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                                     of Education (Early            administration for                His production credits
                                     Childhood) at the Institute    Symphony Australia and            include the feature film
                                     of Early Childhood,            the West Australian               called Gene-X.
Phillip Brown (BA '00)               Macquarie University.          Symphony Orchestra.
and Karen Brown                                                                                       Phillip Farmer (MEd '89,
(MTeach '98) have reno-              Charlene Prado (BSc '05)       Dr Naren Gunja                    MA '96) taught history and
vated a house in Newcastle           has been working with the      (MBBS '98) is an emergency        worked as a careers advisor
and have two daughters.              Institute of Clinical          physician at Westmead             for 26 years at St Aloysius
Karen is teaching Visual             Pathology and Medical          Hospital and has become a         College. After his retirement
Arts at Newcastle Grammar            Research at Westmead           Fellow of the Australasian        he moved to Mudgee where
School; Phillip completed a          Hospital. Born and raised      College for Emergency             early in 2006 he accepted
Graduate Diploma in                  in Sydney, she just returned   Medicine, along with Dr.          the honorary position of
Education and is teaching            from her very first explo-     Kavita Varshney (MBBS '97).       archivist of St John’s Anglican
at Fern Valley Montessori            ration of her forebears'                                         Church. Phillip says it’s
Primary School, Newcastle.           native Philippines.            Elizabeth Johnstone               amazing how interesting
                                                                    Kuiper (LLB '92) is a             local history can be.
Clare Chenoweth
(MMediaPrac '04) has                 1990s                          partner at Blake Dawson
                                                                    Waldron where she is the
                                                                    practice head of the company
                                                                                                      Dianne Tsitsos,
                                                                                                      née Hranbani,
completed her Master of
Media Practice, and has              Yvonne Frindle (BMus           law and governance group.         (BEcon '83, DipEd '83),
been working in public               Hons '92, DipEd '93) is        She is married to Taco            started casual teaching in
relations at the Royal               now programs editor of the     Kuiper (BA '63). Elizabeth        1983 and one year later was
Botanic Gardens in Sydney.           Sydney Symphony. Known         was recently appointed to         appointed to Kingsgrove
She will be a volunteer              to concert audiences as a      the Auditing and Assurance        North High School where
teacher in Vietnam for one           writer and speaker, she also   Standards Board.                  she has been ever since.
year, and hopes to work in           holds a Graduate Diploma                                         Dianne is married and has
an NGO on her return.                in Communications from         Catherine Christie                two teenage daughters.
                                     the University of Technology   (BA '93, MA '98) moved
Anita King (BA '04) is in            Sydney, and has worked in      from Sydney to a small            David Wong (BDS '85) is
her third year of a Bachelor         publications and artistic      farm in the Southern              getting married later this
                                                                    Highlands, and hopes to           year and plans to continue
                                                                    obtain a PhD over the next        working as a software
                                                                    few years. She is very happy.     developer in London for
                                                                                                      several years before returning
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     achievements, community involvement, or other events.                                            (BA '73, DipEd '75,
     Please send details via email                                                                    LLB '78) chaired the New
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32     sydney alumni magazine
                                    Little Wonders

