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06 November 2020 Catherine Player | Community   Bushy Boys  

Legendary swimming coach, Don Talbot passed away this week in Queensland. Donald Malcolm Talbot AO OBE was an Australian Olympic swimming coach and sport administrator. He coached national teams for Canada, the United States and Australia.

Don grew up in Bankstown and attended Homebush Boys High School. After almost drowning as a child he took up swimming, becoming a teacher and swim coach. He started coaching in the 1950s, discovering John and Ilsa Konrads and coaching them to swimming success. He played a pivotal part in some of Australia’s most successful Olympic campaigns as head coach of the swim team. The International Swimming Hall of Fame member first took charge of Australia’s swim team in the 1960s and held official titles at seven Olympic Games. He also enjoyed stints with both Canada and the United States and was named the inaugural director of the Australian Institute of Sport in 1980. The master strategist returned as Australian swimming’s head coach in 1989, overseeing a resurgence that culminated in 18 medals – five of them gold – at Sydney’s 2000 Olympics. He was the coach of champions such as Ian Thorpe, Grant Hackett, and Susie O'Neill in Sydney, and oversaw the likes of Kieren Perkins in glorious campaigns at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996. Talbot's Sydney 2000 campaign was highlighted by a boil over victory for Australian in the men's 4x100m relay, where Thorpe, Michael Klim, Ashley Callus and Chris Fydler beat the hotly-fancied USA team.

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22 May 2020 Catherine Player | Community   Bushy Boys  

Vale Arthur Summons

13 December 1935 – 16 May 2020

HBHS Alumnus – Class of ’52

Arthur James Summons was an Australian representative rugby union and rugby league player, a dual- code rugby international fly-half or five-eighth. He captained the Australian National Rugby League team in five undefeated test matches from 1962 until 1964 and later also coached the side.

Arthur was educated at Homebush Boys High School where he captained the school's first grade rugby union side. He also represented for the Combined High Schools team. Mr Summons won one of only Three School Blues awards where he was described as: “A brilliant leader and five-eighth. Possibly the finest all-round player to don a Homebush jersey.”

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02 February 2015 Administrator |
Farewell to another Old Bushy. We note the passing in May last year of Chris Short who was School Captain in 1964. After leaving school Chris worked as an engineer but joined the Anglican priesthood in the 1970s being ordained in 1984. He was rector of St Johns in Bega for many years.
Follow the link below to see more about this Bushy Boy:
A message from one of his peers:
Chris Short was one of those people you meet at school who you never forget.

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16 February 2014 Administrator |
William John Mills (my Uncle Bill) was a first student of Homebush Boys the year it opened. Sadly passed away at 92 (2 yrs ago). He went on to WW2 service and then high up in NSW Railway Planning. He’d laugh and tell stories of early Homebush “Well of course it was dangerous crossing Parramatta Road walking to school as you were at risk of being run over by a solid rubber tyred truck that would be approaching from 200 yards away speeding at 10 miles per hour !!!”
He was one of the original intake the year the school opened. Sadly missed. First intake of Homebush Boys the year it opened.
- Dave
01 February 2013 Administrator |


What will you do when you leave Homebush Boys High School? Have you ever stopped to think about life after school? Do you even know what you really want to do with your life after school? And have you ever stopped to think about what the school has given you?


These are questions we pose to our sons when they are in their final years of school but how many of us really know what we want to do when we leave school. The romantic idea that all will just fall into place is a myth for most as it is harder to find employment than you may think despite the fact that Australia has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the world, however, official figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics show Australia's unemployment rate has increased to 5.7 per cent. The result means the unemployment rate is now at its highest level since September 2009. For those boys who chose not to enter Tertiary Education or take an apprenticeship or be lucky enough to have a job lined up after they leave school then the rest are faced with the prospect of job searching and this can be extremely stressful to the boys and their families.


When our sons leave school, will they leave with positive thoughts about their five or six years there. Will they leave 'better' people than when they arrived? Will they leave with the confidence to achieve whatever they want in life?


So we posed these questions to some Ex-Old Bushy Boys, and our grateful thanks to Mr Ken Burton for his reflections.


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