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Alumni Manager

Lizzie Dyer The Quad

Lizzie Dyer
Alumni Manager

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It was a privilege to attend the funeral of celebrated Old Boy Sir Tim Wallis who recently passed away.

The 2000-strong congregation included a large contingent of fellow Old Boys who paid their respects to this inspiring man’s life. We offer our deepest condolences to Sir Tim’s family.

Annual Appeal 2023

We are opening the Christ's College Museum in May 2025 in time for our 175th celebrations. We are fortunate that the Museum has been designed by Old Boy and renowned architect Alec Bruce. Discover what the museum will mean to our Old Boys and students here.

The Hare Memorial Library building is being transformed into a beautiful space to house the new College Museum. It will showcase our precious archives in purpose-built archival cabinets that will highlight our 175 years of history.

Our Annual Appeal – titled ‘Bring our heritage into the light’ – will open the door to a remarkable collection. For those returning to College, the Museum will be a place to unlock memories or explore the past. For our current and future students, it will be where they connect with our unique and enduring legacy, delve into the meaning of our traditions, and discover how the school has evolved.

Naming rights opportunity
In the Museum, we will have six archival cabinets. We are now offering the rare opportunity to be part of school history, with naming rights available per cabinet. To view the design, click here. These contemporary cabinets will feature your family name, with a family biography included in the display.

If you wish to find out more about the cabinets, please contact Senior Development Manager Shelley Keach at skeach@christscollege.com or phone 027 807 0539.

Community Visits, Long Lunches, and the final YOB event for 2023

The strength of our community has been reflected in how many of you attended the six events we’ve held during the past few whirlwind weeks – in Japan, Thailand, Nelson, South Canterbury, Ashburton and Timaru, together with the 65 & 75 Years On Reunion in Christchurch. This is the first full year since Covid-19 that we’ve been able to hold a full calendar. Thank you for your amazing support.

There’s still more to come. Our Friday Long Lunches kick off in Auckland and Sydney on Friday 17 November, Christchurch on Friday 24 November and finally the YOBs, also in the Garden City, on Wednesday 29 November.

New Zealand Agricultural Show, Christchurch

Another great opportunity to catch up is the upcoming NZ Agricultural Show in Christchurch, Wednesday 15 November–Friday 17 November. Christ’s College will be out in force this year. Apart from our customary stand (this year at M50 & M51), many of our current boys are volunteering or performing at The Show on both Thursday and Friday. We even have a lane named after us. Please do come and visit us at Christ’s College Lane.

End of an era

I would like to acknowledge the retirement of Rob Donaldson at the end of the term. I know many of you will have met Rob as either an Old Boy or as fathers of Old Boys and students. Rob has been such a huge part of Christ’s College over his 35-year tenure, and I would like to wish Rob and Shelley all the best for their next chapter. College won’t be the same without the man who never ages! Look out for a profile of Rob in College magazine 2024.

With the end of the year fast approaching, the CCOBA wishes you all the very best for a safe and happy festive season.

This is the final Quadrangle for 2023. As always, we welcome your feedback.

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Old Boys’ Stories

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Gerald Hargreaves – beefing up premium returns

Kakahu Angus – advanced by Old Boy Gerald Hargreaves (6761) and now led by his son, Tom (11286) – is responsible for breeding some of the best bulls in the beef business.

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Toshi celebrates 10 years in the UK’s Royal Marines

Toshi Westbury (13797) has just clocked up a decade as part of the prestigious Royal Marines in the UK.

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Derelict kimono factory transformed into coastal lodge

Japan is a land of contrasts that Hamish Pidgeon (10013) has called home for more than two decades.

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The bright future of AI in professional and daily life

The advent of AI is freeing up more time for people to focus on creativity, strategy, and marketing, according to John Gordon (13711).

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Farmer John’s still having fun

At aged 76, John Wall (7242) is still working on the farm five days a week, fulfilling his Justice of the Peace duties, and helping as a dressage steward at local equestrian events in Manawatu.

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In the News

Sir Tim

Sir Tim Wallis (6095)

Founder of the Warbirds Overs Wānaka Air Show Sir Tim Wallis was a pioneer, businessman, and aviator who always pushed the boundaries.

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Sam Neill

Sam Neill (7200)

Why Sam Neill is not particularly interested in his cancer.

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Richard Macdonald debate

Richard Macdonald (7858)

The 2023 annual Dame Maire Quinn Memorial Debate raised over $13,000 for the Auckland Mayoral Flood Relief Fund. Organiser Richard Macdonald says he is hoping younger College Old Boys will put their hand up for the 2024 debate. You can contact Richard through the CCOBA.

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Tour de stache

George Cresswell (14281)

Four YOBs are cycling from Christchurch to Wanaka over four days, covering a whopping 540km, to raise funds for Movember to support mental health. The boys are welcoming any donations. For more information, visit Givealittle.

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Upcoming Events


15–17 NovemberNZ Agricultural Show
Friday 17 November, 12pmAuckland AGM and Long Lunch
Register now.
Friday 17 November, 12pmSydney Long Lunch

Register now.