                                    Eighty-year-old Anthony Christie
Apirana Mahuika (MA '73)            BA '01) taught English at a kindergarten
has lectured at the                 in China for four months last year.
Wellington Teachers                 He says he had the time of his life.
Training College, Victoria
University Wellington, and          The most remarkable aspect of my first
Massey University in                venture into overseas teaching was that it
Palmerston, New Zealand.            was made possible by a rare combination
He has a Bachelor of Arts           of good luck and coincidence.
                                       As a volunteer tutor, I came to know a        Anthony Christie and friend ... having the
from Auckland University, a                                                          time of their lives.
Diploma of Theology, and a          young Chinese student who I would meet
PhD (Hon) from the                  occasionally for conversation practice in
Waikato University. He is a         Sydney. One afternoon I mentioned that            The children were bright and very keen to
chair of Te Runanga O               I would be keen to teach in Asia. Un-             learn. Their delight in mastering a new
Ngati Porou (an Iwi Trust           beknown to me, my pupil was in regular            word or phrase was palpable; each day
Board under Maori Trust             contact with a family friend who had a busi-      bought some new victory, some fresh
Board Act 1955) and a chair         ness associate in China who happened to be        gleam of comprehension. It was very
of Te Roopu Manukura at             the director of a kindergarten in Kaiping.        rewarding, worthwhile, and fun.
the University of Waikato.             Some weeks later I received an invita-            There was occasional confusion crossing
                                    tion to teach. There would be little pay          the cultural divide. In the early weeks, I
Professor Cassandra                 but my airfare would be refunded and              was baffled when, halfway through a lesson,
Pybus (BA '71, PhD '79)             accommodation provided (I was later               a small group would cry out “bye-bye,
was a Fulbright Senior              given generous bonuses).                          bye-bye.” Was this a gentle hint for me to
Fellow in 2001 and an ARC              And so, on September 6 last year, I            depart? As it turned out, their sad
Professorial Fellow between         arrived at Guangzhou airport to an enthu-         farewells were for the words and drawings
2001 and 2005. Cassandra            siastic welcome, followed by a splendid           I was rubbing off the board.
holds a two-year Writers            dinner, then a drive northward in a luxury           I had fully expected each day would
Fellowship from the                 car playing Vivaldi. So far, so very good.        begin with a stirring hymn to Mao, or
Australia Council. Her                 Over 500 children were enrolled in the         perhaps an ode to the heroes of the Long
recent book Epic Journeys           Henry Chinese and English Kindergarten.           March, but there was not a hammer and
of Freedom: Runaway Slaves          They were aged between three and eight,           sickle in sight. However, there was very
of the American Revolution          and were taught by a staff of 40. The             great interest in Australia. When I went
and Their Global Quest for          classrooms were light and airy, a large hall      into the town, I would be approached by
Liberty was described in May        provided ample space for music and                student groups asking shyly: “You, sir,
this year as "breathtaking" by      dancing, and there were extensive kitchen         kindly you to speak English with us, yes?”
Harvard historian Jill              and dining areas, all spotlessly clean. I         So, heading to the nearest coffee shop or
Lepore in the New Yorker.           taught basic words to the beginners, while        McDonalds, I helped where I could.
Her latest book Black               the older children bravely tackled verbs             Thus, in a small way, we can help break
Founders has just been              and simple sentence structure. English            down language and cultural barriers,
released by UNSW Press.             songs and rhymes were especially popular.         perhaps as the fates intended.

Michael Sheehan
(BA '77, DipEd '78) is

                                 Jennifer Sumsion (BEcon                                               and Leisure Management at
teaching maths at Alstonville    '76 MEd '83, PhDEd '98)                                               Deakin University.
High School on the Far           is an associate professor at the
North Coast of New South                                                                               Adetoye Faniran
                                 Institute of Early Childhood       Annette Van Den Bosch
Wales. He is divorced, and                                                                             (PhDArts '69) retired in
                                 at Macquarie University. In        (BA '66, DipEd '66,
has five children. Michael is    September 2006 she will take       PhDArts '90) is retiring as        September 2003. He was
involved in amateur theatre      up the inaugural                   a senior lecturer in visual        appointed emeritus
and is in rehearsals for Les                                        culture at Monash                  professor of geography of
                                 Chair of Early Childhood
Miserables.                                                         University. She will join the      the University of Ibadan
                                 Education at Charles Sturt
                                 University.                        Centre for Research in Arts        in July 2005. He celebrated

