Honorary Life Members


 HLM1 NEIL A QUIRK: No 380 on the School Roll, attended Slade 1942-1946 and in his final year was a Prefect. When he left he became very active on the Committee of the Old Boys Association, becoming President 1957/1958 and 1960/1961. He was a major driving force to raise funds for the building of the War Memorial Science Block, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1950 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher. The War Memorial Science Block was built entirely on funds raised by the Slade School Old Boys Association. Niel now lives in retirement in Sydney.


“The Boss” was a member of the Bush Brotherhood of St Paul, becoming Headmaster of Slade School 1939 to 1951. He was Headmaster during the most troubled times of World War II, and was instrumental in ensuring that Slade was able to respond and take on extra students and boarders from the city when the threat of invasion forced parents to send their sons elsewhere for their education. He was the last Headmaster to have been President of the SSOBA, as during his term as Head, we had the first actual old boy to be elected as President. On leaving at the end of 1951, he went to Papua New Guinea as a missionary, where he then rebuilt The Martyr’s School at Popendetta which was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Mt Lamington in 1951. “The Boss” passed away in 1992 in Brisbane, and his ashes are placed in the Chapel at the Martyrs School.


Known as Charlie, he was No 114 on the roll, having attended Slade in 1930. On graduating with his Science degree from Queensland University, he returned to Slade and became Science Master. With his wife, Esther, he became very actively involved in the School life, as well as being a strong supporter of the SSOBA of which he became President. Charlie was to become Headmaster of the School in 1952, from which he then went on to become Headmaster of Ipswich Grammar School and then Toowoomba Grammar School. Through his efforts, the history of Slade 1926 to 1951 and 1926 to 1976 were collated and written. Charlie passed away in 1986.


Attended Slade 1942 to 1943 (No 380 on the roll), being a typical country boy. Without doubt, one of the most forceful characters ever to come out of Slade, Alan (or Jazbo as he was known) was a driving force in the Old Boys Association, and subsequently in the Past Students Association right up to his passing in 1990. He served several terms as President of the Association, as well as becoming a respected member of the School Council. His vigour and his personality left an indelible mark on every person who had any association with him.


Joined the staff of Slade School as a young man of 22 in 1946 and became the resident Master at Highfields this being the residence of very young boys attending Slade. He was an outstanding coach in all fields of sport, and was a man with a complete mastery of languages and mathematics. As a teacher in the secondary teacher, he went on to become first Deputy Headmaster, and then Headmaster of Slade School until he left in 1966. On leaving Slade he then went on to teach Mathematics at Churchie, and was to become Head of the Faculty of Mathematics at that School, and was the author of several books now used extensively as Text Books for Mathematics. He retired from Churchie after 24 years in at that school in 1990.


An exceptional woman, Eve was Bursar at Slade for many years. She came to the School as Mrs Budge, and her sons (Garnet and Ian) attended Slade, whilst her daughters (Diana, Natalie and Evison) attended St Catharine’s. She was “mother” to generations of Slade boys, and her absolute redeeming quality was her concern and love for all about her. She was to marry Russ Marshall who was a respected master at Slade.

HLM7 REV. PETER MAYHEW MBE B.Sc (Econ). Dip Ed. (Oxon):

Known as “Pedro”, he was Headmaster of Slade School from 1953 to 1958 and was a member of the Bush Brotherhood of St Paul. The 1958 school magazine best records Peter Mayhew’s story: “Knowing one’s subject and, within limits, knowing one’s pupils are as necessary for the headmaster as for the teacher. Add to this wide and lively intellectual interests, administrative skills which extended across the spectrum, and his priesthood enabled him to bring to his work a most invaluable quality which cannot be taught from colleges and not always developed in practice. Roughly speaking, if could be called largeness of heart.” Educated on both sides of the Atlantic, “Pedro” found himself as a Chaplain to the Forces, was in the evacuation of Dunkirk, served in Burma during World War II, where he was “Mentioned in Despatches” and awarded the MBE. On coming to Slade from Leeds in England, the School grew under his stewardship, he demonstrated a lightheartedness in dealing with others, yet rigorously self disciplined, his intrinsic quality governing his life at Slade refused to let his spiritual life and pastoral office be squeezed out by the many material and emotional pressures round him as Headmaster.


 Eddie Prince was a Major with the British Army in Burma during World War II when he met Rev Peter Mayhew who was an army chaplain there. Several years later, Peter Mayhew became Headmaster of Slade, and when there was a need for staff at the school remembered Eddie Prince, with whom he had kept in regular contact. So in 1956 Eddie became a teaching master, a position he then held for some 17 years until 1973, when he in turn was appointed headmaster of the School. He remained as Headmaster until he retired in 1990, and so he became the longest serving master and headmaster, having been at the School for some 34 years. In his retirement, he has continued to live at Warwick not far from his school, and during that time has written several books including “Sir” and “Yes Sir,” the second one of which has become a history of his time at Slade. He has an exceptional ability for art, and his penned sketches and paintings of buildings throughout South Eastern Queensland are recognised for their attention to detail.

