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Elisha Christensen (Moorfoot YG 2012) and her husband Jared welcomed Baby Oliver Arthur Christensen on the 2 January 2021.

Jamie-Lee (Baker YG 2012) and Tim Ferne welcomed their first child, a baby girl born on the 9 July 2021, Ridley Elizabeth Ferne. 

Crystal Kimber-Peters (Kimber YG 2007) and her husband Andy welcomed Spencer William Peters on the 13 April 2022.

Kathleen Sheehy (YG 2006) and her husband Jason Ryan welcomed their little boy, Tadgh (pronounced like tiger without the r), on the 15 November 2021, weighing 9 pounds and 5 ounces. Keeping with the theme of his excited older sisters (Keira, Ashling, Aoife and Róisín) it is an Irish name.


Jamie-Lee (Baker YG 2012) and Tim Ferne were married on the 15 November 2019, surrounded by family, friends and fellow Tintern alumni.

Thomas Lacey (YG 2011) and Georgia Hayden (YG 2015) were married on the 8 January 2022 at Stones of the Yarra Valley, we wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

Stephanie Muir (YG 2002) married Stephen Brodie on the 4 December 2021 in Warrnambool. They married at Christ Church Anglican Church, with the reception at The Pavilion Cafe overlooking the ocean at the Warrnambool breakwater. 

Lauren Wood (YG 2010) and Milad Shooli were married on 20 December 2021 in Warrandyte, Victoria. The ceremony took place in the Chapel at Potters Receptions, followed by an evening reception. After three postponements due to Covid, restrictions had finally been lifted allowing both local and interstate guests to attend and share the celebrations on a spectacular summer’s day.


Miranda Cummins (Green YG 1957) passed away on 24 November 2021. Deeply missed by family and friends.

Barbara Edwards (Berndt YG 1946) Loved mother and mother-in-law of Peter and Jenny Mark and Joanne. Cherished grandma of Robert, Victoria; Richard and wife Naomi, Lucas and partner Josefina. Also loved by Patrick, Bethany and Annaliese. Great grandma of Arlo.
Barb will be dearly missed for her zest for socialising, Passion for the Carlton Blues, golf, bridge And her great fondness of her beloved pets. Rest in peace.

Elizabeth “Libby” Craig (Slocombe YG 1948)  Adored wife of Geoffrey Gordon, mother of Mandy, Tracey and Kenneth, and their families, and sister of Maggie Coad (Slocombe YG 1946). Passed away peacefully at Montgomery House on the 24 November 2021. 

Mary Gallahar (Noonan YG 1954) Aged 83 years. Passed away peacefully at the National Capital Private Hospital, after a brief illness. Loved wife of Don. Much loved mother of Chris and Alison.

Roma Hornby (Maynard YG 1939) passed away on the 28 May 2022, soon after celebrating her 100th birthday. With a lifelong passion for music as both a pianist and soprano, Roma was a dedicated supporter of Tintern, and the Music department. She was well love and will be very missed.

Margaret ‘Meg’ MacLean (YG 1959) passed away on the 19 December 2021. Meg devoted her life to god as a Missionary. She was part of the Australian Board of Missions (ABM) spending time in both Papua New Guinea and the Northern Territory. Missed by her family, including Meg’s sister-in-law Jan MacLean (Olver YG 1959).

Sally Louise Martin (Moore YG 1974) passed away at her home 10 March 2022, aged 64 years.  Loved and loving Wife of Peter (Married 31 Years). Much loved Mother and Mother-In-Law of William, Tom and Abby, and Clare. ‘Caring, Giving, Hard Working and much loved”. Niece of Joan Jones (Moore YG 1945).
Dr Merryn Joy Paynter (YG 1995) passed away suddenly on 22 February, 2022, a week before her 44th birthday. Beloved mother of William. Loving wife and best friend of John-Paul (JP, dec). Dearly loved daughter of Graham (dec) and Joy Paynter, daughter-in-law of Marcello and Pauline D’Amico, and sister-in-law of Maryanne. Much loved younger sister of Ron, Neil and Daryl. Loved sister-in-law, aunt and friend. Peacefully resting.

Cherry Skerman (YG 1965) recently passed away. Twin sister of Erica Halton (Skerman YG 965) she will be sadly missed.

Verlie Withington (Ashton YG 1944) passed away 2 January 2022. Loving mother of Anne and Kevin, Jane, and Andrew and Vicki. Nanna to Carissa and Rick, Beth, Latham and Mel, Jarryd, Jordan and Cody. Granny to Vivienne, Sienna, Juniper, Arielle and Frejya. Sister of Joan Pound (Ashton YG 1940 Dec.). At Peace.

Joyce U’Ren (Lechte YG 1952) passed away peacefully at Cabrini Prahran Palliative surrounded by family, aged 86 years, on the 11 May 2022. Loving wife of 64 years to John. Loving mother to Colin, Keith, Trevor and Judith. Loving grandmother to Kara, Andrew, Caitlin, Gavin, Sarah, Jackson, Ella, Miah and Tessa. Loving great-grandmother to Isla.  Joyce was sister-in-law to Eleanor U’Ren (YG 1950) and daughter in law to Maisie U’Ren (Dean YG 1923 Dec).

Community Deaths

It is with great sadness the Tintern Community mourns the sudden passing of Michael Kelson.

Michael was the son of Ilma Kelson who was the Director of Music at Tintern from 1958 to 1973. Michael was instrumental in supporting the Kelson Scholarships in memory of his mother and Penelope Thwaites AM (YG 1960). These scholarships have supported the tuition of students in the pursuit of their music education for the past eighteen years.

The Tintern Community extends its condolences to Michael’s two children, Kate and Anthony and grandchildren Lachie and Maddy and their broader family. May he rest in peace.




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