Old Boys Notes – Binghi 166

More record discussion!

Ross Fulloon (54-59) wrote to extend his congratulations to Joe Makeham on his wonderful run in the 1500m at GPS Athletics and add to the discussion about records (Binghi 165). “After reading Old Boys’ Notes in the latest edition of Binghi, I would like to respond to a contribution under the heading ‘Records past and present’, and point out that in 1958, the distance run for the mile was the Imperial mile, for which I recorded a time of four minutes, 44 seconds. Subsequent to the changes to metric, this time was, without my knowledge, changed to four minutes, 24 seconds (approximately), and used as the 1500m record. I am not aware of what formula was used to convert this time.” Many thanks Ross for your clarification!


Is this the first time a TAS Old Boy and a TAS Old Girl have married? Susannah Warrick (TAS Junior School 92-98) and Tom McCarthy (02-04) announced their engagement in July.

While of the same cohort, Susannah (daughter of Will, 62-67 and Pip, the TAS Registrar) had moved on to continue her secondary education at PLC when Tom started at TAS – so they didn’t meet until 2002 when both were organising their respective school contingents in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic. For the past two years the couple has been living in Alice Springs, where Susannah is a lawyer with a firm in town and Tom is a charter pilot. They love the Red Centre and are amused at their very unique TAS alumni status!

Congratulations to Hamish Barnet (00-08, Dux ‘08), on recently being conferred the University Medal for Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales. Graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours (his thesis, in the field of nanomedicine was entitled ‘Optical Properties of Nanoparticles for Tumour Hyperthermia’), Hamish has had an exemplary scholastic record at UNSW, having previously been awarded Dean’s Awards from the Faculty of Engineering (2013), Australian School of Business (2011) and the Faculty of Science (2010) as well as completing a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction. During his time at university Hamish was a recipient of a Leighton Rural Scholarship in Business, a merit-based scholarship for rural students undertaking a business degree.

On completing his studies he worked for three months gaining experience in project management and design experience in the resources and manufacturing unit of engineering management company Aurecon.

Currently travelling in Eastern Europe, Hamish has signed a contract to work as a mechanical engineer with the defence and government division of international engineering consultant group Beca. Inspiring achievements, Hamish.

More accolades for Boggbri cotton grower Andrew Watson (83-88) and his wife Heike, who were presented with the 2014 Brownhill Cup at AgQuip in Gunnedah in August. The Brownhill Cup recognises innovative farming practices that improve sustainability, productivity and profitability in agriculture. Managing water usage is a challenging issue for Andrew, and has been central to the success of his family’s 3,000 hectare operation. Moisture sensors and crop canopy heat sensors are helping determine water requirements and lateral move irrigation systems have also been introduced. At the same time, the Watsons focus on ‘soft’ chemistry and pest management methods. The Cup comes with $2000 prizemoney.

It’s a small world… whilst competing at an international showjumping event in France in July, Rowan Willis (92-97) was asked by a fellow Australian who heard his accent, where he was from. ‘Armidale’ was the reply – thus started a conversation between Rowan and Stewart Mitchell (81-85). Now living in Berkshire, Rowan has been based in the UK showjumping for the past 15 years – “A gap year that hasn’t ended yet,” says his father David Willis (62-66) who went over to support his son and organised this photo of himself with Rowan (on the left) and Stewart. “The two star event was held in the former moat of the historic Citadel of Blay, in the Aquitaine region. It really was quite magnificent,” David says.

Stewart, now a showjumping coach based in Ireland, was there supporting one of his pupils from Thailand.

Congratulations to photojournalist Matt Bedford (96-02), for winning the community portrait award at this year’s PANPA newspaper awards. His photo Girl and Her Horse featured Bronte Dagg with her horse, Smithfields Toy Dancer. Matt has recently left his job as senior journalist at The Armidale Express and is now at The Canberra Times.

Here & There


A school service trip to Yipirinya School ) provided a TAS reunion of sorts. Among the TAS delegation were) Tim Hughes (78-82, Staff), Tim Moffatt (78-83) (far right) and current parent Greg Treavors (centre), who enjoyed sharing TAS news with Yipirinya Principal Ken Langford-Smith (TAS Headmaster 87-98) and Yipirinya Counsellor James Howey (TAS Counsellor Brother James, 97-06).


Ben Bartlett (90-93) contacted us with “a quick message” to say he has spent the last year working in Cambodia shooting a feature film to help local children. “Please have a look at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/acambodianwinter and feel free to tell others about our endeavours as we are trying to get the word out about this fantastic project,” he writes. All the best of luck with it, Ben.


While holidaying in North Queensland, staff member Geoff Derrin was most surprised to find that Joe Lord (02-07) was managing the restaurant at the Tropical Garden Motel, where Geoff was staying. Joe has been there for several years and thoroughly enjoying the experience.

 Melbourne Old Boys Dinner

Old Boys spanning four decades came together for drinks and dinner at Young and Jackson Hotel in Melbourne on 5 September. They enjoyed meeting the Headmaster and hearing more about the school now, and sharing memories of their own time at TAS.

Among those from the 1980s at the event were Matthew Nash (82-84) who runs an import/export business in Melbourne, MAJ Tim McDonald (ret’d) (77-82), now a logistics consultant, and Dr Lawrence Harvey (82-83), an associate professor in sonic architecture at RMIT. Others at the dinner were Jim Jones (57-65), Sal Molesworth, Tim McDonald (77-82), retired architect Peter Dale (41-46), Robyn Stretch, Cressida Mort (Director of Development), Roger Stretch (41-46) retired BHP executive, Headmaster Murray Guest and Jenny Jones.