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Air Force Brian Halligan (1941) far left
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Fresh out of Churchie, it was 1942 when Brian Halligan (pictured above – far left) first tried to join the defence forces, applying to the Navy as an able seaman. Rejected because of his eyesight but undeterred, he waited another year and joined the Air Force at the age of 18. After qualifying as a sergeant air gunner he travelled to San Francisco in a Dutch liner, crossed the USA by rail to New York and then travelled to England aboard the “Queen Elizabeth”. After some operational training on Wellingtons at Moreton-in-Marsh, England, Brian was posted to 142 squadron and was stationed at the Foggia Airfield Complex on the eastern coast of Italy. On their 7th mission they were scheduled…

Army 2. John Dicks (1965)
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There are many Old Boys working at Churchie in various capacities. One of the most noteworthy of these, with his enormous contribution spanning several decades, would have to be John Dicks. Fresh out of school, John commenced an apprenticeship as Electrical Fitter/Mechanic and Electrician whilst also serving in the Citizens Military Forces (Queensland University Regiment). In 1968 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and then transferred to the Australian Regular Army (Royal Australian Artillery) in 1970. Even whilst serving as a Major at Enoggera, for many years John was seen assisting Churchie Cadets as an instructor on Home Training Parades and Annual Camps. Immediately following his retirement from the Army in 1991, John was appointed as an Officer of…

Newsletter Nick Gahan
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I left Churchie in 2001 and went straight to university, completing degrees in Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) and Business Management. I graduated from QUT in 2006 and went to work briefly in the non-profit sector. Motivated by wanting to help the community, I joined the QLD Ambulance Service as a student paramedic. Looking for new challenges, in 2009 I moved over to the QLD Fire and Rescue Service where I am currently a Senior Firefighter based in City-West Command covering stations such as Taringa, Pullenvale, Roma Street and Ashgrove. I am also back at university on a part-time basis completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University. The added diversity I face in my job as a fireman…

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With this year’s Head of the River recently competed, Old Boy Cliff Ashdown took a trip down memory lane recalling his days as a young rower. He reminisces particularly fondly of Saturday 15 October 1949 when he and fellow Old Boy Barrie Blakeway (1951) competed at the GPS Old Boys and Brisbane Rowing Club Regatta. Held on the Town Reach of the Brisbane River, both Cliff and Barrie participated in two events, winning both. Their first event was the Tub Pairs. With Cliff rowing in bow seat and Barrie as Stroke, they competed for over half a mile in the pouring rain. This however didn’t hamper their efforts or enthusiasm, winning the race by more than two lengths. The second…

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