modest fashion after 16 years in this demanding, high-profile, honorary position. It has been UQ’s great privilege to have Sir Llew as Chancellor. His relationship with the University began in the 1960s when

he was a student of Medicine, making enduring friendships with Australian and international students.

His warmth and humanity have touched countless lives, including those of many alumni.

When he came to the position in February 1993 (after nine years as a UQ Senator) he was widely-respected as a former Queensland Health Minister, Deputy Premier and Treasurer, and erstwhile chair of the hugely popular World Expo 88 in Brisbane.

For a person so driven and dedicated, deciding when to retire can be the toughest of calls.

After he became Chancellor and practised his stated belief that “the University belongs to the people”, it soon became apparent that Sir Llew’s personal style was as valuable as his business skills and links with government and industry.

Now that he has made it, I know that you will join me in sincerely thanking him for his outstanding work for UQ, and in wishing him and his wife Jane the happiest and healthiest of futures.

Professor Paul Greenfield AO Vice-Chancellor and President

Vale Boris Christa It was with great sadness that we farewelled another of the College’s long serving and dedicated Board members in August. Emeritus Professor Boris Christa, who was the inaugural chair of Russian at The University of Queensland, died on the 19th August. He became the University’s representative on the Cromwell Board of Governors in 1977 and in 2004 Professor Christa was made a Life Governor of the College for his outstanding contribution to the College Board. Professor Christa who was born in Bulgaria in 1925 lived most of his young life in Germany and England. It was during the Second World War, whilst serving as a lieutenant with the British Army, that his language skills influenced him to work as a British liaison officer with the Soviet Army in occupied Germany and later as an interpreter to the Soviet military. After the war Professor Christa began his academic career at Trinity College,

Cambridge reading Slavonic Studies, and then moved to Melbourne in 1950 and later Auckland during which time he gained his MA in 1955 and his PhD from Cambridge in 1963. In 1966 he accepted the position as head of the fledgling Russian department at The University of Queensland and proceeded to oversee its growth into a fully fledged university department with honours and postgraduate programs and full-time staff. Professor Christa was very involved with the Russian Community in Brisbane having been one of the founding members of the Australia and New Zealand Slavists’ Association. As an honorary research consultant in the University’s School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, he also continued to publish and present papers regularly. After receiving his Life Governor award at the 2004 College Academic Dinner, Professor Christa said, “I have watched many generations of Cromwellians come

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and go. I am happy to think that I might have contributed in some small way to their welfare during their time in College.”

Vale Ivor Cribb Dr. Ivor Cribb, founding Warden of International House at The University of Queensland, died in early October. Dr Cribb served as Warden of IH from 1965 until his retirement in December 1986. He was well-known for the way he inspired students to follow the College motto, ’That Brotherhood May Prevail’.

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Six Months in Denmark I undertook a semester of exchange at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in the first semester of 2008, and continued my studies in environmental engineering whilst there. Going on exchange in Denmark allowed me to experience and learn so much about other cultures and myself. Being an exchange student allowed me to experience a foreign country in a very special way, and to live there as a student for a long period enabled me to get an understanding of the special culture and traditions of Denmark. Although meeting Danes was a little difficult at first, there are many ways to get to meet them and I was able to get to know a few quite well.

I was living in a community of foreign students, so we spent much time cooking and eating food from all around the world, and I was able to learn so much about other people’s countries and cultures. Once spring rolled around, we were able to make use of Denmark’s amazing and extensive bike path network and explore the beautiful (and flat) countryside. The fact that I was staying in Europe provided me with the chance to see many other countries; including other Scandinavian areas, central and eastern European countries and Russia; and there were always people eager to see new places and to go travelling with.

Studying engineering in Denmark was quite different to UQ; the classes were small and teaching was very personalised and there is a wide variety of courses taught in English. Doing such subjects enabled me to experience different teaching methods, and gave me the opportunity to see how other people approach and solve problems. Going on exchange in Denmark has given me renewed inspiration to learn; it has opened up my world and above all I was able to make many new friends from all around the world in the process. Sam Pocock

I am standing on the western edge of Zealand (the island with Copenhagen). The bridge in the background is the Great Belt Bridge (Storebæltsbroen), which connects the two main islands of Denmark. Cars and other vehicles travel on top whilst trains go via tunnels underneath the sea.

Dean’s Honour Roll Two former Cromwell residents were admitted to the Dean’s Honour Roll in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law following their graduations in July this year. Congratulations to Cromwellian Katie Bauer (2004-2006) and to Gregory Xu, a resident of Campus Lodge (2006-07).

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Katie Ba

Katie was recognized for her outstanding achievement in the Bachelor of Business Management/Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate program. Katie received nine Dean’s recommendations overall, i.e. one for each and every semester of her program at UQ.

Gregory earned himself two full Honour Roll Guernseys and did an amazing work load – two postgraduate degrees in 2½ calendar years; a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor. Each year a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students within the BEL Faculty who attain a specified cumulative GPA across the entirety of their program are eligible for placement on the Dean’s Honour Roll. It recognises outstanding academic excellence in a student’s program of study.

