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From the President

Angus Dysart Paul 2022 03 29 210907

Angus Dysart-Paul
CCOBA President

Reunion Weekend 1822

For over 145 years, the Old Boys’ Association has sought to unite and connect Old Boys. In the early days, it was sports games held in Christchurch that brought together former pupils of Christ’s College. At other times, Old Boys met in the midst of conflict, including in 1915 when 66 Old Boys met in Egypt before heading to Gallipoli. Times have changed but our ambition remains the same: to bring together the College diaspora.

Yet changing times bring new challenges and approaches. In recent years, Christ’s College and the Association have worked together to hold successful events throughout New Zealand and around the world. The events are often held with St Margaret’s College and allow Old Boys to hear from the school as well as from the Association. We’re thrilled that attendance is growing.

The “Community Visits” have recently included functions in Auckland, Wellington, Martinborough and Singapore, and earlier in the year, London. In the history of Christ’s College, the school’s alumni, now over 9000, has never been larger or more geographically dispersed. The challenge for the office in Christchurch is how to engage alumni, wherever they live. These events are an effective and engaging way to connect with Old Boys. I look forward to attending functions in Napier, Tauranga and Hawke’s Bay later in the year. Further information about the events can be found here.

For most of the CCOBA’s history, regional branches were the indispensable infrastructure and backbone of the Association. Although they still maintain a crucial and fundamental role, their activity has diminished. Whereas once branches flourished in most regions, where active committees organised events and coalesced Old Boys, that is largely no longer the case. Some of the branches continue to be active, but in other parts of the country, the regional presence is much quieter. A focus for the Association is ensuring that branches continue to be relevant and that regional events, with some independence, continue into the future. Next month, the Committee and branch presidents will meet to discuss how branches can remain relevant. The challenge of changing times is a theme throughout the Association’s history. I have no doubt we will continue to evolve, but as ever, maintain the best traditions of the past.

In this edition of The Quadrangle are stories about the recent awarding of the Senior Honours Tie and the Anzac Service, at which Sir William Young spoke about Old Boy Dudley Perkins and his remarkable war service on Crete. I congratulate Joe Moody and Sam Bosworth, two remarkable sportsmen, on being awarded the Senior Honours Tie.

Looking ahead, as well as visits to the East Coast towns and cities in the North Island, later in the year, College and the Association look forward to hosting Old Boys at the Gentlemen’s Lunch and 65 and 75 Year On reunions in October.

Finally, I also encourage any members of the Association wanting to be involved in the College Tuis, our alumni group for LGBTQIA+, to contact either Lizzie or myself to find out further information.

Angus Dysart-Paul

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Old Boys’ Stories

David Cartwright

The hardest foot race on the planet

David Cartwright (9808) has unfinished business with the Sahara Desert.

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Back on the attack – 60, 50, and 25 Years On

Sixty years on, four 1963 Christ’s College 1st XV members have lined up for their reunion, reflecting on the travels of their very social “amateur” team and remembering the seven players who have watched their last game.

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Rhys Bridges – a structured approach to a geotechnical career

Geotechnical engineer Rhys Bridges (14091) has brought depth and structure to a highly informative Christ’s College Career Convos session.

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Building better businesses for 75 years

At 92, company director and accountant Reg Hintz (5203) has spent most of his working life investing in people and helping to grow businesses around New Zealand.

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Ties that bind – Senior Honours recipients Sam Bosworth and Joe Moody

A gold medal-winning coxswain who has made rowing history, and one of New Zealand’s most powerful present-day rugby props, have been awarded Senior Honours Ties at the Christ’s College Assembly.

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James Blackie

A glorious idea for art

Imagine being able to change the artwork on your wall with your remote.

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Nick Gresson

The lightness of being

Nick Gresson’s (6161) love of his father runs deep.

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Powering into an electrical trades career

Industrial electrician James Jerard (14579) has sparked interest in trades during the first Christ’s College Careers Convos session for 2023.

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In the News

Pinney and the King

Philip Pinney (6200)

King Charles III began flying lessons at Cambridge University, led by then Squadron Leader Philip Pinney, who spent two-and-a-half years training him. Like other pilots of his era, the young Prince undertook his pilot training on the venerable de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, with Chipmunk T.10 WP903.

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Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill

Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill (2370)

Our Old Boy, the late Leslie Cecil Lloyd Averill, was part of the liberation of Le Quesnoy on 4 November 1918.

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Major Richard Short

Major Richard Short (12871)

Major Short spoke at the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Dannevirke about what the future of warfare could look like, and what technology could be used in any future wars.

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Marty Murchison

Marty Murchison (13303)

Sustainable living builder Marty Murchison (13303) featured in TVNZ’s Sunday programme, detailing the importance of using natural products to build homes and moves to cut construction plastic on building sites.

