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Fairholme Old girls joined current students and members of the Indian Mission Team while attending the Sunday morning service at Caloundra Presbyterian Church on 17 Februay 2013.
Archives Co-ordinator Jenny Noble shows Mary Peden and her husband Alec some memorabila in the FOGA Foyer during their visit in May 2013. Mary is the daughter of FOG Chrissie Grigg (Copeman) (1925-28).
Members of FOGA Toowoomba enjoy catching up at the Parkhouse Cafe during the Christmas Breakup, 14 November 2012.
Sandra Murphy (Wright) (1981-82) and her mother Jill Wright (1952-53) reminisce about their respective school days at the Friends of Fairholme Founders’ Day celebrations in 2012.
Fairholme College Principal, Mrs Linda Evans, chats with Lois Bovey (1950) and FOGA Brisbane President, Daphne Stewart (1949-51) at the FOGA Brisbane Church Parade, 26 August 2012.
Mother and daughter FOGs, Kathleen Summers (Newman) (1937-42) and Kay Long (Summers) (1967-68) enjoyed a visit and tour around the College on 12 April 2013. What a treat it was to hear some precious stories and to be able to show Kay and her mother their names on various Honour Boards.
Mrs Jayne Davidson (1973-74) emailed this lovely photograph of her daughter Belinda Davidson (1992-96), with the roses her fiancé, Marcus Katter, presented her with when he proposed.
Christie Menzies (2004-05) and Cameron McLennan announced their engagement in February 2013. Christie is the daughter of Greg and Gayle Menzies (Taroom), and Cameron, the son of Peter and Helen McLennan (also of Taroom).
Warner - Willis: The engagement of Alison Ruth Willis (1994-99) and John Kenneth Warner was announced with much pleasure earlier this year.
Heidi Somerset (1996-2008) and Nick Harrigan announced their engagement on 25 May 2013.
Namali Harch (1997-2001) married André Holwerda on 5 January, 2013, at the stunning Gabbinbar Homestead in Toowoomba.
It was a perfect day and there were some very special surprises throughout the day including a horse-drawn carriage, ‘thank you’ cakes for the parents, a vocal solo by the groom and a beautiful rendition of ‘The Prayer’ by the bride and groom.
Namali and André enjoyed their honeymoon in Fiji and have made their residence in Rothwell (Redcliffe).
Gary Chiconi and Jessie Hindle (2002-06) were married on 28 April 2012 in Roma followed by a reception at the Explorers Inn. Gary is the youngest son of Noel and Jo-Anne Chiconi of Taylors Plains, Mungallala. Jessie is the eldest daughter of Lindsay and Belinda Hindle of Fairfield, Roma.
The Bridal party included Alex Hindle (2006-08) (Maid of Honour), Lewis Rolfe (Best Man), Jessie Roberts, Warren Chiconi, Penny Mackenzie and Ben Hindle. Gary and Jessie honeymooned in Fiji and have made their home at Taylors Plains.
Rossi Crothers (2000-04) married James Moore in September 2012, flanked by FOG Bridesmaids from left to right, Helen Jerrard (2002-04) , Jen Duggan (2000-04) , Lisa Machin (1994-04) and Anna Robinson(1994-04). Fairholme Old Girls Catie Carson, Ingrid Costello, and Kate Wilson also attended the wedding and are pictured left.
Michael Salt married Terrena Duncan (1997-2000) at her parents’ Flagstone Creek property on March 24, 2012. The newlyweds honeymooned along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
Amy Hagan (2000-06) and Matt Hayes were married on 6 October 2012 in the gardens of Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba. The newlyweds enjoyed a Gold Coast honeymoon and now reside in Toowoomba.
High School sweethearts Haydn Acton and Yana-Marie Kisiel (2004-2008) were married recently at St Patrick’s Cathedral followed by a reception at Gabbinbar Homestead.
Rachael Kerridge (2000-05) married Peter Trethewie on 29 September, 2012 at the Gold Coast.
The pair held their ceremony at St Andrew’s Chapel at Robina Woods, before celebrating with friends and family at Burleigh Heads.
Fairholme Old Girl Ellen Brodie (2000- 05) was bridesmaid, (pictured second from left) and fellow Fairholme Old Girls Ann Doljanin (McClymont) and Felice Caffery were also in attendance.
Congratulations to Patsy (Philbey) (1947-48) and Max Skene who celebrate
Pictured: Cousins meet for the first time in South Hedland, WA, Huxley 3 months and Alyse, 31/2 months.
Karl and Emily Buckland (Williams) (1995-99), and their son Toby welcome Alyse:
Weight - 7lbs and 13oz
Length - 53cm
Born - South Hedland Hospital, WA
Date of Birth - 20.07.2012
Daniel and Fiona Lucas (Williams) (1997-2001) welcome Huxley:
Weight - 7lbs 7oz
Length - 53cm
Born - Roma Hospital, QLD
Date of Birth - 3.08.2012
A Fairholme Farewell to one of our OLDEST Old Girls
Muriel Krimmer was born on 31.12.1912 and attended Fairholme from 1925 to 1930. Her sister Dorothy was also a pupil around this time. This was Miss Culpin was headmistress and Muriel has very fond memories of her. Muriel was a prefect (pictured far left) and member of the basketball team which won the premiership of the Downs.
