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Cromwell Old Collegians’ Association • Editor • Hugh Begbie • Volume 3 •





Within the University of Queensland


Rev Dr Clive Krohn & Mrs Judy Krohn The second of the portraits of the Principals of Cromwell is now completed and hanging in the Dining Room. Rev Dr Clive Krohn and his wife Judy were both present at the Academic Dinner held in August to witness the unveiling. It was painted by local artist, Kerrie Holland and was unveiled by Mrs Barbara Merefield, daughter of Rev Dr Lindsay Lockley and secretary to the Board of Governors. Dr Krohn was Principal of the College from 1975 until the end of 1994 and is now living in busy retirement. He is still actively involved in leading worship in his own local Uniting Church and at Acacia Ridge as well as being part of a local study group. Judy teaches singing and piano and is a member of the Aeolian singers and the Pro Musical choir associated with the University. Both are Fellows of the College. 2004 has been an exciting year for Clive and Judy as they have seen their son, (John) married and they plan to attend the marriage of their grand daughter, Rachel in Adelaide at Christmas. As Clive said: life is good and I have just planted new vegies in the garden. What more can we say!

A Magazine for Old Collegians, Current Residents and their Families

What’s INSIDE President’s Report


Book Launch at Cromwell


From the Principal


What is a Development Officer


Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary


Roundup Academic Dinner & the Selfish Gene ICC Reports

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Keep in Touch


Chronicles of Cromwell


ICC Reports continued




College Ball


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From the COCA President

Hope to see you all at the next COCA function!!!!


Dr Stuart Bade

It has certainly been a busy and exciting year for Cromwell College. The 50th Anniversary celebrations have been a tremendous success. For many old Collegians these activities have stimulated renewed interest in the College. There are many ways for old Collegians to continue this interest: coming to COCA dinners; helping to arrange and co-ordinate COCA functions; volunteering to help the College; mentoring current students; networking with other old Collegians; guest speaking at College dinners; financially supporting the College or Students’ Association. Some details of suggested ways to keep in touch with the College can be found on the College website at In recent years the Cromwell Old Collegians’ Association could hardly be described as a very “alive” organisation. Hopefully with the renewed enthusiasm for the College as a consequence of the celebrations this year, we can arrange more occasions to further foster the exCromwellian community. Certainly this will be helped by having Jane Thomas on the staff of the College as Development Officer. If any of you have suggestions or would like to be involved, please give Jane a call at the College or have a chat to me at or on (07) 3352 3712.

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Danielle Tatiana Bade was baptized in the College Chapel on Saturday the 25th September. It was a beautiful day and Danielle behaved magnificently (So did Stu and Tach). Stu was ably supported by a number of Old Collegians. The service was conducted by Paul Wetzig and Rev Prof Emeritus Norm Barker and morning tea was held in the Junior Common Room.

Queensland Congregational Fellowship Brisbane

On Sunday the 14th November at 3.00pm the book Early Congregationalism in Queensland, by Rev Dr Lindsay Lockley, will be launched. The event will be held in the College Chapel, at which the editor, Rev John Wheeler will give some insight into the contents of the book and the history of its creation and some members of the Lockley family will share memories of the author. The launching will be followed by afternoon tea in the Junior Common Room. The Board of Governors, in association with the Queensland Congregational Fellowship, warmly invite you to this special occasion.

Danielle Bade

QUT Ambassador

Meggie Palmer & Sarah Ponthieu

Please RSVP and/or direct enquiries to Eric McChesney-Clark (07) 3351 6311 or Rev. John Wheeler, (07) 3369 3007. It has come to our attention that the Students’ Association President Meggie Palmer and 2nd yr resident Sarah Ponthieu are Student Ambassadors for QUT. This is a very high accolade as they are responsible for visiting schools throughout Queensland and talking to students about the courses offered at QUT and most importantly about university life i.e. sporting opportunities, social clubs and parties. The College accepts only a small number of QUT students mainly siblings and those doing courses not offered at UQ. This makes the fact that we have two ambassadors doubly impressive.

From the The situation in Iraq and the brutality of much of the ‘terrorist activity’ currently raging in parts of our disturbed world is very distressing and difficult to understand. As we face the violent ideologies that drive these actions two options are apparent. The first thinks that it improper to be critical of another’s beliefs and tends to avoid naming the belief for what it is. The problem with this approach is that it cripples our capacity to make an appropriate response as political correctness has locked us down to a kind of silent naivety. We cannot deal with an enemy we cannot name and it is important to be discerning about all beliefs, including our own. On the other hand, it is possible to paint all those who are different from us with the same brush allowing fear to destroy appropriate respect and understanding. I have spent 3 years studying war and the language and propaganda it inspires. Conflict of any sort tends to create a binary language in which people on both sides of the dispute divide the world into ‘them’ and ‘us’, ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’. The subtle but great temptation for us is that in the great clash of ‘civilizations’ currently gripping the world, we will view the Western culture as entirely innocent and the Muslim or Arab world as entirely guilty. This would be a serious mistake. A photograph was taken during the Vietnam War of a dead Vietcong. To a soldier at the time the photo represents a dead ‘gook’, or a dead ‘charlie’. But beside the body is a photo of the man’s wife and child. When seen in full size with the family photo clearly visible, the photo grates on the viewer, creating a kind of tension that challenges the caricature of the enemy that war creates. Here is a person, a man with a wife and child who loved and was loved and who would rather have been at home. It is right and proper to question some of the ideologies that currently feed the brutal behaviour terrorising the world but to do this some safeguards must be put in place. First we must be as discerning as possible about our own belief system, having the honesty and courage to acknowledge that no side in any conflict is completely innocent. Much in the way selfish brutality has come from the West and Auschwitz was a Western invention. Until we are prepared to be honest and


see the dark side in ourselves, we will not be able to discuss the dark side in others with grace and openness. Or to paraphrase the words of Jesus, until we pull the ‘Moreton Bay Fig Tree’ out of our own eye, how will we see clearly enough to clear the dust from our neighbour’s eye (Matthew 7:3-5). Herbert Butterfield in a book written during the Cold War (Butterfield, H., Christianity, Diplomacy and War, The Epworth Press, London, 1954, p 43) revealed a clear understanding of sin’s desire to disguise itself as righteousness: But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness - each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked - only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity. Butterfield is a religious writer, but this understanding is not limited to those writing from a Christian perspective. Sam Keen uses the language of Jungian psychology when he says: “The first rule for discovering the treasure hidden in the enemy is this: Listen to what the enemy says about you, and you will learn the truth you have repressed.” Keen, S., Faces of the Enemy: Reflections of the Hostile Imagination, Harper and Row, Cambridge, 1986, p 95. Secondly it is important to recognize that even the most brutal person has some residual dignity remaining. Adolph Eichmann, who organized the transporting of Jews to death camps throughout World War II, was reputed to be a normal family man committed to doing a good job. One commentator who witnessed his trial commented on the ‘banality of evil’. For all but the sociopath, there is some element of conscience, some act of love and care that provides a meeting point for dialogue and understanding. We just have to find it. The book Revenge was written by a Jewish reporter called Laura Blumenfeld (see Blumenfeld, Revenge, Picador, New York, 2002). Her father was shot by a Palestinian while travelling in Jerusalem. The book recounts how she went to investigate the man who shot her father and his family. She hid her true identity until the court case arguing for the man’s

