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In July 2012, Old Paradian Owen Abrahams junior (1984) and his wife Trish established Team Edie to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Owen and Trish were prompted to do so after learning that their then five year-old daughter Edie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes is a life-long chronic disease that requires those affected like Edie (pictured here with Owen) to manage their blood glucose levels... 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To manage this disease, a person with type 1 diabetes must draw blood via a lancet from their fingers at least four times a day and take up to four or more insulin injections a daily.

“Edie draws blood from her finger more than 10 times a day and she wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day,” Owen said. “This pump delivers a slow ‘drip’ of insulin all the time but we must give her extra insulin when she eats. For us as her parents, we must monitor her all day and overnight which means we get up at least once a night to draw blood from her finger and check her glucose . . . but a lot of the time it’s more.”

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When young Ben Cotter fronted for his first day of school at Bundoora a little more than 12 months ago, beaming with pride was his beloved “Poppy” – the late Paul Windsor.

Paul died on February 16 this year after bravely battling a long illness. But the 69 year-old Old Paradian lived long enough to see his then 12 year-old grandson make his way through the Parade gates for what was his maiden appearance as a Year 7 student.

A final year Parade pupil of 1963, Paul had a deep affinity for both the College and the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club. In turn, the many College footballers who joined the Old Paradians’ ranks through the 1980s and ’90s remember Paul as an engaging, fun-loving character with a raucous laugh who selflessly served the club as its statistician and its timekeeper.

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The first Old Paradians’ Association Business Breakfast for 2015 is fast approaching - and with Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos landing a massive blow for the beautiful game with their stunning success at the recently-staged AFC Asian Cup, the Association has much pleasure in confirming Lou Sticca – one of soccer’s true movers and shakers in this country – as guest speaker.

Lou Sticca, a final year Parade College student of 1977, is a Licensed Player Agent and FIFA Match Agent with vast experience in football internationally. Lou was founder and CEO of Carlton Soccer Club, which competed in the Australian National Soccer League, and was also instrumental in building the Football Department of Sydney FC in its inaugural season of the A-League. He also facilitated the arrival of Manchester United star Dwight Yorke and World Cup winner Pierre Littbarski. Lou has arranged a number of international club tours to Australia and New Zealand, most notably the recent Liverpool FC tour in Melbourne, LA Galaxy with international superstar David Beckham (five times) and Scottish powerhouse Celtic FC.

To book for this much-anticipated Business Breakfast at Ikon Park (formerly Visy Park) on the morning of Thursday, March 12, simply access this link - http://www.trybooking.com/113893 - and follow the prompts. Please note that bookings are essential.

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The late Peter Venier was a much-admired and respected Old Paradian.

Peter, who died two days before Christmas at the age of 83, was a regular at the Old Paradians’ Monthly Luncheons, maintaining his association with Parade since his schooldays of the mid-late 1940s.

A tribute recently paid to Peter (pictured here in the light-coloured jacket with Patrick Whitehouse, Kevin Rickard and Henry Donald at the First XVIII captains gathering) touched on his renown as a prodigiously-gifted sportsman at Parade, but with the permission of his beloved wife Gemma, the following tribute to Peter’s life in totality, as paid by his five children, can now be reproduced as follows;

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Brad Cocks, who recently oversaw the management of the OPA’s Centenary Dinner, is now preparing for an epic five-day, 1100-kilometre charity ride from Adelaide-Melbourne. Brad, who sets out from Adelaide on April 5, is amongst a group of friends riding to raise funds and awareness for the Lillyroo Foundation, supporting the Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) unit of the Royal Women's Hospital, specifically for premature babies.

“Yes, it’s a little crazy, and yes a long way in a car, let alone a bike, but it’s for a good cause,” Brad said after completing the OPA Bike Ride. “The Lilyroo foundation has been setup by some triathlon training friends of mine, Kristie and Pete Lockyer, who unfortunately lost their first new born baby, Lily, at just two days old after Kristie went into an early labour at only 26 weeks.

“Lily was born fully formed and healthy, just too small and weak to survive in our big wide world. Kristie and Pete have setup the foundation to support the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Women’s Hospital, who looked after Lily and gave them two precious days with her.”

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Eight riders greeted the judge in the 2015 Old Paradians’ Association Alphington-Bundoora Bike Ride on Sunday, on a day in which Parade College opened its gates to the general public. The riders, ranging in age from early teens to early 60s, completed the 16-kilometre Alphington-Bundoora bike ride via the Darebin Creek trail.

Despite the presence of three marshals, a breakaway group caused some late confusion, leading the peloton a merry dance to Mt Cooper. But whereas last year’s ride claimed a competitor with a puncture and another with a grazed knee, this year’s equivalent was by and large incident-free.

For the record, the cyclists who took part in this year’s bike ride were Brad Cocks, Rob Cugno, Carlo De Bolfo, OPA President Lewis Derrico, former OPA President Peter Johnston, Anthony Peyton, Dino Rebellato and Gaetano Turchiarelli.

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One of the first duties of the Old Paradians’ Association in 2015 is regrettably melancholy – to acknowledge the passing over the Christmas/New Year period of four grand Old Boys of Parade, most notably Father Vincent Creed, Peter Jones, Dr Francis Lyons and Peter Venier.

Father Creed, believed to be the oldest surviving Old Paradian, died on December 16 after being hospitalised with pneumonia. He was in the 75th year of priesthood as his cousin, Michael Grogan explained.

“Father Vin was 101 years and two months old at the time of his death,” Michael said. “His sister/ housekeeper Kathleen predeceased him in 2013 aged 102 years.”

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Dear fellow Old Paradian,

Over the Christmas break, I reflected on what had occurred through the course of the 2014 Old Paradians’ Centenary year. I have to admit that in the lead up, I was a little worried. There seemed to be so many functions scheduled for 2014, not the least of which was the Centenary Dinner itself.

But with the wonderful support of so many, the 100th anniversary celebrations commenced and all too soon concluded.

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Geoff Coyne’s recent Melbourne foray afforded the resident Queenslander a welcome chance to catch up with fellow Old Paradians more than 60 years after they completed their schooling together.

Pictured here at a luncheon at RACV’s Melbourne City Club are from left to right; Geoff Coyne (1953), Bob King (1953), Jim Noonan (1953-‘54), Michael Frazer (1954) and Prof. Barry Blake (1954). Standing to Jim's right is his wife Carmel in black jacket and to his left Janet McArdle, widow of John McArdle, a colleague from St Bernard's Essendon.

“We are all former pupils of Brother Bowler of St Colman's Central School,” Coyne explained. “Apart from Jim, we all played tennis together throughout our school years at St Gabriel's tennis courts, Reservoir.”


Ask any one of the 380 people in the house for last October’s OPA Centenary Dinner and they’ll tell you it was a tour de force, in no small part due to the efforts of Brad Cocks.

Brad, a final year Parade College student of 1999 and now the director of The Event Collective, effectively produced the entire event – from direction through to stage, set and scenic design, technical production, and multimedia.

And the result? “Overall it was a great night,” Brad said. The fact that the night went so fast for all the guests was a real indicator that everyone was having a good time, and the success was also evident in the comments and responses which came in afterwards.”

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Old Paradian Jack Gatto is now within a blue suede shoe of heading to Memphis, having recently been declared winner of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute competition at the annual Parkes Elvis Festival.

On what was the 80th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, the 23 year-old Jack emerged as undisputed King after beating a host of fellow tribute artists from across the country who had come together to perform in the old New South Wales gold mining town.

Awarded a silver plate and an engraved nine-carat Elvis ring for his troubles, Jack will now compete in the Viva Surfers Paradise competition in Queensland in July, and a win there assures him right of passage to Presley’s birthplace to participate in an international competition.

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Those wanting to revisit their old stomping ground at Parade College, Bundoora, have a unique opportunity to do so on Sunday, February 15, when the College opens its gates to all Old Paradians, including those participating in the annual Old Paradians’ Association Alphington-Bundoora Bike Ride.

Association organisers have again mapped out a 16-kilometre course from the grounds flanking the old Parade Preparatory College in Alphington to the grounds of Bundoora to coincide with the College’s much-anticipated Open Day.

The gentle ride, commencing at 10am in the shadows of the old Preparatory College at Sparks Reserve Alphington, follows the idyllic Darebin Creek bike track some 16 kilometres. It ends with a well-earned barbecue at the top of Parade Drive in the Grevillea Pavilion, with riders and pedestrians encouraged to renew their College ties and later tour the College facilities.

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The good people of Heidelberg and their fiercely protected football club are the poorer for the recent passing of one of the legendary local identities the Old Paradian Ivan Sheahan.

Ivan, who died last month at the age of 88, was farewelled by hundreds of mourners who turned out for his funeral at St John’s Catholic Church. There they heard son Andrew, one of eight children raised by Ivan and his wife Jo, deliver a wonderful eulogy.

