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Old Boys' Reunion Weekend 2014Posted: Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Old Boys' Reunion Weekend 2014Posted: Tuesday, 22 July 2014Nudgee College Old Boys' Reunion Weekend
Saturday, 23 August 2014
St Joseph's Nudgee College
12.00pm to 1.00pm
GUIDED TOUR COLLEGE MUSEUM
LEVEL 1, TREACY BUILDING
The Nudgee College Museum will be open for enthusiasts to view our treasured Nudgee College history. Dr Martin Kerby will be onsite to answer your questions.
FIRST XV vs TSS
Rally your mates for a get together on Old Boys’ Hill or bring your family to watch the game. Supporting the Ladies’ Auxiliary Tuckshop & BBQ - get in quick for their famous Steak Burger with the works!
BOARDER’S BASH DRINKS
After game drinks at the MacKillop Centre hosted by the Boarder Parent Support Group. Another chance to gather as part of the Nudgee College community.
NCOBA Annual Business Breakfast 14 August 2014Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014
NCOBA Annual Business Breakfast 14 August 2014Posted: Thursday, 17 July 2014Guest Speakers:
LORD MAYOR GRAHAM QUIRK
CHIEF JUSTICE , THE HONOURABLE TIM CARMODY
With special introduction from
CHIEF MAGISTRATE RAY RINAUDO
Date 14 August 2014
Time 07:00 to 08:30
Location Victoria Park Golf Complex Herston Road,Herston
Further information Ms Luanne Wishart Alumni
Jack Ross Annual AppealPosted: Thursday, 26 June 2014
Jack Ross Annual AppealPosted: Thursday, 26 June 2014Date 30 June 2014
Donations Tax Deductible
The NCOBA are extremely proud of the success of the Jack Ross Bursary program that has been assisting boys from financially disadvantaged environments achieve beyond their dreams through the privilege of being a Nudgee College student. This important work seeks to emulate and pay tribute to the legacy of Edmund Rice from which our lives have benefitted as students and Old Boys of Nudgee. The NCOBA is committed in its strategy to foster support for the Jack Ross Bursary Fund. The program thus far has been driven predominantly by donations from the Nudgee Old Boys community and we wish to sincerely thank those who have provided, and continue to provide, vital financial support. As well as the underpinning support from the Jack Ross Bursary Fellows, the NCOBA also hosted the inaugural Jack Ross Gala on 31st May in support of the program. Now, as we approach the end of the 2013-2014 financial year we are asking all of our Nudgee Old Boys to provide their financial support by contributing to our Annual Appeal www.ncoba.com.au/#annualappeal
The Inaugural Jack Ross GalaPosted: Thursday, 5 June 2014
The Inaugural Jack Ross GalaPosted: Thursday, 5 June 2014The inaugural, ‘Jack Ross Gala’ was held on Saturday Night 31 May at the Victoria Park Golf Club in the Marble Bar Room. 200 Nudgee College Old Boys, wives, girlfriends, partners, parents and friends came in from Central & Western Queensland, North Queensland, the Sunshine & Gold Coasts, Sydney & Melbourne to gather with other Brisbane folk for a fabulous Black Tie Gala Dinner.
The night started with Veuve Champagne & canapés on the balcony with a string quartet playing in the background. Beautiful Chandelier Girls on stilts entertained guests whilst topping up their Veuve. A fabulous display of fireworks prior to moving in for the sumptuous 3-course meal, set the stage for a wonderful evening.
Anthony Hart (President NCOBA) opened the evening with an informative, introductory speech much to the applause of the numerous people on the 1987 Old Boy tables. Brother Vince Connors (Patron of the Jack Ross Bursary & popular Nudgee College Principal 1980 – 1987) said some eloquent words and then grace. As people dined and consumed the lovely wines & champagnes, Murray Hartin (comedian and bush poet) punctuated the mingling, story telling and fun that everyone in the room seemed to be having.
Daryl Hanly (departing principal of Nudgee College) made a heartfelt speech that was appreciated by all and appropriately captured the true spirit of the night. People donned the dance floor and some carried on to the after party at the Alliance Hotel, Spring Hill (owned by 93 Old Boy Nick Gregorski).
The generosity of those who attended the Gala has seen approximately $19,000 banked into the Jack Ross Bursary. The Jack Ross Bursary is an NCOBA initiative that will assist young deserved men get an education at Australia’s Number 1 school -St Joseph’s Nudgee College.
We will be rebooking the Victoria Park Golf Club soon for the 2015 dinner.
We ask anyone that wants to be a committed Table Captain or a part of the 2015 organising committee to contact Hugh Hamilton (Vice-President NCOBA) on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07 3009 6400 or Andrew McNamara on email@example.com / 07 3009 6400
Anzac Spirit Lives OnPosted: Monday, 28 April 2014
Anzac Spirit Lives OnPosted: Monday, 28 April 2014The St Joseph's Nudgee College Anzac Ceremony address was delivered by Group Captain A P (Tony) Behm (NCOB 1964) on Thursday, 24 April 2014.
