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BRAND Dr. Fergus:
Secondary school was Kings High School. The last year at Kings was remarkable, of the twenty-seven pupils eight of us went on to complete PhDs, three became medical doctors, two ministers of religion, one Secretary of Labour and one Rear-admiral.
After completing my MSc in Physics at the University of Otago in 1963, I decided to continue in Physics at an Australian university and joined the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. I completed my PhD there in 1968. I stayed on at Sydney and currently I hold an Honorary Senior Lecturer position and enjoy the status of gentleman physicist!
The main themes of my research are in millimetre/submillimetre-wavelength electromagnetic radiation (now often labelled terahertz radiation) and plasma physics (the study of ionised gases which is relevant to topics ranging from nuclear fusion, the sun and stars, the ionosphere, fluorescent lights and plasma tvs).
The work for which I am best known is the development of a source of millimetre/submillimetre radiation known as a gyrotron. However since the completion of this project, I have been looking at a variety of newly-recognised optical phenomena but in my wavelength range. Many of these phenomena are closely related to the direct observation of planets around other stars.
Other interests include playing with computers and family history. You would have to agree that access to the internet makes the present a great time to be investigating family history.
de HAMEL, Dr C F R (Chris) (1963–67):
Christoper de Hamel
Dr C F R (Chris) de Hamel (1963–67) is Fellow Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, and is the first full-time curator since the library was established in 1352! Estimated to be worth more than £1 billion the library houses the priceless Parker collection presented by a former Archbishop of Canterbury. It contains the 6th century Gospel Book brought to England in AD597 by St Augustine, and upon which archbishops of Canterbury take their oaths of office at their enthronements; about a quarter of all known Anglo-Saxon books; the oldest book in English; the Bury Bible; and other treasures to gladden the heart of one who was the manuscript expert with Sotheby’s for 25 years. Last year Phaidon Press published his The Book, A History of the Bible, which is the story of the Bible as an artifact, and not a theological treatise
HARRIS, Dr C M (Colin) (1973–76):
Dr C M (Colin) Harris (1973–76) is director of Environmental Research and Assessment (ERA), which he established in 1998 to assist international clients active in polar regions to meet their obligations through the provision of specialist environmental planning and policy advice, technical reports on environmental problems, map products and information resources. ERA maintains close links with the University of Cambridge, with the Scott Polar Research Institute, and with the British Antarctic Survey. Colin graduated from Otago University (B.A. Hons) and from the University of Western Ontario (M.A.) in recreational geography and worked for the Auckland Regional Authority. In 1993 he graduated PhD from Cambridge University, specialising in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and for the next five years was an environmental specialist at the International Centre for Antarctic Information and Research (ICAIR), Christchurch. Colin was a visiting scholar at the Department of Geography, Cambridge University in 2001–02, and coordinated the Antarctic component of the environmental management strand for the M.Phil in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute. He is a veteran of more than 15 years’ experience in Polar Regions, has furnished many reports, and is co-editor of the book Antarctica and Global Climatic Change, Belhaven Press, London (1991).
McINTYRE, Prof. M E (Michael) (1954–58):
M E (Michael) McIntyre (1954–58) holds a personal chair in Atmospheric Dynamics in the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. His research interests and those of his colleagues are mainly oriented toward understanding the fl uid dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere, with emphasis on the stratosphere at altitudes between 10 and 50 kilometres which contains most of the ozone shield. The centre has helped to explain why the strongest ozone depletion occurs in the southern hemisphere, despite the chlorofluorocarbons and other chemicals causing it being emitted mainly in the northern hemisphere. It is a story of the epic journeys of atoms and molecules circumnavigating the globe many times before arriving in the stratosphere. While understanding the problems is a complex process, data are available, and the challenge is to understanding why—a prerequisite for predicting the future. The centre tries to deploy all means at its disposal: mathematical theory, thinking by analogy, numerical experimentation, comparison with data, and occasionally experimentation on a small scale with real fluid-dynamical systems. When not wrestling with the ‘above’ (!), Michael relaxes by playing the violin, as befits a former member of both the 4YA Orchestra and the KHS Orchestra.
Grahame Sydney (Artist):
Grahame attended King’s from 1962 – 1966. He was Head Boy in 1966.
Grahame Sydney’s Homepage
James K. Baxter (Poet):
James K. Baxter
James attended King’s from 1940 – 1943.
James K. Baxter – New Zealand Book Council Site
John Toomer (Artist):
John presenting one of his paintings to the School.