Andrew later reflected on the long life of his father, appropriately enough over a jar or three at Heidelberg’s Old England Hotel.

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An Old Boy of St Thomas’s, Kevin Sheean, has asked that his article be forwarded to all Old Paradians, many of whom also attended the old Clifton Hill school.

With the 100th anniversary of the founding of St Thomas’s looming, Kevin is seeking to connect with former students, Carlton’s dual Premiership player Sergio Silvagni amongst them, who may wish to be part of the 100-year celebrations.

The following is Kevin’s story;

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A dog tag belonging to World War II airman and Old Paradian Edward “Ted” Kenealy has been found in a field in Derbyshire, 70 years to the day after Kenealy and fellow crewmembers were blown out of the skies over Stuttgart.

Seventy year-old Englishman Jim Davies discovered the Flight Sergeant’s tag on the site of an old airfield in Foston, on October 19, 2014. Flight Sergeant Kenealy, of the RAAF’s 460 Squadron, lost his life at the age of 19 when the Lancaster bomber in which he was aboard as a rear gunner, went down on what was his third operation over Stuttgart, on the afternoon of October 19, 1944.

Those who also lost their lives aboard the bomber with Flight Sergeant Kenealy were Pilot Officer Captain Peter Fontaine, Bomb Aimer Flight Officer Charles Middleton, Air Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant George Newman, Flight Engineer Sergeant Arthur Chisman and Mid Upper Gunner Reginald Krutli.

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Is there a link between sporting performance and faith? Could God be real?

These are but two of the many lofty questions tackled by Russell Dickson (1981) in his recently-published tome On Your Marks . . .

Taglined “A book for elite sportspeople. A message for every sports fan”, Dickson’s On Your Marks . . . follows the fortunes of elite athlete Hepz Sullivan, who inadvertently confronts the question whether there is a possible link between sporting performance and faith.

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Lieutenant Colonel David Millie (Ret.), the Old Paradian awarded an MBE for service with the Vietnamese and the Americans through the Vietnam War, has graciously donated a copy of his recently-released memoirs to the Parade College archive.

David’s book, Team 19 in Vietnam, is the result of seven years of research on the back of extensive war diaries kept through his 12 month tour in Quang Tri Province – a crucial tactical site along the demilitarized zone and North Vietnam’s gateway to the South.

Pictured at left, David, a former member of the renowned member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, the country’s most highly-decorated unit of the war, was a senior advisor and a planning and operations officer with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Team from 1968 to 1969.

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The final year class of 2004 rounded out Parade’s reunion gatherings for 2014 in boisterous fashion on Friday night, with more than 50 old boys returning to the College after 10 years.

These were the true banner wavers for 2004, as a total of 336 former students who either completed or would have completed Year 12 ten years ago are listed on the OPA database.

Amongst those on hand were Francois Abou-Haila and Ryan Willits. Also present was Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore, Assistant Principal Cate Livingston and teachers Ivan Kummerle and Paul Watson, the latter also a final year student of the class of ’04. The 2004 College Captain Brayden Geary, currently based in London, sent the following message to his old mates, which was read on the night;

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Jack Gatto can remember the first time he donned the black wig, the sunglasses and the jumpsuit, and mimicked the king of rock and roll.

It was Drama Night, College Hall, 2007, and Elvis was truly in the building. As Jack recalled: “I was 83 kilos back then, so it was a bit easier to get into the suit. I sang ‘Burning Love’ and I got a pretty good reception believe it or not”.

Then a Year 10 Parade student, Jack had already developed a real penchant for Elvis tunes, a liking fostered by his teachers Martin Macaulay and Anne-Marie Morello. “Mr Macaulay used to let me sit in on guitar lessons and sing Elvis songs – all the early stuff – ‘Houndog’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘That’s alright Mama’,” he said.

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When I was a little boy I would be out and about with my good mate from St Clements, riding bikes and getting dirty, playing in the creek, roaming the streets with my Golden Labrador, all the good things that went with being 6-7 years old. The first question I would ask Mum on my return was “did Collingwood win?” usually answered in the affirmative, followed by “How many goals did Peter McKenna kick” usually answered in multiples of as many as 10 and occasionally 16. You see Peter McKenna was my hero.

Fast forward 44 years and it’s the Old Paradians' Association's Centenary Dinner and who was sitting at the table right behind me? Yep – Old Paradian royalty and former Collingwood champion Peter McKenna.

That 6-7 year-old boy made a reappearance that night even if he did have a beer in hand. As I had a chat with Peter along with my Class of '82 mate Angelo Mazzone it was evident that not only was 40+ years of hero worship on hand (no Ang has not hero worshipped me that long) but that Peter, Angelo and I had a Parade bond. We were all members and graduates of a brotherhood.

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The Old Paradians’ Association’s recently-convened Centenary Dinner attracted 380 people to Melbourne’s RACV City Club, amongst them still photographers Reg Ryan and Enzo Tomasiello, together with video cameramen Renzo Beltrame and Rodney Prusa, who is also the College Archivist.

The stills have been in recent circulation, and now a brief video highlights package can be viewed at Old Paradians Cinema to the right of the homepage. A DVD of the entire evening’s events is currently in production, and advance orders of the DVD at $25 plus postage are now being taken by the Association’s Secretary Mirella Busso-Lee via Mirella.Busso-Lee@parade.vic.edu.au

For those present in the spectacular pillarless room on the night of the Centenary Dinner, the DVD is the perfect keepsake - particularly so considering that very little if any footage of Old Paradians’ Association’s happenings over the past 100 years actually exists. For those not a part of OPA history on October 17, the DVD offers a terrific record of a truly unique occasion in support of the Association’s cause.


A bittersweet moment on the night of the Old Paradians’ Association Centenary Dinner was the posthumous induction of Bill Dunne into the Hall of Fame – the twelfth Old Paradian so honoured by the OPA.

Bill, who effectively gave 70 years of his life to the cause of the Old Boys and who champion the updating of the College’s enrolment records from 1871 to 2011, died on January 1, having vowed to make it to the Centenary Year.

Though fate cruelly robbed him of the historic moment, Bill’s presence in the room was truly felt by way of video and audio packages screened at the RACV City Club and the prominent display of his 1944 College Prefect’s blazer on centre stage.

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Parade College Director of Trade and Training Tony McKay is seeking the support of Old Paradians who may be able to assist Parade students with work experience, commencing November 24.

If you are able to help, or know of a fellow Old Paradian who can, kindly contact Tony at your earliest convenience via either of the following; tel: 9468 3300, Mob: 0402 208 421 or email Tony.McKay@parade.vic.edu.au

Parade College and the Old Paradians' Association truly appreciates your help and support in this regard.


A fortnight ago, at the Old Paradians’ Association’s Centenary Dinner in Melbourne, Michael Pratt GC met the OPA’s only other living Inductee to the Hall of Fame, Capt. Prof. Kevin Rickard AM for the first time.

That happened on Level 17 of the RACV City Club in Bourke Street – half a world away from St. James’ Palace in London where on Monday last Michael gathered with fellow recipients of the George Cross, together with recipients of the Victoria Cross, for an afternoon tea reception in the presence of The Prince of Wales.

This formal photograph of The Prince of Wales with current members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association (Michael amongst them), was taken following the reception hosted by His Royal Highness. St. James’ is the senior Palace of the Sovereign, with a long history as a Royal residence and as the home of several members of the Royal Family and their household offices it is often in use for official functions and is not open to the public.

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To those in the house for the Centenary Dinner (and those who weren't for that matter) it's the quintessential Centenary souvenir - the OPA's very own wine to mark this historic moment.

The OPA has made available limited edition bottles of Riverstone 2010 Shiraz, each carrying the Association's Centenary sticker.

Riverstone Wines is situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley on the banks of the Yarra River at Coldstream. The vineyard produces only premium quality wines for the domestic and international markets.

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The Prospect of Whitby Public House, an old time pub whose origins can be sourced to the Elizabethan era, recently served as the backdrop for an historic inaugural gathering of members of the OPA’s London chapter.

A healthy quota of ex-pat Aussies in the Old Dart, all bound by precious links with the old school, convened at the Prospect. They were called to order by Peter Wilson, a final year student of 1978, to talk Parade over a warm pint or three.

On hand were the following OPs, pictured here from left to right - Martin Coyle (1990), Damian Wilson (College Captain 1982), Christopher Ecclestone (1978), Brayden Geary (College Captain 2004), Jonathan Cicutto (2004) Brendan O’Leary (1980), Craig Sandford (1985) and Mr Wilson, with Mick Reid (1981) working the video camera for this historic gathering.

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As the voice of the Tour de France and most of the world’s other pre-eminent cycling events, Matt Keenan is accustomed to spending months away in Europe.

Not that the north suburban Rosanna of his youth or, for that matter, Parade College is ever far from his thoughts, as the Master of Ceremonies at Friday evening’s Centenary Dinner revealed.