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ACADEMIC DINNER

2008

The 2008 Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 19th August, with special guest speaker, Professor Ian Breward, who is an Honorary Senior Fellow in Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Professor Breward addressed the gathering on the subject of Oliver Cromwell on the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his death. Professor Breward’s speech is included in this issue. “Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Cromwell College’s Dean of Students, Mr. Denis Brosnan, while entertainment was provided by residents Andrew Barra and Rhett Dobinson and Cromwell Alumnus, Mr. Steve Carlton. “Before I announce the awards for the evening, I would like to take this opportunity to announce how the College fared as a whole. We are a scrupulously honest College, so we have to tell you that there are still a small number of results outstanding for special exams and deferred assessment. Even so, Cromwell’s average GPA for Semester 1 was 5.1 which is a worthwhile increase on last year’s GPA of 4.97. As is traditional, the women have outperformed the men, with an average of 5.21 compared to the men’s 4.97. “While we have had our disappointments, some exceptional performances have more than outshone these, most notably by Julia Hayes, Seth Cheetham, Alison Duguid, Dané Hill, Matt Osmond and Daniel Hayes, who all achieved the remarkable result of straight 7s. In all, 51 residents achieved a Semester 1 GPA of 6 or above, a figure marginally higher than last year’s which was 47. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the peer tutors who have given of their time,

Seth Cheetham

both formally and less formally, to assist other students this year. Your work is deeply appreciated. And now the college prize and scholarship winners for 2008 are as follows. “The Uniting Church Investment Service (UCIS) is awarded to the first year students with the highest results. The first years with the highest GPAs were Julia Hayes, (Occupational Therapy); Seth Cheetham, (Science); Alison Duguid, (Engineering); Dané Hill, (Environmental Science) and Matt Osmond, (Science). They all have the perfect GPA of 7. “The second prize, the Frederick North Memorial Prize, is presented to encourage people who reflect in their behaviour a firm commitment to the College’s mission and vision statements, in particular the wider spiritual vision that underlies the College’s purpose. It is awarded by the Principal for spiritual leadership in the College and this year Dr Begbie wishes to encourage two people who have shown a strengthening leadership in this area and who have been important supporters of College belief discussions. For their spiritual leadership and example, the following residents have been awarded equally the Frederick North Memorial Prize Alastair Walker and Daniel Hayes. “The Rod McElhinney Prize will be presented by Rod, a former resident of the College and who generously donated the money for this prize. It is awarded to the student in the area of Biological and Chemical Sciences who attains the highest GPA over three semesters. This year it is being awarded to a student who has achieved a 6.5 GPA - Kate Midgley. “The VE Hancock Memorial Prize is awarded to the undergraduate who gains most distinction in the area of Business,

Alison Duguid

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Matt Osmond

All residents who received a GPA of 6 or above are: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Julia Hayes

DANIEL L. ARMSTRONG EMMA BADENOCH-JONES NICHOLAS BROOK SETH CHEETHAM ALISON DUGUID JESSICA FOSTER ADRIC HARON ANGELA HEAD LOUISE HIGGINS DANÉ HILL DAVID HOFER JOANNE LANDMARK MICHAEL LANGFORD TIHANA MILIC GENESTA NICOLSON MATT OSMOND JULIA HAYES CARL SMITH MONIQUE SMITH ASHLEIGH STUART MATT WHITTENBURY ELIZABETH YORKSTON JESSICA WRIGLEY ZENAN FRANKS DANIEL HAYES REBECCA SMITH TOBY GORDON JENNIFER MOREHOUSE JOSH BRIMBLECOMBE SHEREE O’DWYER COLLEEN FERRIES JAMES ROWLAND PHILIP PEARSON HAYLEY MISKIN TEGAN SLAPE CHLOE CHESTERS CAITLYN HOLDING JENNA THOMPSON PETER FRAZER ANNA YEO AARON VAN DER WERFF OLIVIA NG MALLORY ENGLISH FIONA CLARKE GAVIN EDGLEY ANGELA FAINT KIRSTY GLYNN TARA JONES

Gavin Edgley


Chloe Chesters & James Rowland

Daniel Hayes & Alastair Walker

Economics, and Law. It is named in honour of Mr Hancock who was a Foundation Governor of and who made many generous gifts to the College. The recipient of the prize this year with a three semester GPA of 6.4 is - Gavin Edgley. “The Cromwell College Prize for a student in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is this year awarded to a student studying the combined BJ and BA program, with a three semester G.P.A of 6.6. The recipient of the prize this year is Anna Yeo. “The Governors Prize is awarded to a student with distinguished results in the area of Heath Sciences. This year the award goes equally to two students, one in Pharmacy and the second in Physiotherapy, each with a three semester GPA of 6.4 - James Rowland and Chloe Chesters. “The Old Collegians Prize is awarded to a student who gains academic distinction in the Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture over three semesters and this year is awarded to an Engineering student, with a three-semester GPA of 6.7 - Zenan Franks. “The Edwin Hobart Lockley Prize is awarded to a student who has consistently achieved distinguished results in the Faculty of Arts, and the winner this year, with a 3 semester GPA of 6.5, is Hayley Miskin. “The N C Duong (Yoong) Memorial Prize is awarded to the student who has made a notable contribution to the community’s life, particularly

Meg Fowler

Kate Midgley

Anna Yeo

in the promotion of international understanding. In memory of Mike Duong, who was a member of the College from 1960-1964, his fellow students set up a fund to endow this award. For her quiet, tenacious achievements, especially in the fostering of education for migrants and refugees to our country, this year’s winner is Madeline Anderson. “The Board of Governors recently approved a new award, which is named in honour of Yvonne Rogers who was a Fellow of the College and who served for more than twenty-five years on its Board and on many of its committees. Her capacity to care and her willingness to work and to share in a spirit of Christian love were the hallmark of Yvonne’s numerous contributions to our College. The Yvonne Rogers Memorial Prize is awarded to the second-year student who, in their first year at university and as a resident of the College, achieves the greatest improvement in Entry Rank on the basis of their results in their first year of studies, across a full load of courses. The winner is Meg Fowler.