John Toomer’s Homepage
Somerville, Alan Rae:
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Alan attended King’s from 1952 – 1953
Allan Somerville is a very accomplished and refined sculptor in all medium and a master sculptor. Alan Somerville’s sculptures are admired same as one of the great masters Auguste RODIN and DAUMIER. Somerville comprehends the dynamics of the anatomy over the literal image of the body, precedent in his sculptures. Somerville complex subject and difficult poses display a mastery use of techniques and understanding the subject. His figure drawings and male sculptures are the most fascinating creations of all.
Alan Somerville achievements speak for themselves he obtained countless number of awards and showing in many exhibitions. These are details of just some of his most recent.
National Australian War Memorial in Canberra – Three bronze sculptures;
Centennial and More Park Trust – eight foot bronze of Sir Henry Parkes;
State Rail Authority – Bronze portrait of Chief Executive, Mr. Ross Sayer;
Lloyd’s Bank – Bronze horse for the Executive officers in Sydney;
Wyong Art’s Festival – Special prize for bronze male figure;
Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual -1st and 2nd prize for drawing and water colour;
Royal NSW Canine Art Show-1st prizes in sculpture, water colour and drawing;
Royal Australian Navy – commission bronze sculpture of the Sheenan Trophy;
Castle Hill Blossom Festival 1st/2nd & Special Awards in Sculpture, drawing, water colour painting and oil painting.
Alan SOMERVILLE was born in Roslyn Dunedin over sixty years ago and from early childhood Alan was a prolific drawer. He was selected for special art classes at the age of six. He was intensely skilful in drawing people and animals in action. He was a genius. However, the journey of life pointed Alan towards farming. While working hard on his farm for over thirty years, he continued to draw and paint. Also, Alan become a tutor of drawing and painting in Maniatoto District Otago and he was an active member of Central Otago Art Society. Allan’s desire was to pursue Art full time, consequently, he took his family to Dunedin where Alan was able to use the facilities of the Otago Polytechnic evening classes to develop an understanding of bronze casting and other sculpting techniques. He was accepted as a member to Artist Otago Art Society. In 1988 Alan Immigrated to Australia with the intention of finding of finding the Queensland marble quarries and exploring this medium for his artistic talent. However, in Sydney Alan was presented with an opportunity to work with bronze at the Fine Art Bronze Foundry for almost four years. He was accepted to the NSW Sculptor’s Society and Ku-ring-gai Art Society. Alan was granted Australian Citizenship and his works have been commissioned for public and private collections. When admiring Allan’s work masters like RODIN and DAUMIER come to one’s mind.
Services to music
Philip was Head Boy at Kings in 1970. He played in the school brass band from 1965 to 1970.
During his 40-year teaching career, he was head of music at Riccarton High School and Otago Boys’ High School, before being appointed deputy principal at Taieri College (formerly Taieri High School) and principal at Kaikorai Valley College.
During this time, he was heavily involved with the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival committee and helped prepare the constitution for it to become an incorporated society.
He has also taught many pupils to play brass instruments through schools, community music programmes, and as a casual teacher.
On top of his busy life in secondary education, he has been musical director of the Mosgiel Brass Band since 1988.
He has also been involved with St Kilda Brass, conducted the Otago Symphonic Band, conducted and led the Celebration Singers on several national tours and a tour to Tasmania, and under his leadership the choir produced four records.
Philip also undertook the mammoth role of chairing the organising committee for the North Taieri Presbyterian Church’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2016.
Philip has contributed to the music community as a performer, teacher, mentor, and musical director since he was in his teens.
Howard Douglas McNaughton
Howard attended Kings High School from 1958 to 1962
Prof. Howard McNaughton
•M.A., Litt.D. (Otago)
•M.A., Ph.D. (Canterbury)
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Howard McNaughton at his home on Friday 28th March, 2014. Howard was a deeply respected and long-serving member of the University of Canterbury English Department. He published widely in the field of modern and postcolonial drama, including writing the Drama sections in both editions of The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature. He helped pioneer Cultural Studies teaching and research at the University of Canterbury and was published in one of the disciplines leading journals, Social Semiotics. He was the New Zealand editor of the Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 2005), and his book The Reinvention of Everyday Life: Culture in the Twenty-first Century (2006), has been translated into Chinese. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and his students.
