Michelle Lander (Deelen YG 1988) married Greg Stock 13 April 2019 in Yea, Victoria. Michelle was joined on the day by three Tintern friends, Fiona Jury (Wines), Megan Cracknell and Kirsten Bruce (all YG 1988). 

Kate Redwood AM (Blaubaum YG 1966) married her long-time partner, Neville Oddie, on the 23 February 2019. This was a double celebration as it was also Kate’s 70th birthday. 


Sarah Lerpiniere (YG 2011) and Ben Ryding (YG 2011) were engaged earlier this year in a beautiful vintage book shop whilst on holidays in Adelaide. They first met in a Year 11 Physics Class at Tintern and have been together ever since. 


Caroline Langan-Minca (Langan-Fox, YG 1997) and her husband Craig were excited to welcome Jack Julian Lawson Minca at 4.52pm on 19 April 2019.

Briony Karakoussis (Fowler YG 2007) had Sienna Zoe Karakoussis on the 16 November 2019. Sienna is absolutely gorgeous, and both she and Briony are doing well. 

In Memoriam

Bev Barnes (Stevens, YG 1937) passed away 30 July 2019. In her hundredth year, sister to Val Thompson (Stevens YG 1943 dec) and cousin to Janet Andrews (Darby YG 1956). Dearly loved aunt of Robyn, Christine, Andrea, Phillipa & Timothy, and Joanna & Stephen; great-aunt and great-great aunt to many. An artist ’til the end. 

Betty Boslooper (Clark, YG 1937) passed away peacefully on 27 August 2019 aged 100 and 3 months. Betty started Tintern aged 9, in 1932 with no previous formal education; her father was a mining engineer in Burma, offering limited educational opportunities. Finding school challenging in the early years Betty’s youthful resilience guided her path to Head Prefect in 1938. Betty studied at Melbourne University after leaving school and married just after the war. Her two daughters Lysbeth McMillan (Boslooper YG 1965) and Suzanne Wall (Boslooper YG 1968) both attended Hawthorn and East Ringwood Campus. Rest in peace Betty.

Miriam Brown (YG 1955) passed away on the 16 December 2019.

Judith Court (Price YG 1949) passed away earlier this year.  Sister of Gillian Price (YG 1951 dec).

Diane Curry (Francis YG 1951) Passed away peacefully on the 22 September 2019 after a lengthy battle with chronic illness. Twin sister of Judith Tripp (Francis 1951), who passed away a month before. Your unbelievable strength, selflessness and guidance will remain in our hearts forever. Loved wife of Bruce of 64 years and loved mother to Louise, Anthony and Suzanne, loved Grandma to Adam, Alexander, Tim and Sara. May you finally rest in peace.

Diane attended Tintern from January 1947, completing Year 10 at the end of 1949. She was a member of both the basketball and athletics team during her final year.

Joan Davidson (Court YG 1943) who passed away peacefully on 16 September 2019 aged 95 years. Along with her sister, Patricia Greig (Court YG 1938 dec), Joan was the first of three generations at Tintern; her daughter Sally Haines YG 1968 (Davidson), her niece Gini Adcock YG 1971 (Greig) and her granddaughter, Rosalind Haines YG 1997 and her grand niece, Debra Court YG 1991.

Joy Mary Davidson (Brown YG 1945) Passed away peacefully on 25 September 2019, aged 90 years.

Pauline Dudgeon (Frean YG 1964) passed away 8 April 2019. Dearly loved wife of Lindsay. Loved mother of Penelopy, Samuel and Timothy. Loved mother-in-law of Yi-Ping. Adored Grandma of Callum. Sister to Gwenda Neyman (Davies YG 1939). Forever in our hearts. 

Margaret “Meg” Fardell (Davies YG 1941) Passed away peacefully aged 94 on the 11 February 2019. Beloved wife of Fred (dec), cherished and loving mum to Richard and Jenny, much loved Nanna and great grandma and a dear friend. You are truly loved.

Pamela Gange (Brown YG 1943) passed away on the 19 June 2019, aged 93 years. Much loved wife of Kenneth, adored god mother of Amanda (Mandy) Hennessy and family.

Joan Groube (Le Lievre YG 1944) passed away 8 May 2019. Sister of Lindsay Knowles (YG 1936), beloved mother of Johnny, David, Meredith Gilroy (YG 1971), Christopher and Kathy Bennett (YG 1979); mother-in-law of Wendy, Kate, Damien and Peter; and Grandma to the Pascoe, Gilroy and Bennett-Allen families: the kindest, gentlest, most caring and inspirational person to all.

Judy Guger (Grassick YG 1961) passed away in July this year after a short battle with cancer. Judy attended Tintern at Hawthorn. Loved mother of Caroline Murray (Guger YG 1991) and Amanda Guguer (YG 1992) and sister to Jill Samuelson (Grassick YG 1962).

Beverley Kloprogge (Whitwell YG 1955) sadly passed away on the 16 October 2018. Devoted wife of John (dec.). Loving daughter of Cliff and Emily (both dec.). Loved mother and mother-in-law of Christine, Melissa and Mark, Andrew and Leah (past parent and past staff member). Loved grandmother of Jessica, Paul, Elizabeth, Saraswati, Shirin, Georgina (YG 2009) and Rachael (YG 2012). Loved great grandmother of Thea. Reunited with her soulmate. In God’s care. 

Cherry McCardel (MacKay YG 1946) passed away on the 13 August 2019 at 89 years of age.

Cherry was raised by her father Eric, whom her friends later described as severe, good looking, strict and dignified, and her Mutti (Eric’s mother, Matilda). She won a Victorian IQ award as a six year old for her masterly grip of mathematics. Cherry went to Kennon Hall Kindergarten in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn where she grew up and later Tintern where she made many life-long friends. She loved Tintern, but then she also loved learning.

