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2017 ANNUAL DINNER - Saturday 12th August

2017 AGM President's Report here
Annual Dinner Circular Letter here
Annual Dinner Advice Sheet here

Greg Melick - Annual Dinner Speaker
Greg Melick


Crown Prosecutor/Principal Crown Counsel (TAS) 1980-89, Partner, Gunson, Pickard and Hann 1990-95, Statutory Member, National Crime Authority, 1996-2000, Statutory Member NSW Casino Control Authority (part time) 2000-03, Special Investigator, Australian Cricket Board/Cricket Australia, since 2000. Deputy President Administrative Appeals Tribunal (part time) since 2014, Chief Commissioner Integrity Commission Tasmania (part time) since 2015.

Areas of Practice

Administrative, Appellate, Common Law/Personal Injury, Corporate, Criminal, IP and IT, Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Pressing Matters

Greg (pictured left), owner of Pressing Matters, wasn’t sure which was worse: his mother finding 2 cases of wine in the bottom of his wardrobe or finding out that to purchase the wine he’d gambled at a very tender age and won on the daily double at Werribee ….. and so began Greg’s love affair with wine.

Greg has been a passionate consumer of wine for over 50 years and has visited many vineyards throughout the world. He wears many other hats: Senior Counsel; Major General in the Australian Defence Force in a career spanning 50 years; a national and international wine judge; a Master Judge of Wine and one of the few Australians to hold a passport from the Primum Familae Vinum. With a remarkable palate memory (now, he says, fading with Winezheimers) Greg has been know to correctly name, in a blind tasting, a wine by having read about it alone.

As busy as Greg is in his first careers, he is committed and passionate about producing quality Tasmanian Riesling and Pinot Noir and in his words ‘runs interference’ in key aspects of the vineyard. His two favourite wine growing areas are Mosel and Burgundy. Hence, the vineyard has been planted with the two ‘Noble’ varieties Riesling and Pinot Noir.

Greg is married to his second love Michelle (his first love, he famously once said in her hearing, was ‘wine’) and has 3 adult children. Amazingly he has time for a wife and family but, sadly, the children don’t drink wine so he’s still working on the succession plan.




Paul Jeans

Full transcript of Dinner Speech 2016

Mr Paul Jeans BE, FIE Aust, FAICD, a fourth-generation Novocastrian with a leadership career in business spanning more than four decades, has been appointed the University of Newcastle's seventh Chancellor.

"I am proud to be Chancellor of this great University that consistently ranks in the top three per cent of universities in the world," Mr Jeans said.

Schooled at Newcastle Boys High School, Mr Jeans completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Newcastle University College at Tighes Hill, the antecedent institution to the University of Newcastle. His professional background includes more than 40 years with BHP in a number of leadership roles, including Executive General Manager and CEO of its Ferrous Minerals business and three of its steel businesses. Over a 20 year period, he also served as a director of the University of Sydney's Warren Centre of Advanced Engineering, later being honoured with the title of Honorary Governor of the Warren Centre.

Mr Jeans has a remarkable record of service on the boards of a range of organisations including Fosters Brewing Group and Ausgrid. He was also President of the Australia Korea Business Council and a member of the Council of the University of Wollongong.

2015 GUEST SPEAKER - Trevor Sorensen - biography

Trevor Sorensen

Publisher of Schoolboy Rocketry - more

Attended Newcastle Boys’ High School 1964-1969, then moved to the USA in November, 1969 to attend university.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Sorensen received his BS. (1973), M.S. (1976) and Doctor of Engineering (1979) degrees in Aerospace Engineering from University of Kansas (KU).

He did his doctoral project on Pioneer Venus at NASA Ames.

He then was a Space Shuttle guidance and control engineer, worked in Mission Control as assistant Flight Director, and finally was a software engineering manager supporting Shuttle missions.

In 1990 he joined Bendix Field Engineering (now Honeywell, Inc.) in Alexandria, Virginia, as Observations Manager of the Department of Defense’s LACE satellite.

