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THE GREAT CROMWELL DEBATE The Great Cromwell Debate was a wonderful night’s entertainment. Old Collegians set up in opposition to the Current Collegians made for a very amusing and heated debate, with the judges having a hard time deciding on who should win (I think they were too diplomatic to make a decision!). In the end it came down to the flip of a coin with the Current Collegians coming out on top. A total of $1397 was raised from the auction for the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary and the G. Lindsay Lockley Fund. On behalf of the College thank you to all our generous bidders and everybody who helped make the night a success: staff, debaters, judges, volunteers, musicians, guests, guest speakers (Jane Hibberd & Ben de Jong - Chair of the Board) and our witty MC for the night Stu Bade (COCA President).
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Current Collegians represented from left: Parker Reeve, Scott Forbes, Cassie Aprile, Cameron Clark & Susan Forder
Continued Page 2 From left: Alison Fletcher (1998-2000), Cath Watson nee Wardrop (1990-93) & Guy Lampe (1980-83) debating for the Old Collegians
C O L L E G E
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Editors • Hugh Begbie & Jane Thomas • Volume 4 •
Current Collegians enjoying dinner with Kyle Wolff 4th from the left taking home the lucky door prize enjoying a dinner for two on the Kookaburra River Queen valued at $162
From the Principal
Geust Speakers at Formal Dinner
Geoff Harley (1961-63) & Wally Noble (1972) who replaced best friend Neil Thompson debating for the Old Collegians
A Magazine for Old Collegians, Friends of Cromwell, Current Residents and their Families
Cromwell Old Boys’ Rugby
Behind the Scenes
COCA Dinners Up North
Chronicles of Cromwell
For example: • it helped set up the Lockley Fund to aid financially disadvantaged students • it provided funds for the COCA prize awarded at the annual Academic dinner • helped purchase RO-COCA, the College’s coxed four rowing shell • constitutionally COCA elects two Old Collegians to the Board of Governors. The challenges that COCA faces include:
COCA as an organisation has been unconstitutional for more than a decade and faces some interesting questions and challenges for the future. There will be a meeting at the College for those people interested in being involved in COCA and discussing its future.
• COCA hasn’t had a “meeting” since 1992 and hence no committee • COCA currently has no source of income • COCA as an organisation is at risk of becoming indistinguishable from the College administration and College Foundation.
With functions like the Great Debate and the 50th Anniversary celebrations last year there has obviously been some renewed interest amongst Old Collegians for the College and COCA activities. It would be great if both Old Collegians and Current Collegians could benefit from and harness this increased interest.
COCA Meeting Sir Ernest Savage Junior Common Room Wednesday 24th August 7.30 pm
It is my hope that COCA can be a viable and vibrant organisation. If you have any thoughts please come to the meeting or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception in 1976, COCA has endeavoured to promote and foster Cromwell’s community ethos and spirit. During the 80’s, COCA assisted the College community in a number of ways.
Dr Stuart Bade
T HE G REAT C ROMWELL D EBATE
drinks at all - Ed] and the humour was mostly PG rated and liberally dispensed by all. The Old Collegians were carefully selected to represent the last five decades of residents, whilst the Current Collegians were obviously selected for their copious amounts of free time and their love of a good argument.
My wife and I had a wonderful time at the Cromwell College Great Debate back in April. It was a fun night and a great opportunity to visit the College and chat to the current Cromwellians.
From Page 1 For those of you who missed out here is Old Collegian Melinda Shirley’s take on the Debate: “My first trip back to the Cromwell College Dining Hall for many years was to watch some of my fellow Old Collegians battle it out with the youngsters on the controversial topic: “Old Collegians - We Did It Better!” Whilst I considered the result to be a ‘fait accompli’ in many respects, I took my own budding debaters: Josh (12) and Bridget (10) to learn from the masters in action and was ultimately very glad I did. The level of preparation was very impressive (given the heavy drinking loads under which all participants obviously labour) [all is not what it seems Melinda, one of the speakers, the one who seemed to be permanently inebriated, hardly COCA News 2005 • Page 2
The distinguished Old Collegian team featured celebrities such as the only Cromwell student president ever to be defrocked Wally Noble, Dickens enthusiast Geoff Harley, Dr Guy Lampe, Catherine Watson nee Wardrop and the not-so-mild-mannered reporter Alison Fletcher.
which although disappointing in some respects was also a very good excuse for all present to have another drink. I shall look for news of any sequel occasions with great interest and now have two children who are also hoping for the opportunity to attend that great place of learning, thinking, partying and drinking that was a part of all of our lives.” Melinda Shirley nee Goodridge (19811982)
The fearless Current Collegians comprised the apparently famous “diced carrot award” winner Scott Forbes, Parker Reeve, “Squeaker” Aprile, Cameron Clarke and the part-time President of Lichtenstein, Susan Forder. Whilst the participants firmly embraced their opportunities to humiliate, ridicule, deride and question the sexual orientation of their opposition, it was all done in the best possible taste and in the interests of raising funds for a very good cause. The result was ultimately decided by the flip of a coin in favour of the rogue youngsters,
Melinda with husband David Shirley Melinda & David’s two children Joshua (12) & Bridget Shirley (10).
Philip Yancey is a great writer. He is a journalist by background but in recent years has written some refreshingly honest books on life and faith. If you haven’t read ‘What’s so amazing about grace’, you should. It’s excellent. I was sitting in bed one night trawling through one of his works called ‘I was just wondering’ and came across a chapter entitled ‘The problem of pleasure’. As one who has experienced pain, read about the ‘problem of pain’ and spoken about pain at seminars and conferences, the title struck an immediate chord. Nowhere have I seen such a title - it is unheard of in the Western World.
In this short chapter Yancey describes how the secular materialist loves to point out to the Christian believer that pain is a problem. Yet the same secular materialist fails to recognise that the deep human desire for pleasure and the innate sense of wonder provides a problem for the secularist. What is the survival value of art and music and religion and wonder; or the desire for sexual pleasure that seems unrelated to the need for procuration? And what is it that creates that deep sense of incompleteness associated with such pleasure, the sometimes subtle, sometimes glaring awareness that there is something more out there, something to which this pleasure can only point. One of my responsibilities is to guide, as best I can, young adults through a volatile period of their lives. Being young is exciting but also difficult; a challenge made more complicated by living in a world that declares pleasure to be our right, a goal that we must pursue with great passion. Now those of you who know that I am Christian and often write about my faith may be tempted to think that it is now time for me to wag the finger, ‘tut, tut’ to the residents, or launch some kind of pious diatribe pointing out to them in dignified but hopefully subtle self-righteousness that self denial is the better path. Yancey, however, reminds us all that the prudes of this world often miss the point. His argument is that that the so-called pursuit of pleasure in our western world is in fact a denial of the true pleasure that is ours to enjoy. To eat a nice juicy pear is true
pleasure; to eat five in a row is to diminish the pleasure in an undisciplined orgy of gluttony that robs the eating of its true joy. The same applies to sex. Sex is a gift to be enjoyed. Since Helen’s death the depth of the loss of intimate friendship serves to remind me of the joy of once having it. To live unfaithfully or promiscuously cannot enhance the value of this gift; rather it serves to rob it of its glory, transforming it into a self-absorbed obsession that finds little pleasure in the true humanity of the other. It may sound strange to some but for me loving Helen faithfully to the end brought a kind of joy and honour (mingled with the pain) in knowing that I have kept a promise and been a source of life to another. I am glad that in this matter I have no regrets and in that memory I find great comfort and a deep kind of pleasure. The high rate of depression and suicide in the Western World is surely relevant to this discussion. While I do not wish to deny the complexity of causes for this malaise, one important factor is that the obsession with ‘pleasure’ for its own sake is ultimately unsatisfying. It brings with it emptiness, boredom and disillusionment.
