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The Maristian June 2012
Pat Mills (2006)
Pat has moved
on to the San
Antonio Spurs in
the NBA and is
proving to be a
a career high 34
points over the Warriors which
eclipsed his 27-point performance in
the win over Phoenix. With the injury
to Andrew Bogut, Pat would appear to
have the inside running to captain the
Boomers at the London Olympics.
Philip Citowicki (2009)
Philip recently called into the College
to update his address for The
Maristian. He can be contacted at
Rohan Corrigan (2008)
Rohan is studying at Sydney University
and can be contacted at
Rob Colquhuon (1997)
“I am an Old Boy from 1997, and have
recently lost my copy of my yearbooks
from Year 4 to Year 12 (1989-97). So I
was thinking the College could upload
all the old yearbooks from 1968 onto the
MCC website. It would be a great way for
OBs to reminisce, and could even
perhaps save the college money in
production fees down the line. And as
I’m still in close contact with at least a
dozen of my classmates, would love to
look back to a time when they weren’t
grey, tubby or bald!”
Unfortunately the College is unable, at
this time, to accede to Rob’s request.
We thought some of his
contemporaries may be able to assist.
Rob can be contacted at
Class of 1982
Date: Saturday 1 September
Venue: Rowland Room at the Vikings
Commencing 6 pm.
Contact: Chris Hately, 0437991210,
Class of 1992
Date: Friday 26 & Saturday 27 October
Venue: Friday 26 October 2012: 6:30pm - Austrian
Club - Informal drinks
Saturday 27 October 2012: 1.00pm - BBQ & Tour of
the College, 6.30pm - Canberra Southern Cross Club
Contacts: Andrew Fraser, 0402493173,
Michael Bysouth, 62488128, Michael@deden.com.au
Chris Dennis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 1987
Date: Saturday 20 October
Venue: 11.00 – 3.00 Tour of the College. BBQ and
activities for the kids.
Evening venue to be decided
Contacts: Simon Gallagher, 0400588511,
David Smith, 62815311, dSmith@apesma.com.au
Class of 2002
Date: Saturday 8 September
Venue: Meet at the College at 2.00pm for a tour. Then
from 6.30 at the Woden Canberra Southern Cross
Contacts: Paul Flannery, 0438628598,
James Gibson, 61984401,
Scott Neil, 0411955216
The day starts at 5 am; breakfast of cereal or porridge,
scones or damper washed down with bitter instant
coffee. The trek leader yells out “10 minutes” as you hastily
consume the last of your breakfast, take your malaria
tablets and electrolytes and brush your teeth.
Each day has led from one muddy area of the track to
another, testing the rubber grip on the soles of your
boots; the track is like a skating rink among trees, vines
and deadly slopes.
A steep muddy ascent awaits us; no climb starts easy on
Kokoda, no easy ups to start you off. As you wend your
way along the track you walk past hundreds of Australian
and Japanese foxholes and weapon pits and you learn to
distinguish one from the other. The Australians made
two-man rectangular holes in groups of three about 10-
15 metres apart; the Japanese had one-man round holes
irregularly spread. You learn too to spot the ambush
locations high up with a long view of the approaching
After two hours of walking with two short stops for rest,
you find you have a further one-and- a-half hours to go;
each time you reach the crest of one peak thinking this is
it, you find there’s more to climb
You try to imagine how the diggers coped, some carrying
in excess of 30 kg of supplies, guns weighing up to 12 kg,
little or no food, surrounded and outnumbered six-to-
one. Here in 2012 with all the help on hand, with prior
preparation and light back packs, some people are
suffering from cramp, headache, vomiting; dehydration
sets in to add to the discomfort of heat and humidity.
“Packs off,” is the leader’s signal for the lunch stop. The
food porters have raced ahead of us early in the day and
have lunch already prepared: two-minute noodles,
cruskets, jams, spam, processed cheese and mountain
bread covered in a variety of condiments. It all tastes
The “10 minutes” call goes out again; check that water
bladders and bottles are topped up and treated. With a
full stomach and your body cooled down, this is the
toughest part of the day; you start feeling aches and
pains that were not there before. Your knees are
screaming at you as you start to descend the other side
of the range with sections that are nearly vertical. If you
thought the ups were bad the downs are worse; you
need maximum concentration or you will find yourself
down on your tail or snagging your leg on a tree root.
A gushing noise signals that we are approaching Eora
Creek; one last descent and a short sharp climb to our
campsite. It is 3:30pm.
Tents are set up, bags are unpacked and boots off, down
to the river for a cold bath and sit back and relax in warm
dry clothes, as the jungle gets extremely cold at night.
Kids from the local village come forward to interact with
the trekkers and hope for a game of football. They have
so little, but they all seem happy without the materialistic
demons of western society.
The light fades: darkness sets quickly in the Owen Stanley
Range. A pasta and sauce dinner, rice and choko vines, a
cup of Milo and a chocolate biscuit. By 7.30 pm we are in
our sleeping bags listening to the porters sitting and
singing gospel music in their native tongue, beautiful
harmonies perfectly synchronised.
As you drift to sleep, your thoughts are with the brave
young men who gave their lives on the track so that we
could enjoy peace and freedom.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow
They were staunch to the end ...
A Day on the Kokoda Track
by Shane Goodwin
Michael Bysouth (1992)
Michael runs a financial planning
business, Deden Private Wealth
Management, in Canberra and
Sydney. His brother Sean was a
member of the class of 1991.
Michael can be contacted at
Mike Baldwin (1979)
Mike is a one of the unsung heroes
working on the OBA committee. In
spite of this commitment he still
struggles to decide where his loyalties
are, because he spent the last two
years of College at Joeys. He can be
Martin Klunder (1977)
Martin has contacted us from the
Netherlands where he works with
IBM. He can be contacted at
email@example.com or on LinkedIn.
L-R: Mark Keogh (1993), Pete Menegazzo (1993), Shane Goodwin (1998), Michael Houston (1984), Wayne Goodwin (1988),
Darren Goodwin (1985), Joe Roff (1993).
Each year, the boys in Year Ten have a week of work experience. In many cases, the College calls on Old Boys to
assist with these placements. We thank the following who have given this important help to our students.
• Lifeline - Brendan Maher (1994)
• InStyle - Andrew Dimoff (1988)
• Vikings TVRU ASC- Baden Stephenson (1991) and Ray Sweeney, father of Craig (1988)
• Baulderstone - Pedro Da Silva (1995)
• Huon Construction - Martin Boyd, father Harry (2007)
• Private builder Josh Fish (2002)
• ASPEN Medical - Glen Keys, father of Ehren (2011) and Tim (Year 11)
• Ken Cush - father of Tim (2001), Adrian (2004) and James (2005). Ken continues to provide his expertise as
mentor to Bond University mooting team.
If you are in a position to help with this important aspect of school life, please contact Janet Williamson
The organisers of these gatherings would love to hear from people in their year.
Many of the finer details are still to be finalised.
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