Tuesday 21 November, 6pmWanaka Community Visit

Register now.

Friday 24 November, 12pmChristchurch Long Lunch
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Wednesday 29 November, 6pmChristchurch Young Old Boys (YOBs) Event
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Thursday 30 November, 6–7pmCarols on the Quad
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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Sunday 25 February 2024

Joe Studholme Memorial Vintage and Classic Car Day
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Saturday 2 March 2024CCOBA Sailing

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Out & About

Our international community

We had great support at our Community Visits in Japan and Thailand. It was particularly special to be hosted by Old Boy Hamish Cooper at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo where he is NZ’s Ambassador to Japan. In Thailand, we caught up with four Old Boys who were College’s first international students.

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Timaru & Ashburton Community Visit

A fantastic turnout in Timaru at Hector Blacks, the wonderfully idiosyncratic bar owned by Old Boy and CCOBA South Canterbury Branch President Tim Black. Ashburton’s Mill House Kitchen was the perfect venue for our Mid Canterbury catch up.

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Blenheim & Nelson Community Visit

We have enjoyed catching up with so many familiar faces at our Community Visit in Blenheim and Nelson as we celebrate another wonderful year. Enjoy some snapshots from our ‘top of the south’ catch-ups below.

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65 & 75 Years On Reunion

Another fantastic event with magnificent singing at Congers. Our traditional Roast Beef lunch in the Dining Hall was as popular as ever. Festivities for the 65 Years On finished with a lovely dinner at the Christchurch Club. Thank you to everyone who attended. It was great to see you.

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The CCOBA Christchurch Golf Day was a sell-out for the fourth consecutive year. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for supporting this event, and a special mention to Old Boys Bryan Andrews and Ben Frampton, and also to Rick Vincent and Old Boy Mike Hadley and their team at the Christchurch Golf Club for all their help.

Congratulations to the winners.

Johnny Austin (9274), Mike Goodwin (9177), George Goodwin (9580), David Topham

Sam Smail (10508) – Johnson Salver

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Christ’s College Student & Old Boys’ Art Exhibition

Our remarkably talented YOB Oli Aikawa showed great initiative to set up his recent Art Exhibition, which also featured works by current students and well-known Old Boy artists such as Tom Raine and Henry Hargreaves. We’re looking forward to making this an annual event.

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The Chronicle


Sir Timothy William Wallis (6095)

Sir Tim Wallis led a remarkable life, but will be remembered as a kind and humble father, grandfather and friend, his son, Jonathan, says. Sir Tim, 85, died last month surrounded by his family.

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September–November 2023

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

James Collins HILL-MOTION (5319)
Manawatu, 20 July 2023

Michael Muir ANDREWS (5277)
Auckland, 2 September 2023

John Dennis Heaton O’RORKE (5343)
3 September 2023

Charles Herbert SPEIGHT (5271)
Wellington, 10 September 2023

Daniel REESE (8134)
Christchurch, 11 September 2023

Jon Standish WILLIAMS (5456)
Hawke's Bay, 13 September 2023

Paul Barrington SHEILD (7101)
Christchurch, 22 September 2023

Anthony Trevor HUGHES (6767)
Hawke’s Bay, 29 September 2023

Ross Wayne THOMPSON (6962)
Formerly Canterbury, 2 October 2023

Ormond Brian STOCK (6955)
Manawatu, 8 October 2023

Christopher David McILRAITH (6787)
10 October 2023

Neil Donald Ridley SMITH (7903)
Christchurch, 14 October 2023

Donald Major PURSER (5053)
Christchurch, 15 October 2023

Timothy William WALLIS (6095)
Otago, 17 October 2023

Stephen Alexander KEDDELL (8233)
Christchurch, 27 October 2023

James Stewart THACKER (8960)
Marlborough, 29 October 2023

Stuart Anthony FROUDE (5408)
Wellington, 1 November 2023

John Keith FLEMING (6518)

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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

Filling the gaps about Prefects

The Christ’s College 1850–1950 List provides a comprehensive list of Prefects, beginning in 1866 with Thomas De Renzy Condell (123), Walter Harper (56), George Newman Wilmer (124), and Gerald Samuel Harper (78). Then there is a gap until 1879, when another list is available, and a further gap until 1883, when this photograph appears.

Back row from left: Walter Herbert Hargreaves (629)*, George Edward Rhodes (791)*, Arthur Paul Harper (877)*, Frederick John Millton (819), Reginald Fortescue Cook (913)*.
Sitting from left: George Harris (903)#, William Bedell Stanford (1075), Thomas Forsaith Macdonald (863)*.
Front from left: Edward Rogers Webb (722)*, Charles Coleridge Harper (959)*, Arthur Gladstone Cox (887)**.

# appointed 1880
** appointed 1881
*appointed 1882

Based on the appointment dates, once appointed, a boy retained that position until he left College.

Is there any family information that can fill in the gaps? Perhaps there is a clue in family papers about the names of the Prefects between 1867 and 1878? It would be even better if there was a photograph, either of an individual or of a group.

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