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Half Safe returns to the School in 1984Posted: Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Half Safe returns to the School in 1984Posted: Wednesday, 25 June 2014Frederick Benjamin Carlin attended the School from 1923 until 1929. He entered the Preparatory School at a very young age after the death of his mother Charlotte. In his final year at Guildford Ben was a School Prefect and a member of the Swimming team. In the Inter-House Swimming competition Ben placed second in the 440 Yards Open Championship. His best friend Brain Walton (1925-1929) placed third.
Ben and his second wife Elinore had visited the School in August 1955 with Half Safe on the Australian leg of their voyage. They were met by the Headmaster Mr Peter Thwaites and School Captain David Malcolm.
After finally completing the voyage in 1958 Ben remained in America and only returned to Australia for the last few years of his life. A lifetime of smoking and stress led to a series of strokes and Ben was reduced to a wheel chair, no longer able to speak. He communicated by pointing to the letters of the alphabet until his friend Ian Bessell-Browne (1923-1926) gave him an invalid’s message machine on which he laboriously punched out words.
Ben died on 7th March 1981 aged 69 and in his will left a half share of Half Safe as well as some shares to be used for the Charlotte Carlin Scholarship. The Guildford Grammar School Foundation was the beneficiary of the estate. The Foundation purchased the other half share of Half Safe from Ben’s friend George Calimer who lived in Baltimore USA. Half Safe was being driven around Maryland in vintage car rallies.
Half Safe was shipped out from America and arrived at the School on Visiting Day 1984. Ben’s old school friends Ian Bessell-Browne and Brian Walton returned to the School to see the arrival of the “Duck” as Ben called it. Ian and Brian were joint executors of Ben’s will. School Captain Brian Inglis and Vice-Captain Geoffrey Mazzucchelli were also there to greet Half Safe.
Both Old Boys remembered Ben as a “brilliant man with a stubborn streak “.
The photos show Half Safe in Maryland, USA before Ben began his modifications and Half Safe arriving at the School in 1984. (Left to right Ian Bessell-Browne, Geoffrey Mazzucchelli, Brian Inglis and Brian Walton)
Memorabilia to celebrate the centenary of the Chapel of St Mary and St GeorgePosted: Monday, 23 June 2014
Memorabilia to celebrate the centenary of the Chapel of St Mary and St GeorgePosted: Monday, 23 June 2014On 25 March 2014 we celebrated the centenary of the consecration of our beautiful School Chapel, the Chapel of St Mary and St George. To mark this tremendous milestone, the School has released a beautiful selection of memorabilia.
To view the list of items available click here.
Queen’s birthday honoursPosted: Friday, 20 June 2014
Queen’s birthday honoursPosted: Friday, 20 June 2014We are very proud of the following Old Guildfordians who were named in the The Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List.
Professor Barry Ninham (St 1945–1952) was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to physical sciences through landmark theoretical and practical advances in colloids and surfaces, and as an academic, educator and mentor”.
Carl Vine (Wb 1967-1971) was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the performing arts as a composer, conductor, academic and artistic director, and to the support and mentoring of emerging performers”.
Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Wells (Wb 1987-1991) was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for “distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as the Commanding Officer of the 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment Task Group on Operation SLIPPER from November 2012 to June 2013”.
Cancer Council president’s mission to cure liver cancerPosted: Monday, 16 June 2014
Cancer Council president’s mission to cure liver cancerPosted: Monday, 16 June 2014On his journey in a search for a cure for liver cancer, our very own George Yeoh (Ha 1961-1964) has become the new president of WA’s Cancer Council.
Go to Perth Now to see the full article by Kara Vickery.
New Cancer Council WA president Professor George Yeoh on a mission to cure liver cancer
George is shown alongside his loving wife Valerie.
Picture: Theo Fakos Source: News Corp Australia
"Dare to Dream" Hockey Gala Dinner (3 May 2014)Posted: Friday, 11 April 2014
"Dare to Dream" Hockey Gala Dinner (3 May 2014)Posted: Friday, 11 April 2014The Guildford Grammar School Hockey community presents the "Dare to Dream" Hockey Gala Dinner on Saturday 3 May 2014, from 6.30pm-late in the Guildford Grammar School Dining Hall.
It promises to be a memorable evening with three-time Olympian and the recipient of a gold medal and two bronze medals in Hockey, the talented Mr Mark Knowles, taking the stage as guest speaker for the evening. Mark will be interviewed by our very own Olympian and Old Guildfordian, Mr Shane Tonkin, who will be hosting the night.
To showcase some of the School’s most talented players, the Guildford Grammar School Champion Hockey Team, 1955-2013, will be announced.
After an amazing 32 years of service to the School, the recently retired Mr Lloyd Tonkin will also be honoured on the night.
Lounge suit/cocktail dress.
Tickets are $90 each and include a three course meal, beer, wine and soft drinks. To purchase your tickets click here.
Ticket proceeds will go towards a new hockey pitch for the School and auctions will be held throughout the night.
We hope you will join us to help make the GGS Hockey Pitch more than just a dream.
Singapore Reunion (12 Jul 2014)Posted: Monday, 10 March 2014
Singapore Reunion (12 Jul 2014)Posted: Monday, 10 March 2014The sensational city of Singapore will be the location of our next overseas reunion. The main event will be the Reunion Dinner and Performance, on Saturday 12 July, with Guildford Grammar School’s very talented School of Music and the Indigenous Dance Troupe entertaining the guests. A four day program of optional activities has also been built around the reunion from 10 July to 13 July (inclusive), which will include an amazing Chinatown trishaw night tour and bumboat ride, a Universal Studios day tour, and a Zoo Night Safari with dinner.
For more information go to www.is.gd/singapore2014
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