It is a bit like the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. This man would make a great Aussie even if he is a Jew identifying himself as King Solomon of Israel. Like many in the Western world today this guy tried it all - wealth, power, sex nothing was left untasted, but in the end he found only emptiness and vanity, a ‘chasing after wind’. Ironically true pleasure cannot be found by pursuing it. Like the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, this goal continually recedes forever failing to deliver that which it seems to promise. It seems to me that true pleasure comes only when some important factors are understood. First, pleasure is not an end itself, a right to be demanded, but the result of a gift given. Thus sex finds its meaning when the lover is truly respected, the gift of their love appreciated and pleasure and love returned. Eating is pleasurable if the fruit is recognized as a gift, the fruit of grace that has sprung from the earth, harvested by the grace of someone’s human labour and prepared for the table by the grace of
a culinary artist and not, as many would suggest, the obligated labour of a domestic servant. Secondly, it must be recognized that pleasure points beyond itself - not just to the lover or the chef or the giver, but to the one from whom all gifts finally come, the one of whom the Psalmist writes: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork”; and of whom James says: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17). In the end this observation simply confirms what in my ‘maturing years’ becomes more obvious, that the two great commandments of Jesus, to love God and love neighbour, are profoundly wise. Pleasure is ultimately relational. Like love it cannot be found by pursuing it directly. Both are discovered when given away. There is a famous prayer by St Francis of Assisi that recognises the simple but profound truth that our responsibility is fulfilled and our joy is found in fulfilling the two great commandments to love. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring love. Where there is injury, let me bring pardon. Where there is discord, let me bring union. Where there is doubt, let me bring faith. Where there is error, let me bring truth. Where there is despair, let me bring hope. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. O Divine Master, Grant that I do not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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The first half of the year has seen a mix of Old Collegians and community leaders speak at Formal Dinner on Tuesday evenings. Thank you speakers for taking the time out of busy schedules to speak at College. On the 15th March Old Collegian, Lachlan Stevens (1997-99) spoke about his professional life as a cricketer and the many knocks he has had to endure both physically and professionally. He is now working in Cricket Australia as their High Performance Coordinator.
On the 22nd March Rev. Tim Hodgson came to College and spoke about his work with the homeless and poor in Brisbane. It was humbling to realise how many people have lives that have come apart and how many others make huge efforts to help them.
Rev. Tim Hodgson
On 5th April Jess Van Der Merwe came as a representative of Oaktree Queensland (youth aid organisation) and spoke to the residents about helping people who are less fortunate than themselves. She was very inspiring and has enlisted a few members from College to join Oaktree with the help of current resident and College representative Lauren White. On the 12th April Kevin Hayes from Kevin Hayes Architects in New Farm spoke about his philanthropic business venture of creating a bus for homeless people in Brisbane. He gave the message that once you are working it is important to use the abilities and the opportunities you have to give back to the community. On the 19th April Andy Gourley spoke. He is the man who initiated the large care network that looks after Schoolies (1 week of grade twelve school leavers celebrating generally on the Gold Coast), giving out thousands of red frogs, taking care of those who have found themselves in trouble, and for which he was awarded Young Australian of the Year. It was wonderful to see what a social conscience, a will to act and a sense of care can do.
Jess Van Der Merwe centre with current resident Lauren White on her right & other Oaktree volunteers
On the 26th April Old Collegian, Lisa Lambie nee Wilkinson (1986-87) spoke to the current residents about life after Cromwell and what she and her husband Duncan Lambie (1985-87) have been up to. She spoke of the importance of doing what you are passionate about and knowing that it is not the end of the world if you don’t get it right the first time. Lisa is currently working part-time for Elizabeth Watson-Brown Architects and looking after her two boys. On the 10th May Old Collegian, Peter Bates (1984-86) came to College and spoke about his impressive career as a civil engineer. His wife is also a civil engineer and an Old Collegian, Juliet Bates (1985-87) nee Galt. They have 3 children. At the end of his speech he urged the current residents to, “make the most of your time in College, as you do not realise the friendships you are making now are the friendships you share for the rest of you life.” On the17th May Old Collegian, Alison Fletcher (1998-2000) came from the Gold Coast to speak about dispelling the myths of journalism held by a lot of people that regard journalism as a very glamorous career. She currently works for Channel Nine on the Gold Coast and doing a very good job. COCA News 2005 • Page 4
Dinah with departing resident Celine Yong
From left: Current residents Emily McAuliffe, Robert Smith, Amy Harbrow, Charanpreet Soin & Kevin Hayes
From left: Current resident Robert Smith & Andy Gourley
From left: Lisa Lambie, Deputy Principal David & Kristy Richards & Principal Hugh Begbie
Dinah Careswell has been with Cromwell since 1998 when her close friend and past staff member Monica Akland asked her to come and help clean at Cromwell. So for the first two and a half years Dinah was doing housekeeping on and off. She then moved to the kitchen in 2000 and has been there ever since. When asked what she is missing the most she replied, “All the kids and the colleagues who I was close to.” She enjoyed the work as she explains, “ it was a lot more than feeding my babies, I was their friend and a person they could confide in when they were feeling down - I tried to make it feel like a Home away from Home.” Dinah came from Scotland when she was 13 and has lived in Brisbane ever since. Currently she is living in Holland Park with her High School sweetheart and husband Keith. They have two children: Craig who is married to Quin, who just found out she was pregnant with Dinah’s grandson, and daughter Tania, who recently became engaged to Mark with a wedding next year. It is obvious that Dinah is very proud of her family and can’t wait to be a grandmother. When asked what are you doing with all your free time she says, “It’s amazing how you’re busy doing nothing.” Since she left she has been holidaying, visiting her Mum, picking up after her dog and coming back to visit Cromwell staff and students.
