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Editors • Denis McMullen & Ina Thiessen • Volume 5 •

C r o m w e l l

C o l l e g e

Within the University of Queensland


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Issue 2

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“A leader is like an onion…” (Profound words uttered at the Forum opening by Dr Stuart Bade) During the mid semester holidays, seven current Crommie residents (and a plethora of old-boys and old-girls) embarked on the Queensland Student Leadership Forum on faith and values. For four surreal days we laughed, we cried… we got emotional and philosophical… we felt inspired and we were challenged... and more importantly we had the opportunity to contemplate the role our personal faith and values have in influencing our leadership and shaping our outlook on life. The Forum involved a combination of small group discussions, community service, seminars and key note addresses from a number of political, business and community leaders centered on the theme of “servant leadership”. Highlights of the forum included Continued page 4

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

What’s I n s ide

Dear COCA Member


From the Principal


College Sport and Voluntary Student Unionism


Upcoming Events


Cyclone Larry


ICC Reports


Guest Speakers at Formal Dinners


What’s Happening in Chapel?




Chronicles of Cromwell


o Cca Development Manager InaThiessen

As you can gather from the outcome of the meeting, the future structure of COCA will be centred on the role of the Development Manager. At this point it may be useful to outline my role in regards to COCA. This role includes • Reconnecting Old Collegians • Organising COCA events

Dear COCA Member...

You may wonder where the heading “President’s Report” has gone. As you probably read in the last COCA NEWS, Cromwell hosted a COCA meeting on the 21st June 2006, the last in its traditional form. The meeting resolved to wind up COCA as an official organisation but retain its informal status as a fellowship of ex-Cromwellians. In accordance with this resolution, the bank accounts are to be closed with 50% of the proceeds going as part retirement of the Student’s Association debt in relation to the Lion’s Den, and half invested in the Foundation for the purpose of the COCA academic prize. Both these are in accordance with the objectives of COCA that includes ‘providing a means to improve the facilities of the College’ and ‘the establishment of prizes, bursaries and scholarships.’ COCA will now exist as an extended friendship network with the key centre of data management and organisation being the Development Manager of the College. The Development Manager will, in turn, seek members from various years in the College history to assist in networking and to provide advice and ideas for the Development Manager. Further, the role of the COCA President has ceased to exist. On behalf of COCA and the College, we would like to thank Dr Stuart Bade who did a great and faithful job as COCA President for the last seven years. As of the next edition, the editorials in COCA News will be written by different COCA members. The title for the editorial will be “Report from a CEO” (C=Cromwell, E=enthusiastic, O=“Oldie” as short for Old Collegian). Although COCA does not exist in its formal entity, it continues to be a strong network of friends connecting Old Collegians with the College and its current students. The interest and enthusiasm shown by many Old Collegians means that COCA is very much alive. Three major COCA events for Old Collegians are being organised this year, with much input and support by Old Collegians and current students. There are more events planned for the next few years. Since starting work at Cromwell, I have been surprised by the many contacts made with ex-Cromwellians in such a short amount of time, their generosity in time and finances and their active engagement in College affairs in so many ways. At this point I would like to thank you for your interest and support. I am looking forward to the future, meeting interesting Cromwellians, hearing amazing stories and attending great events.

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• Compiling and editing COCA NEWS • Maintaining the Alumni database • Establishing a mentoring program • Being the initial contact point within the College for COCA members for all questions, concerns and ideas. As COCA Member you can help by • Updating your contact details when they change to ensure that you receive the COCA NEWS and invitations to upcoming events. This also allows us to help Old Collegians to reconnect with you. • Updating us on how you are going and what you are up to (career, family, travel, special achievements etc.) • Assisting us to find lost Old Collegians. • Volunteering to be a representative for Old Collegians from your year to advise the Development Manager of ideas for possible COCA events that suits the needs of Collegians from your era; networking, and advertising upcoming events through your contacts with Old Collegians and, if you wish, helping organise events. • Mentoring current students. • Writing articles for the COCA News. • Assisting with the organisation of COCA or fundraising events, • Supporting the College by making a donation or leaving a bequest to the Cromwell College Foundation. If you want to change your address or support the College in any way, please call Ina Thiessen on (07) 3377 1300 or send an email to i.thiessen@cromwell.

From the


Risk Management and Marriage. The Board recently had a retreat and one of the issues discussed was risk management. It seems everywhere we turn there are articles on risk management and consultants offering their wares. The College, like every other organisation, has to do what it has to do. But I have a view (perhaps a lonely view) that we are being suffocated by risk management. As I reflected on the increasing tendency for legislation to entangle our lives with kilometres of bureaucratic red tape, I wonder what would happen if I had applied the same principles to my marriage. I had a wonderful marriage. It was not perfect but Helen and I were best friends. Like all marriages there were differences and therefore relational risks involved. However, as in all good marriages, any ‘risk management’ occurred in a relational context. For Helen and me the aim was to discuss (or negotiate) in the context of a committed, loving relationship. That is to say, the relationship was based on a promise not on successful performance and it understood the reality of failure and the place of forgiveness and renewal. Once we made the commitment, it was seen to be for life and this promise became the foundation on which all problems were resolved. What would have happened if Helen and I had taken on the assumptions that lie behind the modern approach to risk management and applied them to our marriage? We live in a culture that is a product of a period of history known as the Enlightenment. In this world, revelation was rejected, faith and reason split apart and human reason became the arbiter of truth. At its heart, thinkers such as Voltaire and Hulme were arguing for human autonomy with freedom as the chief virtue and progress in this world its deepest hope. Unfortunately, the rampant individualism that is the logical outcome of this view of truth and authority has led to spiritual and moral confusion (these too

have been personalised and relativised), a denial of sin and personal responsibility (notice how what was once a sin, became a crime then a sickness and, in some cases, then acceptable) and a situation where the following logic applies: I have a right to a long, happy life. I have a right to have my needs met. I have a right to feel good about things. All my wants are needs and it is my right to consume and choose what I want. If these rights are not met, then I will blame you and perhaps sue you. This outcome is both judgmental and adversarial. It generates fear and is ultimately socially destructive. In the name of ‘freedom’, we all end up becoming slaves to fear and red tape. The biblical view of freedom, however, is very different. Firstly, it presupposes the reality of sin, evil, suffering, pain and death. In other words, it has a thoroughly realistic understanding of risk. Secondly, it teaches that human autonomy against God is fundamental to the problem and leads only to exclusion from God and division amongst human beings. Thirdly, the Bible places its hope not in human success but in God’s action that flows from his loving commitment to creation. In fact, the commitment of the husband to the wife in marriage in the Bible is modelled on the commitment of God to his creation as revealed in and through Jesus (Eph 5:25). Fourthly, in the Bible there is no absolute autonomy. We are all servants (or slaves) of something or someone. If it is not God, it is something that is not God (and consequently not good) that rules our life. True freedom is not autonomy as defined by the Enlightenment but life that is found in proper relationship with God, with others and ultimately with the created order. In a good marriage, joy is found through mutual submission and service. Each gives themselves in love to the other. Autonomy in the Enlightenment sense will blow marriage apart. If we pursue our own rights to the exclusion of the other or require too much in the way of

