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The OBA Officially Launched
1987 OBA launch

Our first OBA Dinner
First Dinner

WIKIPEDIA Newcastle Boys' High School
School Song: Remis Velisque


At a UoN graduation ceremony in April, John Blakemore (NBHS Class of 1956) was awarded a Doctorate of the University. This photo shows Peter Scaife on the left (1957; made the nomination), Paul Jeans (1958; Chancellor of the University) and John. Since this is the 50th Anniversary of the University, it is interesting to note that Peter Scaife was in the first Academic Procession in 1965; as the most junior academic (Teaching Fellow), he brought up the end of the procession with Ted Flowers the University Librarian (Class of 1946).


Friday 19th September 2014

War Memorial Dedication 19SEP2014
Wesley Ting, left, and Graeme Tewkesbury with school captains Sandra Callaghan and Tyrone Shema. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

DECADES after they fought and died in service of their nation, the sacrifice of students from the former Newcastle Boys High School have been marked with a new memorial.

Yesterday, members of the school’s Old Boys Association unveiled plaques commemorating 36 former students who died in the Second World War, as well as those from the Vietnam and Korean wars.

The 36 names from the Second World War were uncovered after research from the association, and history nut and old boys member Bill Storer said the group had searched for names from the admission registers of Newcastle High School from 1906 to 1929 and Newcastle Boys High School from 1930 to 1976 to compile the new list.

Mr Storer said the names included two students who died on the Iron Knight, sunk in 1943 by a Japanese submarine, part of a convoy on its way from South Australia to Newcastle. 

‘‘The school likely wouldn’t even have known they were on board,’’ he said.

Today known as the Waratah Technology Campus of Callaghan College, Mr Storer said the current students did a ‘‘marvellous job’’ honouring their forbearers.

The school has had some 1,800 students serve in the military since it was opened in its original form back in 1906, and principal said it was ‘‘very fitting’’ they be included 62 years later.

“These events may well be part of history, but the acknowledgement of direct local links creates a connection between those who gave their lives and the young people taking part in the ceremony, and those who will see the plaques, that no academic study can,” she said.

The guest of honour was John Gladstone Cornish, a Second World War veteran who was the school’s captain in 1939 and retired in 1979 as the Chief of Air Force Materiel.


1972 - 6th Year Class Lists
1972 6th Year Class Lists


Smith House boys, here's a song for you,
Hunter and Hannell and Shortland too,
Sing it as our fathers sang it, loud and true,
As they climbed up the hill in the morning.

Yes, when we are gone in the years far ahead,
When the last game's played and the last lesson said,
The name of the school will awaken from the dead
The memories of many a morning.

Serving straight in a hard-fought match
Sprinting for the tape or a puzzling catch.
The 'blues' from the limit man to the scratch
Will still do their best night and morning.

Remis Velisque's the motto for all
And our hearts once again will still hear its call,
When the muscles are stiff that once toed the ball,
Or climbed up the hill in the morning.



Preb Maehl
Student & Maths Master

Preb Maehl

1963 - Coach 1st XI - Cricket

Greg Wilson - "Sad to advise the passing of Preb Maehl on Saturday evening. Was School Vice Captain and returned as Maths Master for a number of years in the 1960’s. Was a member of the Old Boys, but resigned when he was incapacitated by a Stroke. Was a good friend of Charlie Goffet and Len McRae, who were also Old Boys and Teachers at the School. In my day Languages and Maths Teachers shared the ground floor Staff Room."Preb 1943

1943 - NBHS Captain 1st XI - Cricket

Bob Aus - " Preb went on to be Deputy Principal of Gateshead High School, was there when I prac taught in 1966, then became Principal of Lambton High School (possibly the first)."

Norm Rodgers - "Had him as a teacher too. My father also used to run against him. He was a pretty fair sprinter."


Links to Articles

> 1st 75 Years Herald ...1
> 1st 75 Years Herald ... 2
> NHS 1925 to 1929 Vida Drysdale
> 1954 Our First Alumni?
> 1954 NMH article
> 5th Year breakup 1964
> 1996 OBA Exhibition
> 1996 OBA Exhibition 2
> About Reunions
> Allen Knott letter to FH Beard 1956
> Allan Charlton

> Arthur Morris - A Legend & a Gentleman
> Bill Storer "dressed up"
> Charlie Goffet - Web Page
- "Adieu"
- Au revoir Charlie
- Feature Story Herald 1990
> Dale Kemp OBA Co-founder - - - Cartoon
> Dick Sanders Cadet Ccte
> Doug Hawke -representing Newcastle
> Tony Edwards - Gary Gilmour Shield
> Greg Wilson, Max Simpson & Neli Allen 5 decades of the HSC
> Gordon Goffet Funeral 2004
> Harold Beard pianist 1978
> Harold Beard Memories
> History of NHS / NBHS / NBHSOBA
> Ian Johnson The Australian 24th September 1997
> Induction of Prefects 1973
> Jeffries' VC Ribbon
> John Beach NEPS
> John McNaughton Honoured
> Junction Boys' Choir 1946
> Ken Clifford Tributes
> Ken Clifford video
> Ken Clifford AM
> Keep NBHS Traditions 1973
> Kelvin Girle WWII RAF
> Kevin Berger
> King George's Letter Found 1998
> LC 1957 "On the Beach"
> Leonard Deed news cutting
> Len McRae Courier Mail 27 Aug 1991
> Len McRae OBA Dinner
>Len McRae Reunion 1993
> Matt Hayes Profile Herald
> Merv Atkin Barnett's Closure 2009
> Newcastle Earthquake 28 December 1989
> NBHS Badges
> NBHS 1987 First OBA Dinner
> NBHS 1956 Fred Smith Tribute
> NBHS 1959 Silver Jubilee
> Neville Burns Blood Testing
> OBA 'Call to Old Boys' 1993
> OBA Dinner 1997
> OBA President Interview Weekender circa 2003
> Old Boys 'Memory Lane' 2009
> Paddy Youngs Retiree Association 1998
> Paul Cave
Sydney BridgeClimb

> Protest Over
Selective Schools Closure

> Richard Owens Oakvale Medal 2008
> Ross Gittins Q&A
> Schoolboy Rocketry - Trevor Sorensen's Memoirs
> Selective Schools, the End Explained
Students at Waratah 1934
> Ted Coulin - History of Carrington

> "The School On the Hill"Herald 1955

> Trades Hall backed Uni
> Trevor Dunn and Trowel 1996 est
> Wilf Goold 'Local Hero' no date Weekender P1
> Wilf Goold 'Local Hero" no date Weekender P2
> William T. Cooper
> WWI Honour Roll unveiled 1922

Ken Clifford RetiresKen Clifford
Newcastle Herald Report
Ken Clifford Retires afyer 26 years at Hunter Academy of Sport

Gary Gilmour more
Gary "Gus" Gilmour 1951-2014


Lewis cartoon Gus Gilmour


NBHS Old Boy
Paul Jeans
Paul Jeans


NBHS Old Boy
Gordon Barclay receiving his Order of Australia

Gordon Barclay OAM


1914 Tom Cadell more

1914 Tom Cadell