Old Boys Notes – Binghi 167

Congratulations

Dick Hays (41-46) and his wife Clare celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September, with 30 relatives and friends – among them Keith Coulton (39-46) who made a valiant effort to attend, and Geoff Reardon (42) who was one of the many Sydney boys relocated to TAS during the war. Dick said the couple were delighted to receive congratulations from several politicians as well as the Queen.

Well done Randal Thomas (90-95) on his marriage to Amy Curtis on 25 October, in Armidale. The wedding brought together many TAS families, and prompted a reunion of several staff!

 Guy Fitzroy (92-97) and his wife Kim, of ‘Avondale’ Delungra, are pleased to announce the arrival of their second child, Ruby, on 11 October. Rugby is a sister for Maggie, and another beautiful grandchild for Caroline and Brian Fitzroy (57-63).

Here and There

1960s

 Paul Griffiths (53-61) made the trip from Turramurra to Wagga Wagga earlier this year for a 50 year reunion of the regional television station RVN-2 (now part of Prime7. A photograph in the local newspaper showed him catching up with fellow television identities Mel Grieve, Ray Dineen and Tony Cook.

Bob Gillard (60-64) has moved from Swansea to Taree, sharing a locality – and a PO Box – with his brother Greg (64-66). Since moving there, he says he has caught up several times with Bob Crossman (59-64).

1970s

 Chris Davidson (66-70) of Tamworth is currently Principal of Andigen International, a technology company specialising in Environmental Consulting in the design and delivery of state of the art recycling and bio-energy technology.

1980s

After many years as a horse-whisperer based on the mid-north coast, Ken Scott (81) is now living near Uralla with his wife Hiroko, whom he met while working in Japan, and married 12 years ago.

Clearly talent runs in the family. Paddy Flower (62-63) sent a clipping from the Manly Daily relating to former Wallabies centre Richard Tombs (84-85) – not his success on the paddock, but that of his wife and three daughters, on the netball court. Richard’s wife Carissa was part of the 1999 Australian world champion team which has received the Team Sport Australia Award through the Sports Australia Hall of Fame. Daughters Latika and Talani both represented NSW at the national titles while the youngest, Ukiesha, starts playing next year.

Currently General Manager, Safety Systems with Virgin Australia, Stuart Aggs (78-88) was one of the keynote speakers at the Swinburne Aviation Industry Conference, Hawthorn Victoria, earlier in the year. Stuart has been with Virgin Australia since 2004, having previously been with Regional Express and Hazelton Airlines. His Master of Science in Aviation (UNSW) follows from his experience in general aviation and as a charter freight pilot and flight instructor – a passion he pursued after university at UNE. He sees both Bryn Griffiths (83-88) and Bill Bailey (83-88) reasonably often as they both reside in Brisbane.

 Rowan Bourne 87-88 has been an electrical power systems engineer for about 20 years (after studying at the University of Newcastle), and is currently a power supply connection consultant with Electrical Network Design. He writes that he is happily married to Sharon and has five year old twin boys, Hamish and Oliver.

1990s

Nice to hear some months ago from Michael Stanton (85-90): “We are enjoying Florida’s weather and life by the beach in Juno Beach, Florida.  I am now working for Ocwen Financial Corporation, one of the largest mortgage servicing companies in the US.“

David Kapcejevs (86-91) is a Business Development Manager with Ord Minnett and a key member of the Intermediary Services team. Prior to joining Ord Minnett, David worked at Perpetual as a Private Client Adviser, as a Technical Analyst at Sealcorp (ASGARD) and at Westpac Financial Services in both technical and advisory capacities.

Sinclair Croft (89-94) has been working as a heritage consultant with Graham Brooks and Associates for the past three years. While Sydney-based, his work takes him into regional NSW and interstate, working with developers on proposals concerning heritage buildings or within conservation areas. A keen swimmer at school, he has joined an adult training squad, and recently competed in an open water swimming event on Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio. Next year, he will be part of a relay team swimming across the English Channel.

Brett Spokes (89-94) is living in Muswellbrook and working in the mining industry.

Elton Clodumar (93-95) sent a lengthy email from his homeland Nauru, to where he returned after leaving TAS. In 2005 he became Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer (PIRFO), reporting on the methods and haul taken by tuna fishing vessels. Two years later, he moved to Marshall Islands for five years, working as a PIRFO trainer, working with officials from several Pacific islands agencies including the Secretariat to the Pacific Community (SPC) and Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). He is now also involved in the Australian Awards Scholarships program on Nauru, keen to broaden his knowledge through tertiary study to further equip him to “become an influential individual, an asset to my country and to the limited marine fisheries resources that we small island nations are so dependant on”.

Nigel Henley (90-95) is keeping very busy, teaching several subjects at primary and secondary level at Bundarra Central School. He is also coaching the school’s senior girls touch football team, and reserve grade with the Inverell Highlanders RUFC: “I still play but am ready to give it away!” He and his wife Melissa have a daughter Emily, and sons, Alex, and Thomas.

The White old boys had their own private family reunion at a friends wedding in the Blue Mountains recently. Hadley White (92-97) is a senior design engineer with ResMed in Sydney; Edward White (95-00) is a doctor working in emergency in Tamworth; Anthony White (93-98) is a primary teacher at Bondi Public School in Sydney and (in front) Christopher White (91-96) is a newsreader with NBN based in Newcastle.

2000s

David Metcalfe (96-04), Andrew Paterson (99-04) and Luke Brattoni (99-04) are sharing digs in Artarmon.

Charles Cull (00-07) has joined the NSW Farmers Association as a policy adviser. A former Dux of TAS, Charles graduated with first class honours in commerce and arts from the University of Sydney. It was while writing his thesis on coal seam gas that he chanced upon research conducted by NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson – and on that basis, sought a job with the association. He is particularly interested in drought assistance policy and advocating against the introduction of mandatory electronic livestock identification tags for sheep and goats.