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From the President

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Andrew (Blue) Henderson
CCOBA President

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Thank you for the privilege of leading this next chapter in the life of the CCOBA.

I am Blue Henderson, more formally known as Andrew Henderson (9710). People often think I inherited ‘Blue’ from my two-plus decades in the NZ Police, but, in reality, it harks back to my Scottish roots and my hair colour.

I have taken over from Angus Dysart-Paul as President of the CCOBA. Thank you for the opportunity.

I am immensely proud to be part of Christ’s College, as are my two sons, Lachie and Jono, now aged in their 20s.

For those who do not know me, I was in Corfe House from 1980–1983. From there, I studied farm management at Lincoln University, then worked for three years at PPCS, which has now morphed into Silver Fern Farms. As with most young people, I headed overseas for three years. Initially, I was in Scotland, where I was a self-employed rural fencer, and later moved to France with my wife, Kerry, where we ran a ski chalet and travelled extensively.

After returning to New Zealand in the mid-1990s, I set up a rural fencing business, coupled with working as a diving instructor and commercial construction diver, undertaking multiple commercial diving projects. In 1999, I joined the New Zealand Police, where I stayed for nearly 24 years. For most of that time, I worked in the Criminal Investigation Branch as a detective. In late 2022, an opportunity arose for a change, and I joined the commercial cleaning company Jani-King, setting up and running its sister company, JK Facilities Services.

One of the big drivers for me joining the CCOBA committee was the opportunity to be involved in the school’s 175 Years Celebratory Weekend in 2025. This will be an historic event, not only for the Christ’s College community, but for New Zealand. There are not many organisations in our young country that are still going strong after all those years, and it will be an exciting event. Click here to book.

I have always enjoyed getting out and meeting people and I am looking forward to doing plenty of that as President of the CCOBA while finding more ways to connect with one another around the world.

I also want to take the opportunity to congratulate our four new Honorary Life Members, former Deputy Headmaster Rob Donaldson, and Old Boys Peter Penlington, Tim de Castro, and Richard Batchelor.

Please get in touch with the CCOBA office if you have any feedback or if there is anything that I may be able to help you with.

Warm regards,
Blue Henderson

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Old Boys’ Stories

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High-flying Old Boy lands back at College Assembly

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Speaking the same language in learning

From Flower’s House to Ritsumeikan University, Dr Jeremy White (11663) has undertaken an unusual journey from Christ’s College boarder to English Professor in the College of Information Science and Engineering in Japan.

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Upcoming Events


Wednesday 10 April, 6–8pm

Hawke's Bay Cocktail Party
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Wednesday 8 May, 6pmAuckland YOBs

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Thursday 9 May, 7–9amAuckland event – Breakfast with Matt Chisholm
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Tuesday 4 JuneChrist's College 1st XV vs Christchurch Boys' High 1st XV rugby match (post-game drinks at The Bog)
Tuesday 4 JuneRugby Reunions – 25 Years On (1999), 40 Years On (1984), 50 Years On (1974), 60 Years On (1964), 70 Years On (1954)
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Thursday 6 June, 6–8pmWellington Community Visit and YOBs event

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14–16 February 2025

175 Years Celebratory Weekend & CCOBA Reunion

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Wednesday 16 October65 & 75 Years On Reunion and Gentlemen's Lunch
Friday 27 SeptemberCCOBA Golf

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Out & About

Reunion Weekend

Old Boys aged 33–93 years enjoyed a variety of events at this year’s Reunion Weekend. It’s fantastic to see consistently strong numbers. We were particularly thrilled to welcome so many 20 Years On Old Boys.

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Click here for the Year Group photos

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Jeremy Turnbull Memorial Trophy

We enjoyed a wonderful day of sailing in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, with crews vying for the Jeremy Turnbull Memorial Trophy in the 6th annual CCOBA Yacht Race. Congratulations to Peter Carpenter for taking out top honours with Freaky, followed by Alastair Shanks on Skara Brae. Thank you to all the officials who have ensured a day of smooth sailing.

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Joe Studholme Memorial Vintage and Car Classic Day

The Joe Studholme Memorial Run is a very relaxed day out, with Old Boys, partners, and parents of Old Boys, and current students all welcome. We stopped for morning tea in Coalgate at Rowallan, the home of Phil and Joss Deans, followed by lunch at Terrace Station in Hororata.

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North Canterbury Community Visit

Black Estate, owned by Old Boy Nicholas Brown (10822), turned on a beautiful evening for our North Canterbury event. Stunning food and a magical setting.

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Southern Lakes Community Visit

This event was held for the first time at Millbrook Resort. Southern Lakes is our second-largest boarding community, and we always enjoy catching up with so many of our Old Boys, together with current and prospective parents.

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Waimakariri Community Visit

Another great event, again hosted at Fools of Desire in Rangiora.

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Wanaka A&P Show

What a great two days in an absolutely stunning location. Thank you to the steady stream of Old Boys of all ages who dropped in to say hello. We took the opportunity to display the Old Boys poster of the late Sir Tim Wallis, a leading aviation entrepreneur and businessman who lived in Wanaka.