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Sam Darry (14680)

Sam Darry was making his mark with the Blues before recently breaking his arm in the game against the Crusaders.

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Michael Allison (14105)

Michael Allison is off to Cambridge University later this year to study for an M Phil in Environmental Engineering and has been awarded a Gates Scholarship (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates). It is the most valuable scholarship available in UK universities.

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Oliver Hickman (13127)

The Christ’s College board member agrees the townhouses he co-develops aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.

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Richard Burdon (9936)

Richard and Sarah Burdon’s Glen Dene farming operation has won the premier Elworthy Award this year. The third-generation farmers took over management of the 2300ha station in 2001.

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Upcoming Events


20 June, 6pmTauranga Community Visit

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19 July, 6pmDunedin Young Old Boys Event (YOBs)
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28 July, 12pm Wellington Long Lunch
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2 August, 6pmAkaroa Community Visit

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8 August, 6pmHawke's Bay Community Visit

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29 November, 6pmChristchurch Young Old Boys Event (YOBs)
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8 SeptemberGrandparents' Day
29 SeptemberCCOBA Golf, The Christchurch Club
18 October65 (1958–1962) & 75 (1948–52) Years On Reunion and Gentlemen's Lunch
25 OctoberTimaru Community Visit
26 OctoberAshburton Community Visit
31 OctoberBlenheim Community Visit
1 NovemberNelson Community Visit
21 November

Wanaka Community Visit

24 NovemberChristchurch Long Lunch
28 NovemberWest Coast Community Visit
TBALondon Long Lunch – watch this space
12–13 September 2025175th Anniversary – watch this space

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Medbury celebrates 100 years

Medbury is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and has a series of events planned for Old Boys.

All Medbury Old Boys are invited and welcome to join in these celebrations, reconnecting and revisiting the nostalgia of years past. Register at Medbury Centenary Events.

  • 1980s reunion – Thursday 15 June 5–7pm at Kong
  • 1990s reunion – Thursday 27 July 5–7pm at Kong
  • 2000s reunion – Thursday 24 August 5–7pm Kong
  • 1970s reunion – Thursday 7 September 5–7pm at Kong (a postponed date from 18 May)
  • 2010s reunion – Thursday 21 September 5–7pm at Fat Eddie's

Keep up to date by following our Medbury Old Boys Facebook page and feel free to contact Medbury at any time at oldboys@medbury.school.nz

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A message to all 1990s Waihi Old Boys

The Waihi Old Boys Association warmly invites Old Boys from the 1990s to return for a weekend of fun and reminiscing. The 1990s were part of the Prosser years, and briefly, the Fisher era.

The weekend of 30 June – 1 July 2023 includes a cocktail party on Friday night, then a day at Waihi on Saturday with school tours, rugby and soccer to watch, plus lunch. The reunion will finish in style with a dinner on Saturday night. Both evening functions will be held in Timaru.

If you’re keen to be part of the festivities, please click here to complete the registration form. Registration closes Sunday, 18 June.

Please pass this on to other Old Boys and join their Facebook page here.

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Out & About

Singapore Sling

Nearly 30 people have gathered at the legendary Raffles Hotel on a very warm evening for our Singapore Community Event. Held in conjunction with St Margaret’s College, we were thrilled to share a few Singapore Slings with Old Boys and present and past College parents. We look forward to seeing you all again.

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Anzac Service

Share in our commemoration of the fallen at our special Anzac Day service – click here.

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Auckland Community Event

Two fantastic nights catching up with College Old Boys in Auckland. Thank you for joining us.

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Wellington Community Event

Another successful event with the Old Boys and St Margaret's College Old Girls in Wellington. Lots of catching up and reminiscing.

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Martinborough Community Event

An intimate but lovely gathering was held at the stunning Martinborough Hotel in May.

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The Chronicle


March–May 2023

We have learnt of the following deaths in our community. Our sympathy is extended to their family and friends.

Leonard Maurice CHAMBERLAIN (5832)
Christchurch, 17 March 2023

(Stuart) John William Stuart WILLIAMS (5721)
Bay of Plenty, 30 April 2023

John Vivian MURRAY (8934)
Christchurch, 4 May 2023

Jonathan Hope Wentsorth GREGG (5938)
Bay of Plenty, 6 May 2023

Gerald Francis SOANES (7103)
Waikato, 6 May 2023

John Geoffrey Fulton BARNETT (4740)
Bay of Plenty, 7 May 2023

Bernard William Bathgate PEARCY (6357)
Canterbury, 15 May 2023

Gerald Stanley FOGG (6149)
Waikato, 19 May 2023

Richard Norton FRANCIS (6521)
Christchurch, 20 May 2023

David Malcolm WELLS (6472)
Auckland, 26 May 2023

Thomas Webb TOTHILL (5712)
Christchurch, 27 May 2023

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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

The Quad and the Cloisters

Have you ever wondered why we have a Quad and why the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association e-newsletter is called The Quadrangle? Is the main Quadrangle no more than a piece of grass that must be mown regularly and have its edges trimmed and keeps us fit as we walk round on our way to and from various locations? Where do the Cloisters fit into the story?

