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        Valentine Leeper, Trinity’s new Fellow
             M       iss Valentine
                     Leeper was
       formally installed as a Fellow
       of Trinity in August by her
       long-time friend and Dean of
       Melbourne, Bishop James
       Grant, after her election to a
       Fellowship by the College
       Council. The Fellowship
       recognises Miss Leeper’s long
       and devoted service to Trinity,
       and a lifetime of scholarship.
       Her installation ceremony was
       a landmark occasion in the
       College and many of Trinity’s
       Fellows were there to welcome
       her into the illustrious fold.
       She is a wonderful example of
       the value of a life-time devoted
       to education and a strong role
       model for Trinity women.
              At her installation, the
       Warden, Professor Donald             This bronze sculpture of new Fellow, Miss Valentine Leeper, was unveiled by Dame Elisabeth
       Markwell, outlined a quite           Murdoch at a dinner honouring Trinity’s founders and benefactors in October. The bronze by artist,
       remarkable life. ‘In the             Peter Corlett, will be mounted with five other eminent members of the College, two stories up on the
       acknowledgments in his               Leeper Library, looking out across the University.
       history of the College,              the first Warden as ‘Bones’ and            Her father ensured, of       Is there really such a thing as
       published to mark the                his children as ‘the ossicles’ –     course, that she was proficient    national honour? Can
       College’s centenary in 1972,         presented Valentine ‘with a          in both Latin and Greek, and       statesmen be expected to speak
       Bishop Grant paid especial           silver hand mirror “on the           like him she has been a strong     the truth?”
       thanks to Miss Valentine             occasion of her baptisement”;        defender of the place of                 These are the words of a
       Leeper for aiding his research       a new boat was named Alexa           Classics in a liberal education.   scholar of deep convictions,
       by searching her memory. Her         in her honour; and she and her             Miss Leeper has served on    committed both to high moral
       knowledge of the history of          younger siblings gained the          many committees and                values and to the public good,
       this College remains as sharp        status almost of mascots in the      contributed to Classics,           and unafraid to speak her
       and as detailed at the age of 98     College society’. Her interest       education and scholarship, the     mind.
       as it ever was. In the College’s     in the College has never             Church, public debate on                 And now, after a lifetime
       125th anniversary year,              waned.                               international affairs, and much    of scholarship, of Christian
       Professor John Poynter, the                 In scenes alas too rarely     else besides. She was a            faith, and selfless service to
       biographer of the first Warden,      replayed in the Warden’s             member of the Council of the       others, Miss Leeper has led
       Dr Alexander Leeper,                 Lodge today, Warden Leeper           League of Nations Union from       others in enabling this College
       expressed similar thanks, and        read his young children stories      1928 until 1945. In 1944, she      to have a magnificent new
                              thanks also   from the Odyssey, of which           published a characteristically     organ – one that, like her
                              for the       they were even fonder than of        thorough and rigorous attack       father, has come to us from
 The College has no           valuable      Robert and the Owl. Little           on what she saw as the British     Dublin, designed and
 higher honour, and           books and     wonder, perhaps, that                betrayal of Poland to the Soviet   constructed by a graduate of Dr
  Miss Leeper was             papers        Valentine consistently topped        Union through territorial          Leeper’s alma mater, Trinity
     awarded it               associated    her class at Melbourne Church        changes. Her booklet, Piecrust     College, Dublin.
    unanimously,              with her      of England Girls Grammar             Promises? The “Atlantic                  We honour this
enthusiastically, and         father that   School; and in 1918 became           Charter” and the Anglo-Polish      remarkable woman whom we
with richly-deserved          Miss          an undergraduate in the              Treaty, began:                     are proud to claim as “scholar,
   acclamation...             Leeper had    University of Melbourne as a               “I write this as a British   benefactor, and devoted
                              given the     non-resident student at Trinity.     subject who is deeply              daughter of the College”. We
                              College.             Her father, himself of        concerned at the policy my         have no better way to do this
       John Poynter wrote: “A               course a pioneer of women’s          nation appears to be following,    than through the election by the
       scholar by upbringing and            education, wrote of her in that      and as an Australian equally       College Council of Miss Leeper
       instinct, she has advised and        year: “Her most dominant             deeply concerned at the            as a Fellow of Trinity. The
       corrected, but never sought to       interest is religion; but she        complete lack of interest that     College has no higher honour,
       impose her own judgements.”          loves all intellectual pursuits      my fellow-countrymen seem to       and Miss Leeper was awarded
                Valentine Alexa Leeper      also. She has a fine sense of        feel in that policy, and the       it unanimously, enthusiastically,
       was born on St Valentine’s Day       literary excellence, especially in   indifference with which they       and with richly-deserved
       1900, and named in honour of         poetry. She has read The             seem to regard such things as      acclamation. Like her father
       the day and of her father. As        Faerie Queen through twice -         broken promises and public         before her, she has stood always
       our historians record, the           it is only a true lover of poetry    repudiation of solemn pledges.     ‘pro ecclesia, pro patria’: and
       students of Trinity – who knew       that could achieve that.”            Is national morality possible?     we today say thank you.’

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Postcards Letters
     Emeritus Professor Richard L        have three children – Bridget,         to San Francisco. In San Francisco          David R Benady (1993) spent
Franklin (1943) spent five and a half    Charlie, and Jon.                      she began some research in infant      six months working with young
months during 1997 working as a               Victoria J Wood (1980) is         vision at the Smith Kettlewell Eye     people at a shelter for homeless
volunteer in the Cambodian               practice manager at Stephen Jones      Research Institute. She completed      youth in London’s East End. He is
countryside. Despite third world         Eye Specialists. Her fourth            a course in Biostatistics at the       now in Uganda assisting with
conditions (and a coup d’etat) it was    daughter, Harriet, was born in         University of California (UCSF) as     programmes in rural areas.
a privilege to be able, at the age of    January.                               well as being involved with both            Julian Hunt-Smith (1996) is
72, to be of use to the really poor.          Julie R Lithgow (1981) is         adult and paediatric neuro-            entering his final year of anesthetic
     Graham Bride (1955) worked          living in Singapore representing the   ophthalmology. She returns to          training in 1999 and began surgical
for 14 years as Chaplain                 Tasmanian Tourism Commission in        work at the Royal Children’s           training this year. He will marry
Coordinator at Melbourne’s Alfred        Asia. She is engaged to Justin         Hospital, Royal Victorian Eye and      Caroline Dowling (1989) in
Hospital and then conducted              Sampson from Cobar, NSW, who           Ear Hospital and in private            January 1999.