‘risk management’ red tape (eg checking up on each other all the time) we inject selfishness or distrust and judgment into the relationship and destroy it. If this is so in marriage, why should it not be so in the wider community? Am I alone in thinking these things? Am I naive in suggesting that it might be time to rediscover some of the wisdom of Scripture and start criticising some of the Enlightenment assumptions? We belong together. We are not individuals alone but individuals in community. Approaching each other in judgment and with adversarial intent is destructive. Surely our society needs to rediscover that destroying trust and creating fear in work and in society is as damaging as it is in marriage. It is time we put the horse and carriage back together again, both in marriage and in the wider world. In the end it is not more rules we need, but a greater willingness to love and care for each other in a dangerous world.


Thank you to our donors

Much has been achieved at Cromwell over the years but many challenges remain. The Board and I wish to express our deep gratitude to all those who have given to the College or considered the College in their will. As Principal I have many hopes for this place and every gift from you goes towards the goal of turning those dreams into reality. Thank you. Hugh Begbie.

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dinner at Parliament House where we “mixed it with the pollies”, an inspiring speech by Rev Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision) and an equally moving keynote address by Nick Vujicic (a man who has overcome disability to motivate others through public speaking). When we weren’t deep in thought reflecting on the big issues, we snuck off to “have fun and get amongst it” in the form of a spirited beach volleyball tournament at Kedron...There were tears, and tantrums... displays of cat-like agility and the occasional belly flop on the sand as we strutted from court to court attempting to demonstrate our sporting prowess. In the end, only one team emerged triumphant to bask in glory, whilst the rest of us learnt to embrace a valuable leadership quality – “humility in defeat”. Saturday afternoon saw us descend on Murarrie to put our words into actions in the form of community service. In a hands-on demonstration of “servant leadership” we got dirty and messy and in the process, managed to put “Backyard Blitz” to shame! Furthermore we reaped the personal satisfaction of knowing that in some small way we were helping others. Tired and overwhelmed from three solid days of thinking, we let our hair down on the final night for an evening of toetapping frivolity at the infamous QSLF Bush Dance. A huge congrats to Farmer for winning the “best-dressed” award (would we have expected anything less?!) and a special mention must go to Stuart Bade- although lacking in the technical aspects of bush dancing, he more than

compensated for his lack of ability with copious amounts of enthusiasm! We left the forum feeling inspired, enthusiastic and a little over-awed. “Post-forum blues” aside (ask Texas!), the experience was truly unique and personally rewarding. On behalf of everyone who was fortunate enough to attend the forum – thank you to all of the organizers and facilitators who made the experience unforgettable! Written by Kobi Haworth This year’s participants: Kobi Haworth, Damon Judges, Daniel Moran, Luke Moran, Emily Goldsmith, Daniel Faux, Matthew Palmer

Daniel Faux with guest speaker Tim Mander, Rugby League Referee and CEO of Scripture Union Queensland

Everyone gave their best...

Current resident Emily Goldsmith and Old Collegian Michael Davis got involved in community service

About the

Queensland Student Leadership Forum

Every year the Board sponsors some of our most able residents to attend the Queensland Student Leadership Forum. Kobi has outlined the importance of this forum as a life changing experience for many young people. I can only endorse her enthusiasm and say how much the Board appreciates being able to contribute in this way. The key value of this conference is that it re-awakens in those who attend the fact, mostly forgotten in our culture, that the output of a person’s life is inextricably linked with their values and their values are founded on their beliefs. We all have faith in life. The question is, on what. The answer we give to that question deeply influences the priorities and quality of the life we live. So to the organizers of the forum, well done and keep it up. Hugh Begbie

Farewell to George McPherson George McPherson came to College soon after I was appointed in 1995. He was an applicant who had the benefit of a recommendation by the then secretary, Miss Pam Dalrymple. George resigned at the end of 2005 due to ill health.

George McPherson with Yvonne Rogers, Board Member (left) and Ben de Jong, Chairman of the Board (right)

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In the ten years George spent in Cromwell he dedicated himself to its well being. In a very real sense it became his home and many positive things were achieved through his role as Operations Manager. I

am personally grateful for all that George has done and know that resigning from the College was not easy for him. To honour George’s contribution, the board hosted a lunch for him and his wife Pamela after the retreat on the 3rd June. It was great to see them both and to be able to say thank you for 10 years of faithful service. Well done George and we wish you well. Hugh Begbie


College Sport & Voluntary Student Unionism A personal view College sport has been an essential part of the experience of College for generations of students. The opportunity to play a favourite sport, try out a new sport or simply turn up and cheer on your College has enriched the lives of thousands of residents over the years and often is the source for the best remembered memories of this significant period in young peoples’ lives. The introduction of “Voluntary” Student Unionism by the Commonwealth Government in December 2005 has thrown much of this on its head. In seeking to diminish the impact of student political activism, the Government has prohibited fees that support student life at Uni. The Student Union facilities, which provide meeting rooms, have lost subsidies. Catering has to survive on sales, despite operating fully for 2/3 of the year. Clubs and societies, ranging from the frivolous to the most serious, are now not subsidised, the Schonell Theatre has closed, and sporting facilities and activities have now to work on a ‘user-pays’ basis. UQ Sport, facing a deficit of $1.1 million for 2007, is cutting back many of its activities and removing grants to sporting clubs.