release on grounds of ill health and fairness. In the meantime Laura had come to know the family and they her. The fact that she revealed her identity in the very act of arguing for the man’s release was a powerful factor, not only in securing his release, but also in changing the man’s life. The key to this extraordinary outcome was the fact that Laura had refused to seek revenge or stand in unremitting judgment on her father’s assailant and had taken the time to enter her ‘enemy’s’ world. In this process she had come to understand the man as a person and he had come to understand the world of her father. This mutual knowing permitted these enemies to overcome the historic caricature that imprisoned them so that they came to understand each other as persons. One of the factors that sustain my Christian faith (even though I have had some challenges over the years) is the extraordinary capacity of Jesus to see through the social caricatures that bound those of his day. His freedom to love the ‘prostitutes and sinners’ was both radical and beautiful and it is something that deep down we want for ourselves. In some ways, we all feel bound, and we know how wonderful it is when someone simply loves us as we are. It is the unique capacity that Jesus had to love in this way that draws me to him. Hopefully, as Principal, I will in some small and fragile way, reveal some fraction of this capacity as I carry out my responsibilities. When residents push the boundaries too far there is a temptation to condemn and caricature them as ‘bad eggs’ while they in turn can caricature me as the ‘authority figure’ to be challenged. Somehow, the process of discipline must include the effort to find the point of genuine human conversation between those being disciplined and me, a point where judgment and mercy can meet. This ‘ain’t easy’ as they say, but it is a very exciting challenge and an important responsibility. Somehow I have to see into the heart of the person to try and find that point of human understanding. One of the wonderful characteristics of Cromwell College is that its traditional emphasis on community and mutual care builds a culture where this is possible, and for that I am very grateful to those who have led the way before me.

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What is a

Development Officer? Jane Thomas This question I get asked all too frequently, “so what do you do”? When I tell them I’m a Development Officer they look back at me with a blank glazed expression. So it occurred to me that if they don’t know, then I can safely presume that the greater Cromwell community don’t know either. Hence it is my responsibility to educate you on this mysterious profession. As Development Officer, my prime responsibility is to promote a culture of giving for the Foundation, which in turn helps the College build for the future. This may sound all rather shocking - after all why should Cromwell seek part of the charity dollar when most other colleges around Australia have not thought to do so. If you are shocked, read on. Giving has been a part of American higher education culture since its earliest days. In Australia, however it is only now becoming a central activity of universities and the Development Officer has become an increasingly important figure in the administration of the institution. Despite its prominence the role of the Development Officer is not well defined or understood. Some authors view the Development Officer as working behind the scenes to support the fund-raising activities of principals and volunteers. Authors who write about management discuss the Development Officer’s internal role in organising promotional events. Others emphasize the Development Officer’s activity as seeking gifts. I am all those things plus more as my role extends to taking care of alumni and all business relating to COCA such as the magazine, memorabilia, assisting with COCA functions etc and various marketing activities of the College such as the website, and marketing trips with University Road Shows. So, you may ask, why does the College need to employ someone to engender a culture of giving? The Board of Governors is proud of the reputation of the College as a home away from home, a wonderful community for young adults studying at the University who come from all over Queensland, Northern N.S.W and beyond. Cromwell is held in high regard in the University, in the Church and in the community and the Principal is keen to maintain and develop this service for your children and your grandchildren. Most Colleges in Australia began their life with assistance from Federal Government for new projects

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and consequently did not put aside real money for future developments. For the last 6 or 7 years Cromwell College has set fees at a level sufficient to cover all operations including depreciation and long-term asset replacement, but there is still a lot of catching up to do and some of our buildings are now 50 years old and will one day need replacing. There is also the need for scholarships and a bursary particularly as the trend to user pays in education continues. Cromwell College does not receive funding from the University, the Uniting Church or governments. On the contrary both local and federal governments are seeking to maximize taxation revenue from us. Consequently we are seeking help from the “extended Cromwell community” to build a healthy Foundation that can ensure our future is secure. This ethos of giving is ultimately about community, about helping young leaders fulfil their role in society, about living out the story that is Cromwell College. If we can move towards having an effective Foundation the College will be in a position to achieve many things, including extending its capacity for Scholarship and Bursary programs that help financially disadvantaged students enjoy the Cromwell experience. This is already happening, though in a small way. The story below explains how one current resident, with the help of the College, made it through a very difficult stage in her life. As Cromwell College’s Development Officer I find great satisfaction in knowing that I am helping develop the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary Fund and the G.L. Lockley Scholarship Fund so that more residents like Jane can enjoy the wonderful community and life-changing experience that is Cromwell.

College looks after Refugee The College has been hosting a Kurdish refugee. Given his current circumstances we will not name him, but while in the College he has gained experience in Australian culture, and had a home while his refugee status is sorted out. He speaks four languages, is a national sportsman and has fitted in very well to the College. When he is not doing parttime work elsewhere or seeking full-time employment, he has been doing voluntary work in the College. Tim Courtice who is doing voluntary legal work for an immigration legal service brought him to our attention. Listening to his story highlights just what a free and wonderful country Australia is - we should be very thankful.



Let us never forget the selfless act of the benefactor who made Cromwell College a reality for all who have been residents. When Viv Hancock gave that initial $80 000 in 1950 he did so with no expectation of any benefit other than the satisfaction of helping all those who he would never meet. What an example for all of us to aspire to follow!

Cromwell Says

Thank You

A late afternoon gathering is being organised for Wednesday, 1st of December to say a very big thank you to this year’s donors and volunteers. The College is deeply indebted and extremely grateful for the generosity of our donors and for the invaluable and countless unpaid hours our volunteers give to the College. The gathering is to be held at the principal’s residence with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A formal invitation will be sent.

One of Peter Jurek’s culinary creations Denis Palmer resigned earlier this year and Peter Jurek took over as Chef Manager in May. Peter has been very well received by the current residents and those who attended the Anniversary Sunday celebration would have seen some of his handiwork. Denis, an ex-Army Chef and Chef instructor, came to Cromwell College in February 1998 and gave many years of faithful service. In the end, his desire to spend more time with his family led him to submit his resignation. We thank him and wish him well.