Mr L M (Lawrie) Cusack laid the wreath on behalf of the Old Boys’ Association. Tom McVeigh, Paul Bolger, Tom Nugent, Bob Nash, Bob Gordon and David Lee as well as others attended.
The address given by Group Captain A P (Tony) Behm follows:
“MR DARYL HANLY, STUDENTS OF NUDGEE COLLEGE, NUDGEE COLLEGE OLD BOYS, STAFF OF NUDGEE COLLEGE, MEMBERS OF THE FIRST SIGNAL REGIMENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN YOU FOR YOUR ANZAC DAY CEREMONY; TO ME AS A SERVING MEMBER OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE AND A NUDGEE OLD BOY IT IS INDEED A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE REPRESENT THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE.
WE MEET HERE THIS MORNING, NOT TO GLORIFY WAR OR PRAISE VICTORS, BUT TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY DURING TIMES OF CONFLICT AND CRISIS, AND TO REFLECT UPON THEIR SELFLESS SACRIFICE.
TO ALL AUSTRALIANS AND NEW ZEALANDERS, ANZAC DAY IS A TRADITION, PAID FOR IN BLOOD AND CELEBRATED IN OUR FREEDOM. IT IS A DAY IN WHICH NOT ONLY DO WE SALUTE THE ANZACS, BUT IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO THEM, WE ALSO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INVIGORATE OUR NATIONAL SPIRIT AND PRIDE.
TOMORROW, 99 YEARS AGO A GROUP OF VOLUNTEER AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SOLDIERS FOUND THEMSELVES WADING ASHORE BEFORE DAWN AT A SMALL BEACH ON THE GALLIPOLI PENINSULAR IN TURKEY. MANY OF THESE MEN WERE ONLY TEENAGERS, SOME AS YOUNG AS 16. ALL WERE ANXIOUS TO PROVE THEIR COURAGE AND NATIONAL IDENTITY.
THE DIRECT AUSTRALIAN PARTICIPATION BEGAN AT 4.29AM ON THE 25 APRIL 1915 WHEN THE FIRST BOATS OF THE INVASION FORCE TOUCHED LAND. THE HONOUR OF BEING THE FIRST TROOPS ASHORE WENT TO THE QUEENSLANDERS OF THE 9TH BATTALION, AMONGST THEM WERE FOUR NUDGEE OLD BOYS - LEUT WALTER PATTERSON, LEUT HECTOR DE TUETY, LEUT REG VERRY AND PRIVATE SAM DEVITT. THEY FOUND THEMSELVES AT THE FOOT OF A 100M CLIFF THAT WAS ACTUALLY 1.5 K FURTHER NORTH OF THE INTENDED LANDING POINT. OF THOSE FOUR MEN, PRIVATE SAM DEVITT SURVIVED GALLIPOLI AND WENT ON TO WIN THE MM TWICE IN FRANCE WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED. LEUT DE TUETY WAS WOUNDED IN THE LEG AND SHOULDER, ALTHOUGH HE WOULD REJOIN THE 9TH BATTALION FOR THE AUGUST OFFENSIVE WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED AGAIN. LEUT PATTISON WAS SHOT IN THE LEFT THIGH SOON AFTER HE LANDED AND WAS EVACUATED TO EGYPT. DOCTORS AMPUTED HIS LEG BUT HE DIED ON THE 10TH MAY 1915. LEUT WALTER PATTERSON HAS THE SAD DISTINCTION OF BEING THE FIRST OF 156 OLD BOYS TO LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA. IRONICALLY MY GRANDFATHER LANDED AT GALLIPOLI WITH THE FIELD AMBULANCE AND I WONDER IF EVER MET THOSE MEN. FORTUNATELY MY GRANDFATHER SURVIVED GALLIPOLI BUT WAS LATED WOUNDED IN THE SOMME IN FRANCE. TO THE DAY HE DIED HE NEVER SPOKE OF WORLD WAR 1.
ANZAC DAY IS NOT MERELY A DATE, OR SOME REMOTE CAMPAIGN, BUT RATHER A SPIRIT. IT IS A TIME TO REFLECT ON THE PAST GENERATIONS OF AUSTRALIANS WHO IN HARDSHIP DISPLAYED COURAGE, DISCIPLINE, SELF-RELIANCE, SELF –SACRIFICE, RESOURCEFULNESS AND FRIENDSHIP. THE SPIRIT OF ANZAC DAY, WHICH WAS BEQUEATHED TO US FROM THOSE BATTLEFIELDS LONG AGO, WILL LIVE ON BECAUSE IT IS A REFLECTION OF THE VERY HEART OF OUR NATION.