The impact on the Colleges is, potentially, profound. UQ Sport estimates that the cost of running the inter-Collegiate sporting program (the ”ICC”) for 2007 will be $90,000. This does not include the costs of Rowing ($6,864 for a full Cromwell College program). The costs of hiring sports fields and venues for training or recreational activities (assessed at $33,000 pa) is included in that amount. UQ Sport are now proposing that every College resident in 2007 be charged $44 to cover inter-collegiate sport. How long this level of cost can be maintained is unknown. It seems that the likely outcome is that College sport will continue, but at a greater cost to residents. The Cromwell Rowing program was first cut back then cancelled this year because of the costs involved. This was a pity as the opportunity to row for your College is one that has been taken up by hundreds of College residents in the past and provided good exercise, strong competition and lasting memories of early mornings on the Brisbane River. College residents who want to play University sport will be required to join UQ Sport as individuals and pay the


full registration fees to their sporting association. But, without the $2.2 million grant, how long can facilities and venues be maintained? As staff are cut, all aspects of UQ Sport will wither and the job of attracting new students/clients will become harder. VSU will mean that university life will be drabber and harder. Student Unionfunded entertainment and challenging activities will be lost and students in strife will have no-one to assist them. At least, at College, residents are given opportunities to hear from challenging guest speakers and meet a range of people from other cultures and with widely varying life experience. College staff provide support and advice to students who have to deal with University regulations and procedures. The College is working with UQ Sport to develop group discounts by which Cromwell residents can have access to all facilities and which will provide a good level of service at an affordable cost. Denis McMullen Dean of Students


The Story of Bronwyn Healy – 8th August 2006

You are invited to hear Bronwyn Healy tell her story, Tuesday, 8th August 7.30 pm in the Cromwell College Dining Hall. Free Admission. Bronwyn was a Brisbane schoolgirl and studied at Griffith University. She was involved with drugs and, later, prostitution, was a heroin addict and went through abortions. Help from a doctor and Christian faith transformed her life. Today, Bronwyn is a sought after public speaker, married and mother of two. If you are interested in hearing Bronwyn’s story you are most welcome. It would

be helpful for us organizing this event if you could let us know if you are coming. Please send an email to friends@cromwell.

“Crommie Come Home” Dinner Friday, 18th August 2006 Cromwell is organising a ‘Back to Cromwell’ day and invites all ExCollegians who left Cromwell in 2004, 2005 and first semester 2006 to come back for dinner and a great night of entertainment with current students. We will send out a separate invitation shortly. Did you leave Cromwell in 2004, 2005 or 2006? Then pencil in your diary Friday, 18th August 2006. Please make sure that

we have your current postal and email address. You can update your address by sending an email to friends@cromwell. or calling (07) 3377 1300. If you are still in contact with others who left Cromwell in those years, please let them know about this event and remind them about updating their contact details. If you would like to contribute to the program on that night (musical items, stories, power-point presentation) please contact Ina Thiessen on (07) 3377 1232 or email Cromwell is looking forward to seeing you again.

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Cyclone ‘Larry’ Cromwell College Family affected by Cyclone ‘Larry’ Those of us who were not affected by Cyclone Larry may have already forgotten about the disastrous effect of the storm. However, people in the areas immediately affected by the disaster are still struggling to come to terms with its consequences. Shortly after the storm, Cromwell College contacted the families of current students and Old Collegians to see how they were faring. Here are some of the responses: Hi Ina Thanks for the email. Cyclone Larry has had devastating effects on our community. My house is fine, however the high school where I teach was partly destroyed and is a mess!! We were sent back to school by the Education Department much to our dismay as the school is still quite dangerous, however we are getting back in to the swing of things and making the most of what we have.  We still have a number of teaching blocks that are out of action and most blocks do not have any electricity.   Our staffroom was water damaged and we are now housed in the welding room of the manual arts block!! It will be a long rebuilding process and, for many, a long healing process.  Thank you for the email and your concern Regards Ann ‘Oliver’ More (2000-2002) from Innisfail

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Lisa Keto, mother of Heidi Keto (1996) We are cane farmers in Tully – this is the second Cyclone that we have experienced. We came to Australia (from Finland) in 1968. The day before the Cyclone hit we spend two hours in the shops to stock up on food and batteries, as did many more people. We still had vegetables and meat in the freezer. Luckily we had a generator so we were able to keep the freezer running as the power was off for one week. We were not starving! Our Crops are down. It is still like a bad dream that we haven’t woken up from yet.

the roots. We had a historical crop storage building; during the storm, the roof came off and almost fell on top of a caravan. We are still in shock. Initially, we could not even clean up because of the rain. It was too dangerous. We have spent all week cleaning up branches and dumping rubbish. Luckily – there was no loss of life. In 1987, when the children were little, we had mattresses around a solid table, so the children spent the time under the table. This time, we prepared everything, but luckily did not have to use it.

The other cyclone we experienced, in 1987, was worse, we lost ¾ of our crops. This time the sugar cane is not cut off at

The Rainforest in Tully has changed – the forest is brown, no leaves are left on the trees and the bark is ripped off the trunks.


We fared extremely well compared with areas an hour or so up the road.

Anne Walsh here. Thank-you for your phone call checking if we were okay after Cyclone Larry. It was lovely to be thought of. We are fine. We live at Forrest Beach, which is near Ingham and during the afternoon and night there were serious concerns that we would bear the brunt of the winds. We live on the beachfront and had to carefully consider whether or not we would evacuate. We sent our boys elsewhere, but still at Forrest Beach, and decided to stay ourselves. Fortunately, the tides were quite small and even with a surge, did not present any problems to us. I work at the school at Lucinda and the subsequent rain led to the area being cut off for a couple of days.

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We have been involved with Operation Happy Easter, being organised by 96.5FM and are going up with the truck on Wednesday, as well, delivering “personal care” packs to families in the outer lying areas. Once again, thank-you for thinking of us. Anne Walsh (nee Wood) 1979-1981 Hi Ina We were on the edge of the big winds in Gordonvale but damage was restricted mostly to crops and vegetation. My family and property are fine. I had a lot of vegetation damage, which I had cleaned up by last weekend. I’ve just got back to work as I volunteered for some Red Cross work in Innisfail this week. The scale of the damage there and particularly surrounding areas is actually too much to comprehend. Daryl Bergin (1973-1977 from Lake Eacham) had some house damage but storm damage was mainly caused by vegetation falling on fence lines. But apart from that, they came through virtually unscathed compared to some in that district. Thanks for your concern Tony Anderson (1974-1975)

Rob Jones, Guidance Officer Innisfail State High School “One of our Year 12 students’ dream was to go to the University of Queensland in Brisbane to study either science or engineering. He is a very popular student. His family home was destroyed, crops on the farm (banana and sugar cane) were also destroyed. His parents will not be able to support him at University in 2007 – he may instead have to work on their farm. “Another year 12 student, very popular and hard working, has a large extended family. Her dream was to be the first family member to gain a university degree. Her intention is to study Business or

Law in Brisbane. Her parents’ home was destroyed along with her grandparents’ home. Her parents may lose their jobs due to the destruction of their work places. “Many students fear they will not be able to pursue their dream of going to university due to the long-term financial impact of the Cyclone. Many farms and businesses will have no, or only limited, income this year and hence many students will have to work longer hours on their farms or in their family businesses. Cromwell College’s initiative to raise funds in order to offer more scholarships to these students has certainly helped raise the spirits of our staff and students.”