In a flawless performance to set the tone for the Old Paradians’ Association’s night of nights, Matt, resplendent in Centenary tie, reflected on his rocky road as a secondary school student, and of the freedoms afforded him in Parade’s famed peloton.

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The following is Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico’s welcome address on the occasion of the Assodciation’s Centenary Dinner at RACV City Club, on Friday, October 17, 2014.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. What an incredible site it is to see so many people who mean so much to the life of Parade, here this evening to celebrate 100 years of the Old Paradians’ Association. On behalf of the Committee, I welcome you to this wonderful celebration and I sincerely thank you for voting with your feet and being with us in the room to be part of something very special.

Through the course of the night, you will learn more of the 100-year history that is the Old Paradians’ Association – an ongoing story that forms the basis for what we all hope is a vibrant future heading into the next 100 years.

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On Friday, October 17, 2014, on a night in which the Centenary of the Old Paradians’ Association was celebrated in a major gathering at RACV City Club, two Old Paradians were honoured for their substantial contributions to the cause.

One was Bill Dunne, a leviathan of the Old Paradians’ Association, who was posthumously inducted into the Association’s Hall of Fame.

The other was Dr Denis Moore, Principal of Parade College, whose commitment to the College for almost 20 years was recognised with his awarding of the Tenete Award - an award established 40 years ago for outstanding service in the interests of Parade.

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Those whose privilege it was to be in the room will long remember the history-making events of Friday, October 17, 2014, when the Old Paradians’ Association grandly celebrated the 100th anniversary of its formation.

A total of 380 people representing the Old Paradians and Parade College communities - including three association former Presidents - joined the current President Lewis Derrico and the committee in the spectacular pillarless room on Level 17 of Melbourne’s RACV City Club for what was the association’s much-anticipated Centenary Dinner.

This was also a night in which two Old Paradians were individually honoured – the late Bill Dunne, a leviathan of the Old Paradians who was posthumously inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame; and Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore, who was presented with the Tenete Award for outstanding service to Parade College.

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After six years in storage, the Old Paradians’ Association Honour Board has made its triumphant return to the Hickey Foyer, on the eve of the association’s much-anticipated Centenary Dinner.

Resplendent in its new French-polish, and carrying the names of all Association office bearers to the present, the board has been rehung on the southside wall of the foyer - scene of so many final-year College reunions at the Bundoora campus in recent times.

Parade archivist Rodney Prusa (1981) oversaw the restoration of the board, which had suffered damage over the 70 years of its estimated existence. Rodney undertook the refurbishment of the signwriting after the board had been stripped and repolished, reproducing the original title in gold leaf and updating the list of officer bearers in a more condensed format. “It’s heartening to see the names return to a place of honour in the College,” Rod said. “The benefit of the new format is that we can now cater for the names of Old Paradians who will take the Association forward for the next 100 years.”


A group of Old Boys of Parade College recently gathered for what was a sentimental tour of the “Old Bluestone Pile” on Victoria Parade, as part of the Old Paradians’ Association’s Centenary Year celebrations. The Old Boys, most of them final year students of Parade in the 1950s, joined OPA President Lewis Derrico on the tour, which was organised with the assistance of Kevin O’Loughlin (Parade 1963) by way of the Theological College and Australian Catholic University.

Those of the Old Bluestone Pile touring party who attended were; Phil Carter, Peter Matthews, Denis Stephenson, Robin Flannery, Peter Roberts, Maurice Tarrant, Ray Hangan, Anthony Curtis, Paul Power, Tom Acciariello, Bill Peyton, Michael Heffernan, Kevin Ryan, Lewis Derrico, George Hogg, Noel Purcell, Bro. Rod Doyle, Ian Leach, Gerald Rutherford, Kevin O’Loughlin, Len Reddoch, Mike Moore, Rocco Gagliardi and Barry Fitzgerald.

Two of them, Robin and Paul, saw fit to pen the following observations of the tour.

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The Old Paradians’ Association has secured another major sponsor for its much-anticipated Centenary Dinner on the evening of Friday, October 17, at RACV City Club in Melbourne.

Lease Express, a specialist in salary packaging of fully-maintained motor vehicles has committed as Gold Sponsor of the historic event, joining Premium Lending Group (PLG) and Project Developments Pty Ltd (PD), with Secon Carriers a Silver Sponsor. The organisation is focused on providing expert and friendly service to both employers and employees.

Lease Express is represented by Managing Director Peter Moore and Chairman John Moore, both final year students of Parade in 1954. John said he and Peter were only too happy to support the cause based on happy memories of old College days. As he said: “We spent a lot of times with the Christian brothers and they were fabulous people”.

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The Old Paradians’ Association has secured three major sponsors for its much-anticipated Centenary Dinner on the evening of Friday, October 17, at RACV City Club in Melbourne.

Premium Lending Group (PLG) and Project Developments Pty Ltd (PD) have each generously committed as Gold Sponsors of the historic event, as has Secon Carriers as Silver Sponsor. All three companies are acknowledged in the column flanking the left of this homepage.

PLG, of which Tim Donohue (Parade 1981) is a founding Director, is a specialist mortgage broking and finance consultancy business established in 2007. The company seeks to provide flexible and innovative lending solutions to the broader lending market, and offers personal advice to professionals and executives, business owners and private families.

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“Parade/St Damian’s Junior Football Club inc.” has been adopted by the St Damian’s Junior Football Club as its new name, in a landmark decision significantly impacting on the futures of both the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club and St Damian’s.

The name was ratified at a meeting of members of St Damian’s in the Frank Mount Social Room on August 29. Accordingly, all six teams currently fielded by St Damian’s (tackers through to Under 17s) will carry the Parade/St Damian’s moniker into season 2015 and beyond, with others to possibly follow suit given the recent successes of the Friday night Auskick Program conducted by both clubs on the Garvey Oval.

OPAAFC President Mike Jolley could not underplay the significance of the name change, which he said had been in the planning for the past two years. “As a consequence of this decision, we envisage that juniors will now have a pathway to senior football. For the Old Paradians Football Club the future is with the kids and we see them as significant in taking the football club forward,” Mr. Jolley said.

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Old Paradians’ Coach David Boundy addresses his players in the aftermath of their 23-point loss in Sunday’s Division 2 1st semi-final against Old Eltham.

In windswept conditions at Craigieburn’s Highgate Reserve Oval, the OPs opened with the first goal of the game and managed to keep their opposition goalless for the first term. But Eltham rallied in the second, then set up the win with a crucial 3.6 to 0.0 in the third.

Try as they might, the OPs were unable to rein in Eltham, co-incidentally coached by the Old Paradian Jason McBean, a Captain of Parade’s 1st XVIII in 1992. Sabastian Ciavola, himself an Old Paradian of 1997, booted two goals for McBean’s team. With both sides sporting predominantly green guernseys, Eltham was permitted to wear its traditional strip, while the Old Paradians were forced to don a VAFA burnt orange arrangement.


1984 Parade College Captain John Belleville has returned to the Bundoora Campus to address students at Term 3 Assembly.

Presented with the Distinguished Old Paradian Award by College Principal Dr Denis Moore, John reflected on his final year at Parade and where life took him beyond the school gates.

On leaving Parade, John pursued his studies in Property at RMIT University. In the years since, he has experienced a diverse career in business, which over the past two decades has seen him hold a number of senior positions. (Image courtesy Tony Teo)

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Guy Rodrigues has joined Maurie Considine as a recipient of the Old Paradians’ Association’s Honorary Old Paradian Award.

Guy was presented with his award by OPA President Lewis Derrico at a pre-match luncheon recently convened by the football club in the Frank Mount Social Room.

Parade College Principal Dr. Denis Moore (pictured here on the right with Lewis Derrico flanking Guy) was amongst guests present in the room for the formal presentation, as was Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club President Mike Jolley.

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Victorian policeman Sergeant Jon Ellks, (Parade 1984), proudly displays the Old Paradians’ Association’s inaugural Community Service Award. The Award acknowledges his contributions to the people of Kinglake in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires.

“This award is very humbling,” Jon said. “I’m extremely honoured to be the inaugural recipient, particularly so in this the Centenary Year of the founding of the Old Paradians’ Association. I appreciate that this award recognises my service to the people of Kinglake. My years at Kinglake were the best of my career. It was all about community policing and I enjoyed being part of community policing.”

The Old Paradians’ Association Community Service Award was this year established to acknowledge those Old Boys of Parade College who contribute significantly to the welfare of those in society.


The Old Paradians’ Association has heralded in the 2014 Centenary Year with the release of its dedicated new free mobile phone App. Designed to further improve its communications with former students of Parade College, the App, suitable for both iPhone and Android mobile phones, was built for the Old Paradians by Melbourne-based organization Third Man Apps, which specializes in applications for clubs and associations.

Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico said the App provided a significant means of further building the Old Paradians’ Association network.

