27 May 2015   ::   Old Sydneians' Newsletter – Number 2


Photo: Athletes, 1959. Photograph by Max Dupain


Dear Old Sydneian,
Here is the second edition of the Old Sydneians’ Newsletter, a termly publication aimed at keeping Old Boys in touch with each other and with the School. You will see that we are assisting with the organisation of a large number of reunions this year, but I also would like to extend to you all a warm invitation to other events in which you might be interested. Details follow below. If you have any questions, or would like to book tickets, please email us at or call Wendy Scotter or David Roach in the office on (02) 9332 5888.  
In a few weeks you should receive the first edition of a new journal, SGS, which the School is publishing as the successor to Foundations. It is a more extensive effort than Foundations and we are hoping to commission extended articles from Old Boys about matters of general interest to our community. In addition to this, changing patterns of university course selection and post-university destinations mean that Old Sydneians are working all over the world in new and often unexpected fields, and we are always interested in hearing what you are doing – not least because it helps us advise current generations of senior boys.

John Vallance

ANZAC Assembly and lunch

On Friday April 24th, sixty Old Sydneians attended the annual ANZAC assembly in Big School.  The old boys heard Dr Alan Dearn, Senior Master in History, speak about the significance of the centenary of ANZAC and the importance of remembering those who have served, and continue to serve, their country.  He focused on the unique contributions made by Old Sydneians.
Afterwards, there was a very enjoyable luncheon in the Alastair Mackerras Theatre foyer.

If you would like to be included in future invitations to this most important event, please contact the Old Sydneians’ office on 9332 5888.
Above left: Old Sydneians inspect the School's Commemorative Anzac Centenary display
Above right: School Archivist, Bridget Minatel with Dr Ian Francis OAM (OS 1965)

Anzac Smoke Concert

An Anzac Commemorative Smoke Concert, held on the eve of national Anzac Centenary commemorations, proved a distinctive and moving display of remembrance.  The event featured a wide range of popular music from the early 1900s, performed by the Grammarphones, a solo piano performance by WT Lind (IV) and other music ensembles, together with readings and poems by Old Sydneians, recited by Sixth Form boys and Grammar staff. The concert aimed to transport the audience back to an era where patriotism and devotion to the Empire was at its height, honouring Old Sydneians who fought for King and Country.


John Wayland (OS’59-’60), helped to establish Windsor Polo Club in the early seventies and suggested that ‘black and gold’ be the Club colours. John was inspired, as a young lad, by a book “Polo by Marco” written by Earl Mountbatten of Burma who, in the 1970’s, paid a visit to the Club. For many years, the Club has hosted the International Polo Test and The Spring Polo Carnival. John is keen to attract Old Sydneians to be involved in the Club. Anyone interested should contact John

Above right: John Wayland (right) with members of the Windsor Polo Club

Old Sydneians’ Bowls club

The SGS Old Boys’ team needs more lawn bowlers!  2015 marks the 62nd year of the GPS Old Boys’ Lawn Bowls competition. Warringah Bowling Club (Mosman) hosts all games. A six-man team plays a round robin fixture, on seven Sunday afternoons from May to November each year (two teams of three bowl triples). All Sydney GPS schools are represented with banners waving. But Grammar is looking for reinforcements. We haven't won the ”Head of the Green” trophy since 1980! Its a great afternoon to catch up with GPS friends. A quiet ale completes the day. Call Chris Wood on 0418 227 811 or email at
Above right: Some SGS Old Boys’ Bowls Team players at the last fixture: L to R: Chris Wood (OS 1963), John Gifford (OS 1945), Godfrey Gay (OS 1959), Peter Larcombe (OS 1958), John Spurrett (OS 1950), Peter Baume AC (OS 1951).  Other players include Geoff Green (OS 1948-49), Greg Cutler (OS 1968), Ian Stevenson (OS 1941-42), Sam Ginges (OS 1958), David Wood (OS 1956).

Headmaster visits Old Sydneians in London

On Friday 10 April, the Headmaster and Mrs Vallance attended a gathering at ‘The Only Running Footman’ in Mayfair, London organised by our Old Sydneian co-ordinator in London, James Aitken (OS 1988).  Many Old Sydneians joined the gathering, and heard news of events at College Street.  The Headmaster does his best to make this an annual event, which is a must for all Old Sydneians in and around London (and indeed the UK).  If you would like to join our London/UK database, please email the Old Sydneians’ office at

Home Sporting Fixtures

Below are a few of the Football and Rugby games you might like to attend at Weigall. For a full list of sporting fixtures, including Rifle Shooting, Cross Country and Volleyball, please click here.

13 June 2015 SGS V TSC – Football
18 July 2015 – SGS V TKS – Football
18 July 2015 – SGS V SJC – Rugby
1 August 2015 – SGS V Shore – Rugby and Football
8 August 2015 – SGS V SJC – Football
8 August 2015 – SGS V Newington – Rugby
22 August 2015 – SGS V TAS – Rugby
29 August 2015 – SGS V SIC – Football
5 September 2015 – SGS V SBHS – Rugby and Football (Back to Weigall day)

Telephone the Old Sydneians' Office on (02) 9332 5888 and we will advise you the times of the games.