Clinical Pastoral Education              coaches Singapore’s National           practice as an eye surgeon                  Revd Clemence Woods (1996)
programmes in Melbourne and              Rugby Team.                            specializing in paediatrics.           is a wife, a mother, and vicar of an
Darwin in 1996. In 1977 he became             Peter D Wiseman (1982)                 Patricia Cottier (1986) is Head   Anglican Parish. She is married to
Rector of St Martin’s Boroko, Port       completed his commerce degree at       of Social Science of John Septimus     Stewart Taplin who is Chaplain
Moresby, PNG.                            Melbourne University followed by       Roe AGS, Perth. She married            and Outdoor Education teacher at
     J C Kedge (1958) is working for     a Post Graduate Diploma in             Chris Harris in 1992. Their first      Tintern Anglican Girls School, East
the Navy in the Defence Department       Agricultural Economics at the          child was born in 1996 and their       Ringwood. They have two
on explosive design and safety           University of New England. After       second is due in December 1998.        daughters, Elizabeth and Christina.
management. For relaxation he            working for ten years in the grain          Elizabeth M Barnett (1987) is
sings with the Llewellyn Choir and       industry (mainly with the              studying for a law degree, after
SCUNA in Canberra and camps              Australian Wheat Board), Peter has     working in marketing for IBM
with the family in the bush from         gone back to university full time,     Australia for six years. She           HONOURS
time to time.                            undertaking a Bachelor of Health       married Tom Richards in 1993,
     Richard Guy (1964), Chairman        Science in Occupational Therapy at     and is working as a solicitor in       Australia Day 1998
of Bendigo Bank, has established the     the University of Newcastle.           Minter Ellison’s Intellectual          Dr John Barton BEST (1958) of
Community Bank which returns                  Richard Hill (1982) married       Property Practice, specializing in     Balmain, NSW AM
banking services to small towns in       Diana Cudmore (1984) in July.          information technology and               For service to healthcare quality
regional Australia. Richard recently     Richard and Diana live in Adelaide     telecommunications law. Daughter         assurance through creation of Peer
met Graeme Kidd (former Trinity          where Richard is Associate Editor      Lucinda was born in February.            Review Resource Centre and as
                                                                                                                         foundation editor, Australian
tutor), Mayor of Cardinia, at the        for The Australian Medicine                 Andrew G Tulloch (1987,
                                                                                                                         Clinical Review.
opening of the Community Bank in         Handbook and Diana teaches             tutor 1995-96) moved to Singapore
Lang Lang, Gippsland.                    English to students at the Open        in January to take up a position in    Peter Mark BUTLER (1972) of
     Dr David A Ellerman (1965) is       Access College via telephone           the Australian High Commission.        Toorak, Vic OAM
working in Adelaide as Evaluation        conference link up.                    Andrew’s role is to encourage            For service to children and families
                                                                                                                         through Berry Street Inc and
and Research Manager for Living               Edward H C Bailey (1983) is       companies to locate new
                                                                                                                         promotion of pro bono
Health after resigning his position of   practising as a Solicitor with         investments in Australia.                legal activities.
Associate Professor of Psychology in     Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks.              Fiona H Smith (1988) spent
the University of Southern               He was married in St Peter’s           1997 travelling and studying,          Dr Harold Robert ELPHICK
Queensland.                              Chapel, Melbourne Grammar              including a summer school in           (1937), CBE , of Crawley, WA AM
                                                                                                                         For service to thoracic medicine and
     Alex del Porto (1972) was           School, in October 1997 to             ‘Political Economy of
                                                                                                                         management and surveillance of
recently elected Mayor of Bayside,       Yasuko Kawahara of Nagano,             Development’ at the LSE. She now         tuberculosis, and as president
Sandringham and is serving a one         Japan. They recently travelled to      lives in Sydney, working on              Australian Council of Smoking and
year term.                               her home city for the winter           Olympic overlay as an architect for      Health in WA.
     Helen and John Hunter (1973)        Olympics.                              Woods Bagot.
recently returned to Australia after          Lisa Hayes (nee Landy) (1983)          Peter Sheridan Dodds (1988)       Queen’s Birthday 1998
two years’ service at St John’s          married Peter in March. They live      married Aimee Elizabeth Picchi in      Professor Antony Wilkes BURGESS
Cathedral, Port Moresby. John had        in the central highlands of            New York in January. Peter is a        (1965) of Camberwell, Victoria AC
a challenging and significant            Tasmania where they operate a          doctoral candidate in applied            For service to scientific research and
ministry as Dean and Personal            guided fly fishing service for         mathematics and geophysics at the        clinical medicine, particularly
Chaplain to the Prime Minister, and      Tasmania’s renowned wild brown         Massachusetts Institute of               through research into the early
Helen offered an energetic, creative     trout.                                 Technology, where he is a Fulbright      diagnosis and treatment of cancer,
and demanding counselling ministry.           Michael Gronow (1984) is at       Scholar.                                 and for developing structures to link
                                                                                                                         diverse research units to facilitate the
     Michael Heinz (1973) has            the Victorian Bar, where he has             Kirstin McIntosh (1989) is
                                                                                                                         exchange of information and
retired from a highly successful         been since 1997. His wife Sharon       returning to China after working         protocols for the most effective
cricket career, and is now developing    Mulready (1986) is continuing to       for a year in Singapore. She will be     means of treating cancer.
