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C o                                                                                                            Editor • Hugh Begbie • Volume 3 •

                                                                                                                                                                               Issue 1
                                                             COME AND HAVE A BALL
                                                             THE CROMWELL COLLEGE GOLDEN JUBILEE DINNER DANCE
 M A R C H                               2 0 0 4
                                                                   Have you booked? Invitations are out, interest
                                                                   is high and seats are filling. Come to this most
                                                                   exciting and eagerly anticipated event. Join us
                                                                                                                          interested parents, grandparents or friends
                                                                                                                          of the College and organize a table of
                                                                                                                          ten or just book yourself in before it is
                                                                   for this special time in the history of the College.   too late. Don’t miss out on this historic
 Within the University of Queensland

                                                                   Don’t wait, book now, numbers are limited. Any         moment in the life of Cromwell College
                                                                   interested person is welcome. We have already          – your College.
                                                                   had inquiries from grandparents of ex-Collegians
                                                                   and friends of the College. The invitation is for      If you did not receive an invitation please
                                                                   everyone including parents of current residents        ring 3377 1232 or e-mail
                                                                   who want to visit Brisbane and celebrate with their
                                                                   Any reason to come will do! You can
                                                                   dance the night away to the jazzy tunes of
                                                                   Faded Blues. You can enjoy scrumptious
                                                                   food and reminisce with your mates from
                                                                   years gone by. You can catch up with
                                                                   family or make new friends. Whatever
                                                                   you desire, whatever you feel comfortable
                                                                   doing, this is the event for you, a night to           The brand new Hilton Ballroom looks lonely
                                                                   remember.                                              and empty so let’s fill it on the 5th June! See
                                                                                                                          you there!
                                                                   In the invitation we advertised that
 C O L L E G E

                                                                   the Chancellor of the University of
                                                                   Queensland would be attending. Sadly
                                                                   he has withdrawn due to obligations in
                                                                   London. The Vice Chancellor, Professor
                                                                   John Hay has been invited.
                                                                   Included in the celebration will be a
                                                                   PowerPoint presentation professionally
                                                                   prepared to reflect on the history of the
 C R O M W E L L

                                                                   College’s past 50 years. There will also be
                                                                                                                               President’s Report                          2
                                                                   an official unveiling of a portrait of Rev
                                                                   Dr. G. Lindsay Lockley, the founding                        Parents Letters                             2
                                                                   Principal of the College.
                                                                   The Hilton Ballroom is undergoing a                         From the Principal                          3
                                                                   face-lift (just for us!) which will add to
                                                                                                                               A New Member of Staff                       3
                                                                   the grandeur of the evening and for those
                                                                   who wish to stay, the Hilton is offering                    Cromwell Renovations                        4
                                                                   reduced room rates at $175/night. When
                                                                   booking simply quote CRO 050604.                            Round Up                             5,8,9
                                                                   If $100 seems a lot please note that the
                                                                                                                               The First College Ball                      6
                                                                   College will not be covering all its costs
                                                                   with this price. The College is even                        Bacchylympics                               7
                                                                   covering the G.S.T so please don’t let
                                                                   the price stop you. Start saving now. We                    College Open Day 6th of June                8
                                                                   would love you to be there
                                                                                                                               Previous Anniversaries                  10
                                                                   So what are you waiting for Cromwellians
                                                                   - round up your friends, partners,                          The Business Logic of the College       11

                                                                                                                               2004 ‘O’ Week                           12
                                       A Magazine for Ex-Cromwellians, Current Residents and their Families
C o                                    From the
                                                  As you are aware a dinner dance
                                                  has been organized for the 5th June
                                                  to celebrate 50 years of students at
                                                  Cromwell and a Thanksgiving Service,
                                                  and open day with lunch for Sunday
                                                  the 6th June. So if you’ve never been
                                                  to a COCA function before (or if
                                                  you’re a regular attendee at College
                                                  occasions) then this is a night (and
                                                  weekend) not to be missed.
                                                  Get a group of friends together or
                                                  just come on your own and meet up
                                                  with a whole host of people who have                   In the invitations that went out for
                                                                                                         the Anniversary, some of the address
                                                  fond memories of their College days.
                                                                                                         names were printed in ways that
                                                  It’s going to be fantastic!!!! See you                 were inappropriate and unintended.
                                                  there!!!!!                                             If you did not receive the correct
My wife Natacha and I have now made the                                                                  title or if your name was in the
move back to Brisbane (after a year in Cairns)                                                           wrong order, we sincerely apologize.
and are preparing to join in this exciting year
for Cromwell.                                     Dr Stuart Bade

