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From the President

Angus Dysart Paul 2022 03 29 210907

Angus Dysart-Paul
CCOBA President

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The end of 2022 is fast approaching. For the CCOBA, it has been a year of new challenges – and, often, of postponements. The year will have also brought challenges to Old Boys around the world. However, we are now back to business as usual. And in the final few weeks of this year, more Old Boys events will be held.

This month, the association will host the popular annual Christchurch Long Lunch at The Christchurch Club on 18 November, featuring guest speaker and renowned cricketer John Wright. A few tickets are still available. On 24 November, the Christchurch YOBs (Young Old Boys) drinks will be held in the central city. This year, engagement at YOBs events has grown throughout New Zealand. It reflects the association’s efforts to engage with Old Boys of all ages.

Giving Day

This month, I also encourage Old Boys to support College’s Giving Day on 24 November. It aims to raise funds to refurbish Upper for generations to come. Many Old Boys of all ages are involved in the Giving Day campaign and supporting the restoration of the 'hallowed ground'. You can learn more about the fundraising initiative from the Giving Day video.

Old Boys in London, US and at home

In the New Year, Alumni Manager Lizzie Dyer will host an Old Boys’ event in London on 10 January. Executive Principal Garth Wynne will be hosting events in New York on 15 December 2022 and in San Francisco on 17 January 2023. The association and College also look forward to hosting 16 Year group reunions in February at our Reunion Weekend at College.

Old Boys can still sign up to attend their Reunion Weekend and the London Old Boys event, while those interested in meeting Garth in the United States can email Lizzie here.

Even if you are just on holiday in London or the United States, we would love to see you.

Events for everyone

In October, I was fortunate to attend an enjoyable Long Lunch, organised by the Auckland branch. It was preceded by the branch’s AGM. In September, another successful annual Golf Tournament was held in Christchurch. And a few weeks ago, the Gentleman’s Lunch was a great occasion for Old Boys to reminisce and reflect on past experiences and visit College.

The past year has added a unique chapter to CCOBA history. The Reunion Weekend was cancelled in February, events were postponed, and an online AGM was held.

My thanks go to Lizzie Dyer, committee members and regional branches for their efforts throughout the year. It has been a pleasure to meet so many Old Boys over the past six months. The association remains focused on connecting and reuniting Old Boys of all ages and furthering the interests of Christ’s College. Hopefully, next year, fewer hurdles will stand in our way.

As this is the final Quadrangle for the year, I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and best wishes for 2023.

Angus Dysart-Paul

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Upcoming Events


18 November 2022

Christchurch Long Lunch – register now

18 November 2022NSW Branch Long Lunch – email here
24 November 2022Christchurch YOBs – register now
15 December 2022New York Community Event – email here
10 January 2023London Community Event – register now
17 January 2023San Francisco Community Event – email here
17 February 2023CCOBA AGM
17–19 February 2023Reunion Weekend 2022–2023
10 Years On (2013–2017), 20 Years On (2003–2007), 30 Years On (1993–1997), 40 Years On (1983–1987), 50 Years On (1973–1977), 60 Years On (1963–1967), 70 Years On (1953–1957) and 80 Years On (1943–1947)
Also, Old Boys from the postponed 2022 Reunion Weekend: 11 Years On (2012–2016), 21 Years On (2002–2006), 31 Years On (1992–1996), 41 Years On (1982–1986), 51 Years On (1972–1976), 61 Years On (1962–1966), 71 Years On (1952–1956) and 81 Years On (1942–1946)
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26 February 2023Joe Studholme Memorial Car Rally
4 March 2023CCOBA Yacht Race
15 March 2023Narropera – presented by Old Boy Haydn Rawstron (save the date)
12–13 September 2025175th Anniversary – watch this space
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Out & About

CCOBA Golf Tournament

We all teed up for another action-packed day at the annual CCOBA Golf Tournament at the Christchurch Golf Club, attracting a great crowd of Old Boys from around the South Island on Friday 30 September.

For the third year in a row, the tournament was a sell-out as golfers of all ages lined up their putts and drove down the fairways – many in pursuit of the Abraham Insurance-sponsored ‘Hole in One’ prize, a Land Rover Defender.

While the day was fresh, the forecast rain stayed away and we all played on. Once again, thank you to our marvellous sponsors and congratulations to all our winners. Back in the clubhouse, we warmed up with a few drinks and topped off the day with a wonderful dinner.