HISTORY SHOWS THAT, FOR A PEACE LOVING PEOPLE, WE HAVE BEEN A FORMIDABLE ADVERSARY, WHEN STIRRED TO ACTION AND ALSO REMARKABLY SUCCESSFUL AT THE BUSINESS OF WAR. ON EVERY OCCASION WHEN AUSTRALIANS HAVE BEEN CALLED UPON TO PROTECT FREEDOM, THEY HAVE DONE SO GENEROUSLY, EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY AS OUR MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ARE DOING TODAY INCLUDUING A NUMBER OF OLD BOYS WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING.
THE YOUNG MEN OF GALLIPOLI WERE THE FIRST ANZACS, ORDINARY YOUNG AUSTRALIANS DOING THEIR BEST IN A CAMPAIGN OF INTENSE FEROCITY. THEIR CASUALTIES WERE HORRENDOUS, NEARLY 8,000 AUSTRALIANS WERE KILLED, AND 78,000 WOUNDED AT GALLIPOLI, AND TO WHAT END? THE CAMPAIGN WAS A FAILURE, AND YET OF ALL THE BATTLEFIELDS ON WHICH AUSTRALIANS DIED, IT IS THE DISASTROUS GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN THAT HAS COME TO SYMBOLISE THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER'S COURAGE, DETERMINATION, FIGHTING PROWESS, HUMOUR AND MATESHIP. THE ESSENCE OF GALLIPOLI WAS THAT IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AND POTENTIAL DEFEAT, THE AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT TRIUMPHED.
AS FAR AS NUDGEE COLLEGE RECORDS CAN ASCERTAIN 24 OLD BOYS SERVED ON GALLIPOLI, NINE LANDING WITHIN THE FIRST 36 HOURS. NOT ONE OF THOSE NINE WOULD BE PRESENT AT THE EVACUATION FOR ALL WOULD BE EITHER KILLED OR WOUNDED, HALF WITHIN THE FIRST TWO DAYS.
SERVING THE NATION TAKES MANY FORMS. THE SAILORS SOLDERS AND AIRMEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS COULD ONLY ACHIEVE WHAT THEY DID BECAUSE OF THE FAMILIES AND PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA. THIS TOO IS PART OF THE ANZAC SPIRIT AND THE DEDICATION OF THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN THAT MUST ALSO BE REMEMBERED.
AUSTRALIA TODAY IS STILL A YOUNG COUNTRY, BUT MUCH HAS CHANGED FROM THAT LAND WHICH THE ORIGINAL ANZACS SAILED. IT, HOWEVER, REMAINS A COUNTRY IN WHICH WE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE OUR FUTURE AND ESTABLISH OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD.
THE ANZAC SPIRIT HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN EVER SINCE TO ALL THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOLLOWED THEM; FROM WORLD WAR TWO TO KOREA, MALAYA, BORNEO, VIETNAM, THE GULF WAR, MANY PEACE KEEPING OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PAKISTAN, SOUTH EAST ASIA, AFRICA, BOUGAINVILLE, TIMOR, THE SOLOMONS AND MORE RECENTLY IN THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM IN IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN.
I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE A PARTICULIAR MOVING STORY FROM DR KIRBY’S BOOK “UNDYING ECHOES.” WHICH NEEDS TO BE TOLD. IT WAS WW2 DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN WHEN TWO OLD BOYS FSGT JOSEPH GILL AND WOFF ROBERT MCGLADRIGAN OF 106 BOMBER SQN FLEW SEPARATE SORTIES 7 MONTHS APART. FSGT GILL’S AIRCRAFT FELL VICTIM TO A GERMAN LUFTWAFFE NIGHT FIGHTER ON THE 30TH MAY 1944 OVER GERMANY AND HE IS BURIED IN THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES CEMETRY OUTSIDE HANNOVER. BY PURE COINCIDENCE BURIED BESIDE HIM IS HIS FELLOW CLASSMATE, WOFF MCGLADRIGAN, WHO WAS SHOT DOWN AND CAPTURED ON 6TH DECEMBER 1944, BUT WAS EXECUTED THREE DAYS LATER. THEY ARE ONCE AGAIN TOGETHER AS THEY WERE HERE IN NUDGEE. I WILL BE VISITING THEIR GRAVES LATER ON THIS YEAR TO PAY MY RESPECTS.
THE ANZAC LEGEND I MENTIONED IS WORTH RECALLING. WE, THE SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS, HAVE AN ETERNAL OBLIGATION TO REMEMBER THE EFFORTS OF THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAVE SERVED AUSTRALIA IN WAR AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS. WE CAN HONOUR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS BY TRYING TO LIVE IN THE MANNER THEY WOULD HAVE EXPECTED FROM US.
