- Dan Ashby (General Manager (Building and Interiors), Fletcher Construction)
- Michael Bassett (writer and former Cabinet Minister)
- Allan Bollard (former Governor of the Reserve Bank)
- Mick Brown (Family Court Judge)
- Sir Woolf Fisher (Co-Founder – Fisher & Paykel)
- Andrew Harmos (leading corporate lawyer and fomer Chairman of the New Zealand Stock Exchange)
- George Hawkins (Former Cabinet Minister)
- Chris Liddell (former Chief Financial Officer – Microsoft and General Motors, now Chairman of Xero)
- Greg Moyle (Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Financial Advisor)
- Sir Robert Muldoon (Former Prime Minister)
- John Massy Stacpoole (heritage architect, historian, philanthropist)
- Peter Stubbs (leading lawyer)
- Lt Cdr Connell Thode (submarine commander, yachtsman, businessman, volunteer)
- Prof Richard Toy (architect)
- Ted van Arkel (business leader and professional director)
- Dr Newton Wickham (periodontist, diplomat, philanthropist)
- Jon Zealando (Magician)
- Len Castle (Potter)
- Demetrius King (Dancer)
- Ian Kingstone (Artist)
- Sir Donald McIntyre (Opera Singer)
- Eddie Muliaumaseali’i (Opera Singer)
- Sani Muliaumaseali’i (Opera Singer)
- Clif Reed (writer, partner in Reed publishing)
- Sir Peter Siddell (Artist)
- Dr Ron Barker (medical researcher)
- Prof Jack Bennett (English Professor)
- Bruce Biggs (Linguist)
- Dr Ted Bollard (Botanist)
- Sir Graeme Davies (Engineer, teacher, university and civic administrator)
- Dr Richard Kenneth Dell (Scientist)
- Prof David Kronfeld (Scientist)
- Prof Dick Matthews (Scientist)
- Sir Philip John Scott (medical researcher and administrator)
- Sir Keith Sinclair (Historian)
- Prof CK Stead (Novelist, Poet, Critic, English Professor)
- Sir Alan Stewart (Scientist)
- Prof Russell Stone (Historian)
- Prof Michael Taggart (Law Professor)
- Jeff Tallon (Scientist)
- Professor Michael Walker (biological researcher, teacher, humanitarian)
- Andrew Blowers
- Mick Bremner
- Mark Brooke-Cowden
- Olo Brown
- Ron Bush
- Vic Butler
- Rod Heeps
- Steven Luatua
- Matthew Ridge
- Dave Solomon
- Joe Stanley
- Ron Urlich
- Bryan Williams
- Sonny Bill Williams
- Jack Goodhue
- Arthur Lydiard
- Les Mills
- Dr Sir Peter Snell
- Jack Cowie
- Richard De Groen
- Trevor Franklin
- Johnny Hayes
- Graham Vivian
- Giff Vivian
- Merv Wallace
- ‘Dad’ Weir
- Fred Ah Kuoi
- Thomas Leuluai
- Matthew Ridge
- Se’e Solomona
- Sonny Bill Williams
- Isaiah Papali’i
- Kerry Ashby (Rowing)
- Orinoco Fa’amausili-Banse-Prince (Olympic Swimmer)
- Emma Kete (Football)
- Ray Sefo (Kick Boxing)
- Bill Tinnock (Rowing)
- Maria Tutaia (Netball)
- Peter Wolfenden (Harness Racing)
- Portia Woodman (Rugby)
- Troy Garton (Boxing)
- Arun Panchia (Hockey)
- Sarpreet Singh (Football)
Adams-Schneider, L.R. (Sir Lancelot, Lance ) (1935)
Came to MAGS from Petone Technical College. Entered drapery trade on leaving school and founded his own business in Auckland. Later managed a large store in Taumarunui. Served in the Medical Corps during the Second World War. Member of Taumarunui Borough Council, President Chamber of Commerce and Executive Member of NZ Retailers’ Association. Won Hamilton seat by-election 1959. Minister of Broadcasting, Customs, Health and Social Security. KB 1984 for public services. NZ Ambassador to USA. Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977, and New Zealand 1990 Medal. Was active in youth work and a lay preacher in the Baptist Church.
Ah Kuoi F. (Fred) (1970-1974)
Head Prefect 1974. First XV 1972-1974. Senior athletic team 1973-1974.
University of Auckland 1975-1976, law intermediate. Gained entrance to Law School in 1977, but discontinued studies to concentrate on career as an international rugby league player. Represented NZ 1975-1985, captain 1979, 1982 and 1984. Played for North Sydney 1981-1983; Hull 1983-1987. Played in the Challenge Cup Final 1985. Returned to NZ 1987. Worked for several businesses before setting up his own business, Mak Designs Ltd, in 1991. A rugby league coach, including stints with Hull, Richmond and NZ Police Teams. Players’ representative on NZ Rugby League Appeal Board, 1991-1994.
Allen, K.R. (Keith) (1945-1949)
Victor Ludorum 1949. Prefect 1949. First XV 1948-1949. First XI 1947-1949, captain 1949-1950.
Qualified in accountancy and became a company secretary, then ran a motor business in Rotorua. Won the Tauranga seat for the National Party in 1972, and held it until ill health forced his retirement in 1984. under-secretary to Minister of Trade and Industry. Minister of Customs 1982. He died in 1984.
Andrews, S.E. (Selwyn) (1938-1942)
Prefect 1942. Hockey First XI 1942. Rowing First VIII 1942. RSM Cadet Battalion 1942.
Served in the RNZAF during the Second World War. Qualified in pharmacy, then joined Salmond and Spraggon as a medical representative. Same position with Parke-Davis; NZ field manager 1958, regional manager 1959. Moved to head office in Detroit as assistant to the director for Pacific, African and Asian zones. Appointed European area manager 1964, assistant general manager in London 1965. Branch manager responsible for manufacturing, research and marketing for UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Greece, Portugal and West Africa. Vice president of Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry. Manager of NZ Overseas Trading Corporation. President MAGS Old Boys Association 1954-1955.
Ashby, K.A. (Kerry) (1942-1946)
Prefect 1946. First XV 1946. Rowing First VIII 1945-1946, captain 1946.
Senior rugby for Grammar Old Boys. As a member of the West End Rowing Club represented NZ in the VIIIs at the Empire Games 1950, and the IVs in 1954. Won NZ championships in the VIIIs 1949-1953 and 1963, the IVs in 1953 and double sculls in 1956. His brother Murray was also a member of these crews. Kerry Ashby gave outstanding service as coach of MAGS crews over a long period, and School’s successes in rowing during the 1960s and 1970s owed a great deal to his coaching. Worked as an executive in the timber industry.
Ashby, M. (Murray) (1944-1947)
First XV 1946-1947. Rowing First VIII 1946-1947.
Senior rugby for Grammar Old Boys; member of the teams that won the Gallaher Shield in 1951 and 1953. Rowed for West End, and was a member of NZ championship VIII 1949. Silver medal in the NZ VIII at the Empire Games 1950; silver medal in coxed IV at 1954 Empire Games. His brother Kerry shared in these triumphs. At NZ championships, won seven red coats, five in eights, one in double sculls with his brother, and one in coxed fours. Gave splendid service as an administrator after his retirement. He died in 1991.
Bassett, M.E.R. (Michael) (1953-1955)
Came to MAGS from Dilworth. Graduated from the University of Auckland with MA (Hons) in History 1961. Duke University, North Carolina 1961-1963. PhD 1964. American Council of Learned Societies Scholarship 1967. Lecturer and senior lecturer in History at the University of Auckland 1964-1978. Member of Parliament for Waitemata 1972-1975, Te Atatu 1978-1990. Held a variety of portfolios in the Labour Government, 1984-1990, including Health, Internal Affairs, Local Government, Arts and Culture and Civil Defence. J.B. Smallman Professor of History, University of Western Ontario 1992-1993. Publications include: Confrontation 51; The Third Labour Government; Three Party Politics in New Zealand; Sir Joseph Ward; Coates of Kaipara. Formerly an Auckland City Councillor. QSO 1992. New Zealand 1990 Medal.
Barnes (Harold Jock) (1922'1924)
Cricket First XI 1923’1924.
Rugby for Auckland 1930. President Auckland branch of Waterside Workers Union 1940. National president 1943’1951. Leader of the Watersiders during the largest industrial dispute in New Zealand history, the 151-day-long Auckland waterfront lock-out of 1951. After the dispute ended with the locked-out workers being defeated, Barnes became the only person ever to be charged with the offence of ‘criminal libel’, one of the many emergency laws and regulations enacted by the Holland Government at the time. Later he went on to run a successful drainlaying business and became president of the Master Drainlayers Association.
Beasley, A.W. (Wynn) (1939-1943)
John Williamson Scholar 1942. University Entrance Scholar 1943.
Medicine at Otago University MB ChB. FRCS (Edinburgh) 1956. FRACS 1957. Otago University blue in athletics 1948-1949 for mile walk. Second in that event at national championships 1951. Colonel Royal NZ Army Medical Corps, and Director of Medical Services Home Command. Commanding Officer 2nd General Hospital. Colonel Commandant RNZAMC 1986, for a period of four years. President Wellington Centre Red Cross Society. OBE.
Beasley, D.M.G. (Don) (1932-1937)
University Entrance Scholar 1937.
Otago University 1940-1946. MB, ChB. MRACP 1950; FRACP 1965; DCH (London) 1953. Director Northern Regional Health Authority; chairman NZ Council on Health Care Standards. Lecturer in child health at the University of Sheffield 1952-1953. Council member International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap 1966-1978. Vice-president International Association for Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency 1968-1978. Chairman Northland Area Health Board 1985-1992. President IHC NZ 1964-1979. President Health Boards of NZ, 1989-1992, chairman Children’s Health Camps Board. OBE 1977 for voluntary work with people with disabilities. CBE 1990 for services to public health.
Begg, A.J.C. (Andy) (1954-1958)
School and House Prefect 1958. Swimming team 1957-1958.
BSc, BCom from the University of Auckland. Represented university at swimming and water polo. On MAGS staff 1963-1968 as a Mathematics master. In charge of swimming, lifesaving, table tennis and gymnastics. HOD Mathematics at St Kentigern College 1968; later Principal Metropolitan College. Senior lecturer at Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Research, Waikato University.
Bennett, J.A.W. (Jack) (1925-1928)
Came from Kowhai to MAGS in the fourth form. Lissie Rathbone Scholar 1928. Winner of junior and senior essay prizes. Author of school hymn.
Tinline Scholar at Auckland University; MA with first-class honours in English 1932. Travelling scholarship to Merton College, Oxford. MA, DPhil 1938. Fellow Queen’s College 1938-1947. Succeeded C.S. Lewis in the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge 1964-1978. Edited Poems of Richard Corbett, Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale, Devotional Pieces in Verse and Prose, and a selection of the works of John Gower. Also co-editor of a textbook, Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Perhaps his finest works were The Parlement of Foules and Chaucer’s Book of Fame. Elected Fellow of the British Academy 1971, the first Old Boy to achieve this distinction. Author of numerous essays and articles. He was on his way home when he died in Los Angeles in 1981.
Biggs, B.J. (Bruce) (1935-1938)
Second XV 1938. Intermediate swimming champion 1937.
Served overseas during the Second World War, with rank of sergeant. MA from the University of Auckland, PhD (Indiana), FRSNZ. Professor of Anthropology, University of Auckland. Retired 1984. OBE 1986 for services to Maori studies; CBE 1996 for services to education and the Maori people. Author of numerous books and papers, including English-Maori and Maori-English Dictionary . Vice-patron MAGS Old Boys’ Association.
Blakey, R.G. (Ron) (1945-1947)
Swimming and life-saving.
Swam for Mt. Eden Club. Diploma in Fine Arts from Elam. Apprentice cutter at Milne and Choyce, working his way through all aspects of tailoring before being promoted to the design room. Key designer when he left for London 1957. Joined the salon of haute couturier Arthur Banks and then for Bernard Freres, working in Paris. Assistant designer to Jean Allen, London, 1962. One of London’s top designers. To NZ 1968 where he introduced new labels ‘London Deb’ and ‘Last Word’, and personal label ‘Ronald Blakey International’. Supplied leading department stores in NZ and David Jones in Sydney. An accident forced early retirement 1983. Lives on Waiheke Island.
Blowers A.F. (Andrew) (1988-1993)
First XV 1990-1993. NZ Under-17 rugby team 1991.
Auckland rugby representative 1995-1996. NZ Colts 1995-1996. NZ Barbarians 1996. After playing in the 1996 NZ trial, selected to tour South Africa with the All Blacks. Played six matches, including two tests. Professional rugby player in England
Bodley, D.L. (Des) (1944-1948)
Head Prefect 1948. Rowing VIII 1947-1948, captain 1948.
NZ Universities rowing blue. Training college, then sole-charge teacher at Coatesville. MA, DipEd. Lecturer at Auckland Teachers’ College (College of Education) from 1961. Fulbright Scholar 1964-1965. Head of Education at College of Education. Initiated International Education Programme. Took study groups to Japan and was made an honorary superior senior citizen of Masudo City to mark his contribution to education and to relations between NZ and Japan. After retiring from College, he became a consultant advisor to Okabe Enterprises International.
Bollard, A.E. (Alan) (1964-1968)
Dux and University Entrance Scholar 1968.
MA (Hons) 1974, PhD 1978. Economist South Pacific Commission 1977-1979. Intermediate Technology Development Group, London, 1980-1984. Policy Studies Institute, London, 1982-1984. NZ Institute of Economic Research 1984-1987; director from 1987. NZ representative Pacific Trade and Development Conference. President Law and Economics Association of NZ. Chairman NZ Institute of Social Research and Development. Publications include: T-Shirts and Tapa Cloth: A Handbook of Small Rural Businesses for the Pacific; As If People Mattered; Liberalisation of the New Zealand Economy; Turning It Around! Closure and Revitalisation in New Zealand Industry; New Zealand Economic Reforms. His father, E.G. Bollard, was Dux in 1938; the only instance of a father and son holding this distinction. Currently Governor of the Reserve Bank.
Bollard, E.G. (Ted) (1934-1938)
BSc from Auckland University 1941. Served overseas with the Army as a sergeant during the Second World War. PhD, Cambridge University 1948; DSc, Auckland University 1983. Research scientist DSIR 1948-1980; director horticulture and processing division. Harkness Fellowship (Cornell University) 1956; Research Medal of NZ Association of Scientists 1958; Hector Medal of Royal Society of NZ 1972. Royal Society Fellowship 1964, council member 1970-1973, international secretary 1974-1978, president 1981-1985. Council member National Museum 1974-1992. Chairman Science Committee Lottery Board of Control. Member Council of University of Auckland as Governor-General’s representative 1987-1990 and 1991-1994. Pro-chancellor 1989-1991.
Bremner, S.G. (Mick) (1947)
First XV and First XI 1947. Came to MAGS from Tauranga College.
Rugby for Grammar Old Boys and represented Auckland 1952-1953. Represented Wellington 1954, Manawatu 1955, Canterbury 1955-1959, NZ Universities 1955-1957. Selected for the All Blacks 1952; appeared in the second test against Australia. Played the second test against South Africa 1956; vice-captain of NZ team that toured South Africa 1960. Coached the university senior team in Wellington. Represented Auckland in Brabin Cup cricket 1949-1951. After graduating with a Diploma in Wool from Massey University, he became a director of F. Whitley Ltd, wool exporters.
Brook-Cowden, Mark - left MAGS in 1981
He played three tests for the All Blacks from 1986-1987
Brown, D.A. (David) (1927-1931)
Office boy at Radio Ltd and trainee bacteriologist at Auckland Hospital. BSc in Geology from Auckland University 1936, MSc 1938. NZ Geological Survey 1936-1938, then transferred to NZ Petroleum Exploration Ltd. 26 Battalion 1940; transferred to the Fleet Air Arm 1941. Active service 1943-1944 in the UK with the Home Fleet. On operations against the German battleship Tirpitz and German shipping along the coast of Norway. 1946-1948 post-graduate studies at Imperial College of Science and Technology and British Museum (natural history), gaining PhD. Returned to NZ and rejoined NZ Geological Survey at Napier. Geology Department, University of Otago 1950-1958. Foundation Professor of Geology, Australian National University 1959. Retired 1981 and now lives at Broulee on the south coast of New South Wales.
Brown, M.J.A. (Mick) (1951-1955)
First XI 1954-1956.
LLB University of Auckland. After practising law, appointed District Court Judge and Principal Youth Court Judge in 1980, holding these offices for fifteen years. Chancellor University of Auckland 1986-1991; council member for fifteen years. Vice-patron Auckland Cricket Association and Child Development Foundation of NZ. Chairman Alcoholic Advisory Council of NZ. Member of various charitable trusts. Has delivered papers to international law conferences in Canberra, Hong Kong, Sydney, Adelaide and NZ.
Brown, O.M. (Olo) (1981-1985)
Victor Ludorum 1985. Prefect 1985. First XV 1984-1985. Water polo 1985. NZ Secondary Schools’ rugby representative 1985.
Auckland rugby representative since 1989. All Black since 1990. To the end of the 1996 season, he had played fifty games for the All Blacks, including thirty-eight tests. Widely regarded as the best tight-head prop in world rugby. A qualified accountant, BCom, ACA.
Brunt, A.J. (Tony) (1960-1963)
3A, 4A rugby.
