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Maurie Considine, the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club’s former player and Premiership-winning coach and President, is to be acknowledged for his lifelong dedication to duty as the inaugural recipient of the Old Paradians’ Association’s Honorary Old Paradian award.

Maurie, just a teenager when he accepted an invitation from the late Barney Luby to join the club in 1949, will be presented with his award at a Luncheon to be held in the Frank Mount Social Room prior to the round 4 match between the Old Paradians and South Melbourne Districts at the Garvey Oval on Saturday, May 3.

The Considine family – Maurie’s wife Maureen and sons Brendan, Vin, Paul and Matt – will be in attendance when Maurie receives his award. Each of the boys, together with their oldest brother the late Terry Considine to whom the club will also pay tribute, were wonderful servants of the football club over many seasons as senior players.

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Numbers are steadily building for the Luncheon preceding the much-anticipated Bedford-Madden Shield match between Parade College and St Bernard’s to launch the 2014 ACC season.

Former League footballers ex-Parade - including the 73-game Collingwood, Sydney and Brisbane on-baller Matt Ryan and the 131-game Fitzroy full-forward Tony Ongarello - have confirmed their attendance for the April 23 Luncheon in the Frank Mount Room, together with members of the College’s final year class of 1964 who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary reunion on this occasion.

Amongst them is Valentino Stella (pictured), Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas, who will be in Melbourne for an all too brief period. Considered a “giant in pharmaceutical chemistry”, Professor Stella has made multiple discoveries and innovations in diverse scientific fields spanning pharmacokinetics and lymphatic transport, preformulation and chemical kinetics, development of novel excipients, drug delivery technologies, prodrug design and evaluation, and pharmaceutical preparations.

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Here’s Simon Madden and Peter Bedford proudly flying the flag at the Garvey Oval in the lead-up to the much-anticipated Madden-Bedford Shield match between the St Bernard’s and Parade College 1st XVIII teams on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23.

And to mark its Centenary year, the Old Paradians’ Association is to convene a Luncheon prior to the Madden-Bedford Shield match, in the Frank Mount Room.

Simon and Peter – luminaries of League football and former students of St Bernard’s and Parade College respectively - will be in attendance at the Luncheon on the day the two 1st XVIII teams contest the first match of the ACC season.

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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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Old Paradian David Buttifant, the new High Performance Manager of the Carlton Football Club, has graciously agreed to address the first Old Paradians' Association Business Breakfast for the year, on the morning of Thursday, May 29, at Visy Park.

David, who recently renewed acquaintance with Senior Coach Michael Malthouse at the club, will discuss "Trends in Football - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow".

For more than 20 years, David has forged a handsome reputation through his close associations with elite athletes at both Olympic and AFL level. An Associate Professor at ACU, David’s academic background also saw him gain a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology and an MBA.

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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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Friends and work colleagues are today paying tribute to the late Terry Considine.

They are remembering with affection the life of Terry, the oldest of five boys of Maurie & Maureen Considine, who died in Queensland this morning at the age of 58.

Terry is survived by his wife Patrice, daughter Fiona and sons Peter and Joe. He is also survived by his father Maurie, mother Maureen, brothers Brendan, Vin, Paul and Matt and members of the Considines’ extended family.

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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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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 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.


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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Just prior to Christmas, a 20-year reunion of the first and most successful Parade Basketball North American tour of 1993/94 was held at the Lower Plenty Hotel. The reunion drew a health crew of 63 people, all of whom gathered to share memories and renew friendships.

Amongst those former players and officials in attendance were Blake And Craig Caracella, Paul and Andrew Eccles, Martin Price, Daniel Gangemi, Julian Barro, Nathan Calligan, Wade Keenan, Paul Kelly, Jonathan Kovac, Damian Rowe, Paul Mulholland, Ben Drohan, Matthew Thomas, Damien Lewis, Brad Noonan and Jacob Farrelly.

Phil Ashworth and Bill Watts, who coached the touring senior and junior teams respectively, were also there. Phil, Parade’s dedicated basketball coach since 1987, remembered that the team not only posted 26 wins from 28 starts on tour, but truly set a future standard of excellence.

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The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club (VAFA Div 2) is seeking a Reserve Grade Coach for the 2014 season. The successful applicant will be able to assist the club in sustained growth and success - one who can demonstrate experience in being able to build on and develop a young list. Applicants need to be enthusiastic leaders, well-organised, possess excellent communication & interpersonal skills, have a proven understanding of all facets of today’s football trends and the ability to teach and implement them.