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The Chronicle


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Kenneth Neill was a pilot during World War 2, serving in a variety of countries before eventually returning to New Zealand. He farmed in New Zealand, had a keen interest in dog trials, and after retiring, took up cabinet-making.

Peter George McAlister Imrie (5493)

Peter was a geothermal specialist whose work took him frequently to Asia where he shared his expertise. In retirement, he used his considerable computing knowledge to assist a variety of organisations.

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Contributions welcome

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As a guideline, we suggest a 500-word submission. However, we are happy to accept longer or shorter options.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal

More digitisation

The summer holidays are always a good time for photographs to leave the archives and travel to New Zealand Micrographic Services for digitisation. The oldest photos were three of the cricket teams of 1883, 1884, and 1885. Clearly, they needed to be digitised as they showed evidence of fading because of the fixing process used in the 19th century when they were produced. The 1885 photo also shows evidence of foxing, which is either because of fungal growth or imperfections in the photographic paper.

Walter Herbert Hargreaves (629), Henry Walter Bridge (704), Francis Augustus Hare (coach), Frederick James Hamilton (619), Annesley Frederick George Harman (582), Harold Rolleston Mathias (624), George Edward Rhodes (791), Arthur Gladstone Cox (887), Edward Channon Studholme (826), Frederick Stewart Hassal (851), James Cecil Palmer (664), and Hugh Henry Mathias (566).
George Francis Watson (1133), Derisley Wood (1103,) Edward Channon Studholme (826), Annesley Frederick George Harman (582), Charles Henry Hamilton (620), James Percy Hargreaves (802), Arthur Gladstone Cox (887), Frederick James Hamilton (619), George Harris (903), Walter Herbert Hargreaves (629), and Arthur Hamilton Rowley (883).
George Upton Slack (1036), Derisley Wood (1103), Francis Augustus Hare (coach), Hugh Maude Reeves (910), Heathcote Beetham Williams (1000), George Francis Watson (1133), Beauchamp Ranald Macdonald (1082), James Percy Hargreaves (802), Arthur Cecil Perry (867), Arthur Gladstone Cox (887), Walter Herbert Hargreaves (629), and Arthur Cecil Rolleston (825).

The most interesting part of the collage is the reverse, where the photographs of 1884 and 1885 can be seen to be examples of cabinet cards. These were introduced in the 1860s and lingered until World War I.

In 1884 and 1885, the cricket team visited the studio of Niels Peter Schourup in Colombo Street between Lichfield Street and Cashel Street. Schourup had arrived in Christchurch with his wife, Sophia Louisa, on the S.S. Omeo in January 1875. He originated from Denmark and had spent the previous 12 years in Adelaide and Melbourne, working as a photographer.i

The reverse of the card was a source of advertising and Schourup certainly made use of it, announcing the Gold Medal that he was awarded at the Christchurch International Exhibition in Hagley Park in 1882 for both plain and coloured photography.ii

What do we know about these teams? For an answer, we are indebted to the first years of the Christ’s College Sports Register.

iiiIn a heading, ‘The Cricket Season 1883–84’, there is a pithy summary: “Good steady bowling, very fair fielding, and weak batting were its characteristics.”

Despite that, the team won against Christchurch Boys’ High School, with Annesley Frederick George Harman (582) top scoring with 31 runs. Other games were played against a Midland XI, the United 2nd XI, Geraldine, the Midland 2nd XI, and the Lancaster Park 2nd XI.

The report of the 1884–85 season was written by an Old Boy. He describes it as “not disgraceful by any means; still not quite the sort of one which a Christ’s College Eleven should sit down content”, but later comments “taken as a whole the Eleven and its doings have given its friends no cause to be ashamed and good reason to hope for a still greater measure of success next year”.

Beauchamp Ranald Macdonald (1082) took the prize for the best batting throughout the season over 17 innings (144 runs with an average of nine). Arthur Cecil Perry (867) (medium round) was awarded the prize of the best bowling (758 balls, 28 maidens, 285 runs, 39 wickets with an average of 7.3).

What do these photographs tell us about the development of the College uniform? The variety of ties is not surprising as various versions of black and white stripes lingered until 1911. What is particularly interesting is the appearance of boaters in both the 1884 and 1885 images. The black and white ribbons were introduced in 1883, and the prefects were photographed wearing them that year. More intriguing is the 1st XI cap balanced on the knee of Arthur Gladstone Cox (887) in 1885. This proves that the cap was in existence prior to the cricket blazer first worn in 1886. That Cox is in the photograph is itself worthy of comment. He had played in the team continuously since 1881 and captained it in 1883 and 1884. He returned as a teacher from 1885–1887.

i Early New Zealand Photographers and their successors https://canterburyphotography.blogspot.com/
ii New Zealand International Exhibition 1882 https://canterburystories.nz/collections/publications/ccl-cs-18811
iii Christ’s College Sports Register May 1884, February and September 1885

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