Political studies student Victoria University of Wellington. Journalist NZ Herald. Founder and leader Values Party 1972, the first nationally-based green party to contest a full election. Wellington city councillor. Founded Save the Rivers Campaign. Department of Conservation. Export marketing manager NZ Dairy Board. Marketing manager aluminium industry.
Burgess, G.C. (Gordon) (1931-1935)
Appears in School records as G.W. Burgess. Prefect 1935. First XI 1933-1935, captain 1934-1935.
Began a career in valuation with the Auckland City Council. Appointed Auckland Harbour Board’s first property manager 1951. Played cricket for Eden and represented Auckland spasmodically 1941-1954. Army service as a lieutenant in the Pacific during the Second World War. Prominent in cricket administration after the war. Chairman, president and life member Auckland Cricket Association. Represented Auckland on board of control, NZ Cricket Council 1962-1971 and 1975-1979. Managed NZ cricket team on 1969 tour of India, Pakistan and UK. Honorary life member of the MCC 1970. President NZ Cricket Council 1979-1981; life member 1981. Member of Eden Park Trust Board. OBE 1989 for services to cricket.
Burgess, G.R. (Graham) (1933-1938)
Prefect 1938. First XV 1938. First XI 1936-1938.
Worked as an accountant and played senior cricket for YMCA before and after war, until the club was disbanded. During the Second World War, served as a pilot in Bomber Command. Played cricket for NZ Services in London 1942. Played for Cornwall senior team for nine years, and captained Auckland B. Treasurer, chairman and president of Cornwall. Life member 1960. Carson Cup 1956, for services to cricket. Cornwall delegate to ACA, and Brabin Cup selector. Instrumental in creating the Cricket Society in 1976; foundation president. On MAGS Old Boys’ Association committee for twelve years; vice-president; elected life member 1996. Worked in the liquor industry for forty-five years. Retired from NZ Breweries 1983.
Bush, R.G. (Ron) (1923-1927)
Head Prefect 1927. First XV 1926-1927, captain 1927. First XI 1925-1927, captain 1927. Tennis champion 1927.
Went straight into senior rugby for the University Club 1928, and represented Auckland 1928-1930, 1932-1937. Physical education course in Dunedin 1931; represented Otago. Selected for NZ against Australia 1931, and scored fourteen of his team’s twenty points. Represented NZ Universities 1929, 1931, 1933 and 1936; South Island 1931; North Island 1934; NZ Trials 1935. Co-founder Barbarian RFC 1937. Auckland Rugby Union president 1966-1968, NZ Universities selector 1947-1957, North Island selector 1959-1964, NZ selector 1961, 1963 and 1964. Assistant manager 1962 All Blacks in Australia. Played cricket for MAGS Old Boys and University, and represented Auckland 1933. Served overseas in the Army during the Second World War, with the rank of captain, and was a prisoner of war in Germany. Primary-school teacher until 1934, then worked in Auckland business firms. Partner and manager of Thompson, Bush and Company, Indent Agents and Importers. He died in 1996.
Butler, V.C. (Vic) (1922-1925)
Prefect 1924-1925. First XV 1923-1925. First XI 1922-1925, captain 1924-1925.
Represented Auckland at rugby first year out of school; played thirty-four games for the union 1926-1931. School’s first All Black when he played against New South Wales 1928. Represented Auckland at cricket; captain MAGS Old Boys’ senior team. Triple NZ Universities blue in rugby, cricket and athletics (javelin). First Old Boy to join MAGS staff when appointed 1930. Takapuna Grammar School 1932. Went overseas with 21 Battalion, rising to the rank of major. Wounded while serving in Italy. Selector and assistant manager of 2nd NZEF rugby team, the famous Kiwis. Auckland rugby selector 1947-1948. Completed MA in History after the war. First assistant Whakatane High School 1950. Foundation headmaster Mt. Roskill Grammar School 1953. He died in 1971.
Cameron, B.G. (Bruce) (1955-1958)
Victor Ludorum 1958. First XV 1958. Softball First IX 1957-1958. Athletic team. Under 6st 7lbs junior boxing champion.
NZ Colts rugby 1964. NZ weightlifting representative at Commonwealth Games 1966, 1970-1974, winning bronze medals in the lightweight class 1970 and 1974. Won eight NZ weightlifting championships. President Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation. 1975-1990 weightlifting representative NZ Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association. NZOCGA selector from 1977. Convenor of selection panel from 1987. 1991-1996 member of NZOCGA teams commission. Member of Hilary Commission 1990-1992. New Zealand 1990 Medal. Self-employed taxation accountant
Castle, L.R. (Len) (1938-1942)
Prefect 1942. Senior athletic team 1941-1942.
BSc Auckland University 1948. On MAGS staff 1948-1958, teaching Science, mainly Biology. Assistant housemaster 1948-1950. Coached harriers and athletics. Lecturer Auckland Teachers’ College. Began potting as a hobby in 1947 and won a scholarship to study pottery in England. Studied in Japan and became full-time potter 1964. Life member NZ Society of Potters; government appointee to QEII Arts Council. First NZ potter to hold solo exhibitions in the USA, Japan and Sweden. Has held solo shows in NZ and Australia, and his work has been presented several times to the Royal Family. CBE 1986. New Zealand 1990 Medal.
Catchpole, S.F. (Stan) (1930-1935)
Head Prefect 1935. First XV 1933-1935. Battery Sergeant-Major.
Sportsgoods salesman at Tisdall’s. Served in the Middle East and Italy in the artillery during the Second World War. Rose to rank of major, won Military Cross and mentioned in despatches. Attained rank of brigadier after the war and was Colonel Commandant of Royal Regiment, NZ Artillery. Civil defence officer for West Auckland. President New Lynn Rotary Club. Knight of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. Area Commissioner for Auckland Scouts. OBE 1956. CBE 1966. He died in 1983.
Carter, G.S. (Gordon) (1924-1927)
Hockey First XI 1926-1927.
Surveyor. Oil researcher in Borneo in the 1930s. On leave in Australia when the Second World War broke out, and joined the Australian forces, being commissioned in the Engineers. Served in New Guinea as a captain, then transferred to Allied Intelligence as a Malay expert. Trained as a paratrooper and dropped into Borneo. Took command in the Barum River area south-east of Brunei. Promoted to major and served in special units operating behind enemy lines, providing intelligence for invading Allied forces. Awarded the DSO for ‘gallant and distinguished services in the South West Pacific’ and promoted to lieutenant colonel. Liaison officer with the military forces for Shell Oil 1952-1960. Appointed to UN Commission to supervise handover of West New Guinea to Indonesia 1963. Returned to NZ. Died at Rotorua in 1988.
Chamberlin B.D. (Brian) (1952-1955)
Senior boxing team. Junior rugby and cricket. Captain of several teams.
Agricultural advisor. Member International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade from 1993; Agriculture Counsellor NZ High Commission, London 1992-1993; chairman TRADENZ Review Committee 1994; chairman Kiwifruit Review 1994; managing director Euroa Farms Ltd and chairman Radio Pacific Ltd 1980-1993; director NZ Co-operative Wool Marketing 1984-1993; special agricultural trade envoy for NZ 1990-1992. President Federated Farmers 1987-1990; vice-president International Federation of Agricultural Producers 1986-1990; past chairman British/NZ Trade Council and past director Trustbank Auckland. CBE 1994 for services to agriculture. New Zealand 1990 Medal. Agricultural Communicator of the Year 1991.
Christian W.G.H. (Glynn) (1955-1957)
Drama Club, taking principal roles.
Great-great-great grandson of Fletcher Christian of Bounty fame. Moved to the UK 1965, where he enjoyed a successful career as a film and television writer. Then took to travel and travel-brochure writing, and began to amass a wide knowledge of the world’s cookery styles. 1974 opened Mr Christian’s, a delicatessen on Portobello Road, London. Has written over twenty food and cookery books, the best known of which is The Delicatessen Food Handbook. Has written for major magazines such as Punch, House and Garden and Elle (UK). Has made over 1,000 live broadcasts and has filmed all through Europe and the UK. Author of a biography of Fletcher Christian, Fragile Paradise. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Settled in Sydney 1995, where he has continued his shows as a TV chef.
Christie J.B. (Jack) (1937-1942)
Prefect 1942. Senior athletic team 1941-1942. Boy soprano soloist at school concerts. Junior rugby.
RNZAF 1943-1945 as a fighter pilot in the Pacific theatre, with rank of flight-lieutenant. University of Auckland 1946-1947. Chief executive/general manager of Tisco (NZ) Ltd 1960-1984. Past president NZ Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, NZ Karate Association, Auckland Provincial Employers’ Association, Auckland Chamber of Commerce (Intermediate section), Onehunga Rotary Club, Three Kings Amateur Athletic Club. Life member Auckland Employers’ Association. Fellow NZ Institute of Management 1978. Chairman and a member of various business organisations and sports bodies. Team attache XIV Commonwealth Games 1990. Chairman J.B. Christie Consultants Ltd. MBE 1989 for services to manufacturing, the community and sport.
Collard, B.H.W. (Brian) (1929-1935)
Prefect 1935. Senior athletic team 1935.
Worked in family orchard before serving in the Army with the rank of second-lieutenant during the Second World War, in which he was wounded. Returned to orchard work, then joined his brother Lionel in the family vineyard. Worked in orchards around the West Auckland area before retiring to Tauranga. Had considerable success in singing competitions after the war.
Collard, L.I.D. (Lionel) (1934-1939)
Prefect 1939. Captain soccer Second XI 1939. RSM Cadet Battalion 1939.
Commissioned in the Army after a stint at university, but was manpowered out to manage the family farm. Managing director of Collard Brothers Winery which he runs with his sons. The winery is widely respected for its successes in local and overseas competition.
Coppell, W.G. (Bill, Snow) (1939-1942)
MA (Hons), Dip Ed. Post-graduate work in England, PhD (Southampton). Fellow Australian College of Education. Teacher and headmaster in NZ schools 1945-1959. Vice-Principal and acting Principal Nasinu Teachers’ College, Fiji, 1961-1962. Deputy director and acting director of education, Cook Islands 1962-1967. Senior lecturer in Education, School of Education, Macquarie University, 1969-1988. Honorary visiting fellow, University of New South Wales, Centre for Pacific Studies, 1992-1993. Honorary visiting fellow, Australian National University, Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, 1992-1993. Held various executive positions on education bodies in NZ, the Pacific Islands and Australia. Author and co-author of forty publications on a variety of subjects, including sport. Lives in Australia.
Corban, A.A. (Alex) (1939-1941)
University of Auckland 1942-1945, 1949. BSc 1950. Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia, 1946-1947. Dip Oen 1948. Worked Corbans Wines: winemaker 1949-1976; winery manager 1950-1976; production manager 1952-1976; research and products development manager 1976-1979; commercial relations manager 1979-1982. Secretary NZ Wine Council 1949-1952; president 1952-1976. Chairman wine industry steering committee 1971-1975. OBE 1978 for service to wine industry. New Zealand 1990 Medal. Deutsch Landswirtschafts Medal (Germany) 1981. Rotary Paul Harris Fellow 1982. Honorary life member Auckland University Field Club, NZ Society of Viticulture and Oenology. Fellow Wine Institute of NZ 1983. Retired to Hastings.
Cordes, C.L. (Colin) (1952-1957)
Head Prefect 1957. First XV 1957. Rowing VIII 1955-1957, captain 1956-1957.
Member of the NZ VIII at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal. Rowed in winning West End VIII at 1963 NZ championships. As coach and administrator, has given outstanding service to rowing since he retired from active participation. Worked as an executive on the staff of Butland Industries.
Cresswell, J.L. (John) (1955-1959 )
Prefect 1959. First XV 1958-1959. Weight winner at boxing 1959.
Representative rugby for Otago, Waikato and Bay of Plenty. After spending a number of years as a schoolteacher, he entered the insurance industry and was national development manager, fire and accident of NZ Insurance.
Cumming, Alan (1955-1960)
3A, 4A, Spec. 5 A, and 6 Sci.1, a specialist in the Artillery. BA Auckland 1963; MA Auckland 1965; PhD (Education), Otago 1970; James Cook University of Queensland, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, 1970-1979; University of New England, Australia, Professor and Head of the School of Education, 1980-1989; Dean, Queensland University of Technology, 1990-1999; University of New England, Pro-Vice Chancellor 2000-2002; R.M.I.T. University, Melbourne, Pro-Vice Chancellor 2003-2008; University of New England and Queensland University of Technology, Professor Emeritus, 2009 ff. Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; author of numerous books, articles, and government reports (federal, state, and local); farmer, cattle breeder.
Cumming, E. (Eric, Snow) (1922-1923)
Prefect 1922. Head Prefect 1923. First XV 1922-1923, captain 1923. First XI 1922-1923.
Auckland Training College and played rugby for the college senior team. Ended his teaching career as an intermediate-school headmaster. Served in the Army during the Second World War, with the rank of lieutenant. President of the Old Boys’ Association 1925-1927.
Dale W.R.A.B. (Dick) (1938-1942)
Softball. Boxing. Junior rugby.
Auckland softball representative. Science at University of Auckland. Agricultural science at Lincoln. Career in industrial and dairy chemistry, agricultural field research, staff development and assessment and adult education. Led international science liaison team for ten years. Advisor technical assistance and staff training for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Author thirty-five publications, covering a wide range of aid-related science fields. NZ representative numerous international UN scientific and planning meetings. Set up Asia Pacific Regional Information Network. Involved with Corso and Boy Scouts. Advisor water conservation and road safety Kapiti Coast District Council. Honorary fellow and life member of NZ Institute of Agricultural Science. He died in 1997.
Davies, G.J. (Sir Graeme) (1950-1954)
Dux and University Entrance Scholar 1954. Soccer First XI 1953-1954.
BE (Hons) from the School of Engineering, University of Auckland 1959. PhD 1962. Lectured in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials, Cambridge University 1962. MA (Cantab.) 1964. Published numerous technical papers. Vice-chancellor University of Glasgow. Head of University Funding Council, integrating ninety-one universities and forty-nine technical colleges into one funding system. Knight Bachelor in 1996 British New Year’s honours list, for his services to higher education in Britain.
Davies, J.R. (John) (1958-1962 )
Prefect 1962. First XI 1962. Captain champion 3A rugby team.
Played for Grammar Old Boys’ seniors and represented Auckland Under-19 at rugby. Taught in primary schools around the East Coast area and at Ngatapa, before becoming headmaster of Blockhouse Bay Intermediate. Son of MAGS staff member D.E. Davies.
Denholm, G.P. (Greg) (1960-1964)
Head Prefect 1964. Victor Ludorum 1964. First XV 1962-1964, captain 1964. Intermediate athletic champion 1962. Field events champion. Inter-school shot and discus champion.
Auckland rugby representative in fifty-nine games 1970-1973, 1976-1977. NZ Universities rugby representative 1977. Selected for the 1976 All Blacks as a replacement when the team was in South Africa, but could not afford the time away from his legal practice. Declined selection for the tour of France in 1977 for the same reason. Principal of law firm Denholm and Company.
Dow, R.F. (Reg) (1936-1940)
Senior athletic team 1940. Cricket Second XI 1939-1940. Captained champion 3A rugby team 1939. Left school before the start of the 1940 rugby season.
Worked for T&G Insurance. Rugby for Grammar Old Boys before serving in the Army in the Middle East and Italy during the Second World War. Took part in early trials for 2nd NZEF (Kiwis) team. Senior rugby for Grammar after the war, and for Wellington Club. Played for Centurions against the Wellington representative team. Resumed career in insurance after the war, working for T&G, United and NZI. NZI representative at Allied Farmers, Hamilton. Secretary Waikato Rugby Union 1984-1990.
Fairgray, R.A. (Ross) (1942-1946)
Medical student at Otago University 1950-1954. MB ChB 1954, DPH 1967, MCCM 1974, AFNZIM 1975. In general practice 1957-1966. Deputy medical superintendent Middlemore Hospital 1966-1969; medical superintendent Christchurch Hospital 1969-1979; medical superintendent-in-chief Canterbury Area Health Board 1979-1989. Secretary NZ Post-graduate Medical Federation 1972-1979. Executive member and president Medical Superintendents’ Association 1987-1988. Otago University blue in cross-country running 1953.
Farrell, M.S. (Michael) (1959-1963)
MA (Hons) in Latin from the University of Auckland 1967. Teacher Auckland Grammar 1970, and became HOD Languages. Travelling scholarship to investigate language teaching in the United States. Has made a considerable contribution in his field.
Fausett, D.J. (David) (1965-1968)
Senior athletic team 1968.
MA (Hons) in French from the University of Auckland. Awarded a post-graduate scholarship to study in France. PhD from L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Teacher of French, Syracuse University (USA), and has several publications to his credit.
Finlayson, F.A. (Buff) (1930-1932)
Entered MAGS in the fourth form. Inter-school high jump champion. Senior athletic champion 1932. Heavyweight boxing champion 1932. Second XV 1932.
Joined MAGS Old Boys’ Athletic Club and, on the club’s demise, joined Old Grammarians. First Old Boy to win a NZ athletics title when he won 440-yards hurdles in 1935. Auckland champion in this event several times, and NZ record-holder. Held Auckland titles for 120-yards and 220-yards hurdles. Member MAGS Old Boys’ Association management committee 1935-1939. Travelled for C.B. Smith Ltd before serving overseas in the Army during the Second World War. Held the rank of captain and was wounded. Attended the MAGS reunion held at Maadi Camp in 1943.
