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From the President

Angus Dysart Paul 2022 03 29 210907

Angus Dysart-Paul
CCOBA President

Reunion Weekend 1822

As we enter Spring, and the daffodils bloom in Hagley Park, the end of the year begins to appear on the horizon.

Yet, in the next few months there are still a number of CCOBA events to be held — including the popular CCOBA golf tournament on Friday 29 September at the Christchurch Golf Club, the Gentlemen’s Lunch and Reunion (65 & 75 years on) at College (Wednesday 18 October) the Christchurch Long Lunch (Friday 24 November), and the Christchurch Young Old Boys (YOBs) event (Wednesday 29 November). There are also College community events in South Canterbury – Timaru, Ashburton, Blenheim, Nelson and Wānaka. Information about those events is set out below. We hope many Old Boys will support and attend these occasions.

In the lead up to the 175th celebrations in 2025, the Association has aimed to engage Old Boys in New Zealand and around the world. In that spirit, the Alumni Manager, Lizzie Dyer, will visit Old Boys in Tokyo (Wednesday 4 October) at an event hosted at the New Zealand Ambassador’s residence and in Thailand (Saturday 7 October).

As part of College’s 175th celebrations, the school is producing a book recording the stories and experiences of the boys who went through Christ’s College from 1997–2025. The student voice will drive the history. Warren Lidstone (Teacher, 2001–present) would love to hear your story. All narratives are valuable, and these will inform the direction of the book. If you have recollections you would like to share with Warren, please contact him at book175@christscollege.com.

Connection has been the watchword of the past few years for the Association, and that desire to connect has been shared by College. I hope in the closing months of this year, CCOBA events provide an opportunity for Old Boys to meet and hear about College today and see old friends of the past, including in places not often visited by the CCOBA and College.

Another means of staying connected is keeping up-to-date with all that is happening at College. Please click here to view our latest College magazine. You can also admire the front cover designed by New York-based Old Boy Henry Hargreaves.

Angus Dysart-Paul

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Old Boys’ Stories

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NZ Ambassador to Japan a familiar face

Old Boy Hamish Cooper (8729), New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan, is hosting our upcoming visit to Tokyo in early October, to catch up with our community living and working there.

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John Hamish Grigg

Griggs cultivate 160 year Show legacy

The Grigg name is synonymous with the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association (CAPA).

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Albert O Shannessey

Albert O’Shannessey – from Upper to New York via rugby

Old Boy – and Central Washington University (CWU) graduate – Albert O’Shannessey (14915) has been drafted into the 2023 American Major League Rugby Collegiate Draft.

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Living the life in London

The lure of London is never far from the minds of our young Old Boys.

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Anthony Richard Cottrell

The cap that came back to College

Clearing out barns before bidding a final farewell to the family farm – ‘Brooksdale Station’ in Springfield – St Andrew’s College Old Boy Maurice Milliken stumbled across a school cap. However, it was not his own but rather featured the familiar ‘CC’ of Christ’s College.

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Author Alex McKinnon opens new page

Author, investment manager, and Old Boy Alex McKinnon (11465) has opened a new page in his career, visiting Christ’s College to share his thoughts on writing and the importance of solid English skills in all facets of life.

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In the News

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Oli Aikawa (15225)

TVNZ’s Seven Sharp catches up with artist Oli Aikawa, who’s now studying Architecture at Victoria University in Wellington.

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Todd Gibson-Cornish (13860)

Todd Gibson-Cornish is among local and international performers featuring at the upcoming Martinborough Music Festival. You can see him featured in the latest issue of Kia Ora Magazine, in the Rātaka/Agenda section.

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Dan Mandy Shand

Dan Shand (11499)

Dan and Mandy Shands are taking a well-deserved break from their Culverden farm and sailing the world on their 1993 50ft catamaran.

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Nicolas Laing (12518)

Dr Nick Laing calls home on RNZ’s Sunday Morning programme to talk about his work in Northern Uganda where he has lived for several years.

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Alex Kendall (13573)

Alex Kendall’s autonomous self-driving start-up has caught the attention of Bill Gates.

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The latest College magazine

College – Issue 43 2023

High-flying adventures with King Charles, a Cambridge scholar, running for New Zealand, food for thought from an Old Boy artist – all in the new College magazine.