From left: Current resident Jaime Heineger, Peter Bates, current residents Riley Cook & Laura Morrissey
On behalf of everyone at Cromwell we wish you all the best Dinah, a very big thank you for all your hard work and Happy 50th Birthday for 11th December.
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Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Commencement Dinner Thank You Annual Giving Thank You Principal Hugh Begbie speaking to grade 12 potential residents at the careers expo in Cairns
Each year careers expos are staged all over Queensland and New South Wales to provide an opportunity for students to view what tertiary education and vocational choices are available. Cromwell attends some of these expos with the intention of raising Cromwell’s profile as the first choice for on campus accommodation for students wishing to study at the University of Queensland. If you know of any potential residents interested in coming to Cromwell please don’t hesitate to contact Jane Thomas on (07) 3377 1232 to find out if Cromwell is coming to a town near you.
Commencement Dinner 2005 was held on Tuesday 8th March with Board of Governor member Dr. Janet Porter as our guest speaker for the evening. Janet has a Doctorate in Social Work with a special interest in social justice issues. Janet spoke about the importance of community and of knowing your community.
A very big thank you to all our annual giving donors who gave generously to help replenish the G. Lindsay Lockley Scholarship and the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary.
She gave a wonderful speech to the new residents of 2005 with pearls of wisdom such as:
A total of $20 750 was donated to help support financially disadvantaged residents live at Cromwell. The amount will be equally split between the Scholarship and the Bursary, with only a further $15 000 required to replenish the G. Lindsay Lockley Scholarship to support a resident for 1/2 of the year’s fees. To replenish the Bursary to support a resident for 3/4 of the year’s fees a further $40 000 is required. Thank you again to all our wonderful donors who are helping the lives of so many people.
The occasion was also marked with a prayer of dedication by Past Principal Rev. Dr. Clive Krohn, for the renovations and air conditioning of the Dining Hall and the introduction of the baby grand piano, part of a bequest from the late May Hancock. Old Collegian Paul Hankinson (1994-95) professional pianist and talented vocalist friend Damian Rebgetz entertained us with an outstanding duet performance.
From left: Sue (May Hancock’s grand “Cromwell Community should be daughter) & Des Williams, Gail & Ben de viewed as a secure and supportive base Jong Chair of Board from which you set forth on a journey of discovery and exploration as individuals, and group members of this great College, which is part of a great and important Australian university.”
“The act of philanthropy is a spiritual act, an expression of caring for one’s fellow human beings. It is a belief in the future that the future can be good. It is investing in that future. It is helping to make the dream come true.” Arthur C. Frantzreb Damien Rebgetz & Paul Hankinson
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From left: Judy & Rev. Dr. Clive Krohn, Christa Van Kraaeynoord Board member, Douglas Porter & guest speaker Dr. Janet Porter
Geoff Brown (1990-91) & Julie King (1990-92)
(written by Julie, February 2005) “Who would have thought that 15 years after my arrival at Cromwell for the start of O-week in 1990, I would still be spending so much time with Geoff Brown, that cute guy I noticed ‘across the crowded Cromwell courtyard’ that very first day. Conveniently, he was chatting to the one person I’d met on a prior Cromwell visit, my senior Yvette “Bess” McKeown! I guess one could look at the evidence of an O-week “Biggest Win-On” Award as an indicator of what the future could hold; but those were young and heady days and there were plenty more fish in the sea, long summer months apart, and many more obstacles placed in our path to certainly mean we didn’t expect it for some time!! But happen it did, and after Geoff finished his engineering degree in 1993, he took a job at Comalco’s Boyne Smelters in Gladstone. It was then that our practice at long-distance relationships during the Uni summer holidays came into good use for the 18 months until I finished my Commerce / Law studies and we agreed to move to Melbourne, conveniently with our employers of the time. The “couple of years” we’d originally thought we’d stay in Melbourne quickly grew into four, as it truly is a very ‘liveable city’ where we made good friends, and (finally?!) in January 1998 we married. We both had been exchange students the year before starting University and had always talked of living overseas again - at some stage. By 1999 we felt ready to make that thought a reality and moved to London, again for “a couple
of years”. After a couple of months travelling southern Africa on the way over, then paying a rental bond (in pounds - ouch!) on arrival, we were very relieved to find good jobs quickly. Having recently completed the PY, I stayed in the accounting field, but Geoff made a break away from engineering and chose to use his analytical skills in a procurement business analyst role at GlaxoSmithKlein. Fairly early in the time in London, I became aware of a number of Cromwell people living there, so organised a 10 year O-week reunion. It was a fun night attended by not only freshers from our year (1990 - Gavin Loebel, Pete Murphy, Leith Nicholson, Susan Dean & us), but also others from the next few years (1991 - Duncan Mackintosh, Nigel Lee, Andrew Waller, Helen Myles & Anna Rodd; 1993 - Peter Lambie, Dave Rockcliff & Judy Lockhart). One of the reasons people want to live in London for a while is to travel, and we did a fair bit of that in our time there. After a couple of years the travel became focused on Spain as we’d been doing Spanish night classes since arriving in London, so wanted to put our ‘dangerous level’ of knowledge into practise. It became addictive however, as we realised the only way to really cement our ability in the language was to actually BE in a Spanish speaking place for at least six months ... and just how would we make that happen? The choices seemed to be travelling South America on the way back to Australia, or a longer time actually living (and hopefully at least one of us working!) somewhere Spanish speaking. Whilst ready to leave London, we weren’t quite ready to return home, so the travel plan had its negatives. Also, for some time Geoff had been considering doing an MBA, to make the final break away from engineering, so the fact that IESE, an MBA school in Barcelona, was ranked in the top 5 European MBA schools made it a very attractive proposition. Geoff doing a full-time MBA in Barcelona was the path we eventually decided upon and from August 2002 until May
2004 we were based there. I say ‘based’ as finding work there without an EU passport proved very challenging for me. In the end I spent around half the time working for my previous UK employer, either remotely from Barcelona or actually back in London. Once again the longdistance relationship practice came into use! Luckily when I was doing my longest stint back in London (7 months), Geoff also got placed on an ‘exchange semester’ to London Business School. Barcelona was a great city to live in as it has so much to see and do, plus the other people doing the MBA were a fantastic bunch! To be honest, it was very much like a grown-up version of being back at Cromwell. There were lots of parties, sport and study; the main difference to college was that we didn’t all physically live in the one place, though instead were based in a few suburbs close to campus. When I wasn’t working in London, I very much enjoyed myself in Barcelona where I spent more time studying the language, plus some voluntary work and ‘Spanish culture’ classes like art, politics and history. Only 8 months ago the MBA finished and we felt it was time to return home. By then we were really convinced that returning to Australia was what we wanted to do, and I think this has helped us to settle back relatively smoothly. After many months of research and networking, Geoff secured his ‘dream job’ as a procurement strategy manager in Beringer Blass, the wine division of Fosters. His responsibilities have grown exponentially... I too was keen to work for an organisation whose product / service was one I felt an affinity for. Being a keen cyclist, I’ve become the accountant at Bicycle Victoria, a non-profit organisation whose mission is “more people cycling more often” and am really enjoying being there. So life back in Melbourne is going well for us and we’re very happy to be geographically so much closer to family and Australian-based friends. We now plan to set off on some of life’s other adventures and are looking to acquire a mortgage ...”