The free App, which can be downloaded by keying Old Paradians Association into the online Apple Store then following the prompts, ensures all Old Paradians are kept “in the know” in terms of the latest news and events, and affords access to a whole range of features including the association’s online social networks, dedicated business directory, merchandise and various health and well-being services.


Here’s the renowned British conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, flanked by the two prominent Old Paradians Sean Willmore (1990) and Wally De Backer (College Captain 1998), in a relaxed moment between filming for the ABC’s recent Australian Story program.

The program, produced by Brigid Donovan, tells the story of the special connection between Sean and Dame Jane, which has served as a ‘game changer’ for the men and women on the front line of the increasingly bloody global war against poachers.

To view this episode of Australian Story, which also features another OP, film maker Brent Masters (1988), go to http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/thegamechanger/default.htm - then click on The Game Changer link in the Index section.


The people of the Kinglake community have joined former classmates of Jon Ellks in congratulating him on being named the Old Paradians’ Association’s inaugural Community Service Award winner.

Jon, a final year Parade student of 1984 and a member of Victoria Police, is to be presented with the award – which acknowledges those who contribute significantly to the welfare of those in society - at a Business Breakfast convened by the OPA at Visy Park on Thursday, August 7.

There he will also deliver a keynote address, entitled “Emergency Management – dealing with the aftermath of Black Saturday”.

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A solid turnout of 72 classmates of Parade’s final year of 1994 have taken part in a 20-year reunion at Bundoora, with teachers both past and present also there to renew acquaintance.

In the absence of the ’94 College Captain Chris McCue (who was unfortunately overseas, but nonetheless conveyed his best wishes in writing) the Malouf Trophy winner Daniel Harford ably deputised in reminiscing about his time at Parade – in the presence of Old College contemporaries and the teachers Marisa Cora, John Joss, Ivan Kummerle, Anne-Marie Morello and Jim Seymour.

Asked what the College meant to him, Harford initially quipped: “It was just that place between 9 and 3.30”. But clearly, Parade struck a chord for the man who boasted family links with the place and lived within walking distance of it. “Parade was a great school and while I know things have changed a little bit with the focus I loved sport and having access to all the ovals and the facilities,” said Harford.

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Pictured here in the immediate aftermath of the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club’s 1986 B-Section senior, reserve and Under 19 Grand Final triumphs are clockwise from bottom right Paul Considine, Brendan Considine, Guy Rodrigues, Matt Considine, the late Terry Considine, John Atta, Maurie Considine and Brendan Considine.

In May of this year, Maurie, the long-serving Old Paradians former player, Premiership Coach and President, became the first man to be presented with the Honorary Old Paradian Award.

On Saturday, August 9, Guy becomes the second.

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When his beloved father Orlando died in March 2013, Adrian Mascitti (OP 1994) oversaw funeral arrangements – a lofty duty given that Orlando himself was involved in the funeral industry for almost 30 years.

But as fate would have it, Orlando’s passing at 66 precipitated a real life change for Adrian – once a cabinet maker, later a distribution centre employee – who now upholds the tradition at Tobin Brothers / Abbey Funerals in Settlement Road, Thomastown.

“I never thought I’d ever work in the industry, but when I helped organise Dad’s funeral, it gave me some sort of satisfaction. I was doing something for him – not that I particularly enjoyed the process,” Adrian said.

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James Hern was the second child born to Bob and Anne Hern. He had an older sister Chelsie and a younger sister Victoria (Tori), spending his childhood years at Kinglake West and South Morang and attended primary school at St Mary’s Whittlesea.

James started at Parade Bundoora in 1999 with his best mate Nicholas Tonkin, following in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather Henry, uncles Michael, Christopher, David (dec.) Gerard, Brendan (dec.) and his cousin Daniel - all McIntyres.

In 2002, James transferred after year nine to Greensborough College and TAFE to learn a trade. Following his father into building, he completed a carpentry/set building apprenticeship with AM sets and Chandon homes. James worked with his Dad and uncle rebuilding houses in the Kinglake area after the Black Saturday fires of 2009.

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Fifty-five students of the class of ’84, together with current and former teachers of Parade College, have gathered in the Hickey Foyer for the class’s 30-year reunion.

1984 Captain John Belleville joined old mates in the room, and former mentors Ian Bibby, John Joss, Patricia Joss, John Ramsdale and John Nicholls - the latter the College’s VCAL Co-ordinator – were also there to mingle.

Acting Principal of Parade Cate Livingston also attended, as did OPA President Lewis Derrico.

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Three Old Paradians recently accepted an invitation from their old school to assist with the Eddie’s Brekkie Van Program.

Daniel Aicher (1989), Dean Forde (1989) and Garry Nervo (1968) took up the opportunity and really enjoyed the experience. The men recounted their many and varied experiences at Parade, with both Daniel and Dean fondly recalling the day in 1986 that it actually snowed at the College.

Garry, a retired Dentist, delighted in saying “I don’t have a bad memory of my time at Parade”. He also mentioned that he had the pleasure of treating three former Parade College Principals: Brother Greening, Brother Nash and Brother Vin Monagle (Flowerdale). On a return visit to Parade Garry asked one of his former teachers, Brother Murphy, if he could acquire a cutting from a fuschia plant. This led to a friendship and shared interest in gardening between an Old Paradian and the man who had taught him mathematics.

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From June until the end of August, Allied Heads of State, together with many hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world, will gather in France to solemnly commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy.

For the Old Paradian Brian Turner, thoughts will also turn to Normandy and to his older brother John - Flight Sergeant John James Joseph Turner of 15 Squadron RAF – one of seven crew members killed when their Avro Lancaster bomber crashed two days after D-Day, on June 8, 1944.

Brian is the last surviving sibling after John, Maurice and sister Pat. An 81-game player for the Collingwood and North Melbourne football clubs through the 1950s and ’60s, he and his brothers all attended Parade College.

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The Finanzios like to keep things in the family . . . so it’s of no real surprise that Thornbury’s latest bar should carry the moniker of Marco Finanzio’s dear old Mum.

“Joanie’s Baretto” - a hip little joint on the High Street strip offering the very best in Italian beer, wine and aperitivi - has just opened for business.

Located on the site of what was the old Renato Jewellery shop, and a few doors north of the much-frequented espresso bar Umberto (so named after Marco’s pappa), the baretto stands in fitting tribute to what the Old Paradian unhesitatingly declares is the Finanzio clan’s rock.

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Carlton Football Club High Performance Manager and Old Paradian David Buttifant has provided a fascinating insight into the evolution of football and where it is headed, as Guest Speaker of the Association’s Inaugural Business Breakfast for 2014.

A healthy cross section of Old Paradians including the former Collingwood and Sydney footballer Matt Ryan, together with Parade Bundoora’s Assistant Principal Cate Livingston, Preston Campus Director Lance Nillson and Student Welfare Co-ordinator Mary Dourios, heard David assess game trends both past and present, and offer his thoughts for the future of the game and those who play it.

Taking questions from the floor, including a question from Ryan who questioned the aesthetics of today’s AFL football, Buttifant believed that the game would continue to naturally evolve and didn’t require any tweaking from the game’s lawmakers.

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Members of the final year class of 1974 gathered at the Sir Henry Barkly Hotel on Friday night, some of them renewing acquaintance with old friends for the first time in 40 years.

Amongst those in attendance were Damian O’Connor who had jetted in from Queensland and David Gilbert from Adelaide. Brothers David and Peter Drapac, and Jim and Philip Arthur were there, as was the Old Paradians’ Association President and 1974 College Captain Lewis Derrico who addressed the gathering, together with Peter Drapac and Mark Natoli. David Gilbert perhaps spoke for all when he said of the reunion: “A fabulous night”. “Great to see so many Old Paradians (and) loved the way that a spontaneous ‘Yarrangabee’ broke out during the team photo,” he added. “Great to see so many Old Paradians (and) loved the way that a spontaneous ‘Yarrangabee’ broke out during the team photo,” he added.

Lewis described the evening as "a get-together", and said he "would love to see more blokes of the class of '74 make a statement by turning out at the Centenary Dinner on October 17". A '74 steering committee is now likely to be established to hunt down other College contemporaries of that year, as the countdown to October 17 continues. To view images from Friday night, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of this homepage.


They say that no matter where you’re positioned in the Frank Mount Social Room, Lou Arthur is looking down on you from the honour board that bears his name.

The story of how his portrait in oil happened to find its way there can be sourced to Bev Le Brocq, wife of the former Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club President Brian – recently shed light on the subject.

Bev revealed that it was she who commissioned the work through the artist Julia Price. “She (Price) was a friend of a friend. She was a colourist, and Lou’s painting didn’t take her long to complete - might have been a couple of weeks,” Bev said.

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This lovely interpretation in oil of the “Old Bluestone Pile” was painted by Parade Alphington’s former Art Teacher and Librarian the late Gizella Vermont in the 1970s. The painting used to grace the old Library at Parade Preparatory College at which Gizella worked through to her retirement in 1984.