Helen Begbie

Memorial Chronicles Bursary For those who are unaware the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary was established by the Cromwell College Foundation in March 2003 as a means to assist less financially able students come to College.

Jane & her Dad (Stephen Hibberd)

Jane Hibberd In July of 2003, mid way through my final year of high school, my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Cancer is not a disease that just affects the family’s emotional wellbeing; it touches every aspect of family life. Everything. Along with the emotional upset and devastation of a disease such as cancer, it strained my parent’s finances severely. Helen Begbie The Bursary was established in memory of Mr Begbie’s wife Helen who passed away from cancer on the 11th of December 2002. It is coming up to the second anniversary of Helen’s death and the Foundation would appreciate support from those families who knew Helen personally and knew how deep an impact she had on the College community. The following is a story from one of the very first students whom the Bursary has been able to help.

After dad had the operation to remove the tumour and was having follow up treatment, it was that time of year when we found out I had been accepted to university and had a place at Cromwell College. Although we were very excited that everything I had worked so hard for was falling into place, it soon came very obvious that we could not afford to pay the fees for Cromwell upfront. We spoke to Mr Begbie and George McPherson about the situation, and I was offered the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary. Words cannot describe the relief that swept over both my parents and myself when we heard the news. The bursary gave me an opportunity to live at Cromwell College and enjoy many new experiences and meet people that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I hope that in the years to come, there are many other young adults who are given the opportunity to experience college by being granted the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Begbie and the donors to the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary. I am so grateful to those who have already given. Without your support I would not be here. I hope to support this Bursary later in my life. In the meantime, could I appeal to all who can, to support the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary so that any other in a similar position to me may also have an opportunity.

If you would like to help support the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary please refer to the coupon either on the last page of this magazine or the enclosed covering letter.

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Round Up

Lachlan Stevens (01) It’s great to hear Queensland Bulls Cricket captain Jamie Maher speaking so highly of Lachlan’s current form with the bat. Maher is touting Lachlan as a strong possibility to make it into 1st Class competition following recent centuries in the Queensland 2nd XI. Keep up the good form Lachy. We all want to see you at the Gabba. Sean O’Hanlon (01-02) Sean O’Hanlon Mining Engineering and a World of Achievement I began my career pursuit of mining engineering in middle high school, being influenced by geography studies, and family connections in rural Australia. Living outside Brisbane, mining engineering studies have since brought me to the University of Queensland and the welcoming arms of Cromwell College where I spent a fantastic two years. However mining engineering has taken me much further afield. Thanks to my pursuits in the industry I have been able to visit all states of Australia besides Tasmania, and travel to Vancouver, Canada for a 6 month study exchange with the mining engineering department at the University of British Columbia. On my return I was elected president of the Queensland mining and metallurgy student chapter. A large and important part of this presidency has been working with university, corporate and government agencies to address the problem of rapidly declining professionals in the mining industry and to develop initiatives to promote the industry to younger students. Through this work I have had the opportunity to conduct media interviews, namely a feature article in the Courier Mail. Mining engineering is now taking me to further heights and success. I have recently signed with BHP Billiton to work as a mining engineer at the Goonyella Riverside mine, BHP Coal’s largest

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coal mine. Through this I look forward to advancing my career and working with BHP Billiton and the industry to promote its hugely valuable contribution to Australia’s economy and way of life; and to engage prospective students into realising the amazing opportunities available in this exciting, rapidly changing and modern industry. Well Done Sean Nick Chandler (76-78) I begin this memo as a ‘call-up’ to 197678 Cromwellians and bottom Hancock in particular. It would be nice to read such an article from the likes of Brett Browning, Chris Betros, Mike Rival, Graham Luck and Mike Robinson in particular... Suddenly all these names come flooding back. I read COCA News in anticipation: hoping to see a name suffixed by ‘76 to’78 but the publication is somewhat sparing of Cromwellians from these years, so I hope I have started the ball rolling, albeit a very small one. Me? Well I’m now teaching at Elanora State High - Maths and Science - and have been for some 15 years. I have had the fortune to not only contribute to education by way of teaching, but also in terms of textbooks, having had a biology, 2 multistrand and 3 junior science texts published by Longman. I do believe our College has furnished two other writers from ‘76 to 78’ - an IPT textbook Offer and Thompson, whose names do remind me of Top Dowling, but I’m only guessing here. My days at Cromwell I remember with great affectation and it is always a pleasure to recommend my year twelve students to reside in those hallowed corridors. (Just watch the role on that ‘old snooker table Leonard!). All the best to past and future Cromwellians. Richard Wallace Barnett (1954) A few words from one of our very first residents in College who is quite shy and modest: Richard studied civil engineering at the University of Queensland. He first worked in Qld as a civil engineer. He then

went on to work in Canada. Studied in London. Worked in British Guiana then the Snowy Mountains Scheme and finally in the Tasmanian Hydro as a hydraulics engineer. Richard is now enjoying his retirement: Tasmania in summer, Surfers Paradise in winter. What an illustrious career - well done Richard Peter Heywood (00-03) Peter was admitted to the Dean’s Honour Roll in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in an undergraduate program. He completed a Bachelor of Business Management/ Bachelor of Economics at the end of July 2004. Peter is now working in Texas (Texas Australia that is) for Oakey Holdings at the Whyalla Feedlot training to become a Production IT Manager. Top effort Farmer James Hogan (00)

James Hogan Hello Cromwell Students from “Bulldog” I just wanted to thank all those Cromwell Students who made my semester there between Jan-Jul 2000 so enjoyable. I have been asked to write a short paragraph on what I have been up to since then so here goes: After leaving Cromwell, I returned to the UK and Nottingham University to finish my degree. That completed, I went to Central America to learn Spanish before touring the rest of the region and South America. Upon returning to the UK, I began work as a Management Consultant in London where I remained for a year. I soon established that a desk-job was not really for me and so left and joined the British Army as an Officer, and have been there ever since. I am currently posted in the UK close to London and am likely to

Duncan (85-87) and Lisa Lambie nee Wilkinson (86-87) written by Lisa Following marriage and my graduation from Architecture in 1995, Duncan and I traveled to England. Our first son, Alexander, was born in Cambridge in 1997, and we returned to Australia in 1998. Our second son, Edward, was born in 2000. Having worked as a dentist for 9 years Duncan made the momentous decision to change careers and completed the post-graduate medical degree in 2002, graduating with honours. He is currently a first year registrar in Anatomical Pathology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. I work part-time for Elizabeth Watson Brown Architects following several years as a tutor in the School of Architecture at UQ We have contact ranging from regular to sporadic with several ex-Cromwellians from the years between 1983-1995 and I have very briefly summarised the most recent information I have of them. Many apologies to anyone I have inadvertently missed out, or to those for whom my news is not so current anymore! James Lambie (83-85) is a Brisbane-based solicitor specialising in Competition Law.