Zenan Franks & Daniel Hayes

“The D.C. GALE Shield is awarded to the corridor with the highest combined GPA in semester one. 14th place Mid Dowling 4.302 13th place Lower Dowling 4.855 12th place Top Dowling 4.858 11th place Bottom Thatcher 4.877 10th place Top Han 5.007 9th place Lockley 5.041 8th place Bottom North 5.076 7th place Bottom Cock 5.167 6th place Mid Han 5.212 5th place Top North 5.216 4th place Top Thatcher 5.273 3rd place Lower Han 5.309 2nd place Mid Cock 5.413 st 1 place Top Cock 5.689 Kimberlee Ciranni, as Senior of Top Cock will receive the shield. Congratulations to all award recipients.” Denis Brosnan Dean of Students

“The prestigious Cromwell College Foundation Scholarships are awarded for exceptional performance in any field. “Our first winner is Natasha Hayward who has a cumulative GPA of 6.6 in Science and Optometry. The second scholarship is shared between two men with identical GPAs of 6.55 - Zenan Franks (Engineering) and Daniel Hayes (Arts and Science). Kimberlee Ciranni

Hayley Miskin

Madeline Anderson

Natasha Haywood

Dané Hill

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Commemorating Oliver Cromwell The three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Oliver Cromwell’s death on 3rd September, 1658 will not be widely celebrated for he is still a controversial figure in British history. His role as a regicide ensures that. His contemporaries were equally divided. Slingsby Bethel wrote in The World’s Mistake in Oliver Cromwell that, “He exercised such an arbitrary power that the whole land grew weary of him.”

Like many of his class, he was deeply angered by Charles I’s ruling without Parliament from 1629. When Cromwell was elected to the Long Parliament, called to raise money to expel the invading Scots, he was determined to ensure the supremacy of Parliament and the rule of law over both Crown and Church. He quickly emerged as one of the leaders of the parliamentary opposition to Charles I.

Not all have reached such a negative conclusion. Professor Gordon Greenwood delivered a fine lecture on Cromwell at the opening of Cromwell College on 9th March, 1955. That helps to explain why a group of Queensland Congregationalist chose “Cromwell” as the name of this College. They saw his career as an inspiration, for they saw him as a champion of political and religious liberty, with religion as the foundation for the whole of personal and national life. So I want to sketch his life in the light of several fine studies, which appeared in the 1990s. His first forty years were unremarkable. His family was well-connected minor gentry, struggling to keep financially afloat. Oliver had a year at Cambridge, but his father’s death made further study financially out of the question. He was involved in local government and in 1620 married Elizabeth Bourchier, the daughter of a well-off London merchant knight. Between 1629 –31, he experienced a dramatical religious awakening. Writing to his cousin Mrs St. John in 1636 he spoke of living in spiritual darkness. “I hated godliness, yet God had mercy on me. O, the riches of his mercy.” His life thereafter was shaped by a deep faith in God, unusual knowledge of the Bible demonstrated in his letters and speeches, and the conviction that God’s will was made known through providences, that is divine intervention in human affairs, such as some of his important military victories. Some of his biographers dismissed this language and Cromwell’s belief that he was an instrument of God’s purpose, as a cover for less worthy motives, such as self-seeking and betrayal of friends and colleagues. He can be seen as ruthless and uncompromising in the treatment of those whom he defeated militarily in Scotland and Ireland. Though he does not fit any religious definition, he was closest to the Independents,(or Congrergationalists as they were later known) for he was deeply committed to toleration for all who had within them” the root of the matter.” COCA News 2008 • Page 

Mr. Ben de Jong, Professor Ian Breward and Rev. Dr. Hugh Begbie When the first Civil War broke out in 1642, he showed unsuspected gifts for military leadership, building civilians into the formidable New Model Army. He was determined to win a decisive victory over the forces of the Crown and was a leading negotiator between Charles and Parliament. Increasingly, he and others came to the conclusion that Charles I was totally untrustworthy and would not protect what the army had fought for. The only solution was his removal by death; otherwise there could be no healing of the wounds of the Civil War. We know just how difficult that can be from the results of such a war in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands. Few historians appear to appreciate just how demanding such healing and settling can be when they discuss Cromwell’s failure to make a successful transition from military to parliamentary rule without a king. It was a fascinating period for constitutional discussions about enlarging and democratizing Parliament and creating a legal foundation for a republic. In addition, Cromwell had to defeat the Scots and the Irish supporters of Charles II and face the challenge of ruling three kingdoms. Cromwell saw the need for one national leader, but was opposed to accepting the Crown, despite the number of his colleagues who saw him as the solution to national leadership. He wrestled with the problems of combining ordered liberty and social stability.

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He was the only one trusted by the army who could also work with difficult parliamentary colleagues. There was no effective civil service. Cromwell and his colleagues dealt with many administrative issues through the Council. He was often overruled by colleagues. So far as the big picture was concerned, the Cromwellians wanted reformation of manners, law reform, Christian unity and a godly nation. Cromwell was a reluctant leader and on one occasion said, “I would have been glad to have lived under a woodside, to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken such a place as this was.” As Lord Protector, Cromwell had to face important social and economic changes of long standing. He had the ability, shared by few of his colleagues, to act decisively when difficult matters had to be resolved. The Commonwealth re-established England as a major European power and Cromwell played an important part in creating a Protestant foreign policy. An example of this was his passionate appeal to Louis XIV of France to prevent further persecution of the Waldensians in the mountains of northern Italy. Yet he was unable to find a satisfactory basis for parliamentary rule during the Commonwealth period. When he died, his son Richard was not up to the task of national leadership. Ultimately army leaders, the political classes and London came to believe that the recall of Charles II was the solution to the nation’s problems. Even though Cromwell died a disappointed man, his career was not a story of failure. He helped create a stronger parliamentary tradition, which ensured a much more constitutional monarchy in the British Isles. James II was deposed in 1688. His daughters Mary and Anne were cautious in their use of the royal prerogative. The Hanoverian kings were even more so during the 18th century, so that Britain never had to face the cost of another violent internal revolution. The Protectorate also gave time for the Dissenters to emerge as a religious alternative to the Church of England, despite severe persecution. This demonstrated that differences in religious commitment were compatible with political unity and social stability. The Australian Constitution embodies some of that heritage in its prohibition of an established church and religious tests. In addition, Cromwell helped to create and strengthen a tradition of a non-political