                                      Happy Chappies
It’s great to know that so many residents enjoy Cromwell and that their parents are thrilled with what is provided. Here are two examples of letters
or emails received recently and used with permission:
“We would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to you, other members of the administration and staff of
Cromwell College for your stewardship over the three years our son has been a resident. It has been a most rewarding and
enjoyable experience for him and therefore us. We would also like to acknowledge friendship and support our son received
from all levels of College. We wish the College well in its endeavours for the future and again thank you for the positive
experience of our son’s Cromwell College years.”
“Our daughter was very disappointed that she is not able to come back (to Australia and Cromwell). I just want to say
thank you for your kindness to my daughter. All of you there at the College have been really great. I visited there over your
Spring break and found it so beautiful. Everything....everyone... God bless you and may he always be with you.”
(P.S has anyone done a spell check on ‘chappies’ lately? You get either ‘crappies’ or ‘chap pies’. So there’s some trivia for you. - ed)

COCA News 2004 • Page 2
                        From the
There is plenty of encouragement in this
edition for you to come to the Anniversary
                                             This illustration highlights the
                                             dangerous consequences of defining
                                                                                          them, demonize, humiliate or coerce
                                                                                          them. On the other hand we can
so I am going to talk about something        tolerance in relation to beliefs. The        respect and love them, grieving over
completely different - tolerance.            fact is that there are many wrong            the enmity and working hard to find
                                             beliefs in the world, some of them           ways to bring peace. This desire for
As friends of the College you would be       very dangerous, and we have a                peace does not mean that we must
aware that Cromwell has a reputation         responsibility to be discerning in           whitewash the differences or deny
for being a good community. The              relation to them. Tolerance does not         them. Solving the problem by ‘being
residents here generally look after          mean accepting beliefs, it means             tolerant’ in the modern sense will
each other. This is great but I am           respecting people. If we respect people      only expose us to the risk of being
aware that our society has developed         then we can debate with them or              over-come by those who oppose us. As
a view of tolerance that is wrong, very      disagree with them but our opposition        Neville Chamberlain sadly discovered
dangerous and if allowed to infect the       will be respectful and appropriate.          prior to World War II, appeasement is
College could have a bad influence on                                                     not always appropriate - loving one’s
its life. Let me explain.                    It is a mark of a healthy community          enemy does not mean that they are no
                                             that its members can live respectfully       longer our enemy or that we should
Most people today define tolerance           and creatively together even if they         not stand against them.
as ‘accepting other people’s beliefs’. I     have different views of the world.
won’t go into the history of how this        Sometimes these differences lead             We live in a dangerous world. It is
definition came about but it is totally      to strong disagreement. If handled           made more dangerous because those
misguided and condemns us all to             correctly these disagreements can            of us who live in this country are
silence. In effect it is saying that it is   lead to a better understanding for all       being told that we cannot hold strong
wrong for one person to disagree with        involved; or at the very least it can lead   views, that we cannot oppose other
                                                                                          views, that we must be tolerant. I have
another by suggesting that their beliefs     to a growth in our capacity to live with
                                                                                          an obligation to love, but I also have
might be wrong, misguided or untrue.         grace and kindness towards each other.
                                                                                          an obligation to pursue the truth.
But imagine that I had the power             One of the many radical comments             The modern view that truth is a
to tie a rope around Nazi Germany            that Jesus made was that we should           personal choice and therefore I cannot
and drag it through time and space           ‘love our enemies’. In challenging us        oppose your ‘truth’ is nonsense and
to where we now live. Imagine that           in this way he is pushing the logic          if we believe it we will find ourselves
I asked you all to be ‘tolerant’ by          of what I am saying to its logical           afraid to speak, trapped in a world of
accepting Adolph Hitler’s beliefs.           conclusion. We will have enemies in          political correctness. It is time that
Immediately all your alarm bells             the world but we can treat them in           the word tolerance was allowed to
would go off as indeed they should.          one of two ways. We can caricature           recapture its true meaning.

                                             A new
                                             member of staff
                                             Many of you would have spoken                graduate of University of Queensland
                                             on the phone to Jane Thomas.                 B.BusMgmt with a double major in
                                             Jane has been employed on a 6                leisure and recreation management
                                             month contract to help organize              and events management. She is doing
                                             the anniversary and improve the              a wonderful job as those who have
                             Jane Thomas     accuracy of our data base. Jane is a         spoken to her would realize.

                                                                                                    COCA News 2004 • Page 3
                                                Do you need a
                                                                 FACELIFT?                                   WELL COLLEGE HAS HAD ONE...

Cromwell College has done more maintenance work at one time over the last summer break
than in many a long year. The exterior of the College has been re-painted, this time following the
Cromwell colour theme. The windows are white with charcoal trim and the doors are post box
red. It looks fantastic. In addition the interior corridors have been painted as has the Chapel. It
was intended to paint the Junior Common Room but the flat roof (which should never have been
built in this climate) leaked in the heavy rain and that problem has yet to be resolved.
Further, all the wings have been re-carpeted and Energex has agreed to supply
the College with its own transformer. In preparation the maintenance team did
all the trench work and with the advice from Electrical Engineers laid two high
and two low voltage cables. At the same time all the sewerage and storm water
in that area was replaced and spare conduits put in just in case additional cables
were needed for the future.