Niall Aboud (85-86) is a busy opthalmologist in Lismore. He and wife Catherine have four children and live in Lennox Head.

John Lambie (84-86) currently works in Sydney as Creative Director for a company producing and managing web sites for many multi-national companies.

Mark (88-89) and Kylie Goyder nee Weibusch (89-91) are expecting their second child in late 2004. Mark is a Project Manager in property development and Kylie continues part-time speech pathology practice.

Angus Lambie (88-89) lives with wife Lina and two sons in Lennox Head, N.S.W, where he has a successful dental practice.

Sarah Lindsay (85-86) successfully completed a Pain Fellowship following her Anaesthetics qualification, and has worked both interstate and overseas.

Peter Lambie (93-95) and partner Nathalie live in Brisbane where Pete is a manufacturing engineer for a local production-based company.

Nasim Wesley (85-87) has her own psychology practice in Sydney. Nasim and husband Willis, from England, have a son.

Samantha Garske nee Wilkinson (89-91) lives in Buderim with husband Mick and two daughters. She is a busy freelance graphic designer.

Lisa Botelho (85-87) is raising her three children, including twins! with husband Adrian. Prior to their arrival she had been interstate and overseas practicing optometry.

Wendy O’Meara nee Entwistle (85-86) works as a legal librarian and researcher for the Justice and Attorney-General’s Department. She and husband Greg have three children.

John (86-87) and Jane Deshon nee Ronfeldt (8788) own and operate the ‘Linda’s’ group of landscape and homewares outlets. They have two children.

be here until March 2005, when I will be moving elsewhere.

Michael Wesley (86-87) is the newly appointed Professor at the Centre for Australia-Asia Relations at Griffith University. Michael and wife Sheridan have a son and are expecting their second child in 2005 Bill Lindsay (87-89) and Cara Morton (87-89) have announced their engagement. They are based in Sydney, although Cara has traveled frequently with her work for Accenture. Hamish Pressland (88) is a Project Manager for a large residential property development organisation and, with wife Julie, is Brisbane based. Peter (84-86) and Juliet Bates nee Galt (85-87) have recently returned to Australia after several years in Asia where Peter worked with Bovis Lend Lease. Juliet managed a variety of work in between raising two daughters, including some time with the Australian Embassy in China. Peter has returned as General Manager, Queensland, for Bovis. Luke Parker (84-86), wife Lucy and two daughters live in Toowoomba, where Luke works at the University of Southern Queensland. Kathy Slack nee White (85-86) lives in Melbourne with husband Michael and three sons. She is a part-time solicitor. Russell Trennery (86) is a comedian and entertainer largely based in Melbourne, but with many work-related travel commitments.

Warren Kramer (wife of Kaylene Kramer nee Booth 89-91)

Hello all,

Gabrielle Kramer

Hope you are all in good health.

To that end, if any Cromwellian’s, whom I knew from my time there, are in London during this period, please do not hesitate to get in touch. It would be good to see you again and hear how you are all getting on. In fact, even if you are not in London, drop us a line anyway and let me know how life has been treating you all! My email address is: james_ I look forward to hearing from some of you soon. Best Wishes, James Hogan (aka “Bulldog”)

Stephen (85-87) and Cindy Edwards nee Sutherland (85-87), and their two children live in Brisbane. Stephen directs his produce brokerage company and supplies our major supermarkets. Cindy practices part-time as a vet.

Well, it has happened - our new arrival is Gabrielle Daisy Anne Kramer. She was born at 4:30pm on Friday, 16th of July. At birth she weighed 6 pound 15 ounces and was 49 cm long (strange how we still mix measurement types when describing babies). We all came home Wednesday and are settling in to a routine. Chelsea and Amelia are very excited about their baby sister, both wanting to take her for show and tell at school. Kaylene is still a little sore and sorry but all are well and glad to be home - hospitals are wonderful places but there is no place like home.

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Russell Lewis (97) I can still hear Doodle bellowing light heartedly “shut up chicks” to the Top Dowling girls incessantly giggling amongst themselves at night. Actually, any time of the day really. I don’t know what was going on up there but there always seemed to be laughter coming from upstairs.

Stephen & Kathy Knipler nee Monteith (78) written by Kathy

My parents & I at my graduation ceremony

Without a doubt being a part of Cromwell College for a year was some of the best fun I had while I was at Uni. It was (and still is I’d say) a great place to meet people, have fun and study. The constant circus of 100 young people in the one place ensured there was always something or someone to keep you entertained. It’s been a long time between drinks as they say, so I’ll give you an abridged version of what happened to me after I left Cromwell in 1997. For the remainder of the time I spent at QUT doing my BA (Justice Studies) I lived with various people in share houses, the most notable being at Indooroopilly with Kev, Sarah and Nicole in 1999. All good things have to come to an end and I graduated at the start of 2000. I had applied to join the Queensland Police Service just prior to completing my degree, but was knocked back because I was deemed to have too little life experience at that stage. You know, I think they were right and am actually quite glad I was given this advice. So after applying for a couple of different government type jobs without any joy, I took the first job I could find working as a labourer for a farm machinery workshop in Toowoomba. I then ended up working as a debt collector with an old uni friend of mine for the next 2.5 years. And before you conjure up images of me with a baseball bat demanding money, I was involved in the more mundane variety of debt

The Commissioner (Bob Atkinson) and I at my graduation ceremony collecting over the phone! After this long being cooped up in an office I finally got the urge to reapply to join the Police. After a lot of fitness work I was accepted as a recruit into the QPS. I spent 7 months at the Oxley Academy learning the legislative basics and physical skills required of a Police Officer. On the 28th of January 2004 I was sworn as a Constable of Police. Since then I have been posted to the Ipswich District for my first year of probation. I have worked at Goodna and Yamanto. By the time this hits the press I will be stationed at Ipswich station. I have had an absolute ball so far in this job, having seen and met a variety of members of society at their best and worst. It really is the best seat in the house to the circus of life.

My maiden name was Monteith, and I stayed at Cromwell for just one year, 1978. Steve was there from ‘77 for 3 or 4 years. I started medicine, but realized it wasn’t my cup of tea, and left UQ after third year, to chase sheep for my parents. After a year, I returned to Brisbane and worked with the Uniting Church in the area of intellectual handicap. In 1983 I drove across the top to Broome and spent 18 months in various parts of WA. I returned east to pick up all my stuff, say “Hi” and move permanently to Perth.