army and navy. He was a passionate advocate of social and legal justice, and said that “If there be anyone that makes many poor to make a few rich, that suits not a Commonwealth.” He saw politics as public service, not an opportunity for personal enrichment, or favouritism to interest groups. Revisiting Cromwell’s life may seem like visiting a very foreign land, for few of us have any idea what it is like to live through civil war, in which issues of religion were so important. In some respects Cromwell has more in common with some committed Muslims and Jews than citizens of a country like ours, with its strong secular tradition where religion is seen as a private choice rather than the foundation for an all-inclusive world view. So what does this add up to for this College? Can Cromwell be seen as an inspiring role model in 2008?

1. He is a reminder that we all have unexplored potential to embody a national vision and to become leaders at different levels in the Commonwealth of Australia. 2. His life underlines how deep religious faith can provide staying power and resourcefulness in times of crisis and give commitment to resist dangers to liberty, safety and the public interest. 3. He demonstrated that the untidiness of parliamentary politics is socially preferable to the apparent attractiveness of absolute rule by a military or revolutionary clique, for there is no perfect form of government. 4. His acceptance of imperfections in parliamentary rule demands people of high character and ethical commitment, who are willing to work within an accessible framework of law.

Dinner

Valedictory

The 2008 Valedictory Dinner was held on Tuesday 21st October, the 47th to be held at Cromwell. Incoming 2009 Student Association President, Gavin Edgley was Master of Ceremonies for the evening and special guest speaker was Mr. Geoff Harley, also a Cromwellian (1961-1963) and presently Chairman of the Translink Transit Authority. A highlight of the evening is always the presentation of the College Medal and this year’s recipient, Rebecca Smith was a very deserving recipient. As is always the case, Valedictory Dinners are emotional affairs and this year’s dinner was no less so. Thirty-one of our residents have called Cromwell ‘home’ for three years and now wear the title Cromwell Valedictorian. As incoming President of the 2009 Student Association, it was Gavin Edgely’s duty to toast the Valedictorians. “The valedictorians with whom we celebrate this evening are a particularly special group of people. Each of them has lived amongst us for three years, and given us a chance to get to know them for their myriad of unique charms. Who can forget the mornings we’ve been startled into life by some Mexican-themed singsong and a tactile squeeze at breakfast. Thanks ‘Sucre’

Will you have the moral clarity and character to make wise decisions under intense pressure? Will you make space for public service to the community as a result of your experience of this particular collegial community? 5. Cromwell had remarkable capacity to keep open lines of communication, even with those who disagreed with him. He had no place for persecution of those who worked within the framework of the order established by the Commonwealth. 6. Lastly, I would encourage you to read Oliver Cromwell himself. The most accessible source is Thomas Carlyle’s Everyman Edition of Letters and Speeches. They may be available in a good antiquarian bookshop. Ian Breward

2008

(Sofia Robleda Gomez). It’s always safe to bet that from week to week ‘McGavin’ (Clay Smith) is injured in one new way or another. And many of us have been lucky enough to stumble upon one of ‘Apollo’s’ (Zenan Franks) and ‘Avril’s’ (James Barton) uncontrollable laughing sprees that absolutely nobody else understands. While there are far too many to recount here, you have each given us so many irreplaceable memories. “It has been an honour to study, party and live with you here at Cromwell College. We look forward to hearing of all your successes as you move on to bigger things. And just quietly, we’re hoping these things don’t take you too far away from St. Lucia so you’ll still be around for a while yet. We all expect you to be dropping in to visit us and keep us up to speed with your antics and dodgy it up without hesitation as old boys and girls, at every opportunity.

Graham Hall, Kevin Wood, Bruce McBryde and David Hill.

“You will be sorely missed, and on behalf of the remaining students, I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for all the great times we’ve shared and the time and energy you’ve given to every moment you’ve spent here with us. “So let us charge our glasses and toast the Cromwell College Valedictorians of 2008. Cheers”.

Hugh Begbie, Geoff Harley and Ben de Jong

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Valedictory Adam Bartels, President of the outgoing Student Association responded in kind.

“In moving forward with our lives, it is vital that we take the time to reflect upon what has past, for it is this lifeexperience we have each encountered with which we are able to view our errors and with this knowledge, are able to pursue our goals and aspirations with more confidence. “Take a look at the people sitting either side of you, Ten years from now, twenty years, where are you going to be? Each and every one of you will find a separate path which will, hopefully, guide you all to happiness. But along the way each of you will also find new friends which aren’t as easy as at college where every single day you see the same people. This kind of intense relationship with each other can easily become irritating and cracks will form, but just as easily as they bust...they can be mended. So take advantage of this aspect of college and make friendships that WILL last a lifetime. “For the Valedictorians, our time at Cromwell has been a mixture of laughter, stress, enjoyment, boredom and joy, among other things. We have been part of a community that supports one another in all aspects of our lives. We have shared with each other our achievements and joys, and our sadness and sorrow. Year after year each individual cohort creates its own bond. Whether they do so consciously or not, this bond is the core of their relationships at College.