                                                                                                      A Jacaranda with a twist break caused by a
                                                                                                      freak storm

                                                                                                      All of the refurbishment was taking
                                                                                                      place while Brisbane experienced heat
laying the conduit for the cables                   The trench digger at work                         wave conditions and wild storms. One
                                                                                                      storm ripped out a number of trees
Once the transformer is in place, the College switch board will be replaced and                       around the College though thankfully
this will enable the College to consider putting air-conditioning units in the                        did little damage to buildings.
Dining Room and Junior Common Room in December this year.

Emergency help for
A Girls’ Brigade conference held every two
years was due to be held on the Gold Coast
but the venue rang at the last minute and
said that it was unavailable due to delays in
Cromwell came to the rescue and
helped accommodate 140 girls from all
over Australia, during a heat wave and
while the College was being repainted
and re-carpeted. They loved it.

               Two of the leaders of the camp

COCA News 2004 • Page 4
         Round Up
Karen Mundt (1996-1997)                       Leanne Frømyhr (neè Bear) (1987)              bond we share remains steadfast. There’s
                                                                                            no distance, no span of time that can
“Shut up chicks!” I can still hear the        Violinist/Composer Leanne was born in
                                                                                            break relationships forged at college and
guttural bellows of the Thatcher-Dowling      Stawell Victoria, grew up in Hervey Bay       I will forever love spending time with
boys urging us girls to quieten ourselves     Queensland, and studied at Queensland         the wonderful people I met during those
as if that time had not passed some           University. In 1994, she went to Europe       years. There’s nothing more comforting
eight years ago. From 1996 - 1997 I           and performed some of her works, finally      than calling a friend who knows your past
laid my head to rest in top Dowling and       landing in London to study further.           and wants to be part of your future and
affectionately called Cromwell my home.       Upon returning to Brisbane in 1996, met       frankly I wouldn’t trade the Cromwell
They say that a home is where the heart       Tor Frømyhr a violinist and lecturer and      friends I have for anything!
is; well I can safely say that Cromwell was   married 6 months later. The New Year
my home for two years. The amazing                                                          (Alison is currently a journalist working at
                                              brought a move to Canberra where she
group of people I shared my time with                                                       WIN Television on the Sunshine Coast.
                                              now lives with Tor and their 2 beautiful
became my urban family from the day                                                         Prior to this she was a reporter for WIN
                                              children Gabriel Bjørn (24/07/01) and
we met as scared little freshers and are                                                    in Cairns)
                                              Lillian Eleanor .(27/08/03). Leanne and
still very much part of my life. Whilst       Tor enjoy a fruitful performing career        Ben (1994-1998)and Kerylea Kenway (nee Lester
we are scattered over the world in our
                                              in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra            1995-1997)
chosen professions, me in Japan, Jen
                                              and such events as the recent Mt Buller
Meadows and Bea Plant in Brisbane,                                                          Ben graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor
                                              Chamber Music School where they               of Science and Bachelor of Education.
Cecilia Grundy in Toowoomba, Kirstin
                                              tutored and performed. Leanne has just        I graduated in the same year with a
Jones and Grace Rose-Miller in Scotland
                                              won an Arts Council grant to develop          Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Ben
and Peta Vincent on her way there, we
                                              and perform her multi-arts work “Fluffy       then taught at Ipswich High for four
still share the common and unbreakable
bond of being Crommie girls. Cromwell         Purple Violins”. Not much time for            years. I worked as a speech pathologist
was and still is more to me than a college,   hobbies these days helping two babies         at Grafton Base Hospital for a year and
more than a place to live while passing my    to discover the wonders of life, but loves    then moved back to Brisbane, working at
university days, I am a part of its history   skiing, dancing, and artistic pursuits.       MontroseAccess and a private practice for
and it is a part of my heart.                                                               the next three years. We were married in
                                                                                            September 2001 at gorgeous Montville
Viva Crommie!!                                                                              and honeymooned in the Whitsundays.
Karen Mundt                                                                                 In early 2003 Ben was transferred to
Okayama, Japan                                                                              Proserpine High and I secured a job with
                                                                                            Education Queensland providing speech
                                                                                            pathology services to the Whitsundays.
                                                                                            Not by choice, but it is strange how
                                                                                            things work out. So if our old Cromwell
                                                                                            mates are ever passing by please stop to
                                              Leanne Frømyhr with her husband Tor and       say hello. We would love to catch up with
                                              children Bjørn and Lillian.                   you. You can phone us on 0408788959 or
                                                                                            email Bye for
                                              Alison Fletcher (1998-2000)                   now, Kerylea and Ben.