Peter (13), Kyle (9), Kathy, Ashley (6), Stephen, & Brandon (11) Knipler Meanwhile, Steve completed his Law & Economics degrees. However his articles fell though and he joined the Tax Office as a temporary measure. They offered him a job in Canberra. Discovering this and keen to see Canberra prior to going west, I arranged to visit. Suddenly, a solid friendship turned into a breathless romance, and I only spent one year in Perth. {Moral: old friends can change in unexpected ways} We married in ‘87. I went to Australian National Uni to complete an Honours degree in psychology. Since then we’ve had 4 children (all boys) - 1990, 93, 95 & 98. Steve remains at the Tax Office - he’s in the International area, so don’t ask him to help with your return! I home educate the boys. Kirsten Dick nee Grinter (93-95)

I would love to hear from others who were at Cromwell during 1997. I can be contacted via email

Bille Brown (69) Our acclaimed writer and actor Bille Brown has been awarded a $40 000 Queensland Creative Fellowship from Arts Queensland as part of the State Government commitment to promoting local talent. Bille is also about to become the artist in residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, after a 20yr association with the Centre. He is using the money to effect his career change, from international actor to playwright. “I’m not a high profile movie thing. I’m just a hard-working actor developing a gift as a playwright which I really believe in.” (The Courier-Mail) He further goes on to state, “The whole arts bureaucracy and grants system I find a bit iffy, but I guess they thought I was a promising geriatric and gave me a last chance.” Congratulations Bille

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Kirsten & Emily Dick Old Collegian Mrs Kirsten Dick nee Grinter came to visit her sister, current resident Caitlin Moore. Kirsten was accompanied by her beautiful baby girl, Emily Rose born on the 17th of June 2004. Kirsten has 12 months off with her new little girl and then is planning on

going back to work as a physiotherapist part time. She was living on the Gold Coast last year due to her husband’s (Jonathon) working commitments in the Gold Coast Hospital. This year Jon has been transferred back to Brisbane to work in the Prince Charles Hospital. Kirsten enjoyed the Gold Coast but is enjoying being back in her hometown.

Academic Dinner & the Selfish Gene warned, if you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.”

Natalie Newell nee Moore (93-95) Natalie became the proud mother of a new baby girl named Emma Rosa (named after her two great grandmothers) born on the 18th of July 2004. Natalie and her husband Rob live in Grafton and are currently very busy with their new family member and son Toby 19 months of age, as well as undertaking extensive home renovations. Natalie has informed us that she will be getting back to work shortly as a physiotherapist in a private practice a couple of days a week. What a coincidence both girls were at college the same years, studied the same degree at university and come 2004 each gave birth to a baby girl just over a month apart with almost identical names. Spooky. Kimiko Ochi nee Murakami (79)

Kimiko & Yuka Ochi Kimiko came and visited her old College where she was a resident at Cromwell in 1979. She was on holidays from Japan with her daughter Yuka aged 7 for two weeks in August. Kimiko used to live in Bottom North and was delighted to show Yuka around the College grounds as she informed me that in the future she would like Yuka to have the same cultural experience she had in living on campus and studying in another country. Kimiko and Yuka stayed in Brisbane for one week visiting friends and then travelled down to Sydney for some sightseeing before heading back home to Japan in time for Yuka to start grade 2. Kimiko studied English at the University of Queensland then went back to Japan and studied Applied Linguistics. She is currently working in Matsuyama College as an English teacher.

Associate Professor Rod Rogers The academic dinner was held on the 24th August this year and once again Cromwell College had some outstanding results including, Katrina Price, who achieved a GPA of 7 in veterinary science in semester one. Thirty-five other residents had a semester one GPA of 6 or above and that is exceptional. The speaker was Associate Professor Rod Rogers, (Rod was the Vice-Principal in 1989), who spoke about Richard Dawkins, an Oxford Professor who is very influential in evolutionary theory. The talk was based around Dawkins view that “a society based on the gene’s law of universal ruthless selfishness would be a very nasty society in which to live. Be

Professor Rogers indicated that this statement by Dawkins points beyond science (even if Dawkins can’t admit it) to matters both spiritual and ethical. “While Dawkins may deny it, this is a profoundly religious statement. In this Dawkins reflects a teaching we know from the great teachers and sages, from Jesus, from Mohammed, from the Buddha, from Confucius and from a myriad lesser teachers such as Hugh of Cromwell College and Roderick of Chapel Hill.” At the conclusion of his address Professor Rogers encouraged the residents with these words: “Learn not only academic skills, but the skills that mean you can be a really useful member of society. Value your freedom, learn to be generous and teach the importance of both freedom and generosity.”

Deputy to the Principal Leaving Richard, Nathaniel & Cherie Priebbenow Richard Priebbenow has been Deputy to the Principal for 3 years and in that time has given wonderful service to the College. This position is non-stipendiary as Richard works full-time on campus with a Christian organisation. The role has meant that the Principal has a back-up person out of hours, a person to look after Campus Lodge and a person to cover for the Principal when he is away. Richard and his wife Cherie have done a wonderful job and the College is very grateful to them. This year Cherie gave birth to their first child Nathaniel and have decided the time is now right to move to a place with space to play. Thanks for your work guys! The new Deputy to the Principal will be David Richards who will move to Brisbane from Toowoomba with his wife Kristy at the beginning of 2005. David is currently teaching at Concordia College Toowoomba and Kristy is an Occupational Therapist at Catholic Education in Toowoomba.

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ICC Reports Girls Tennis Girls Tennis Convenor - Amy Coats ‘You’ve got to be joking. The ball was in!’ With Martina, Serena, Venus, Lindsay, Kim and do I dare say Anna, on the tennis team this year the Crommie girls were unstoppable. Our pro tennis stars were definitely a force to be reckoned with. To start this story, and this is a first, we actually trained. Not to mention we were also blessed with an all American coach / funny man. There was pain, glory and disappointment throughout the tournament and at times the word ‘tiebreak’ was becoming increasingly familiar. Yet the girls emerged at the end with four

Rachael & Meaghan Truscott wins and three losses, with our 8-0 victory over Women’s being one of our Kodak moments. Congratulations to all the girls who played and thank you Brett Matyaka for your time, and all those tips and payouts that helped us improve our game. ‘Oh yeah that was hot!’

Girls Touch Girls Touch Convenor - Katrina Price Well, if you had to single out a particular Crommie girls’ sporting team so that you could give them a badge for eager participation, it’d definitely be our touch team. Although attendance at training wasn’t our strong point, everyone came out in force on the competition weekend and played their hearts out for Cromwell. A number of our team mates had never played touch before, or had played very little, so it was excellent to see these girls getting really involved and improving so rapidly.