Cromwell College responds to the needs of North Queensland students A guidance officer at a High School in Innisfail said just a few weeks after the storm, “This morning we had to give (a grade 12 boy and potential UQ student) shoes. He and his family have lost everything.” Not only did this student lose all material possessions but also his dream of studying at the University of Queensland. He is not the only one whose dream is brutally damaged by Cyclone Larry”. Cromwell College would like to rebuild these dreams through offering the support of the Cromwell College Foundation. However, since the Cromwell College Foundation depends entirely on donations, its resources are very limited.

appeal. A quick way to reach the target of $60 000 is to have ten individuals or businesses who can give $6 000 or 20 individuals or businesses who can give $3 000. Another way for you to help is to give whatever you are able. It is a great investment in young people’s lives.

Please support these young people whose lives have been just as uprooted as the cane crops and trees of their farms and homes. Information: (07) 3377 1300

Our goal is to rebuild the dream of at least three students from the disaster-stricken area who are experiencing financial hardship, the dream of studying at the University of Queensland. Cromwell would like to show that we do care about the future of those who experienced material, financial and emotional hardship. We would like to give hope and support to those who have lost so much.

Or use the credit card facility on the Donation Slip in this publication for Cyclone Larry donations.

You can help by approaching organisations for whom you are working to consider this

The parents of Melanie Feldmuller (1986-1987) spent the time during the Cyclone in a neighbour’s cyclone shelter only to find out after the storm that the house above the shelter had been completely destroyed. Luckily, their own home had only minor damage and they still have a roof over their heads.

The donors will be publicly recognised and have the opportunity to participate in the presentation of those scholarships.

Ideally, we would like to support these young peoples’ dreams of studying at the University of Queensland, especially those who come from the worst disaster-ridden area. Whilst they have the competence and the drive necessary for success at university, their situation means that their parents are no longer able to support them away from home whilst they study.

Cromwell is committed to supporting three students from the disaster-stricken area for a total of three years, starting in 2007. A target of $60 000 is needed to be able to support three students for the next three years.

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Please send you tax-deductible donations to: The Cromwell College Foundation, Cromwell College, Walcott St, St Lucia Qld 4067.

Ina Thiessen, Development Manager Cromwell College spoke to Rob Jones, Guidance Counsellor Innisfail State High School and two year 12 students, affected by cyclone Larry and potential applicants for the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary

The Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary was established in 2004 in order to support a new student who would not otherwise be able to live in College while studying at the University of Queensland. The Cromwell College Foundation has so far supported four students who have experienced financial hardship. We would like to extend the capacity of the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary to support more new students to come and live at College. Those who have experienced the benefits of living in College will know how much the academic, pastoral and social support offered by the College can assist those who have to come from distant places and who have to make massive adjustments when they come to the City to study at University. Without that support, the experience of country students can be marked by isolation, homesickness and alienation as they struggle with the sheer size of the University as well as try to come to terms with completely new ways of learning. When they also have to manage every aspect of their lives on their own for the first time, then the task becomes almost unbearable.

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ICC Reports Cultural Report - Semester One Semester One 2006 has been an absolute success for Crommie Cultural life. It has been fun, exciting and jam-packed with new talent proudly on display. The Crommie Cultural Calendar kicked off this year with the Inter-College Debating competition. The competition ran every Monday night and each week saw a different team of three battle it out for the title of ICC Debating champions. It was encouraging to see so many first year students step up to the challenge of College style short-prep debates – a daunting task no matter how many times you do it! While not finishing at the top of the ladder, our debaters did an admirable job and deserve our congratulations. The next major cultural event to take Cromwell by storm was the annual Cromwell Idol competition. Always a favourite event, nearly the whole College turned out to see who would be our next resident star. As usual there were some fantastic performances and notable mention must go to the hilarious novelty acts including: Lance & Cabbage’s performance of the Numa Numa dance; Pow’s impressive rendition of ‘It’s not unusual’ by Tom Jones and last, but not least, 409’s hilarious original number entitled ‘Care Account, My Lord.’ The competition was extremely close and our winner this year was Flang, with Sucre and Gonzo tied for second place. Bandfest was a highlight of the cultural calendar this semester with our band ‘Maax Damage’ bringing down the house with their 20-minute presentation. In their tight-fitting leopard-print attire, Maax Damage dressed to impress and well


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and truly won the hearts of the crowd. The band’s amazing performance of the timeless classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” had the crowd in cheers and Cromwell ended up taking home 3rd place on the night. Well done guys! Boat Cruise was the next event on the Cultural Calendar and thankfully, went off without a hitch. This year we opted for a bigger boat, “The Island Party Boat” that could comfortably hold everyone onboard. It was a fantastic night with just under 300 people in attendance. I think all will agree that that the unlimited pizza was a hit! Choralfest was the final cultural event held this semester. This year, we had a large number of talented freshers join the ranks to produce a vocal group of substantial size. The choir performed excellently on the night with the unconventional piece ‘Golddigger’ being a real crowd pleaser and a favourite amongst the singers themselves. Thanks for all your hard work guys. Finally, at the first OGM of this year an overwhelming majority of the student body passed the motion to introduce an annual Cultural Awards Evening, as a separate function from the Sportsman’s dinner. Hopefully in the future this night will become an important event on the annual calendar, where we recognise and properly award those residents who have distinguished themselves culturally. It is great to see that so many residents are willing to make some important positive changes to better the cultural scene here at Cromwell. Plans are already underway to make Cromwell’s first ever Cultural Award’s Evening a night to remember.

Sport Report - Semester 1 Cromwell Girls Score ICC Volleyball Success

The winning Team “Crommie ticker” was the key to the College’s first ICC win of the sporting year, according to Michelle “Biltong” Salter, the Captain-Coach of the successful Women’s Volleyball team. The team of Michelle Salter, Karen “Sporsey” Powroznick, Angela “Soogie” Day, Shoko “Cracker” Satake, Bridget “Sunny” McNee, Sheree “Cha Chi” O’Dwyer, Diana “Puddles” Potter, and Kathryn “Dato” Brooks went through the competition undefeated, only losing three sets throughout the whole competition. “The team trained hard twice a week, with the aims of developing good skills, but, more importantly, effective communication, team bonding and promoting celebration after playing well, and thus enjoying the experience,” reported Michelle. Matches were marked by excellent teamwork, high level of skill and game play and great support by other College members. The highlight set was wining 25-3 against Emmanuel.

Thanks to all those who have helped to make Semester One a huge success culturally. It has been exciting and rewarding and I look forward to an even better Semester Two.

“What we learnt from this,” said Michelle, “was that determination, passion and commitment lead to success.” And training sessions that start at 6.00 in the morning don’t hurt either!

