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Trinity News : August 2012
TRINITY NEWS 47 CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTOPHER! Christopher Howell ‘00 I was a little bit of a terror in my time at Trinity. A couple years ago I left the Australian Army to start university at USyd where I did very well and subsequently transferred to Yale. I thought the Trinity community might be interested in a project my brother, David, and I have been working on called the Warrior-Scholar Project. It’s for veterans who wish to make the transition from the military to university. Here is the Yale university news article: http://news.yale.edu/2012/06/18/warrior-scholar- project-easing-move-combat-college#.T9-q -vC5_gI.facebook left: David Howell ‘03 Hector Alexander Scott (1923 – 2012) Hector Scott was born on 9 June 1923 and attended Trinity from 1932 to 1939. In his final years at Trinity he opened the bowling in two premiership winning 1st XI teams and played fullback in the 1939 1st XV. Leaving School, Hector studied accountancy while working for Smith, Johnson and Co. The War, however, intervened and Hector joined the RAAF in February 1942 and trained as a navigator under the Empire Air Training Scheme in Canada. He then received advanced training in the UK, and was posted to 44 Squadron, thence 630 Squadron and finally to 83 (Pathfinder) Squadron in RAF Bomber Command. In June 1944 while marking the hydrogenation plant in Wesserling, Hector’s aircraft was severely damaged by night fighters, but it continued to the target and crash-landed back at its base in Coningsby. Hector was wounded in the attack.. In August he returned to the Squadron and on 25 August on his thirty-first operation, the aircraft was hit by a night fighter. Hector escaped seconds before the aircraft exploded and became a Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft 1. Following discharge, Hector returned to Australia and initially operated BP Service Stations and then with a partner started Mardon Manufacturing Pty Ltd. Hector was active in the Old Trinitarians’ Union and was treasurer for some time. He became Old Trinitarians’ Representative on School Council and served on the Executive Committee, the Pine Bluff Committee and was the chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Hector was instrumental in promoting the good relationships within the Council and his efforts increased the effectiveness of the Council. He retired from the School Council in October 1995 but regularly attended the ANZAC Service, the Founders’ Day Service and rRgby games. Hector passed away on 16 February 2012, in this 89th year. OBITUARIES William Thomas Henry Merriman A Manly identity (1928 – 2012) William (Bill) Thomas Henry Merriman was born on June 25, 1928 at Summer Hill in Sydney. Bill commenced Trinity Grammar Preparatory School at Strathfield in 1941 (estimate). As part of the Preparatory School Bill attended school at Condobolin for six months. Bill attended Trinity Grammar School at Summer Hill. Bill had stated that most of the teachers were good and interested in as well as caring for the individual though he did not like the system of appointment of school prefects and monitors by school staff. Bill was a member of the cadets. He had related the story of one situation in fourth form where boys in a lower class were being made Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) in the cadets and ordering him about. Bill did not like the commanding Cadet Officer, who was remembered as being very autocratic and extremely religious. Bill wanted to do the NCO course but was refused. He then went to Eastern Command and saw the Major who allowed him to attend a Potential Officers Course since the NCO course was not available. Bill attended the camp and found that of the two thousand cadets, all had higher ranks than he. The School had sent three other boys to this course. Two failed and Bill passed. He was promoted to a Cadet Lieutenant and thus second in command, all because of not being allowed to get a couple of stripes as an NCO. Whilst in his final year Bill bought an old Harley Davidson which he rode to the grammar school even though he had no licence. The Headmaster later banned all motorbikes. Bill was a member of various cricket and Rugby teams whilst at Trinity Grammar. After leaving school, Bill gained employment with the real estate firm, LJ Hooker at Kings Cross. He was involved in some of the early building conversions to flats at the Cross. He became a fully licensed Real Estate Agent (including being an auctioneer for which he achieved course honours) and later was asked to take over the management of the LJ Hooker office in Manly. The Manly office became the top performer for the company under his management. Bill Meriman later formed a partnership in their own real estate firm of ‘Beggs, Hoddinot and Merriman’. This firm pioneered the construction of many home unit blocks in the Manly/ Warringah area. They also had the distinction of building ‘Capricorn’, an eight-story residential block with office and shop space on the ground floor located on the Manly harbour foreshore. Another adjacent building of similar height saw the early use of precast concrete walls and a double ‘floating’ concrete slab foundation. Bill married Sylvia June Findlay on September 30, 1950 and later had three children, Kelvin, Karen and Simone. Bill Merriman’s later life centred on his building design work and co-ordinating / steering the various building projects through the approval processes since he had maintained his builder’s licence. He continued to be self employed until he suffered a severe stroke on the 22nd April 2008. Bill’s condition continued to deteriorate but contrary to the expectation of medical staff, he survived but with severe paralysis and impaired brain function. He spent the remainder of his life at the Woodport Nursing Home in Erina where he passed away in the early hours of the Tuesday 29th May 2012. He will be sadly missed by both the family and the many people whose lives he touched in the Manly area. Kel Merriman Bill Merriman top right