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Jacqueline Pugh-Kitingan (1976) Former senior resident of Cromwell College first to be appointed Kadazandsusun Chair at Universiti Malaysia Sabah Associate Professor Dr. Jacqueline PughKitingan, an ethnomusicologist serving with the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, has been appointed to the recently inaugurated Kadazandusun Chair. The Chair was established by the university with a special grant from the State Government of Sabah. Dr. Jacqueline was born in Melbourne in 1953. She was educated at Clayton State School and Kilvington Baptist Girls’ Grammar School. She holds a B.A.Honours (First Class) in Ethnomusicology from Monash University (1976) and a Ph.D in Music from the University of Queensland (1982). Research for both degrees was based on her ethnomusicological field work amongst the Huli people of Papua New Guinea. While beginning her doctoral research at the University of Queensland, Jacqueline met Laurentius Kitingan, a member of Sabah’s large indigenous Kadazandusun community, who was studying Agricultural Science at the university under the Colombo Plan, and who stayed at International House. Jacqueline was then the Female Senior Resident at Cromwell College, under the newly appointed Principal Rev. Dr. Clive Krohn. Laurentius and Jacqueline were married in late 1976 in the Cromwell College Chapel. In late 1977, they returned to Laurentius’ village, Kampung Karanaan, in Tambunan, Sabah, to celebrate their marriage with a traditional five-day moginakan ceremony. It was from her marriage and this initial encounter with traditional Kadazandusun village life, that Jacqueline developed a life-long passion for the traditional cultures and musics of Sabah, Malaysia. Following the birth of their eldest son in Melbourne in 1980 and Laurentius’ completion of his Master of Environmental Science at Monash, they returned permanently to Sabah in 1982. From 1986 to 1996, Jacqueline served as Director of Music cum Research Officer in Sabah’s State Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. She then headed the Cultural Research Section of the newly formed Sabah Cultural Board from 1997 to
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Ian (1990-93) & Sonia Stephenson nee IngenHousz (1990-92) Since we left Cromwell..... Sonia graduated with a Science degree in 1993 and did a Post-Grad Diploma in Education in 1994. She began her teaching career in Emerald and then at Marsden SHS in Logan. Meanwhile, Ian finished his Engineering degree and began PhD studies at the JKMRC in Indooroopilly. From left: Ian, Thomas & Sonia “In 1996 we were married by Dr Krohn Stephenson in the Cromwell College Chapel. It was wonderful to celebrate this important occasion in an intimate and familiar place. Ian finished his PhD in 1997 and began applying for jobs. We mentally prepared ourselves for many years of mining town life, as Ian’s specialty was Minerals Processing. He ended up taking a job with Alcoa in one of their alumina refineries in Western Australia. We arrived in Mandurah, the nearest major town, to find a beautiful coastal town 45 minutes South of Perth. What a pleasant surprise! Sonia had a job at the local Catholic College within 2 days and we settled into our new life. We have both found our jobs very rewarding. Sonia is now Coordinator of Maths and Ian is Senior Process Consultant. We have been in Mandurah for over 7 years now and love it. We bought a house 2 minutes walk from the beach and have done our best to enjoy the activities and produce of the local area. We are particularly strong advocates of Western Australian red wine, although still struggling to enjoy AFL even half as much as Rugby League. In 2003 we had a beautiful son, Thomas. Now we find we spend more time building sandcastles than relaxing in cafes but we wouldn’t swap it for anything. We try to return to Brisbane to visit family and friends regularly. Every time we return we are reminded that you can take the Queenslander out of Queensland but, apparently, you can’t take Queensland out of a Queenslander. We hope to return permanently one day but for now, we love where we are.” 2000. Jacqueline was research affiliate to the Department of Sabah Museum from 1986 to 1994, and served as Chairman of the Traditional Music Committee for the State-Level Kaamatan (Kadazandusun Harvest Festival) from 1992 to 1997. Over the years, Jacqueline has conducted research and produced many publications about indigenous cultures in Sabah, including the Kadazandusun, Lotud, Tatana, Timugon Murut, Iranun, east and west coast Bajau and others. She was the Sabah Consultant for the SEASREP Regional Collaboration Grant Kulintang Music and Malay Dance Traditions of North Borneo and the Philippines (19982001) headed by Professor Dr. Mohd. Anis Md. Nor of Universiti Malaya and Dr. Felicidad Prudente of the University of the Philippines. In 2000, Jacqueline joined Universiti Malaysia Sabah as a lecturer in the Anthropology Section of the School of
Social Sciences. She has taught many courses including Borneo Ethnography and Ethnomusicology. Since being appointed to the Kadazandusun Chair, she has continued her research including the Ethnographic Study of the Kadazandusun of Tambunan, Music and Ritual Systems of the Lotud Dusun, and Kulintangan Music and Dance Traditions of Sabah, Malaysia. She plans to initiate a project on the Ethnographic Mapping of Sabah and set up a data-base on Sabahan cultures. Laurentius and Jacqueline have had five children, Nathanael (25), Tabitha (21), Joel (born and died 1985), Stephanie (16) and Timothy (14). Nathanael is a graduate in Science and Law from Monash University, while Tabitha is studying at Griffith University. Stephanie and Timothy attend secondary school in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Sylvia Meiler nee Van Peperzeel (1990-’92)
me to see my family enough. I’m starting a new enterprise in the book publishing business, one that will hopefully soon allow me to visit Australia more often and be a bigger part of my family’s life. Within these last 12 years in America (or more precisely, in the second half of those 12 years), I’ve managed to find a way to get married, get divorced and somehow maintain a very close friendship with my ex-husband. He remains my closest friend - we just realized that we were better at being best friends than we were being
husband and wife, and we’ve both emerged from the experience stronger and wiser. Right now my life is great. I’m basking in the promise and excitement of new beginnings, and I can’t wait to wake up every morning. And along with all that’s new, I’d love to catch up with some old friends. If you want to reach me, the easiest way is sylviameiler@co mcast.net. Pass on the word. I think of many of you more than you would probably think. With love, Sylvia.”
Distinguished Old Collegians (cont.)