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We dominated IH in our first game, which was a handy confidence booster, however, our winning streak didn’t continue beyond that game. I guess our creative “flaps” move didn’t prove to be as effective as we thought it would. Even Grace managed to put one over us. Not to worry, we beat them in cricket!

Cromwell’s very own jester Kathryn Jelbart

Girls Rowing Girls Cricket

Girls Rowing Convenor - Cassie Moran

Girls cricket Convenor - Katrina Price

The beginning of the season proved challenging as an explanation was required to certain crew members why the buildings on the side of the river were moving and how it was a lot easier to row while sitting on the rowing seat. Once we got it together we trained long and hard; especially the 2nds crew who one day nearly rowed to Indooroopilly before realising it was starting to get dark.

After winning all of our pool games, we advanced to the semi-finals where we were up against St Johns. What a coincidence, this was the exact same situation that faced last year’s victorious Crommie team. We whipped them once again. This paved way for a rare grand final between Crommie and Grace. Once again, Catherine Pacholke put on an entertaining show with her batting extravaganza. Virginia Hirst backed her up exceptionally, their handy partnership allowing Crommie to set a highly competitive total of 118 runs. Grace started out strong in the run chase, but our undying efforts in the field were simply too brilliant. Annemarie Lindner’s “chain-pulling” bowling technique, Sarah Bull’s “bottom skidding” fielding efforts, Michelle Reina’s always accurate throwing and Alice Rinehart’s continuous support with the keeping gloves were just some of the important qualities that helped steer our awesome team to victory - not to mention the incredibly gumby “face plant” that I so gracefully performed in order to save a boundary.

This training paid off in competition with the 1st and 2nd crews placing in most races. The 1st crew in the ‘Yellow Canary’ consistently earned 2nd place, missing out on 1st place in ICC by half a boat-length. The 2nds crew in the ‘Spitting Cobra’ managed to beat Grace and earn 2nd place in the final regatta before ICC, but were placed 3rd when two of the Spitting Cobra’s seats broke during the ICC regatta. The 3rds crew, most of whom had no previous experience rowing, proved an awesome crew and their hard work led to improvements in each of their races.

Guys Public Speaking Guys Convenor - Richard Austin And may I be the first to say - IT WENT FLAWLESSLY! As flawlessly as Napoleons 1812 invasion of Russia, the Spanish Armada’s weather predictions and the Trojan’s penchant for accepting large wooden equines from malignant hairy greasy Greeks.

Dedicated Cromwell Supporters

You see, this year saw an aggressive new gambit from the verbal warriors of Cromwell. In the past we have seen the famous ‘last minute writing maneuver’ and the ‘can you fill in? Tactic’. However,

this time we had something new; something so devilishly clever that it was sure to confound the opposition. This year, we gave them the SILENT TREATMENT! At least, we didn’t hear any witty comebacks because WE WERN’T THERE! That’s right, ladies and gentlemen and others of Cromwell, Public Speaking bore witness to possibly the worst display of combined organizational prowess ever to grace these hallowed halls.

Guys Soccer Soccer Convenor - Patrick Wysel Once again, the Cromwell United men’s soccer team was full of potential this year, and took the field for each game with the passion and skill necessary to deliver. Our results of three wins, two draws and a loss were enough to ensure a place within the first two spots - which one of these depends on another result, yet to be played. This season continues Cromwell’s fine sporting year.

Girls Hockey Girls Hockey Convenor Catherine Pacholke Overall the team played well and lifted the intensity to the level of the other team (or dropped to IH’s level). The only flaw of this team was our organisational skills chasing after shin pads, socks, sticks, balls and players everyday 5 seconds before every game.

a great job old girl Megan Nutt did as our coach, putting on excellent training sessions TWICE a week and attending lots of our games. Thanks a million champ! Unfortunately, the scoreboard rarely seemed to reflect our domination over many of the college teams, as they usually managed to somehow sneak in unlucky goals against us. However, we did draw with Emmanuel, who won the soccer overall, and, of course, we pumped Duschene and Grace! Big fat thanks to all you Crommie soccer chicks for putting in so much effort in every single game and for making chicks soccer so much fun. The supporters were also very much appreciated.

Choralfest Convenor - Mellisha Orange The 2004 ICC choralfest was held on the 20th of September at All Hallows School in the City. Although the preparation time was somewhat limited, the choir performed in true Cromwell style. The enthusiasm and Crommie spirit, which the college is renowned for, was in full force and it was great to see that although our numbers and experience was less than we’d hoped, the choir still did brilliantly. We came 7th overall, and although we may not have placed, I’d still like to congratulate the choir on a fantastic effort.


Dancefest girls Dancefest Convenor - Riley Cook Dancefest for 2004 was a huge production with over 70 residents participating. Despite everyone’s hectic end of year schedules, time was still made for up to four rehearsals a week in the month leading up to the performance, each one full of energy and excitement. On the big night, all nerves were forgotten once we stepped onto the stage and we performed the best we ever had to rapturous applause and cheers from both the Cromwell supporters as well as the impressed other colleges. Although we did not place, we received the “most entertaining” award which goes to show the Crommie spirit is still alive and well. Thank you so much to all the performers and helpers for their tireless efforts and for helping to make the experience so fun and unforgettable for all involved.

Guys Volleyball Volleyball Convenor - Karl Pacholke The first duel was as easy as just showing up. Union forfeited. The second, against Leo’s, was a good warm up for the team, as there were plenty of cobwebs to clean out. Cromwell won in two sets. The team beat IH comfortably in their third game but not without a bit of concern due to sloppy play. The fourth battle was against the historically fierce Emmanuel. They took the first set, putting Cromwell on their back foot. But in true Cromwell style, the team came out blazing in the second. Taking both the second and third sets in punishing form.

A couple of Lioness supporters

Girls Soccer Girls Soccer Convenor - Katrina Price Chicks’ soccer kicked off with a bang this year, with over 30 keen Crommie girls lining up to play in the ICC competition. It was brilliant to see such huge participation at training sessions, even though it was impossible to nominate everyone for the Cromwell team. We even had extra girls who came to training just for fun! That goes to show what

Now it was time for the big showdown. The one match up everyone had been waiting for, Kings v Cromwell. The Cromwell team faced a taller (one of their players measured 7 foot), more experienced and stronger team than last year. Both teams unleashed everything they had from the first whistle. Big blocks. Big hits. Big dives. It was all there. Cromwell started playing to their true potential. The team lost the first set by 2 points. Then lifted their game and won the second easily. So it all came down to the third set and what a nail biter it was. But, I am not going to drag this out with a long retelling of the sequence of events that led to the final result. Cromwell lost the final set, fighting to the very end. The final duel in this round robin was fought against Johns. The boys beat them and had some fun at the same time. Cromwell came second. It was no fairytale ending, though the team did enjoy the season and improve greatly. Plus, with a bunch of more than capable and enthusiastic freshers, the future definitely looks like there will be some happiness ever after. Continued page 14...