Cecilia Grundy, Karen Mundt, Jen              The 50th Anniversary Dinner - a great         Peter Townsend (1991 -1995)
Meadows, Kirstin Jones                        place to catch up with friends!               I am getting married in July this year to
                                              I was at Cromwell from 1998-2000. Six         Kristy Brosnan. I met her at a bunker
Dr Dhugal Lindsay (1989-1990)                                                               in my third year (This memory is a little
                                              years on and I can still remember my first
Dhugal, who was reported in a previous        day of college. My first words with new       hazy) and met her again 4 years later
edition as receiving international            friends, first formal dinner, the beginning   in a country pub and that was 8 years
awards in haiku poetry and who is also        of what will be a lifetime of fantastic       ago. Getting married in Toowoomba, St
an internationally renowned expert in         memories. So many fabulous people in          Stephens
marine research manned submersibles and       the one college, it was a privilege to be
remotely operated vehicles, has received
the 2003, UQ Alumnus of the Year
                                              part of Cromwell and the tradition that
                                              continues. Now, even though I’ve moved
                                                                                               Round Up
                                                                                                              continued on page 8
award. Congratulation Dhugal.                 away from many of those friends, the

                                                                                                       COCA News 2004 • Page 5
  Helen Begbie
                                                    Memorial Bursary
                                                  so many opportunities and allowed us to
    Thanks to a very generous donation
    from an Ex-Collegian the Helen Begbie         meet/come into contact with wonderful
    Memorial Bursary has been used for the        kindhearted people with whom under
    first time. The recipient has had her heart   normal circumstances we would not
                                                  have any dealings. Please note that I
    set on University and living in College
                                                  consider yourself and your team amongst
    for many years but in recent months her       this ‘wonderful’ crew. You provided our
    father developed cancer and is not longer     daughter with something we were unable
    able to meet the financial needs of the       to give her at this special time in her
    family. The following is an edited extract    life and for that we thank you from the
    from a letter the Principal received from     bottom of our hearts.
    the family. It is quoted with permission.     It is indeed a tremendous honour to be
    “My husband’s cancer diagnosis has            able to say that she was the first recipient
    indeed been a tremendous blow                 of the Helen Begbie Memorial Bursary.
    for us in many ways - too many to             Our only regret is in respect to the bursary
    write about here (and having been             is that we did not have the privilege of
    down the same road you, yourself              knowing Helen herself. I trust that our
    would know only too well the                  daughter will accept this gift with the
    repercussions of such a diagnosis)            same grace, faith and courage that Helen       The late Helen Begbie after whom the
    - however it has also provided us with        so bravely fought her cancer with.             Bursary is named

The First College Ball                                                                                             4th August 1954
On 4th August 1954, the first Cromwell            Supper was served between dances               excited). You can too for free online
College Ball was held in the Hall (now the Sir    9 & 10. It probably consisted of               at if you want to
Ernest Savage Junior Common Room) with all        sandwiches, cake and soft drink - it           improve or simply learn a few steps in
students and many Board members attending.        was, after all 1954, when alcohol at           preparation for the big night in June.
They were greeted by the Principal G. L.          dances was not officially sanctioned
Lockley and his wife Mrs Lockley and Mr Des       by either government or college
Yesberg, President of the Association with his    authorities and when the College was
partner, Miss Nancy Harvey (later to become       still ‘officially’ dry.
Mrs Yesberg). Those were the days of full ball    In keeping with the theme of the
gowns, gloves and corsages for the women,         first ball, our Golden Jubilee Dinner/
dinner suits (if possible) for the men.           Dance 50 years on will include some
Dances were traditional - waltzes,                of the same dances. Ladies you had
quicksteps, foxtrots with the odd                 better look your best because the
tango or samba proving a little more              dance program might just make a
energetic. Each woman had a program               comeback! It’s all about keeping with
complete with miniature pencil to                 tradition. Our very own Principal
record the “bookings” for each dance -            Begbie is taking classes to polish
how devastating to have an incomplete             his moves on the dance floor (mind             Barbara Lockley (Merefield) and Don
program!                                          you he needs them so don’t get too             McKenzie at the first Cromwell Ball

COCA News 2004 • Page 6
                                                          memorable. The truck duly returned at           Perhaps because of the effort that had to
                                                          the appointed time and everyone arrived         be exercised under these circumstances,
                                                          back at College just as dinner was about to     ours was one of the slowest and thus last
                                                          commence.                                       tables to be completely served with coffee.
                                                                                                          As was the practice on Sunday nights,
                                                          At this point, with no one having               coffee was always served at table by one
                                                          eaten since breakfast, the smell of food        of its members. This night one of the
                                                          emanating from the dining hall was              first year students volunteered for the job.
                                                          irresistible. Someone shouted “I’m going        During the day he had thrown himself