Fisher, W. (Sir Woolf) (1926-1928)
One of NZ’s leading industrialists. Helped found the firm Fisher and Paykel Ltd 1934. Led the first NZ trade mission to Australia 1959. Director of investigation which led to the foundation of NZ Steel Ltd, of which he became chairman. Served on the council of Chamber of Commerce. President Auckland Racing Club and Auckland Polo Club. President of Outward Bound Trust. Trustee Institute of Economic Research. Director New Zealand Insurance. A breeder and owner of thoroughbreds, he founded the Ra Ora Stud in 1950. In 1962, founded the $160,000 Woolf Fisher Trust, devoted specifically for travelling scholarships for post-primary teachers. One of Mt. Albert’s most distinguished Old Boys, Sir Woolf Fisher died in 1975.
Floyd, C.B. (Charlie) (1926-1930)
Prefect 1930. Hockey First XI 1928-1930, captain 1930. Senior tennis champion 1929-1930.
Auckland hockey representative 1933-1935. BSc from Auckland University. Taught at Dilworth; on MAGS staff 1940-1942. Coached Hockey First XI. Assistant master at School House. After teaching at Hastings, appointed Principal of Tamaki College.
Franklin, T.J. (Trevor) (1975-1979)
Head Prefect 1979. Victor Ludorum 1978-1979. First XI 1975-1979, captain 1977-1979. First XV 1978-1979. Represented NZ Secondary Schools’ at cricket, and Auckland Secondary Schools’ at rugby.
Auckland cricket representative 1980-1993. Scored twelve centuries for Auckland (a record); the only player to score over 5,000 runs for Auckland. Represented NZ 1983-1992. Toured England 1983, 1986, 1990; Australia 1985-1986, 1991-1992; India 1988-1989; Pakistan 1990-1991. A broken arm brought an abrupt ending to his cricket career.
Fraser, J.N. (Jack) (1924-1928)
Head Prefect 1928. First XV 1927-1928. First XI 1926-1928, captain 1928. Senior athletic team 1928.
Moved to Christchurch in 1929 where he played senior cricket. Worked for T & G Insurance in Christchurch and Wellington, and retired as general manager.
Freeman, H.N. (Ray) (1922-1923)
Prefect 1922-1923. Captain First XI 1922-1923. First XV 1922-1923. Prominent in athletics and swimming.
Represented Auckland at rugby 1926, and NZ Universities 1927. A teacher, he was an education officer in the Air Force during the Second World War. He died in 1977.
Goulding, J (1980-1982)
Played rugby league for NZ 1985-1989
Goulding J.K.H. (John) (1937-1941)
House Prefect 1941. Cox of rowing First VIII 1938-1940. Junior rugby.
Worked for the Public Trust on leaving school, before joining the Army. Served in Italy, with the rank of staff sergeant. After the war, he worked in the family law firm at Dargaville. LLB from the University of Auckland, where he rowed in the VIII. Joined fellow Old Boy Tom Overton in the law firm Daniel, Overton and Goulding 1964. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association, and a tireless worker for the Association.
Graves, B.A. (Barry) (1959-1961)
Ordained 1970 from St John’s College. LTh 1974. Curate at Henderson and St Mark’s, Remuera. Vicar of Clevedon, St Barnabas, at Mt. Eden, and St John’s at Campbell’s Bay. Associate Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland.
Guiness, J.C. (Jack) (1929-1932)
Holy Orders in Anglican Church. Curate at St Andrew’s, Epsom. First vicar of Mt. Roskill. Went to the UK to follow vocation in a religious order. Member of the Community of the Resurrection, Yorkshire. Prior of the Community’s House in Johannesburg. This House played a significant part in the Church’s ministry to black Africans under apartheid.
Hamilton, A.C. (Alf) (1945-1949)
Prefect 1949. Softball First IX 1947-1949, captain 1949. Soccer First XI 1947-1949. Secondary Schools’ soccer representative. RSM Cadet Battalion 1949. Friar Memorial for best cadet in Northern Military District.
Duntroon Military College (Australia) 1950; graduated as lieutenant Army Service Corps. Came fifth out of forty-eight, top of the ten NZers in the class. Rugby for First XV for three years, and basketball for senior team for four years. Active service in Malaya 1959-1961, also in Korea, South Vietnam and Singapore. Several instructional and staff appointments in NZ, and commanded Auckland Army Area. Staff course in Canberra 1972. Operations head of Headquarters New Zealand Land Forces at Takapuna 1979, with rank of brigadier. The highest-ranking Old Boy in the armed forces.
Hanlen, A.C. (Alec, Hank) (1937-1942)
Prefect 1942. First XV 1940-1941. Senior athletic team 1942.
Senior rugby for Training College and at Waihi. Served in the Army during the Second World War. Taught at various primary schools and at Waihi College. Farmed at Waihi for some years. Has lived at Waihi Beach since the late 1940s.
Hanlen, W.A. (Bill) (1933-1938)
First XV 1937-1938. Prominent in handicap events at school athletic sports and as a club runner.
Army service during the Second World War. Spent most of his working life farming. Long-serving member of the Masonic Lodge and a well-known breeder of birds. He died in 1995.
Hanson, R.A.C. (Robert) (1957-1962)
Head Prefect 1962. Hockey First XI 1960-1962. Auckland Secondary Schools’ hockey representative.
B Arch (Hons) 1969. James Hardie Bursary 1967, Fowlds Memorial Prize 1968. Post-graduate scholar in architecture 1970, and spent two years at Cambridge. Member of Architecture Association, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Tongariro Ski Club, NZ Youth Hostel Association.
Harding, D.A. (Dennis) (1949-1953)
Head Prefect and Head House Prefect 1953. Victor Ludorum 1953. First XV 1953. First XI 1950-1953. Boxing team 1950-1953. Athletic team 1953. Auckland Brabin Cup team 1953.
Represented Otago at rugby and cricket. All Black trialist 1958. NZ Universities cricket blue. MB ChB from Otago University 1959. In practice in England and Australia. Ear, nose and throat specialist in Auckland.
Harding, H.M. (Hal) (1938-1942)
Head Prefect and Head of School House 1942. Dux 1942. First XV 1941-1942, captain 1942. Athletic team. Boxing team.
Medicine at Otago University, final year at Auckland. MB ChB. House surgeon at Auckland Hospital, then general practice at Dargaville and Herne Bay. Dip Obst 1960. MRCGP 1961. NZ University blue in boxing. Played senior rugby in Otago and Auckland.
Harvey, G.G. (George) (1926-1931)
Prefect 1931. Second XI hockey 1931.
Son of Mr J.H. Harvey of original staff. MA in History. Taught in a number of primary schools before joining MAGS staff 1939. Junior housemaster 1939-1940. Married assistant matron Miss Violet Lowe. Outstanding teacher of History and Geography. Edited The Albertian for a number of years, and coached hockey. Joined the inspectorate in 1970 and became Wellington district senior inspector. Retired 1976 and did some teaching at St Peter’s College, Auckland. He died suddenly in 1984.
Heeps, T.R. (Rod) (1951-1955)
Prefect 1955. Senior athletic champion 1955. Inter-school 220-yards champion 1955. After showing excellent form in the junior rugby grades, he was kept out of the First XV through an injury.
Moved to Wellington and qualified as a chemist. NZ 100-yards champion 1961-1963. Played rugby for Wellington 1958-1965, and for North Island 1962. Selected for the 1962 All Blacks’ tour of Australia. Played against Australian when they toured NZ at the end of the season. Selected for the first test against England 1963, but withdrew owing to injury. Successful competitor in veterans’ athletics after his retirement from serious sport.
Hely, A.H.M. (Tim) (1924-1926)
First XV 1926.
Left University of Auckland as had ambitions of flying with the RAF even though his father, a naval officer, discouraged him. Worked his way to Britain, where he was born, on a collier. Learned to fly with the RAF Reserve, and was close to getting his wings in 1934 when he was offered a permanent commission in the Equipment Branch. Posted to Iraq; returned to England just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Specialised in explosives. Attended Staff College 1942. Joined Lord Mountbatten’s staff in South-east Asia 1944. After the war served the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Australia, and was involved with the Allied Commission’s work in Japan. Later, took command of the RAF station at Wickenby. Retired 1964 with the rank of Air Commodore. Hely boxed and played rugby after leaving school, and was an accomplished spin bowler with the Blackheath Club and for Service teams. He died in England in 1996.
Hemus, C.R. (Ron) (1932-1937)
Prefect 1937. First XI 1936-1937. First XV 1937.
Entered Training College, and taught in a variety of schools. Ten years at Dargaville High School, where he managed the Northern Wairoa rugby team, coached rugby, played and coached cricket and was an administrator in both sports. Joined MAGS staff 1952. Completed an MA at the University of Auckland. Coached the First XV 1957-1959, Auckland Secondary Schools’ Rugby Union management committee from 1958, chairman 1967-1970, secretary for several years, selector and manager of Auckland school teams, and schools’ delegate to the Auckland Rugby Union. Served on Grammar Old Boys’ rugby club committee. HOD History and Social Studies 1961, senior housemaster 1959. Appointed Senior Master 1974. Retired 1984. Served for many years on the MAGS Old Boys’ Association committee; president 1958-1959.
Hemus, G.A.H. (Grant) (1956-1960)
Dux, University Entrance Scholar, Lissie Rathbone Scholar and Auckland Savings Bank Scholar 1960. First place in University Scholarship English examination 1961-1964.
University of Auckland, MA (Hons) in English literature. NZ Government post-graduate scholarship. Oxford University 1965-1968. B Litt 1968. Foreign lecturer Anglo-American Institute, University of Lund, Sweden, 1968-1972. Senior tutor in English Studies, University of Western Australia 1975-1977. Following a breakdown in his own health, he did valuable work in mental health for North Health. Suffered a stroke in 1996 and passed away on 5th June 2007.
Hemus, K.H. (Ken) (1935-1940)
Head Prefect 1940. First XV 1937-1940, captain 1940. First XI 1936-1940, captain 1939-1940. Senior athletic team 1938-1940. Intermediate athletic champion 1937.
Served overseas in the Air Force, with rank of Flying Officer. Completed BA after the war. Primary teaching 1946-1951. Education officer at Papakura Military Camp, with rank of captain, 1951-1956. Played cricket for Northern Military District. Senior cricket in Auckland. Taught at Waiuku 1957. 1958-1960 Principal Tonga College. 1961-1966 Principal Bayfield School; 1967 Principal Henderson North; 1968 Principal Rangeview Intermediate until his retirement.
Hickey D.L. (Des) (1938)
Came to MAGS from Sacred Heart in fifth form. Captained champion 6A rugby team.
Clerk with NZ Railways. Rugby for Marist and Suburbs, and played five games for Auckland 1947-1949. Represented North Island Railways 1948. Moved to Christchurch 1950, joined the Marist Club and played three matches for Canterbury. Took Holy Orders in the Catholic Church, and after parish duties was appointed Provincial for the Marist Order in NZ. Assistant General of the Society of Mary in Rome, which made him responsible for all English-speaking members of the society throughout the world. During the Second World War he served with the Air Force in the Pacific theatre. He died in 1984.
Hintz, O.S. ('Budge') (1922-1924)
Showed signs of things to come as reporter of school cricket and rugby matches. Member of The Albertian editorial committee. Played leading roles in school drama presentations, and a keen debater.
Joined the reporting staff of the NZ Herald 1925, and accompanied the 1931 NZ cricket team to England. Parliamentary reporter 1935-1938. Served in naval intelligence as a lieutenant 1941-1946. Night editor on the Herald 1946-1952; associate editor 1952-1958; editor from 1958 until his retirement in 1970. CMG 1968. He died in 1985.
Hitchcock, G.C. (George) (1937-1939)
Came to MAGS in the fourth form. Played junior rugby and cricket, also took part in rowing.
Spent a year at the University of Auckland before joining the Air Force in 1941. Finished the war as a squadron leader. Awarded the DFC. Entered Otago University 1946 to study medicine. MB ChB 1951, MD 1968. Fellow Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia 1968. FRACS 1978. International Academy of Cytology 1989. Batchelor Medal of Otago University. Pathologist Auckland Hospital, president Auckland Cancer Society, member Auckland Area Health Board, past-president NZ Medical Association (Auckland division), NZ Society of Pathologists and NZ Society of Cytologists. OBE 1989 for services to medicine.
Holland, B.W. (Barry) (1958-1961)
Drama. Choir. Radio Club. NCOTU.
1962-1965 Radio 1ZB as trainee technician (recording Peter Snell’s record mile). Australia for two years as disc jockey, including news and sports journalism. Return to NZ as DJ for new private radio; Hauraki, Radio I. At Newstalk ZB for twenty-nine years as DJ, now director of sports. Interviewed many international celebrities. Highlights include radio coverage of four Commonwealth Games, Seoul Olympics 1988 and the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego. Through state radio, entered television as an announcer. Worked in television, in addition to radio work: ran South Pacific Television’s sports programme in 1970s, early 1980s, specialising in track series; newsreader; quiz show compere; Top Town presenter; front man in long-running ad campaigns.
Holland, G.L. (Graham) (1937-1941)
Soccer First XI 1941. Captain cricket Second XI 1941.
1941-1944 Auckland University, BSc. Air Force 1945, then completed MSc. Represented the University at soccer, tennis and athletics. On MAGS staff 1947, serving as a housemaster. Scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge University 1948-1950. Joined Shell Oil Company and worked in Malaya, Singapore, Philippines, Cyprus, West Indies and London. Head of Logistics Division. He died in 1994.
Holland, J.M. (John, Dutch) (1940-1944)
Soccer First XI 1943-1944. Senior athletic team 1943-1944.
Excelled as a high-jumper at school, but later concentrated on hurdling, winning the NZ 120-yards hurdles title four times, the 220-yards hurdles twice, and the 440-yards hurdles five times. NZ Universities record for all three events. Represented NZ 1948 Olympic Games, where he won his heat. Silver medal in the 440-yards hurdles at the 1950 British Empire Games, and the bronze medal at the 1952 Olympics. A primary-school teacher in various parts of NZ, before becoming an executive with Shell Oil. He died in 1993.
Hook, G.H. (Glen) (1929-1933)
Prefect 1933. First XV 1932-1933. First XI 1931-1933, captain 1932-1933.
As a bank officer he moved about NZ and played rugby for three unions; Auckland, North Auckland and Wanganui. Played in various service teams during the Second World War. Represented the North Island 1943. Also played cricket for Auckland and for service teams.
Horrocks, J. (Jack) (1929-1932)
Soccer First XI 1931.
Worked as a clerk for the NZ Herald and the Star before going to Training College. BA, BCom. from the University of Auckland. Taught at Napier Street for a year. Joined MAGS staff 1939, remaining until 1954. In charge of soccer 1946-1954. Coached the First XI. Business manager and composer of numerous items for school concerts. During the Second World War, Jack Horrocks and Nelson Body compiled the newsletters that were sent to Old Boys in the forces. Adjutant of the cadet battalion for seven years. Careers adviser 1951. 1954 Penrose High School, where he continued his specialisation in English and Commerce subjects. Taught in Adelaide. Author of a number of textbooks on commercial subjects.
Hudson, J.D. (John) (1970-1974)
Cricket and rugby. Cricket First XI 1972-1974. Orchestra. Sixth-form council.
Journalist (business news) with NZ Herald. Radio Hauraki journalist. Visnews (international television-news company, London). Return NZ. Radio 89FM. TVNZ since 1984, working on Top Half, Eyewitness, Holmes, Frontline and 60 Minutes.
Hutchinson, H.D. (Howard) (1934-1938)
Prefect 1937-1938. Soccer First XI 1937-1938, captain 1938. Intermediate athletic champion 1936. Senior athletic team 1937-1938. Inter-school 440-yards champion 1938. Welterweight boxing champion 1936. Auckland Secondary Schools’ soccer representative 1937-1938. Also involved in tennis and swimming.
Auckland junior 880-yards champion 1939. Auckland representative at NZ junior championships from the Old Grammarians Club. War service in the Army during the Second World War. Represented Auckland at soccer for several years, and played for NZ against South Africa in 1947 and against Australia as captain 1948. Spent his working life with the Auckland Savings Bank, except for a brief time in the Bay of Plenty. Retired as manager of the Auckland branch of the ASB.
Hutchinson, M.V. (Maurice) (1931-1935)
Prominent in athletics, soccer and tennis while at MAGS.
MA in French from the University of Auckland. Joined MAGS staff 1944, teaching mainly French and English. Taught at Avondale College and Auckland Grammar, where he was HOD Languages 1957-1959, and coach of the soccer First XI. Became an inspector of secondary schools.
Jacobs, V.K. (Viv) (1933-1935)
Came to MAGS in the fifth form. Hockey Second XI. Drama Club. Choir.
Training College. In England when the Second World War broke out, and served in the RAF as a fighter pilot with 136 Squadron. Shortly after the squadron became operational, it was posted to south-east Asia, serving there for four years. Jacobs, who rose to the rank of squadron leader, produced the pantomime Aladdin in the jungle at Ramu on the Bengal-Burma border. Returned to NZ after the war, and was a well-known director of plays and musicals in Auckland. Went back to England, settling in Norwich where he established the Jubilee Theatre Arts Society and continued his career as a director. Jacobs’s The Woodpecker Story is an account of 136 Squadron’s activities.