his interests in the racing industry.    enjoy teaching at Melbourne            studying Mandarin part-time at the
                                                                                                                       The Most Revd Dr Peter Frederick
     Peter L Bell (1974) has entered     Grammar. They are expecting their      Beijing 2nd Foreign Language
                                                                                                                       CARNLEY (1962) of Perth,
the field of precast concrete            second child in August. In the         Institute, and working part-time
                                                                                                                       Western Australia AO
manufacturing, after 20 years in the     meantime Sharon is singing at St       for Lend Lease Asia as a Market
                                                                                                                         For service to the Anglican Church
premixed concrete and quarrying          Peters Eastern Hill and                Analyst.                                 of Australia and to the community
industries The family are enjoying       occasionally at Trinity.                    Fr. Charles T Whitton (1990)        through his contributions to
the surf on Queensland’s Sunshine             Matthew J A McGuigan-Lewis        spent three years as rector of the       theology, the nurturing of
Coast.                                   (1984) recently attended the           Parish of Cressy (Tasmania). Fr          ecumenicalism between the churches
     Edward F Billson (1978) lives in    wedding of Darren Kerr (1984) in       Charles and his family then moved        and their faiths, and in the cause of
Hong Kong and works on Tsing 71          Sydney to Jacinta Ellis, a partner     to Hobart where he was inducted          social justice.
Railway Station and at                   with Law firm Ebsworth &               as rector of the parish of Bellarive   Dr Donald James ST JOHN (1959)
Dragonairlines corporate                 Ebsworth.                              on May 1.                              of Malvern, Victoria AM
headquarters. He sailed to Subic              Susan Carden (1985) has                Paula L Jinks (1992) is             For service to medicine, particularly
Bay, Philippines, in the South China     returned after an 18 month sojourn     practising as a property valuer with     in the field of gastroenterology and
Sea Race 1998, coming fourth in his      in the United States. She              Armstrong Biggs & Co. She                research into the causes and means
division.                                completed a fellowship in              recently became engaged to Sam           of early detection of colorectal
     Susan O’Shea (1980) married         Paediatric Ophthalmology in            a’Beckett (1993) who is teaching at
Andrew McDonald in 1989. They            Cincinnati, Ohio before relocating     Brighton Grammar.

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                                              calling to be a deacon or servant.       significantly, that ‘social service,    alike. In Bishop James Grant’s
      Deaths of                                     He was proud to have served in
                                              the Royal Navy. He was wounded
                                                                                       long a peripheral activity, was
                                                                                       bought into a much more
                                                                                                                               words, ‘He never had any doubt
                                                                                                                               about who and what he was.’
      College Members                         early in the war when a bomb
                                              landed on London’s St Thomas’s
                                                                                       prominent place’. This involved
                                                                                       practice work-parties for the
                                                                                                                               His orientation was clearly
                                                                                                                               catholic, and he was conservative
      We note with regret these deaths
                                              Hospital where he had been               Brotherhood of St Laurence as           in liturgical matters. He
      recorded since the last edition.
                                              chaplain since 1937. After a period      well as discussion and reflection       understood and conveyed through
      William Lyndsay ABBOTT (1964)           of convalescence and reflection, he      on social issues. Alfred Bird also      his reverence the importance of
      Bruce Stratton ALLSOP (1974)            enlisted in the Royal Navy               contributed to Trinity’s academic       the sacraments and especially of
                                              Volunteer Reserve and faced the          tutorial program by giving classes      the eucharist. He could not abide
      Thomas Raymond BLAMEY (1933)            dangers of trans-Atlantic convoys        in History.                             fussy ritualism or pompous show.
      James Douglas BUTCHART (1944)           for several years. The Pacific Fleet          Before leaving Trinity, Alfred     He loved the great tradition of
      Alan Henry CASH (1941)                  brought him to Australia on HMS          Bird spent a year in England at St      English Church music and he
                                              Striker, where he met the daughter       Augustine’s College, Canterbury,        sang the priest’s part for the
      Thomas Russell CLARK (1932)
                                              of the Rector of St John’s               where he was Chaplain. He               choral services beautifully. He
      James Adrian COURT (1949)               Darlinghurst, Ellie Lucas. On 27         returned to Melbourne and               found a spiritual home equally in
      Francis Denys CUMBRAE-                  August 1945 they were married in         became Vicar of St Andrew’s             the Trinity College Chapel, Christ
      STEWART (1926)                          St John’s. Ellie was destined to         Aberfeldie in 1962. In 1964 he          Church Brunswick and St John’s
                                              enjoy many years with Alfred in          was appointed Registrar of the          Dee Why. He also regretted the
      Ian Campbell GALBRAITH (1934)
                                              Melbourne where they both made           Melbourne College of Divinity, a        widespread eclipse in recent years
      John Macleod GOOCH (1937)               many friends, but she has always         position he held until 1975. This       of the Book of Common Prayer
      Raymond John HARPER (1949)              remained at heart a Sydney girl,         drew on his academic knowledge          and of its noble language.