Trish Joss, who also taught at the old Flowerdale campus, said that Gizella had offered the painting to her as a parting gift. She said that the time was now right to forward the painting on to Parade.

Trish graciously handed over the painting at the Old Paradians’ recent Ladies Luncheon, at which Gizella was posthumously honoured as the inaugural recipient of the OPA’s Woman of Distinction Award. Two of Gizella’s three sons Stephen and Paul Vermont (both schooled at Parade) were in the room on that occasion, together with their sister Clair Rowland. Gizella’s painting of Parade East Melbourne will shortly find a new home at the College’s Bundoora campus.


Capt. Prof. Kevin Rickard AM, the Old Paradians’ Association’s most recent Inductee into its Hall of Fame, has completed a sentimental journey to the Bundoora Campus.

Accompanied by his wife Elaine, Kevin boarded the Bourke Street tram for his hour-long ride to Parade College, Bundoora – “an oasis” as he called it – on what was Founder’s Day celebration at the College.

Kevin walked the grounds of Parade before visiting the Hickey Foyer where his panel now shares wall space with the OPA’s other 10 Hall of Fame Inductees, including “Jock” McHale, Sir Norman O’Bryan and Michael Pratt GC. “It’s overwhelming to be here. It’s a beautiful space, a beautiful area in this school,” Kevin said.

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Peter Bedford, Parade College’s one and only Brownlow Medallist in the 90 years since the Trophy’s inception, has returned to Parade to accept a Distinguished Old Paradian Award and address almost 1900 students at Term 2 Assembly.

Resplendent in his Old Paradians tie, Bedford said he was truly humbled in being presented with the award by College Principal Dr Denis Moore and to return to the school which served as the catalyst for countless Old Boys excelling in all manner of pursuits in the wider community in their later lives

In his address, Peter talked of his own happy times at the “Old Bluestone Pile” and the opportunities Parade afforded him through his formative years - and he also called on students to make the most of what the Bundoora Campus had to offer. “I wish you every success both now and in the path you take when you leave school. I encourage you to embrace the school and all its activities, and to respect yourself and respect your teachers . . . . it will stand you in good stead for the workforce and ultimately your later life.”

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More than 120 guests gathered in the Frank Mount Social Room at the Garvey Oval on Saturday, for what was an historic moment for the Old Paradians’ Association, the football club ...and its long and loyal servant Maurie Considine.

With his wife Maureen and sons Brendan, Paul and Matt amongst those in the audience, Maurie was presented with the inaugural Honorary Old Paradian Award by OPA President Lewis Derrico.

The Old Paradians’ Association recently saw fit to establish this award in recognition of those who, whilst not schooled at the College, have greatly contributed to Parade life – and none greater than Maurie, who was educated at St Mary’s Primary School in Ringwood.

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With Simon Madden and Peter Bedford amongst 80 guests of the Old Paradians’ Association watching on from the Frank Mount Room, Parade’s 1st XVIII emerged the narrow 12-point victors over St Bernard’s in the much-anticipated Madden-Bedford Shield to launch the 2014 ACC season.

In what was a great day for Parade College and the OPA, guests savoured a pre-match luncheon at which current students ably officiated as waiters, in what doubled as a 50-year reunion of Bedford’s final year class of 1964.

In the house were the respective Principals of Parade and St Bernard’s Dr. Denis Moore and Tony Paatsch; two of Parade’s former League footballers Tony Ongarello and Matt Ryan; former Parade 1st XVIII captains Mark Aiello and Marcus Yeo; College captains Michael O’Meara and Phil Carter (together with Phil’s brother Geoff); a group of former students of the class of ’56 and of course members of the class of ’64 including Valentino Stella in a whirlwind visit before returning to the United States, and the College Captain Terry Barker.

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With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, an extraordinary story has surfaced in respect of a member of one of Parade’s most prominent families, the Mackeys.

Vincent Patrick Mackey, an Old Paradian who like so many put his life on the line through the war to end all wars, was recently the subject of thorough research conducted by his nephew Peter – himself a student of Parade Preparatory College between 1962 and ’65.

Peter, who recently traversed the Flanders farmlands at Fromelles where in July 1916 the most calamitous 24 hours in Australian military history occurred, has documented the following story of Vincent and, in doing so, prompted his nephew Simon to pen a poem about the soldier and whether the bullet he took might have changed the course of history had it gone the other way. The following is Peter's story.

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North Melbourne ruckman Daniel Currie (2007) has finally found his niche in Parade College’s impressive quota of senior VFL/AFL footballers, after getting a late-call up for what was his first match, against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Given that the big bloke from Eltham North had waited eight long years for his first kick in senior AFL football, you couldn't blame him for being a tad "filthy" in being denied a first-up shot on goal.

And would you believe that the field umpire who indirectly cost him that initial chance was a fellow Old Paradian, the officiating field umpire Mathew Nicholls (1994).

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The Old Paradians’ Association may not have got its quota of competitors for the 2014 Centenary Golf Day, but that didn’t deter a few diehards from getting 18 holes in at Rosanna Golf Course recently.

Answering the call of organisers Steve Nailer (1987) and Paul Evans (1986), a number of Old Paradians turned out regardless to take advantage of idyllic conditions which offered no excuse for errant work with either wood or iron. Amongst those who participated were (from left to right pictured) Luke Thomas, Paul Digney and David Stuckey from the class of 1988, Craig Fuller (1985) as well as Evans and Nailer. Also involved was Keith Almond (1960), Chris Chamberlin (1960), John Hodder (1960), Kenneth Simpson (1961) and Patrick Whitehouse (1961), who were in equally good form in the clubhouse.

Nailer said the success of the informal event was due to the groups of schoolmates who fronted up and paid their green fees. As he said: “The blokes who fronted loved it. It was all fairly low-key and relaxed, but that was fine for a Friday.”

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In its ongoing quest to build partnerships within and beyond the community, Parade College has turned to Old Paradians to assist with its Brekky Van sessions through 2014.

The College has allocated two Brekky Van sessions in which former students can help current students and staffers with this noble initiative on the Tuesday mornings of June 10 or September 9.

Brekky Van was established by student leaders in 2005 to provide those less fortunate with something to eat each Tuesday morning of term time. Parade College Assistant Principal Cate Livingston said the sessions offered Old Paradians a real chance to help staff and students make a real difference to those in the neighbourhood.

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They say blood is thicker than water . . . and so it is with the Bailey brothers Leonard (Len) and Keith.

Recently, Keith made contact with Parade on Len’s behalf to correct an apparent 75-year oversight. Keith, who earned Dux Leaving Honours at the “Old Bluestone Pile” in 1941, wrote to advise that at the end of ’39 his older brother Len was informed by the then College Principal Bro. TB Garvey that he too was Dux of that year – an award shared with the late Greg Forristal, Len’s childhood friend, with whom the bespectacled Len is pictured here.

“The fact that Len shared Equal Dux is shown in the enclosed copy of the statement endorsed by Bro. TB Garvey on one of the book prizes awarded to him in Christmas 1939,” Keith wrote.

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An extraordinary gathering of mourners paid their final respects to the late former Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club Captain Terence Considine, at Cheltenham’s Our Lady of Assumption Church on Thursday (February 27).

The Thanksgiving Mass, at which Father Joe Caddy (Parade 1977) was one of three Celebrants, attracted a conservative estimate of 1100 people – amongst them those connected with either the College or the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club at which Terry served with such distinction as a player through the 1970s and 80s.

Terry was 58 when he died on February 21, having suffered a heart attack whilst holidaying on the Gold Coast. He was the son of the long-serving Old Paradians Premiership-winning Senior Coach and President Maurie Considine, and older brother to Brendon, Vin, Paul and Matt, all of whom represented the football club with distinction as players. Pictured here in the Garvey Oval changeroom with the OPs’ Senior and Reserve grade Premiership trophies of 1986 is (clockwise from the bottom left hand corner) Vin, Matt, Terry, Maurie, Brendan and Paul.

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Bernie Shannon, the former Collingwood footballer whose three boys followed him through the gates of Parade college, has died after a short illness at the age of 85.

Bernie’s wife Pat, sons Mick, Brendan and Paul and daughters Anne, Christine, Carmel and Jacinta were all with him when he died at The Heights aged care facility in Donvale on Wednesday.

Paul, who completed his schooling at Bundoora in 1985 and was from 2007-2010 the College’s Assistant Principal, today remembered his father as a man of great integrity. “Dad always respected the dignity of people and that was one of his greatest gifts. He was a very engaging character,” Paul said.

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It’s been a quarter of a century since Alphington’s Parade Preparatory College finally closed its doors - but for those former students and staff for whom “Flowerdale” invoked such happy memories, a rare opportunity to rekindle them came at the weekend.