James, W.J. (Warwick)(Frosty) (1969-1973)
Prefect and House Prefect 1972-1973. First XV 1973. Senior athletic team and cross-country team 1973. Junior athletic champion 1971. Inter-school junior 800-metres champion 1971.
Played rugby for Grammar Old Boys. Runs his own real estate business. A keen member of MAGS Old Boys’ Association, serving on the executive and acting as Master of Ceremonies at annual dinners.
Jenkin, J.H. (Jack) (1922-1923)
Prefect 1923. First XV 1922-1923. After two years at Auckland Grammar, Jack Jenkin came to MAGS as a foundation pupil.
Worked in the building trade for five years. Played senior rugby for University 1927-1929. Joined MAGS staff 1930, teaching Bookkeeping, History, Woodwork and Drawing. Instrumental in introducing rowing as a school sport. Helped found the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Rowing Association, of which he was secretary for ten years; life member 1957. Involved in the coaching and organisation of rowing at MAGS for twenty-three years. Very successful coach of junior rugby teams for twenty-nine years. In 1938 he took over control of the technical subjects at MAGS. Appointed careers adviser 1952. Ill health forced his retirement in 1963, and he died shortly afterwards.
Jenkin, N.C. (Norm) (1922-1925)
Prefect 1924-1925. First XV 1922-1925, captain 1924-1925. Played the violin in the school orchestra.
Represented Auckland 1928, and NZ Universities 1929. Served overseas in the Army during the Second World War, with the rank of lieutenant.
Jepson, J.D. (Jock) (1927-1931)
Prefect 1931. Soccer First XI 1928-1931, captain 1929-1931. Played in tennis championship, and prominent in handicap swimming events.
Senior soccer for Ponsonby and MAGS Old Boys. Auckland representative for several years. Played for NZ against Australia 1936. BSc from the University of Auckland. Served in the Middle East and Italy during the Second World War, with rank of captain. Wounded and mentioned in despatches. Joined the Auckland Grammar School staff 1945 to teach Biology and General Science. Retired in 1973.
Johnstone, E.A. (Ted) (1944-1948)
MA in Education from the University of Auckland. LTh St John’s College. Fulbright Scholarship to Princeton University; gained a DM. Curate at Devonport, vicar of Hokianga and Paparoa, sub-dean St Mary’s Cathedral. Principal Christchurch College. Canon Theologian to Diocese of Christchurch. Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Hamilton, 1974. Chaplain Christchurch Hospital; subsequently Director of Social Services.
Kennedy, C.D.A. (Sir Clyde) (1927-1929)
First XV 1929.
Entered meat business on leaving school. Settled in Sydney, where he became successful in the business world, and gave service to rugby and horse racing. There is a stand named the Clyde Kennedy Stand on the Canterbury Park racecourse outside Sydney. Knighted for his services to business and racing.
Kingstone, C.A. (Colin) (1933-1938)
Head Prefect 1937-1938. First XV 1935-1938, captain 1936-1938. First XI 1936-1938, captain 1937-1938. Senior athletic champion 1935, 1936 and 1938; in team 1935-1938. Won five individual events and ran in winning relay team at inter-school sports 1938. CSM in Cadet Battalion.
Played twenty-three games for Auckland at rugby, and also represented Wellington and Canterbury. Served in the Pacific during the Second World War, rising to rank of warrant officer. Taught at Avondale Intermediate and Avondale College after the war, as a physical education specialist. Assistant secretary Auckland Secondary Schools’ Athletic Sports Association. Foundation Principal of Tereora College, Rarotonga, 1959. Principal of Niue High School when he died in 1969. His six sons
Kingstone, I.L. (Ivan) (1942-1946)
Prefect 1945-1946. First XV 1944-1946. First XI 1942-1946, captain 1946. Senior athletic team 1945-1946. Played one rugby match for Ponsonby seniors while still at school.
Training College senior team 1947-1948. Primary-school teacher, mostly at Kaikohe. Represented Northland at cricket.
Kingstone, N.L. (Norman) (1931-1936)
Prefect 1935-1936. First XV 1934-1935. First XI 1934-1936, captain 1936. Junior and intermediate athletics.
Junior rugby for Grafton. Served in NZ during the Second World War, as a sergeant in the Motor Transport section of the Army. Accountant for L.D. Nathan for over forty years.
Kingstone, R.S. (Rowan) (1968-1972)
Prefect and House Prefect 1971-1972. First XV 1971-1972. Senior athletic team 1971-1972. Captain senior B tennis 1972. Cross-country team 1972. Inter-school junior 400-metres champion 1969.
Played rugby for Grammar Old Boys and ran for Old Grammarians and Auckland Clubs. A chartered accountant. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association 1994-1995, and member of the Board of Governors
Kinnear, L.F. (Les) (1922-1925)
Head Prefect 1924-1925. First XV 1922-1925. Tennis champion 1925. Played flute in school orchestra.
Senior rugby for Grammar Old Boys in his first year out of school. Vice-president Old Boys’ Association 1926-1931. Joined the Bank of NZ on leaving school.
Kirkpatrick, A.M. (Archie) (1922-1924)
Prefect 1924. First XV 1923-1924. Senior athletic champion 1924.
Joined YMCA. To Chicago 1925 to study sociology. Settled in Canada. At the outbreak of the Second World War, commissioned in the RCNVR and commanded HMCS Ambler, HMCS Gault, HMCS Eastview and HMCS Hunter. Retired with the rank of lieutenant-commander. Worked with the YMCA in Windsor for many years.
Knight, P.R. (Peter) (1941-1945)
Prefect 1945. Soccer, cricket, tennis and swimming. Winner inter-secondary schools junior doubles 1942. Soccer First XI 1944-1945. Senior Secondary Schools’ representative soccer 1945. Librarian. NCO Cadets.
MB ChB (Birmingham University) 1953. FRCS 1957. Harvard University Fellowship 1962-1963. ChM (Birmingham) 1964. Established Australia’s first renal transplant unit in Adelaide 1964. Australia’s first successful renal transplant 1965. Department of Surgery, McMaster University, 1969. FRCSC 1972. Established renal transplant programme. Assisted development renal transplant programme, Ahmedabad, India, 1980. FACS 1986. Co-author Reducing Traffic Injury; A Global Challenge, which was awarded Volvo Traffic Award 1988. Canada Volunteer Medal and Certificate of Honour 1989. Professor Emeritus of Surgery, McMaster University 1993. Chairman Global Traffic Safety Trust. Resides in Ontario.
Kronfeld, A.S. (Andy) (1931-1936)
First XV 1935. Senior swimming champion 1934-1936. Senior athletic team 1934-1936. Runner-up heavyweight boxing championship 1935.
Left school during the first term of 1936 to work for John Burns Ltd. Played rugby for Ponsonby and rugby league for Richmond. Served in Britain as a Spitfire pilot with the rank of flight-lieutenant during the Second World War, during which he was wounded. Stayed in the Air Force after the war, then became manager of a jewellery business. Moved to Sydney, and died suddenly during a visit to Melbourne.
Lamb, C.C. (Cecil) (1922)
Head Prefect 1922. Captain First XV 1922. Company Sergeant-major in the Cadet Corps.
Played rugby for College Rifles. Joined the Public Trust Office in Auckland in 1923. Later worked as a shipping company executive. Died in 1967 after a long illness.
Lamont, P. (Peter) (1951-1955)
Head Prefect 1955. First XV 1953-1955. Senior sprint champion 1954. Inter-school sprint champion 1954-1955. Intermediate athletic champion 1953. NZ junior sprint champion.
Senior rugby for North Shore. Represented Auckland Second XV. Coached North Shore seniors, Auckland Under-18 and Auckland Colts, and North Harbour assistant coach to fellow Old Boy P.R.T. Thorburn. President North Harbour RFU 1944-1996. Worked for school supplies firms A.N. Rush and P.T. Walsh, then started own business Auckland Educational Supplies. Sold the business and became life insurance agent with Colonial Mutual. Currently selling real estate.
Lawrence, A.M. (Ashley) (1948-1952)
Pianist in school orchestra. Credit pass in Scholarship exam.
BSc in Mathematics from the University of Auckland. Music scholarship to London 1956. Studied piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music, graduating as the most outstanding student of 1959. Tagore Gold Medal 1959. At twenty-eight, appointed conductor of touring Royal Ballet and remained with the company for twenty-five years. Musical director 1973-1987. Musical director of the ballet company at Deutsche Opera, West Berlin, 1962, and principal conductor BBC concert orchestra, a position he held until 1979. Musical director Stuttgart Ballet, and frequent guest conductor with Paris Opera Ballet. His last visit to NZ was in 1990 when he conducted the touring Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Later in the year he died of a heart attack after completing a two-week tour of Japan as conductor of the Stuttgart Ballet Company. The London Times described Lawrence as one of the finest practitioners among ballet conductors. He was liked and admired equally by audiences, dancers and orchestral players.
Lindberg, W.A. (Warren) (1959-1960)
To MAGS from Wesley College in sixth form. Prefect and JCNB Clark Memorial Prize for Dramatic Excellence 1960.
BA from Victoria University of Wellington 1967. MPhil with first class honours in Management Studies and Labour Relations 1994. Teaching and community work in Otara 1968-1985. Helped set up Community Volunteers (Inc.), Te Puke O Tara Community Centre, and Manukau Theatre in the 1970s, and Nga Moemoea in 1990s. Executive Director NZ AIDS Foundation since 1986. Member National Council on AIDS 1988-1993. Asia-Pacific representative on establishment committee for International Council of AIDS Service Organisations 1989-1990. WHO short-term consultancy in Vietnam 1993 on the development of indigenous non-government organisations.
Lucas, F.R. (Buddy) (1945-1949)
Senior swimming champion 1947-1949. Junior rugby.
NZ swimming champion 220 yards 1949, 440 yards 1949-1951, 880 yards 1950-1951, 1650 yards 1957. Represented NZ at 1950 Empire Games, winning a gold medal in the 4 x 220-yards relay, and a bronze medal in the 440-yards freestyle. Competed at 1954 Empire and Commonwealth Games, where he won a silver medal in the 330-yards medley relay. Swimming scholarship to the University of Iowa, and competed with marked success in the USA. Won the individual surf race at the NZ championships 1951 and 1958. A tireless worker for surf lifesaving since his retirement from active competition.
Lydiard, A.L. (Arthur) (1931-1932)
Intermediate steeplechase champion 1932.
Junior club rugby for Eden. Prominent runner for Lynndale Club and foundation member of Owairaka Club. Represented NZ in the marathon at 1950 Empire Games. NZ marathon champion 1955. Turned to coaching, and generally regarded as the world’s leading trainer of middle- and long-distance runners. Coached Old Boy Peter Snell to three Olympic gold medals. Coached Olympic champion Murray Halberg and Olympic medalists Barry Magee and John Davies. NZ Olympic coach 1964, Danish coach 1972. National coach in Venezuela and Finland. Lectured on athletics world-wide. Started Rothmans Sports Foundation. His ideas revolutionised the approach to distance training. Publications include Run the Lydiard Way, Run for Your Life and Run to the Top. Helped start jogging in many countries. OBE for services to athletics. Knight of the White Cross of the White Rose (Finland). He died in December 2004 at the age of 87.
McCowan, A.I. (Alister) (1928-1933)
Head Prefect 1933. Senior swimming champion 1931-1933. First XV 1932-1933. Athletic team 1932.
Graduated in dentistry from Otago University 1938. Served overseas in the Dental Corps, with rank of major, during the Second World War. OBE (Military). In practice at Pukekohe 1948-1974. President Dental Association. Died in 1980.
McCowan, S.A. (Stuart) (1966-1970)
Head Prefect and Head House Prefect 1970. First XV 1968-1970, captain 1970. Senior swimming champion 1969. Senior swimming team. Auckland Savings Bank and John Williamson Scholar. J.H. Briggs Memorial Prize 1970.
After graduating in medicine, did post-graduate work overseas. Returned to Auckland to enter private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon.
Macdonald, I.H. (Ian) (1947-1951)
Head Prefect and Head House Prefect 1951. Victor Ludorum 1950-1951. First XV 1949-1951, captain 1951. Rowing VIII 1950-1951. Heavyweight boxing champion 1949-1950.
Ardmore Training College 1952-1953. Taught at Paeroa, Coromandel, Inglewood, Stratford, Hicks Bay and Thames Valley. Represented Thames Valley at rugby 1954-1955 and 1969-1970, Taranaki 1956-1966, East Coast 1967-1968. NZ trials 1956, 1957 and 1959. Played 190 first-class games, including thirty-two Ranfurly Shield matches. A strong, durable prop who maintained excellent form over a long period. Gave outstanding service to schoolboy rugby as a coach and administrator.
McDonald, L.G. (Lloyd) (1932-1935)
First XI 1934-1935. Soccer First XI 1934-1935. Senior athletic team 1935. Auckland Secondary Schools’ soccer representative 1935.
Worked for the Tourist Department before serving as a warrant officer in the Army during the Second World War. Moved to the USA, and studied at Springfield, graduating MSc. Returned to NZ 1956 and relieved in the Physical Education Department at Auckland Grammar School. MAGS staff 1957-1962, teaching Physical Education. Coached soccer First XI and senior tennis team. Settled in the USA.
McElroy H.M. (Harry) (1924-1926)
Won 2-mile cycle race at school sports 1926.
Public accountant. Commissioned in Territorials. Enlisted in 2nd NZEF as a captain when the Second World War broke out. Promoted to major 1942, and lieutenant-colonel 1943. Commanded 21 Battalion in North Africa and Italy. Awarded the DSO in 1942 for personal leadership, dash and determination at Ruweisat Ridge. Awarded a Bar to the DSO for gallantry and magnificent leadership at Cassino in 1944. After being wounded for a fourth time, he returned to NZ in 1944. Continued practising accountancy as a partner in the firm of McElroy and Buddle.
McGillivray H.D. (Hector) (1964-1968)
MA (Hons) in French from the University of Auckland 1972. Continued studying French and went to France. PhD 1980. Worked for Foreign Affairs in Rome for six months, has been an official of the European Commission since 1980, working mainly in translation, but also as speechwriter to President Prodi. Will be at the London information office of the European Commission in 2006.
McIntyre, D.C. (Sir Donald, Don) (1948-1953)
Prefect 1953. First XV 1952-1953. Heavyweight boxing champion 1953. Senior athletic team and senior swimming team. Leader of school orchestra. Runner-up in Stenberg Aria at Auckland Competitions while still at school, and winner the following year.
Senior rugby for Training College 1954-1955. After qualifying as a primary teacher, went to Guildhall School of Music, London, to study singing. Dbut with Welsh National Opera 1959. Principal bass Sadler’s Wells Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Metropolitan New York, Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Buenos Aires, La Scala, Berlin, Bayreuth, Australian National Opera, Wellington Opera, Auckland Opera. Recordings include Pelleas and Melisande, The Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, The Damnation of Faust, Il Trovatore, Oedipus Rex, The Ring. Video films include Die Fliegende Hollander, Electra, Bayreuth Centenary Ring, Die Meistersinger. One of the leading Wagnerian singers of the twentieth century. OBE 1977. CBE 1985. KB 1992.
McKay, B.D. (Bryan) (1957-1958)
MA in French from the University of Auckland 1962, and won an overseas scholarship. Studied at University of Paris and gained a PhD. Since 1970 he has been lecturing in French at the University of Auckland.
McMillan, N.A.C. (Neville, Mac) (1936-1940)
Prefect 1940. Senior athletic team 1939-1940. Intermediate athletic champion 1938. Inter-school 880-yards champion. Second XV 1940.
Served in Canada and the UK in the Air Force during the Second World War, and won several Services athletic events. NZ Universities 440-yards champion 1947. NZ Universities blue. Auckland junior athletic representative 1939-1941; senior representative 1949. Joined MAGS staff 1949. Completed MA in History 1953. Coached rugby, athletics, boxing and shooting. End of 1955 to Auckland Grammar, where HOD History from 1962 until retirement in 1982. Auckland Under-16 and Secondary Schools’ rugby selector. Chairman and life member Auckland Secondary Schools’ Rugby Union. Author of A New Certificate History and New Zealand Sporting Legends . Co-author of: Men in Black; Encyclopaedia of New Zealand Rugby; Centenary; The Visitors; and Rugby Almanac of New Zealand. Has sung principal roles for a number of operatic societies, and is a life member of Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden.
McMillan, N.J. (Norman) (1939-1940)
Boxing team. Junior rugby. Came to MAGS from Paeroa District High School.
ACA 1948. FCA 1983. Paeroa Borough councillor 1971-1988; deputy mayor 1974-1988. Committee Crippled Children’s Society eleven years. Committee member and president Hearing Association ten years. Member and president Paeroa Lions Club twenty-nine years. Represented Thames Valley at rugby 1947-1950. Thames Valley selector 1960-1964, 1968-1970. Junior selector Thames Valley Lawn Tennis Association. Life member Junior Chamber International 1963, Paeroa Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club 1966, Paeroa West Rugby Football Club 1968. Patron Counties Thames Valley Tennis Association since 1990. MBE for services to local body and community affairs 1993. New Zealand 1990 Medal.
McNaughton, A.H. (Tony) (1936-1940)
Prefect 1940. Soccer Second XI. Choir.