Having passed the Senior exams in 1930, Muriel was invited by Miss Culpin to return as a member of staff, which she did for a couple of years on a wage of one guinea per week.
After working for a couple of years in Toowoomba for Groom and Lavers, Muriel moved to Brisbane, working at the Electric Light Company and Goldsborough Mort.
Muriel never married and maintained the friendships she made at Fairholme through FOGA.
In later years Muriel was handicapped through failing eyesight but managed to keep very much abreast of world affairs, both sporting and political, and resided at Compton Gardens Retirement Village at Aspley.
She celebrated her 100th birthday on New Year’s Eve 2012 with her many nieces & nephews at Wheller Gardens, but sadly, she passed away on 28 March 2013.
A treasured Treasurer
The members of the Old Girls’ Association were saddened in July 2012 when their much-loved Treasurer, Margot Mary Curtis (1943-44) passed away on her 84th birthday.
Margot very much enjoyed her involvement with the Old Girls, and was known for her attention to detail and meticulous record-keeping. She treasured her many friends from her days at Fairholme, and her dry wit and interest in all things Fairholme are sorely missed.
Margot began her working days at the Millmerran Shire Council, and was then employed as a Bookkeeper at Perpetual Trustees and St Andrews’ Hospital. She was a dedicated volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and was recognised for having spent 60 years as a Justice of the Peace, and over 50 years as the Treasurer of the Range Tennis Club.
Margot was the sister of Desley Coulton (Curtis) (1950-52), the sister-in-law of Daphne Curtis (Anderson) 1945-47) and the much loved Aunt and Great-Aunt of Jenny Sutton (Curtis) (1968-72), Katie Murray (Sutton) (1995-99) and Rachael Curtis (1998-2012).
Margot is pictured here at Katie’s wedding in June 2012.
A well-travelled educator
Miss Isabel Nelson came to Fairholme in 1946 as a young teacher and stayed for 20 years, leaving at the end of 1966 to work in Canada and the UK. Over the years she travelled through Europe, South America, South-East Asia and New Zealand with her good friend, June. Miss Nelson taught at St Hilda’s at Southport and St Carthage’s School in Brisbane during the 1970s before retiring to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, where she passed away on 15 May this year. She was 85.
Miss Nelson, known to the girls as ‘Nellie’, taught Year 6 in the Fairholme Preparatory School until 1950, when she moved to the Upper School and taught Typing and Bookkeeping. She was Cameron House Mistress and Junior Form Mistress (Year 10) for a number of years. Miss Nelson was also a very good tennis player, and established the Fairholme Tennis Club in 1956. Fairholme Old Girls remember that she used to ride her pushbike to school, and also organised bicycle excursions to Drayton, where the girls would enjoy a picnic before riding their bikes all the way back to Fairholme.
The following Old Girls sadly passed away since our last update and we pass on our sincere condolences to their families.
|Old Girl||Years at Fairholme||Date|
|Jessie Martha Ferris (Anderson)||(1932)|
|Lorna Joyce Broadfoot (Hart)||(1929-33)||30 July 2012|
FOGA Toowoomba Treasurer
|31 July 2012|
|Shirley Dougal (Sakzewski)||(1950-57)||23 July 2012|
|Lyndal Fiechtner (Hardwood)||(1961-65)||21 May 2013|
|Helen Fuller (Ferguson)||(1942-44)|
|Lynette Ann Gordon (Collard)||(1959-60)|
|Dianne Mary Hegarty (Sharpe)||(1964-65)|
|Olive Jeitz (Bidstrup)||(1934-36)||9 August 2012|
|Florence ‘Floss’ May Knight (Binns)||(1940-41)|
|Muriel Krimmer||(1927-31)||28 March 2013|
|Jessie McIntyre||(1932-35)||November 2012|
|Alice ‘Elsie’ McMullen (Carlyon)||(1945)||22 March 2013|
|Margaret Muir (Nelson) (Dixon)||(1935-38)|
|Blanche Isabel Nelson Teacher||(1946-66)||15 May 2013|
|Sally Ogilvie (Corner)||(1952-56)||25 May 2013|
|Shirley Peers Teacher||(1962)|
|Olive Mary Phipps (Colls)||(1943)|
|Jean Ryan (Hair)||(1934-36)|
|Nicolette Sealy (Munro)||(1955-57)|
|Faye Skuse (Smith)||(1943-45)|
|Saysie Thams (Denhert)||(1934-36)|
|Colleen Turner (George)||(1952)||24 April 2013|
|Meredith Waddell||(1956-64)||30 April 2013|
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