College Magazine Issue 43 2023
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Upcoming Events


Friday 29 SeptemberCCOBA Golf, The Christchurch Club


Wednesday 4 October, 6pmTokyo Community Visit
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Saturday 7 October, 6pmThailand Community Visit
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Wednesday 11 October, 7–8.30amBusiness Banter with former CEO, The New Zealand Merino Company, John Brakenridge

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Wednesday 18 October, 10.15am65 Years On Reunion (1958–1962)

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75 Years On Reunion (1945–1952)
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Wednesday 18 October, 12pmGentlemen's Lunch
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Wednesday 18 October, 12pmHawke's Bay College Golf Day, Hastings Golf Club
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Wednesday 25 October, 6pmSouth Canterbury Community Visit
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Thursday 26 October, 6pm Ashburton Community Visit
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Tuesday 31 October, 6pmBlenheim Community Visit

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Wednesday 1 November, 5pmNelson Community Visit
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Tuesday 21 November, 6pmWanaka Community Visit

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Friday 24 November, 12pmChristchurch Long Lunch
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Wednesday 29 November, 6pmChristchurch Young Old Boys Event (YOBs)
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16–18 February 2024Reunion Weekend – 20 Years On (2004–2008), 30 Years On (1994–1998), 40 Years On (1984–1988), 50 Years On (1974–1978), 60 Years On (1964–1968), 70 Years On (1954–1958), 80 Years On (1944–1948)

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15–17 November

NZ Agricultural Show

Celebrating Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney’s hugely influential architectural partnership

Maurice & I co-directed and produced by Rick Harvie and Jane Mahoney (Maruice's daughter), is a feature-length documentary celebrating Old Boy Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney’s hugely influential architectural partnership, and their legacy that was all but lost in the devastating Christchurch earthquakes.

This remarkable partnership, their approach to design and their signature use of materials transformed the face of Christchurch in the 60s and 70s, and influenced their architectural peers throughout New Zealand.

Maurice & I combines rare archival footage alongside exclusive interviews with Sir Miles and Maurice Mahoney, including their final interview together.

Click here to support this film by donating to their crowdfunding campaign.

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Football tour just around the corner

This September/October, a group of 28 football (soccer) playing students from Christ’s College will head to US and Canada. Following a very successful tour in 2018, we are venturing back to North America to continue the positive growth and development of our players. The group, largely made up of boys from our 1st XI and development teams, will be playing games against local school teams as well as participating in exchange activities, sightseeing and touring. Washington DC, Richmond, Baltimore, New York, Boston and Toronto are just some of the destinations on the tour.

We know this tour will help to continue building our football programme within College. Together with playing against local schools, the boys will participate in some professional training sessions and visit professional sporting venues as part of their development. We believe this will improve their skills and deepen their understanding of the game.

This tour will also help build connections and relationships for the College with other IBSC (International Boys School Coalition) schools, who we are visiting and playing games against. The fact that we are revisiting four of the schools we connected with on the previous tour, is testament to the strength and support schools within the IBSC organisation can provide each other.

Old Boys may also be located in cities we’re visiting. On our last tour, we were lucky enough to touch base with Chris Parr (6554) who was in Harper House (1959) and Phil Houlding (11597) who was the 1st XI football captain in 1997. We see this as another good opportunity to engage with a growing number of Old Boys who reside in the US or Canada. If there are any Old Boys who would like to catch-up or visit us, or who might be able to connect us with some unique opportunities on the tour, we would love to hear from you.

Alternatively you can follow the tour by checking in with our tour blog: https://christscollegefootballtour2023.com/

Kind regards,
Matt Cortesi – Director of Character & Leadership, and Service
MiC Football

Mobile: 027 268 9434

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Christ’s College Students & Old Boys’ Art Exhibition

A multi-layered exhibition that showcases a stunning array of artworks by Old Boys and students will open at Christ’s College in October.

Featuring a range of vibrant and striking pieces, the Christ’s College Students & Old Boys’ Art Exhibition will be unveiled at a special, invitation-only, opening night in the Assembly Foyer on Friday 13 October from 6–8pm. The exhibition will then be open to the public from Saturday 14 October–Sunday 15 October, from 10am–8pm.

For Old Boy artist and curator Oli Aikawa (15225), the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to “showcase the artistic talent that Christ’s College has helped to nurture and develop”.

“The upcoming exhibition also builds on the past, with Old Boys joining with younger artists and students to exhibit a remarkable range of art in the Assembly Foyer.

“Among the Old Boys and students, there are many talented artists with amazing visual arts skills. All want to share their work with a wider audience.

“I am committed to reinstating the tradition of the College art exhibition, and now feel that this integral element of College life has been restored to its rightful place.”

An award-winning painter, Oli has created his own collection of works – titled Kā Pākihi-whakatekateka-a-Waitaha – for the exhibition. It features his favourite moments in time and much-loved Canterbury landscapes.

Exhibition dates

Saturday 14–Sunday 15 October, 10am–8pm
Exhibition (open to the public)

Monday 16 October, 6pm
Open to those attending the Sedley Wells Music Competition

Wednesday 18 October, 10am–2pm
Open to those Old Boys attending the Gentlemen's Lunch and the 65 & 75 Years On Reunion

Friday 20 October, 11am
Open to those attending The Pink Lunch

Some of the young artists featuring at the upcoming exhibition.
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Out & About

Grandparents Day

Grandparents flocked to College for the annual College Grandparents’ Day celebration. Together with their grandsons, hundreds packed the Chapel and the Chapman Room, explored the grounds and the buildings and saw first-hand the school life enjoyed by their grandsons.

