We are proud to have a vibrant community of Old Brightonians in Australia, led by our OB Australia Ambassador, Darren Curtis (Sc. 1990-95) who will be co-hosting this year's OB Australia Dinner in Sydney with the Head Master and on Tuesday 18th December 2018 at Sake on the Rocks.
Darren Curtis (Sc. 1990-95), our OB Australia Ambassador, spent six years specialising in prestige markets in central London after which he set off to Australia in 2006. He now sells real estate for Christie's International, focusing on some of the country's finest and most significant homes. Along with the Head Master, he will be hosting our biennial OB Australia Dinneron Tuesday 18th December 2018.
Congratulations to Rod who graduated a Ph.D Doctorate at Flinders University of South Australia, having researched 19th century Cherokee Indian History.
Ron arrived at Brighton College in the Early 1960's as a day pupil in Leconfield, since graduating he has ended up on the other side of the world. He will be flying over from his home in Australia to join us at this year's Pioneers Club, so we are looking forward to hearing all the news from down under.
Our very own Matt Prior (R. 1995-00) will captain England in their first tour match in Australia tomorrow after Alastair Cook was ruled out.
We had a lovely visit at the College today with our Australia OB Ambassador Darren Curtis (S. 1990-95) and James Borbone (C. 1991-96) After a tour of the College and coffee with the Head Master we had a convivial lunch in The Ginger Dog.
No doubt our members are well aware that the young man missing in the Australian Outback for three days is none other than our very own Samuel Woodhead (S. 2007-12). We are especially delighted to report to those of you not already aware that Sam was found alive on Friday 15th Feb after an extraordinary ordeal.
We had a fabulous letter in this week from Kate Merrin (W/F. 1989-93) who found a photo of a BCJS team on a filmset in Australia. We would love to know the date of the photo, and also the story behind how it got there! Here's the letter for starters, if anyone recognises the photograph please contact the OB office!
Ed Wells (C/S 1993-98), Ollie Wells (C/S House 1995-00) left Geraldton, Western Australia on the 22nd April 2011 in their 29ft rowing boat 'INDIAN RUNNER 4'. They rowed for 75 days 11 hours and 40 minutes, and arrived in Grand Baie, Mauritius on the 5th July 2011, to become the FIRST fours boat to ever cross the Indian Ocean unsupported! They have now raised approximately £50,000 for our four charities.
For further information on this amazing feat check out the official website on http://www.indianocean3100.com/
Roger Simons sent in some wonderful photos from Australia in his OB rugby shirt and socks, as he helped with the volunteer effort in Queensland after the recent floods and cyclones, which prompted us to find out more about what he's been up to!