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NEW VENUE – Deck the Paul’s – WOOLLARAH

‘Twas the 15th night before Christmas, when all through St. Paul’s, Not a creature was stirring, not even an ibis call … Festivities and tunes for all now at All Saints Church Woollahra due to forecast thunderstorms *** Join SUSO for an evening of festive cheer to finish off 2021! Featuring the Nutcracker Suite, carols, and other Christmas tunes, at St Paul’s College. BYO picnic rugs and Christmas spirit! Luke Spicer – Conductor TICKETS Gold coin donation at the door. NOTE: This is no longer an outdoor concert. Seating in the church Proudly provided by the University of Sydney Union.

Carol Service now starting 7.00 pm

for those coming to our Carol Service on Sunday 5 December please note that start time was incorrectly advertised. Please be seated in the Chapel by 7.00 pm. If you are coming please contact Richard Morgan by sms – 0412 016117 or email

Brahms in the MCR

St Paul’s Organ Scholar Xiaoyu (Stacey) Yang and Dr Evgeny Sorkin will present an exciting chamber music programme of the work of Johannes Brahms. Tuesday 14 December 2021 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Russian born violinist Evgeny Sorkin has been in demand as performer from a very early age. At the age of 10 Isaac Stern has chosen Evgeny to perform a concert tour of the USA including performance at the Department of State in Washington. At 16 after hearing Evgeny perform, Sir Yehudi Menuhin likened his playing to that of young David Oistrakh. to Book CLICK HERE

Carol Service in the College Chapel

The Annual Carol Service returns to the College Chapel with congregational singing, the Chapel Choir and organ as we celebrate the joy of Christmas in the collegial manner once again. As is our tradition the service will be conducted as the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Sunday 5 December Commencing at 7.00 pm After the service supper will be served in the Junior Common Room Paulines, families and friends are most welcome – please rsvp to Mr Richard Morgan, Director of Community Development on or phone reception on 02 9550 7444.

1980/81 Freshers Reunion

POSTPONED due to Sydney’s COVID Lockdown. New date to be advised. We look forward to the return of Freshers from 40 years ago [plus and minus] for drinks on the Roof Top Terrace and dinner in the Dining Hall followed by a visit to the Salisbury Bar. If you (or a fresher colleague) have not yet been contacted please let the College know by contacting the Director of Community Development, Richard Morgan, by phone or email.

Rawson Cup Rugby

Wed 26 May is the final round of the Rugby. All are welcome. First Rawson game is at 5.30pm followed by the final of the Womens’ Rosebowl 7s and Paul’s v Andrew’s begins at 7.30pm at Uni No. 2 Oval (Sydney University Football Ground). SUSF flyer CLICK HERE Please RSVP to The College Union is putting on a bar tab for Alumni.

A concert of choral, vocal and instrumental music

8pm Friday 21st May 2021 – all welcome Elise Morton, Brooke Shelley and Alison Tung – sopranosDavid Drury and Stacey Yang – organNatalie Kendy – violinwith the St Paul’s College Chapel choir Including music by Bach, Faure, Handel, Rheinberger & Rutter St Paul’s College Chapel9 City RoadCamperdown Exit by donation – refreshments

Re-opening of the Flentrop organ & concert

The recently refurbished Chapel pipe organ will be re-dedicated during an opening concert on Saturday 17 April – 2.30pm. Program will include works by Bach, Erbach, Handel, Peeters, Karg-Elert and Moreau. Organ – David Drury; Trumpet – John Foster; Soprano – Elise Morton. In 1972 when the organ was installed it was described as one of the finest organs in Australia, its mechanical action “is beautifully engineered” and “the sound of the organ fulfils exactly our expectations”. After 47 years of service to the College and the music community of Sydney the organ was taken apart, all 880 pipes cleaned, all worn parts replaced, the keyboards rebuilt, and the Kromhoorn 8′ stop replaced with new pipework from Germany. The installation of a traditional Klokster has added a vibrant new sound to the instrument very much in-keeping with its classical Dutch organ principles. The organ was built in 1971 by the

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Sem 2 Palladian Cup flashes of potential

The back half of the year’s Palladian events was filled with a mix of outstanding works, and unrefined gems. The College finished equal fourth place alongside The Women’s College. The highlight of the semester for the College was Palladian Art. Senior, Ethan Tsui, scored 2nd place overall for his piece, ‘Locus Amoenus No. IX’, while Freshman, James Rossiter, submitted a fantastic work, ‘Disenfranchised’, which was unlucky not to place. Our drama and instrumental ensembles were fantastic, and showcased the creativity amongst our residents. Graduate House member, Jack Stephens, will take over as Director of Music in 2022, and has big plans, with enthusiasm to match, for the College’s musical potential. Watch this space.

