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Issues from 1998
Issues from 1998



What they're doing now ...


Talk about lasting bonds, a group of '1930 Miss Millers' has been getting together for lunch a couple of times a year for more years than they would care to acknowledge.

Their quaint name is in honour of legendary Junior School teacher Marion Miller, who was their Prep teacher at Scotch in 1930, and retired in 1949.

The 'Miss Millers' had lunch last November and took this photo to prove it. Pictured left to right are: Ian Basil White, Geoff Tolson, Bob Simonson, Ken Fraser and David Hume.

David writes: 'Some years ago we had lunch, without Bob, and some claims were made about a cricket match, circa 1935. Great Scot printed the picture and the cricket story, which started long and very humorous letters between all of us, when all sorts of truth was extended, except, of course, in my case, where I was never good enough to be included with those toffs.'

Roger Bell (Dux '34) has now retired. Roger's long career began as a draughtsman for the Gas and Fuel Corporation. He was also a jazz musician and, together with his brother Graeme, formed the Bell Band. Roger married Bonnie Henderson and they had three children, Helen, Jean and John. He now lives in South Yarra with his second wife, Lorraine.

Ken Laurie was a student at Scotch for 12 years between 1927 and 1938. In his last two years he captained the 1st XI cricket team, as well as playing 1st XVIII football.

Ken Laurie with the Scotch College Captains cricket bat.

After leaving Scotch, Ken worked for Radio Australia during World War II where he wrote the news for short wave radio. This news (with the occasional dose of propaganda) was broadcast across Australia and Asia. After the war he had a short stint in advertising and then moved into accountancy. He became secretary of the Victorian Country Press Association and then secretary of the Australian Provincial Press Association.
He was also manager of the Country Press Co-operative Company Limited which involved much travel.

Ken had three brothers who also went to Scotch. Bill was educated at the East Melbourne campus. Ted was School Captain in 1930 and became a barrister. Bob was also School Captain, in 1933, and had a career as a journalist. Ken is the only brother still alive today. Ken has one son David ('63) who also went to Scotch. David was an obstetrician and is now a gynaecologist.

I recently visited Ken and his wife Halina so that he could be the 18th Captain of the 1st XI to sign a special Scotch College cricket bat. He was delighted to be a part of the project. He also reminisced about some of his school days. He commenced his school days in Miss Miller's class in prep. He remembers his days in Miss Macmillan's class, where she made the boys construct a curtain across the gap in her elevated desk so that no one could look up her dress!

In the Senior School, he vividly remembers Bill Littlejohn. 'We were scared of him. He was a gruff old Scottish bloke but he had a sense of humour.' He remembers Mr Littlejohn standing in the middle of the quadrangle in between the final recess bells. After the second bell he would be laughing. All he could see was the backsides of boys running late to class in a crouched position behind the low walls. 'You boy!' would then echo across the quadrangle.

Tim Shearer


Dr Ian Pryde ('42) sends his best wishes to all at Scotch from his home in Abbotsford in New South Wales. Ian and his brother Don were both at Scotch from 1938-42. Their father, Dr Noel Pryde ('15), was moved to Sydney by the Repatriation Department when Ian was still in Junior School and Don was in Year 7. Both brothers went on to study medicine at Sydney University, and have now retired from medical practice.


Ian Hewson and Lachie

Dr Ian Hewson and son Lachie

There have been some notable milestones for Dr Ian Hewson's ('69) family this year.

His son, Lachie, started at Scotch in Year 7 this year , the fifth generation of this branch of the family to attend the School (grandfather Dr Donald Hewson was in the class of 1938, great-grandfather Dr Joseph H. D'Amer-Drew was in the class of 1912, and great-great-grandfather Dr Joseph Milton D'Amer-Drew left Scotch in 1880).

Ian has also recently been awarded fellowship of the International College of Dentists. He is already a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International.

Ian runs a busy private practice with his brother Neil ('67), as well as being the consultant dentist to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the head of the Dental Unit at The Alfred Hospital, and a member of the Cancer Council Head and Neck Cancer Committee.

Ian treats medically compromised patients at The Alfred and Royal Melbourne and teaches final year dental students on dental management of the medically compromised patient at the RMH. His other professional involvements include the Disaster Victim Identification Team, director of the RACDS Foundation, and a member of ADAVB Quality Assurance Committee.

Ian and Neil's older brother, Drew ('65), is also a dentist and is now working in the area of maxillofacial surgery.

Stephen Kaye QC ('68, Dux) has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Stephen was appointed a QC in 1991 and he follows his father Bill ('36) on to the Bench. Stephen is father of Michael in Year 8 and brother of Professor Andrew Kaye ('67).


Jonathan Kelso ('78) sent this information about his late brother, Andrew Kelso ('71)

'Visitors to the Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand may be interested to see the memorial cairn which has been erected near the Hermitage and Visitor Centre. The cairn now includes a small plaque (pictured above) dedicated to Andrew Kelso, who was killed in a mountaineering accident near Mt Cook in January, 1976.

While at Scotch, Andrew was the Captain of Cross Country and was also a member of the Athletics team. He was also actively involved in the Scotch scout troop, and won the 24-hour hike.

After leaving Scotch, Andrew completed a degree in Forestry at Melbourne University. During this period he also maintained his interest in athletics by joining and competing for the Old Scotch Athletics Club.'

Tom Jordan ('77), director of Melbourne architect firm Hayball Leonard Stent, is pictured above, receiving the Hong Kong Australia Business Association Pearl Award at a gala awards dinner. The award, presented by Federal Minister for Trade Mark Vaile, was in recognition of the firm's success in exporting professional services to China and coincided with the opening of their offices in Beijing and Shanghai.