“Hi all my old Cromwell friends! FINALLY an update from me... I really hope that this newsletter finds you all well. As some of you may have known, I’ve been living in the United States since August 1993, working in the music business. After graduation from UQ in December ‘92 and working up in Noosa for a few months to save some money, I travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, with the intention of learning all I could about the music business at Belmont University, as part of their Music Business Administration degree program. That was supposed to take a year and a half. It’s now well into 2005, and I’m still here... complete with a house, car and dog. About two months into my internship at Sony Music, I was offered a job, and I’ve spent the last 12 years having a total blast, up to my ears in music, artists and all the things I love the most. Well, all except my family, who I have missed more than I can express. We’ve been able to see each other relatively regularly, however, so I’ve found a way to remain somewhat sane on that front. This month I’m finally moving on from Sony... I’m in the middle of training my replacement, and I’m moving on to bigger and better things. Truth be told, I really needed to get myself out of the corporate environment that just doesn’t allow
From left: Arnold Joseph, Jack Bagita, Joseph Aisa & Noel Levi Following the article on distinguished Old Collegians from PNG in the last COCA News, we researched a few more Cromwellians from that nation. The photograph shows, L to R, Arnold Joseph (1965-67), Jack Bagita (1965), Joseph Aisa (St Leo’s) and Noel Levi (1965-67) as the first Papuan public servants to study in an Australian University. Arnold later became Chief Magistrate for PNG. Jack was one of the first indigenous kiaps (administrative field officers) and Noel Levi had a stellar career ranging from Patrol Officer to Member of Parliament and Minister for Foreign Affairs to Ambassador and finally, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum. He was awarded a CBE in 1982. Another Cromwellian, not pictured, was Kipling Uiari (1966-67), OBE, who became the first indigenous Secretary of the Department of Labour. He subsequently served as General Manager of BHP in Port Moresby and was an important figure in the PNG mining industry. Kipling died in 1996.
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Round up Samantha Garcia (1997-99)
behind and will be taking on the role of HR Officer at the Novotel Homebush and Mercure Parramatta (both Hotels are owned by the Accor group) at the end of the month. I’d love to hear what other Old Collegians are up to. Drop me a line at samanthag@revesbywor kersclub.com.au up until June 24 or email@example.com or ring me on 0411 328 553. Michael Potter (2001-03) How do you start something like this? Probably not like that. Oh well...since I left College things have been very interesting for me out here in the big wide world.
Sam in the middle at a birthday party at Cherryjam in Double Bay. After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Business (HRM) and leaving Cromwell in 1999 I headed to Europe for a year with Helen Jones. We spent most of our time in London doing the Aussie backpacker thing, living and working in a pub in central London and about two months travelling. On returning to Oz I relocated to Sydney where I’ve spent the past two years working at the Revesby Workers Club as the HR Officer. But I’m now leaving the world of pokies
From left: Hayden Christie (fellow medical student), Dr Satish Rao (local doctor) & Michael Potter outside a hospital in India. I have to say that after three years at Cromwell I was looking forward to ‘the big move’, uprooting from College, saying goodbye to all those dear friends, generally getting on with life. Nearly two years later I find myself still living with 4 Cromwell boys, in a house less than a kilometre from College and still going back to do my laundry!
There have been some changes though. Since starting Medicine I’ve had to rework my previously lax definition of ‘full time study’ and have been spending less time in pubs and rather more time in fun places like intensive care units. I am of course excited by the prospect of working under the new Queensland Health ‘last ditch effort to save our reputation’ Act and the fact that I will probably have a nurse for a boss (thanks Mrs Beattie!). However the best thing about the course so far has been the opportunity for travel. Last year I was able to do my practical rotation in a hospital in New Delhi. It was a bizarre experience all round and not one that I will ever forget. There’s nothing like seeing a quarantine room sealed with newspaper to make you appreciate our own standard of care! Having said that, India is an amazing country and I have to say I was generally impressed by the skills of Indian doctors... please don’t lump them all in a box with the notorious Dr Patel. To current Cromwellians considering Medicine I suggest you put a third world experience near the top of your list of things to do. After India (where I missed being in a train crash by 24 hrs), I spent two weeks in Sri Lanka and was fortunate enough to leave the day before the Asian Tsunami. I think I may have peaked a bit too early in the exciting holiday stakes! So I guess that brings you all up to speed with my life since College, and if you are interested in what the immediate future contains...I can safely say that online poker, exams and an imminent move to Rockhampton will all feature. Cheers!
Memorial Prize Cromwell Pharmacy students winning 3 years in a row - Well Done Guys!
From left: Scott Williams (2002 - 04) & Ian Fanton (2002 - 04)
The Hildegard Reuther Memorial Prize is awarded each year by the UQ School of Pharmacy to the first year pharmacy student from outside the Brisbane Metropolitan area who displays the greatest overall proficiency in first year subjects. For the last three years, the award has been an exclusively Cromwell affair, being presented to Scott Williams (2003), Kobi Haworth (2004) and most recently Kathryn Jelbart (2005). As Kathryn is quick to point out, these Collegians prove that being a ‘country hick’ and possessing intelligence are not mutually exclusive entities!
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From left: Current Residents Kobi Haworth & Kathryn Jelbart
Years in College:
27/4/92 - 6/12/02
What Miss “D” has been up to after Cromwell... Pam lives in her Stafford unit 2/31 Collier St only 5mins. drive away from her married twin sister, Rosemary and brother-in-law Brian Colyer. Pam is a proud Aunt and great Aunt with a niece and nephew and their children. The 6th December 2002 was I thought the end of my dreams, leaving the College and the students I loved so much, but when God is in control of your life, nothing happens unless there is a divine reason for it. Little did I know this was going to be a very special time as my brother David’s health deteriorated rapidly and I was able to be at his bedside until he passed away in March 2003.
Miss “D” at the Golden Years Seniors Centre
Cromwell Old Boys’ Rugby You may have recently heard the Australian sports media wildly excited about the prospect of a new Australian rugby franchise. This team has attracted the cream of local rugby talent and has developed a substantial following in the west. Yes, we are talking about the COBRAs, the western suburbs newest addition to Brisbane club rugby.
I now do volunteer work 4 days a week. It was following an interview with the Community Visitor’s Organiser at the Golden Years Seniors’ Centre at Nundah, Gwen, who just happened to be (Cromwellian) Greg Thiesfield’s mother, that I commenced volunteer work at “Clifford House” the Baptist Aged Care facility at Wooloowin in May for 1.5 days each week. This involves taking the folk for gentle exercises, sing-a-longs, playing piano and conducting devotions in the dementia section. The other 2.5 days I do secretarial /admin work at the GYC (Golden Years Centre) at Nundah.