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fine dance floors that Brisbane has to offer. Even just hanging out in friends’ rooms, all of this, I believe has helped shape me to be the person I am today.

2008 Valedictorians

“So to those continuing your journey at Cromwell – be involved in as much as you can and don’t ever forget that college is only what you make it. I encourage you to take advantage of everything Cromwell College has to offer. Thank you.” We also issued invitations to Cromwell Alumni from the first five years of the College’s history and were pleased to host four of those gentlemen at the dinner; Rev. Graham Hall (1954) and wife Margaret, Dr. David Hill (1956 61) and wife Mary, Mr. Bruce McBryde (1959-60) and Mr. Kevin Wood(195962). Kevin Wood still had copies of the menus from the 1st, 2nd and 4th Valedictory Dinners and sent in copies for our archives. Copies of menus from other special dinners at Cromwell would also be gratefully received. After the formal presentation of certificates and Cromwell mug to each of the Valedictorians and the obligatory signing of the roll, the 2008 Valedictorians ended the night with singing ‘Happy Ending’ and a slideshow of the years that had gone before.

“It is so important to remember that although the physical boundaries of this college, (that have kept this bond together), will no longer be present, the spiritual and emotional bond of friendship need not end. “As a Valedictorian, I would hope that I’ve seen and experienced just about all of what College life has to offer, from working hard on the sporting field, to singing in barbershop quartets, to having a cold beer with the boys in the den, to busting a move on all of the

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2008 Valedictorians

Adam Bartels Elliott Hilaire James Barton Edward Jensen James Bealey Gareth Mitchell Joshua Brimblecombe Jennifer Morehouse Simon Campbell Callum Morrisson Rebecca Christopherson Sheree O’Dwyer Kimberlee Ciranni Diana Potter Angela Day Amie Raymond Matthew Farr Nathan Riedy Colleen Ferries Sofia Robleda Gomez Michael Ford David Schneider Zenan Franks Jessica Skilleter Suzanne Giles Laura Skilleter Stewart Glynn Rebecca Smith Toby Gordon Clay Smith Natasha Hayward


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Sporting Awards AN INSPIRING NIGHT

The always memorable Sporting Awards Dinner was held on Thursday 16th October and hosted by the 2008 Male and Female Sports Convenors, Angela ‘Soogie’ Day and Gareth ‘Dertay’ Mitchell. Special guest speaker for the evening was well-known Queensland Rugby League identity, Steve Walters. Although Cromwell may not be noted as one of the most sporting Colleges on campus, what we might lack in sporting ability, we certainly make up for in participation and enthusiasm. Trophies and pennants were handed out to rousing bouts of applause. Accolades go to those students who did double duty as convenors for a number of the sports and congratulations also to those students who were picked as ICC representatives.The special awards for the evening were presented to:

Sportswoman Sportsman Supporter of the Year

Angela Faint Terry Harvey Monty Summers

Executive Award Spirit Award

Bridget McNee Michael Krisanski

Convenor/Coach

Trophy

Pennant

Swimming - Male Swimming - Female Cross-Country - Male Cross-Country - Female

Michael Stone Caitlin Holding Tighe Summers Chloe Chesters

Andrew Fielder Angela Faint Charles Butler Angela Faint

Daniel L. Armstrong Monique Smith Monty Summers Sheree O’Dwyer

Touch - Male

Terry Harvey

Nicholas Bull

Adam Bartels

Touch - Female

Kate Schmidtke

Volleyball - Male

Jordan Herd/Guss Linneman

Volleyball - Female

Diana Potter

Jessica Fantin Michael Krisanski Emma Thompson Brewster

Cricket - Male

Sam Eldridge, Simon Campbell

Peter Love

Nicholas Smith

Cricket - Female

Bridget McNee

Kate Midgley

Anna Durance

N/A

Fresher Rugby - Male

Terry Harvey, Darcy Chapman

Joshua Gaffel

Lyle Fernandes

5th

Netball - Female

Fiona Clarke

Joanne Landmark

Michael Krisanski

Nicholas Smith

5th

Tennis - Female

Hayley Miskin, Anna Yeo Ben Brimblecombe, Joshua Greaney Rachel Palmer

Angela Faint

Anna Yeo

5th

Hockey - Male

Neel Menon

Stewart Glynn

Stuart Crundall

Hockey - Female

Rachel Palmer

Anna Hill

Kate Tsikleas

AFL - Male AFL - Female Rowing - Male Rowing - Female

Nicholas Bull Bridget McNee Michael Stone Jessica Wrigley

Nathan Riedy Ella Smith David Hofer Fiona Clarke

Nicholas Brook Jennifer Morehouse Anthony Allard Anna Yeo

Athletics - Male

Terry Harvey

Tighe Summers

Adam Bartels

Athletics - Female

Kate Schmidtke

Soccer - Male

Nicholas Bull

Tennis - Male

Basketball - Male

Bridget McNee, Kate Midgley Edward Jensen

Basket Ball - Female

Jenna Thompson, Lauren Edwards

Squash – Male Squash – Female

Alistair Walker Kimberley Ciranni James Barton, Zenan Franks Jane Fisher, Diana Potter