A minimum level one coaching accreditation is required and an understanding of the VAFA competition is preferred. Based on the grounds of Parade College, Plenty Road Bundoora, the Old Paradians’ AFC offers excellent facilities with an affiliation with Parade and a strong junior club.

Competitive remuneration is available for the position. Applications close February 14th, 2014 and should be forwarded to Brendan Flynn, Football Manager, Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club - or 0488 316 880.


Family and friends this morning farewell Matthew Trotman, a Year 7 and 8 student at Parade through 1996 and 1997, who died on Australia Day at the age of 30.

Matthew, whose father Bernard predeceased him, was the younger brother of Nicholas who also attended Parade.

He shared the same Year 7 class with Daniel Strickland, who was tragically killed in a waterskiing accident in Echuca a little over four years ago.

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Australian actor Mitchell Hope, a final year Parade College student in 2012, is to play Ben, son of Belle and Beast, in ‘Descendants’.

According to a report in USA Today, Disney Channel is “tapping an Australian newcomer” to play one of the lead roles in Descendants, a 2015 adventure-comedy movie that will focus on the sons and daughters of heritage Disney characters.

Mitchell, 19, will play Ben, the benevolent son of Beast and Belle from Beauty and the Beast who is poised to assume the throne of his contemporary kingdom.

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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


Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico has formally outlined the calendar of events planned for the Association’s Centenary year of 2014.

Speaking recently at the OPA Reunion/Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Lewis flagged a series of functions to celebrate the OPA’s founding in 1914. The Association’s inaugural 13-man committee included the President James Kennedy (who completed his Matriculation class at Parade in 1890), the then Parade Principal Reverend Brother JM Dwyer and the Rush brothers Robert and William, all of whom maintained a continuing interest in the Association for the rest of their lives.

“As Old Paradians, we are fortunate that time and circumstance allows us to participate in a wonderful historical event next year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Old Paradians’ Association,” Lewis said.

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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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Parade Archivist Rod Prusa, a final year student of 1981, has received a Music Theatre Guild of Victoria commendation for the sets used in the College production of Aida. Daniel Allaoui, a Year 11 student, has also received a commendation for best support actor as Mereb in the College Musical production of Aida, which was staged in the Rivergum Theatre in April.

“It’s always nice to be recognised for one’s efforts, but of course, it’s a collaborative effort involving many talented hands from both Parade and Mercy College,” Rod said. “I am very grateful for their efforts and the commendation is as much theirs as it is mine.”

The awards, presented annually, acknowledge the music theatre arts in Victorian schools and amateur theatre groups.


Sixty-one former Parade College students of 2003 have gathered in the Hickey Foyer to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their final year at the Bundoora campus.

They came together to renew acquaintance in the presence of the Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore and teachers Ivan Kummerle and Anne-Marie Morello, and to hear from the College Captain of that year, Christopher Cicutto.

Now an accountant by profession, Christopher revealed that his memories of Parade were many and varied, “but if I had to name one personal memory it would be addressing the Valete Mass”.

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The Kilsyth Cobras Under 20 Men's team, under the tutelage of Coach Pete Godfrey (Parade 1980), recently completed an unbeaten season to secure the 2013 Victorian Championship. The Cobras went 18 and 0 in their regular season to finish on top of the ladder. They then successfully navigated the bye-game-bye-game scenario during the playoffs to beat Dandenong in the second round and then face off against them again in the Grand Final. Playing to a packed house at Dandenong, the Cobras emerged victorious, 50-38.

Pete (pictured standing at the far right with his triumphant team) was full of praise for his team for the way they have approached the year, working hard, playing together, and believing in one another and in their collective ability as a team.

"Even though we went 18 and 0 in the regular season, and 2 and 0 in the finals many of those contests were in doubt and were very close games. The boys trusted one another as well as our structure and processes, and often simply had to grind out the win," Pete said.


An edited version of Captain Professor Kevin A. Rickard AM’s acceptance speech on the occasion of his recent Induction into the Old Paradians’ Hall of Fame can now be viewed at Old Paradians' Cinema by clicking on the link to the right of this homepage.

In a truly entertaining and sometimes emotional address, which follows the presentation of his award by Parade College Principal Dr. Denis Moore, Kevin (a final year student of Parade in 1953), discusses a number of pivotal moments in his long and illustrious career as a leading world authority in haematology, including;

a pivotal meeting with the then Parade College Principal Brother Marlow in the late 1940s; his connections with the Old Paradians’ Association; why he became a haematologist, and what he means when he says Parade is “deeply ingrained in my bone marrow”.