From Left: Old Collegians Shiau-Chen Lim, Natasha Coventry nee Rickert, Ben Stuart, Miss “D” (in front) & Sabrina Lim at Commencement Dinner 2001 In my ‘spare time’ I am Secretary of The Crusade Choir, which performs every second week at Aged Care facilities and Churches and am involved with Church activities and Church organist. It is always a thrill to catch up with past students both in Australia and those overseas. I have been especially blessed with the continued friendship of Loren and Jason Curtis from College, as Jason was both a tremendous help to David with his computer and to me. I thank Cromwell for giving me so many precious memories. Love to all and God bless.” Miss “D”
stubbie coolers from Bunker and decided we were good blokes, and a pair of John’s boys who lost their way. We play in the Wyatt Cup, a Friday night competition in the third division of the Brisbane Club Rugby. We also attempt training on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm at our home ground at Wests RUC on Sylvan Road in Toowong.
The Cromwell Old Boys’ Rugby Association (COBRA) had its genesis in long nights spent at the Royal Exchange listening to the just plain brilliant Harry Healy on the guitar over the recent summer holidays. Not content with letting such a good idea just go to waste, the boys thought up a name, a team handshake and a variety of enterprising backline moves. The fatal mistake being that some of us remembered all these ideas the next morning and decided to actually form a team.
The successes the team have had this season have far exceeded our expectations. We are doing things that Cromwell rugby has never done before: contesting scrums, beating opposing teams by unheard-of margins and even fielding a full 22-man squad. After 8 rounds the COBRAs have won three games, lost four and drawn one. We are over the halfway mark of this season but we are always on the lookout for more people to get involved, especially for next season and we would like to raise the average age of the team to somewhere closer to that of the wider competition.
The team is currently composed of not just Cromwell Old Boys with a wide range of skill and fitness levels but also (among others) some lads who took off with a few
If you’re looking for some way to whittle away those useless hours from around 6pm onward on a Friday night and want to be a part of the Crommie Old Boy/Girl spirit
that is alive and kicking, check out our website at http://cobras.rugbynet.com.au/ or email Fred (Eftpos) on firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard (Climax) on email@example.com or turn up to training or a game. We are looking not only for Old Boys to play but also Old Boys/Girls to help out with coaching, first aid and sponsorship. Most importantly we are looking for supporters, so come on down to our games. We have home games on 5th August at 8:30pm and 19th August at 7pm. Hope to see you there. The COBRAs
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Queensland Student Leadership Forum (QSLF)
on faith and values
In 1997 a group of members and senators from the Australian Parliament invited young Australians to Canberra to talk together about leadership motivations. This was the beginning of the National Student Leadership Forum on faith & values. Every year since then, about 220 future leaders have spent four days in Canberra considering how values and faith might have an influence on the kind of leaders young people hope to become. Cromwell has been sending two students each year to attend the forum in Canberra. In 2002 one delegate (Nigel Middlebrook not related to Cromwell) declared he wanted to hold a Forum in Queensland. He set about achieving this vision with the help of Brisbane delegates who had attended the National Forum. Instrumental in the establishment of the QSLF held in May this year was our very own COCA President Stuart Bade and wife Natacha Bade, David Bade, Richard Shannon, Cindy Rinehart and Meggie Palmer. Well done on a fantastic 12 month mission of organising the Forum to ultimately help young people expand and share their views of life. Here at Cromwell we are extremely proud of your efforts.
All smiles - Stu Bade with his small group including current resident Hayley Mudge standing to the far left The current residents who attended together with Jane Thomas, spoke at Formal Dinner on 31st June about their experiences at the Forum and hope to implement some of the ideas in the Cromwell Community i.e. Community service projects, Bush Dances to raise funds for charities, guest speakers from the forum to speak at formal dinner and small discussion groups. It is hoped that through these activities we will be able to broaden current residents’ experiences by helping the wider community.
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All Cromwell past & current residents who attended the Forum From left: standing David Bade (1996-98), Stuart Bade (1993-98), Richard Shannon (2001-03), Philipp Kearney (current resident), Matthew Palmer (current resident), Karl Pacholke (2001-04) & Michael Davis (2002-04) From left: kneeling Emily McAuliffe (current resident), Cassie Moran (current resident), Rachael Truscott (current resident), Alice Rinehart (current resident), Cindy Rinehart (200103) & Jane Thomas (Development Officer) From left: crouching Hayley Mudge, Meggie Palmer (2002-04) & Erin Skinner (2002-04) Current resident Rachael Truscott attended the conference and reports on her experience: “’Faith and values?’ Isn’t that what hippies and people who go to church believe in?’ A common attitude of many people, this narrow view tends to result in neglect of the topic. The Queensland Student Leadership Forum is designed to reawaken this core foundation of leadership and to recognise the role faith and values play in fuelling the character and motivations, and underpinning the decisions and actions of a leader. A combined effort by Queensland State Members of Parliament and a committed group of ‘servant leaders’, the event (held from12-15 May, 2005 at the Royal on the Park, Brisbane) hosted young people from throughout Queensland. For many, one of the great surprises of the Forum was the genuine commitment to the community by the politicians who hosted the event. Kevin Rudd, Fiona Simpson, Pat Purcell, Vaughn Johnson and Chris Foley amazed us with their depth of character, commitment and capacity. Rod Wakefield, CEO of the Coffee Club, opened our minds to the possibility of compassionate, generous business leaders. It became evident just how much we as the Australian public hear about scandals, cover-ups and backstabbing occurring in the political and business arenas - in a barrage of print, broadcast, virtual and word of mouth forms. The Forum provided the opportunity for some of our leaders to ‘help re-inspire and elevate expectations of leadership’ - a desperately needed antecedent to hope. Other speakers at the event included: Jock Cameron, Leadership consultant, Tony South, President of the QLD Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association, Ken Fleming - Queens Counsellor and international advocate of human rights; Dorothy Mathieson, a woman who spent fifteen years serving prostitutes in the slums of Manila; Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor of Queensland; Professor Sandra Harding, Deputy Vice Chancellor of International Business and Development, QUT; and Bec Heinrich, twenty-two year old co-founder of the business, Rising Generations. The Forum brought to the foreground core questions that all too often get pushed aside by what Stephen R. Covey describes as ‘unimportant, urgent’ daily tasks. Questions
COCA Dinners up North such as ‘Who do I want to be? What is my vision? What is my underlying faith, my reason for being?’ were brought before attendees not as optional areas for introspection, but as essential for developing as strong individuals and leaders. In reference to such questions, Ms Bryce poignantly observed, “For some it may take a grave illness; a death; a birth; a job that saps them of everything but the endless grind of the day-to-day, before [people] are able to stop, reflect, collect their thoughts about whatever drives their existence, and be comfortable enough to sit with themselves, alone in silence.” For some of us, it took a very unique and powerful leadership forum.