                                              and was happy when Alfred                and sympathies and revealed his               Many of Alfred’s friends in
      Edward Stuart Reginald HUGHES
                                              suggested that they live there in        excellent administrative skills.        the Trinity family and beyond felt
                                              retirement.                                   After he had retired from the      a sense of personal loss on
      John Rickett HUBBARD (1939)                   After his marriage, Alfred         MCD, the then-Warden of Trinity,        hearing of his death on 29
      George Briscoe KERFERD (1933)           became Chaplain successively of          Dr Evan Burge, invited him to           January 1998 at the age of eighty-
                                              New England Girls’ School in             return to the College in 1977 as its    seven. He never lost the spark of
      Ian Home MCKENZIE (1945)
                                              Armidale NSW and of Eastbourne           Records Officer and Archivist.          youth. We extend our love and
      Margaret Helen MCKINNEY                 College in England. He returned in       Alfred’s abiding interest in the        sympathy to Ellie. Alfred was one
      (Widow of Dr Richard McKinney)          third term 1951 for his best-known       College’s former students, his          of nature’s gentlemen, one whose
      John William MORELAND (1939)            work as Chaplain of Trinity College      training as a historian and his         life was marked by many gifts of
                                              in succession to the Revd John           meticulous attention to detail          grace. Trinity, like many other
      Revd John Espenett ROMANIS
                                              Falkingham. He was the College’s         resulted in a transformation of the     places, has been blessed through
                                              first married Chaplain and held this     College’s records. He carefully         his ministry, scholarship,
      Henry Francis Howden SELLECK            position with distinction and grace      sought out the names, addresses,        friendship, hospitality, and
      (1935)                                  until 1962.                              degrees and other details of its        dedication. After a choral
      George William SOBEE (1929)                   In those years, as again in        former students, and so enabled         Requiem in the Chapel on 27
      Robert John SOUTHEY (1940)              1998, the Chaplain of Trinity was        the widespread distribution of the      April 1998, his ashes were laid to
                                              responsible both for the pastoral        Trinity College Newsletter.             rest in the College grounds. We
      Alexander William STEWART               care of the College as a whole and       Thanks to his work, the College         thank God for one who truly
      (1931)                                  for the overall training and             was able to publish in 1983 an          fulfilled Trinity’s motto, Pro
      Thomas Victor WALPOLE (1936)            formation of the theological             almost complete book of The             Ecclesia, Pro Patria.
                                              students. Alfred and Ellie lived in      Names and Addresses of the                          Revd Dr Evan L. Burge
                                              the heart of the College, on the top     Members of Trinity College.
     OBITUARIES                               floor of the Leeper Building. With       Partially superseded by a new
     FROM THE EDITOR: We apologise            his warm and gentle manner and           edition only in 1997, Alfred Bird’s                        Thomas
                                              the support of his wife, who shared      work in this area remains
     that TRINITYToday has had to
                                              with him the virtue of gracious          permanently valuable and has
     hold over a number of obituaries                                                                                                             Blamey
                                              hospitality, Alfred won the              contributed greatly to the College’s
     until the next issue.                    friendship and respect of all - staff,   sense of itself as a world-wide                             9 AUGUST 1914
                                              secular and theological students         family.                                                     - 16 MARCH
     The Revd Alfred Bird                     alike. Although small, averaging              On Sunday 22 September                                 1998
     11 AUGUST 1910 - 29 JANUARY 1998         about ten students each year, the        1985, Alfred celebrated the                   Tom Blamey was born in
          Alfred Bird was the kind of         Trinity Theological School under         Golden Jubilee of his ordination to     Melbourne to General (later Field
     priest that everyone loved. He was       his guidance continued to produce        the priesthood. The following           Marshall and Sir) Thomas Blamey
     learned but carried his erudition        outstanding clergy who were              Thursday a large congregation           and Minnie Millard on 9 August
     lightly; he was a quiet man of deep      destined for leadership in the           from Trinity and Christ Church          1914, five days after the outbreak
     spirituality but had knowledge           Church. They included future             Brunswick assembled in the Trinity      of World War 1.
     born of experience of the rougher        Archbishops of Melbourne and             Chapel for a joyous Eucharist of              He attended preparatory
     side of life; he was English but         Brisbane, Bishops of Canberra-           Thanksgiving, with music by the         school in Melbourne and
     totally committed to his life in         Goulburn and Tasmania, Deans of          Choir of Christ Church. Later in        Wimbledon (UK) before
     Australia. He was a person of            Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne,           the Dining Hall, Alfred spoke           Melbourne Grammar, where he
     quiet wisdom and deep                    and many other competent and             simply about his sense of divine        was ‘an exemplary student’,
     compassion.                              faithful priests.                        providence over the years. ‘We are      matriculating in 1932 with 1st
          Born in Barrow-in-Furness in              James Grant notes in               celebrating my fifty years in the       Class Honours in French, Latin
     Cumbria, he graduated with               Perspective of a Century (p.100)         priesthood,’ he said, ‘but I am also    and English and winning General
     honours in History from Keble            that Alfred Bird’s chaplaincy was        celebrating forty years of happy        Proficiency and English Prizes.
     College in Oxford and prepared           marked by greater seriousness in a       married life.’                          He served as Prefect and as
     for ordination at Bishops’ College,      number of areas. He instances the             It remains to say something of     Lieutenant in the Cadet Corps,
     Cheshunt. In 1934 he was                 standard of performance of the           him as a priest. This was such a        and was a valued member of the
     ordained a deacon, and the next          Chapel Choir, the growing                natural and integrated aspect of        rifle team and camera club and an
     year a priest in Carlisle Cathedral.     attention to public affairs through      him that he was able to relate with     accomplished swimmer.
     His vocation as a priest remained a      speakers sponsored through the           ease to people of all ages and                He entered Trinity College in
     central focus for his life, as did his   Rusden Club, and concludes,              walks of life, believers and sceptics   1933 on a Non-Resident

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Exhibition to study law. In a         Executive, and became Comalco’s       sea at Mornington to which they        equally during his retirement, when
brilliant academic career Blamey      General Manager, Administration.      moved permanently in 1978. A           he cared for forty parishes as locum
won numerous prizes: Exhibition            Over three decades “TRB”         carefully planted garden of            tenens, this came close to the truth.
and 1st. Class Honours in Law of      was a key behind-the-scenes           Australian natives, bird-watching,          The son of the Revd Charles
Property in Land 1935; Jessie         shaper of the emerging Australian     camping trips through Australia,       Clark and Catherine, née Hope, he
Leggatt Scholarship on Law of         mining industry. Widely regarded      and their families and friends were    had strong clerical connections.
