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Photo by Graham Gosney

King's Old Boy

John Barr —

Graham Bruce Gosney attended King’s High School from 1950 to 1955.

Graham was a School Prefect in both 1954 and 1955. He was a Warrant Officer in the Air Training Corps where he was awarded the Challenge Cup for being the most efficient Non Commissioned Officer.

Graham was the school Senior Athletics Champion in 1954 and 1955. He was the School Senior Tennis Champion in 1955. In the Otago Secondary School Athletics championships he won the long jump and high jump. He was in the 1st XV Rugby and the School Athletics Team in 1954 and 1955. He was awarded a School Blue in Athletics and Tennis in 1954 and 1955 and Rugby in 1955.

On leaving King’s Graham retained a lifetime love for Rugby. He continued to play while at University and later coached the University of Otago Rugby Team. He was a Member of the Otago Rugby Union. He had a box at the Carisbrook ground and he and wife Lynne enjoyed watching many test matches both in New Zealand and overseas.

Graham was a foundation member of the Cavaliers Cricket Club. The club was set up to let players who had enjoyed their time with serious Cricket and now wanted to take part in a more social game. Graham enjoyed all aspects of the social game. He even managed to get the Dunedin City Corporation to allocate a pavilion at Chingsford Park to the club. His father-in-law was the Mayor of Dunedin at the time and possibly helped this cause.

The Dunedin Club had a long association with Graham. He was a past President of the Club. Over the years Graham has been very generous in making donations to schools, tertiary institutions and other worthy causes.

Golf was also a passion of Graham's. He was a member of the St Clair Golf Club from 1960 until the day he died. In the 1990’s he purchased a holiday home at Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown. The resort’s Golf Course was a major attraction for Graham and the many friends who came to visit.

Graham gained an Accounting Degree at the University of Otago and started his first job with Otakau Fisheries. He then purchased a firm called Highway Construction which he renamed Otago Bitumen. Managing Director of Whirl Wide Helicopters in Timaru was his next move as his career progressed. He was Managing director and founder of Tourism Holdings Ltd. He held a directorship in many companies and was associated with 42 different companies. Here are just a few:

Vertical Flight Management Limited, Heli Ski Limited, Lht No 3 Limited, Lht No 1 Limited, Atpac Travel (USA) Limited, Hawthorne Holdings Limited, Newmans South Pacific Tours Limited, Great Sights South Pacific Limited, Transport Hospitality Leisure New Zealand Limited, Tourist Hotel Corporation Of New Zealand Limited, Aoraki/Mount Cook Alpine Village Limited, Rotorua International Plaza Hotel Limited, Waitomo Caves Holdings Limited.