Old Boys of Distinction

At the 2012 Old Boys’ Dinner, the first recipients of the Old Boys of Distinction award were honoured. This award was established by the Old Boys’ Association to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of Old Boys to their chosen professions, sport, society in general and/or the school community. They are not an annual event and as such the second group of inductions was not made until 2015. Those honoured are held in very high regard by the Old Boys’ Association and thus awards will be made at the discretion of the Old Boys’ committee.

The award itself is a made from a piece of granite. This represents St. Peter,– ‘the rock,’ – and the geology of where the College stands, on the rocky slopes of Mt. Eden. On the granite is a green Celtic cross representing Ireland, home of the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.


Ronald Trubuhovich MB, ChB, BMedSc, BDS, MSc(Oxon), FRCA, FANZCA, FCIC: Dux of the College in 1946 and 1947, he headed Auckland Hospital’s Critical Care unit for a number of years and was appointed an Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit in 1997 for his services to medicine.

Bishop Denis Browne CNZM, DD: Appointed Bishop of Hamilton in 1995, he also led the diocese of Raratonga and Auckland. Bishop Denis celebrated fifty years of priesthood in 2012.

Cyril Eastlake (1930-2007) was our first Old Boy sporting international, he captained the Kiwis at the 1954 World Cup and is fourth on the all-time appearances list (79 games, 28 tests) and third on the all-time point-scoring list (257 points).


John Fitzmaurice BE (Civil) MS (Harvard), FIPENZ: In the 1950s John became Design Engineer (Special Works), overseeing all Treatment Plant contracts. The Manukau Sewage purification Works was the largest Local Body project in NZ to that time. He had twelve years with Board, designing all 17 Stage 1 pumping stations in the scheme. In 1963 John joined Leicester Steven to form Steven & Fitzmaurice, Consulting Engineers. They designed major sewerage schemes and treatment plants for a number cities and towns in NZ.

Lt. Col (Ret.) Chris Mullane ONZM, MBE, JP: Decorated soldier and advocate for veterans’ affairs. Military experience included various command & staff appointments in New Zealand and overseas, active service as an infantry platoon commander in Vietnam and Head of the United States Army Leadership and Management School at Fort Benning. Awarded an MBE for successfully leading a number of Defence Force projects and for services to the military community. Awarded the United States Legion of Merit – the sixth highest US Military Honour – for contributing to Leadership Development in the United States Army.

Eddie Kohlhase MNZM: World champion softballer as player and coach who was honoured for his services to the game in 2014. He first played for the Black Sox in 1983 and was part of the world championship-winning side the following year. He coached the team to a world-championship win in 2013 and was named Softballer of the Year and Coach of the year at the sport’s annual awards.