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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

Henry Purcell, Dido and Aeneas

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

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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Music to your ears

People who rely on their performing arts talent to pay the bills in the have suffered throughout the pandemic and St Paul’s musicians and students of music and the arts have been equally impacted. Time and space to perform in front of an audience is a critically important part of a musical career, whether at the beginning or along the journey. In 2022 the College is lifting its music program to new heights bringing together some amazing talent for your enjoyment with a rejuvenated College choir, an ensemble-in-residence, composition, music tutoring and great links to the SSO and Con. The St Paul’s College Choir in 2022 has been expanded to 32 outstanding singers who are enhancing a wonderful and long-standing choral tradition of the College. The choir is now one of the best choral groups in Sydney especially since the introduction of lay clerks to lead each of the four

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2008 Reunion sets the scene for 2022 – dairies please!

A small band of recent alumni gathered in the Salisbury for a reunion in February, which was perfect timing just as the COVID restrictions had been lifted. A Reunion for those Freshers around 1960 has been planned for a lunch in the Hall and tour of the College on Sunday 3 July. Those 1959, -60 & -61 Freshers interested should make contact with Mr Richard Morgan (1978) at the College. Another Reunion for 1980, -81 and -82 Freshers is being planned for Saturday 26 November the weekend of the Annual Carol Service. The St Paul’s College Union is planning to resurrect the Union Dinner on Saturday 18 June as  a grand event in the Hall.  Don’t forget the Union’s 58th production of Victoriana! scheduled for 23, 24 and 30 September and 1 October after a pandemic hiatus. Be ready for the show you remember with plenty of new treats thanks

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A Night at the Opera

Romance, drama, death and comedy. Join our cast of characters in a night of opera presented by the second year students of the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School, with pianist Alan Hicks. Friday 18 March 2022 at 7.00 pm – Graduate House Refectory Prepare to mingle with fairies, princesses and barbers as the singers transport you to strange and exotic locales. The program features a selection of arias and ensembles from the 19th and 20th centuries, a period of great musical and historical change and innovation. Tickets include alcoholic refreshments and can be found at

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

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.