Through the kindness and generosity of the Principal of Alphington Grammar Dr Vivianne Nikou and Head of Performing Arts Jacinta Shannon, the doors to “Parade Prep” – home to countless Paradians from 1953 through to ’88 - were opened on the eve of the OPA Centenary Cycle to Bundoora.

Amongst those filing through was the former President of the Old Paradians’ Amateur Athletic Club Bill Reid, together with Ian Bibby, who taught there from 1964-’82. Also on hand was Spenceley Williams (a student of Parade Prep in that inaugural year of ’53) and Mike Moore, a final year student of 1957.

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Terry Moran AC, the Parade College Captain of 1966, recently delivered an authoritative address to Old Paradians who had also gathered at the RACV City Club to honour the memory of the late Bill Dunne, Parade’s Head Prefect of 1944 and a stalwart of the association.

More than 80 people frequented the Club to hear Moran’s off-the-record speech, amongst them his younger brother Dr Peter Moran (1967), pictured here on the right with Terry. Also present was Bill’s wife Joan Dunne and daughters Catherine and Elizabeth, in honour of the man who was the face of the OPA Luncheon for decades.

Noel Purcell (1951) called for a minute’s silence to honour Bill’s memory, before all raised a glass to their recently-departed comrade. Hilton Deakin (1950), Auxiliary Bishop for the eastern region of Melbourne, offered a prayer for Bill. This image is courtesy Phil Carter, the Parade College Captain of 1969.


Arthur Roe remembers the moment – it happened at the now-defunct Australian Art Resources gallery in Melbourne when he first caught glimpse of an abstract work by the Chicago-born Australian artist Charles Reddington.

“I don’t even own that picture anymore,” Arthur lamented this week. “It’s crazy, I should never have let it go. It was one of those things . . . but that was the light if you like.”

For Arthur, a final year student of Parade in 1972, Old Paradians Premiership footballer of 1986 and for more than 30 years a taxation expert and financial planner, Reddington’s abstract unquestionably flicked the switch in 2003.

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A huge contingent of Old Paradians were amongst the many mourners who paid their last respects to Bill Dunne at his funeral service at the Sacred Heart Church in Sandringham recently.

Bill died peacefully at Cabrini Prahran on New Year’s Day in the company of his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Joan and their children Catherine, Paul, Clare, Elizabeth and Lucy. All five children delivered moving eulogies at the service, as did lifelong friend and fellow Old Paradian Noel Purcell. Noel was elected Parade College Prefect (Captain) in 1951 - an honour which was similarly bestowed upon Bill some seven years previous.

“Let me say that Bill was a man of integrity and honour,” Noel told the gathering. “His part in our lives was significant. We grieve for ourselves really, for the sense of loss, (but) we have no regrets. He was loved. We loved him and he knew it, and he loved us and we knew it.”

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Renowned folk musician, former Northern Territory Chief Administrator and Old Paradian Ted Egan has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Australian Country Music Awards recently held in Tamworth.

Ted - who has recorded 30 albums, written ten books and presented on 13 episodes of the hour-long TV documentary This Land Australia over a 40-year professional career – accepted his Golden Guitar trophy from Joy McKean, wife of the late Slim Dusty.

Along with his presentation of a Golden Guitar trophy, Ted’s contribution to the industry was recognised with a performance of his song “The Drover’s Boy”. “My achievement award is that I’ve had this great life,” Ted said.

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“Success in life is not easy. You absolutely will be challenged, distracted and you will certainly fail along the way. It’s how you deal with these pressures that will define you and every one of you.” The speaker, Blake Caracella, should know. A final year student of Parade in 1994, Blake has already drawn on a lifetime’s experiences as a two-time AFL Premiership player with Essendon and Brisbane to take him to the summit as an Assistant Coach at Geelong.

Recently, he returned to Parade College to receive a Distinguished Old Paradian Award from the Principal Dr Denis Moore. In doing so, Blake took the opportunity to address students, to tell them of his own unique journey and to encourage them to find their passion and pursue that passion to the hilt.

For Blake, the return to the College was a sentimental homecoming, particularly in respect of his playing days. As he said: “I was very lucky to play in 10 Premierships from the age of 12 to the age of 17, which including two here at Parade – and those are still some of the fondest memories I’ve got”. To view Blake Caracella’s acceptance of his award and his address, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au9kVPuTBaM


Phil Carter and Rob Cugno, two members of the Old Paradians' Association committee, recently accepted an invitation to attend a gathering of final year students of the class of 1971 (Club 71 as it is known) in Bulleen.

Club 71 conducted its own AGM and dinner at which Fr. Bob McGuire officiated as guest speaker.

On the strength of that function, Phil felt compelled to pen the following words;

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When mourners recently gathered at St. Bridget’s Church, North Balwyn to farewell an Old Paradian Dr. Greg Forristal, they learnt a little more of a wonderful life through a lovely eulogy delivered by eldest son Guy.

With the family’s kind permission, Guy Forristal’s following tribute to his father is reproduced here.

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Ten days ago, Sean Willmore canvassed his plans for a better world with Prince William at Kensington Palace.

Today, the Old Paradian addressed a special Assembly of Parade College students to raise awareness and funds for his global cause The Thin Green Line Foundation (TTGLF).

Sean, a final year student of Parade in 1990 who was presented with a Distinguished Old Paradian award at the Assembly five years ago, has devoted much of his adult life to TTGLF - a worldwide charity he founded to support the work of park rangers whose lives are at risk from wildlife poachers.

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The legendary Collingwood premiership player and coach James Francis "Jock" McHale, a final year student of Parade College in 1894, has been named coach of the AFL's Multicultural Team of Champions.

McHale's coveted team - captained by the four-time Carlton Premiership footballer Alex Jesaulenko - comprises senior League footballers from the period 1896 who must also have been born overseas or had at least one parent overseas-born to qualify for selection.

Herald Sun sports journalist Glenn McFarlane, who penned the recently-released McHale biography "Jock", confirmed that "McHale's father and mother were both Irish-born.

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A greater insight into the working life of the late Brian Buckley has emerged, in the wake of his funeral at St Michael's Anglican Church in North Carlton.

Brian, a final year Parade College student of 1951, recently died at Kew’s Caritas Christi Hospice at the age of 78. Mourners attending the funeral learned that Brian, on completion of his time at East Melbourne, obtained a scholarship to Melbourne University, where he studied philosophy. Brian later pursued a career in journalism, penning articles for the now-defunct The Bulletin.

Brian then officiated as Federal Liberal Party Press Secretary to the late Sir Philip Lynch, whose biography Lynched he later penned. As Press Secretary, he was involved in the behind-the-scenes move to secure Tirath Khemlani’s passage to Australia at the height of “The Loans Affair”, which ultimately contributed to the demise of the Whitlam Labor Government. He is pictured here by The Age photographer ushering Khemlani to an awaiting car on the latter's much-publicised arrival in Canberra in October 1974.

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Thirty-seven members of the final year class of 1973 have gathered in the Hickey Foyer to recall the pioneering days of the College’s Bundoora campus.

Amongst those present was the College Captain of that year, Greg Cain, together with the current Principal Br. Denis Moore, former Principal Br. Laurie Collins and the long-serving accounting teacher John Joss.

Greg spoke passionately about his days at the College, reflecting on what it was that made Parade truly great. “It was the camaraderie of the guys, the different cohorts, from Greensborough and Eltham down to Preston, Northcote and Alphington. It was such a diverse group,” Greg said. “We all came from different backgrounds, and there was a good camaraderie there.”

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Dr. Barry Lauritz, a final year student of the class of 1960 who pursued his professional career as a General Practitioner and later as a Dermatologist, died on Monday after suffering a recent stroke. He was 70.

Hailing from Reservoir and schooled at St Colman's before completing his education at Parade East Melbourne, Barry was one of nine children born to Norman and Ruby Lauritz. His father was dedicated to Melbourne political and union affairs, while his mother was an active participant in the College's Ladies Auxiliary.

Fr. Michael McEntee, the Parade College Captain of 1960, remembered Barry with great affection from the days of the Old Bluestone Pile. "In schooldays I was close to Barry," Father McEntee said. "He was a Cadet Under-Officer and we were both prefects in our matric year. If I remember rightly he was certainly a better footballer than I was and I think he was in athletics too . . . "He was very highly regarded professionally and he was a nice man to go with it. He was unassuming and always interested in the news in your life rather than just getting through the 20-minute consultation. He was a real gentleman in the strict sense of the word."

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The historic city of Lyon in east-central France formed the idyllic backdrop for a recent reunion for two Old Paradians of the class of 1958.

The Parade College Captain of that year, Professor Dennis Green, in a brief European visit, arranged to meet with John Tittensor, now based in Lyon. Dennis is pictured on the right handing John a copy of Br. Bill Wilding’s tome “Flaming Torch”, which chronicles the life of the late Br. Frank McCarthy. He explained that the handover was completed at L’archange Restaurant, “just off the very pleasant square (Place Sathonay), located conveniently between John’s apartment and his office, which are only about 250 metres apart”.