     Bacchylympics                                        to dinner”, and that was the end of it.
                                                          There was a stampede to the rooms,
                                                          academic gowns were dragged from their
                                                                                                          completely into the spirit of the Bush
                                                                                                          Olympics and had enjoyed the occasion as
                                                                                                          much as anyone. During dinner, however,
          “It Looks Like the Bacchylympics                hangers and wrapped around clothes              his anxiety level must have also been as
                                                          reeking of alcohol, and the Olympians           high as anyone, but as he had been able
     held in 1965 weren’t the first of its kind.”         trooped into the dining hall. The hub-hub       to summon up sufficient control over
                                                          always present with the anticipation of         himself to serve everyone on our table
         From Mike Knowles (1957-1960)                    food being served ceased immediately, and       without spilling a single drop of coffee,
                                                          a total hush fell over the whole room. All      he must have relaxed a little too much
                                                          eye contact throughout the entire dining        when coming back to the table with his
                                                          hall was lost, everyone looked for ages and     own cup of coffee on his last sortie. As he
It was heart warming to read the last edition but         ages only at the food on the plate in front     spun around the chair at the end of the
one of COCA NEWS and see the prominence given             of them and, as the meal progressed, the        table to get to his seat, he took the corner
to the forthcoming 50th Anniversary Celebrations          silence became firstly painful and then         too fast and his feet slipped straight out
which I hope will draw ex-Cromwellians together           agonising. Eventually, mercifully, the          from beneath him. When his full weight
in large and enthusiastic numbers. In stimulating         desert plates were cleared away and it was      hit the floor the impact rattled every piece
memories of College days I should also like to            time for coffee. Soon it would be over, and     of cutlery and every piece of crockery on
congratulate the COCA editor on giving front-             the end was in sight.                           every glass-toped table in the entire dining
cover prominence to an event such as the1965                                                              hall. As the din subsided, silence again
Bacchylympics, complete with a shot of its active                                                         descended over the whole room. Whereas
participants in a photograph which was presumably                                                         before it had been agonising, now it was
taken at the beginning rather than the end of this                                                        unbearable.
festivity. Events of this kind in their day played a                                                      Before closing this anecdote it is perhaps
strong bonding role in the life of the College and for                                                    fitting to finish by acknowledging the role
this reason it may be of interest to relate a little to                                                   the Principal played during this dinner
the history of this activity.                                                                             episode. The Reverend Lockley was a man
Its forerunner was a similar event called                                                                 who was widely respected throughout
the Bush Olympics which was held in                                                                       College but a dinner of this kind would
1959 during the last few weeks of the                                                                     have presented him with a considerable
academic year when exams were just                                                                        challenge as to how to respond to it. If
around the corner. It was under these                                                                     he over-reacted he would run the risk of
conditions that the idea caught on of                                                                     alienating a large section of the College
having the last fling of the year. Since the                                                              who had not broken a single one of its
consumption of alcohol on the premises                                                                    rules and had organised an event off
                                                          All of us who had participated in the
was forbidden the plan was to hold the                                                                    College premises with the best will in the
                                                          Bush Olympics were fearful for the
                                                                                                          world. If he under-reacted he would be
Olympics well away from College in a                      whole of the meal that we would disgrace        in risk of losing the respect of both the
bush location. A truck was hired to take                  ourselves either by spilling food on our        student body and the Senior Common
everyone there and back so there would be                 gowns or making too much noise with             room. As it was, he handled the occasion
no risk of drink-driving. It was also agreed              the cutlery and crockery on the glass           with deft touch. His decision not to
that on returning no one would go to                      table-tops. Given the length of the day         pursue the matter after the event but put
dinner that night because of the expected                 and the amount of alcohol consumed, it          it in the past is one that several Principals
condition that everyone would be in.                      was no mean feat to call upon the degree        could have taken, but not many would
Indeed, this broad script was followed                    of coordination that was required to avert      have had the presence of mind to cut
pretty much to the letter. The day got off                disaster. To give an illustration of this,      all conversation on the High Table and
to a pleasant start with everyone yarning                 as coffee was placed before one of the          use silence as a way of indicating total
while the truck arrived, the trip to the                  members of our table, he raised the cup to      disapproval of the situation confronting
bush site was good fun, that distinctive                  his lips and tilted it to begin drinking. His   him. The result of this was twofold. Firstly,
taste of the first beer of the day was                    eyes were closed at this stage, and instead     as indicated above, it enacted a level of
relished, and then the Olympics part                      of the coffee entering his mouth, it was        pain upon all of us that was worse than
of the day began in earnest with several                  trickling down either side of his chin and      torture. Secondly, the wisdom and skill he
events of which tossing the caber, a                      falling in two small streams into the saucer    displayed on this occasion enhanced his
suitably selected log, was perhaps the most               below.                                          already substantial reputation.

                                                                                                                     COCA News 2004 • Page 7
                                                 Round Up
  Sunday                                      Round Up
                                                             continued from page 5
                                                                                         own business. We’re also becoming more
                                                                                         involved in the community of our church.
                                                                                         We recently found ourselves in need of a