HLM 9 CHARLES E (CEB) BARNES. (1901-1998):

The son of J.H.S. Barnes, one of the founders of Slade School and benefactor to both Slade and St Catharine’s, Ceb Barnes was a great supporter of Slade, having witnessed its (and St Caths/CEGS) full life. For many years Ceb was Patron of the Past Students Association, a position he relinquished only when, due to age, he considered he could not give it his full attention and be present at past student gatherings. Ceb was a past student of Sydney Grammar School, and whilst at school was quite a good boxer having sparred with the great Les Darcy. He was a racehorse breeder, and was owner of Basha Felika (1951 Caulfield Cup winner and 4th in the Melbourne Cup, as well as breeder of Tails who won the Doomben Cup and came third in the 1971 Melbourne Cup. On the political side, Ceb served as Territories Minister under a number of Prime Ministers, an area in which he made a name for himself even if not always popular.


No 877 on the School roll, Steve attended Slade from 1951 to 1954, and on leaving School he became a member of the committee of the Old Boys Association. He was President of the Association 1991 to 1993, and then again became President in 1998 until 2002. Present at the final speech night of Slade School in 1997, he became determined that the history and tradition of the School, as well as that of our sister school, St Catharine’s, should not just fade away. So, through the years leading up to his vacating the presidency after 47 years on the Committee, which included the time when Churchie took over the Slade Campus, Steve worked tirelessly to ensure that the Association remained a strong force for all past students of both schools, and for those students now attending the Campus from Churchie and sister schools from St Margaret’s, St Aidan’s and St Hilda’s.

He held the dimming torch aloft
As Slade’s sun set into the faded past,
And when the birth of another dawn grew,
Still Steve stood steadfast and true,
‘Till the flame burned with strength anew –
Saxe blue, white, brown-gold, and navy blue.


 Ted Ross (Slade 1951-55), the association archivist, was given our highest honour at the last AGM by being awarded an Honorary Life Member for his services to past students.  On many occasions, past students who have lost touch with schoolmates have contacted Ted who, through a combination of methods, not least of which is a data file that Ted has developed himself, has been able to put many past students in contact with others as well as the association.  This has resulted in a steady influx of members.  He has been more than willing to find copies of magazines, if available, for those who request them.  

Ted’s development of the data file has been a significant achievement on its own.  Now Ted is putting faces to names by identifying past students from school photographs and inserting them in a now updated filing system.  He hopes this will lead to more St Catharine’s past students being identified.  However, these are only recent achievements.  Ted’s involvement in the association goes back many years.  He became a Life Member in 1987 (No: 178), and became an active committee member in 1988 when he began editing the association news, which he continued to do until 2001.  Since then he has been compiling and collecting Slade-St Catharine records.  One of the many tasks Ted took upon himself to complete was a comprehensive collection of school magazines from the four schools.   No magazines have been discovered from St Catharine’s earliest beginnings as Cambridge Ladies College in Stanthorpe, but some have survived from the St Catharine’s High School for Girls in Stanthorpe and the Church of England Girls School in Warwick, which combined to become St Catharine’s CEGS Warwick.  Ted copied and bound a complete collection from the latter school dating back to 1936, as well as copying and binding a complete collection of Slade School Magazines from the school’s inception, through to its amalgamation with St Catharines in 1972 until Slade’s closure in 1997.

Subsequently, Ted has developed a comprehensive book of photographic copies of Slade Group Photographs with names, dates and sources recorded.  The originals he sent to our museum, which have been installed in acid proof wrap in albums and put on display.

All this has been done at Ted’s own expense.  He has steadfastly refused to accept any payment for what he insists is a labour of love and enjoyment.  The membership thank you, Ted, for all your work and commitment and enjoyment your efforts have provided us and we hope you will accept your Honorary Life Membership with our gratitude.


Ann Lavelle Einersen (Nee Carpenter, Curtis) (St Catharines CEGS Warwick 1959-1962)

A networker of considerable talent, Annie has been a strong influence in maintaining and increasing membership among past students of St Catharines.  Whenever there has been a request for assistance, Annie has been the first person to put up her hand.   Annie was elected President of the Association from 1989-90.  During the difficult years after 1997 when Slade first closed, Annie took on the Presidency and, when not president, steadfastly supported that other Honorary Life Member who kept the flame burning, Steve Rowan, when most others had all but jumped ship.  In fact, it seems that Steve and Annie played musical chairs with the Presidency and Vice-presidency from 1997 until the school was purchased by ACGS (Churchie) in 2000.  Annie has been instrumental in encouraging past students to donate memorabilia to the museum and has donated much herself.  In fact, the female mannequin that stands today in our museum is adorned by the very uniform Annie wore as a senior, her Prefect badge proudly attached to her blazer’s lapel.  Very much a team member, Annie was Captain of her School House, Slade.  Her location in the school photograph indicates her attitude towards leadership and explains why she is so loved and admired by her peers.  Anni passed away June 25th 2007.