In 1994, Dr. Sorensen was the Lunar Mission Manager for the DoD/NASA Clementine lunar mission for which he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and nominated Engineer of the Year by Design News magazine.

Dr Sorensen was the program manager for the $23 million Space Systems R&D contract with the Naval Research Laboratory under which the USAF MSTI-3 satellite was operated ... more

Annual Dinner Address - transcript

Trevor Sorensen - sorensen@hsfl.hawaii.edu


Some of our previous Guest Speakers

2014 Guest Speaker - NBHS Old Boy, Paul BevanPhoto Jonathan Biggins

Paul has worked in radio for 20 years producing and presenting current affairs programs on 1233 ABC Newcastle, and for the past few years he has presented the weekday afternoon program for ABC Classic FM. Since June 2008 Paul was the first to present the Saturday morning Treasure Hunter program on 1233 ABC Newcastle. In 2010 Paul Bevan returns to ABC Newcastle to present the drive program.Paul has a degree with honours from the University of Newcastle, majoring in Psychology, and lives in Lake Macquarie with hiswife, two children and one dog.

2013 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy, Johnathan BigginsJonathan Biggins

The well known Australian actor, singer, writer and comedian. He has appeared on film, stage and television, as well as in satirical sketch comedy television programs. Jonathan currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

2012 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Lauchlan Mcintosh

President of the Australasian College of Road Safety Chairman of Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and Asia Pacific Ambassador for the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP).

2011 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Professor Patrick McGorry

Australian of the Year 2010 & Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

2010 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Russell Cheek

Involvement in theatre and corporate building skills.
Transcript of speech "I'VE LIVED AWAY" - this is a MUST READ!

2009 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Economist Ross Gittins Ross Gittins

Economics Editor Sydney Morning Herald. Transcript -"Give My Regrets to Waratah High".

2008 NBHS Old Boy - Paul Cave

The Infamous Francis de Groot sword!

1995 Guest Speaker NBHS Old Boy - Arthur MorrisArthur Morris

Arthur Robert Morris MBE played 46 Test matches between 1946 and 1955. An opener, Morris is regarded as one of Australia's greatest left-handed batsmen.

Arthur played in our First Cricket Team at age 12, as a slow bowler (from memory).
He was our after Dinner speaker in 1995.
I had the pleasure of driving him back to his motel that night.
He was very pleased with his engraved wine glass, which depicted a left handed batsman.
That year he was also the after dinner speaker at the Father and Son night at the Newcastle Club.

Dick Sanders

2007      Dick Sanders - Geologist, former President of NBHS OBA
2006      Trevor Dunn - Solicitor and Founding President of NBHS OBA
2005      Brian Donegan - Maths Teacher and raconteur
2004       Lew MacLeod - Military nurse and OH&S expert
2003      Peter Morris - Year of '48, Federal Labor Minister
2002      Ian Jones - Year of '44, Ned Kelly expert, former scriptwriter
2001      Prof. Robert Beal - A leading Australian haematologist
2000      Paul Jessop - Old Boy
1999      Dr David Stewart - Rhodes Scholar
1998      Richard Owens - Newcastle businessman
1997      Ted Morrisby - TV producer and author
1996      Charles Grahame - Retired from ABC, father was Mayor of Wickham
1995     Arthur Morris - Renowned Test cricketer
1994      Peter Cave - Award winning ABC journalist
1993      Justice Jack Lee - School Captain in 1937
1992      Gary “Gus” Gilmour - Test Cricketer
1991      Dr Jim Kirk AC DSc - Chairman of Esso, Chairman of Australian Bicentennial                Authority, Chairman Landcare Australia.
1990      Justice Jeffrey Miles - Chief Justice of the The Supreme Court of The A.C.T.
1989      Kevan Gosper - Former student, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and                     Olympic Silver medallist, Chief Executive of Shell Australia, President of the                Olympic Games Committee.
1988      Vic Rooney - Former teacher and renowned thespian.
1987      Charlie Goffett - Beloved former teacher and raconteur par excellence!