  6th June                                 The late May Hancock
                                                                                         J.P, which took us to Cromwell - we didn’t
                                                                                         expect to get our photo taken! But we
                                                                                         did enjoy catching up with Hugh Begbie
                                                                                         and George McPherson, and seeing the
  BRING YOUR MEMOROBILIA                   An obituary on the late May Hancock           physical improvements to the college.
                                           was printed in The Courier-Mail               Our time at Cromwell will always have
                                           on the 5th December 2003. There               a special meaning for us. The college
  It is hoped that the whole weekend                                                     community played a very important role
                                           was a particular emphasis on her
  will be a cause for celebrations.                                                      in our university years, and we made
                                           philanthropic generosity describing
  Following on from Saturday evening’s                                                   some enduring friendships. And we keep
                                           her as one of Australia’s biggest private
  dinner the College is having its Open                                                  coming across other Cromwellians in the
                                           benefactors. The article said: “Mrs           most unexpected places!
  Day. Everybody is invited, including
                                           Hancock was recognized for her
  friends and family members of
                                           philanthropic work by an Order of
  past, present and future students. A
                                           the British Empire in 1972. At the
  thanksgiving service will be held at
                                           time of her death she was actively
  10.00 am at which the Moderator
                                           supporting more than 20 community
  of Queensland Synod of the Uniting
  Church, Rev Allan Kuchler will speak.
  This will be followed at 11.30 am by a
  buffet lunch prepared by our very own    Joel and Vivienne Corney (1992-1995)
  College chefs.                           A brief history of the Corney family:
                                                                                         Samuel, Vivienne, Ethan and Joel Corney
  There will be a modest display           Vivienne (nee Duffy) and I were married
  of past photos and some                  in 1996 in Cromwell College chapel,
                                                                                         Gordon Roseler (1964-1968 and Board Member
  memorabilia including past               the year after our graduation and with
                                                                                         for many years)
  trophies. Please feel free to            Doc. Krohn as the celebrant. Vivienne
  send in or bring on the day any          went to work for an engineering firm          The photo of the launching of RoCoca
  memorabilia you have to share            in the city, while I completed my PhD         in the April 2003 issue of COCA NEWS
                                           in physics. In 1999, we moved to              brought back a few memories and the
  with us.
                                           Copenhagen, Denmark, where I had              story is worth telling. Prior to the late
  Come to visit the College,               a postdoctoral position (in ‘nonlinear        80s the Student Association had made
  feel the power of nostalgia              optics’). Living in a strange land had        several approaches to the Board seeking
  as you wander through the                lots of unexpected challenges, but we do      support to buy another second hand shell,
  corridors, visit your old room           treasure the experience. For one thing, our   but the lack of funds always seemed in an
                                           first son, Ethan was born while we were       insurmountable hurdle.
  or identify those friends whom
                                           there. After a couple of years, we were
  you haven’t seen in years (it’s a                                                      Cromwell’s previous boat the Norm
                                           looking forward to coming home to the
  bit scary how much they can                                                            Hirst had been purchased from Brisbane
                                           familiar, and to introducing Ethan to the
  change) and book a place for                                                           Grammar more than fifteen years earlier
                                           rest of his relatives. So I managed to get
  lunch using the invitations that                                                       and it had been the pride of all rowers
                                           a research job at UQ and we moved back
                                                                                         who participated in any ICC rowing
  were sent at the beginning of            to Brisbane in 2002. Our second son,
                                                                                         event. At that time, the Association had
  the month.                               Samuel, was born later that year.
                                                                                         about $1500 in their petty cash which
  If you did not receive an                At this point in our lives, we are happy      was ear marked for a ‘special project’
  invitation please ring 3377              to start putting down some roots - we         and although the thought of a new
  1232 or email                            are settling into our house, Ethan has        rowing shell was first and foremost in the
                                           just started kindergarten, and Vivienne is    students’ minds the slush fund always
                                           getting to know the other Mum’s in the        fell short of the mark. So the Association
                                           neighbourhood, as well as establishing her    undertook the ambitious task of sourcing