Open Days

The School will be holding its second Open Day of the year on Thursday 20 August between 12 midday and 3pm. While these Open Days are aimed primarily at prospective families, you, as an Old Sydneian, are very welcome to attend and have a look around the School. You will simply need to RSVP via the Old Sydneians’ Office on (02) 9332 5888


Sydney Grammar School in association with SCEGGS presents ARGONAUTIKA – The Journey of Jason and the Argonauts by Mary Zimmerman, after Apollonius of Rhodes

June 16, 17, 18, 6.30pm
Alastair Mackerras Theatre

This 2006 retelling of the classic story takes our hero from his initial charge to fetch the Golden Fleece, through adventures with demigods, demons and dragons, to his ultimate betrayal of the witch-queen Medea and its tragic consequences. The production draws on Greek theatre and physical theatre traditions as well as more contemporary performance practices.
Tickets ($15/$10) can be reserved by emailing Ms Bronwen Williams at


Here is a list of some of the major concerts for this year.  Many of these concerts will be held in The New Hall (off Yurong Street) which will be a wonderful opportunity to see it in use.  If you would like to receive regular advice on SGS concert programs, please email

2 June 2015 – 6.30pm – French Festival Concert 1 – St Ives Prep School
4 June 2015 – 6.30pm – French Festival Concert 2 – Edgecliff Prep School
11 June 2015 – 6.30pm – French Festival Finale – College Street – The New Hall
21 June 2015 – 6.30pm – Combined Bands Concert – College Street – The New Hall
24 July 2015 – 7.00pm – Jazz Concert featuring Paul Gabrowsky – College Street – The New Hall
To book tickets for the Jazz Concert please click here
20 August 2015 – 6.30pm –
Term III Concert – College Street – The New Hall
2 and 3 October 2015 – 7pm – The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek – Pacific Opera, Sydney Youth Orchestra and SGS Choir conducted by Alex BrigerCollege Street – The New Hall – Tickets to be advised

Dates, times and venues may change, so please check the School website for the latest information. If you would like to attend any of these concerts please call the Old Sydneians' Office on (02) 9332 5888.


The following reunions are now confirmed and should you require any further information, please call the Old Sydneians’ Office on (02) 9332 5888 or email

5-year Reunion – 2010 – Sat 1 Aug - Drinks (Stacks Taverna, Darling Harbour)
10-year Reunion – 2005 – Fri 23 Oct – Drinks (Stacks Taverna, Darling Harbour)
20-year Reunion – 1995 – Fri 23 Oct – Drinks (Quarryman’s Hotel, Pyrmont)
25-year Reunion – 1990 – Sat 31 Oct – Weigall Cricket &/or Drinks (The Royal Hotel, Paddington)
30-year Reunion – 1985 – Sat 8 Aug – Drinks (The Woollahra Hotel)
Note: Wallabies v All Blacks game will be televised
40-year Reunion – 1975 – Fri 20 Nov – Tour of College Street 4.30pm followed by Drinks
(Hotel William, East Sydney)
40-year Reunion – 1975 – Sat 21 Nov – Dinner (Weigall Pavilion, Rushcutters Bay)
45-year Reunion – 1970 – Fri 14 Aug – Dinner (Big School, College Street)
50-year Reunion – 1965 – Fri 21 Aug – Canapé-style Lunch (Cyren Bar, Darling Harbour)
55-year Reunion – 1960 and 1961 – Date to be confirmed
60-year Reunion – 1955 and 1956 – Wed 28 Oct - Canapé-style Lunch (The Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay)
1950-51-52 Lunch
– Mon 9 Nov – Nicks Seafood Restaurant, Cockle Bay Wharf
1948 Lunch – Wed 2 Dec – The Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney
1945-46-47 Lunch – Fri 27 Nov – Wal King Room, College Street
Melbourne Events (To be advised)

1965 lunch

A group of 1965 Old Sydneians met for lunch in The Edmund Barton Room, College Street on Friday 13 February (Note: 1965 50-year Reunion Lunch being held Friday 21 August at Cyren Bar, Darling Harbour).
Left to right rear: David Matheson, Tudor Anderson, Paul Cockburn, Sandy Howard, Rod Ovens and Chris Trimble.
Left to right front: Andrew Jakubowicz, Doug Walker, Paul Weaver, Ian Francis, John McEvoy, Malcolm Boyd, Peter Breeze, Allan Moss, Paul Turner and Norman Fitzpatrick.

Cadet Passing Out parades

Air Force cadets Friday 20 November at 1700HRS, Weigall
Army cadets Wednesday 7 October at 1515HRS, Weigall

Address details?

Have you moved recently or changed your email address? Is so, please email us on and we will update your details in our database. Alternatively, you can always telephone us on (02) 9332 5888 and we will happily update your details over the telephone.
Perhaps you may also know of an Old Sydneian who has not have received this publication. If so, please ask them to contact our Office, and we will give them the opportunity to receive this and any forthcoming Newsletters.