After overseas service with the Air Force, taught in primary schools 1946-1949. MA (Hons) in History from the University of Auckland; MA, PhD from the University of California in Education. 1949-1954 assistant lecturer in History, Auckland Training College. 1955-1960 lecturer in History, Ardmore Training College. 1959-1960 lecturer in Education, University of California. 1961-1967 senior lecturer in Education, University of Auckland; professor 1968-1989. Past chairman Auckland regional committee Historical Places Trust. Past president Auckland Institute for Educational Research. 1966-1969 member of US Office of Education Research team to develop social science curriculum in US elementary and high schools.
Maddaford, R.M. (Rex) (1961-1964)
Junior rugby and cricket. In his first year, he won both the intermediate and senior cross country. Established record for mile 1963. New Zealand junior cross country champion and held world mile record for Under 16. New Zealand 1966 and 1968 cross country champion. Olympian, Mexico City 1968, 5,000m 10th, 10,000m 12th. Graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1974 and taught in Tucamcari Municipal Schools for 31 years before retiring in 2007.
Mahuta, R TeK. (Sir Robert, Bob) (1952-1954)
Junior rugby in A teams. Runner-up in his weight at boxing. Keen gymnast at School House.
Worked as a labourer until 1965, then decided to go to university. MA from the University of Auckland 1973. Post-graduate work at Oxford University 1976-1978. University lecturer since 1970. Director of Centre for Maori Studies and Research at the University of Waikato since 1972. Commissioner Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. Member of Ngarimu VC Scholarship Board and Tainui Maori Trust Board. Chairman Maori Development Corporation. Waikato Trustbank trustee.
Rugby – played for North Harbour (NPC),Tonga, and Connacht (Ireland)
Mann, E.D.G. (Des) (1939-1943)
Prefect 1942-1943. RSM Cadet Battalion 1943.
Relieving master at MAGS 1945. Auckland Training College 1946-1947, then taught in the primary service, before becoming a secondary teacher. Head of Opotiki College. Foundation head Green Bay High School.
Martin, P.R. (Peter) (1952-1956)
Head Prefect 1956. Victor Ludorum 1956. First XV 1955-1956. Softball First IX 1955-1956. Athletic team 1956. Boxing team 1954-1956.
Softball for Eden Club. Auckland representative. Selected for North Island. Basketball for Eden. Insurance company cadet on leaving school, then worked in father’s drapery business. Sales manager for E.L. Riley Ltd for thirteen years, then sold real estate for Stan Gillan Ltd. Ran own video business for ten years, then moved on to car sales. Keen marathon runner. Competes in triathlons.
Matthews, R.E.F. (Dick) (1934-1937)
Rowing VIII 1937. Played junior rugby.
University of Auckland 1938. Sir George Grey Scholar 1941. MSc 1942. War service overseas with Divisional Signals, AA artillery and 7th Anti-tank Regiment, with rank of sergeant. After the war, went to Cambridge University. PhD 1948, ScD 1964. Senior principal scientific officer, plant diseases division, DSIR, Auckland 1949-1961. Professor Microbiology, University of Auckland 1962-1987. Chairman Toxic Substances Board, Health Department, from 1987. President NZ Microbiological Society 1966-1968. Life member International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses. Council member Royal Society of NZ. Devoted many years of research to the study of cancer, and was made a life member of the Auckland Division of the Cancer Society 1987. Publications include: Plant Virus Serology; Plant Virology; 143 scientific papers. Order of New Zealand 1988. New Zealand 1990 Medal. NZ Association of Scientists Medal 1957. Hector Medal of Royal Society of NZ 1978. FRSNZ 1962. FNZIC 1964. FRS (London) 1974. He died in 1995
Matai, S (Steve)
2006 – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Rugby League Team
Selected for the 2006 Kiwis squad for the ANZAC test. Despite excellent form, missed out on selection for the test in favour of more experienced players.
Mead, C.B. (Colin) (1941-1944)
NZ Universities bantamweight champion 1946. LLB from Auckland 1952. Partner in legal firm Newberry and Mead. Member of 1972 Jubilee Committee. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association, and member of headmaster’s council.
Mercep, S. (Simon) (1973-1977)
Junior tennis and rugby.
BA Political Studies and History from University of Auckland. Post-graduate Diploma of Journalism Canterbury University. Journalist Radio NZ 1983-1984. Journalist with ABC Radio (Sydney and Melbourne), CBC Radio (Canada), BBC World Service (London), Radio NZ London sports correspondent. Wrote for an English-language magazine in Cyprus. Return NZ end 1989. News and current affairs reporter TVNZ since 1990, mainly on 1 Network News, and recently on Holmes. Major reporting assignments include: Los Angeles earthquake 1994; Mururoa Atoll 1995; Ruapehu eruptions 1995-1996; the Raurimu massacre 1997. Currently one of the Fair Go team.
Millener, L.H. (Laurie) (1927-1931)
Captain soccer Second XI 1931. John Williamson Scholar.
Graduated Auckland University College and Cambridge University. MSc, PhD, FRNZIH. Joseph Shaw Memorial Prize 1932. Senior Scholarship in Botany and Sir George Grey Scholarship in Science 1936. Duffas Lubecki Research Scholarship 1938 and 1939. Auckland University blue in soccer 1938. Professor of Botany, University of Auckland, after holding positions of lecturer, senior lecturer and associate professor. Honorary research fellow. President Auckland Botanical Society, vice-president Auckland Tree Society, executive member Auckland Historical Society. Life member Auckland Institute and Museum. President Auckland District Council of Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture 1972. Vice-president NZ Food and Wine Society 1957; wine judge Royal NZ Easter Show 1960-1975. President Auckland University Scientific Society 1955. Publications include: scientific papers in plant anatomy, morphology, ecology, physiology and oenology; Wine in New Zealand; Vegetation of New Zealand Climate; and Historic Trees of Auckland.
Mills, L.R. (Les) (1949-1951)
Senior athletic champion 1949-1951. Soccer First XI 1950. First XV 1951. Softball First IX 1950. Inter-school intermediate 220-yards champion and record-holder, and senior 220-yards and shot-put champion (record).
NZ junior champion shot and discus 1952-1953. NZ shot-put champion thirteen times; discus champion eleven times. Represented NZ at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics, and the 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 Commonwealth Games. Silver medal (discus) 1958 and 1970; gold (discus) 1966. Silver (shot-put) 1966; bronze (shot-put) 1970. Selected as a weightlifter 1966, but could not compete. Owned a chain of retail stores 1953-1970, and property developing company 1965-1985. Pioneer in the fitness industry, with a group of ten fitness centres and seventy franchises in NZ and Australia; sold 1987. Assisted sports development in Papua New Guinea. General manager Northland Harbour Board 1988-1989. Chief executive Northland Regional Council 1989-1990. Managed NZ teams at 1976 Olympics and 1978 Commonwealth Games. Village mayor 1990 Commonwealth Games. Mayor of Auckland since 1990. MBE 1973.
Moorcraft, T.G. (Tom) (1925-1929)
Prefect 1929. Entered MAGS in the fourth form, and showed considerable academic ability.
MSc from the University of Auckland. During the Second World War, served as a captain in the artillery in Italy and Japan. Taught in various primary and secondary schools. Joined MAGS staff 1950. HOD Science 1961; deputy headmaster 1967. Coached soccer and softball. Master in charge of the dancing class. Commanded the artillery unit of the School cadet battalion for many years. Retired 1970. He died in 1991.
Mortimer, K.E. (Kingsley) (1923-1926)
First XV 1926. Cricket Second XI. Showed literary talent while at school.
Joined Salvation Army Training College 1927, became an officer and worked on the Army newspaper, War Cry. Became a missionary. Head of Salvation Army school for the Shona people of Southern Rhodesia 1930. BA with first-class honours, University of South Africa (as external student). Contact with stone-age people in Zambesi convinced him to become a medical missionary. Studied London and Cambridge. Qualified with honours in Tropical Medicine. Lectured in Anatomy, Charing Cross Hospital. Set up medical school in the Zambesi, and lectured in Anatomy at the University of Witwatersrand. Medical missionary in India, and later in Indonesia. Senior lecturer, Anatomy, University of Western Australia 1957. Diploma in Education 1964. Carnegie Travelling Scholarship. Associate Professor, Anatomy, Auckland Medical School 1969. Visiting Professor of Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons, London, 1970. Diploma in Psychiatry, London. 1974 Head of Carrington Hospital’s psycho-geriatric unit. OBE 1977 for services in the psycho-geriatric field. He died in 1980.
Moses, S.L. (Syd) (1923-1925 )
Prefect 1925. First XV 1924-1925. Senior athletic records for 100, 220 and 440 yards.
Won NZ Tourist Trophy motor-cycle races 1931, 1933 and 1934. Represented NZ at Isle of Man Tourist Trophy 1933. First to win both billiards and snooker titles at NZ championships. Billiards champion 1936-1937, 1940 and 1944; snooker champion 1945. Manager Maple Furnishing Company, Wellington, 1934-1939. Overseas service during the Second World War, with rank of major. Managing director Maple 1949-1965. Managing director Maple Holdings 1960-1965. Past president Wellington Retailers’ Association. Past president and life member Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Associated Chambers of Commerce of NZ. Life member NZ Retailers’ Federation. Chairman Decimal Currency Board 1964-1968. Director Smith and Brown Maple, Tourist Hotel Corporation of NZ and Hamilton, Nimmo and Sons Ltd. Chairman WHT Advertising and Marketing and Anton Distributors. Board of Trustees Wellington Savings Bank. Chairman NZ Committee for the Pacific Basin Economic Council. CBE 1979.
Mowlem, J. (John) (1956-1961)
Head Prefect 1961. Victor Ludorum 1960. First XV 1958-1961. First XI 1957-1961, captain 1959-1961. Outstanding bowler. Boxing champion 1960. Auckland Brabin Cup team 1960-1961.
Cricket for Suburbs-New Lynn; represented Auckland B. Senior rugby for University and Teachers. MAGS staff 1968-1976. HOD Commerce. Coached First XI. Four years at Tonga High School. Coached Tonga national team. Returned to Auckland and taught at Howick College. Mt. Roskill Grammar and Aorere College, both as HOD Commerce.
Moyle, G.J. (Greg) (1968-1972)
Prefect 1971-1972. First XV 1970-1972. Senior athletic team 1972. Auckland Secondary Schools’ rugby representative 1972. Auckland Under-18 rugby representative 1972.
MCom, LLB. Financial planner and part-time university lecturer. Major Auckland Battalion (Territorials). MAGS Old Boys’ Association president 1992-1996.
Muldoon, R.D. (Sir Robert, Bob) (1933-1936)
Soccer in junior grades. Captain intermediate B team 1936.
Studied accountancy. Served overseas in the Army as a corporal during the Second World War, and completed accountancy exams while serving. FCA, FCIS, FCMA. Accountant 1947-1960. Past president NZ Institute of Cost Accountants. Tamaki seat for National 1960-1991. Parliamentary Under-secretary to Minister of Finance (responsible for change to decimal currency 1967). Chairman Public Expenditure Committee 1964, Minister of Finance 1967, leader National Party 1974-1984. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance 1975-1984. Actively promoted universal superannuation policies, ‘Think Big’ economic projects and major international review of trade and payments. First NZ Prime Minister to visit China 1976. Chairman Global Economic Action Institute 1988-1992. Patron Auckland Horticultural Council. Publications include: The Rise and Fall of a Young Turk; Muldoon; My Way; The New Zealand Economy; A Personal View. GCMG 1987. CH 1977. He died in 1993.
Muliaumaseali'i, E.F. (Eddie) (1979-1984)
Rugby and Rowing. First XV 1984. Prefect 1984. School Opera
International bass baritone, based in Brisbane, Australia. Has appeared in many operatic productions, including appearing with Opera Queensland and Lyric Opera of Queensland. Dbut Sydney Opera House 1995. Regular soloist with Queensland Pop Orchestra. Appeared on television in New Zealand and Australia, both in singing and acting roles. Currently studying at Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Winner of multiple operatic awards and scholarships, including prestigious McDonald’s Operatic Aria Award 1997.
Muliaumaseali'i, S (Sani) (1980-1985)
In school opera and choir. Drama and Samoan groups
BMus, Brisbane. Diploma course in opera. Lives in Sydney, Australia, where he freelances as a vocalist , and has his own vocal quartet.
Myles, J.G.S. (Johnny) (1941-1945)
Head Prefect 1945. First XV 1944-1945. Intermediate and senior athletic champion. First XI 1943-1945. Inter-school sprint champion. Secondary Schools’ rugby representative.
Represented NZ in 440 yards at 1950 British Empire Games. NZ Universities athletics blue. Auckland rugby representative. After working for the Forestry Service and university study, entered Auckland Training College 1949. Third year in physical education, Dunedin, 1951. Worked in physical education as area officer, then to Normal Intermediate. MAGS staff 1957-1962, during which time he completed MA in Geography and coached the First XV. To Canada 1963, and on return to Hamilton Teachers’ College where he was HOD Social Studies when he retired.
Nelson G.B. (George, Gunboat) (1931-1934)
School House 1931-1932. Junior A and intermediate A soccer before changing to rugby. Played for 3A 1934. Cricket Second XI 1934. School bantamweight boxing champion 1933; lightweight champion 1934. Harriers and Drama Club.
Auckland amateur light-heavyweight boxing champion and runner-up NZ championship 1938. Worked as a clerk before enlisting in 2nd NZEF October 1939. Sailed as a private with 1st Echelon. Commissioned and served in Greek campaign. Escaped by boat from Greece after it fell to the Germans. Promoted captain 1943, major 1945. Won the DSO in Italy 1945, displaying brilliant tactical handling of his troops during an action at Cazzano. Selected for 2nd NZEF rugby team (‘Kiwis’) as a flanker after the war. Played in fifteen games on the tour of Britain, France and NZ. Member of Ponsonby Club. Represented Auckland at rugby 1947. Referee, judge and committee member Auckland Boxing Association for several years. Founded Nelson and Simich, Wine and Spirit Merchants 1953.
Nicholas, G (Gregor) (1972-1976)
Drama Club. Soccer. Second XV 1975-1976.
Studied architecture and art history. One of NZ’s most promising and successful young film-makers, he has won over twenty international awards for his short films, including the Croisette d’Or Grand Prix at the Cannes Music Film Awards. Films include: Pacific 3-2-1-Zero; Avondale Dogs; and Broken English.
Nicholls, C.W.K. (Kel) (1927-1929)
Joined the RAF 1934. Test pilot 1940-1941. Transferred to RNZAF 1943 as Wing Commander. Commanding officer Training Wing at Ohakea. NZ Fighter Wing, Bougainville, 1944, as commanding officer. Took part in twenty-one operational missions flying Warhawks as fighter-bombers. Awarded the DSO 1944 for devotion to duty and inspiring the squadrons under his command. Promoted to Group Captain 1944. Commanded 24 Commonwealth Squadron 1946-1948. Air Attach to Nanking, 1948-1949. Retired from the Air Force 1958. Later lived in Bay of Plenty and Australia. Deceased.
O'Brien, S.J. (Shane) (1974-1978 )
Prefect 1978. First XV 1977-1978. Rowing VIII, captain 1978. Auckland Secondary Schools’ rugby representative.
Rowed for West End. Represented NZ Colts 1979-1980. Won gold medal in coxless IVs at 1984 Olympic Games. A schoolteacher, he taught for a time in England and was on the MAGS staff for a short time.
Oddy, J.D. (Dick) (1933-1936)
Came to MAGS as a fourth former. 1935-1936: Prefect and House Prefect; First XV; heavyweight boxing champion; senior athletic team. Inter-school shot and discus champion and record-holder. Swimming team v Whangarei H.S. Captain of rowing 1936.
Dentistry at Sydney University; doctorate at Toronto. Served in the RAAF as a flight-lieutenant during the Second World War. Settled in Sydney where he had a dental practice. In 1965 a freak wave overturned the boat in which he and his family were returning from a fishing expedition off Kiama on the New South Wales coast. Oddy’s two sons were saved, but he and his wife were drowned. As Oddy was such a powerful swimmer it was assumed that he must have been knocked unconscious when the boat overturned.
Orr, C.W. (Willie) (1938-1942)
House Prefect 1942. Rowing VIII 1941. Cox rowing VIII, captain 1942. Junior rugby. Boxing. Junior and senior gymnastics champion.
Represented the University of Auckland at boxing, rowing and athletics. Twice runner-up light-welterweight class at Auckland championships. Auckland third-grade rugby representative. BE (Civil), Cert Eng, MICE, MNZIE, AMIPhE. Worked for Auckland Drainage Board 1950-1960. Public Works Department at Sabah, Malaysia, 1961-1963. Auckland Hospital Board 1964-1967. Also worked in Hong Kong and was borough engineer New Lynn.
Overton, T.R.C. (Tom) (1929-1934)
Prefect 1934 and House Prefect 1933-1934. First XV 1932-1934, captain 1934. Heavyweight boxing champion 1933-1934.
Served in the Middle East and North Africa as a captain in the artillery during the Second World War. Senior rugby in Auckland for University, and represented North Island Combined Services. Graduated in law and was in practice as a solicitor in Auckland. President Onehunga Rotary 1961-1962. President Auckland Law Society. He died in 1970.
Palmer, J.H. (Henry) (1937-1941)
Prefect 1941. First XV 1941. First XI 1941.