Cassie Aprile Cultural Convenor.

ICC Sports Results - Semester 1


Men’s Sports Swimming Cricket Volleyball Touch Cross Country Hockey Tennis 6th Overall 2nd Weighted Shield

7th 3rd 4th 5th 5th 6th 4th

Women’s Sports Swimming Touch Volleyball Netball Cross Country Hockey 7th Overall 6th Weighted Shield

6th 8th 1st 8th 7th 7th

Success in the Great Court race – Again! The Inter-College Relay has become a very important part of the Great Court Race program at UQ each year. This year the Cromwell Men’s Team of Gareth Davies, Daniel Moran, Zenan Franks and Adam Bartels scored another great success on Wednesday 17th May in a dominant performance coming in first at 1 minute 17.9 seconds, ahead of a very determined finish by King’s College. This was Gareth’s third race, Daniel’s second and Adam and Zenan are both freshers The Women’s team of Sarah Van Dyke, Kimberly Ciranni, Charlotte Skidmore and Michelle Salter came a creditable 4th in their event Because of the narrow width of the Colonnades, the start, even with only four Men’s Colleges, Cromwell, King’s, Emanuel and St John’s, competing, was always going to be difficult and congested. Gareth described the start as, “Intense, with a lot of people gathered around. Each lane is only about 60 cm, so you are standing shoulder to shoulder with your opponents. There is bound to be a lot of pushing and shoving as runners try to get some space to run.”

from left to right: Michelle Salter, Sarah Van Dyke, Kimberlee Ciranni and Charlotte Skidmore

Spectators saw the crush and the jostling, then Gareth burst out of the pack and shot to the lead. By halfway through his leg, he had established a 10 metre lead and left the pack floundering behind. “I was just trying to give the next guy the best chance possible, so I just tried to power away.” “In the second leg, “ Daniel said, “you have to run about 30 metres to the corner, a 90° turn. I thought that I would almost have to stop to get around. The biggest worry is slipping when you make the side step to turn. Then there is almost 100 metres to the next change, so it is just go as fast as you can.” Zenan picks up the story: “I got a nice lead from the boys. Just after the changeover, you have to run through the doorways on each side of the open space below the bell tower. As I was in front, I could pick the track through, so it wasn’t so bad. Then you come to the next 90° turn. I had not gone so far that I was at full pace. The run from there to the last change was straight. “Because you are enclosed inside the columns, you are not aware of there being a crowd – it is just running one-on-one. At the change, the lead had been reduced to 5-7 metres.” Adam: “The change took place on a tiled section of the floor where my feet slipped –so it was like a cartoon start, where my feet were spinning madly then, zoom, off I went.

Daniel Moran, Zenan Franks, Gareth Davies and Adam Bartels “The crowd ran the race for me, there were people on both sides in places. The King’s runner was behind me, but I had such a good lead. I could see the tape and all the cameras at the end, so I just went as hard as I could.” Gareth: “ Cromwell is not a big sporty College with lots of wins, we didn’t want to disappoint everyone. With two freshers on the team, we hope that we will be able to repeat the success next year.”

Fresher Rugby Fresher Rugby is not an official Inter Collegiate Cup (ICC) sport. A strong Fresher team with a core of Zimbabwean players performed very well, winning three out of five games and holding the two strongest teams, King’s and Leo’s, to lose by a narrow margin in each case. This is the best that Cromwell has done in Fresher rugby for a long time. The team was built around a strong pack, which took on the other teams, forcing turnovers and driving strongly in mauls. The uncontested scrums mandatory in this competition did not give the Freshers the opportunity to really dominate their opponents’ packs, but by using ‘pick and drive’ and very strong defence, Cromwell was able to put pressure on some very slick backlines, forcing errors and pushed passes. The result was some great Rugby, very much enjoyed by enthusiastic Crommie supporters.

Fresher Rugby 10th May 06

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Guest Speakers atFormal Dinners

Semester 1 2006

Formal Dinners during the first semester presented a good mix of entertainment and challenge from current students and staff as well as external speakers and Old Collegians. New staff, Ina Thiessen, Development Manager, and Denis McMullen, Dean of Students, had the opportunity to share their life stories. Andrew Yorkston (guitar) and Kimberly McGregor (vocal) entertained. The Cromwell “Barber Shop Quartet” (Andrew Yorkston, Adam Bartels, Sam Eldridge and Edward Israel) performed some well-rehearsed ensemble pieces. Rev. Dr. Hugh Begbie read the Easter Story from the Gospel of Mark 1516:8 and explained the story and meaning of Easter.

intervention and about others who are regular callers, depending on their counsellor’s support over periods of years. Michael Davis: 2nd May (see textbox on the right) Reg Gully: 16th May On the 16 May 2006, Reg Gully, Cromwell Resident 1988-1990 spoke on the topic of “success” tracing the lives of 10 men in his corridor. Reg covered the area of profession, relationship, and spirituality. Whilst many funny, impressive and interesting stories came out, Reg asked the question, “ What is success?” Reg is married to Jodi, has three girls: Tabitha, Cassia and Esther. Reg is a Financial Controller and pursuing a political career.

Special Guest Speakers Kath Ellerman-Bull: 4th April Kath is the Director of Counselling at Kids Help Line, a nation-wide telephone counselling service for children from 8 to 18, which takes over 350,000 calls per year from young people. Many of them are at risk, and more calls are coming from young people suffering from mental illness. The service deals on a daily basis with children and young people who are self-harming or contemplating suicide. Kath spoke movingly about cases of children who had been abandoned, of others who were saved from suicide at the last minute by a KHL counsellor’s

Michael Davis (left) with Old Collegian Richard Shannon (2001-2003) Que onda guey, I recently went to Mexico for a semester of university. Why Mexico? Many reasons…something different, a chance to learn Spanish, a chance to talk with a Mexican accent, a chance to eat lots of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, great beer, great beaches and beautiful women, what more could you want! One great experience included going to Pamplonada. This event is based on the running of the bulls in Spain (Pamplona), however it is done in Mexican style.