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Keepin Touch

Are you looking for old friends? Do you want old friends to find you? How do you keep in touch?

With the appointment of Jane as our development officer we now have the resources to update alumni details, support reunions, interstate get-togethers, a mentoring program, compiling a guest speaker and volunteer register.

Are you looking for old friends? Do you want old friends to find you? How do you keep in touch? Cromwell College is proud to launch its new method of keeping in touch with Old Collegians and friends of Cromwell. By registering through our website at you will be able to view and update your current contact details. Furthermore you can view other registered members who have given permission for their details to be shared. If you do not register only your name will be visible on the site, all other details will remain with the College. If you have moved recently or changed phone numbers and email addresses etc. you can enter your correct details on the web page and the information will be sent to Jane to modify. Using this service will enable you to find old friends and let others find you. It is important that we keep in touch as it provides the College with an opportunity to inform Old Collegians and friends of Cromwell of forthcoming social and business functions, special events, reunions and developments at the College. It also helps to promote active involvement and commitment by the whole extended community. Reunions Want to get together? There is still some time left in the year for residents who left College in 64,74,84 and 94 to hold a function. The College is more than happy to help you organise a reunion. Please email Jane at for more information. Interstate Get-togethers It has become apparent that many Cromwellians take flight and have to live interstate for their profession. We are conscious that many of you are residing in the same capital cities and would be pleased to arrange a get-together. If you can get enough Old Collegians (and partners or friends) together, then the Principal or Jane (or both) may be able to join you. Want help - contact, you guessed it, Jane. The very first interstate get-together was held in Canberra. The function was organised for Friday, 29th of October at the Hotel Kurrajong. This event provided

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a wonderful opportunity for those who could not make it to Brisbane for the 50th Celebrations in June (as well as those who did) another chance to reconnect with the College and fellow Old Collegians. Afternoon tea was arranged for those who couldn’t make Friday night at the Yarralumla Gallery from 1:30pm on Saturday, 30th of October.The guest list included Old Collegians ranging from 1957 right up to 2003. It is interesting to note that there are 85 Old Collegians living in Canberra. You can peruse the invitation list on our website at www.cro Mentoring What better way for a student to learn about a particular career than to hear directly from someone working in that field? A register is being compiled of interested Old Collegians who would like to share their ‘real life’ work experiences, skills and knowledge with current residents. If you would like to help current residents by sharing your expertise over a meal at the College, please email Jane at and include details of your profession and

experiences. Guest Speakers Guest Speakers at COCA dinners and special functions provide for an entertaining, informative and interesting event. The opportunity exists for any persons not only Old Collegians but people who you know are notable speakers to take part in having their say. Topics can be as varied as life experiences, career focussed, current affairs, time spent at college etc. If you would like to volunteer your time and advice or know of anyone who might make a good speaker please email Jane at Volunteers Without the valuable support of volunteers Cromwell College would not be the College that it is today. If you are interested in helping coordinate reunions, dinners and other special events email Jane at to register your interest or discuss areas of support.

CROMWELL COLLEGE University of Queensland

Chronicles of Cromwell

To members of the college: RESIDENCE: Members of the college are asked to come into residence by 5.00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. Dinner will be served at 6.00 p.m. It is desired that all members of the college keep Saturday evening free for discussion and acceptance of the regulations by which the new community will govern itself. LOCATION: The buildings are most conveniently approached by St. Lucia Road, turning to the right at Walcott Street. They can also be reached from the St. Lucia bus terminus in Hawken Drive, turning left into Boomerang Street which runs into Walcott Street. ADDRESS: S.W.6.

With the assistance of Mrs Barbara Merefield, honorary College archivist, COCA News is incorporating a new section, “Chronicles of Cromwell”, containing anecdotes of life in College in the past and selections of interesting material from the archives. If you have anecdotes or historical information which might be included in this section please contact Jane on (07) 3377 1232 or

The postal address is:

Cromwell College, Walcott Street, St. Lucia,

FEES: Fees for residence are £5/-/- a week. They are payable for each Term in advance by the end of the second week of Term. An enrolment fee of £2/2/- is payable for initial enrolment only. Extras may be charged for such items as the entertainment of guests at meals. Note that no vehicles are to be parked about the grounds; limited garage space is available, and a weekly charge will be made for garaging vehicles (cars 5/-; motor bicycles 2/-; bicycles 1/-). ACCOMMODATION: Each member of the college will have his own room. Studies are furnished with built-in furniture comprising wardrobe, dressing table (with mirror and 4 drawers), shelves (6’ of shelving 6” deep, and 10’ of shelving 1’ deep), and storage cupboards for bags; desk; chair; divan-type bed with inner-spring mattress, one pair of college blankets and an under-blanket, crumbed rubber pillow, coverlet, 2 drawers and storage space under bed; towel rail; venetian blind; light point and power point. It they so desire, men may provide for their own rooms an easy chair, reading or bed-lamp, extra blankets, and floor rug (not exceeding 8’). REQUIREMENTS:

Each man is required to bring: 3 white serviettes 3 white sheets 2 pillowslips

The Way we Were

2 bath towels 2 small towels 1 soiled linen bag

When he came to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, original resident Richard Wallace Barnett brought with him memorabilia from the early days, which he has generously donated, to the College archives. Amongst this material is this information sheet sent to the first Cromwellians. Times have changed - St Lucia Rd is now Sir Fred Schonell Drive, the post code is no longer SW6 but 4067. What other changes can you notice?

1 academic gown These, and all other personal possessions, should be clearly marked with the owner’s name. LAUNDRY: Men must make their own arrangements for the laundering of serviettes, bed-linen and towels, as well as their own clothes. Three washing machines, spin-driers, irons and a rotary clothes hoist have been installed for use by residents. VICE PRINCIPAL: (who scarcely deserves to be relegated to a paragraph following another about laundry): Mr. J. B. Cribb, B. Com., has been appointed Vice-Principal. Members of the college are asked to meet Principal and Vice-Principal at convenient times prior to dinner on June 5.

FUTURE OF GAMES ROOM The Cromwell College Student’s Association Executive has submitted a brief to the Board on the future of the games rooms (under the dining room). The wish of the Executive is to have a versatile space in College that is sound resistant where various activities can be held without disturbing others. This would include rehearsals for Choralfest, showing movies and watching T.V. and of course, celebrating birthdays and holding corridor activities. The Executive are well aware that such a place would need to be managed carefully, particularly in relation to alcohol, but are right in suggesting that the College currently has no sound resistant centre in which to carry out noisy activities. The Association is prepared to put significant money into this project and is working with the College Administration to ensure that the room will not only cater for the current residents but meeting future needs of the residents. If any of you out there want to help in this project, please let Jane know at


Calendar of Events There will be a calendar of events for 2005 displayed on our website in December which will incorporate all Formal Dinners and their accompanying guest speakers along with COCA Events. Make sure you look it up so you can clear your calendars for 2005. Watch out for the Great Cromwell Debate being organised in April.