Soccer - Female

Table Tennis - Male Table Tennis - Female Rugby - Male

Stewart Glynn, Gareth Mitchell/ Scott Kelly

Emma Thompson Brewster Joshua Brimblecombe

ICC Rep

ICC Result

Sport

Angela Faint Tighe Summers

5th 3rd 5th 7th 3rd

Monique Smith

Nathan Riedy, Adam Bartels Jessica Fantin

James Rowland

Michael Krisanski

7th

Emma Thompson Brewster Peter Love, Nicholas Smith

2nd

Angela Head

Rhiannon Cahill Clay Smith

Fiona Clarke

Stewart Glynn, Neel Menon Courtney Drysdale, Jessica Foster

6th

4th

6th

4th 4th

6th 7th Tighe Summers, Terry Harvey Emma Thompson Brewster

4th

Zenan Franks

7th 4th 4th

Ella Smith

Rachel Palmer

Warwick Rivlin Larissa Hursthouse John Flett Rachel Palmer

Adam Bartels

Kate Midgley, Bridget McNee Warwick Rivlin

Miranda Hamilton

Larissa Hursthouse

5th

7th

Michael Krisanski Jessica Pocock

6th 8th

Zenan Franks

James Barton

N/A

Angela Faint

Ella Smith

N/A

Nathan Riedy

Terry Harvey

Nathan Riedy, Terry Harvey, Stewart Glynn, Charles Butler, Adam Bartels

3rd

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International Dinner Cromwell College was ‘home’ to just over twenty international students for most of the year and the relatively recent position of International Student Officer was established to integrate those students within the rest of the Cromwell population. The position is an elected one from within the student body. The 2008 International Student Officer was Emma Crook, a second year Bachelor of Commerce student from South Africa. “This year has seen a fantastic number of International Students at Cromwell, coming from all over the world; including China, Canada, America, South Africa, India, Italy and not forgetting Zimbabwe! We’ve always been fortunate at

Cromwell in being surrounded by such a diverse group of people and everyone has contributed to making College feel like the best home from home that international students could ask for. The International Dinner in second semester highlighted the cultural diversity present at Cromwell and we were lucky enough to be entertained by (resident) Bridget McNee and her authentic, insightful speech and slide show on her time spend on exchange in Austria and just how she adjusted to a different lifestyle and country. Thank you to all the international and Australian students for making this year such a great one. Next year’s International Representative

Rhonda Heyman, Australian International Liaison Officer with the UQ Student Services Directorate and Emma Crook

is Charles Butler, all the best to Charles and everyone leaving and returning. Emma Crook 2008 International Student Officer

CULTURALDinner AN AMAZING NIGHT !

th October and proved to be an outstanding 7 ay esd Tu on ld he s 2008 wa The 2008 Cultural Dinner Master of Ceremonies was the . nd rou all s ard rew d an t en night of comedy, entertainm ‘Bowser’ Eldridge. m Sa r. M Cultural Convenor, nual Cultural Cromwell College’s third an to me lco we d an n me tle ll is fast “Good Evening ladies and gen an important one for Cromwell Culture and Cromwe g is ning is the Awards evening. This evenin ltural arena. Our very special guest speaker for the eve Cu becoming a force in the ICC dian, Carl Barron. me co 88) internationally renowned e of our Alumni (1981 – 19 on , on rlt Ca ve Ste r M is g this evenin well. Steve is “Our other special guest for cultural scene whilst at Crom the o int ch mu y ver s wa o ltural Cup. and talented pianist wh the winner of our coveted Cu for ze pri 00 $3 a g tin na do graciously ht Cromwell. This and the success it has broug by ne go r yea the on ect people. To see “Tonight is time to refl a great number of talented m fro ces an rm rfo pe ng azi r a most year we have seen many am ne involved has made my yea ryo eve m fro sm sia thu en d an such brilliant performances Year. For her rewarding one. ning. First is Convenor of the ening of eve s thi t ou ed nd ha be to s r outstanding conv “There are two special award ltural at Cromwell and for he Sofia Robleda Gomez. cu g hin ryt eve to t en itm undying comm of the Year to pleasure to award Convenor my is it r yea s thi t, fes person nd Ba Cup which is awarded to the ral ltu Cu e Th is g nin eve first for the e winner of ICC Idol and the Th “The second special award . na are ral ltu cu the in s g result Jane Fisher.” who has achieved outstandin Cromwell Cultural Cup is the of er nn wi r’s yea s thi Cromwellian to do so,

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Activity

Convenor/s

Pennant

Trophy

ICC Result

Debating

Caitlin Holding

Mitchell Harwood

James Wood

3rd

Crommie Idol

Sam Eldridge

Kassandra Lee

Jane Fisher

Art Show

Jackie Mitchell

Nicholas Bull

Clare Robinson

4th

Choralfest

Caitlin Holding & Jane Fisher

Rhiannon Cahill

Tim Potter

8th

Boat Cruise * *New Award for 2008

Sam Eldridge

Nicholas Brook

Simon Campbell

Warwick Rivlin

Jane Fisher

5th

Charles Butler

Nicholas Brook

6th

Bandfest Chess

Sofia Robleda Gomez & Sam Eldridge Simon Campbell & Adam Bartels

Oratory

Sam Eldridge

John Vizcay-Wilson

Gavin Edgley

2nd

One Act Plays

Jessica Pocock & Kobi Haig

Genesta Nicholson

Ben Brimblecombe

5th

Clare Griffin, Belinda Upton & Jenna Thompson

Anne Rigden (Female) Michael Krisanski (Male)

Anna Yeo (Female) Mitchell Harwood (Male)

6th

Dancefest *New Dancefest Award for 2008

*‘Spirit of Dancefest’ – John Flett

And last but not least the results of the Corridor Cultural Cup which are achieved by a points system whereby residents gain points for their corridor for being a convenor, a participant or a supporter. Placing 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Corridor Mid-Dowling Top Han Bottom Thatcher Top Dowling Mid Han Top North Bottom Cock Top Thatcher Mid Cock Bottom North Bottom Dowling Bottom Han Top Cock Lockley