Remember to save our golfing date for next year – Friday 29 September 2023.

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Auckland Long Lunch

On Friday 14 October 2022, about 24 members of the CCOBA Auckland branch attended our AGM at a Long Lunch at The Corner in Remuera – a venue that is fast becoming our clubrooms.

We were lucky to be addressed by CCOBA President – and soon-to-be Aucklander – Angus Dysart-Paul, who was very gracious in taking a range of questions from the floor.

Lizzie Dyer, who was unable to attend, was missed by all but generously sent up a bottle of 10 Houses Gin to be given to a lucky punter. However, this wish was overruled and the gin was auctioned to provide funds for a refreshment fund to encourage attendance at committee meetings. Auctioneer Kim Campbell was suitably amusing and did a great job achieving an exorbitant price.

It was a fun event, with members agreeing to the format. The committee was re-elected, 15 apologies were received and many members were looking forward to attending the Old Boys Reunion Weekend in February and the events planned for May 2023 in Auckland.

Mike Greenslade – CCOBA Auckland branch

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Gentlemen’s Lunch and 65, 66 and 75, 76 Years On Reunion

About 60 Old Boys gathered at College on Wednesday 19 October for our combined Gentlemen’s Lunch and 65 and 66 and 75 and 76 Years On Reunion.

Two of the reunion group gatherings – 66 and 76 Years On – were delayed because of Covid-19. However, everyone was ready to make the most of their day back at school.

On a warm, sunny day, it was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and take in the changes around the campus.

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CCOBA Hawke’s Bay Quadrangular Tournament

CCOBA Hawke’s Bay hosted its annual golf day for Old Boys from Christ’s College, Wellington College, Whanganui Collegiate and Nelson College on Wednesday 19 October at the Hastings Golf Club at Bridge Pā.

In excellent conditions, College fielded a very strong team. While a great day was had by all, College unfortunately went down by just three points to Collegiate, after having won the title for the past three years. However, we are already looking forward to next year.

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Community Visits

We have had a wonderful time meeting so many of you at our recent Community Visits in Nelson, Blenheim, Ashburton, and Wanaka. Thank you to everyone who has found the time to join us, and we look forward to welcoming even more Old Boys and members of our wider community next year.

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Contributions welcome

If you would like to contribute an obituary to The Chronicle, please email Lizzie Dyer at ccoba@ccoba.com.

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

*Please note that this office may edit obituaries.

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From the Archives

Jane Teal


Boundaries have a single purpose. They mark the division between “our” land and “their” land. They can also create separate areas within “our” land.

The earliest view we have of the eastern boundary is of the post and rail fences that separated Raven’s Paddock from Antigua Street (Rolleston Avenue) and the street from the College grounds in 1869.

There are times when this boundary has been guarded.

Cadets at the gates, 1932.

On the north, there has always been the boundary of the river.

Science Block and Williams Court, October 2013.

The north side of Upper was, for many years, the prime spot for spectators, as the start and finish line for the Athletic Sports was there. They were kept in check by a sturdier version of the post and rail fence.

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The southern boundary, between the Museum and the Botanic Gardens, has always been a little “difficult”. In the 1870s, there was much discussion about a six-foot, galvanised iron fence between College and the Museum. However, much of the difficulty stemmed from boys taking short cuts over what appeared to be a low fence and trampling on the plantings, to the frustration of the gardeners.

The decision to build a brick wall that would, theoretically, put an end to the short cuts was first mooted in 1915 but – because of delays in concrete supply and a desire not to fundraise in competition with the Dining Hall – it was not finally completed until 1923.

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The cost of the wall was partially offset by donations from Old Boys and their families, which enabled a plaque to be included in the wall. The order of the plaques in the wall was decided by ballot.

Then, with the demolition of the Synod Hall, there was a spare door. So, it became the lychgate that enabled access to the Gardens.i

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To the west, internal boundaries have enabled College to have its own baths on-site.

CCPAL25/12/1, Christ's College Archives.

Now, there is a new boundary fence as work continues on Upper West, the new sports facility.

i It is not strictly speaking a lychgate. A lychgate usually has seats under the canopy and it is the space where a coffin rests while waiting for the clergy to arrive to take the burial service. Lych come from the Old English or Saxon work lic meaning corpse.
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