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From the President

I encourage all our members and their partners to join us for a grand black tie dinner in the Hall on Saturday 18 June. We are returning to the traditional format of a sit-down dinner with a guest of honour, no less than our own Pauline Justice Andrew Bell newly appointed Chief Justice of NSW. Union members are those who have become Life Members upon leaving the College, or admitted at a later date, plus everyone currently resident in College—undergrads, post-grads our wonderful staff, visiting and resident academics. 

And remember that the Union is committed to supporting the College and its efforts to provide for current future students.

Kind regards

Aldy King

[Up-dated April 2022]

Click: Notice of Annual General Meeting – Saturday 18 June 2022 at the College


What's On for Paulines


The Union works closely with the College to support reunions of Paulines. Alumni are very welcome to join these events

Remembrance Day 11.11.22

The College will commemorate Remembrance Day with a service commencing at 10.30 am on Friday 11 November in the Memorial Chapel at the College. ALL WELCOME

Carol Service – 27 November

Please join the St Paul’s College community for our 2022 annual Carol Service on Advent Sunday, 27 November, at 7 pm in the College Chapel. In the best tradition of collegiate worship our service is based on the very popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols created by Kings College Cambridge in 1918 “to bring a more imaginative approach to worship”.  At St Paul’s on 27th you will experience the beauty of our 2022 Chapel Choir and the splendid tones of the recently restored 1972 Flentrop pipe organ. The congregational singing will include some of the most familiar and best loved carols of the season. Following the service supper will be served. ALL WELCOME – please be seated in the Chapel by 7.00 pm as the service will start promptly. Parking in the grounds (NOT on the College Oval) and City Rd.  

‘What are these wounds in the midst of our hands?’

The College Choir Concert – Semester 2 The Choir of St Paul’s College presents Buxtehude’s 1680 cantata Membra Jesu Nostri ‘Ad manus’ (‘to the hands’), a sung devotion to the ‘limbs of Jesus’, followed by Caroline Shaw’s response to Buxtehude’s cantata. Shaw’s work focuses on America’s promise of welcome as inscribed at the Statue of Liberty with the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” and the reality of the current refugee crisis and issues surrounding immigration. The concert finishes with Fauré’s poignant Requiem bringing upon a prevailing mood of peacefulness and serenity. Date | Friday 28 October 8pm Tickets | CLICK HERE

Victoriana! welcomes opera star.

Star soprano Amelia Farrugia joins the cast of Victoriana! Victoriana! is delighted to welcome Amelia Farrugia to perform this year. Amelia Farrugia is a renowned Australian Soprano; since her professional stage debut in 1990, she has enjoyed a highly successful international career in Opera, Operetta, Music Theatre, Recital, Concert Events, Television and Recording. Amelia’s singing career has taken her around the world; she was honoured to join the roster of Soloists at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, covering roles such as The Merry Widow & Manon. This incredible opportunity enabled her to work alongside the world’s best singers, conductors & directors. On the concert platform, Amelia produced & starred in her very own show, Diva! She has performed with all the Symphony orchestras and in many large-scale televised events; she has performed for Crown Prince Frederick & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and she was selected to sing in

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Henry Purcell, Dido and Aeneas

Book now, limited seats. St Paul’s College presents Henry Purcell’s masterpiece Dido and Aeneas, a tale of destiny, love and death. Queen Dido and Prince Aeneas are in love, but forces of discord interfere to destroy their future together. The legendary Sally-Anne Russell as Dido, the Queen of Carthage; Andrew Goodwin as Aeneas; Penelope Mills as Belinda; and the Choir of St Paul’s College Sydney and the St Paul’s Baroque Consort conducted by Jack Stephens. To book tickets CLICK HERE

Choir sings at St Luke’s Mosman

You are warmly invited to a Service of Choral Evensong sung by the St Paul’s College Choir at St Luke’s Anglican Church, 4 Heydon Street Mosman (Corner Ourimbah Road & Heydon Street) on Sunday 31st July commencing at 4:00pm.  The Choir of St Paul’s College will be conducted by the Director of Music, Mr Jack Stephens and Mr David Drury will be the Organist.  Our Chaplain, the Rev’d Antony Weiss, will be the Guest Preacher and the Officiant will be the Rector of St Luke’s, the Rev’d Dr Max Wood, who is also the Deputy Chair of the College Council.  Light refreshments will be served after the service and we look forward having you join us.