NEW VENUE – Deck the Paul’s – WOOLLARAH

‘Twas the 15th night before Christmas, when all through St. Paul’s, Not a creature was stirring, not even an ibis call … Festivities and tunes for all now at All Saints Church Woollahra due to forecast thunderstorms *** Join SUSO for an evening of festive cheer to finish off 2021! Featuring the Nutcracker Suite, carols, and other Christmas tunes, at St Paul’s College. BYO picnic rugs and Christmas spirit! Luke Spicer – Conductor TICKETS Gold coin donation at the door. NOTE: This is no longer an outdoor concert. Seating in the church Proudly provided by the University of Sydney Union.

Rawson sport Sem 2

Rawson sport returned to College in a big way in semester 2. The Covid-induced hiatus meant that training and general preparation for all sports proved difficult, and often required execution of a reduced capacity. With five sporting campaigns to undertake in the best part of a month, the Paulines had their work cut out for them. Compounding the log-jam of Rawson events was the timing of the semester. The state opened back up, assessment crunch time loomed, the Palladian Cup resumed, and important College social events were reinstated to the calendar following the ease of restrictions. The term ‘intense’ was an understatement, not to mention, some men convened and competed in multiple sports… Our second place position on the overall Rawson Cup ladder at the cessation of the first semester meant that serious groundwork had to be made in order to compete with the Androvians, and keep John’s and Wesley

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Carol Service now starting 7.00 pm

for those coming to our Carol Service on Sunday 5 December please note that start time was incorrectly advertised. Please be seated in the Chapel by 7.00 pm. If you are coming please contact Richard Morgan by sms – 0412 016117 or email

Professor Cambitoglou remembered

Professor Alexander Cambitoglou AO was a resident tutor at Paul’s from 1961 to 1967. He died in 2019 at the age of 97 and has left an enormous legacy to the University of $6 million for the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens which he founded in 1980 with connections to 16 foreign institutes in Greece. In 1961, at the invitation of Professor A D Trendall, Alexander Cambitoglou came from Greece to Sydney University and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology. Needing somewhere to live near-by he was welcomed to the College by the Warden, Rev’d Dr Felix Arnott, where he stayed for six years and part of the Warden’s attempt to create a Senior Common Room with “reputation and purpose within the University”. By 1963 there were 39 tutors on the list, nine in residence (Atkinson, Hearts and Minds, 2019 p.356). Professor Trendall, who was Chair of Greek

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2022 Student Leadership

Student leadership is an important aspect of collegiate life and at St Paul’s this is no exception. In November the Students Club elected their 2022 committee: Mr Henry Hughes [BPM II], Mr Sebastian Shanahan [BComm/LLB II], Mr Nicholas Jones [BComm/BAdvStudies II], Mr Steven Parras [BComm II], Mr Hayden Fleming [BA/LLB II], Mr Mitchell Cassie [BSports&ExMgmt II] and Mr Tom Nivison [BBus/BSc II]. The new committee takes over in January. Earlier the Middle Common Room, which is the student membership of Graduate House, elected their third Executive: Mr Hugh Schroder [MD I], Mr Jethro Mahon [MComm I], Mr Vivek Chopra [JD I], Miss Eliza Santalucia [DDM I] and Mr Will McManus [no info on Start Rez!]. The third MCR Executive took office with immediate effect. The College community congratulates all those recently elected to leadership roles. It is also a time to thank the 2021 leaders for their tireless efforts in

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What’s happened to The Pauline?

Since 1911 the St Paul’s College Union has published the annual journal of St Paul’s College. The Union is the august body that brings together all current and former residents of the College. In recent years the College has added the Mallard to its publication list which is the annual journal of Graduate House. The last printed Pauline was produced in 2013. Like so many editions it is now a rare specimen. The 2014 and 2015 journals were combined into a single volume, the last being number 113, and published electronically in 2020. This edition is available for download CLICK HERE. The remainder are in various stages of production from “editing” to “layout”. There is a small working group of dedicatees, Messrs Philip Barr (1973-76), Harry Croker (2017-20) and Richard Morgan (1978-82) taking care of these tasks with the goal of e-publishing 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the

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Press Release – St Paul’s College to Admit Women as Undergraduate Members

St Paul’s College in the University of Sydney is pleased to announce that it will become fully co-residential for the 2023 academic year. The College Council voted on 25 October 2021 to open admissions to undergraduate women for the first time since its founding in 1856. St Paul’s was all-male until 2019, when it began admitting postgraduate women to its fully co-residential Graduate House. The Council made the decision to admit women undergraduates following a period of thorough community consultation throughout 2021, which included gathering input from current students, alumni, members of the broader community, and the University of Sydney. The Warden of the College, The Rev’d Dr Ed Loane, said “We are so pleased to be able to announce this exciting new chapter in the history of our College. St Paul’s has a distinguished history of producing society’s leaders in business, the church, academia, the arts and politics, including