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor of Queensland centre front with MP Fiona Simpson on her left. Standing 4th from left Development Officer Jane Thomas with Erin Skinner (2002-2004) standing on her left In the course of my participation in the QSLF, personal revelations came thick and fast. I discovered the importance of having a personal vision for my life and the individuality of this vision. I found myself searching for personal gifts and strengths in order that I might better serve others. I pondered the tendency for people to be paralysed by grand ideas and recognised the need to start small and build confidence through incremental achievement. I found a place and a purpose for my faith and values in the profit-driven, cut-throat world of business. I found that when I’d finished the critical process of searching, questioning, probing and challenging, the basis for life and true success was love. I hope that this event provides many with the opportunity to discover the faith and values behind leadership - not necessarily by being there, but through those who have.”
On Friday 27th and Sunday 29th May the Principal and Development Officer Jane Thomas had dinner with Old Collegians, Parents of Current Collegians and their families in Cairns and Townsville respectively. The dinner in Cairns was held at the Yacht Club at Yorkey’s Knob with a guest list comprising of: Ian Turton (1963), Simon Elmas (197172) & wife Suzanne Habib with their 2 children Kai Elmas (11) & Romany Elmas (6), Bruce Webber (1973), Terry (197981) & Melissa Karydas nee Claussen (1981-82) with their 3 children Georgie (15), Matthew (13) & Hannah (10), Margaret More (parent of Ann & Iain More), Graeme & Caroline Hopkirk (Parents of Shaun Hopkirk). Here are a few words from Caroline Hopkirk: “As parents of a current student it was a wonderful opportunity to attend a dinner organised by Cromwell College for past students and parents of current students in Cairns. Living in an isolated location such as Far North Queensland has its draw backs and since our son Shaun moved to Cromwell College in 2003 we have not had a great deal of involvement with the College due to the distance between us. The Yorkeys Knob Boat Club was an ideal venue to meet with an array of old boys and old girls and swap stories with current parents. Graeme and I enjoyed talking to Mr Begbie and Jane and felt far more in touch with Cromwell by the end of the evening. It was interesting talking to past students who had pursued careers in a variety of fields. Amazingly one couple had met at Cromwell and were now married with three children. All had vivid memories of their time at Cromwell. The dinner was extremely well planned and a great opportunity to get to know Mr Begbie, Jane and Cromwell a little better. We are both looking forward to the next one!” Caroline Hopkirk The dinner in Townsville was held at Tim’s Surf ‘n’ Turf and the following were in attendance: Kevin & Robin Warren nee Cruden (1981-82), Alan & Annette Nelson nee Muguira (1987-89), Stephen (1988-90) & Louise De Jersey with their 2 children Oliver (4) and Sophie (2), Wendy Nielson (1997-99) with fiancé Ben, Brendan Mudge (1998-2000), Larry & Jenny Mudge (Parents of Brendan & Hayley Mudge).
A few words from Annette: “The evening of May 29th was a walk down memory lane for me and an interesting insight into College life for my husband Alan, when a few Old Collegians joined Hugh and Jane for a casual dinner at Tim’s Surf N Turf in Townsville. The outdoor restaurant is renowned for its HUGE servings of food, but this paled into insignificance when compared to the size of the tales being shared about College life over the various decades represented. I think we all came to the same conclusion that despite a few advances in technologies and more modern amenities, the essence of College life remains the same. Thank you Jane and that “bloke in the tie”, (alias Hugh) for a very enjoyable evening and we look forward to seeing you back in the North in the not too distant future.” Annette Nelson
Alan & Annette Nelson
From left: Louise, Oliver, Stephen & Sophie De Jersey
Robin & Kevin Warren
From left: Larry, Jenny & Brendan Mudge
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ICC Reports Sport Report
Girls rowing team from left: Riley Cook, Virginia Hirst, Michelle Hillman, April Chesters & Emily McAuliffe Sport
One act play participants 5th
Cultural Report Well, the Inter-College Cultural Cup has seen many ups and downs for Cromwell this semester, but one thing has remained constant, our spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication in ensuring as many people as possible get involved! Debating was the first cultural event to be held this semester, and surprisingly, each week saw a different team of three eagerly putting their necks on the block, despite only having an hour to prepare arguments before the competition. Cromwell got through to the quarterfinals, when Katherine Deacon, Scott Forbes and Cassie Aprile took-on Kings. Despite an outstanding eleventh-hour performance by third speaker, Cassie Aprile, the adjudicators ruled in favour of the opposition ... Kings. (Unfortunate, but at least it wasn’t Johns!) NB: King’s went on to win the competition...clearly we would have met them in the finals had the draw been in our favour! :) Cromwell saw great improvement in the Public Speaking competition. With just twenty-four hours notice, Scott Forbes won the event for Cromwell, a big improvement on last year’s effort, when we found out about the competition an hour after it had
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been held! Scott’s prepared speech was on the need for College students to take the Cultural Cup more seriously, a timely topic given that only two Cromwellians attended the competition. A BIG thank-you goes out to Manroop Soin and Amanda McCosker for their support. We suffered our greatest defeat in the one act play competition, coming dead last. (Well, that’s not completely true ... Leo’s withdrew from the competition, so technically we beat them!) Our satiric piece, entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins”, may have failed to impress the judges, but was loved by audiences. Though the endless hours of rehearsals, line learning and prop
making were stressful, and resulted in many sleepless nights for directors Amy Robinson, Cassie Aprile and Scott Forbes, everyone in our 30 strong cast had a great time!
MAXX DAMAGE - A true relic of 80’s Glam Rock and Hair Metal. Bandfest 05 was a great effort from the MAXX boys, unfortunately marred by controversy and scandal. We took a bit of Axl, slice of Darkness and a splash of Bon to create the hardest, loudest rock act since ACDC. We played great on the night and were loved by all those who came and supported. A Big thanks to Craig Gibson, David Khlentzos, Brett Matzuka and Alex Steed for making our distasteful, selfish, outdated desire for Hair Metal become a reality. Regan Ireland Coming up in the Cultural Cup for next semester are the Art Show, Chess Competition, Choralfest and Dancefest. Hopefully, we might cement our place in the competition next semester, but as always, the primary emphasis for Cromwell is on having a great time and enjoying the experience, not necessarily winning the event - our secondary goal is to beat Johns!!