Senior cricket for Grafton 1941-1953 (captain 1949-1950). Selected for Auckland Brabin Cup team 1943. Senior cricket in Waikato 1954-1959; Franklin 1959-1964. Senior rugby for Suburbs Club, Auckland, 1947-1950, and for Whenuapai Air Base 1945. Joined 1st Battalion Auckland Infantry Regiment. Released to continue studies and attend Auckland Training College 1943. BA, BCom, DipEd. Joined the Air Force as physical training instructor 1945. Began teaching in primary schools in 1946;Far North, Helensville, Papatoetoe, King Country. Ardmore Training College as lecturer, senior and principal lecturer in Social Studies and Mathematics 1959-1974. Auckland Training College as principal lecturer, Dean and Vice-Principal,1975-1983. Retired 1983. Worked for Department of Statistics. Manager of the Cricket Society at Eden Park 1985-1995. With UNESCO in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of international team setting up the country’s first ever teacher training college 1964-1965. Completed series of primary-school Mathematics texts and guidebooks: Lesotho 1972-1973; Papua New Guinea 1976.
Parry, R.J. (Bob) (1927-1931)
(Later known as R. Jones-Parry.) Prefect 1931. First XV 1930. Captain and fire director of 1931 MAGS shooting team that won the Earl Roberts Trophy, competed for by secondary schools throughout the British Empire. Sergeant-major in Cadet Corps.
A talented singer, and well-known as a storyteller. Won many classes at Auckland singing competitions. Studied at Sydney Conservatorium. Returned to NZ and took part in various musicals, concerts and radio broadcasts. Worked for John Court Ltd on leaving school, and then for Farmers Trading Company. In 1953 took up farming at Taupaki. Co-founder of the Waitakere Gazette (now Western Leader). Worked as public relations officer for Poultrymen’s Co-op. To Selwyn Village 1987, where he still enjoyed singing and entertaining the residents. He died in 1989.
Pasley, S.D. (Syd) (1942-1945)
Graduate Harvard Business School. Director Carter Holt Harvey from 1981. Managing director Alex Harvey Industries 1982-1986. Chairman NZ Steel Ltd 1986-1989. Director ANZ Bank 1985-1989. Chairman Bank of NZ 1989-1993; Lion Nathan Ltd 1985-1993; Guardian Royal Exchange (NZ) Ltd 1985-1995. Founding president 1983-1990 and life member NZ-German Business Association. Trustee University of Auckland School of Medicine Scholarship Fund. Director 1985-1995 and president 1987-1991 Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce. New Zealand 1990 Medal. Chairman MAGS headmaster’s council.
Pearce, T.H. (Tom) (1927-1929)
First XV 1929.
Studied law and accountancy and joined the Public Trust Office. Established his own haulage firm. Auckland rugby representative 1934, 1936-1939, 1942, 1945, 1946 from the Manukau and Grafton Clubs. Played for North Island 1937 and 1938, and in 1937 NZ trials. All Black reserve for all three tests against the 1937 Springboks. Management committee Auckland Rugby Union 1947-1961; chairman 1955-1961; president 1964-1966; selector 1951-1953; life member 1960. NZRFU management committee 1955-1965; president 1965; life member 1966. Manager 1960 All Blacks in South Africa. Eden Park Trust Board life member. Chairman Auckland Regional Authority 1968-1976. He died in 1976.
Penman, M.K. (Murray) (1929-1933)
Graduated BSc. MAGS staff 1941-1957. Taught Mathematics and Science along with some Music. Officer Air Training Corps in school Cadet Corps. Later taught at Northland College, King’s College and Rutherford High School. Worked for Educational Aids and Services. He died in 1988.
Philpot R.I. (Bob) (1937-1940)
Accompanist at school concerts.
Served in both Army and Navy during the Second World War. Graduated in Music from Otago University after the war. To London on a government scholarship 1951. Studied conducting and worked as a freelance for the BBC. Appointed musical director for My Fair Lady at Drury Lane, then conducted On the Town, Pickwick and Camelot, which he was conducting at the time of his death from cancer in 1965.
Piper, K.L. (Keith) (1935-1939)
Prefect 1939. Soccer First XI 1937-1939, captain 1939. Auckland Secondary Schools’ soccer representative 1939. Senior tennis champion 1939.
President MAGS Old Boys’ Association. BArch. from the University of Auckland 1945. ARIBA 1946. ANZIA 1947. Carried out research in England and Europe 1947-1949. FRSA 1958. Senior partner in Piper and Partners, Architects. President Court of Convocation and Graduates’ Association, University of Auckland. Involved with the strengthening of the school hall. He died in 1989 after a long illness.
Pointon, L.D. (Leo) (1940-1943)
Cricket Second XI 1943.
NZ Universities golf champion. Golf blues from Auckland University 1950-1955. NZ Universities golf blue 1951. After teaching, switched to law. MA Auckland. LLM (London). PhD (CPU). Cert. TESL (Singapore). With KPMG Peat Marwick in Hong Kong, and Ernst and Young in London, Iran, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Auckland. Head Legal Studies and Taxation, National University of Singapore. 1997 Malaysia to set up law department at new university in Malacca. Publications include Revenue Law in Singapore and Malaysia.
Price, M.R. (MacAlister, Mac) (1961-1965)
Choir. Musicals. Head librarian. Debating, Astronomy and Crusaders Clubs.
MA University of Auckland. Department of Foreign Affairs. Posted to: NZ Embassy, Tokyo; NZ High Commission, Canberra. Second-in-charge NZ Embassy, Jakarta. Consul-General New Caledonia. Head Pacific Asia Desk, Department of Foreign Affairs, Wellington.
Price, RE (Roderick, Rory) (1959-1963)
Choir, orchestra, drama and musicals. Debating, Astronomy and Crusaders Clubs. Represented MAGS in Royal Overseas League Public Speaking Competition.
Teachers’ College. Taught primary school NZ and Melbourne. Taught Papua New Guinea with Department of Extreme Territories. Organising secretary National Teachers Union. Head Office Policy Unit, PNG Ministry of Education, twelve years.1988 studied for priesthood: three years Rome, one year England. Return NZ. Ordained 1994. Parish priest St Joseph’s and St Joachim’s, Otahuhu.
Purdy, W.N. (Warren) (1971-1976)
Prefect 1976. Soccer First XI 1974-1976, captain 1976. Badminton champion 1976.
MA (Hons) in English from the University of Auckland. University soccer. Taught in several schools. HOD English at Waimea College, Nelson. HOD English MAGS 1995. Dean (senior housemaster) School House 1996.
Rae, B.D. (Bruce) (1965-1969)
Head Prefect 1969. First XV 1967-1969. Rowing VIII 1967-1969. Second Schools’ rugby representative 1969.
Rowed for West End, and was member of the crew that won the VIIIs at NZ Championships 1972. NZ champion in the pair oars 1977, and in the quadruple sculls 1982. Represented NZ Colts 1970. National representative 1978.
Reanney, D.C. (Darryl) (1953-1957)
Junior soccer. Harrier and Drama Clubs.
PhD. Internationally recognized authority on the origins of life. Taught Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury and La Trobe University in Australia. Well-known for contributions to the explanation and clarification of Science in the community. Described as one of Australia’s most elegant scientific popularizers. Wrote and presented ‘Genesis’, a seven-part television series about genes and evolution. Author of The Death of Forever: A New Future for the Human Consciousness.
Richardson, K.L. (Ken) (1941-1944)
Junior rugby in A teams, and boxing.
Runner-up NZ Universities middleweight championship 1949. Rugby for Grammar Old Boys in junior grades, and a vice-president. LLB 1951. In law practice 1952-1967. District Court Judge 1967. Trustee Road Safe Foundation; member Medico-Legal Society; Legal Research Foundation. Chairman Otahuhu and Papakura Periodic Detention Advisory Committees. Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977. New Zealand 1990 Medal. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association 1962-1964. He died in 1996.
Ridge, M.J. (Matthew) (1982-1985)
First XV 1984-1985. Softball First IX 1983-1984. Senior tennis champion 1983-1984.
Completed his education at Auckland Grammar. Auckland rugby representative 1988-1990. All Black 1989. Six games for the All Blacks, but did not play in a test. Accepted an offer to play rugby league for Manly Club, Sydney, 1990. Auckland Warriors 1997. Represented NZ at league 1990, 1992, 1994-1996, captain since 1995. Twenty-one tests, scoring 150 points, a NZ record for test matches.
Robertson, F.H. (Fred) (1925-1929)
Head Prefect 1929. Hockey First XI 1926 and 1928-1929. Senior athletic team 1928.
Old Boys’ Management Committee 1930-1931. Vice-President 1932. MA (Hons) in Philosophy. Studied for Presbyterian ministry at Knox College, Dunedin. Director of the Campaign for Christian Order. Headmaster of Lindisfarne College 1953. Deceased.
Rollinson, D.W. (Dud) (1934-1939)
Head Prefect 1939. First XV 1938-1939. Heavyweight boxing champion 1937-1939. Auckland amateur light-heavyweight champion while still at school; runner-up in NZ championship. Rowing VIII 1937-1939.
NZ Universities heavyweight champion 1941. Bad eyesight precluded him from war service. Ran a bus service and cinema in Waiuku during and after the war. Boxed as a professional 1944-1948. NZ light-heavyweight champion 1947-1948. Coached boxing and worked as a sales representative. Went to live in Sydney, where he died in 1983.
Ross, A. (Sir Alexander, Alec) (1922-1924)
Entered MAGS as a third former. Won 2-miles cycle race 1924.
Joined the National Bank 1927. Took up rowing in Hamilton. Represented NZ at 1930 Empire Games in the coxless IV (not in the VIII, as is often stated). Finished third, and became first Old Boy to win an Empire Games medal. Reserve Bank, Wellington, 1934; deputy governor 1948. Resigned 1955 to join the board of United Dominions Trust, the largest financial institution in the Commonwealth. Manager 1964. Board of Australia and NZ Banking Group 1966; chairman 1970-1975. Represented the NZ Rowing Association on the Olympic and Empire Games Association. Manager NZ team Vancouver Commonwealth Games 1954. Succeeded Sir Arthur Porritt as chairman British Commonwealth Games Federation 1967. Knighted 1971. Retired at Tweed Heads, New South Wales, 1982. He died in 1994.
Rosser, M.S. (Mervyn) (1939-1943)
Dux 1943. Prefect 1943. Soccer First XI 1942-1943, captain 1943. University Entrance Scholar 1943.
MSc with first-class honours in Mathematics, and MusB. Taught Pukekohe High School. Joined MAGS staff 1959, to succeed Mr Towers as HOD Mathematics. Also taught Music and coached the soccer First XI. Mathematics lecturer at the University of Auckland 1961. A stalwart of the local Methodist Church and active in music circles, he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to tertiary education and the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006.
Russell, L.C. (Lyn) (1947-1951)
Prefect 1951. First XV 1949-1951. Softball First IX 1950-1951, captain 1951. Senior athletic team 1950-1951. Inter-school hurdles champion. Selected for North Island Colts rugby team while still at school. Captained Auckland Secondary Schools’ at softball. Victor Ludorum.
Joined Grammar Old Boys. Played ninety-three games for Auckland 1952-1961, scoring sixty-six tries. North Island B 1953. Played in All Black trials 1953, 1957 and 1959. Established Auckland’s first individual skills school for promising rugby players 1964. Wrote and broadcast on rugby 1963-1969. Director of coaching North Harbour Union when formed 1985. Represented Auckland as a hurdler at NZ athletic championships for three years. Worked at Auckland Savings Bank, then spent sixteen years with Hurricane Wire Products, of which he became manager. Worked in industrial real estate, then established his own wire manufacturing business.
Ryder, K. (Kim) (1937-1939)
Hockey First XI 1938-1939. Centre forward and youngest member of the 1938 side, which won all of twenty-two matches. Prominent in athletics.
Scales clerk at Westfield Freezing Company. Served with 24 Battalion in Italy during the Second World War, and was wounded twelve days before the end of the war in Europe. Clerk in accounts department of Auckland Transport Board, but developed tuberculosis and was off work for four years. Resumed employment with the Transport Board (later Auckland Regional Authority), retiring as assistant expenditure accountant 1983.
Sawers, E.M. (Eric) (1941-1946)
Head Prefect 1946. First XV 1943-1946, captain 1946. Rowing VIII 1946. Heavyweight boxing champion 1946.
After university study, went to work on his grandfather’s farm near Oamaru. Dunedin Training College 1951. Taught in a number of primary schools and retired as headmaster of Takaka School. Represented North Otago at rugby 1949-1950. Played for Hanan Shield Districts against 1949 Australian team. Represented Otago 1951. NZ trialist. Returned to Oamaru and played for North Otago 1955-1956. Captained combined South Canterbury-Mid Canterbury-North Otago team against Australia 1955 and South Africa 1956.
Sawers, T.C. (Tracy) (1927-1932)
House Prefect 1930. Prefect 1931-1932 and Head House Prefect 1932. Senior athletic champion 1930-1931. Unable to compete in 1932 because of injury. Inter-school junior (under-sixteen) 880-yards champion 1928, senior 440-yards and hurdles champion 1930-1931. Set records for both events 1931. Second XV 1931-1932.
After farming near Cambridge, he went to Sydney University to study veterinary science. Killed in action while serving in the Australian Army. Elder brother of F.C. Sawers.
Scott, P.J. (Sir John) (1947-1948)
Came to MAGS from Palmerston North Boys’ High School. University Entrance Scholar 1948.
University of Auckland 1949. Otago University 1950-1955. B Med Sc 1952; MB ChB 1955. University of Birmingham 1960-1962. FRACP 1959; FRCP (London) 1960; MD 1962. FRSNZ 1987. University of Auckland: Professor of Medicine 1975; Head of Department of Medicine 1979-1987; Head of Division of Clinical Sciences. Chairman Board of Trustees NZ Drug Foundation since 1990. Awarded KBE 1988 for services to medicine.
Sharp, R.L. (Richard) (1922-1926)
John Williamson Scholar. Junior rugby.
University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington. BA 1930. LLB 1931. LLM 1933. Employed in legal offices in Wellington 1929-1934, then joined State Advances Corporation. Legal branch Ministry of Works 1946-1951 and Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1951-1973. Head of Consular Division 1954-1960, Consul in New York, and first secretary in NZ mission to the United Nations 1960-1963. Member NZ delegation to UN General Assembly 1960-1962, alternate delegate to UN conference on control of narcotics 1961, NZ delegate to UN conference on consular relations at Vienna 1963, head of legal division 1963-1964 and consular division 1964-1968. Visited Antarctica at invitation of US Deep Freeze Organisation 1967. Deputy High Commissioner and Minister to Canada 1968-1970. NZ Consul General for North Western States, USA, based at San Francisco. Since retirement in 1973 has been recalled in an advisory capacity on matters relating to immigration. 1980-1981 drafted a report for UN on how NZ law complies with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Shaw, I. J. (1932-1937)
The School has received the news of the death of Ian James Shaw OBE CMG BSc(NZ) PhD (Camb). Dr Shaw was born in Masterton and was at School from 1932 ‘ 1937. He took a full part in the life of the School, playing rugby and tennis as well as being in the rifle club and acting as a lab boy. He was a prefect in 1937.
Ian Shaw had a fine academic career here being in top classes throughout. Passing the University Entrance examination (form 5A) in 1934 with the creditable mark of 299, he was bettered only by John Stacpoole with a mark of 301. In 1937 Ian was dux, (the year before Ted Bollard) and in the same year he was a University Entrance Scholar.
On completing a BSc at Auckland University College he joined the RNZAF and left in June 1941 on the merchant ship SS Raingitane which was sunk by a German armed raider and he spent five years in various prisoner-of-war camps including the notorious Stalagluft III.
At the end of hostilities he obtained a research post at Cambridge’s famous Cavendish Laboratory. Ian worked in the radio section under JA Ratcliff and he studies the Luxembourg Effect in ionospheric propagation for his doctorate. During this time he met another research student, Audrey Spalding (a Newnham College graduate) and they were married in 1949.
Dr Shaw became a civil servant at the Ministry of Defense. In the 1950s he was among the observers to see the first British atomic bomb go off at Woomera n the Australian dessert.
Also, during the early part of his career, he was sent to Kenya during the Mau Mau troubles to find out why the British troops were having such difficulties with their radio communications. He discovered, for example, one senior army officer with his men camped in a valley. Asked why they were not on the surrounding hillside, he was told ‘The fishing is no good up there, old boy.’
Later in his career he spent some time in trips to Europe for various NATO conferences. He worked for the then Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Solly Zuckerman and later for Sir Hermann Bondi. During this time his duties sometimes involved him in preparing information for Lord Healey.
He was finally in charge of an army research establishment at Byfleet in Surrey. While there he unfortunately suffered a major stroke at the age of sixty. After his retirement, Dr Shaw continued to do gardening and other hobbies such as woodwork, although badly disabled on his right side. Friends and neighbours were impressed by his determination not to give in.
He was awarded an OBE in 1965 and a CMB in 1977. He died on 25 March 2004 in Wonersh, Surrey, England.
The School and the Albertians Association extend their condolences to his widow Audrey, his sons, Duncan and Malcolm and his grandson Callum.
Brian Murphy, Archivist
From an obituary by his widow, Audrey
Sims, G.O. (Grahame) (1929-1934)
Head Prefect 1934. Captain soccer First XI 1932-1934. Cricket First XI 1932-1934, captain 1934 (first term). Tennis champion 1933-1934.