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Music legacy and Paul’s musical future

A permanent fixture of College life, Mr David Drury, is moving to a new role in the College which will give him more time to compose for, and perform on, the Australian and international stage. David will become College Organist and Composer-in-Residence and remains a vital and highly respected member of the residential community. Mr Jack Stephens, who has been a resident member of Graduate House since 2020, takes over as Director of Music in November. Jack is an operatic bass baritone and completed BMus (Hons) last year and is now studying a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Conservatorium. Jack was the producer earlier this year of the highly successful Opera in the Quad, Purcell’s King Arthur, performed by a miscellany of professional and student musicians. Jack is also the Principal Lay Clerk at St Andrew’s Cathedral, sings in St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, and is regularly engaged as a soloist across Australia.  David said, “I

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The College Archives has many stories to tell

Preservation of the historic records of the College has been a century-long project. In its various locations – from a wardrobe to the ground floor of the Mansfield – old Paulines and descendants of Paulines have been very generous in giving memorabilia to the College for its ‘collection’. Today these gifts are respected as enthralling ‘treasures’ of the College During lockdown there were opportunities to get interested students engaged and a review of the archives concluded that access is an important strategy for the collection in the future.  Mr James Rossiter (BE/BBus Year 1) and Mr Alex Back (BA/BAdvStud Year 3), pictured, are assisting Mr Philip Barr and Mr Richard Morgan in a sorting project that will lead to an open source online catalogue of the College photographic images. We have been delighted to find the collection has been well maintained by contract archivist, Miss Kylee Nicholls from The History

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The Burgmann connections are many

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Burgmann College at the Australian National University, Canberra. There is a strong connection between ANU’s Burgmann and Sydney University’s St Paul’s through the Right Reverend Ernest Burgmann CMG (1885–1967) after whom that college in named. Burgmann Anglican School was established in 1999 in Gungahlin and Forde ACT which is also named after Ernest Burgmann. Ernest Henry Burgmann was a scholarship student at St Paul’s between 1909 and 1911 and studied BA whilst in residence and graduated MA in 1914. He took an interesting path to Sydney University from his home at Lansdowne near Taree on the NSW Mid North Coast.  The son of a dairy farmer and timber cutter Ernest found that his Christian faith would develop him into a Church of England minister while running a timber-getting business with his cousin. He completed a Licentiate from the Australian College of Theology in

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Defence judicial appointment for old Pauline

In July Dr James Renwick CSC SC (in College 1983-84, Sub-Warden 1992-93) was appointed the Deputy Judge Advocate General (DJAG) for the Royal Australian Navy and promoted to the rank of Commodore. James is a Sydney barrister and a former independent National Security Legislation Monitor, 2017-20, and is an honorary professor at ANU and a Visiting Military Fellow at ADFA. In 2007-08 he was a Fulbright Professional Scholar at the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC. In 2013 he deployed on active service to Afghanistan. For James’s detailed CV CLICK HERE The functions of JAG include making procedural rules for Defence Force tribunals, providing the final legal review of proceedings within the ADF, participating in the appointment to ADF judicial posts, and reporting upon the operation of laws relating to the discipline of the ADF. James has recently written on the matter of state security

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Tutes emanate from a far(m)

The famous College “tutes” have become the focal point of intellectual life within the College, according to one of our tutors.  Since the start of Semester 2 around 200 tutorials have been provided in all courses ranging from: languages to space engineering; to ecosystems science; to digital music production, in the Graduate House and undergraduate communities plus a number of tutorials bring both together. Tutors and students are ‘Zooming’ into tutorials from overseas and all over Australia. Mr Angus Malmo (Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies Year 3) who would normally be resident in Lower Radford runs tutorials in biology and chemistry and Zooms-in from his family farm in the Riverina. Angus reports: “Whilst the whiteboardless nature of online tutoring is definitely not ideal, the fact that the academic cogs are still moving at St Paul’s is a credit to the College staff. Even in this difficult period, I think we all need

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Sapphire Coast high school engaged

As part of the College seeking to engage with the broader community, contact has been made with principals of a number of NSW regional high schools to offer free on-line tutoring by current Paulines to Year 12 students who are preparing for their HSC. A pilot programme will commence in early October with Eden Marine High School, located on the Sapphire Coast, 550km south of Sydney. 15 of the current cohort of 56 Year 12 students at Eden Marine are keen to tap into the know-how of undergraduates at St Paul’s across a wide range of subjects. Year 12 students have been paired with Paulines who will tutor them for one hour per week via Zoom. The benefits for the Pauline tutors is personal development through confidence-building, articulation of concepts and ideas and digging deep into their knowledge of the subjects taught. Our volunteer tutors have obtained their Working with Children Check