To Cromwell Culture ……. Sam ‘Bowser’ Eldridge 2008 Cultural Convenor

Points 39.5 38.5 32 29.5 25 24 23.5 18.5 17.5 16.5 16 14.5 12.5 10

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Round Up

CHIT CHAT

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT What have I been up to since leaving College? I was married to Brooke in 1990 and graduated in 1991 from Medicine also with a Bachelor of Medical Science.  On my way to becoming a specialist Neurosurgeon I worked in Brisbane, Townsville, Christchurch (NZ) and Auckland (NZ).  I was appointed the Director of Neurosurgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2000 and Associate Professor of Surgery (University of Queensland) in 2007.  Along the way we were blessed with two beautiful children, Kai now 9 and Paris nearly 7.  Kai is the sportsman that his dad never was, although I managed to complete the full Gold Coast Marathon in 2005.  Paris has Autism and brings new dimensions to our world every day. I have chosen to move my career into Executive Management and in 2008 enrolled in the Executive MBA program. In March 2008 I was appointed as the CEO of Gold Coast Health (Queensland Health). Life is never dull. I Best wishes and looking forward to further episodes of COCA News.

Dr Adrian Nowitzke (1985-1987) Chief Executive Officer Gold Coast Health Service District Queensland Health

LIFE ON THE SUNSHINE COAST I left college and worked in management for McDonalds for 10 years in Brisbane before relocating to the Sunshine Coast. Married Peter Griffin (King’s 1981-85) have two children; Clare who is currently a second year Occupational Therapy student and living at Cromwell and James 16 who is in Year 11. Peter has his own law firm on the Sunshine Coast in Coolum and we have recently finished building our new home in Twin Waters. Enjoy the lifestlye of the Sunshine Coast with the occasional visits to colder climates to ski. I work in fashion retail part-time after retiring from management this year and enjoy my free time with our dog walking on the beach. Very strange going back to college as a parent as some things haven’t changed and it all looks very familiar. I’m sure college life hasn’t changed too much. Mhorag Griffin (nee McLeod) (1983-1985) COCA News 2008 • Page 14

Congratulations to ...... Matt Williams (2004-05) recently married to Kellie (nee Hansen) and is working in Toowoomba for Ergon Energy as the Reliability Officer for South West Qld. John (1999-2003) and Cindy (nee Rinehart, 2000-2003) Bacalakis, recently welcomed a son, Theodore John into their lives. ‘TJ’ was born on the 11th October at 9.51 am, weighing 3.135Kg (6lb. 14oz)and 49 cm in length.

TJ Bacalakis – born 11/10/08

Christine Kent (1989 – 1990) and Mark Thrush on the birth of their son, Rothko Michael Thrush born 20.10.08 at St Vincent’s & Mercy Private Hospital, Melbourne, weighing just over 6 pounds. “And yes, he is named after the painter, Mark Rothko”, says Christine. Christine and Rothko

Immigration, Education and Canberra I am still working in the Australian Public Service and now living in Canberra after moving here after two and a half years in Cairns in 1987. I worked in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for many years and had 3 overseas postings: as a Senior Migration Officer to Santiago, Chile from 1993 to 1996, where I travelled throughout Latin America; as an Airline Liaison Officer to Singapore in 2001 and to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia in 2004. I am now working in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) on the Productivity Places Program, providing funding to Registered Training Organisations to provide Certificate and Diploma level training places to jobseekers. I’ve done some running over the years and did well in some marathons including winning the Hobart Marathon, third in Perth, second in Brisbane and ninth on the Gold Coast, which was also the national championship.  I am a bit more leisurely now, enjoying jogging and mountain biking. I am married to Thuy and we have 2 daughters Natasha (11) and Linh (2). John Tuckey – (1978-79)

HR in Sydney

Sam and partner Kristian Kelly at Sarah Fuller’s (Alumni 1999-2000) wedding

After leaving Cromwell in 1999 I spent the next year and a half in Brisbane studying before heading overseas for a year of travel and work in Europe with fellow Cromwellian Helen Jones. I returned from Europe in 2002 and relocated to Sydney where I embarked on my HR career within the Clubs/Hotel industry. After a short stint with an environmental company earlier this year I have recently joined the HR team of a financial services company located in the Sydney CBD and have just moved to Paddington. Email: – sgarcia@creditcorp.com.au Sam Garcia (1997-99)


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Cruising and Enjoying Life Since November of 2005 when I sadly left my little room in the far end of Bottom North I have periodically looked back at my time with fellow Cromwellians with affection and gratitude. Mostly this has been when I have read the awesome stories in this publication or randomly run into people at Uni or around St Lucia and I am amazed at where some of our fellow ‘Black and Whites’ have been and what they have done. During these times I often look at what I have done and where I have been and it seems somewhat insignificant in comparison, but when Rebecca emailed me and asked if I could write something I readily agreed hoping that I would do something amazing would happen in the 4 months before I had to write something. Sadly that didn’t happen, but I have been able to remember a few things that may be of interest to some of you. For the past 3 years I have continued studying Human Movements Education at UQ and as you are reading this I will probably be

preparing for my final placement for teaching practicum at Milton SS. If all goes to plan I will graduate as a Primary School PE teacher as of June 2009. I have continued going to Taringa Baptist Church and have been fairly heavily involved with the Young Adults ministry there, particularly small groups. As a part of this I have played 2 seasons of club soccer with other guys from church, 1 season in the Brisbane Baptist League and 1 season in the Brisbane Christian soccer league. In neither season were we successful in making the grand final, but both were great times of friendship and fellowship. I have also been involved with a missionary organisation called Operation Mobilisation and have been on a short-term mission with them here in Australia and planning to go to Nepal with them at the end of 2009. Just this semester I have got involved with Student Life and have been given much teaching and training in how to better live out my Christian