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Guys Tennis

ICC Reports

Guys Convenor – Brett Linnane

Continued from page 11...

Girls Softball Girls Convenor – Catherine Pacholke Well what else is there to say other than we were the best!!!!! This up and coming team of professional softballers in the making showed how they could shine through the tough ICC competition. In the past Crommie softball has only really been laughed at by other colleges but this year we taught them a lesson. We beat the best teams in the competition including Womens who was on a 5 year undefeated winning streak!!!! Wahooo!!!! And Johns who couldn’t handle being beaten by us and their coach had to protest in the final innings. Wahooo!!!! Wahooo!!!! After hearing that softball was not a ‘soft’ sport eg: ‘you can take the opposition out,” Crommie chicks came running from all directions to play this contact sport. Before the tournament, the average level of softball experience would have been teeball back in primary school. After the tournament we now feel confident to take on the world…. Well almost!!! Thanks to Jane our trustee coach who lead the way in developing so many of us into a truly great force to be reckoned with and guided us to soooooo many sweat, sweat victories. Softball this year has showed how Crommie chicks can successfully work together under extreme pressure just to annoy other colleges!!!! He! He! He! Thanks to all the supporters (mostly guys) who discovered softball is the closest thing they will get to chick rugby (mud wrestling) therefore it must be an entertaining game. Thanks team! You guys were awesome and did yourselves and Crommie proud!!!!

Softball Girls

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Tennis Boys in Action

Tuesday nights from 8:00pm to 11:00pm??? Who seriously plays tennis that late. Crommie’s tennis season went from promising to depressive in the space of 3 late nights. With a convincing win over Leo’s, spirits were high amongst the group of four fresher boys, but soon enough Crommie’s tennis fate kicked in when we drew with Union. Next week we played the IH team where we had a surprising 5-3 loss. This was followed by consecutive losses to Emmanuel, Johns and Kings to finish a solid 5th on the ladder. Mentions must go to Brett Matzuka and Luke Stoker for their enthusiasm towards playing and congrats also to Brett Matzuka on a good season, losing his singles only twice. Despite the results, Tennis has been good times for me and hope it was for you guys too, cheers for the season boys.

Guys Rugby Rugby Convenor - Michael Davis With a huge proportion of first time players, the Cromwell Men’s rugby team had great success this year. Under the inspirational coaching of old boys: Toby Wass (Kicka) and Richard Shannon (Climax), the boys displayed courage, determination and Cromwell pride to finish the season in 2nd place. This included the highlights of beating Kings, Union and Johns in our first three games (apparently, it is the first time in history Cromwell has beaten St. Johns in Men’s Rugby). The fourth game, (against traditionally strong Leo’s) would decide who would come out ICC winners. Despite leading 6-0 for most of the game, Leo’s unfortunately scored 2 very late tries to win. The ability to maintain a lead for most of the game against a much bigger opponent was a credit to the boys. Unfortunately, despite being the better team, Cromwell lost to Emmanuel in the last game of the season which was disappointing. Overall, the guys commitment to training and their pride in playing for Cromwell was a credit to themselves, and with a large number of freshers in the team it is hoped that the success can continue into the future. A huge thank you and congratulations must go to the coaches, who were highly dedicated and to the supporters, who were by far the most vocal and devoted crowd out of any of the colleges. Lastly, a big thanks to all the players; it was an honour to have played with you and to have represented Cromwell with such a great group of blokes. Rugby Coach - Richard Shannon They have surpassed all the expectations that Toby and I had as coaches at the start of this season and thoroughly deserve their place in Cromwell sporting history. Thanks for the good times men, savour these times, for us it has been a privilege and honour. With a marker holder next year, perhaps the Lions may just win.

Cromwell Vs Kings

Guys Athletics Athletics Convenor - Micah Schulz 2002 - 5th place 2003 - 5th place 2004 - 2nd place!!! Finally the Crommie boys have lived up to their potential and shown ICC that we are a force to be reckoned with! Looking at our list of star athletes, a few people said to me we’d do pretty well this year. I generally murmured my agreement, not wanting to build anyone’s hopes up too much, but quietly confident that we’d do more than well - we’d do brilliantly! Whilst we did not quite manage to knock Kings off of their arrogant perch, we certainly gave them a run for their money, finishing on 80 points to their 90. We

were miles ahead of the rest of the field however, with 3rd place coming in at a distant 60 points. Great Court Race 2004 The Great Court race of 2004 was just that. What made it so good you may ask? We won, and just as importantly, King’s didn’t. Congratulations to Patrick Wysel, Grant Linneman, Gareth Davies, and Micah Schulz for being the fastest men in ICC.

Guys Basketball Basketball Convenor - Stephen Gordon Basketball 2004 was a tale of two teams, one of which, unfortunately, I convened. After many months of completely

Memorabilia Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to spoil someone special than with a lovely gift from our new memorabilia range. Our products would also make great birthday presents for friends and family members. Please don’t forget that the profits go towards supporting the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary Fund (for new residents in financial need) and the G L Lockley Fund (assisting current residents in financial need).

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unstructured training games and demonstrations of James Oliver’s wannabe AND1 skills Cromwell was ready for the ICC basketball season to begin. Well, maybe not, but who needs to train when you have Scott Jensen, right? While Scotty once again directed play as only he can from the top of the circle the team as a whole found it simply could not muster the plays or the reserves of the basketball heavyweights. Throughout the season the team, while generally competitive, went without a win until a completely unexpected defeat of International House during the last round. What an upset. Thanks must go out to all of the guys who turned up and continued to play throughout the season as well as those who supported us. Cromwell College 50th Anniversary Badge $10.00

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The Ball

College Ball

The College Ball was held on Friday, 8th of October. The secret venue was the Wanganui Gardens in Fairfield. A great night was had by all as can be seen from the following photos.

‘The Ask’ Simon Pearce (3rd year resident) Once every leap year it’s the girls’ turn to ask the guys to ball with this year happening to fall on a leap year. This is awesome because it means for once the boys don’t need to spend all their time scheming some elaborate way to impress the girls. It also gives the fellas a chance to sit back and see how creative the girls can be. But they’ve really been great this year, and as always ‘the ask’ has added loads more excitement and anticipation to the event... can’t wait till my next ask.

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