“Nudgee College is a significant presence in almost every Queensland town and community by virtue of its alumni and enrollment profile and so many of the lads from local areas have thrived as a result of their time at Boondall. The College has very strong connections across south-east Asia and PNG as well India, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.”
One of John’s aims is to tell a range of different “stories” by displaying the College’s collection – not just sport, but the war years, politics and the type of education that boys receive at the school.
“I think I am heading down the road of attempting to capture the unique way that the Christian Brothers and increasingly in the last 50 years, the wider group of teachers and employees at the College have nurtured the holistic development of the lads in their care,” he said.
“This will include a grasp of their studies, living conditions, relationships with each other and the Brothers, teachers and staff who look after the lads. It will attempt to broaden and educate the public perception that all that mattered was rugby.