THAT SAME SPIRIT IS REPRESENTED AMONGST THE DIVERSE GROUP OF NUDGEE VETERANS GATHERED HERE TODAY. WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THE FAMILIES, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THOSE AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY, AND NEITHER SHOULD WE FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BORN THE SUFFERINGS OF WAR OR PEACE KEEPING.
TO THE AUSTRALIAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN CURRENTLY SERVING, WE SHOULD REMEMBER THEIR COMMITMENT TO AUSTRALIA AND IT’S ALLIES FOR IT IS UP TO THEM AND ALL OF US HERE THIS MORNING TO ENSURE THE ANZAC LEGEND LIVES ON AND TO THOSE SERVING OVERSEAS WE PRAY FOR THEIR SAFE RETURN TO THEIR FAMILY & FRIENDS.
WE SHOULD ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT PEACE COMES AT A HIGH PRICE AND THAT SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN DO NOT START WARS, THEY ONLY FIGHT THEM AS DIRECTED BY THEIR GOVERNMENT FOR THEIR PEOPLE.
THE ANZAC SPIRIT FORGED AT GALLIPOLI WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. THIS IS WHY AUSTRALIANS COME TOGETHER EVERY ANZAC DAY. WE DO IT TO REMEMBER THE ANZACS AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS; WE SHOULD REMEMBER THEM NOT AS OLD SOLDIERS FROM A DISTANT WAR, BUT AS THE YOUNG AUSTRALIANS THEY WERE IN 1915.
THE ANZACS SHOWED US THESE SAME QUALITIES. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO FACE CHALLENGES TOGETHER AND OVERCOME THEM, TO PUT COMMUNITY BEFORE SELF, TO BE COURAGEOUS, DETERMINED, SELF RELIANT, STRONG AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN WHATEVER CRISIS WE FACE. WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF ANZAC, AND THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH THE SPIRIT OF NUDGEE WAS BUILT.
THAT SAME SPIRIT WAS EVIDENT IN THE LAST BATTLE DEATH OF A NUDGEE OLD BOY SINCE 1945 WHEN LEUT JOHN FRASER OF THE 3RD BATTALION WAS KILLED ON THE 24 MARCH 1968 BY A LAND MINE IN THE LONG HAI HILLS AREA IN PHOUC TUY PROVINCE IN VIETNAM. HAVING STEPT ON AND TRIGGERING THE MINE HE CALLED FOR HIS MEN TO GET CLEAR BEFORE IT EXPLODED AND THERBY SAVED THEIR LIVES. HIS CLASSMATES OF 1961 ARRANGED A PLAQUE TO HANG IN HIS HONOUR AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHAPEL, COMMEMORATING THE LAST OF THE 156 OLD BOYS TO LAY DOWN THEIR LIFE FOR AUSTRALIA. THEY LIE BURIED IN 12 COUNTRIES ACROSS THREE CONTINENTS ACROSS THE WORLD.
WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE TO HAVE BEEN AT NUDGEE DURING WORLD WAR ONE AND TWO. OF FOLLOWING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE FAR OFF BATTLES IN NEWSPAPER OR NEWSREELS. OF SEARCHING WITH DREAD THE CASUALITY LISTS OR THE LONLIENESS IN WAITING FOR OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF THE DEATH OF A FATHER, BROTHER, SISTER, FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR.
TO THOSE NUDGEE OLD BOYS HERE THIS MORNING WHO EXPERIENCED THOSE DAYS AT NUDGEE DURING WORLD WAR TWO THOSE MEMORIES MUST AGAIN BE VERY FRESH.
THIS YEAR I HOPE TO VISIT ANZAC COVE AND WALK ALONG THE BEACH WHERE MY GRANDFATHER TOGETHER WITH THOSE BRAVE NUDGEE OLD BOYS LANDED ON THE 25TH APRIL 1915. I AM TOLD THERE IS A SANDSTONE TABLET ERECTED AT ANZAC COVE ON WHICH THE FOLLOWING WORDS ARE WRITTEN BY THE COMMANDER OF THE TURKISH FORCES GENERAL KEMEL ATATURK. THE INSCRIPTION IS:
“THOSE HEROS THAT SHED THEIR BLOOD AND LOST THEIR LIVES, YOU ARE NOW IN THE SOIL OF A FRIENDLY COUNTRY. THEREFORE REST IN PEACE. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JONNIES AND THE MEHMETS TO US WHERE THEY LIE SIDE BY SIDE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY OF OURS. YOU THE MOTHERS WHO SENT YOUR SONS FROM FAR AWAY COUNTRIES, WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS, YOUR SONS ARE NOW LYING IN OUR BOSUM AND ARE IN PEACE. AFTER HAVING LOST THEIR LIVES ON THIS LAND THEY HAVE BECOME OUR SONS AS WELL”
LEST WE FORGET.
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