Auckland soccer representative 1939. Left school during second term of 1934 to take up a cadetship with Auckland City Council’s treasury department. Deputy city treasurer 1948. Deputy town clerk 1956. Town clerk 1964. BCom from the University of Auckland. Served in Fiji, the Middle East and Italy during the Second World War, with the rank of lieutenant. Lieutenant-Colonel in Territorials (1st Field Regiment) after war. Auckland District Commissioner St John Ambulance.
Sinclair, J.D. (Jack) (1939-1943)
Prefect 1943. Senior athletic team 1943. Rawlings Scholar, John Williamson Scholar, University Entrance Scholar 1943.
NZ mile champion 1948 and 1950 and record-holder. NZ Universities 880-yards champion 1947-1948, and mile champion and record-holder 1948-1949. Represented NZ at 1950 Empire Games. Medicine at Otago University. 1947 B Med Sc. 1950 MB ChB. 1955 MD. 1956 MRACP. 1966 FRACP. 1953-1954 Research Fellow, NZ Medical Research Council. Research Fellow, Institute of Chest Diseases, London 1956-1957. Post-doctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic (USA). Physician in charge of the Physiology Department, Green Lane Hospital 1960-1966. Scientific secretary Medical Research Council of NZ 1967-1968. Foundation Professor of Physiology, Auckland University School of Medicine 1968. Retired 1993.
Sinclair, K. (Sir Keith) (1936-1939)
Prominent in boxing (winning his weight class in 1937), junior soccer and athletics.
Served in the Navy during the Second World War, with rank of sub-lieutenant. MA, PhD, Litt D. Professor of History, University of Auckland. Carnegie Visiting Fellow at Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London 1954. Visiting Fellow Australian National University 1967. Visiting Fellow Cambridge University 1968-1969. Walter Frewen Lord Prize for Imperial History, Royal Commonwealth Society 1951. Also well-known writer and poet. Publications include: The Maori Land League; Origins of the Maori Wars; William Pember Reeves; Walter Nash; The Firewheel Tree (poetry); Halfway Round the Harbour (autobiography). President NZ Book Council. Editor New Zealand Journal of History. CBE 1983 for services to literature. KB 1985 for services to historical research and literature. New Zealand 1990 Medal. He died in 1993.
Sinclair, Michael (1956-1960)
At MAGS was in the A form and an outstanding athlete, representing the school in Swimming and Athletics. He went to Victoria University where he completed a BA Honours programme and graduated with a PhD in Philosophy (1973). He then went to the USA and completed a law degree (JD) at the University of Michigan (1978). He practised law and taught at universities in the States, before being appointed to the prestigious New York Law School in 1991, where he gained a full Professorship. He retired at the close of 2011 and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor at the New York Law School.
He has also published a number of books (his most recent volume is entitled Traditional Tools of Statutory Interpretation, published 2013), and numerous scholarly articles. He is a highly influential legal academic. He resides in Michigan, USA.
Sinclair, R.L. (Roy) (1949-1953)
Prefect 1953. Senior athletic champion 1952-1953. Soccer First XI 1953. Softball First IX 1953. Inter-school 440-yards champion 1953. Excelled at all distances from 100 yards to the mile, and won the open steeplechase as well as competing in field events. Boxed.
MSc from the University of Auckland, where he lectured in the Chemistry Department. Taught briefly at MAGS. Moved to Sydney where he taught at St Ignatius College.
Snell, P.G. (Peter) (1955-1957)
Came to MAGS from Te Aroha District High School as a fifth former. Victor Ludorum 1957. Prefect and House Prefect 1957. First XV 1956-1957. First XI 1956-1957. Senior tennis champion 1956-1957. Senior athletic champion 1957. Inter-school 880-yards champion and record-holder 1957. Senior athletic team 1955-1957.
NZ 880-yards champion 1959-1960, 1962 and 1964; mile 1959; cross-country 1962. Olympic 800-metres champion and record-holder 1960 and 1964; 1500-metres champion 1964. Commonwealth Games 880-yards and mile champion 1962. World records at 800 metres, 880 yards, 1000 metres and 1 mile. Member of NZ team that set world record for 4 x 1-mile relay 1961. NZ Sportsman of the Year 1960 and 1964. Quantity surveyor, then executive with Rothmans Foundation. Retired from athletics 1965. Studied exercise physiology at Loughborough College, England. Scholarship to the University of California at Davis 1975, where he graduated PhD. Remained in the USA, specializing in sports medicine. Has made several visits to NZ, and carried the baton around the stadium at the opening of the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. MBE 1962. OBE 1965.
Solomon, D. (Dave) (1928-1931)
First XV and First XI 1931. Prominent swimmer, gaining a number of wins and places at School sports.
Worked on a farm at Matamata and represented Matamata sub-union at rugby 1932-1934. Played for Waikato and North Island 1934. Returned to Auckland 1935, joined Ponsonby Club. 1935 NZ trials. 1935 All Blacks: seven games in Britain; one in Canada. Represented Auckland 1936-1938. North Island 1937. 1937 NZ trials. Rugby league 1939. In NZ team whose English tour was abandoned after two matches owing to outbreak Second World War. Served in the Air Force during the war; played rugby for Service teams. Coached East Coast Bays and Northcote rugby teams after the war. Worked for Farmers’ Trading Company, Auckland Farmers’ Freezing Company and Lion Breweries.
Solomona, Se'e (1979-1982)
Played rugby league for NZ in 1993, and Western Samoa in 1995
Spence, A.B.J. (Barry) (1956-1960)
Prefect and Head of House 1960. First XV 1960. Light heavyweight boxing champion. Captain 2A cricket. Athletics.
MA (Hons) in French from Auckland 1964. Taught English in France. Returned to NZ. HOD Languages at Kelston Boys’ High School. Son of A.F. Spence.
Spence, A.F. (Alec, Subtle) (1927-1930)
Head Prefect 1930. First XV 1928-1930, captain 1929-1930. First XI 1929-1930, captain 1930. Came to MAGS after matriculating at Helensville District High School. Foundation member of School House, but mostly travelled from Helensville or boarded privately. John Williamson Scholar.
Rugby for University seniors and senior B. Auckland senior B representative. Senior cricket for MAGS Old Boys. Worked in his father’s Helensville carrying business, and badly injured his back when he jumped from moving truck with no brakes. This injury curtailed his sporting activities and made him unfit for military service during the Second World War. Worked on family farm, Raetihi, then managed, and bought, a carrying business in the district. Anglican ministry 1942 after studying theology in Christchurch. Vicar at Otaki when he died suddenly from a heart attack in 1970.
Spence, S.N. (Selby) (1927-1928)
Prefect and Head House Prefect 1928.
St John’s College. Curate St Mary’s Cathedral until 1936. To Karachi in the Diocese of Lahore where he served the rest of his active ministry. Archdeacon of Scind and Baluchistan. Consecrated Bishop of Karachi in Calcutta Cathedral 1970. Retired to NZ. Assistant Bishop of Waikato and of Auckland. Fellow St John’s College 1973. Deceased.
Stacpoole, J.M. (John) (1932-1935)
Head student librarian. Athletic representative. Played hockey.
President Albertian Hockey Club and member Old Boys’ Committee 1946. Vice-patron 1989. Infantry subaltern in Second World War until hospitalised end of 1941. Architect and historian. Consultant architect to Historic Places Trust and Ministry of Works 1964-1983. Lectured at School of Architecture and Continuing Education. Member, sometimes chair, of boards of Auckland City Art Gallery, Mackelvie Trust, Historic Places Trust, Library Heritage Trust. Publications include: William Mason: First New Zealand Architect; Colonial Architecture in New Zealand; The Northern Club. Contributor to Macmillan Dictionary of Art and the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. OBE 1975.
Stanley, J.T. (Joe) (1971-1974)
First XV 1973-1974. Senior athletic team 1974. Auckland Secondary Schools’ rugby representative 1974.
Represented Auckland 1982-1991. All Black 1986-1991. Played forty-nine games for NZ, including twenty-seven tests. Ran his own carrying business before playing and coaching rugby in Japan.
Stead, C.K. (Karl) (1946-1950)
First soccer XI 1950. Senior athletic team 1949-1950.
MA (Hons) in English 1955. Studied at University of Bristol. PhD 1961. Litt D (Auckland) 1981. Lecturer in English, University of New England, New South Wales 1956-1957. Lecturer University of Auckland from 1960, Professor of English 1967-1986. National vice-president PEN 1988-1989. Chairman NZ Authors’ Fund Advisory Committee 1989-1991. Member NZ Literary Fund Advisory Committee 1972-1975. Publications include: the novels Smith’s Dream (filmed as Sleeping Dogs), All Visitors Ashore, The Singing Whakapapa and Villa Vittoria; criticism, including The New Poetic and In the Glass Case; and poetry, including Poems – New and Selected. CBE 1984 for services to literature.1990 New Zealand Medal. Awards for poetry includ the Jessie Mackay award, the New Zealand Book Award for poetry, the King’s Lynn Poetry prize, the Hippocrates Prize for poetry and Medicine, and the Sarah Broom prize. His Collected Poems 1951-2006 received a Montana Prize in 2009. Other literary awards and prizes include the Katherine Mansfield Short Story award, the New Zealand Book Award for fiction (twice), and the Sunday Times/E.F.G. Private Bank short story prize. In 2011 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for fiction. 2007 admitted to the Order of New Zealand. New Zealand’s Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.
Stewart, A. (Sir Alan) (1934-1935)
Prefect and House Prefect 1935. First XV 1935. First XI 1935. To MAGS in sixth form.
Massey Agricultural College. Manawatu rugby representative (twenty-five games). NZ Universities 1940. Oxford University rugby blue 1946-1948. Scotland trialist 1948-1949. Rhodes Scholar 1940, but postponed scholarship until after the Second World War, in which he served on minesweepers, with the rank of lieutenant. PhD from Oxford. M Ag Sc (NZ). Senior lecturer, dairy husbandry, Massey University 1950. Head of private records Milk Marketing Board of England and Wales 1954. Principal Massey University 1959-1963; vice-chancellor 1964. CBE 1972 for services to education. KBE 1981. Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal 1977.
Stone, R.C.J. (Russell) (1936-1940)
Played junior rugby and swam.
Represented Auckland University at swimming 1946. Joint swimming champion, Auckland Teachers’ College 1946. BA 1945. MA 1948. PhD 1970. Military service in Army and Air Force 1941-1946. Taught in secondary schools 1947-1960. Teachers’ College lecturer 1960-1963, before lecturing in History at the University of Auckland. Retired as a professor 1989, then self-employed historical consultant. Publications include: Makers of Fortune; In the Time of Age; The Young Logan Campbell; The Father and His Gift; The Making of Russell McVeagh; James Dilworth; six secondary-school textbooks; and numerous articles in professional journals. Past national examiner of fifth- and seventh-form History. Member Policy Committee Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Former member Provincial Archives Committee Anglican Province of NZ.
Sumner, D. (Dave) (1922)
One of our most enthusiastic Old Boys, although only one year at Mt. Albert, after two at Auckland Grammar. Helped form Old Boys’ Association, of which he was president for nine years, and the first life member. Promising sprinter and junior rugby player at school. Played for Grammar Old Boys for four years. Served on Auckland Grammar Schools’ Board of Governors twenty-six years; seventeen as chairman. Secretary St Luke’s Anglican Church vestry, and Mt. Albert Lawn Tennis Club. Deputy chairman Auckland Junior Chamber of Commerce. Secretary Travel League of NZ twenty-one years. Worked for Union Steamship Company. He died in 1979.
Sumner J.V. (John) (1959-1963)
Son of Dave. Senior Athletics Champion 1963. Played cricket and rugby at school and rugby to 1974 with Grammar Old Boys Rugby Club. Represented Auckland in long, high and triple jumps. On the Executive of the Old Boys’ Association 1963-1968 and Treasurer from 2000-2012. Like his father, he was in the travel business, first with NZ Tourist Department with postings to Osaka, Melbourne and Tokyo. Member of The Travel Agents Association of New Zealand, New Zealand Institute of Travel & Tourism and The Travel Agents Association of New Zealand. Now a travel broker with Travel Managers Group.
Sutton, G.W. (Gordon) (1928-1932)
Prefect 1932. Middleweight boxing champion 1932. Second XV. Sergeant in Cadet Corps 1932.
Farmed near Papakura. Short service commission in the RAF and qualified as a pilot before the outbreak of the Second World War. First Old Boy to lose his life in the war when killed on air operations on 18 September 1939, just seventeen days after the outbreak of the war.
Taylor, D.D. (Don) (1935-1938)
Cricket First XI 1935-1938, soccer First XI 1937-1938. Vice-captain NZ Secondary Schools Under-16 soccer team which toured Australia and maintained an unbeaten record. Selected for the cricket First XI as a third former; topped the batting averages in 1937.
Senior cricket on leaving school, but career interrupted by war service. After the war, worked for Wiseman’s sports store. 1949 professional cricket for Warwickshire, for four years. Won the counties championship. Selected for NZ teams against England 1946-1947, West Indies 1955-1956 and Australia 1956-1957. Member of first NZ team to win a test match (fourth test v West Indies 1956). After retiring from active play, coached for Auckland Cricket Association. President Suburbs-New Lynn Club at the time of his death in 1980.
Taylor, G.G. (Greg) (1960-1964)
Dux and University Entrance Scholar 1964.
MA (Hons) in History from the University of Auckland. Post-graduate study at University of Illinois. Taught History and Social Studies at Otahuhu College. Lecturer Auckland Teachers’ College. Auckland Grammar School; HOD Social Studies 1979, HOD History 1983. Secondary school inspector 1983-1988. Appointed headmaster of MAGS 1988, the first Old Boy to hold this position.
Thom A.C. (Alan) (1937-1940)
Soccer First XI 1940. Junior athletic champion 1939.
Represented Auckland University at athletics 1948. RNZAF during the Second World War as a pilot, with rank of warrant-officer, serving in Canada and UK. BCom 1949. Worked for H.M. Newton, then in own practice in Auckland city. Spent some years in trade publishing, then secretary to Hughes and Cossar.
Thom, C.A. (Charlie) (1933-1936)
First XI 1935-1936. Second XV, and occasional game for First XV 1936.
Brabin Cup cricket for Auckland on leaving school. Served overseas in the Army during the Second World War, and was a prisoner of war for four years. Lived in Te Aroha after the war. Health inspector for Piako County Council 1949-1979. Served on Te Aroha Borough Council, and was mayor from 1980 until his death in 1984 after a long illness.
Thom, N.W. (Norm) (1935-1938)
Prefect 1938. Senior athletic champion 1937, junior champion 1935. Inter-school intermediate long-jump champion 1936, senior high and long-jump champion 1937-1938. Won his weight at boxing 1937-1938. Junior rugby.
Auckland and NZ junior champion and NZ Universities blue in athletics. Served overseas in the Air Force as a pilot during the Second World War, with rank of warrant-officer. Graduated in law from the University of Auckland, and practised in Auckland. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association 1950-1951. He died in 1972.
Thomson, D.B. (David) (1952-1953)
School orchestra and choir.
MSc, Dip Pyschotherapy. Taught Mathematics. MAGS staff 1971-1980. HOD Mathematics 1975-1980. Psychotherapist 1990. In practice. Part-time Mathematics teacher AIT and University of Auckland.
Thorburn, P.R.T. (Peter) (1953-1954)
Junior rugby in A teams.
Rugby for North Shore Club. Represented Auckland 1965-1970 (thirty matches). Founder selector-coach North Harbour union 1985-1991. NZ selector 1992-1993. Coached NZ Colts 1993. Prominent in racing circles as an owner of thoroughbreds.
Thorp, P.H. (Peter) (1964-1968)
Head Prefect and Head House Prefect 1968. Captain First XV 1968. Athletic and cross-country teams 1964-1968. Junior cross-country champion 1965, senior 1968. J.H. Briggs Memorial Prize 1968.
A barrister in Auckland. LLB (Hons). Specialist in commercial litigation and town planning. High Court Sub-committee, Auckland District Law Society 1992-1995, NZ Bar Association, International Bar Association on Procedure for Settling Disputes, Auckland Medico Legal Society. Author of numerous articles for law journals. Trustee MAGS Board since 1990, chairman since 1995. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association 1990. Chairman 75th Jubilee Committee and Board of Trustees. Played junior club rugby for University. On Management Committee of Ponsonby Rugby Club.
Tietjens, B.R. (Barry) (1961-1965)
Head Prefect 1965. First XV 1964-1965. Senior tennis champion 1965. Senior tennis team 1962-1965, captain 1963-1965. John Williamson Scholar.
University of Auckland 1966. Otago University 1967-1970. MB ChB. Oxford University 1976-1978 MSc. Orthopaedic surgeon Eastwood Orthopaedic Clinic. Senior lecturer in orthopaedic surgery, University of Auckland 1981-1984. Part-time surgeon at Auckland and Middlemore Hospitals 1985-1991. Private practice in Remuera. Executive member NZ Orthopaedic Association 1990-1994. NZ junior squash champion 1964-1966. Otago, Oxford and NZ University blues in squash. NZ University rugby blue 1970. Otago representative 1969. NZ University tennis representative.
Tottey, F.J. (Fred) (1923-1924)
Held under-fifteen records for 100, 220, 440 and 880 yards 1924. Great talent as a junior-grade rugby player.
