2017 ANNUAL DINNER
30th Anniversary of the 1st Annual Dinner in 1987


Greg Melick

Greg Melick
Annual Dinner Speaker

1967 Group Photo
at 2017 Annual Dinner
1967 Old Boy Paul Ross
The Piper

Greg Melick - Biography

Crown Prosecutor/Principal Crown Counsel (TAS) 1980-89, Partner, Gunson, Pickard and Hann 1990-95, Statutory Member, National Crime Authority, 1996-2000, Statutory Member NSW Casino Control Authority (part time) 2000-03, Special Investigator, Australian Cricket Board/Cricket Australia, since 2000. Deputy President Administrative Appeals Tribunal (part time) since 2014, Chief Commissioner Integrity Commission Tasmania (part time) since 2015.

Areas of Practice

Administrative, Appellate, Common Law/Personal Injury, Corporate, Criminal, IP and IT, Royal Commissions and Inquiries

Pressing Matters

Greg (pictured left), owner of Pressing Matters, wasn’t sure which was worse: his mother finding 2 cases of wine in the bottom of his wardrobe or finding out that to purchase the wine he’d gambled at a very tender age and won on the daily double at Werribee ….. and so began Greg’s love affair with wine.

Greg has been a passionate consumer of wine for over 50 years and has visited many vineyards throughout the world. He wears many other hats: Senior Counsel; Major General in the Australian Defence Force in a career spanning 50 years; a national and international wine judge; a Master Judge of Wine and one of the few Australians to hold a passport from the Primum Familae Vinum. With a remarkable palate memory (now, he says, fading with Winezheimers) Greg has been know to correctly name, in a blind tasting, a wine by having read about it alone.

As busy as Greg is in his first careers, he is committed and passionate about producing quality Tasmanian Riesling and Pinot Noir and in his words ‘runs interference’ in key aspects of the vineyard. His two favourite wine growing areas are Mosel and Burgundy. Hence, the vineyard has been planted with the two ‘Noble’ varieties Riesling and Pinot Noir.

Greg is married to his second love Michelle (his first love, he famously once said in her hearing, was ‘wine’) and has 3 adult children. Amazingly he has time for a wife and family but, sadly, the children don’t drink wine so he’s still working on the succession plan.



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Paul Jeans, UoN Chancellor, Old Boy
2016 Annual Dinner Speech Transcript
Paul Jeans

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Formation of the NBHSOBA ... Instigated in 1986

On 9th December 1986, in a phone call between two old boys, Dale Kemp and Dick Sanders, it was decided to form the Newcastle Boys' High School Old Boys' Association (NBHSOBA).

The Steering Committee of ten met at the Newcastle Police Centre on 7th January1987.

The OBA was launched at the Police & Citizens' Boys' Club on 20th March 1987, where the inaugural committee was elected by the 93 former students and teachers present.

Four Sub-committees were agreed on:

* Membership
* Functions
* Education
* Historical
together with their members and Chairmen.

The goals of the Association were agreed on, becoming the basis for the Constitution.

Aims

The briefing notes circulated to the first Steering Committee meeting on 7 January 1987 listed the following aims:

- Share expertise between reunion committees.
- Maintain a master class list and mailing list.
- Annual dinner (all years), as per the NGHS Ex-Students Union.
- Relics, memorabilia: collect, restore, preserve, catalogue and display.
- Personal photographs, printed matter: copy and return.
- School relics (gates, honour rolls, flag etc): recover.
- School prizes, student donations: current status

The body of former students, covering almost all of this century, has a wide range of professional and personal experience from which we could all draw, to our individual benefit, and that of Newcastle.

By the time the Constitution was drafted, the following important aim was added:

" To solicit, acquire, establish, administer and award gifts, bequests, scholarships, prizes and benefits for students of Newcastle High School and Waratah High School and such other schools as the Association from time to time may determine."

The Constitution was modified on incorporation of the Association
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ANNUAL DINNER 2015
Guest Speaker
Trevor Sorensen
Trevor Sorensen

Transcript Annual Dinner Speech

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Photos taken by Rob Allan at the old school
FH Beard portrait

Boys High School

NBHS Grounds
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ANNUAL DINNER 2015
50 Year Reunion
2015 Annual Dinner Old Boys from 1961-1965
Group of 1961-1965 Old Boys
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NBHS Old Boys' Association Pioneers
Dick and Dale 1987

Dick Sanders & Dale Kemp 1987
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Missing Names Finally Added
Waratah War Memorial 62 Years on - NBN News

36 names missing from a world war two memorial have finally been included, 62 years after the school plaques were unveiled.

Former Newcastle Boys High students had a tear in their eye, honouring classmates who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Anzac Day