Howard McNaughton published widely in the field of modern and postcolonial drama. His New Zealand Drama was published by G.K. Hall in 1981, and his edition of the Collected Plays of James K. Baxter by Oxford in the following year. He has written the Drama section in both editions of The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature. He became increasingly involved in the developing field of Cultural Studies, and was recently published in Social Semiotics and Theatre Research International. Howard was New Zealand editor of the Encyclopedia of Post Colonial Literatures in English (Routledge, 2005). His latest books were Figuring the Pacific(2005) and The Reinvention of Everyday Life: Culture in the Twenty-first Century (2006), which appeared in a Chinese edition in 2009.
It was a case of King’s being honoured by the Queen last weekend when veteran broadcaster and former teacher, Murray Deaker, pictured right at King’s last year, on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Deaker is of course well-known nationally for his books and radio and television work, during which he often mentions his old school. Just last week he praised cricketer Brendon McCullum for his grit and determination saying, “you’d expect
nothing less from a King’s boy from South Dunedin.”
Leslie Graham QSM (At Kings from 1951 – 1955)
Services to brass bands
Les Graham was a Kings High School pupil who played in the school brass band from about 1951 to 1955. He was a brass band enthusiast who played with the Caversham and Green Island bands until 1973 when he started a long association with the Mosgiel Brass Band.
He had his arm amputated in a farming accident in 1984 after which he had to relearn how to play. He worked with occupational therapists to create a harness which allowed him to hold an instrument Les has taught and mentored young players, organised and volunteered at music camps, started learners groups as well as raising funds for youth bands.
In the 1990s he assisted the Roxburgh Band during a period of rebuilding, conducting it so it could attend a national championship and finding it a new conductor.
Nationally, Mr Graham has supported the introduction of new sections to open up the slow melody solo competition in National Championships and introduced the Les Graham Trophy for Slow Melody in 2015.
Leslie Graham has played in brass bands in Petone, Upper Hutt, Oamaru, Milton, Mosgiel, and Dunedin over the course of 65 years, beginning at Caversham in 1951 and ending up with Upper Hutt
Hone Kouka, left, though less well-known in his home town, has written many successful tage plays, mainly on Maori themes. He has also had success as a poet, children’s writer and theatre artistic director. Assistant Principal, Mr Frost remembers Hone fondly as a gifted rugby player, a central figure in the infamous ’battle of Littlebourne’, as well as a pupil who was keen on drama and took part in King’s major productions like Salad Days.
Stefan Witehera (1983 -1986)
Stefan Witehira died at a East Otago High School camp in Glenorchy on Wednesday, 6th December 2017. Stefan was Captain of our First XV Rugby. He showed out as a dedicated senior student leader.
After leaving school Stefan became a police officer who after some time in the North Island became based in Palmerston. Stefan and a colleague, Senior Constable Darrin Low, were shot at after laying road spikes during a police pursuit in February 2009. They both received Silver Merit Awards for exhibiting “professionalism and courage” during the incident. Before their police careers, both attended King’s High School, where Darrin was in the year above Stefan.
Otago Coastal area commander Inspector Jason Guthrie said Stefan was an “incredibly competent and admirable police officer, who was immensely respected by his colleagues and everyone who knew him”.
“He always displayed tremendous empathy and compassion with everyone he interacted with and he was an integral part of the Palmerston community.
“His loss leaves a massive hole in New Zealand police, in particular for us in the Southern district, and he will be greatly missed. This though was echoed by Dunedin North MP David Clark who said Stefan’s death was “a huge loss for the community”.
East Otago High School is mourning for Stefan who was the school’s board of trustee’s chairman. “Stefan was a well-known and highly respected member of both the school and the East Otago community. The schools thoughts and prayers are with the Witehira whanau during this most difficult time.“
David Beatson (1957 – 1961)
Ron Cain QSM (At Kings 1945 – 1947)
Services to athletics
Ron Cain has been active in athletics as a successful competitor, administrator and competitor for the past 68 years.
The QSM gives public recognition to Mr Cain for the hard work he has put into the sport.
Ron is a past president of the Caversham club, Athletics Otago and Athletics New Zealand. He is a life member of all three.
He was an elite runner in the 1950s and was a member of five Otago cross-country teams that won the national senior teams title. His best individual performance was to finish runner-up to Kerry Williams in 1955.
Ron was a New Zealand cross-country selector from 1977 to 1992 and chairman of the committee for 11 years. He managed three New Zealand teams to international events, the highlight being the world cross-country in Spain in 1981.
He has been meeting manager at the Caledonian Ground since 1980 and this has included three New Zealand championships.
Ron is the Patron of the Caledonian Society in which he takes an active part.