John Benetti (Parade 1954), the 88-game former Carlton footballer and a cousin of former teammate and dual Premiership ruck-rover Sergio Silvagni, has died after a long illness at the age of 76.

Schooled at CBC Parade East Melbourne through the 1950s, Imerio Giovanni (John) Benetti and Serge, together with the likes of future League players Kevin Bergin and Paddy Guinane, contributed to a glory era in the College’s famous football history.

John, playing centre half-forward, was vice-captain to Bergin in the all-conquering Parade First XVIII ACC Premiership team of ’54, which also included Silvagni as ruckman, Dom Manarin in the centre and Russell Lewis at full-forward. The team took on and beat all-comers, St Pat’s Ballarat included.

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The late Old Paradian Brian McClelland (1949), a former GTV 9 cameraman in the glory years of IMT, has been remembered by his late friend Bernard Clough.

Bernard visited the Bundoora campus this week to hand over Brian’s old College keepsakes to the Parade Archivist Rod Prusa. They included Brian’s Parade cap, pennant, badge, prayer books and class photographs which marked his time at the Old Bluestone Pile through the late 1940s.

Bernard also donated photographs from Brian’s early days at the old Nine Studios in Bendigo, including one circa 1960 with IMT’s first barrel girl Panda Lisner - joint award winner of the ’59 TV Star of the Year (now Gold Logie) with the late Graham Kennedy.

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Old Paradians representing the past 50 years of Parade College life, together with teachers and staff past and present, recently gathered in The Ballroom at Bell City for a Reunion Dinner and Induction of Captain Professor Kevin Rickard AM and Mr Leo Doyle into the OPA's Hall of Fame.

Capt. Prof. Rickard, one of only two living members of the Hall, had cut short a holiday to Western Australia and jetted into Melbourne with his wife of 53 years Elaine to be there for the induction ceremony. Also there was his son Justin and grandson Liam, together with his lifelong friend Justin Kelly and his wife Elaine.

In accepting a memento of his induction from the Parade College Principal Dr. Denis Moore (pictured), Capt. Prof. Rickard, a final year student of 1953, delivered an impassioned address and later assisted the 2013 College Captain Daniel Valeri in formally unveiling the OPA's Centenary logo for 2014. Watching on was Darren Wharton (1982), who felt compelled to pen the following article.

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Captain Professor Kevin Rickard AM, a final year student of Parade College in 1953, exchanges a hearty handshake with the 2013 College Captain Daniel Valeri, moments after the pair unveiled the Old Paradians’ Association’s new logo to formally launch the 2014 Centenary Year. Moments earlier, Kevin was inducted into the Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame, together with the late Master Surgeon Mr Leo Doyle (1906), as the OPA acknowledged those Old Boys who had made significant lifelong contributions to the medical profession.

More than 100 guests, amongst them Kevin’s wife of 53 years Elaine, their son Justin and grandson Liam, together with lifelong friends Justin and Elaine Kelly, were present in The Ballroom at Preston’s Bell City, on a night which doubled as a major College reunion. The Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore was also in attendance, as was Assistant Principals Cate Livingston and Mark Aiello.

Together, they heard Kevin deliver a glorious address, as he reflected upon his early years at Parade and his experiences as a world authority in the area of haematology.


Terry Henderson, a final year Parade College student of 1966, is pictured here addressing attendees of the Old Paradians’ Association Luncheon at Melbourne’s RACV City Club on Wednesday. Seated in front of Terry is Russell Lewis (Parade 1954), the retired County Court Judge, now Chairman of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, who officiated as Master of Ceremonies at the Luncheon. Watching on intently is the current Parade College Captain Daniel Valeri, who earlier took to the lectern to thank the Association for his invitation, and remind that he was only a month or so away from completing his exams and becoming a fully-fledged OP.

Terry, together with the noted Australian Test cricketer and former AFL footballer Simon O’Donnell, founded OTI Management Pty Ltd in 1999. OTI assists racehorse owners and breeders, both within Australia and internationally, in all aspects related to the Australian thoroughbred industry.

Terry offered a wonderful insight into the Melbourne Cup, and in response to a question from the floor volunteered My Quest for Peace as his fancy for the upcoming Caulfield Cup.