A loyal, fun, warm, kind, generous, intelligent and engaging woman, Cherry enjoyed conversing and performed the role of mother in her own unique way. Cherry could always make others laugh. Her son Sam said of Cherry, “People genuinely loved Mum, despite her faults, she was filled with love and goodwill, and always made time to stay in touch. Although she never broke her habit of being fashionable late, Cherry always dressed well and maintained her dignity, in every situation.”

She made many lifelong friends at Tintern. Maggie Coad (Slocombe YG 1946), whom Cherry met at age 4 years, said, “Once you met Cherry, you would never forget her.” Dorothy “Doffy” Cutler (Arnold YG 1946), one of Cherry’s closest life-long friends from Tintern, gave a Reading at her funeral.

Having excelled at Tintern, Cherry won a place at the University of Melbourne, otherwise known as The Shop, where she studied a Bachelor of Commerce. When she signed up, Cherry was one of only three women, and one of the first to graduate Bachelor of Commerce in 1953. A trailblazer.

Cherry loved fashion, dress design and clothes, first working at Myer and then as a Buyer at Foy and Gibson. Deciding it was time to use her accountancy skills, Cherry then moved to Flack and Flack (now Price Waterhouse), qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries. Cherry then joined the Australian Department of Civil Aviation. A new department was opening up in the basement. Cherry recounted the basement was big enough to house something called a “computer.” She was asked to be in charge of the new computer department but turned it down because she could not bear to work where the sun did not shine.

At the age of 26 years old, despite some hesitation, Cherry met her mother Susie and they just clicked. The following year she met her husband Kenneth Lewis McCardel, a very successful accountant, whom she married in 1958 who resided in St. Leonards Court, South Yarra. Margaret “Marmie” Phillip (McKenzie YG 1946 Dec.) was her bridesmaid. Her daughter Louise was born the year after, and son Sam 5 years later. A few years later they moved next door, where she remained for the balance of her life.  Sam says of his Mum, “Mum was a devoted mother and wife to Ken, and after he passed away in 1997, we became much closer and great friends, travelling the world together. Considering that she was 89 when she died, having around 160 attend her funeral at St. Johns, Toorak  was a real testament to the love, friendship and respect she generated in life.”

A Probationer whilst at Tintern, Cherry was the Treasurer of the Tintern Old Girls Association (TOGA later in life). She loved the role, as it afforded her yet another chance to catch up with friends.

Merilyn Murphy (Doig YG 1967) passed away 3 July 2019. Much loved wife of Jefferson Murphy, mother to Christina Murphy (YG 1994) and Wayne Murphy. 

Ruth Nagle (Woodside YG 1943) died peacefully at Mercy Place, Albury on Saturday 10 August, in her 94th year. Loved and adored Mum of Janet, and beloved wife of Rev’d Charles (dec.), you will be sadly missed. Ruth loved many and was loved by all, she was the last of Arthur Woodside’s family of Dederang. Sister of Marguerite Pritchard (Woodside 1940 dec) and cousin of Joan Purton (Stephens YG 1941 dec).

Janis Syle (Outhred, YG 1964) passed away 28 July 2015. Loved wife of Alan Syle. Sister to Roslyn Outhred (YG 1960 dec).

Joan Margaret Elizabeth Purton (Stephens YG 1941) Passed away in Bendigo on January 11 2018, aged 95. Loved wife of Dr. Herbert Purton (Bill) and loving mother of Margaret, Lucy, Catherine, William and Rae. Cousin of Ruth Nagle (Woodside YG 1943 dec) and Marguerite Pritchard (Woodside 1940 dec). Lovingly remembered. 

Elaine Salvin (Stubbings YG 1947) passed away suddenly on the 22 January 2019 aged 88 years.  Loving wife of Phil (dec). Loved mother and mother in law of Alison and Duncan; Bruce and Sherry

Ivy “Merle” Thompson (Youlden YG 1940) passed away peacefully at the Wharparilla Lodge in Echuca on the 9 December 2014 at 92 years old. Merle was the loving wife of Percival “Percy” Davies (Dec. 1957) and loving mother of five children. Much loved wife of Rupert Thompson (Dec.). Merle was the mother of Merilyn Wadsley (Davies YG 1940) and grandmother of Michelle Hall (Wadsley YG 1991), sister of Lorraine Foster (Youlden YG 1939 Dec.) and Valerie Rowlands (Youlden YG 1943 Dec.). Loved and missed.

Judith Tripp (Francis YG 1951) passed away aged 85 years on the 19 August 2019. Twin sister of Diane Curry (Francis 1951), who passed away a month later. Beloved wife of Lionel (dec) and mother to Nicola, Matt, Jayne, Peter, Shelley and Kate (Dec). Best Grandmother and Great-Grandmother to Lara, Chirstie, Ben, Joel, Andrew, Belinda, David, Lauren, Rachel, Matt and Emily, and families. A life full of spark and strength for family and friends. 

Erin Valenti (YG 2002) passed away in October 2019. Erin was the founder of Tinker Ventures, a Utah, USA Company that designs and develops apps and websites. Erin was described by her family as a beautiful, smart and funny woman. Much loved and missed by her husband, family and friends.


Barbara De Vries (past staff) Tintern Grammar extends its condolences to Barbara’s partner Ron, her sons, Paul and David and their families. Barbara was a member of staff from 1976 until 1990 where she was Geography Co-ordinator from 1984. During her time at Tintern Barbara was actively involved in all aspects of school life, particularly enjoying the Geography field trips and her other passion, photography.




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