Property in Land and                  as a leading draftsman of complex     among their greatest pleasures.        Charlie Clark was gifted in music,
Conveyancing 1936; E J B Nunn         legal agreements and one of our       Sue also contracted cancer, Tom        rugby and cricket and was a stylish
Scholarship and Supreme Court         nation’s most able commercial         again being faced with a long          batsman. He served as a chaplain at
Judges Prize for Final Honours in     lawyers, particularly in              period of care for his loved one       Long Bay Gaol in Sydney and as a
Laws 1937. He competed on             international partnerships and        until March 1992.                      stretcher-bearer at Gallipoli. He
Melbourne University swimming         finance, he was instrumental in the        Beside his membership of the      brought his family from Kempsey
and water polo teams 1934-36 and      formation or development of           Naval & Military Club and the          NSW to Victoria in 1922, when he
was an early member of the Ski        many important mining and             Frankston Golf Club, he was an         became Vicar of Cowes on Phillip
Club of Victoria. He earned his       processing ventures which have        active member of Peninsula Legacy      Island. While attending his first
Bachelor of Laws in 1936 and          underpinned Australia’s economy.      where his impressive legal             Australian Rules match, he decided
Master of Laws in 1937.                    He was involved closely in the   background and caring nature           to barrack for Geelong, a loyalty
     He was Law Tutor at Trinity      original “Australianisation” of       greatly helped many war widows         Russell inherited. On his mother’s
College in 1938-39 while working      the Zinc Corporation, the group’s     to cope with life.                     side, Russell was the great great
as a Barrister. Before World War II   early activities at Rum Jungle,            He died unexpectedly in           great grandson of the Revd Samuel
he served in the Citizens’ Military   Heron’s Creek Timber Mills,           March 1998 after complications         Marsden, the colonial chaplain and
Forces Royal Australian Artillery     Sulphide Corporation, Cobar, and,     arising from an heart attack.          magistrate. (‘He was not a cruel
and received his commission in        later, Dampier.                       Family, friends and associates         man, he was severe man,’ their
1936.                                      But it was at Comalco that       attended a funeral service arranged    great grandmother told Russell and
     On the outbreak of war, he       Tom Blamey really made his mark.      by his sons at The Necropolis,         Manning when they were boys.)
joined the Australian Infantry        From the detailed negotiations and    Springvale, where his ashes are        Russell’s mother was the
Forces in the 2nd./2nd. Field         legal agreements that established     being laid to rest beside Joy and      granddaughter of a gentler man, the
Regiment. From Staff College at       it, he secured long-term mining       Sue.                                   Revd Thomas Hassall. She was also
Haifa (Palestine) he was posted as    tenure over the extensive new              Tom Blamey, for all his           the sister of Fr John Hope of
Adjutant to that regiment for 10      Weipa bauxite deposits, breaking      achievements, was a quiet, modest,     Sydney’s Christ Church St
months. He then served as Liaison     new ground in complex legislation     self-effacing gentleman. Generous      Laurence.
Officer to the 1st. Australian        enshrined by the state of             and principled, his keen intellect          At his jubilee celebrations in
Corps; Personal Assistant to the      Queensland which became the           and respect for the power and          March 1989, Russell spoke warmly
Commander in Chief, Middle East       cornerstone of Comalco. He was        precision of language came with a      of his two siblings. ‘We are a close
(his father); GSO III at              there at the beginning of the Bell    most considerate and caring inner      family,’ he said, ‘and we are very
Headquarters 1st. Australian          Bay (Tas.) alumina refinery. He       nature. While he felt the              close brothers, Manning and I. The
Corps; and, from April 1942 to        drafted the partnership with          disappointments and sadnesses in       only things we do not talk about
September 1943, Liaison Officer       British Aluminium for developing      his life keenly, he never allowed      are religion and politics. The
on the Australian Military Mission    the bauxite deposits and British’s    himself to be a burden on others.      reason, of course, is that I know far
to Washington DC. Returning to        subsequent replacement by Kaiser      He will be greatly missed by the       more about both than he does.’ He
Australia, Tom Blamey was             Aluminum of the USA.                  many whose lives he touched,           went on to speak lovingly about
appointed G.S.O. I Combined                Other novel and successful       particularly by his sons Ted and       their younger sister Hope. While he
Operations, Advanced HQ               agreements pioneered by “TRB”         Terry and his grandchildren Tom,       and Manning were students at
(Brisbane, then New Guinea).          included: Lake Manapouri in New       Georgia and Kate.                      Trinity College she contracted polio
When the war ended he held the        Zealand (hydroelectricity); the            Well done, good and faithful      and spent five years on the ‘death
rank of Lt. Colonel. He was           Queensland Alumina international      servant. Rest In Peace.                imminent’ list. Hope made a
awarded the MBE for his wartime       consortium; the Eurallumina                                    Ted Blamey    complete recovery.
services.                             consortium (alumina in Sardinia,                                                  At Melbourne Grammar,
     While in Washington he met       Italy); aluminium metal at Bluff                                             Russell excelled at cricket, football
and married Georgia C. Roberts,       (NZ) and Gladstone (Qld.);                                                   and athletics. At Trinity, which he
of Connecticut and Amarillo           Comalco’s joint venture with                            Canon Russell        entered in 1932, his sporting
Texas, working in real estate and     Pechiney (Gove); aluminium                              Clark OAM            prowess, his status as College
free-lance photography (August        fabrication (Yennora); the public                       3 DECEMBER 1912      billiard champion and captain of
1942). They subsequently had two      float of Comalco, its major                             – 22 JULY 1998       cricket, and his genial nature saw
sons, both born in Melbourne: Ted     financing arrangements and its                                               him, unusually for a theolog,
(1945) and Terry (1950), both of      administration, including a highly                                           elected Senior Student for 1934.
whom attended Trinity in the          regarded superannuation scheme.            Few Anglican priests in           Relations between the Warden, Dr
1960s. “Joy” Blamey became a               He undertook the Harvard         Melbourne have been so widely          (later Sir) John Behan, and the
highly successful and much-loved      University Advanced Management        known and loved as the late            students were then at an all-time
interior decorator in Melbourne.      Program at the University of          Canon Russell Clark, elder brother     low. The Warden, concerned about
     At the end of World War II,      Hawaii in 1960. He served as a        of the historian Manning Clark.        excessive drinking, had closed the
but for meagre financial              Director on a number of               The golden jubilee of his              buttery and the students petitioned
circumstances, Tom Blamey would       associated company boards,            ordination to the priesthood           for his removal. Student leaders had
have pursued a very promising         including Dampier Salt and            attracted a packed congregation to     left or been expelled. Russell’s
career at the Bar. Instead he         Comalco Industries. After 28 years    St John’s Camberwell on 12             optimism and genuine care helped
accepted a post as Legal Officer,     with CRA/Comalco he retired in        March 1989, as did his funeral         Trinity to be once more the happy
Broken Hill Associated Smelters       1974, fulfilling a long-term aim to   and requiem on 28 July 1998.           and creative place that it has been
(1946). In 1948 he was appointed      do so on his 60th birthday.           Partly because of the numerous         for almost all its history.