Hamilton High School 1925. To Sydney and worked on the Sydney Sun. Rugby league professional for North Sydney and Eastern Suburbs. Represented New South Wales. Selected for Australian team to tour NZ and England 1937-1938. Dropped out due to injury, but touring players guaranteed his fare and he accompanied the Kangaroos to England. Played for Halifax until outbreak of the Second World War. Auckland 1940, where played rugby for Grammar Old Boys. Returned to Australia and served in the RAAF. Eventually returned to NZ. He died in 1978.
Toy, R.H. (Dick) (1926-1929)
Soccer First XI 1927-1929. Senior athletic team 1928-1929.
Studied architecture at the University of Auckland 1930-1935. BArch and travelling scholarship. Lecturer in architectural design at the university 1939; chair 1957. Served in the Army, with the rank of major; commanding officer of 22nd Field Company. To Dublin 1949; PhD from Trinity College. One of Auckland’s leading architects, he designed the school’s pavilion, clubrooms and honours board. Designed Holy Trinity Cathedral. After his retirement from the university, he continued to take an active interest in the MAGS Old Boys’ Association, of which he was president 1956-1957. He died in 1995.
Tucker, A.F. (Fred) (1935-1939)
Prefect 1939. First XV 1938-1939. Rowing VIII 1938-1939.
Rugby for Ashburton County (Mid-Canterbury) 1943; Southern Combined Services (UK) 1951. Rowed for West End 1940-1941.University and Training College 1940-1941. RNZAF 1941-1976, rising to rank of Group Captain. War service in Pacific 1944 as a fighter pilot. Mentioned in despatches. Commanded 75 Squadron 1952, 14 Squadron 1956-1958. Awarded DFC 1958 during air operations in Malaya. OBE 1975. Commanded Boy Entrant School 1959-1960. Defence liaison officer NZ High Commission Singapore 1961-1963. Director of Operations RNZAF Headquarters 1961-1963. Defence liaison officer NZ High Commission London 1970-1973. Assistant Deputy Chief of Defence Staff 1974-1976. Executive officer IHC 1976-1981. National co-ordinator Counterstroke NZ 1981-1989. President Stroke Foundation of NZ since 1991. Chairman Friends of RNZAF Museum (Wellington branch) since 1985.
Turner, J.P. (John) (1929-1932)
Upon leaving school, entered family firm, Turners and Growers, as office boy, working his way up to Managing Director and Chairman of Directors. Served in 27 Machine Gun Battalion in Second World War. Taken prisoner in Crete. Former director YMCA. Member Chamber of Commerce. Long-serving Rotary member, awarded Rotary’s 1997 Paul Harris Fellow. MBE for his work in the fruit and produce business.
Urlich, R.A. (Ron) (1957-1960)
First XV 1959-1960.
Represented Auckland at rugby 1965-1972, playing thirty games. Hooker for All Black team that toured South Africa 1970; place in third and fourth test sides. Played for NZ 1972 and 1973; thirty-five games for the All Blacks. Represented North Island 1971-1972. NZ Trials 1970 and 1972. Member of Otahuhu Club. Coached the club’s senior team 1978-1980.
Virtue, N.M. (Noel) (1960-1962)
Drama Club. Choir.
Has written seven novels, many of which have been critically acclaimed and short-listed for major literary awards. Also two biographical works. Publications include: The Redemption of Elsdon Bird; The Transfiguration of Martha Friend; and Once a Brethren Boy (autobiography). Lives on the south coast of England, but is about to return to NZ permanently.
Vivian, G.E. (Graham) (1959-1964)
Prefect 1964. First XV 1964. First XI 1960-1964, captain 1963-1964.
Toured India, Pakistan and England with the 1965 NZ cricket team. Played twenty-five matches for NZ during the next eight years. Worked for J. Inglis Wright Advertising. Assistant Operations Manager with Coca Cola Export Company. Owns Astroturf-laying business. Son of H.G. Vivian.
Vivian, H.G. (Giff) (1925-1929)
Prefect 1929. First XV 1928-1929. First XI 1926-1929, captain 1929. Cup for best player in First XV 1929.
Toured England with NZ cricket team 1931. Leading all-rounder, scoring over 1,000 runs and taking sixty-four wickets. Toured England 1937, vice-captain. Represented Auckland and NZ up to Second World War, scoring over 4,000 runs and taking 223 wickets in first-class cricket. Redpath Cup for outstanding batting performances 1933-1934. Served with 4th Field Regiment in Middle East during the war, rising to the rank of major. Outstanding service as cricket administrator, post-war. Vice-president Auckland Association. Auckland and NZ selector. A founder of Crusaders Club which fostered cricket among schoolboys. Honorary member MCC. Established own successful electrical business. He died in 1983.
Wakefield, R.F. (Ron) (1928-1932)
Prefect 1932. Member MAGS shooting team that won Earl Roberts Trophy 1931. School shooting champion 1930-1932.
BCom, ACA. Served in Army in the Pacific, with the rank of major. Administrator in the Pacific after the war. Moved into civil aviation. Director of Airports Management in NZ. Continued rifle shooting after the war, and won numerous NZ championships as well as the Canadian championship. Captained NZ rifle teams several times. He died in 1995.
Waller, G.F. (Gary) (1958-1961)
University Entrance Scholar and Lissie Rathbone Scholar 1961. Debating team.
MA (Hons) in English, University of Auckland. Granted Commonwealth Scholarship 1966. Studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, for PhD. Lecturer in English at the University of Auckland. Head of English, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 1972; Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Professor of Literary Studies and Head of English, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Professor of English and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at University of Hartford, Connecticut. Awarded 1995 Exemplary Models of Administrative Leadership by the American Association of University Administrators. Published twenty books and over 100 articles, reviews and poems. His book English Poetry in the Sixteenth Century is regarded as the standard work on the topic. Prominent in acting and directing. Wrote and fronted a twenty-six-programme series on Shakespeare on TV Ontario.
Walters, M. (Milton) (1939-1943)
Head Prefect 1943. Rowing VIII 1942-1943. Stroke and rowing captain 1943.
Medicine at Otago University. MB ChB. House surgeon, Whangarei Hospital. General practice at Whangarei. Otago University rowing VIII and double sculls. NZ Universities rowing blue.
Walton, R.J. (Dick) (1926-1932)
Dux 1932. Head Prefect 1931-1932. Hockey First XI 1930-1932, captain 1932. University Entrance Scholarship 1932. Talented pianist.
Medicine at Otago University 1933-1938. Otago and NZ Universities hockey representative. Surgeon-Lieutenant in Navy during the Second World War, serving on Achilles, Gambia and Bellona. Bursary to study radiotherapy at Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Research radiotherapist 1950-1953. Director Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation at Winnipeg General Hospital 1953. Died in 1995.
Walton, R.J. (Bob) (1936-1939)
Hockey First XI 1937-1939.
Served during the Second World War in the Middle East, Italy and Japan, rising to rank of lieutenant. Joined Police Force 1946. Head CIB 1966-1974, Deputy Commissioner 1974-1978, Commissioner 1978-1983. OBE 1965. CMG 1983. QPM and ED. RNZASC (Territorials) retiring as Colonel Commandant 1986. President Wellington Bowling Centre 1992-1993. Councillor NZ Bowling Association 1993-1996.
Ware, J.M. (Jack) (1937-1941)
Prefect 1941. Junior athletic champion 1938, intermediate champion 1939. Inter-school junior and intermediate sprint champion. Senior athletic team 1940-1941. Champion 3A rugby team 1940.
Ran for Old Grammarians Club. Qualified chartered accountant. Worked Northern Roller Milling Company. Secretary Prestige Homes Auckland Ltd at the time of his retirement.
Warren, P.R. (Phil) (1952-1954)
Worked at Kawarau Mill. Returned to Auckland where he became a musical instrument importer and organized tours by entertainers. Auckland city councillor 1980-1992; deputy mayor 1988-1991; acting mayor 1990. Chairman Auckland Regional Council since 1992. Founder and past president National Entertainment Operators’ Association. President Food Service Association of NZ 1974-1981. President SPCA Auckland 1992-1996. QSO for public services. Justice of the peace. Deceased.
Watson, S.K. (Stewart) (1930-1934)
Medicine at Otago University, graduating 1942. By 1944 working in Fiji and the Solomons with US Army. Served in NZ Army, with rank of captain. General practice in Papakura after war. Doctor at Papakura Military Camp and Ardmore Training College. Papakura High School and Manurewa Children’s Home boards. Retired 1992. Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners 1996.
Watts, S.D. (Stephen) (1930-1932)
Champion 4A rugby team 1931.
Hardware assistant. Enlisted RNZAF 1940, rising to rank of wing commander. Commanding officer 692 Squadron 1944. Awarded DFC. Member of one of several Mosquito crews detailed for a difficult and dangerous mine-laying mission May 1944; awarded the DSO. Killed in action over Berlin in July 1944 and has no known grave. His name appears on Runnymeade Memorial in the UK.
Weir, G.L. (Lindsay, Dad) (1922-1926)
Head Prefect 1926. First XV 1925-1926, captain 1926. First XI 1924-1926, captain 1926.
Rugby for Grammar Old Boys. Cricket for Eden. Auckland rugby representative 1930 and 1932. NZ cricket representative 1930-1937. Played against MCC in NZ 1930, 1933 and 1936; against South Africa 1932. Toured England with NZ cricket team 1931 and 1937 (eleven tests). Training College and studied part-time at Auckland University. Primary teacher. MAGS staff 1938-1978. BA 1940. Served in the Middle East and Italy with 21 Battalion during the Second World War, rising to rank of captain. Returned to MAGS. Coached First XI and First XV. Auckland cricket selector. Coached NZ Colts Australia 1956. HOD English 1959. Deputy-head 1962. Wolf Fisher fellowship to travel to USA, UK and Europe 1963. Retired 1966, but returned 1967 and was acting-headmaster for a time. Remained on the staff teaching English and French until 1978.
Wells, P. (Peter) (1963-1967)
Fiction writer and independent film-maker, writer and director. Publications include the award-winning Dangerous Desires, the fiction The Duration of a Kiss and Boy Overboard and the critique Best Mates: Gay Writing in Aotearoa. Films including the award-winning A Death in the Family and Desperate Remedies. Key figure in conservation of the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Whelan, A.J.N. (Alf) (1938-1942)
House Prefect 1942. First XV 1942. Boxing team. Softball First IX 1941-1942.
Auckland softball representative. National selector and coach of first and second NZ World Series teams 1966 and 1968. Played for Eden Club 1943-1946. Formed United Club 1947, secretary and club captain until 1954. United Club’s first life member. Auckland Softball Association secretary 1950-1955; chairman 1954-1955. NZ Softball Councillor. MBE for services to softball. Life member MAGS Old Boys’ Association 1996. Worked in textile trade and set up his own business.
White, K.H. (Kel) (1952-1956)
Prefect 1956. First XV 1956. Senior athletic champion 1955-1956. 120-yards hurdles record 1956.
Prominent hurdler in Auckland. MA in French. MAGS staff 1962. HOD French 1976 and Languages 1978. Housemaster 1963-1965. Senior housemaster 1973. Successful coach of rugby and athletic teams. Left to teach at Auckland Grammar School 1994.
Wickham, M.D. (Max) (1940-1944)
Head Prefect and Head of School House 1944. First XV 1942-1944, captain 1944. First XI 1943-1944. Rowing VIII 1943-1944, captain 1944. Auckland Secondary Schools’ rugby representative 1944.
Worked for Dalgety’s, Wellington. Wellington and Bay of Plenty rugby representative. Farmed at Te Puke. Director Bay of Plenty Dairy Company.
Wickham, N.E. (Newton, Wicky) (1931-1934)
Hockey First XI 1933-1934. Auckland junior representative.
Hockey for Otago University. BDS 1939. Dental intern Wellington Hospital 1939-1940. Served overseas with NZ Dental Corps, with rank of major. Mentioned in despatches. Post-graduate studies University of Toronto. DDS 1946. General practice 1947-1949. Pioneered practice of periodontics and preventative dentistry and practised this specialty in Auckland 1949-1976. Published articles and lectured all over the world. Designed and made dental equipment such as contour chairs, minident handle and brush, and plaque light. President, secretary and life member Auckland Branch NZ Dental Association. Honorary vice-consul for Brazil for nine years. Promoter of outdoor living, non-smoking and daily exercise. Still turns out for annual Old Boys v School hockey match. CBE 1983 for services to dentistry. Life member MAGS Old Boys’ Association and Auckland Institute and Museum.
Williams, B.G. (Bryan) (1962-1967)
Victor Ludorum 1967. Prefect 1966-1967. First XV 1965-1967. Senior athletic champion 1966-1967. First XI 1967. Auckland Secondary Schools’ rugby representative 1967.
Rugby for Ponsonby; represented Auckland 1968-1982. Played 113 All Blacks matches 1970-1978, including thirty-eight tests. Named Player of the Decade by rugby journalists panel 1980. Assistant coach Auckland team. Coach Western Samoa team. MBE 1980 for services to rugby. LLB from Auckland University. Practised as self-employed solicitor. Chairman Pacific Islands Youth Leadership Trust.
Williams, D.M. (David) (1980-1984)
Head Prefect 1984. Junior rugby.
Woolf Fisher Memorial Scholarship 1985. B Comp Sc from the University of Auckland. Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from University of Sydney. Currently in Silicon Valley, California, working in the computer industry.
Willmott D.B. (David) (1951-1955)
Hockey First XI 1954-1955. Senior athletic team 1955. Shooting champion.
Engineering at Ardmore. BE, DipTP, MITE, MIHE, MIPENZ. Overseas experience then consulting engineer in Auckland. President MAGS Old Boys’ Association 1984-1985. Son of staff member, the late R. Willmott.
Willmott, J.R. (John) (1950-1954)
Prefect 1954. Hockey First XI 1954.
Teachers’ Training College. Lecturer North Shore Teachers’ College 1972. Principal Botany Downs 1980-1984, and of Glen Eden Primary School since 1984. Sang with the Auckland Choral Society 1960-1976. Dorian Choir 1976-1987; UK trip with the choir 1977. Organist and choirmaster Mt. Albert, Epsom and St Andrew’s (Symonds Street) Presbyterian churches. Conducted school choirs for forty years. Musical director and conductor for school festivals, including Auckland Primary Principals’ annual music festival, which he has conducted since 1977. Conductor North Shore Male Voice Choir since 1988. Co-conductor Auckland Men’s Choir at Sydney Eisteddford 1992. Co-ordinator of the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Choral Festival since 1993. Son of staff member, the late R. Willmott.
Wilson, T.G. (Trevor) (1942-1945)
Auckland University 1946. BA 1949. MA 1951. Senior Scholarship History 1948. Assistant lecturer Auckland and Canterbury Universities 1953-1955. Research assistant Manchester University 1957-1959. D Phil (Oxford) 1959. Lecturer in History, Adelaide University 1960-1964. Senior lecturer at Adelaide 1965-1967, then Professor of History. Visiting Fellow to universities in Australia, the UK and USA. Specialized in history of the First World War. Publications include: The Downfall of the Liberal Party, 1914-35; The Myriad Faces of War: Britain and the Great War 1914-18; Passchendaele: The Untold Story (with Robin Prior). Articles in numerous journals. Retired and living in Adelaide.
Wolfenden P.T. (Peter) (1948-1950)
Junior rugby in A teams. Dairy farming, then joined stable of prominent Auckland trotting trainer Vern Mackie. Quickly established as driver of outstanding ability. Set up own training establishment at Epsom. By late 1950s, one of top ten NZ reinsmen. Trained and drove the legendary Cardigan Bay. First reinsman to drive 100 winners in a season (1974-1975). Won driving premiership five years in succession. Drove with outstanding success overseas. Rated by journalists as top post-war NZ driver. Retired from driving, but still leading trainer. MBE for services to harness racing.
Woolloxall, J.L.D. (Laurie) (1927-1930)
Prefect 1930. First XI 1929-1930. Junior rugby.
Foundation member MAGS Old Boys’ Cricket Club and played for senior team. Senior rugby for College Rifles. MSc in Chemistry from the University of Auckland. Training College. MAGS staff 1936. Assistant housemaster. Two years’ leave of absence to travel to the UK 1938. Taught at Haileybury College. RAF College at Cranwell. On outbreak of war, seconded to the RAF. Rejoined MAGS staff. HOD Science 1954. Enthusiastic cricket and rugby coach, a squadron commander in the Air Training Corps, and ran the Radio Club. BA in History. Principal Northcote College 1961. Retired 1970. He died in 1988.
Wright, L.D. (Dawson) (1938-1943)
Soccer First XI 1942-1943.
A pharmacist who settled in Martinborough. Saw the potential of the town as a grape-growing centre, and in the early 1970s called a seminar to examine the possibility of developing either grapes or citrus to take advantage of the climate. Served in local body politics for twenty-three years, first as a councillor, then as mayor of Martinborough for thirteen years. MBE 1989 for support in establishing the Wairarapa District Council and the Cobblestones Pioneer Museum in Greytown. He died in 1995.
Young, R.A. (Russell) (1945-1949)
Prefect 1949. Cricket First XI 1946-1949. Soccer First XI 1947-1949, captain 1949.
Training College and University. Senior cricket for University. Taught at Netherton. Represented Thames Valley at cricket. Taught at Kelston Primary, Takahiwai and Waterview. Deputy Principal Henderson Primary. Pasadena Intermediate, then Principal Wymondley Road and Birkenhead Primary. Retired 1989. A tireless worker for the MAGS Old Boys’ Association, and secretary since 1988.