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his 70th birthday on            where he remained until his      she worked at the National      school in the ACT, and
1 August 2005 with the          retirement in January 1999.      Standards Radiophysics          became assistant principal
publication of Our              Since retirement he has          Laboratory. In 1951 she         until the mid-'90s. Bernice
Transformer God and A           acted as a special counsel       married F.C Brown; they         also writes poetry, articles
Harvest of Divine               with Watts McCray. Now           had two sons, one daughter,     and short stories.
Interventions: The Life and     aged 75, he says he has no       and nine grandchildren.
Times of Professor Adetoye      present plans for retirement.    Between 1965 and 1985,          Joyce Parker (BA '41,
Famiran. They address                                            Evelyn taught languages,        DipEd '41 MEd '69 MA' 75)
the spiritual approach          Bruce Litchfield (BDS            first at a state high school,   taught at Queanbeyan High
to sustainability.              '56, MDS '64) is practising      then at St George Technical     School in 1941 and at
                                dentistry in Canberra part-      College, then at an adult       Singleton High School in
Rosalind Krüger (née            time. Bruce is also founder      learning centre. She has        1942. In 1943 she married
Bonnette) (BSc '69) grad-       and executive chairman of        been writing poetry since       Geoffrey Parker (BSc ’39,
uated with a Diploma in         the Australian Institute of      her youth, and her poems        BE ’41). After stints in the
Education from the              Family Counselling, and he       have been published in col-     UK, she was appointed
University of Western           has written 12 books on          lections and literary jour-     deputy head of Tara
Australia, a Master of Arts     counselling and family           nals since the 1960s.           Anglican School in 1972
from Michigan State             issues. Bruce travels annually                                   and in the following year
University and a Bachelor       to Uganda, Eastern Europe        James Gerrand (BSc '40,         became principal. Joyce
of Education from the           and Russia to conduct sem-       BE (Mech&Elec) '42) was         held this position until 1979.
Western Australia College       inars on family health,          diagnosed with Chronic
of Advanced Education.          addiction and counselling.       Inflammatory Demyelinating      Reg Walker (MBBS '45)
Rosalind is a registered psy-   He obtained a PhD in coun-       Polyneuropathy (CIDP) 15        writes that in April 2006 his
chologist and works at          selling in Hawaii in 1992.       years ago, and formed the       grandson Christopher
Hake School in Wembley                                           Inflammatory Neuropathy         Bradley (BMusStud '06)
Downs, WA.

Robert Mellor (BA '65)
                                1940s                            Support Group of Victoria
                                                                 Inc. for patients and family
                                                                 suffering from Guillain-
                                                                                                 received his Bachelor of
                                                                                                 Music Studies. Reg per-
                                                                                                 formed the carillon recital
recently retired from the       Fred Blanks (BSc '48)            Barré Syndrome and CIDP.        at Christopher's graduation
University of Western           was born in Germany in           The support group has           ceremony. Reg has been
Sydney where he has been        1925 and arrived in              some 300 members, mainly        connected with the carillon
the head of the School of       Australia in 1938. After         in Victoria, but also inter-    since 1942 when he was
Quantitative Methods and        graduating from the              state and overseas.             first appointed as assistant
Mathematical Sciences for       University he joined ICI                                         carillonist. He says this is
the past five years. Robert     Australia and worked in          James McGlade (BA '40)          the first time in the history
obtained his PhD from           plastics and petrochemicals      writes of his appreciation of   of the University that a
Harvard University in 1973      until his retirement. Music      the Sydney Alumni               grandfather has given the
and spent 17 years in the       has been Fred's life-long        Magazine (and previously        carillon recital for his
Australian Bureau of            hobby. He was a music crit-      The Gazette) over the past      grandson.
Statistics.                     ic for the Sydney Morning        60 years. James was head-
                                Herald from 1963 to 1998,        master of St Patrick’s          Dr Grace Warren

1950s                           has worked as a freelance
                                writer for many music pub-
                                lications, and lectured on
                                                                 College from 1953 to 1955.
                                                                 He later lectured in English
                                                                 and History at the Council
                                                                                                 (MBBS '54, DM '85)
                                                                                                 obtained a Master of
                                                                                                 Surgery in 1972 for her
Eric Baker (LLB '53) was        music history for WEA and        for Christian Education in      work with neuropathic
admitted as a solicitor in      Sydney University's              Schools from 1979 to 1988       bone lesions in leprosy
December 1953 and entered       Continuing Education             and at the Australian           patients. The University
into partnership with Rex       Centre. In 1988 he was           Catholic University from        acknowledged her achieve-
Reynolds in March 1954. In      admitted to membership of        1989 to 2002.                   ments in 1985 by conferring
July 1978 he was appointed      the Order of Australia for                                       a Doctor of Medicine
a judge of the Family Court     services to music.               Bernice O'Sullivan              (honoris causa). The fol-
of Australia and in 1983                                         (BA '48, DipEd '49) began       lowing year she received the
received a commission for       Evelyn Brown (BA '40,            her career as a high school     Order of Australia. Grace
two years as a member of        MA '46) trained as a teacher     teacher in Forbes, married,     began visiting Pakistan in
the appeal division of that     of languages. During World       and became an experienced       1967 and has returned
court. In April 1986 he         War II she worked in CSIR        teacher to migrants until       there regularly to assist in
became a permanent mem-         (Now CSIRO) at Badgerys          1960. She returned to gen-      their leprosy programs.
ber of the appeal division,     Creek. From 1943 to 1951         eral teaching at a Catholic     On 23 March 2005 the