I asked myself all these questions – the result of a comment from a member of staff – and I turned to the Scheme for the Establishment of a College…i.

The information about the Collegiate or Upper Department, by its very title, provided the initial clue and indicated that thought had already been given to:

“Designs for the Collegiate buildings, of a plain but suitable character, to be constructed of wood in the late pointed style of architecture, and with due regard to the danger of fire are in [the] course of preparation … They may require some modifications according to the nature of the site they are to occupy.”

Collegiate is the key word. Oxford and Cambridge, where the Warden, George Augustus Selwyn, and most of the early fellows were educated, are collegiate universities and are thus made up of colleges.ii

Alison Brooks Architects, in its recent work at Exeter College, describes the following:

“The Oxford Quad is an 800-year-old pedagogical model where each college’s teaching, convening, and residential buildings act both as an architectural frame for rectangular landscaped courtyards and as a highly multifunctional context serving the needs of the College community.”iii

Although the Cambridge rectangular spaces are known as ‘courts’, the image is the same – buildings with specific roles surrounding a central area.

This was where the minefield of possibilities began. Where did ‘quads’ originate?

Oliver Rackham and Peter Carolin in their report on The Courts of Corpus Christi point to evidence in Bologna (from 1088), Paris (1150), and Salamanca (1218), and to the fact that castles, manor houses, and monastic buildings all have these central areas.iv

Cloisters surrounded quadrangles or garths in monasteries, and they often contained gardens in which the monks worked. This enabled self-sufficiency, as well as a physical and mental balance from their involvement in education, sustaining the poor and needy, hospitality, and the daily offices of the church. They also provided space outside dimly lit buildings, and places of light and sunshine where monks could sit, read, and work on their illuminated manuscripts. They were also a means of moving from place to place under cover.

The New Classrooms and the Cloisters (later Harper–Julius). CS Thomas Album 1905–1908. Christ’s College Archives CCPAL5/11/1

The earliest photographs we have of the Quad were taken in the 1860s. If you look closely, there is a cricket pitch running across the centre of the image.

The Quad, looking towards the south-west. Barker Photograph, Wright Collection Christ’s College Archives 2007/81/4
The Quad, looking towards the north-west, 1860s. CLJ Merton Album Christ’s College Archives CCPAL51/3

By the time Herbert William Williams (547) described it as a “sacred grass plot” in 1875 – with “200 lines for trespassers” – the Quad was well established.

In April 1908, the Register records its past and planned future:

“Horses, cows, calves, and even dogs and strange birds have made their entries into and hurried exits from the Quadrangle. But it is many years since the sacred precincts have been torn by plough and harrow. The formation of a good grass plot, suitable to the place, to serve as a proper setting for the buildings that are to come, has been undertaken and guaranteed by George Rhodes. The new grass plot will be sacrosanct … .”v

‘Sacred’ and ‘sacrosanct’ – what have those words come to mean over the years?

Cadets form up on the Quad.

In the 1950s, the Quad proved to be a useful place when the reconstruction of the Chapel was undertaken.

A fair has made use of the Quad.

In my living memory, there have been spring festivals, 150th celebrations, Sculpture on the Quad, post-earthquake prefab classrooms, marquees for various events, Anzac Day crosses, and Carols on the Quad – all of which have had the Quad as the centre.

So, does the answer to the ‘sacred/sacrosanct’ question hinge on the word ‘formal’, and asks a further question – do we need to rethink how the main Quad can best serve the needs of the College community? Does the Christ’s College Old Boys’ Association in The Quadrangle acknowledge the original formal centrality that we have perhaps forgotten over the years?

i Scheme for the Establishment of a College in or Near the Capital City of the Settlement of Canterbury, New Zealand, and to be called the Christ-Church College. Christ’s College School List 1850-1950 pp29–31.
ii Cambridge Fellows: James Wilson (Trinity) George Cotterill and George Augustus Selwyn (St John), William Wellington Willock (Magdalen), James Edward FitzGerald (Christ Church). Oxford Fellows: Robert Bateman Paul (Exeter), Octavius Mathias (Corpus Christi). Trinity College, Dublin: Henry Barnes Gresson.
The University of New Zealand, of which Canterbury University College was a part, was originally a collegiate university.
iii https://www.alisonbrooksarchitects.com/project/exeter-college/
v Christ’s College Register, April 1908 p364.
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