Legal Officer and Assistant                Georgia (Joy) had died after a   baptisms and weddings he                    Russell was ordained priest by
Manager of Consolidated Zinc          long battle with cancer in April      conducted and his boundless            Archbishop Head in St Paul’s
(later CRA) and then Manager,         1971. He married again in 1972        interest in people, it was said that   Cathedral, Melbourne, on 20
Legal. On the formation of            to Jean Boyd Kelsall (Sue), a         he knew half the people of             February 1939. He then served as a
Commonwealth Aluminium                prominent Melbourne                   Melbourne and the other half           curate at Christ Church,
Corporation he was sought out by      physiotherapist. They designed        knew him. Within Anglican circles      Brunswick, where a number of
Donald Hibberd, its first Chief       and built a home overlooking the      during his official ministry and       future priests spent Friday

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     mornings learning from him, and        their three children he and Eirène      opportunity to observe that over         John Elston Gardener
     at St Andrew’s, Brighton.              provided a home sheltered from          the ten years we were members            14 OCTOBER 1943 –
          During a walking holiday in       the sadnesses and tragedies that        together on that Council.                 26 NOVEMBER 1997
     the Otways he met Eirène Balfour,      were so much a part of Russell’s             Subsequently, we met and                 Dr John Gardener, an
     daughter of a Presbyterian minister.   daily ministry. At his funeral, his     communicated from time to time           eminent medical scientist who
     They were married on 2 June 1941,      son Tim spoke of their ‘rich and        in association with Trinity College.     had been a resident student in
     an enduring and creative               colourful family life’. As well as      And those who know have told me          Trinity from 1962 to 1965, died
     partnership. Later, Eirène became a    being a devoted husband, father,        in glowing terms about Jim’s stint       in England in November 1997 at
     loved and respected librarian. She     and grandfather of three, Russell       of service for that institution as a     the age of fifty-four. After a
     was Leeper Librarian in Trinity        was an unfailing correspondent to       member of the governing body.            sustained fight against cancer he
     from 1985 to 1988.                     friends and family. His favourite       The words used were ‘he was              finished his earthly race with
          Five years as a chaplain in the   recreations were plying his             absolutely committed’ – it was           courage and dignity, continuing
     RAAF followed Russell’s marriage.      unorthodox swing at the                 clearly a re-run of his efforts for St   his scientific work almost to the
     Reaching the USA on a troopship        Metropolitan Golf Club and              Catherine’s School.                      end. Simple goodness, a
     bound for England, he managed to       roaring support to the Cats at               And besides his formal duties       satisfaction in one’s work,
     meet Norma Shearer, his favourite      Kardinia Park. His coffin was           he was wholeheartedly loyal and          perseverance, loyalty, courtesy,
     film star, in Los Angeles and Betty    adorned with red roses from             generous to his Alma Mater,              humility, consideration for
     Grable in New York, where he also      Eirène, his priest’s scarf, and a       Trinity. Sometimes this involved         others, responsiveness to love and
     made an address in reply to a          Geelong scarf.                          specific financial guidance to           beauty, harmony in life, and
     welcome from Eleanor Roosevelt.             At his funeral Archdeacon          individuals, at others supporting        music in one’s soul – all these
     Less glamorously, he faced             Stan Moss aptly applied to Russell      College appeals and social               John had in fullest measure.
     hardship and illness in Papua-New      Clark words used of another Son         occasions. Those latter ever                  John’s funeral took place in
     Guinea. After the war he was Vicar     of Encouragement: ‘He was a good        brought forth smiles and warm            England at St Peter’s Church,
     at St John’s Croydon, Christ           man, full of the Holy Spirit and of     participation especially in the          Streatham, on 1st December
     Church Brunswick, Holy Trinity         faith.’ If his brother Manning          company of his contemporaries.           1997, and a Requiem Eucharist
     Hampton, St John’s East Malvern,       taught us to look with the eye of            Reflecting now for a moment         giving thanks for his life was held
     and St John’s Camberwell, where        pity, Russell showed us how to          on my knowledge of the public            in the Trinity Chapel on 14
     he served for 16 years.                pour oil and wine on the wounds         side (you might say) of Jim’s life,      March.
          His reputation grew as a priest   of suffering humanity.                  there is much that compares                   John was exceptionally clever
     of infectious joy and great love for                 Revd Dr Evan L. Burge     favourably with the teaching and         from boyhood. Farm machinery
     his people. Russell was always                                                 attributes of the Lord himself.          and clocks fascinated him. He
     ready to help the sick, the anxious                                                 One of Jesus’ favourite             became expert at taking them
     and the bereaved. At his funeral his   James Adrian Court                      expressions was to ‘Be of good           apart, putting them together, and
     younger colleague Stan Moss said       8 MAY 1929 – 19 OCTOBER 1998            cheer’ – be positive, joyful and         fixing them when they went
     he was ‘effective and authoritative    This is the text of an address by the   enthusiastic about life and about        wrong. These practical skills,
     in the pulpit, and dignified in his    Venerable Stan Moss at a                tomorrow. That, it seems to me,          allied with his later theoretical
     liturgical role. He preached simply    Memorial Service for Jim Court,         was a continuum in Jim’s                 knowledge, were to stand him in
     and with conviction.’ An obituary      St John’s Toorak, 22 October 1998       personality.                             good stead in his pioneering life’s
     in The Age (31 July 1998) quotes            We first met in 1949 as fellow          Another of Jesus’ major             work. He was clever but never
     the journalist Keith Dunstan: ‘His     students at Trinity College at the      themes, expressed both in deed           conceited or arrogant. If
     sermons were marked by relevance,      University of Melbourne. I was in       and word, was that of service to         anything, he was inclined to
     clarity, and a strong intellectual     my last year: he in his first.          others. ‘I am among you’ (he said        underrate his own work. Had he
     underpinning.’ Dunstan                 Despite the gulf (which in early        to the disciples) ‘as one who            not had such a strong character
     particularly recalled three sermons    years seems much greater than in        serves’ and that feature was also        and perseverance in the face of
     on The Power of the Church in          later life) I came to know him          well to the fore in Jim’s outlook.       discouragement, he could not
     Healing as a fine piece of             better than most of those of his        Noblesse Oblige! The obligation          have made such outstanding use
     intellectual argument.                 year. That was, I think, because of     to give something back. ‘To whom         of his great talents.