“John and I completed our years at Parade in 1958,” Dennis said. “We were both students of French and English Literature under Brother McCarthy, but John continued in the Humanities stream at Melbourne University while I went on there to study Civil Engineering, and later Commerce.”

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The Old Paradians’ Association (OPA) has donated $30,000 to Parade College’s Scholarship and Bursary Fund.

OPA President Lewis Derrico, in pledging the donation on the Association’s behalf, said he hoped this contribution ould be the first of many to the College’s Fund. “The purpose of the Fund is to provide the means of supporting students and their families via Academic scholarships for excellence and Bursaries to assist with fees. The criteria is determined by the board governing the Fund,” Lewis said. “In making this donation, the Old Paradians’ Association is committed to promoting the benefits of the Fund as part of the overall community-building mission statement of the OPA.”

Those interested in contributing to the Parade College Scholarship and Bursary Fund can do so by cheque payment to Parade College Scholarship and Bursary Fund, 1436 Plenty Road, Bundoora 3083. All donations of more than $2 to the Fund are tax deductible.


Cpl. Pablo Fuenzalida attended Parade from just up the road in Reservoir - but in truth he came to the College from half a world away and in particularly trying circumstances.

A final year VCE student of 1988, Pablo (pictured here by Tony Teo) deferred a building engineering course at Melbourne’s RMIT, during which time he applied to join the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Victoria Police, both of which accepted him.

But fate then intervened and on the strength of a defence force display that caught his eye at the Preston Market, Pablo signed to join the Royal Australian Navy as a Marine Technician Propulsion in its engineering department - and he soon set to work on the turbine engines for the Navy’s sizeable fleet.

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Joseph O’Connell, an Old Paradian whose rose to become Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Melbourne, has died at Caritas Christi Hospice Kew at the age of 81.

Born and raised in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, World War II had a considerable impact on the young Joe O’Connell, as he revealed in a recent interview with Melbourne’s Kairos news service.

“I think it (the war) gave us a capacity to endure,” he explained. “There was a rationing of food and rationing of clothes, but Mum and Dad always had the perfect excuse for anything that wasn’t there, or that we couldn’t have: ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on?!’. “Life, in a sense, was very simple and there was a great spirit of community and neighbourliness among people who looked after eachother. A lot of that probably developed considerably out of the experiences of the fellows who had been at war.”

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Ninety-five years after the guns fell silent in Europe, and in the lead-up to the solemn day of remembrance on Anzac Day, the Old Paradians’ Association acknowledges the extreme heroism of the 29th Battalion’s Corporal William Francis Joseph Bloxom, whose family connections with Parade College can be sourced to the first days of the institution’s very existence.

The OPA acknowledges the exhaustive research of Mrs Maureen De Bolfo, in sourcing the stories of the brave young men of Parade who fought for King and Country in the war to end all wars.

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The class of 1979 rallied to the cause at Visy Park on Thursday morning, as one of their own, Col. David Stevens, reflected on 30 years with the Australian Defence Force, as guest speaker of the Old Paradians’ Association at its first Business Breakfast of 2013. In the house to hear Col. Stevens detail his remarkable experiences in such locales as Turkey and Israel were 1979 final year students Michael Bonadio, Phil Hammond, Martin Luby, Phil Luchetta, Edi Menegas and John Smith.

Also present was John Moore of the class of 1953, Vietnam veteran Paul McCrohan (1963) and Mark Aiello (1990), the newly-appointed Assistant Principal of Parade College and Old Paradians’ Association committeeman. In a speech entitled “A Life in Uniform”, Col. Stevens, now domiciled in Melbourne, delivered an expansive address relating to the ADF’s logistical operations, before fielding a series of questions from the floor. A broad range of topics were covered, from the Turkish perspective on the Gallipoli landing through to the East Timor peacekeeping operations under Major General Peter Cosrgove.

The Old Paradians’ Association will host two more Business Breakfasts at Visy Park this year, on the Thursday mornings of August 15 and November 21.


“You know that I’ve never talked about the war until the last four or five years. Isn’t that strange?” The speaker is Old Paradian Keith Ross, almost three quarters of a century after he completed his schooling at the Old Bluestone Pile in East Melbourne.

A World War II veteran, Keith is fast approaching his 87th birthday, having been born in Hobart on June 24, 1926. But when he enlisted with the Army at Royal Park on June 9, 1941, he gave his date of birth as June 3, 1920. This was a blatant lie, and Keith knew it. In truth, he was just 14 years, 11 months and 16 days when he committed for active service, not 21 as the Australian War Memorial’s Nominal Roll attests.

For a period of two years and seven months of active duty until his discharge from the 2/6th Battalion in January 1944, Private Ross was exposed to the horrors of military combat in New Guinea. With Anzac Day looming, Keith recently reflected on his extraordinary wartime experiences in an interview at his home in East Ringwood.

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John Dinan, the Parade College captain of 1977 and winner of the 1980 Stawell Gift, has completed an emotional return to Central Park, where he was inducted into the Stawell Athletic Club Hall of Fame on Good Friday.

Dinan, the Hall's 61st inductee, was also there when the ashes of his late friend the 1982 Gift winner Chris Perry were scattered on the following Monday. Both John and Chris were the first Stawell Gift winners to represent their country at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

It's more than 30 years now since Dinan took line honours off five and a half with a time of 12.3 at Stawell, hence his gratitude to the club's decision-makers for bestowing him with this honour. "The Hall is pretty impressive . . . to think that the Stawell Gift has been going since 1878 and there's only 60 people in there . . . I'm quite humbled," Dinan said.

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Members of the class of 1963 have gathered at the Treacy Centre in Parkville to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their final year as students of Parade College.

Twenty-five members of the class gathered to hear from the 1963 College captain Tony Killen OAM as he reflected on his time at Parade, just as they had done fifty years ago when Killen delivered an address on the night of the ’63 Graduation Dinner.

Amongst them was Richard Ruff (pictured), who came complete with a souvenir program from that night, and Joe Chiera, a member of Parade’s inaugural First grade soccer team of 1963. Graeme Pound and Tony Sonneveld OAM jetted in from the ACT and New South Wales respectively to be part of the reunion gathering.

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The customary glass of red wine was again raised to honour the memory of the late John Giuliano when members of the JG Group recently gathered for their regular monthly luncheon at Melbourne’s Celtic Club. Old Paradians who matriculated from the College through 1956 and ’57 – clockwise from left Mike Moore, Pat McNamara (celebrating his 73rd birthday), JG Group Hon Sec. Peter Roberts, Adrian George, Dennis Stephenson and Kevin Ryan – came together as they have done on every fourth Wednesday of the month since the luncheon idea was first mooted by John back in 2008.

“It was John Giuliano who suggested that the guys from our Parade Class who attended the OPs’ Luncheon from time to time should have their own get-together that did not conflict with the long-established luncheon,” Roberts said. “And so it came to be, about four or five years ago.”

But when John suddenly died at the time of the luncheon’s formation, his fellow diners, according to Peter, “were all at a bit of a loss as to what we might do about our special function”. Regardless, they pushed on out of respect for their old mate, “and it was decided that we would call ourselves the ‘JG Group’ in honour of John Giuliano”.


With the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Old Paradians’ Association looming in 2014, the OPA is endeavouring to contact all former Teachers of Parade College with a view to including them in a Major Gala function designed to reunite all who had a connection with Parade.

The association is seeking to reconnect with as many former teachers as possible to keep them abreast of all happenings – reunions, luncheons and breakfasts included - through the course of the landmark year of 2014 and beyond. Contact details will remain confidential and in the keep of the OPA, with association committeeman John Ramsdale (a final year student of Parade in 1966 and a teacher at the College from 1974-1988) the port of call for any former teachers wishing to touch base.

John can be contacted via email – jandsramsdale@hotmail.com with further enquiries directed to Tony De Bolfo, CEO, Old Paradians’ Association, on 9468 3301 or tony.debolfo@parade.vic.edu.au The OPA would be extremely grateful for your support in making contact and/or assisting with the whereabouts of other former teachers of Parade College.


John Jordan SC, a final year student of Parade College in 1966, has been appointed as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said Mr Jordan would bring to the court nearly four decades of experience in the law.

"I congratulate Mr Jordan on his appointment and look forward to him continuing to serve the Victorian legal system in his new role on the bench," Mr Clark said.

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Tyson Legg (Parade 2000) has been nominated for a prestigious Green Room Award for best Musical Direction in the Cabaret category for "Showfolk".

Tyson officiated as both Musical Director of and performer in Showfolk, in collaboration with Natasha Basset and Rachel Conway (armed with the guitar) with whom he is pictured. Ten performances were held at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club over a two-week period in August last year, after he had helped organise the harmonies and the musicians to perform well-established music pieces and adapt them to a folk setting.