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Generous bequest received

St Paul’s College is the recent beneficiary of the distribution of assets in accordance with the will of Rev’d Peter Blackburn who died in 2018. Peter’s estate was across multiple jurisdictions which led to additional time to complete probate and property sales. Rev’d Peter James Whittaker Blackburn, in College 1968-69, was born on 9 January 1947 and lived in Maroubra and Carringbah as a child. In 1965 he came to Sydney University from Woolooware High School to study for a Bachelor of Arts. At that time Peter found he enjoyed participation in services at Christ Church St Lawrence and for a year he was President of the Sydney University Anglican Society. He moved in to Paul’s for his honours year and in 1969 commenced a Law degree. He was a Chapel Warden, member of Mummers and according to his uni friend Robert Tunbridge was a fabulous entertainer in his room

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Girdlestone gets bronzed in Tokyo

The College community congratulates the Australian Rowing Quad Sculls crew of Cameron Girdlestone (in College 2007-09) Jack Cleary, Caleb Antill and Luke Letcher on winning Bronze on 28 July in Tokyo. A day after the 25th anniversary of the original Oarsome Foursome’s gold, Australia delivered an awesome day from a quartet of crews in the most spectacular hour of rowing the nation has ever witnessed. Two gold and two bronze medals were won by Australia’s rowers in four successive races in a breathtaking 60 minutes on the water in Tokyo. First came the women’s four, holding off the fast-finishing Dutch to claim gold in six minutes, 15.37 seconds. They were barely out of the water when the men’s four surged down the Sea Forest Waterway with a stiff wind at their backs, and held off the closing Romanians to win gold in an Olympic record time of 5:42.76. With the

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Med tutes don’t stop for Lockdown

Sydney may be in lockdown, but the academic year continues at St Paul’s. Our first year medical students attended their first tutorial of the new semester at the end of July, an introduction to endocrinology. The tutorial was led by MCR Middle Prefect Mr Meheer Zaveri (GH Year 2 MD). The students are determined to keep each other safe in lockdown and use the collegial environment to work through the Pandemic restrictions together using online audio-visual technology. Despite this, the first year of running the Paul’s Med Tute programme now feels part of the normal rhythm of College life for MD and other post-graduate medical students. This programme is being managed by the Assistant Senior Tutor Hayden Randall. The tutorials are ‘blocked’ for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 medical students and include, amongst others, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, sexual health, urology and renal tutes, as well as anatomy revisions for

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Pauline now at US Study Centre

Mr Edward Palmisano, in College 1991-94, was appointed Chief Operating Officer at United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in July. The College is delighted to have another Pauline in university staff ranks. Edward said: ”I’m excited to start as Chief Operating Officer at the United States Studies Centre. The Centre is an independent foreign policy think tank dedicated to strengthening Australia’s relationship with the United States. It’s such a relevant time to be working on the bilateral relationship. Through rigorous analysis of American politics, foreign policy, defence and economics, the Centre has become a national resource, building Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping American society and their implications for Australia. Thank you to the many people who have provided support and advice on this step in my career.” Edward’s career has included appointments in the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and for four years he was

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Oxford Paulines – Patrick Hall and Codey Swadling

Patrick Hall (2013-16) and Codey Swadling (2016-20; Sem 2 2021) have just finished up at Oxford after a long nine months intensive study nearly overshadowed by the UK’s issues with the Pandemic. Patrick studied for a Bachelor of Civil Law (the Oxford Law Faculty’s taught masters programme) which he says was one of the most rewarding yet challenging academic experiences because of COVID. “I found that my educational grounding at Paul’s and the University enabled me to respond and grow in this environment”. When not in lockdown, Patrick rowed for Wolfson College, joined the Real Tennis Club, and attended various speeches at the Oxford Union. He will be starting in September as a solicitor in litigation at Slaughter & May. Codey used his time at Oxford to undertake a combined Master of Studies and Master of Philosophy programme focussing on Classical Greek and Latin. Codey returns to College to resume his

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Paul’s success in international law comp

Mr Tim Berney-Gibson (GH Year 3) and alumna Ms Aoife Hogan (2020), representing Sydney University, were placed 2nd in Negotiation in an international legal negotiation competition in July. This amazing achievement was the result of being chosen to participate in Consensual Dispute Resolution – the Dispute Resolution of a New Generation competition conducted by the Vienna International Arbitral Centre and the International Bar Association online out of Vienna. The competition is an innovative type of educational competition combining the arts and skills of mediation and negotiation held over five days with mock mediations, educational programs and social events. University teams from around the world are selected on competitive entry and compete in mediation and negotiation with professionals from law, academia, business and governments over more than 50 competition sessions. The 2021 event involved student from 22 universities from around the world. Tim and Aoife had an outstanding coach, Ms Emily Knoblanche, a senior

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