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In 2014, the Old Paradians' Association celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding. Accordingly, a Centenary sub-committee has been established and planning is well advanced for a series of events acknowledging this significant milestone throughout the course of next year.

One of the early events scheduled is a 16-kilometre Bike Ride from the site of what was once Parade Preparatory College in Alphington to the Bundoora College campus, via the Darebin Creek Trail. This ride will take place on the morning of Sunday, February 16 to coincide with Parade College's Open Day. As such, we are seeking an Old Paradian to assist wIth the staging of this event.

If you are interested, please don't hesitate to make contact at your earliest convenience on 9468 3301 or via email,


The Fremantle players may be wearing the unconventional white strip into the 2013 AFL Grand Final with Hawthorn . . . but it’s fair to say that the colour purple (and a dash of green and blue) will be on show regardless when Mathew Nicholls takes to the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

Mathew, a final year student of Parade College in 1994, has the rare distinction of officiating in his first AFL Grand Final as a senior umpire. He is only the second Old Boy of the College to achieve this feat behind Martin Ellis (Parade 1986), who served as field umpire in the 2001 Grand Final between Brisbane and Essendon.

He will lead fellow field umpires Brett Rosebury and Simon Meredith onto the hallowed turf and raise the Sherrin to an anticipated gathering of 100,000 spectators and a television audience of countless millions. For him, it will be the culmination of more than two decades of dedication to the umpiring craft dating back to the Parade College days of the early 1990s

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Greg Meese, an Old Paradian who dedicated more than half his life to the Victorian legal profession, has died after a brave battle with cancer, aged 60.

Greg completed his schooling at Parade College in 1970, during which time he served on the Students’ Representative Council, as a Sodality Leader and as an editorial staffer of the Bluestone Pile student publication.

He practised law for more than 36 years, including 18 years as a law firm Principal and 17 years at the Bar. He also served as a Victorian Bar Advanced Mediator and a Sessional Member of VCAT in his specialty of licensing matters and was, for many years, a Member of the VFL Tribunal and AFL Victoria Appeals Board. A fully-fledged Fitzroy supporter who later followed Brisbane (perhaps with less fervour), Greg’s father Harry served as committeeman and secretary of the now-defunct football club.

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Year 11 VCAL students at Parade College Preston have gained enormously from the presence of two prominent Old Paradians who recently participated in the school’s ‘Jobs Skills Day’.

Central to the day was the focus on employability skills, the preparation of letters of application and the development of the perfect resume.

Old Paradians’ Association President and 1974 College Captain Lewis Derrico, pictured here with Julian Maloni, donned his Human Resources hat and spoke passionately of recruitment, planning for the job interview and what employers are seeking. According to VCAL co-ordinator John Nicholls, “Lewis was passionate, engaging and insightful and was able to share many examples from his wealth of experience . . . the boys were most appreciative of Lewis’s presentation”. Project Developments Pty Ltd’s Tim Wilson, a final year Parade student of 1983, shared his working life’s journey with the students.

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Walter De Backer, Parade's College captain of 1998 now known to one or two as Gotye, quite literally rolled up his sleeves for asylum seekers at the weekend.

As this Sydney Morning Herald image attests, the impassioned Australian musician is truly up for the cause of supporting the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Beneath the headline "Gotye's eyes Wide Open to asylum seekers' plight", Walter laid his feelings bare on the subject, in an interview with Michael Lallo. "It feels like false compassion to go, 'It's a good thing to stop asylum seekers getting on these dangerous boats'," Gotye said.

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“There has been a journey, or a series of steps, that has led up to me being in a position to be appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer. The first and most important step in that journey was my time here at Parade College.”

The speaker is Andrew Tenni, a final year Parade College student of 1993, now the CEO of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Recently, Andrew accepted an invitation to address more than 1900 students of Parade at Term 3 College Assembly, during which time he was presented with a Distinguished Old Paradian award by the Principal Dr Denis Moore. The following is Andrew’s address;

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Paul Murphy, the Parade College Captain of 1997, has been acknowledged for his substantial contributions as both editor of and Graphics and Main Title artist for the highly-acclaimed documentary film “Red Obsession”.

Red Obsession, a film by Sydney-based filmmaker and wine producer Warwick Ross, explores the Chinese passion for Bordeaux. Ross stumbled on the idea at 32,000 feet after an encounter with Sydney wine auctioneer Andrew Caillard, master of wine, in mid-2010.

