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Pelican : June 2009
Jessica Draper-Jones, Marketing Manager Alumni Our hero ACT Senior Firefighter and St Edmund’s College alumnus, David Balfour (Class of ’80) died after being crushed by a falling tree near Marysville, Victoria. He was yet another tragic victim of the devastating bushfires in February this year. As Victorian Police and Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron said at the time, “What he was doing was being a good Australian.” Mr Balfour is survived by his wife and their three children. The College extends its condolences and prayers to the Balfour family and proudly remembers David as both a hero and an Eddies Boy. David Balfour. Courtesy ACT Fire Brigade. Alumnus Paul de Gelder in tragic naval accident On 11 February 2009, Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver, Able Seaman Paul de Gelder (Class of ‘95) was involved in an international trial of new technology to defend ports from terrorist attacks when he was mauled by a three-metre shark near Garden Bay, Sydney. Despite this traumatic experience and subsequent injuries - Paul lost both his right hand and leg - he said he hoped to resume diving for the navy. “I’m looking forward to rebuilding my life and taking on the new challenges I have to face.” Paul’s recovery is on track and, in fact, last time we spoke with him he was on his way to the gym. His family were touched by the level of support they had received from the College and alumni. $20 can go a long way In 2007, alumnus Duane Fogwell (Class of ’92) won the award for Best Editor at Tropfest for his short film ’Fore!’. In 2009, Duane was short-listed again as one of the 16 finalists with his short film ’NYE’ which ended up winning the award for Best Original Score. That’s two awards within the last three years! An editor at a post-production company FSM in Sydney, Duane has written, produced and directed ’NYE’, a seven-minute film about a little girl celebrating the arrival of the new year beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. ’NYE’ was directed, produced and edited in 10 days with a budget of only $20! A Sydney Morning Herald journalist asserted that, “To make the finals of the world’s biggest short-film festival (Tropfest), you need talent. You also need luck”. At St Edmund’s College, we believe that in the case of Duane Fogwell, a dual winner, luck has nothing to do with it. Duane Fogwell (Class of ’92). Rock on Of the many successful musicians emerging from the halls of St Edmund’s College, trumpeter Stewart Kirwan (Class of ’85) hit the press recently via his appearance alongside Midnight Oil during their reunion concert in March this year. Stewart began his trumpeting career at the age of nine as a boy in Grade 4 at St Edmund’s. His mum remembers with a smile one of his very first concert performances of ‘Mary had a little lamb’ for a school band festival in the Southern Highlands. Now a seasoned musician, Stewart moves easily between big band sounds, session work, musical theatre, live television and rock ’n’ roll performances. Able Seaman Clearance Diver Paul de Gelder from Clearance Dive Team 1 prepares his dive board prior to diving operations in Sydney Harbour during Exercise Kondari. 6 He has performed and recorded with Australia’s best, including Powderfinger, the Hoodoo Gurus, Jimmy Barnes and Midnight Oil.