Cromwell’s Latest International Sports Star
Adam ‘Spup’ Gunthorpe (200103) is the latest Old Collegian to represent his country in international sport. Adam was selected in the Hong Kong cricket team which has recently returned from a tour of both the UAE and Nepal, playing fixtures there against their national teams as part of the Asian Cricket Council’s competition. Adam starred on tour, top-scoring on several occasions, and has been touted as ‘the next big thing’ in cricket in the region. Being aeronautically inclined, he managed to scrounge a joy flight over Mt Everest while in Nepal. Adam has also just returned from a tour of England with his club side, that featured a game on the hallowed turf at Lord’s. In the near future Adam will attend an intensive cricket camp in India to hone his batting against the best young bowling talent in that country. It comes as no surprise that Adam also featured heavily in Cromwell sport, being male sports convenor in 2003 and was an integral member of the Cromwell cricket team that dominated ICC in the years 2002 and 2003. I am sure Cromwell College, as a whole, wishes Adam the very best in realising his dreams. Whyuno “Boo” Sing COCA News East Asia Correspondent Hong Kong
International Night International Night was on the 3rd May 2005. What an exciting night! Cromwell Collegians were told to “dress culturally” and it was pleasing to see that there were Eskimos, Cowboys and people representing many areas of the globe. What made the evening entertaining were the presentations by our international students: The Americans, started the evening with an interesting slide show revealing information about the different States that they are all from. I was proud that they decided to end with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America,’ which is a heart gripping experience! The menu for the night contained a variety of foods from various cultures, which added to the experience as well as music taken from Europe, Africa, Argentina and Asia. The Zimbabweans were next up on the stage and they had designed an amusing slide show accompanied by music, which the students danced to in ‘the African way’ - causing a few laughs from the audience. One of our seniors Catherine Pacholke spoke about her travels through Europe over the last summer holidays, which I am sure inspired other students to travel. Thanks to all the students who helped out
The Zimbabweans dancing to their presentation and were brave enough to do a presentation! In order to involve the whole College there was a trivia quiz at the end where two prizes were given: a dinner for two at ‘Thai Palace’ and a dinner for two at ‘Curry Connection’. The first prize was won by Sam Rippon a second year boy and the second prize by David Khlentzos a first year boy. All in all the night was comical and interesting and it was great to see the whole College getting involved. I am looking forward to meeting the new International Students arriving next semester. Lauren Glynn International Student Officer
Joan Gillespie (College Secretary & Bursar), who had just completed ten years in that capacity, recalled:
and supervised very ably by Mrs Ida Binnie. The staff were provided with board and lodging and in return worked in the kitchen From left: Joan Gillespie and wings for 40 hours each with unidentified friends week for the magnificent sum of $27.10 per week. Mrs Binnie ruled over the dining hall and woe betide anyone who attempted to enter not dressed according to her standards. Rubber thongs were definitely not allowed - bare feet - well I doubt if anyone would have dared to even attempt entry to the dining hall that way. “Suitable dress” was to deteriorate in the years to follow - one Principal found it necessary to qualify “academic dress” to include trousers, shirt, tie, shoes and socks, for one enterprising (?) young fellow tried the Principal’s patience by turning up to formal dinner in his academic gown - only! Incidentally, formal dinners were held six nights a week and academic gowns were a “must”.
The College had live-in staff then (1969), housed in Carmody Wing (now Lockley)
Dianne Jensen (Senior Resident) compiled a brief history of the College,
Chronicles of Cromwell By Barbara Merefield (honorary College archivist) If you have anecdotes or historical information which might be included in this section please contact Jane on (07) 3377 1232 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DO THESE BRING BACK MEMORIES? Some excerpts from the 1979 Protector, the 25th Anniversary edition, may bring back memories for many Old Collegians. Why not send in some of your own memories?
including the following gems: College seems to have been a very alive place in the early years, probably due to smaller numbers and more time at the beginning of the year. One event frequently recalled at that time was the affair of the College Cutlery, when every college on campus - with the exception of St John’s, awoke one morning to find their cutlery missing. Vigorous investigation took place while breakfast lay uneaten, and Cromwell eventually discovered the set belonging to Women’s College. The perpetrator was never discovered, although suspicions abounded. And: The notorious old track to the university (across the fields where the new BioScience building stands) received a facelift in that same year (1963). The hazardous journey through head-high grass to the accompaniment of croaking frogs and mysterious rustling noises - and the everpresent threat of falling into the drain - was over. As the Protector noted, “No longer will freshers have to clear it with jungle machetes and other appropriate tools”. Ah, those were the days!!
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Social Report The Cromwell social calendar has been more than jampacked this semester!! We started the year off with the alwayspopular Closed Bunker, and then a week later our first Open Bunker, which attracted a record 1400 people.
Alex Khlentzos & Leisa Wlash dressed as sports heros
In April we scrubbed up for the annual Boat Cruise. A great night was enjoyed by all. This semester also saw what could be described as its two favourite events, held within weeks of each other...Mini-Ball and At-Home!!! Once again the costumes never failed to amaze, with the themes of ‘Crommywood’ and ‘Wild World of Sports” being well and truly explored!
The Jamaican Bobsledding team won the best dressed at this year’s At Home ‘Wide World of Sports’ theme
Though it’s sad to see these events come and go, we hold comfort in knowing what the year still holds! With another Bunker and Ball, to name a few that are still to come, I’m looking forward to spending some more classic moments with the Crommy Kids!! SBP!!
David Khlentzos & Catherine Pacholke as the logo for the Sydney Olympics 2004
Cheers Guys Simon ‘Harm’ Pearce (Social Convenor)
community, modeling a shaved head and a red mohawk for the Leukemia Quest “Shave for a Cure”. The Starlight Foundations’s “Star Day” was also a success, raising much needed funds for Australia’s sick and terminally ill kids, including those at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital. The annual Boardshorts Day was run again this year, where Cromwell kids switched the usual pyjama bottoms for boardshorts, raising money for Youth Suicide. A big thank you to all who took part. However, it would be great next year to see some more support for this day as this campaign was definitely not as big as we had hoped for something that effects so many young people. It was great to see so many white wrist bands floating around college for the global “Make Poverty History” campaign running
As Batman’s sweetheart says in Batman Begins, it’s not who we are inside but what we DO that makes a difference!!! So despite the fact that there are some undoubtedly dodgey characters amongst our Cromwell community (especially those lurking in Bottom Thatcher), we have certainly been active in DOING some worthwhile things this semester. Although these contributions don’t really compare to the high flying, painstaking and action packed life of Batman, our efforts should not be underestimated, as we have shown we have great capabilities as a community to reach out to people in need, both locally and globally, and DO SOMETHING! Daniel Moran and Luke Stoker took it upon themselves to raise over $1000 from College residents, College staff and locals in the wider
alongside the Live 8 concert. Next semester more community events are being organised to give people the opportunity to reach out to both the local Brisbane and wider global community. Refugee education schemes, house/yard work for elderly and disabled locals and tree planting days are a few ideas being considered along with a bushdance being organised to raise some money for a community in need. Contact the College for further information as it would be great for any Old Boys and Old Girls to be a part of any of these events! The Student Executive would like to thank all of the College community for their generosity and support for all Semester 1 community campaigns! Giggity gig! Cassie Moran
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