To Adam Cossar ('83) and his wife Natalie, a daughter, Isabella Mary, born 30 November 2003, at Cabrini Hospital.

To Baden Taylor ('86) and his wife Bernadette, a son, Michael Robert Boland Taylor, born on 18 September 2003.

To Rohan Taylor ('85) and his wife Emily, a son, Henry John Taylor, born on 22 December 2003.

To Nick Morrison ('87) and wife Abby, the early but safe arrival of Alexander Robert and James William, on 19 November 2003. Brothers for Grace.

To OSCA executive director Tim Shearer ('85) and his wife Christine, a son, Edward Benjamin Joshua. Born 1 March 2004, a brother for Nicholas and Amanda.

To David Summerfield ('88) and wife Sarah, a daughter, Emma Beatrice Summerfield, born 28 October 2003 at the Matilda Hospital in Hong Kong.

To Steven Russell ('84) and wife Lisa, a son, Benjamin Kenneth. Born 3 March 2004.

Dr David Cade ('86) has relocated from Sydney to Bonn in Germany as Medical Director with Australian medical devices company, Sirtex Medical Limited.

With plenty of winter resorts from which to choose, David recently headed to France for a week's skiing with fellow Old Collegian Andrew Mills ('86), who is currently based in London. David writes: 'I do miss a Sunday morning session at Maroubra, though, in a nice 4ft swell, but the beach activities will have to be put on hold for a few years!'

Ian Terry ('84) is the Commercial Manager of TV Operations for the Seven Network.


Curtis Reid ('91), engaged to Belinda Mitchell.

Matthew Gwynn ('94) has announced his engagement to Maija Nance.

Matthew Zrna ('91) married Megan Thomson, 11 January 2003, at All Souls' Anglican Church, Sandringham. Best man was Simon Zrna ('93) and groomsman was Robert Woodside ('91) who travelled from the UK for the wedding.

To Bruce Mason-Jones ('94) and his wife Shanagh, a son, Connor Kai, born 21 March 2003.

Will Digby ('99), pictured above, began studying software engineering at Melbourne University after leaving Scotch. He deferred his studies for 12 months in the latter half of 2000 and pursued his interest in Maui Thai kickboxing, 'I had been training 3 hours a day, 6 days a week since 1997'. Will then trained full-time at kickboxing, including eight weeks of training in Thailand twice a day, seven days a week and fighting professionally in Chawang Stadium, Thailand.

After returning from Thailand, Will started an IT company in a small attic in Camberwell. He also changed from engineering at Melbourne Uni. to Business IT at RMIT. Will's company moved to an office in Lt. Collins Street in March 2002 then expanded into larger offices in Queens Road Melbourne later in the year; as well as opening a data centre. The company provides web development, web hosting and software development services.

Will's clients today include Cadbury Schweppes, General Electric, Mars Incorporated, ING Real Estate, Australian Mortgage Brokers, and Deloittes. He is also working closely on some software development with Cisco Systems, IBM and Asian Pacific Telecommunications.

Rick Maplestone ('98) has spent the past four years in London where he has been running a pub, the Marylebone Tup in Central London. Rick has also been keeping up his cricket skills by playing for the Lensbury Cricket Club. He was back in Melbourne recently for a visit and plans to return here within the next year or two.

David McCann ('98) is finishing a carpentry apprenticeship after recently returning from a 10-month overseas trip. During his travels, David worked on a cattle ranch in Colorado, USA, and also worked in South America, Turkey, Spain and Morocco. He plans to move to Bright to build a bed and breakfast over the next six months.

Three young Old Boys had a 'mini reunion' at Yale University in the US at the end of last year. Nicholas Chong ('02) and Jie Zhou ('01) are both studying at the prestigious institution and Francis Connon ('01) was taking time out from his Melbourne University medical studies to visit Yale. Nicholas wrote to Head of Year 12 Keiron Jones about his US adventure . . .

'Life at Yale has been just great so far. Directed Studies has been challenging and enjoyable despite the ridiculous workload. I reckon that by the end of this term alone I will have read about 60,000 pages and written close to 20,000 words (one 1500-word paper a week), and then we repeat the same routine next term.

I had to read both, yes both, The Iliad and The Odyssey in three weeks. Maybe, if you're interested, I can send you my reading list for the year at the end of the academic year to show you just how much intellectual stimulation they've been putting us through! In any case, it's such a privilege being taught by some of the best professors in the world in philosophy, politics, history and literature in classes of 18'.

Surf life saving

Some Old Scotch boys have been making a splash in the Surf Life Saving world lately. Sam Troon ('01), Alex Haack ('01) and Hugh Campbell ('01) came 3rd in the Under 21 Victorian titles and made the finals in the Nationals. Hamish Troon (Yr 12), Rob Buchanan ('03) and Charlie Emmett ('03) represented Victoria at the recent interstate Surf Lifesaving Competition in South Australia, the highlight being a gold medal in the relay event. Pictured above: Rob Buchanan ('03), Sam Troon ('01), Hamish Troon (Yr 12), Alex Haack ('01) and Hugh Campbell ('01).

Scott Cations (2000) has developed an ongoing role with the Australian Tennis Open organisation after first working as a ballboy 10 years ago. Scott spent four years as a ballboy then took on a supervisor's role.
He now helps to look after the ballboys and ballgirls during the Open tournaments, and assists with training them during the year leading up to the Open. As well as this casual work, Scott is finishing his commerce degree at Deakin, Burwood, working part-time for a property group called Property Dynamics in the city, and enjoying his footy with the Old Scotch Football club.

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Updated: Monday 24 June 2013