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the options. As the eights were too           managed professionally and with shells       At the end of last year, I moved back
expensive we concentrated on the fours        that will be fully maintained, turned over   and approached a large law firm
and aimed for a new state of the art racing   every three years but used also by the       with some fresh ideas and concepts
shell with matching oars.                     Rowing Club of UQ Sport. Hopefully,          about opening a new Conveyancing
It was all a bit daunting when you            this will solve the rowing problem over
consider how much money we needed but         the long-term. Ed)
we all wanted to believe that with enough                                                  On the 16th of February 2004,
support and good will we would succeed.       Peter Kidd (1997-2000)                       we opened “House of Bricks
The target was a little under $10,000         Three years have passed since                Conveyancing Lawyers” and it’s all
and the shell was one of the best we          I left Cromwell and I certainly              going swimmingly well!
could find, with a laminated Kevlar core
                                              wouldn’t have predicted my current           I’m now based in Maroochydore,
hull made by Ted Hale and a set of light
                                              circumstances. I am an English /             though travelling around alot for
weight German Dryiessigacker carbon
fibre oars - the sort that our Olympians      Science / SOSE teacher at King’s             work.
were currently using.                         Christian College on the Gold Coast
                                                                                           I’d really love to hear from any fellow
                                              and enjoy seeing High School students
The Association finally sourced some                                                       Cromwellians and if any of you need
                                              growing to become tomorrow’s
extra money from the ‘tuck shop’ and                                                       some free advice on buying or selling
managed to lift their contribution to
                                              leaders. I attend Reedy Creek Baptist
                                                                                           property, send me an email to
$2,000. As days turned into weeks seeking     Church, recently bought a house in
support from the ‘Old Boys’ of the            Nerang and now feel at home on the
                                                                                           offer extends to anyone associated
60’s we were still a few hundred dollars      Coast. It would be great to hear from
                                                                                           with Cromwell.
short of the target. So I made a personal     fellow Cromwellians at
approach to John Hancock for help. He,                    Look forward to hearing from you.
like May, was always happy to give a hand
and agreed to make up the shortfall. I also                                                Melissa Schembri
recall that a couple of other Governors       Melissa Schembri
added their support but I can’t remember
their names. Through the support of the                                                    Wedding of Mara Christa
Student Association, the Old Collegians                                                    On the 6th December, Mara Christa,
Association and The Board of Governors,                                                    daughter of long-serving Board
we finally made the purchase of the racing                                                 member Professor Boris Christa,
                                                                                           married Greg Rogencamp. The
Late in 1988, the order of the composite                                                   ceremony was conducted by the
Kevlar shell was completed and the oars                                                    Principal, Rev Hugh Begbie and was
ordered. The new four and oars arrived                                                     held in the College Chapel.
during the first semester of 1989 and was
displayed outside the dining room during
Orientation Week. May Hancock was             Hello to all Cromwellians of 1997, I
invited to do the honours and launch the      hope you are happy and doing well!
boat at a special ceremony on the Uni
Boat Ramp. A few ‘Old Boys’ were lucky        A small update on my past 7 years...
enough to get a row on its maiden voyage.     After graduating from my Law &
It is sad to hear that Ro Coca is no longer   Arts degree in 2000, I caught the
in service.                                   Olympic fever and moved to Sydney
Gordon Roseler                                to practice with a city firm specialising
                                              in property law.
(It may interest Gordon and others to
know that the College has entered an          Sydney was a great career and life
agreement with UQ Sport to manage its         experience but after a few years the
rowing and supply its boats. This will be     call of Queensland became too loud           From the left, Rev Hugh Begbie,
done in conjunction with other colleges,      to ignore.                                   Professor Boris Christa, Mara and Greg

                                                                                                     COCA News 2004 • Page 9
College Anniversaries
As we move into our 50th anniversary year
it is worth recalling the wide variety of
celebrations which have been part of past
anniversaries and the sense of pride in the
college which inspired them.                     WELCOME & GRACE        —   The Principal
                                                                            The Rev. Dr. H. Clive Krohn

10 Years
                                                 THE DINNER

                                                 THE LOYAL TOAST        —   The President of the Cromwell
                                                                               Old Collegians’ Association
                                                                            Dr. E.D. McKenzie

In 1964 the Principal produced a                 GREETING               —   The Deputy Premier and
booklet, Grads and Undergrads and                                             Treasurer
                                                                            The Hon. Dr. L. R. Edwards
Fellows. The booklet was designed
to give an informal history of the               TOAST TO THE COLLEGE—      The Chairman of the Board
                                                                            Dr. R.E. Chapman
foundation and first ten years of the
College. We believe that no formal               REPLY and HISTORICAL
                                                    FOOTNOTE            —   The Rev. Dr. G. Lindsay Lockley
celebrations were arranged.
                                                 AU REVOIR              —   Dr. E.D. McKenzie                         THE G. LINDSAY LOCKLEY FUND DINNER

25 years
                                                 BENEDICTION            —   The Rev. Dr. H. Clive Krohn

                                              A copy of the original program from the 25th Jubilee Fund Raising Dinner.
It wasn’t until the year 1979,
Cromwell’s 25th anniversary, that             On the 5th June a formal dinner and                             On the 4th December a Fund Raising
the College celebrated in style. To           Chapel Service was organized. Among                             Dinner was held to establish the
mark the Silver Jubilee, six events           the guests were a number of the first                           Lockley Fund to assist students in
were spread throughout the year to            students to enter Cromwell. One of                              temporary financial need. It was
showcase Cromwell’s proud history,            the prayers used went as follows:                               recorded that $1700 was raised.
allow new students to mingle with
past students and fundraise for those         “O God, whose will it is that we

                                                                                                              30 years
less fortunate.                               should know the truth, and that the
                                              truth should make us free; give us
On the 18th February an orientation           sincerity in our questioning, honesty
dinner was held to welcome new                in our conclusions, and courage in
students. Board members and some              our obedience. Let not the love of the                          1984 proved a relatively quiet year as
Old Collegians also attended the              old blind us to that which is new, nor                          far as celebrations go, however it was
dinner. The Foundation Principal              love of novelty lead us away from the                           the year that the Carmody Wing was
spoke on the background to the                things which endure; but as we seek,                            renamed. This wing was originally
establishment and development,                help us to know that we have been                               built as accommodation for live-
helping to instill in the students a          found, that you who have called us are                          in domestic staff and later used as
sense of pride in their new home.             also working in us, and will continue                           student accommodation. The building
On the 11th March a Thanksgiving              with us to the end. This we pray                                was completely refurbished to provide
Service was held and included                 though him by whom came grace and                               en suite accommodation for visiting
representatives from other University         truth, even Jesus Christ your Son our                           scholars and senior members of the
Colleges, the University Senate,              Lord. Amen”                                                     University community. On the 3rd
church representatives and past and                                                                           June a ceremony took place and the
                                              In September a Student Disco                                    Moderator of the Uniting Church
present students.                             was arranged to raise funds for the                             Queensland Synod, the Rev Alan
On the 28th April a Jubilee Ball was          publication of the Jubilee Protector.                           Kidd, officially renamed the wing
held at the Milton Tennis Centre.             Approximately $800 was raised.                                  “The G. Lindsay Lockley Wing” as a