34   sydney alumni magazine
President of the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan con-
ferred on Grace the award       A daughter’s chronicle
of Sitara-i-Pakistan (Star of
Pakistan).                      A hand-me-down gown ties
                                Kath Bicknell into the past.
Eric F Wilson (BEc '41),
retired Reserve Bank officer,
was recently elected patron     Walking down the aisle of the University
of the University of Sydney     of Sydney's historic Great Hall to accept
Athletics Club, succeeding      her degree this year held particular signif-

                                                                                                                            photo: Ted Sealy
the late Myer Rosenblum.        icance for Arts graduate Kath Bicknell
Eric was awarded a Blue         (BA ’06). She was the fourth generation
three times before World        of woman graduates in her family.
War II. After three and a          Kath graduated wearing her great-
half years as a prisoner of     grandmother's 100-year-old gown, hood
war in Malaya, he resumed       and trencher.                                  Arts graduate Kath Bicknell ... moved by
competition walking for the        “It was incredibly moving and symbolic      her family’s history.
University. He gave this        to be part of a repeated act, in the same
away in 1949 and later          space, wearing the same gown, with so          her mother’s footsteps when she attended
became a track judge for        much history around me,” she says.             the University as a mature-age student in
University and interclub           Kath's great-grandmother, Catherine         her 50s.
athletic competition and an     Vernon Farmer (BA 1908) has passed down          One of Diana’s four children, Catherine
international walk judge.       a note describing her time studying French     Wilson (BA '70) had also worn the old
He married in 1951, and he      and Latin at the University a century ago,     gown to her graduation ceremony.
and Helen Wilson (MA ’95)       where gowns were worn each day.                  All four of Diana's children attended
have four children, eight          “She may even have worn the gown            the University of Sydney, with Kath’s
grandchildren and four          after her graduation, when she worked as       mother, Anne Bicknell, nee Watson,
great-grandchildren.            a teacher in Wagga Wagga,” Kath says.          (MBBS) graduating in 1978.
                                   Kath’s family connection with the             Kath Bicknell now works in the
                                University is embodied in the old Arts         Graduate Program at the Department of
1930s                           Faculty gown, hood and trencher which
                                Kath describes as “faded, moth-eaten and
                                                                               Health and Ageing and is also in a trial
                                                                               Australian Institute of Sports cycling
                                very, very special.”                           development squad.
Margaret Mackie (BA '37
                                   The gown was stored away after                Kath doesn't plan to start the fifth
DipEd '40) is 91 years-old
                                Catherine Farmer's time. Over 60 years         generation of women graduates any time
and she is still teaching
                                later, it was worn by Catherine's daughter,    soon. But when she does, the gown will
philosophy to children.
                                (Kath Bicknell's grandmother) Diana            be waiting.
                                Vernon Watson (BA '71), who followed in                                     — Fran Molloy
Eleanor McSwan OAM
(BA '39, DipEd '40)
commenced teaching in                                                         8
                                                           T: 1905 – 190
1940, married in 1945, and                     ROM THE PAS
returned to teaching in
                                     POSTCARD F              itive in the wom
                                                                            er prim
                                                           Things are rath             old cottage th
Maclean from 1954 to 1973.                                            Situated in an
                                                           quarters.                      dw  hich acted
In 1969 she was one of the                                                rely furnishe
                                                           were rooms ba                         ies as
foundation members of the                                                   om,  with no amenit
                                                           as a common ro                    e. Mrs Fidler,
                                                                           in Manning Hous
Maclean District History                                    there are now                         ted as a
                                                                                 in one room, ac
Society; she is now a life                                  who  had an office                 anted by
                                                                               r if help was w
member. She has published                                   tu tor and adviso                   lems. Tea
                                                                               studies or prob
                                                             the students in                 own as the
10 books on the history of                                                   in what was kn
                                                             could be made                      h. Students
the Lower Clarence region.                                                    C took her lunc
                                                             kitchen, where                   to lectures
In 1995 she was awarded an                                                    to wear gowns
                                                              were expected                   .
OAM for her service to the                                                    as conservative
                                                              and dressing w
community. In May 2006                Catherine Vernon                                           er
                                                       ted                     ine Vernon Farm
                                      Farmer ... gradua       note by Cather
the E.H. (Lin) McSwan                                 08.
                                      with a BA in 19
Research Centre was estab-
lished in Eleanor’s honour.

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