St Paul’s College Union was founded in 1892, on the joint initiative of resident members of the College and of former students. In its efforts to unite past and present Paulines it organises and supports events and reunions to promote the interests of the College.
On 18 June the Union revived its annual dinner after a break of a few years. The guest of honour was a Pauline from the mid-80s, the new Chief Justice of NSW, Justice Andrew Bell. He used the portraits in the dining hall to ‘frame’ his address about the contributions made by so many during their time at College for its good and after College for the good of the nation, beginning with our two prime ministers, from each side of the House, Sir William McMahon and Gough Whitlam.
The Acknowledgement of Country was given by current Graduate House student Mr Siupeli Haukoloa-Paea (MD 1) who is a Sydney University Gadigal Scholar from Thursday Island (Waiben), traditionally the land of the Kaurareg.
The evening was filled with great company from across the generations of Paulines from the current Senior Student, Mr Henry Hughes (BPM 3) to octogenarian Prof John Chalmers AC. Music also filled the hall when the ensemble-in-residence Tarsus Chamber Collective performed the first movement from Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F minor. The Albert Grand Piano in the JCR also had a workout after dinner!
Before the celebrations the Union held its AGM and the executive and committee were re-elected.
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