          Russell also became known as      his out-going personality. He was,      much is given, much is required.’             He came from Gippsland.
     a raconteur with an endless supply     despite his youth, both friendly        Ingrained selfishness or stalling        A good deal of the countryside
     of anecdotes, sometimes recycled,      and people-centred, enthusiastic        reluctance were not part of Jim’s        remained in him even when he
     who loved jokes and frequently         and uncomplicated. He got on            make-up. Neither was                     was in the city, surrounded in the
     laughed so much at his own that he     well with others and consequently       niggardliness.                           lab by sophisticated technology.
     became almost unintelligible. No-      was a good college man.                      ‘Give’, say Jesus, ‘and it will     He loved bush-walking and
     one was a greater master of the             So it was warming for me to        be given to you’, good-measure,          cross-country skiing. In the Blue
     chortle and guffaw – and he was        meet him some 30 years later on         pressed down, running over, to           Mountains, in Tasmania and
     never censorious or unkind.            the Council of St Catherine’s           which saying one could                   around Arthur’s Pass in New
          Russell served on many boards     School. By now he was a mature          appropriately lay alongside              Zealand, as well as at Perisher
     and councils. For years he             person, knowledgeable and skilled       another: ‘Do not let your left           Valley and Smiggin Holes, he
     contributed to Melbourne               in his profession and highly            hand know what your right is             could revel at once in physical
     Grammar School, Camberwell             regarded by his fellow council          doing’. In other words don’t             effort and elevation of spirit. In
     Girls’ Grammar and Firbank Girls’      members. The same character             trumpet your good work!                  his honour, a group of his friends
     School, as well as the Melbourne       traits expressed themselves. He              Jim was not so much a               from younger days, together with
     Diocesan Council, the Australian       was patently eager to advance the       church-going Christian (although         his sister Anne, joined in a bush
     Board of Missions and the St           best interests of the school and        he had no antipathy to                   walk near Sydney during the
     John’s Homes for Boys and Girls.       gave generously of his time and         worshipping on particular                1998 Anzac Day weekend.
     He spread goodwill and                 attention to achieve that. With         occasions) as a Christian in                  John was very musical. At
     encouragement before and after the     him there was no offensive self-        practice. My understanding is that       Caulfield Grammar he played the
     meetings. In 1982 he was made          assertion about his advice on           he lived by the Christian ethic,         piano and the double bass. He
     Canon Emeritus of St Paul’s            financial matters, but rather a         which (as Jesus said) is an              found less scope for music as a
     Cathedral and in 1986 was              cooperative willingness to explain      unmistakable sign of inner               science student in Trinity College
     awarded the Medal of the Order of      with clear articulation his position.   genuiness and integrity. ‘By their       but opportunities for music-
     Australia for service to the           And his advice was vindicated           fruits you shall know them’.             making were not lacking in the
     community.                             again and again. He was a first                                                  University. He took up the
          Russell Clark loved his work      rate team member, gracious in               More on Jim Court will               classical guitar and the cello. He
     and never doubted his faith. For       manner and speech and I had good        appear in the next edition. Ed.          loved singing. As a postgraduate

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student at the University of NSW           people and using his skills to       his theology, guided him.               among the Church’s human
he was president of the University         introduce brand new ideas                  Why was he a member of the        weaknesses; he had some
Choral Society. Later, in London,          and techniques into medicine.        Army? Not because he was a              reservation about the way the
he commissioned the making of a            He succeeded and we are all          militarist and wanted war as a          ordination of women matter was
lute. Through music, in London at          very proud of him.                   means of eradicating ugliness; it       handled, he had his reservations
the age of forty, he met his wife            Trinity extends its deep           was because he had a great sense of     about new popularist forms of
Suzanne. There is reason to hope        sympathy to John’s mother, to his       duty (old fashioned to some             worship but for all this he knew
that their gift will live on in their   sister Anne Elliott and brother-in-     nowadays) and also surely because       that the Church was one of the
children. Their son James sang Pie      law Ray Elliott, and to his wife        he was a lover of peace; peace          great pillars of that community
Jesu from Fauré’s Requiem at his        Suzanne and their children James,       being essential to the best form of     which he served so
father’s funeral.                       David and Catherine, aged at the        life in harmony with God.               wholeheartedly. Not just because
     John’s work in medical             time of John’s death respectively             He was a lover of the ballet      the Church mediated that
physics, especially in the use of       13, 12 and 6. The College also          not because he was a Bunthorn           sacramental food which he
computers for three-dimensional         shares with his family a sense of       dilettante, but because of a love for   wanted at the centre of his
imaging, was known throughout           pride that John achieved so much,       the beauty of creative and artistic     sustenance but because it provided
Europe, the USA and Australia.          that his legacy will live on, and       movement, for the arts are in the       companionship in the worship of
Here is part of a tribute in a letter   that he made exemplary use of his       forefront in giving us foretastes of    the triune God whom he knew.
