Past Students

The Blackthorn Past Students Association (BPSA) is an integral part of the College community.

Initially formed as the Thornburgh Old Boys’ Association in 1924 and the Blackheath Old Girls’ Association in 1925, the groups combined in 1935 to form an inclusive and driving force, fostering an ongoing bond of fellowship between past students and further advancing the interests of the College, ‘my school and yours’.

The bond of fellowship is fostered using social media, newsletters and assisting with organising gatherings of past cohort years and coming together at regional locations culminating with an annual reunion at the College held over the third weekend each August.

Click here to visit the BTC Past Students Facebook Page.

To renew your Past Students information, please click here.

“Remembering Blackheath” Reunion Weekend – 20th, 21st, 22nd  AUGUST, 2021

6.00pmMEET & GREET –Barbeque and Bar


9.00amCROCODILE WALK  from Stubley St. across the Woggy.
Congregate at Thornburgh . Bus to Stubley St. Crocodile walk back to Thornburgh across the Woggy.
10.30amOLD FASHIONED GARDEN PARTY, in Thornburgh grounds.
High Tea (sweet and savoury) included, plus stalls and entertainment.
Things to BRING WITH YOU FROM HOME—your best hat, (will be judged); an apron (your grandmother’s, from an op shop, or home made). The older “old girls” will know what happens with the aprons. Also, if you feel like donating, any jams, chutneys, plants etc will be most gratefully received. Remember how we brought things back from home after the August holidays.( Please put ingredients on the preserves labels.)
1.00pmBPSA AGM
2.00pmNETBALL; Past vs. Present students.
4.00pmFOOTBALL; Past vs Present Students .
GATSBY THEME. Things to BRING WITH YOU FROM HOME -1920’s dress— men in Black Tie and women in slinky dresses.
Areas of research- go to the TV series “Downton Abbey” or “ The Great Gatsby”.


9.00amMEMORIAL SERVICE at the Fountain.
WALL OF ACHEIVEMENT – recognition  of the new plaques for the women previously celebrated for their achievements , but now containing their maiden names, plus announcement of this year’s recipients

How to book and pay for the “Remembering Blackheath” Reunion.

This year there is no break up of costs. Registration and ALL meals for the weekend are included in the full cost of $100.

If you really only wish to attend the Dinner, you will have to book this by contacting

Also, because of the Covid restictions and record keeping, you cannot wander in to, for example, the Meet and Greet to have a drink and a talk at the Bar.

You really do have to register and pay, before the day.

Also acceptable will be cheques and money orders posted to : The Secretary/Treasurer, PO Box 110, Charters Towers, 4820.

Payments can also be made online – click the link below:

Click to book!


Once again, the BPSA is planning to assist the College by providing a Bursary to a first-time student who is the descendant of a Past Student.  If you feel you could assist us to fulfill this ambition, please contact us via our email or in writing: 

Blackthorn Past Students’ Association
PO BOX 110 Charters Towers QLD 4820

Past Student Events

For some years now, the BPSA has assisted organisers in Townsville, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and more recently, the Atherton Tablelands and Mackay to host Mini Reunions so past students across those regions can get together and reminisce. 

We are hoping that other regions may also like to participate and organise Cohort/Year Level Events. The BPSA can also assist with those wishing to organise a cohort or year level get-together.


Click on the link below to view the merchandise available from the BSPA.

if you wish to order any merchandise, please contact the BPSA at


Cohort/Class Year and Region Organisers – Events

The BPSA Committee maintains an up to date Members Register which records past student Cohort/Class years as well as the Region of residence. Past School Captains and past student event organisers actively maintain and use this information to bring together their Cohort/Class years and those pasts students in close regional proximity..

Contact the BPSA

If you would like to get touch with the BPSA, please contact us via our email address, 

Executive Committee Meetings

The BPSA Executive Committee, elected by the Association’s members, holds at least four meetings per year and more as required.  In this way the business of the Association and the various reunions can be organised and promoted.  In addition, we publish and distribute the bi-annual ‘Blackthorn News’ to provide news of our members.

At the 2020 AGM the following committee members were elected:

Mr David Cummins                       President

Mr Ian Ritchie                                Vice President

Miss Kristine Patterson                Secretary

Mrs Jay Goodwin                           Treasurer


Click the button below to download our Membership form and join the BPSA!

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