Kath with American exchange students of Psychology (from left to right: Kathryn Moyer, Kayce Thompson, Kath EllermanBull and Sara Levin)

University was quite different. Being more family orientated and highly religious, things were quite strict, roll call was taken in every class and professors were constantly making sure that you had done your ‘homework’. My regular clothes of boardies and pluggers were constantly commented on, with uni being a place to dress and impress for most people, meaning my bogan Australian style was rather original. Overall, I had a fantastic time. I got to meet a lot of great people and have some really unbelievable experiences with locals and other international students alike. For anyone who has the time in their degree, I would highly recommend doing a semester overseas as it is a great way to learn the culture and get to understand what living in another country is all about.

from left to right: Old Collegian David Wildermuth (1988-1991), Reg’s father Rev Bruce Gulley and Reg Gulley

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Suerte, Michael (Texas) Davis

Yearof thecontinues! COBRA What’s Happening In Chapel? In accordance with the College ethos, a chapel program is offered to all interested students. This semester has seen a variety of different things happen on the chapel front, which has kept things fresh and interesting for those who have attended. Early in the semester we were fortunate to enjoy two evenings with Michael Knight, who is heavily involved in the well known Peer Support Program in high schools around the state. Michael facilitated two evenings of dialogue around spiritual things that encouraged those who attended to explore their own thoughts about Christianity and spirituality generally. These evenings held a great appeal for the wider College community and were well-attended. Cromwell joined with Grace College for the remainder of the Chapel services throughout the semester. We were thankful for the organisation of the music and musicians by Grace College students. Across the course of the semester, the content followed a DVD series by well know American Pastor, Rick Warren, called ‘Forty Days of Community’. In this series, some of the key aspects in generating and building Christian community, such as love, forgiveness and


openness, were examined through the DVD presentation and also through small group times, which were facilitated by students. These small groups were times of fruitful discussion and were a great opportunity for some of the students to lead their peers in exploring the ideas presented and to work towards personal applications in their own communities. Out of a desire to encourage the wider college community, King’s College hosted a BBQ followed by a combined chapel service for all the Uniting Church colleges on campus. Andy Goulay, the coordinator of the Hotel Chaplaincy (Red Frogs) ministry, was the guest speaker for this service and his message was both inspiring and encouraging. It has been an encouraging and enjoyable semester on the chapel front, and we are looking forward to next semester and some of the exciting things that are planned, such as more discussion evenings and some special guest speakers. Our thanks go to all those who were involved in chapel this semester and we look forward to joining with you all to worship God again next semester. David & Kristy Richards

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A variety of Conference facilities A venue for special occasions Accommodation Catering and excellent service

University Vacation 2006-2007 Summer 2006/2007: 22nd November – 12th February Mid Year 2007: 23rd June 2007 – 23rd July 2007 Summer 2007: from 19th November 2007 Please request our prices and availability! We look forward to any enquiries. Please contact us for further information. Cromwell College, Walcott St., St. Lucia QLD 4067, Australia. Ph: +61 7 3377 1300 Fax: +61 7 3377 1499 Email: Web:

Everybody’s favourite Cromwell and IH old boys’ rugby team marches on with a club record four game winning streak aided by the arrival of some even older old boys! Home games for the rest of the season follow, matches are played on Friday nights at Wests RUC on Sylvan Road in Toowong. For up-to-date info, check out Hope to see you all there! Cheers, Chook, Grug, Eftpos & Texas

28 July 8:30 PM v. Sunnybank Firestarters 4 Aug 7:15 PM v. Lawlords 11 Aug 7:15 PM v. Wests 18 Aug 7:15 PM v. Souths Rebels ~September Finals (?)

Lawyers Wanted Cromwell College is looking for lawyers who are Old Collegians and would like to support the Cromwell College Foundation with occasional legal services and advice. This would be in the form of advising potential donors on bequests or ensuring that their donations are in a form that is eligible for tax concessions. When potential donors or persons wishing to make a bequest contact the Foundation, they may need legal advice on this matter. If so, they could be referred to a lawyer who is an Old Collegian on our contact register. Are you an Old Collegian who is a practising solicitor/barrister or do you know one who would be interested to offer support? Please contact Ina Thiessen on (07) 3377 1232 or email to Your support is greatly needed and appreciated!

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Round Up

Kirsten Dick nee Grinter (1993-1995) We moved to the Sunshine coast in January as my husband is working at Nambour Hospital this year – but we will be returning to Brisbane at the beginning of next year for two years while he completes his training as an orthopaedic surgeon. We welcomed our second daughter, Chloe Amelia to the family on the 27th January 2006 – a sister for Emily Rose who will turn 2 on 17th June. I am currently on maternity leave from my job with the Physiotherapy Department at RBH (and have been since Emily was born) and am thoroughly enjoying looking after our little two girls. Jon Grayson (1978-1983) I was at Cromwell for 6 years - from 1978 to 1983. No, it didn’t take me that long to complete my degree! After my undergraduate degree, I completed my Commerce honours degree part time (198182) and was a tutor in the Commerce Department as well as at Cromwell, and then in my first year of work at Queensland Treasury (1983) I was a live-in tutor at Heidi Richardson (2001-2003) Hi everyone Hello to all. For all of you who know me, and those of you don’t. I just wanted to share with all my fellow Cromwellians my exciting news. I am getting married in March next year. My name is Heidi Richardson and I resided at Cromwell College from 2001 to 2003 and have since been working at ENERGEX in the area of Process Development and Training. I met my fiancé, Simon Hackwood, a little over a year ago now at my current church home in Woolloongabba and all I can say is that it has been the best year of my life. For our one year anniversary (Saturday the 10th June), Simon took me to the Treetops at Montville to celebrate, as it so perfectly fell on the Queen’s birthday long weekend. It was sooo beautiful up there. I would recommend the accommodation to anyone. It’s so romantic and peaceful.

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Cromwell. After 17 years in Treasury and Queensland Treasury Corporation, I joined the investment bank, Babcock & Brown in 2000, and I am still there. My sister Jenny-Lea Grayson (1982-1983) is married (now Charlier) and living in Sydney, and working at NSW Treasury. Melissa Grayson (1991-1992) is my niece. She is married (now Hatherall) and living in Brisbane. Peter Kidd (Cromwell 1997-2000) With the support of the school that I have been teaching at for the last four years (King’s Christian College), I am a volunteer teacher for the Education Department in Banda Aceh for 12 months. At present I am teaching English as a Second Language to five classes in a boarding school, two classes of teachers at a university and also doing a few tutoring sessions. It is an enjoyable challenge as English teachers are highly valued here due to the great desire to learn English and also teachers are well-respected in the culture. Teaching is keeping me quite busy but I am finding the time to explore the Saturday came and went and he had not yet asked me so I assumed that he was not going to ask that weekend. However, whilst we were bushwalking around Lake Baroon on the Sunday, he asked me to climb up on a rock with him overlooking a beautiful gorge called the Narrows. It was there that he proposed because it was such a gorgeous view. It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, or man. I am so excited to see what our life will bring together. Now I know all you women are wondering about the ring. I know that’s the first thing my friends asked to see *grin*. Seeing as though the engagement ring he had organised to be designed especially for me was not going to be ready until our return to Brisbane two days later, Simon purchased a surrogate ring from a store at Montville for me to wear until we could pick up the ring. How cute is he? *grin* It was only a $1 aluminium ring but it holds memories that I will never forget. Nevertheless, I

