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School ties jump the ditch to Greens

People
August 17, 2020

Old chums end up as neighbours 50 years after graduation.

The world really is a small place and old school friends Tony Philpot and Lindsay McKinley are living proof.

Tony and his wife Alison, originally from New Zealand, recently moved into Halcyon Greens when she got talking to their new neighbour Carol.

“Carol is a Kiwi and we started talking about where we’re from and I said ‘my husband is from Christchurch’ and she said ‘my husband is from Christchurch,’” Alison said.

“We worked out they had both gone to Burnside High School and had graduated one year apart.” It turned out the pair had been friends back in school, with Tony graduating in 1968 and Lindsay in 1969.

“We were in different years, but we did know each other,” Tony said. Notable alumni from their alma mater, which is one of the largest schools in New Zealand, include former NZ Prime Minister John Key, former All Black and member of the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning team Andrew Ellis and the former chief executive of Air New Zealand Rob Fyfe.

Lindsay and Tony hadn’t seen each other since school days, but remarkably had both made the move to Australia within a year of each other in the late 1980s.

Both settled with their families and children in Brisbane, building successful careers and businesses until making the decision to downsize to Greens. Lindsay and wife Carol have been living at the Pimpama community for almost 21/2 years, selling their chain of home brew shops after enjoying the lifestyle.

“When we moved in, I drove in here in my home brew truck and it caused quite a bit of interest,” Lindsay joked.

“We love living here, there are so many activities to enjoy and the people in the community are terrific.”

Tony said they were looking forward to getting involved in lots of activities including pilates, aquarobics, line dancing and the gym.

“We’re excited about being here, “ Tony said. “We’re looking forward to starting the next chapter of our lives.”

And of course that includes a beer or two with their neighbours.