The 79-minute documentary details the Chinese obsession not only for the cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux, but increasingly the bricks and mortar of its famous chateaus. Chinese investors have acquired about 40 of the region’s wine properties in the past decade, including at least one grand cru producer, Chateau Bellefont-Belcier.

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Senator Richard Di Natale is of the view that there are two types of politicians - those seduced by the game and those who enter politics seeking genuine outcomes.

“There was once a cartoon of the wolf and the sheepdog, Ralph and Sam. They were good mates, they’d clock in, they’d be at eachother during the day, then they’d clock off and be good mates at the end of it. It (politics) is a bit like that,” Senator Di Natale said.

“There are some who like the game too much and their focus is on trying to tear the other side down . . . but to be frank I’ve never got into the game because I’ve never seen politics as a game. It’s more a vehicle to get things done.”

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The Old Paradians’ Association, in conjunction with Parade College’s Ladies’ Auxiliary and Fathers’ Committee, is supporting the first in a series of Parade’s Learning And Partnership Programs (LAPP) – as a means of involving members of the entire College community in select activities.

Four stand-alone courses, to be held at the College’s Bundoora Campus through October and November, have been earmarked for participants, amongst them Old Paradians, their families and their friends.

Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico said that the College’s LAPP initiative offered Old Boys a welcome opportunity to challenge themselves in a friendly environment. The course sessions will be conducted over the following five Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm – October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6 and November 13. They are as follows:

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The recent and untimely passing of the Old Paradian and former Northcote cricketer Gerard Frost has prompted another old boy to submit a list of those from the College to have represented the Victorian Premier Cricket club.

Terry Gannon (Parade 1961) recently took the time to identify no fewer than 26 Northcote cricketers who originally hailed from the College – amongst them Adam Dale and Mick Lewis who represented Australia at Test and One-Day level respectively, and Gerard Dowling and Travis Gloury, both members of Northcote’s Team of the Century.

Also included is the late Dom Manarin, the Parade College captain, Ist XI captain and Ist XVIII captain in the Olympic year of 1956. Dom’s school blazer is now on display at the College’s Heritage Centre.

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On what proved to be a great day for the Old Paradians Amateur Football Club at the weekend, the President Mike Jolley outlined plans for the future direction of the 84 year-old entity, in a keynote address delivered at the pre-match luncheon at the Garvey Oval.

Jolley’s update preceded the Old Paradians senior team’s magnificent come-from-behind victory over Division 2 competition leader Therry – 12. 6 (78) – 11.10 (76) on an idyllic playing surface at Bundoora last Saturday.

In the presence of five former football club Presidents pictured here, Jolley called on members of the Old Paradian and Parade College community to commit to the cause whether financial or otherwise, in safeguarding the future of the 84 year-old entity.

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Here’s bass-baritone John Wegner, a final year student of Parade College in 1967, posing with his coveted trophy at the 13th annual Helpmann Awards at Sydney’s Opera House this week. John was named Best Male Performer in an Opera for the role of Jochanaan in Salome, on a night in which the Helpmann Awards recognised outstanding artistic achievement in Australia.

Ever loyal to the cause, John addressed the Parade College Assembly as a Distinguished Old Paradian back in 2007 and was more recently amongst friends at the Old Paradians‘ Association Luncheon.

Born in Germany and now residing in Düsseldorf, John expects to once again rub shoulders with old classmates when Wagner’s Ring Opera Circus provides the vehicle for a Melbourne return later this year.

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Two Old Paradians, both of whom excelled in their chosen sporting pursuits, have been fondly remembered by College contemporaries.

Gerard Frost (1975) and Grant Reed (1943), both of whom died recently, made their mark in cricket and swimming respectively.

Gerard, who was 56 when he passed away on July 20 after a brief battle with cancer, was part of Parade’s Ist XI Premiership team of 1973 and is pictured here with his hand firmly affixed to the silverware.

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With the 2013/14 season fast approaching, the Old Paradians/St Francis Cricket Club is seeking the integral support of sponsors to solidify its standing in the medium to long-term.

OPSFCC President Gary Hill impressed the importance of sponsorship backing as the club continued to strengthen its foothold at the Garvey Oval.

“We cannot maintain our club without the support of our sponsors; therefore money does come into this,” Gary said. “(Sponsorship) support would assist us in our endeavour to remain a competitive force in the Diamond Valley Cricket Association, and offer members of the community the opportunity to be involved in a terrific sport and socialise in a safe and friendly club atmosphere.”

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Members of the class of 1993 have turned out in force for what was a spirited celebration of the 20th anniversary of their final year at Parade College.