area which evokes a variety of emotions. The kilometers of tsunami devastated landscape make you realise the fragility of life - over 100 000 people were killed by the tsunami in this city alone, snatched from their normal Sunday morning activities. Slowly, the reconstruction is replacing houses, shops and farms that were totally destroyed. It is heartwarming to see the international effort of reconstruction - I have seen 36 countries represented as well as numerous independent charity organisations. The other end of the spectrum of scenery are the tropical islands, beautiful beaches and lush mountains that surround the city. The food is very tasty, the people are extremely friendly and the constant heat is bearable. It is great to be able to help out in a country with such huge needs. I am hoping that some of the students I teach will be proficient enough at English to be able to qualify for the scholarships to study in English speaking countries in order to improve their skills. They will then be able to return to Banda Aceh to help in the long-term development of the area. Feel free to email me if you want to know more or if you are thinking of visiting this part of the world. petekidd@optusnet. Peter Kidd must say my actual engagement ring is all I ever dreamt of. All I can say is that I am very spoilt, especially since one of my friends remarked “that’s not a ring… its hand luggage”. So yeah I just wanted to share with you all my wonderful news. Heidi Richardson

Kylie van der Beek (nee Smyth) (1994 - 1995)

and confident woman. Our lives are made up of firsts, no matter how old we are, there will always be a first time for something. Cromwell was a period, as it was for many others, that provided many firsts – also many lasts – that will forever be part of who we are. But those firsts aren’t just related to Bunker Parties, Balls and the variety of other colourful social occasions. There are firsts that made us realise the values and beliefs we hold make us who we are.

past 10 years I have finished my degree, taught at Beerwah State High School and Bell State School, I married a wonderful man (in the College Chapel by Dr Krohn in 1999) and had two beautiful children. It doesn’t sound like much to fill 10 years when written like that, but I know I have made the most of every moment in those 10 years and not one of them would I change.

I believe that what makes us the people we are today, is a combination of the experiences and moments in time that have passed us by and those yet to come. We are who our parents have shaped us to be over many years, we are further moulded by the friendships we make, the environment we place ourselves in and the choices we face. We eventually grow into our own unique persona and we become who we want to be. For me, Cromwell was the start of my adult life and the beginning of who I am today. You enter an excited, naive teenager and leave a confident young adult.

Even though I only spent two years at Cromwell, it was a big part of my life. I worked hard to stay there, as it gave me the independence I craved, with the security of a “home environment” – oh, how I long for three meals a day, without having to shop and clean up after! I often feel guilty that over the years I have allowed life to take over and never really stayed in contact with those who I classed as friends. I read the issues of COCA and love to find out what became of those I lived so closely with. I guess this is what has lead me to share my life over the past 10 years since leaving the college.

My husband Andrew van der Beek works as the Marketing Manager at Brisbane North Institute of TAFE. I have two gorgeous boys, Jacob 3 ½ and Toby 1. At present I am not teaching in a school, but learning everyday. Since going on Maternity leave in 2002 and moving back to Brisbane, I have managed to keep busy as the bookkeeper for my brother’s (Troy Smyth) architectural company and am now the administration officer on a casual basis for the independent daycare centre that the boys attend in Sinnamon Park. I would love to get back into the classroom, but that involves a transfer and I am still waiting 4 years on.

10 years on, I still reflect on my time at Cromwell and the experiences I was provided with and believe strongly that it has shaped much of who I am today. Without the opportunities that Cromwell allowed me, I believe I wouldn’t have started my growth as an independent

Who have I become today? No longer am I just the teacher that I wanted to become, I am now, a time manager, an organiser, a negotiator, a cleaner, a crisis councillor, a nurse, a chef, a financial advisor, a mediator, a physic, a taxi driver, a fashion coordinator. . . yes, I am a Mother! In the

So for the next 10 years, who knows what lies ahead, another move, career change, anything is possible. However, one thing I do know, is that with a household full of males, I am sure that it will be one full of surprises each and every day – who could ask for more!

Shannon Rosenberg (nee Lanseigne) (2000)

Warm Regards How Yue WONG

Kirsten Machan nee Jones (1996-1998)

Hi Cromwell Friends, I was in Australia in 1996 for a semester abroad. I now live in New Hampshire with my husband and three year old daughter. My married name is Shannon Rosenberg. I truly enjoyed my time at Cromwell and my experience in Australia. Thanks for tracking me down. Shannon Shuo Yue Howey Wong (2000) Writing from Singapore It’s been almost 6 years since I’ve left Australia. My work has brought me to places in Norway, Sweden, England and Israel. Only recently I settled down in Singapore. Cromwell is a place of memories and my biggest regrets are being focus too much with studies and missing out of the fun with the rest. And I didn’t even get myself a “Cromwell Shirt”! I will want to visit Cromwell, you, and our family one day. I wish you good health and peace.

P.S. I’ve changed my name legally to: WONG Shuo Yue Howey, as given by my father. Also, after my graduation I received the “Best Thesis Award (Undergraduate) for Queensland” 2000. Bevan Koopman (1999-2000). I am currently working as a Software Engineer for a company in Brisbane called Mincom. I will likely be here until the end of the year before flying to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. From there I plan to leave with my family on a 42 ft sailing yacht for a trip through the Indian ocean. Not sure how long I plan to be at sea, probably a couple of years or until the money runs out. Not sure when / if I’ll return to Australia. I’m still in contact with Paul and Amanda Guard, Dai Abe and Robert O’Donnel from Cromwell.

Hi Ina, Just read the coca news and thought I would drop you a line. My name was Kirstin Jones (96-98) Top Thatcher girl but have recently married and changed my last name to Machan. Also realised have never updated my address from my parents (only stable one for a long time due to traveling) but have now settled down into a house my husband Brad and I own in Chapel Hill. Love getting the magazine. Keep up the good work.