written to John and Suzanne’s           great talents and the time given to     heaven. For God is beauty.              He would talk of the efficacy of
young children by Professor             him. We may apply to him, with                He loved and served the           prayer, of conversation with his
Roland Blackwell, Head of the           gratitude, the words of St Paul:        political process not, I suggest,       creator. No doubt he harmonised
Department of Medical Physics and            He has fought the good fight,      because of a want for personal          with some words of Thomas More
Bioengineering at the Middlesex         he has finished the race, he has        power but because of a realization      just before his death: ‘Pray for me
Hospital in London:                     kept the faith.                         that the welfare of the State was at    and I will pray for you and all
        Everyone enjoyed working                    Revd Dr Evan L. Burge       the heart of the City which             your friends, that right merrily we
   with your father because he                                                  provided the welfare of his fellow      may meet together in heaven.’
   was always very pleasant to be                                               creatures.                                     His worship of God was, I
   with. He did not show off,           Robert John Southey                           Bob was an outstanding man        know, not the result of a desire for
   even though he was very              20 MARCH 1922 –                         who knew both how to command            a crutch over the rocky path of
   clever. He knew that he didn’t       29 SEPTEMBER 1998                       as well as how to obey. His respect     everyday life nor was it the result
   know everything, and worked          The address given by The Revd           for authority was certainly based       of a superstitious fear of the
   closely with other scientists as     Ray Gregory at the Memorial             not on dictatorship, but on the         eternal boss; it was somehow
   part of a team…                      Service for Sir Robert at St Paul’s     realisation that without a firm         related to the vision splendid
        He was given the task of        Cathedral, 16 October 1998              trellis, the vine of humanity cannot    where ugliness and ignorance and
   trying to help doctors discover           One of Bob’s stories, as           grow safely. And he knew heaven is      selfishness and loneliness will be
   diseased parts of their patients’    Marigold reminded me, was of            not a democracy where rules are         done away in the brilliance of the
   bodies without causing any           two fanatical lawn bowlers.             arbitrary.                              light of the resurrection life for
   discomfort or damage,                When they got on a bit, they                  He was a lover of ancient         which his seventy six years were
   particularly using ultrasound        agreed that the first one to go off     Greek, not because of a reclusive,      just a preparation.
   waves. He was very good at           should contact the other to give a      elitist antiquarian tendency but               He knew St Augustine’s
   using powerful computers to          report. Three weeks went by after       because Greek was a basic vehicle       definition of the eighth day of
   try to see what all the              Jim’s death and then one night          in mankind’s search for wisdom.         creation: ‘We will come at last to a
   information he was getting           Paul had a dream. ‘Well I can                 He was a student of history,      seventh day that is different from
   meant… Your father had a lot         report,’ said Jim. ‘Do you want         not because he desired to live in the   the rest – for it will have no
   of stickability and kept on          the good or bad news first?’ ‘The       past but because history scrutinizes    evening. It will be followed by the
   even when things seemed very         good,’ said Paul. ‘Well,’ said Jim,     the causes and results of events in     day of the Lord – an everlasting
   discouraging.                        ‘the greens are fabulously cut and      the climb of civilisation to the City   eighth day when the Church will
        About ten years ago, the        always very inviting, the               of God (to use St Augustine’s           reach the goal of its pilgrimage
   team he was working with             organisation is first rate and I play   term).                                  and the world will recognize the
   started to have some success in      every day.’ And the bad news?’                His love of scholarship and of    Lord. Then we shall have holiday
   displaying the inside parts of a     said Paul. ‘Well,’ said Jim, ‘You’re    education (and of the wit which is      and we shall see. We shall see and
   patient’s body on a TV screen        in the team for next Saturday.’         its high companion), was not            we shall love. We shall love and
   so that it looked like a real live   Heaven was a reality in Bob             because of a desire for the high-       we shall praise, when we fully
   model. The surgeons could            Southey’s scheme of things and          flown and the precious abstruse by-     enter into that kingdom which has
   work with these pictures and         indeed, in Shelley’s words,             paths, but because he was a             no end.’
   try out how they could do                Heaven’s light forever shines,      genuine Socratic searcher and                  Thanks be to God for this
   their operations. Especially,            earth’s shadows sly.                enquirer; he knew how vital was         good man in whose character duty
   they could produce tailor-made           Life like a dome of many-           good education which avoided the        and delight, wit and wisdom,
   metal parts to be used at the            coloured glass,                     mere doctrinaire and mere book          loyalty and love beat in such
   operation. This technique has            Stains the white radiance of        learning. And he knew God is            harmony to the enrichment of us
   been fantastically helpful               eternity.                           truth.                                  all. Requiescat in pace, in the
   recently. He also produced                                                         He knew the absolute              nearer presence of his Lord.
   some computer programs                    Robert Southey was a               centrality of friendship and of love;
   designed to help train doctors       renaissance man in the breadth of       he was a family man, and a club
   to use the special equipment         his great civic achievements. But       man, because he enjoyed the             Good memory?
   they use to do keyhole               what drove the man behind these         strengthening interplay of
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   operations.                          achievements? Genetics,                 personalities and the give and take
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        He could probably have          education and family fostering          of affection and the bonds of
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   made a lot more money if he          influenced him; what else? Viktor       common goals. And he knew that          Juttoddie for 1931 to 1943
   had left the health service. He      Frankl suggested three ultimate         God, above all, is love.                inclusive and 1948, 1971, 1973,
   could certainly have worked in       motivators: pursuit of power, of                He knew how central is the      1974, 1975, 1985 and 1989.
   much more pleasant                   pleasure or serving others. For         Church. He knew this despite his             If you can help with
   surroundings. However, rather        Bob, obviously, the third, the          extensive knowledge of the              information, we would be most
   than just make himself               serving, was paramount. But             Crusades, the Inquisition, the          grateful. Please contact the
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   comfortable, he was more             what was behind that?                   factionalism and the pomposity
   interested in helping sick                I suggest his view of heaven,      and the self-seeking, which are alas

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