COCA News 2004 • Page 10
tribute to the foundation principal of
the College the Rev Dr. G. Lindsay

                                          business logic                     OF
                                         The college
                                         If you have read previous editions of COCA      its assets in non-academic time.
                                         NEWS you would be aware that the local,         This is particularly true in July
                                         state and federal governments have been         and December/January/February.
                                         seeking to increase their income from           That is why it is so important to
                                         Colleges by increasing rates, charges and       air-condition the Dining Room
                                         taxes. This seems to be consistent with their   and provide more comfortable
                                         attitude to the whole not-for-profit sector     conditions for summer.
                                         as witnessed by the recent decision of the
                                                                                         Finally, the College must manage its
                                         Salvation Army to withdraw from aged
                                                                                         costs, not by doing things cheaply
                                         care. The tax and regulation pressures are
The Rev Dr. G. Lindsay Lockley                                                           but by doing them well. One area
                                         getting too difficult to manage and much
                                                                                         where costs could be reduced but
                                         church related care is being forced into the

40 years
                                                                                         requires the co-operation of other
                                         commercial market. In relation to colleges,
                                                                                         Colleges is in the sharing of assets
                                         the policies of all levels of government over
                                                                                         such as PABX’s. This has not been
                                         the past 5 years (particularly in Brisbane)
                                                                                         done to date and it is taking time
                                         have had a huge impact on their costs and
On the 5th June 1994, a service and                                                      to convince the other colleges that
                                         consequently, their fees.
lunch was organized, with several of                                                     this is the way to go. Technological
the original members of the College      The College’s core responsibility               changes may make this easier to
                                         is to its residents. But this cannot            achieve in days to come.
in attendance, as well as many others.
                                         be done well unless the College is
Much reminiscing took place.                                                             There is, however, one thing the
                                         in a healthy financial state. It must
                                                                                         College needs to do but cannot do
                                         strive, therefore, to deal with these
                                                                                         even if it operates efficiently. While

  50 years
                                         changes to maximize its ability to
                                                                                         it can and does maintain and up-
                                         carry out its core responsibility. The
                                                                                         grade its current assets, and can even
                                         College therefore must structure its
                                                                                         borrow for new income producing
                                         fees to cover all costs, not only tax,
                                                                                         assets, it does not have the capacity
  The Golden Jubilee of the arrival      and operating costs but also those
                                                                                         to knock down and replace existing
  of the first residents is now upon     related to depreciation and asset
                                                                                         buildings. Cromwell will need to
                                         replacement. The College has been
  us with the big weekend of                                                             find the money to do this one day.
                                         doing this for a number of years and
  celebrations planned for the 5th                                                       Some of the current blocks have
                                         is accumulating the necessary cash
  and 6th June.                                                                          timber floors and are not designed
                                         to make real changes.
                                                                                         to modern fire standards. The rooms
  In 1979 it was stated:                 In addition, the College must seek              are too small and the furniture is
  “It is hoped that these                to broaden its income base. It can              not designed for modern computer
                                         do this in a number of ways. One                monitors. In addition, the College
  celebrations will infuse new life
                                         idea is to seek to build another                has a paucity of tutorial, lecture
  into the College and launch it on      parallel accommodation centre                   and board room space but again
  an ambitious path for the next 25      similar to Campus Lodge. Campus                 building such facilities does not
  years”                                 Lodge and any future self-catered               produce significant income. That is
  Much the same could be said for        centre provide additional income                why we look for help to those who
                                         but do not impact on the core                   have benefited previously from the
  the weekend of the 5th and 6th
                                         task of looking after the basic                 College. If we can raise additional
  June 2004. This is a weekend           undergraduate population. A second              capital through giving and bequests
  that shares similar dreams and         requirement is that the College                 we can consider some of these
  aspirations as those expressed in      increase its capacity to utilize                necessary but non-viable options.

                                                                                                  COCA News 2004 • Page 11
      O Week
                                                                                2004                              Lining up for the ten legged fresher race. You
                                                                                                                  can see the hats but you can’t see the colour.
                                                                                                                  It’s fluorescent pink.

    Some of the patrons                                    Some drenched freshers                                 The College “Security” at the “Casino” night

                                                                                                                       Due to a high turnover of third and
                                                                                                                       fourth years in 2003 the ‘fresher’
                                                                                                                       intake of 2004 was the largest in 8
                                                                                                                       years. It was a great week, well led and
                                                                                                                       with no complications.

    The Principal with a group of first years and           After climbing Mt Coot-tha
    leaders at Gyatt Park

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