Victoriana! 2022 tickets on sale

“Victoriana!” is Australia’s longest running theatrical production and one of its most enduring and endearing. Run under the auspices of St Paul’s College Union, it has underpinned the operations of the Union for more than half a century, provided untold amusement for two generations of Paulines and become a tangible link to the College for Old Paulines who delight in returning for Victoriana! and bringing friends for this remarkable evening of formal dining and entertainment. This exciting night of dinner, drinks and music will feature musicians from the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia, finishing with glorious pyrotechnics seen from the Quadrangle of the College. To book CLICK HERE For more details CLICK HERE

Mummers presents “Wine Talks”

St Pauls’ College Mummer presents Wine Talks, farce written by Thomas Burrow and Timothy Richmond. Love to see you all there, enjoy the show! Friday xxSOLD OUTxx, Saturday 7.30 pm and Sunday 12 noon – 20, 21 & 22 May Tickets: CLICK HERE

Concert: Rave in the Nave

This is an hour long concert that combines new electronic dance music written by the ‘Salisbury Institute’ with live vocals performed by the St Paul’s College Choir. It may be a world first! ‘Salisbury Institute’ is an EDM collaboration of former Director of Music David Drury (Druers) and his nephew Matthew Roberts. Vocal parts have been written to add a live dimension to a DJ style performance to give the listener a unique concert/dance experience in the College Chapel! Friday 20 May 2022 – 2 shows 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm In the Chapel at St Paul’s College Exit by donation. For tickets CLICK HERE For visitors to the College there is very limited parking on site during semester, please use City Rd, or public transport. Rave in the Nave flyer

The Four Seasons, recomposed

St Paul’s College, Ensemble Apex and international-renowned soloist Brendan Joyce present Max Richter’s modern taken on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, recomposed for orchestra and synthesiser by one of the most influential composers and prolific contemporary music artists of this generation. Paired with choral and ensemble works by Ola Gjeilo and Eric Whitacre performed with the St Paul’s College Choir, this exciting concert will be presented in the gothic sandstone Dining Hall of St Paul’s College.  The Salisbury Bar will be open for a drink after each concert, and the Wine Cellar beforehand so you can enjoy a drink throughout the concert. Tickets are strictly limited, so we are inviting the St Paul’s College community for a chance to purchase tickets early before the go public on Friday.  Dates | Friday 8 April 8pm & Saturday 9 April 8pm Location | St Paul’s College Dining Hall Tickets |  Brendan Joyce 

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Union Membership

• The Pauline annually in the post (if requested)
• Boomalakka news by email
• Travelling Scholarships for Union members who are still studying (by application and assessment)
• Tickets to the annual Union Black Tie Dinner (member pricing, guest pricing) (limited to 180 to fit in Hall)
• Country Dinners
• London Dinner
• Rawson and Rose Bowl free events – Union drinks and food for members only and one guest
• Union nights at The Sals
• Chaplaincy support


Report from Julian Vidal (2017 – present) BA/LLB, Byron Bay NSW






The St Paul’s Union Travelling Scholarship has enabled me to undertake an offshore law unit, Japanese Law. I found this unit highly relevant to my university degree and my career goals to develop an understanding of Japanese law and enhance the Australian-Japanese bilateral relationship. The intensive law unit was taught over a two-week period at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Tokyo, and it was administered by academics from the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL) as well as Japanese academics.

Throughout the unit, I acquired an understanding of the Japanese legal system, which is based largely on the continental European model. This is significantly different to the Australian model, which is based on the common law legal tradition. Thus, while the unit was based on familiar concepts such as contract, corporate governance and constitutional law, it introduced and unpacked these from a Japanese perspective. I found that aspects such as constitutional law were particularly important in acquiring a nuanced understanding of strategic and geopolitical issues in East Asia. This is especially so for Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, which prohibits Japan from initiating armed conflict. Attempts to revise this clause have proven a diplomatic powder keg for nations such as China and Korea, which suffered under Japanese imperialism in the 20th Century. Perhaps most importantly, an understanding of Japanese regulations and consumer law will be essential for Australian industries, such as manufacturing and agriculture, that aim to acquire a larger share of the Japanese market. This view is buttressed by the fact that Japan remains Australia’s second largest trading partner and Australia’s largest source of foreign direct investment.

The Union Travelling Scholarship has given me the opportunity to learn about Japanese law such that I am prepared to work on international legal issues as well as Australia’s economic, political and security relationship with Japan. I feel that it has helped to prepare me to develop effective policy and strategic ties between Australia and Japan, and more broadly, with the Indo-Pacific region. I once again thank the College Union for giving me the opportunity to participate in the offshore study program.