And Baby Makes Three We were married in January 2003, and are living in our recently completed house at Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast while eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first baby in November. Andrew is presently Dean of Middle Years Learning and Head of Science at Somerset College at Mudgeeraba, where he is responsible for the introduction and administration of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in the college and management of the science curriculum and staff. He was recently awarded his PhD (based on a thesis looking at Gender Inclusivity in Senior Chemistry) which he undertook part time through School of Education at UQ, and we are looking forward to his graduation ceremony in December (even though it is 10 days after our baby is due!). Jo is a Partner and Senior Town Planner with Treasure & Associates who are a surveying and town planning consultancy (and one of the Gold Coast offices of Conics – who provide urban development and infrastructure consultancy services).  As well as Andrew’s PhD, Jo has also completed a Masters (majoring in project management), so we are both very excited to have finished studying at long last and to have some free time now that we have a bub on the way! Andrew Cousins (1993-1998) & Joanne Cousins nee Page (1994-1997)

Vale Pentti Kerola

Alumnus, Pentti Kerola (1968 – 1971) passed away on 2nd June this year.

life and look forward to continuing to apply that to my everyday life. In the past 3 years I have done numerous road trips up and down the East Coast between Townsville and Sydney (different trips) as well as a number of Mt Barney trips (fantastic climb), but the travel high-light since Cromwell was 3 weeks in Singapore at the start of the year to visit church and uni friends who had moved back to Singapore from Brisbane. So as you can see, nothing fantastically amazing, but just happy cruising along doing bits and pieces and enjoying life. I hope this brief outline of the last 3 years has been of interest to some of you and I really look forward to hearing how some of the rest of you are getting along. Many Blessings David ‘Yamaha’ Carnell (2005 dmcarnell@hotmail.com

The other highlight of my time at Cromwell was when I was captain (I think) coach (for sure) of and UQ at e the team which won ICC degre s/Law I did a combined Economic time my Soccer in about 1980. We had I If well. Crom at years y happ spent 5 t abou us won 4 drew 1 lost 1 to top ientio consc so again I would not have been le sensib ar, the table. Cromwell rarely regul more a have to tried and my study won a sport in those days. I always played club social life. ds in soccer as well. I played for Uni firsts and secon tion. litiga ly main lower doing tor much a solici in a as was years I spent 9 1980 and 1982.Uni soccer club with 1981 of all d injure was I the as days. cil those Coun in division I was elected to the Brisbane City entire the for out 1994 a torn cartilage, which put me Councillor for Wynnum Manly Ward in March . By 2001 club and college season. and was re-elected in 97, 2000, 2004 and 2008 on positi the in tball been have will I on the next electi We had some good Men’s and Women’s baske y the from were s bloke the of lot A for 18 years. I enjoy my job and Wynnum Manl time. teams in my is a great place to live. I am married a second time gh basketball production line which was borou Mary le of and have three children , a son aged 16 and two very strong in that era. We may have won a coup nths. 20mo and hs mont 8 years 4 are sure. youngsters who titles but I can’t remember for the I am an old father at 48 and a half. I worked out g e. I youn My first election occurred when I was at colleg year I turn 65 my daughter will be 21 and my way in running for president. long a by d secon came son 18. Poor kids! the It was a stupid idea seeing I had never been on so I have been in both administration and opposition Lampe romped in but our excellent Guy ittee. comm e are . have seen both sides of the political fence. Ther soccer team goalkeeper Steven Lindsay came third each. of ges vanta disad advantages and I proposed a system whereby students would help not run the college. It was a wonder Dr. Krohn did a It has been great to see the park facilities on the spirit. He was good in it took num he Wyn but and out me years the throw over ded Esplanade upgra d conservative Christian gentleman and a good man. Manly transformed from an old area to every secon is step next The new. being s house in some street I ran in around 5 Labor Party internal conference 9-12 n higher density around the main railway station. plebiscites before standing for council pre-selectio be t will s taugh It other . in s either storey them 8 of and one storeys in one area in 1993, I never won allowed. me how to plebiscite though. and 43 was I until r socce club Best wishes to everyone from my Cromwell Days d I played open age shoul and all the young people going through today have had two seasons of vets since that time. My ing coach ding atten since ved aim high. table tennis has impro was sessions in my 40s. My Bridge to Brisbane time Peter (Bart) Cumming I just under 50 minutes which I regard poorly and Cromwell 1978-1982. Day. won’t be running it again on Father’s

Politics, Soccer and Cromwell Memories

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s t h g i l gh highli s t h g i l ih gh highligh s t h lh ig highl Highlights ‘08

Diana Potter, James Barton, Gavin Edgley & Adam Bartels play foosball, a gift to the students from the 2008 Student Association

g to the Ball ‘All dressed up & goin Bull, Warwick s ola Michael Ford, Nich Terry Harvey, Adam Rivlin, James Barton, hell Bartels, Gareth Mitc n yn Gl t ar ew St d an

‘He’s wearing my shirt’ - Steve Walters & Adam Bartels at the 2008 Sport ing Awards Dinner

Monty Summ ers their ‘ASK’ pe & Robert Ford enjoying rformance bef ore Ball 2008

Student Electione ering Posters – October Student Association Electio

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ept their Jane Fisher and Diana Potter acc 2008 the from ’ ‘Worst Convenor Award s Boy p Sho

The girls, all lined up ready for their ‘ASK’ for Ball 2008

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