2020 -2021

2020-2021 - 65th Annual Newcastle & Hunter Combined Schools ANZAC Commemorative Event




Alf Carpenter OAM ED
Alfred Clive Carpenter OAM ED
A man of many parts

During World War II Alf Carpenter fought in many of the major conflict zones, facing Italians, Germans and Japanese in battle areas in North Africa and the Middle East, Northern Greece and Crete and finally Darwin and Bougainville.

As a man who “tends to do pretty well at anything I’m interested in”, he has also been or still is an entrepreneur, retailer, surf life saver, Justice of the Peace for 50 years, psychologist, marathon runner, yoga student of Hindu Yogi Ramacharaka, professional hypnotist and thought transference demonstrator, Tai-Chi official, public speaker and much more.

Alf’s amazing stories will form the narrative section of this unique event
Preludes in Wheeler Place and Foyer
Hunter Wind Ensemble – Director: Alison Tenorio
Kotara High School Drama – Director: Renee Berger

Introduction and Welcome
Student Committee

Lord Mayor’s Address
10:00am Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Declan Clausen
1:00pm Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes

Saluting Their Service
Lachlan James, Angus O’Connor, Makenzi Harvey, George McNamara, Charlotte Boyd, Griffin Evans.


Performing throughout programme:
Narrators: Charlotte Boyd, Abigail Elliott, Griffin Evans, Makenzi Harvey, Kincaid Ingram, Lachlan James, George McNamara, Angus O’Connor

ASPIRE - Drama Ensemble
Director: Anna Kerrigan
Kirrily Bosem, Josie Boyd, Gabrielle Brady, Katie Feeney, Xavier Fogarty, Riley Freebody, Amelia Glen, Patrick Howlett, Hayden McDonald, Emma McNamara, Ella Movigliatti
Instrumentalists and Vocalists:
Merewether High School
Trumpets - Serena Carvajal and Aden Shearman
Euphonium - Aidan Bottom
French Horn - Clare Shearman
Cello - Matthew Banney

Soprano - Georgia Olds and Kiera Washusen
Alto - Chloe Kidd
Tenor - Allan Shao
Soloist: Hunter School of Performing Arts Dylan Ratcliffe

Song The Making of a Man
Written and composed by Elizabeth Blyth

Remembrance Service
Phil Winney
President - Merewether-Hamilton-Adamstown RSL Sub-Branch

Mounting of the Catafalque Party
Guard Commander, Corporal Lachlan Sazdanoff of the Australian Army Cadets Bullecourt Barracks

Laying of Tributes and Piping the Lament
Peter Campbell – The City of Newcastle Pipe Band.

Ode of Remembrance
Georgia Munro and Charlie Foot
School Captains
Hamilton South Public School

The Last Post
Bugler: Fin Kearney

One Minute’s Silence

Bugler: Fin Kearney

Australian National Anthem
Advance Australia Fair
Merewether High School

Closing Address
Newcastle Permanent Building Society, Major Corporate Sponsor
10:00am Paul Juergens, Chief Customer Experience Delivery Officer
1:00pm Bernadette Inglis, Chief Executive Officer


Student Committee

Charlotte Boyd – Callaghan College Jesmond
Griffin Evans – Callaghan College Jesmond
Makenzi Harvey – Merewether High School
George McNamara – Merewether High School
Lachlan James – St Francis Xavier’s College
Angus O’Connor – St Francis Xavier’s College
Abigail Elliott – St Philip’s Christian College
Kincaid Ingram – St Philip’s Christian College
Emma McNamara - ASPIRE
Patrick Howlett - ASPIRE
Natalia Collinson - Callaghan College Jesmond
Matilda Newton - Callaghan College Jesmond
Matthew Casey - Callaghan College Jesmond

Artistic and Events Team

Michelle Gosper - Artistic Director
Anna Kerrigan - ASPIRE Artistic Director
Lily Wetherspoon-Mills – ASPIRE Intern
Elizabeth Blyth – Making of a Man Writer and Composer
Alison Tenorio - Music Director
Peta Carney - Event & Web

Support Team

Phil Winney - President
Di McArtney - Vice-President
Michael Voorbij - Public Officer & Secretary
James Mackay - N&HCSAS Inc.
Joy Kingsford - N&HCSAS Inc.
Anne Young - N&HCSAS Inc.
Terry New - N&HCSAS Inc.
Royce Atkinson - N&HCSAS Inc.
Richard McArtney - Hon. Treasurer
Steven Gibb - Merewether High School
Kim Scully - St Francis Xavier's College
Matt Schultz - St Philip's Christian College — Newcastle
Emilia Cardillo - Hon. Solicitor
Steven Underwood - Hon. Solicitor

Special Thanks

Maggie Paxton-Love for generously sharing her research and writings about and photos of Alf Carpenter.

Stan Kiaos - Lakes Army Disposal
for supply of military uniforms.

Captain Peter J Lockwood Officer Commanding 211 ACU - Newcastle 21 AAC Battalion - Hunter NSW AAC Brigade
For support with Cadets for the Catafalque Party

Sponsors and Supporters

Newcastle Permanent Building Society
The City of Newcastle
Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Merewether-Hamilton-Adamstown RSL Sub-Branch
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Bentleys Newcastle
The Bloomfield Group
Yancoal Mount Thorley Warkworth

Callaghan College, Jesmond Campus
Merewether High School
Kotara High School
St Francis Xavier’s College
St Philip’s Christian College Newcastle
Newcastle District Council of RSL Sub-Branches