"We got a lot of positive feedback, much of it by word of mouth, so the production was well-received," Tyson said recently. "To now be nominated for a Green Room award is really terrific. I've never been nominated before, so I can now include this on my CV and something like this can hopefully open a few doors."

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The former Speaker of the House and current Federal Member for Scullin, Mr Harry Jenkins MP, has called on Parade College to promote the three-time Grammy Award winner and Old Paradian Gotye as "Parade's own".

In officially launching the 38th Annual Art Show in The Great Hall at the Bundoora Campus recently, Mr Jenkins took the liberty to acknowledge the recent achievements of Gotye, more specifically Walter De Backer, the Parade College Captain of 1998. He also related a tale which he said best illustrated the need for the country, let alone the College, to “claim” world popular music’s most famous artist.

"Embarrassingly, a parliamentary delegation went off to Europe last year and one of the countries they went to was Belgium,” Mr Jenkins said. “Now of this delegation were people that were of an older generation and I can excuse that . . . (but) what happened was they met with their Belgian colleagues who talked about 'Belgium's own Gotye' and the Australian parliamentarians to their shame didn't actually know who they were talking about. So it's in the marketing.”


Walter De Backer (Gotye), Parade College's captain of 1998 and the first Australian artist this century to win mutliple Grammys for the same release, has thanked his parents for their part in the 'Making Mirrors' album's monumental global success.

In his acceptance speech at the 55th annual awards at Los Angeles' Staples Centre, Walter offered a glimpse into the story behind his winning of three Grammys - Record of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Kimbra ('Somebody That I Used To Know').

“I recorded mostly in a barn on my Dad’s block of land south-east of Melbourne Australia, so I’ve got to thank Dad and my Mum for letting me set up a lot of weird recording equipment in a barn near their house,” Walter said. “Seriously, thankyou also to everybody who makes, quote unquote, “non alternative albums” so that this category can exist, and to all other nominees in the category and all other artists making incredible music this year, I really thankyou for incredible inspiration . . . I don’t really feel worthy to be up here accepting an award for my record.”


The Parade College Library is the welcome beneficiary of Moira Scollay's book "Lalor" through the generosity of an Old Paradian and Lalor resident Peter Dalton.

Peter recently took time to visit the College and forward Moira's tome for the Library's use. In the process, he agreed to pen the following article about his time at Parade and his connection with the Lalor community.

The Old Paradians' Association and Parade College acknowledges Peter's generosity for his gift of the book for the benefit of the boys.

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This is the RAAF identity card for Flight Sergeant Dennis Geoffrey Featherstone. Dennis had just turned 18 when he enlisted for wartime duties. It was October 1943, just a few short months after the boy from Surrey Hills completed his training with the Commonwealth Aircraft Co-Op.

Dennis was also an Old Paradian. In 1942 he completed his third and final year at Parade College and perhaps that’s the school blazer and tie he’s pictured wearing.

Dennis’ ID card carries his physical particulars, signature and brief acknowledgment of his short history with 24 Squadron. Sadly, it also carries the words “Missing, believed killed over Balikpapen (sic) on 2 July, ’45”.

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Phoebe Mount, the modest matriarch of one of Parade College’s most famous families, has died at the age of 104.

The wife of the late Old Paradians stalwart Frank Mount senior, mother of Frank junior, James, John and Pat, and grandmother of Peter and Anthony (all schooled at Parade), Phoebe was a long-serving champion of both causes and ably served the College’s Ladies’ Auxiliary for nigh on two decades, including a three-year term as secretary from 1962-64.

Born on May 29, 1908 at Glen Creek near Dederang (south east of the old Victorian mining town of Yackandandah), Alice Phoebe (nee Arter) Mount was one of 12 children of local farmer John Arter and his wife Elizabeth. She is pictured here with her husband Frank, together with Brother Frank McCarthy, former Old Paradians' Association President Rene Stella and the then OPA committeeman Bill Dunne at the Celtic Club in the mid-1970s.

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Featuring at the top of this homepage, flanking our Parade College Captain of 2012 and newest "Old Boy" Lachlan Holmes are six Old Paradians of genuine stature.

They are from left the founding member and bass guitarist for iconic Australian rock band Rose Tattoo the late Michael Cocks; our first Olympian and Australian middleweight boxing champion Peter Read; the former chief of the Australian Defence Force the late General John Stuart Baker; the Seven Network's long-serving musical director and film and television critic the late Ivan Hutchinson, South Melbourne's 1970 Brownlow Medallist Peter Bedford and the oldest-known living Old Paradian, Fr Vincent Creed, now in his 100th year. Both Cocks (pictured here) and Hutchinson were inducted into the Old Paradians' Association's Hall of Fame in 2012.


The artist and Old Paradian John Borrack, now in his 80th year, has dedicated his working life to the living, breathing landscape . . . and today his works in watercolour and gouache carry an even greater pathos.

“In a world where the natural landscape has never been so endangered by so-called ‘progress’ - extraordinary and often thoughtless development - perhaps the 400-year old category of landscape paintings may be seen again with the relevance it has always held in art,” John said at the weekend. “However the natural corollary to that is assuming much of the landscape remains.”

John is pictured here moments after having conveyed his deep concerns for the disappearing backdrops he’d so lovingly put to canvas these past 40 years. Speaking at the Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre, John was on hand for the formal opening of an exhibition of his significant lifetime works – “John Borrack Selected Paintings & Drawings 1970-2012” – which was launched by Tim Fisher, the Senior Curator of the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

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In the Gold Coast suburb of Ashmore, at the De Paul Villa aged care facility on Edmund Rice Drive, Father Vincent Creed – at 99 the oldest known living Old Paradian – spends his days in quiet contemplation.

The facility’s kind-hearted staff members, amongst them Dulcie Craig who assisted with the following interview, ensure that Father Creed (pictured here at his 1939 ordination in a photograph supplied by his second cousin Michael Grogan) is well-looked after.

That his 101 year-old sister Kathleen is also a Villa resident helps Father Creed’s cause no end, as he and she draw daily on the experiences of 200 years in total.

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Peter Lauritsen, who completed his matriculation in Parade College Bundoora’s inaugural year of 1968, has taken on duties as the new Chief Magistrate of the State of Victoria. A Victorian Magistrate since 1989, and Deputy Chief Magistrate since 2003, Peter commenced last Thursday after replacing Ian Gray, the newly-appointed County Court judge and State Coroner.

“I am very proud to take on this position, and I thank Mr Ian Gray for his excellent service to the court over his ten years as Chief Magistrate,” Peter said in a statement released by the Magistrates’ court of Victoria.

“Courts are complex places, and it is incumbent upon us to work towards simplifying our practice and processes to ensure all court users can access our services.”

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Paul McCrohan completed his schooling at Parade College East Melbourne almost 50 years ago. His family has long been associated with Parade and a relative, Michael McCrohan, ably served as captain of the College at Bundoora in 1992. 

To coincide with Remembrance Day, when Australians to a man, woman and child observe a minute’s silence in honour of those who died in all wars, Paul, now the President of the Tramways-East Melbourne RSL Sub-Branch, agreed to recount his own experiences of Vietnam through what was an 11-month period of active service in 1968.

In the presence of his friend and fellow former Vietnam vet the long-serving former Parade College teacher John Joss, Paul recently took part in a Q and A over a cup of tea at Café Scintilla in Heidelberg, in which he also revealed his on-going commitment to those who served in subsequent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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To each and every student of Parade College Bundoora since 1968, it’s a well-known landmark - yet few have ever ventured inside the gates of the Christian Brothers’ Cemetery.

Today, the graves of 142 Christian Brothers can be found in the cemetery – amongst them six former Principals of Parade College – Brothers Turpin, Garvey, Carey, Naughtin, Nash and McCarthy. Brother John De Sales Tevlin was the first laid to rest in the cemetery in October 1959 and Brother Leonard Francis, in August 2011, the most recent. The graves of the Reverend Father Daniel Gerrard Briglia and Reverend Father Daniel Daly are also there.

To view the final resting places of the 142 Christian Brothers and two Reverend Fathers, go to the “Quick Links” section to the right of this home page, open the file marked “Brothers’ Cemetery”, scroll down and click on the links.


The Old Paradians' Association Hall of Fame now has a home, sharing wall space with the college honour boards in the Hickey Foyer at Parade's Bundoora campus.

With the support of Parade College Principal Br. Denis Moore, precious space was made available to the association to showcase the Hall's nine inductees and their unique contributions to society. Currently nine old boys are so acknowledged - Sir John Collins, "Jock" McHale, Bishop Arthur Fox, Lou Arthur, Sir Bernard Callinan and Sir Norman O'Bryan (all inducted to the Hall in 2010), together Michael Pratt (2011), and Michael Cocks and Ivan Hutchinson last year.

Panels carrying the Hall of Famers' portraits and chronicling their deeds proudly hang in a spotlit area of the foyer, which continues to serve as the preferred venue for final year student anniversary reunions.

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