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Hawke's Bay Community Visit

We were thrilled to catch up with so many Old Boys – young and more senior – in Hawke's Bay last week. At our Community Event, Peter Williams was the lucky winner of the 10 Houses Gin. Thanks to Old Boy Hugo Fitzsimmons for hosting us at Giant Brewing Co.

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The Chronicle


Richard Crawford Studholme (5893)

Richard Studholme was a well-respected teacher of French and German. After studying and working overseas, he returned to Christ’s College as a tutor and later Housemaster.

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June–August 2023

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

Charles Robert JEPSON (7696)
Victoria, 5 June 2023

John Allen RICHARDS (6450)
London, 28 June 2022

David Lester GOODE (6284)
Canterbury, 23 July 2023

Derek Boyd HUGHEY (5206)
Christchurch, 26 July 2023

Angus David MACDONALD (5399)
Southland, 31 July 2023

Nigel James WARDEN (5986)
Wellington, 31 July 2023

Hugh Charles BRIDGE (5282)
East Coast, 1 August 2023

Bruce Neill Goodenough ALEXANDER (5464)
Christchurch, 3 August 2023

Myles Reece HUSTON (11598)
Canterbury, 5 August 2023

Gordon Eric Garnett BREMNER (6257)
Bay of Plenty, 11 August 2023

Michael Frank DINWIDDIE (5399)
Bay of Plenty, 18 August 2023

Peter Hugh Radclyffe ROBERTS (6453)
East Coast, 20 August 2023

James Pembroke Hughes CLOUSTON (10828)
Marlborough, 22 August 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

A mystery half-solved

Inside the front door of School House is an item of furniture. There is a rumour that it is an altar that arrived in Canterbury on one of the first four ships. A search of the ledgers for the Canterbury Association – held in the Christchurch Anglican Diocesan Archives – has no mention of an altar on the first four ships or on any of the Canterbury Association ships.

A plaque on the item of furniture reads:

These versions of
Holy Scripture
were presented to
The Rev’d Samuel Charles Wilks MA
By the
British & Foreign Bible Society.
This cabinet was presented by
the Congregation of Hampstead Chapel, Middlesex AD 1834

So, let us work our way through the clues:

  • It is a cabinet created to hold Bibles
  • The Bibles were presented by the British & Foreign Bible Society
  • The recipient of the Bibles and the cabinet was Samuel Charles Wilks
  • The cabinet was presented by the Congregation of Hampstead Chapel.

The centrepiece in the story is obviously Samuel Charles Wilks (1789–1872). He has proved to be a little elusive but, in summary, Samuel Wilks:

  • Matriculated at St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford in 1810 and completed a BA in 1814, followed by an MA in 1816
  • Was ordained a deacon in 1813 and a priest 1816 by Richard Beadon, Bishop of Bath and Wells
  • Was appointed to curacies in Somerset and Devon
  • Was the editor of the Christian Observer 1816–1849
  • Retired to Nursling in 1847 near Southampton, where he ministered until his death.

There are two important clues in this summary – St Edmund’s Hall and the Christian Observer.

The Christian Observer – an evangelical periodical that appeared from 1802–1874 – was associated with the Clapham Sect or Clapham Saints. The most well-known member was William Wilberforce, who lived in Clapham, then a village in south-west London. This group was concerned with the abolition of the slave trade, the reform of the penal system, and missionary activity at home and abroad. Many of these reformers were associated with St Edmund’s Hall. It was Wilberforce who suggested that Samuel Marsden cut short his studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Marsden was then appointed assistant chaplain in the newly established convict settlement of New South Wales. By 1800, he was chaplain and magistrate and remained in contact with the Clapham Sect.i

Now to turn to the British & Foreign Bible Society. It was founded in 1804 in London, as a non-denominational society to “encourage the wider circulation of the Holy Scripture without note or comment”.ii In New Zealand, and more widely, the society helped established missions increase their publication of translations. Indeed, after an apprenticeship with a Cornish printer and working with the society’s printer, Richard Watts and Co, William Colenso was sent to New Zealand in 1854.

Then there is the question of the Hampstead Chapel. Research indicates that there are two choices, based on the name on the plaque. It was either a nonconformist chapel, or a chapel of ease for the parish church. What is known is that Hampstead had a Bible Society that was an auxiliary of the British & Foreign Bible Society.iii

So that is as far as the research has been able to go. It would be good to write an update on this story. However, more information is needed. It was a large piece of furniture to bring to New Zealand, so how did it get here? How and when did School House acquire it? What is the connection with Samuel Wilks and the British & Foreign Bible Society? Any help in untangling the other half of the mystery would be appreciated.

i Newman, K. 2010. Bible and Treaty. Penguin Books p26
Lineham, P. J. 1996. Bible and Society. The Bible Society in New Zealand Daphne Brasell Associates Press p1
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