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Rachael Truscott (2004-2005) Hi Cromwell, I just wanted to keep in touch and let you know what I’m doing at the moment. I’m still studying business at QUT and looking to start my honours in 2007. I work as a research assistant at QUT’s Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. I’m also Managing Director of QUT Initiate, an organisation that aims to foster engagement both within the university and wider community through collaborative projects. As one of these projects, I am involved in running a large-scale entrepreneurial competition called ‘Business Icon’ at the end of this year. It’s open for all young entrepreneurs in Queensland to enter, so I will send more information about it later on in the year in case some Cromwellians are interested. I’m also looking into funding opportunities to support a trip to Argentina over the 2006/2007 summer vacation to study the microfinance projects that are being run there with disadvantaged communities. That’s all for now. I look forward to keeping in touch. Regards, Rachael Truscott

week to work and travel. I caught up with Wendy Nielson (1997-1999) (who is now married and living up here), and also Cath Wildermuth (1995-1997) who is working as a physio up here. My brother is in the UK and we will be traveling around Ireland for 10 days together with his girl friend before they return to Brisbane in June. I’m also hoping to catch up with Tim Porter and Irene Chan in London. It is all getting exciting, but also I’m a bit nervous about all the changes that will be in store! I hope things have been going well for you and for Cromwell – I expect there will be many people from there who will turn up in unexpected places overseas! God Bless, Catherine Fitzgerald Stuart Bade (1993-1998) G’day everyone Just in case you haven’t caught up on the news yet... There is a new little addition to the Bade family...Andrew David Bade, born 8 May 2006 at 7.48am, 9lb 1 oz. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! Take care Stu, Tach, Danielle... and Andrew!!

Catherine Fitzgerald (1996-1998) Hi Mr Begbie Thanks for the little note on the last letter. I have finished up in Victoria where I was working and have been in Townsville for the last 3 month, working as a locum vet. I am heading off to the UK in about a Dr. R.S. (Bob) Anderssen (1957-1963) Joe MOYAL MEDALLIST 2005

Congratulations to Dr. R.S. (Bob) Anderssen (1957-1963) who was awarded the Joe Moyal Medal in 2005. The Moyal Medal is awarded annually by Macquarie University for research contributions to mathematics, physics or statistics. Bob is an Applied and Industrial Mathematician at CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences., Canberra, ACT. Bob delivered the 2005 Moyal Lecture, titled “Mathematics in Action”, on Friday, 28th October 2005. You can find an abstract and power presentation on his project on medal/lecture2005.html.

Dr. R.S. (Bob) Anderssen)

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Well done Bob!

Lost Collegians We have many requests from Old Collegians to help them to get in touch with their peers. It is always great to see Cromwellians keeping in touch. Unfortunately, we have lost contact details for the following Old Collegians. Please help us to find them. Name Years at Cromwell Dr Terrance Bull 1955-1957 Graeme Brown 1958-1960 Dr. John Clift 1962-1963 James Argyros 1963-1964 Bruce Zimmer 1968 Vicki McKain 1973-1974 Dr. Jeffrey Hassall 1973-1975 Dr. Christopher Alroe 1974 Helena Parkington 1974-1975 Margot Armstrong 1975 Dr. Rosemary Booth 1978-1979 Ian Mannion 1980-1981 Alan Bradley 1981-1984 Dr. Mark Westaway 1984-1985 Tiffany Muller 1986-1987 Craig Pullen 1987-1989 Dr. Vicki Cramer 1987-1989 Klaus Michalowitz 1988 Suzanne Patino nee Cox 1988-1991 Susan Dean 1990-1991 Charles Thornhill-Cole 1990-1991 Peter Murphy 1990-1992 Cameron Dean 1990-1993 Kathryn Reed 1991-1992 Peter Nicholson 1992-1995 Karina Waterman nee Lipp 1993-1994 Jonathan Johnson 1993-1996 Fleur Fisher 1994-1995 Michael Guilfoyle 1994-1996 Simone Craig 1995-1997 Natalie Smith 1996 Michael Henderson 1997-1998 Erika Loder 2000-2001 Kimberley Taylor 2000-2001 Susannah Lovegrove 2002-2003 If you know their whereabouts, please let them know that we are looking for them. They can update their contact details by calling (07) 3377 1300 or sending an email to Should you have lost touch with past students from Cromwell, please ring or email us and we will do our best to enable you to make contact.

DID YOU LIVE IN NORTH? Chronicles of Cromwell The second in a series of articles on people after whom the residential wings were named.

By Barbara Merefield (honorary College archivist)

If you have anecdotes or historical information which might be included in this section please contact Ina on (07) 3377 1232 or

Hands up if you thought North Wing was named after the direction it faced? Wrong!

home state, indeed near his home town, ministering to the people of Booval and Amberley. Moving to Brisbane in 1915, he held pastorates at Eagle Junction, Yeronga, and Annerley, for much of this time also acting as Principal of the College, lecturing to Methodist and Presbyterian students as well as his own. A building behind the Annerley Church in Cracknell Road served as a lecture hall and residence for the students. At the end of 1927 he resigned as Principal of the College and shortly afterwards, while he and his family were enjoying a much-needed holiday in the Glasshouse Mountains, an attack of appendicitis quickly turned to peritonitis, leading to his untimely death.

It was named after the Rev Frederick North, MA, Principal of the Queensland Congregational (Theological) College from 1917 to 1927, a man noted for his scholarship and ecumenical outlook.

One of many glowing obituaries paid tribute to ‘his personal character and worth, displayed in the virtues of humility, godliness and vision’ and ‘his disposition of peaceableness and friendliness’, together with ‘the great service he rendered to the Kingdom of God as Minister, Teacher and Counsellor …’.

North was an Ipswich man, born there in 1881 and educated at the local Grammar School. After leaving school, he followed family tradition by working in Cribb & Foote’s store for a number of years. In 1904 he entered Camden College in Sydney to train for the Christian ministry and was ordained in 1907 in the Waverley Congregational Church, where he served for four years. In 1912, he returned to his

When Cromwell College was founded, the land on which the College now stands was purchased from Emmanuel College, the purchase being made possible, at least in part, by the fact that the Principal of Emmanuel, the Rev Mervyn Henderson, held Fred North in such high regard. Mr North’s widow and her family subsequently donated the chair to be used by the Principal at High Table

UQAmbassador Congratulations, Kimberly Ciranni for being selected for your new role as Student Ambassador for the University of Queensland! In taking this role, Kimberly continues a distinguished line of service to the University from members of Cromwell College.

Kimberly Ciranni

As a new Student Ambassador, Kimberly will support UQ staff by representing the ‘face of UQ’ in different marketing

Rev Frederick North, MA (though this is no longer in use). They also endowed The Frederick North Prize in New Testament studies, now given for spiritual leadership within the College. Mr North’s younger daughter, Nancy, served on the Board of Governors for a number of years and continues, as Mrs Nancy Lockley, to take a great interest in Cromwell College. activities such as Open Days, School Visits, Campus Visits and careers expos. This is an important role, which helps prospective UQ students to relate to the University and its people, through answering questions and sharing her own experience. This is all the more notable as Kimberly is a first year student. It very hard to get these positions as they are very popular and usually “older students” are preferred. Well done Kimberly, and all the best in your new job!

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