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In recognition of devoted OSCA service

Three OSCA Merit Awards were presented at the 2011 OSCA President's Dinner

WORDS: MR PAUL MISHURA AND MR DAVID ASHTON

Old Boys from 1954, 1965 and 1966 received OSCA Merit Awards at the 2011 President’s Dinner in recognition of years of devoted service to OSCA.

BRYAN GIBBS (perhaps better known as ‘Gibbles’) attended Scotch from 1945 to 1954. In 1955 he joined the Old Scotch Football Club (OSFC), playing 28 games for the under 19s in 1955 and 1956, and 86 senior and reserve games from 1957 to 1962. He was the leading goalkicker in the seniors in 1960.

Bryan was club treasurer from 1957 to 1963, a committee member (1964-66), under 19s coach (1969-71), vice-president (1972), and club secretary (1973 to 1979). During this period he was also VAFA delegate (1974-77) and chairman of selectors (1978-79). In 1978 Bryan was made an honorary life member of the OSFC. He did not rest on his laurels, serving as vice-president again (1980-81), treasurer (1983) and reaching the pinnacle as president from 1987 to 1990.

After a third stint as vice-president (1992) Bryan took a well-deserved break from OSFC duties, but returned as chairman of selectors from 2009 to 2010. A chartered accountant, Bryan married Jill at Scotch in 1961. Their son Stuart (’88) graced the Main as a member of the 1st XVIII in 1987 and 1988, and had a distinguished playing career at OSFC.

DAVID MACDONALD attended Scotch from 1956 to 1965. He was a member of Littlejohn House and a boarder in McMeckan and School Houses. After studying in Sydney he married Susan in Sydney’s PLC Chapel in 1972, and then worked in London for the Slater Walker Group.

David returned to Sydney to take a real estate course, and in 1979 opened his own real estate business in Hunter’s Hill. In 1983 he became joint owner of Alexandra’s Restaurant in Hunter’s Hill and he helped save Hunter’s Hill’s historic Vienna Cottage. Having three daughters, becoming involved in OSCA’s Sydney branch seemed a logical decision, and from 1982 he served as secretary and treasurer of the branch.

As a third generation Scotchie (following his father Dr Ronald Rainy Macdonald – Scotch 1927-31 – and grandfather Harry Rainy Macdonald – Scotch 1884-93), David valued his connection with the old school. As secretary of the Sydney branch, David was relentless in chasing up Old Boys in Sydney and throughout New South Wales. He worked hard to make them new members, and to introduce them to other Old Boys at branch functions.

David’s was the first face an Old Boy saw as he attended a function, and if he did not already have an OSCA tie, OSCA cufflinks and or a ticket in the raffle, David would quickly seek to rectify the situation. David’s love and admiration for Scotch is an inspiration to all loyal members of the Sydney branch.

BRIAN SYMINGTON attended Scotch from 1961 to 1966. He was a 1965 Probationer and 1966 Prefect. Brian was also 1966 Captain of Gilray House, but – more relevantly – was Major of the Pipe Band. Graduating with a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering from RMIT in 1971, Brian worked for the Gas and Fuel Corporation from about 1979 to 1997 before moving to the Gold Coast. Brian worked in several roles in Queensland until July 2005.

In 2008 Brian was the unrelenting driving force responsible for establishing the Old Scotch Pipes and Drums. He nurtured the fragile young entity through its earliest years as its manager, tutor, pipe major, mentor and president, watching it grow in size and enthusiasm.

Brian succeeded in creating a band which gives Scotch boys and Old Boys an opportunity to continue enjoying and developing their skills while representing Scotch at OSCA events, Chapel weddings, funerals, highland games and other appropriate events.

Having taught Scotch’s Pipes and Drums bandmaster and piping tutor Mark Saul, Brian replaced Mark while he was on leave during 2009 and 2011. Brian plays an active role in supporting Mark and the Scotch College Pipes and Drums at every competitive event, and has doubtless contributed to its recent successes. Brian married Laurine at Scotch in 1971 and their son Scott (’92) followed Brian in boarding in School House.

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Brian Symington (’66), OSCA Executive director Tim Shearer (’85), Bryan Gibbs (’54) and David MacDonald (’65).