Seventy former students of the ’93 final year recently converged on the Hickey Foyer – amongst them Peter Helliar (pictured here with Daniel Gangemi, Matthew Grant and Mr. Jim Seymour) and Glen Moriarty, together with the Herald Sun Shield Premiership Captain Scott La Ferlita and College Captain Kane Watson.

In reflecting on his time at Parade, Kane told the gathering that his overriding memory of ’93 “was that while there were different groups we were generally part of a pretty good year”.

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Members of Parade College’s final year class of 2006 are mourning the first loss of one of their own – the much admired and respected Anthony Ly, who tragically died in his sleep at the age of 25.

Anthony is pictured here at Parade’s 2006 Graduation Ceremony in College Hall. To his right is Anthony Pelligra, to his left Jack Lowe, Paul Hume and Anne-Marie Morello. He is to be farewelled by his family and friends at Holy Name Church, 28 Robb Street, Reservoir, this Saturday morning (July 27), commencing at 10am. A strong Parade presence expected.

Paul Hume, the 2006 College Captain who continues to support the cause as a member of the Old Paradians’ Association committee, said all of his Parade contemporaries were in deep shock as they grieved Anthony’s untimely passing. As Paul said: “Anthony’s loss makes you think twice about your own life and your relationships with family and friends, because you can be taken away at any time”.

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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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Hundreds of people, amongst them the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, have gathered at City Hall in Brisbane to celebrate the life and times of Dr. Joseph Edward (Eddie) James Liu - a final year Parade College student of 1939 and the acknowledged father of Brisbane's Chinatown.

Those in attendance at Eddie’s funeral heard Peter Liu regale glorious tales of the humour and humility of his influential father - a recipient of the OAM, OBE and HonD Qld Univ for his many and varied community achievements since wartime.

Peter mixed Confucian philosophy with the stories of a boy and his father. He told how Eddie was born and grew up in Hong Kong at a time of poverty and oppression. “But he didn’t feel sorry for himself and during his life he never asked for anything other than an opportunity,” Peter said. “So his sense of self-worth would be anchored on the traditional Chinese principle of self-provision.

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This is Australian excavation volunteer Joshua Talbot (2005), pictured by AFP with the remains of a Sphinx dating circa 3rd century BCE, which was recently found during excavation in the Israeli archeological site in Galilee.

Part of the ancient Egyptian king Mycerinus' unique sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel, with researchers struggling to understand just how the unexpected find ended up there. The broken granite sphinx statue - including the paws and some of the mythical creature's forearms - displayed at Tel Hazor archaeological site in Israel's Galilee, is the first such find in the region.

Its discovery also marks the first time ever that researchers have found a statue dedicated to Mycerinus who ruled circa 2500 BC and was builder of one of the three Giza pyramids, an expert said.

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A gathering of former teachers (and one current) of Parade College recently gathered at the monthly Old Paradians' Association Luncheon at the RACV Club.

Twelve members of the group, collectively boasting almost 200 years' teaching experience at the Bundoora campus, came together in a mini-reunion for the luncheon, at which Bishop Hilton Deakin (Parade 1950) delivered a keynote address regarding his recent experiences in East Timor.

The teachers pictured standing from left to right are Mark Natoli, Lewis Derrico, Denis O'Brien, John Joss, John Ramsdale, John Nicholls and John O'Connor, with Rieny Nieuwenhof, Ian Bibby, Peter Kelly and Spence Williams kneeling.

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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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The following obituary for Ruby Tout, penned by Christopher Beale, recently appeared in The Age newspaper on the morning of June 21, 2013;

Ruby Tout, who has died at her home aged 95, was an outstanding teacher who cared deeply for her students and inspired many of them with her love of English.

She was born on June 9, 1917, at her parents' home in Williams Road, Windsor. She was their third child. Ruby had a very happy childhood. The Windsor home in which she was raised was a large Victorian house with an orchard of 50 trees. She had two horses, Dolly and Squibby, whom she loved.

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Pictured here on Mt Stirling earlier this year are Parade College’s Year 10 and 11 students, together with Bodkin Lower House Leader Simon Hussey, acclimatising to the High Country’s rarified air in the lead-up to their life-changing tour of Nepal.

Thirty-four boys are dotting the i’s for their impending Nepal expedition in November, and Parade College is seeking the support of Old Paradians to help fund their community project there as part of a four-week World Challenge Training Expedition.

“We are hoping there are some Old Paradians out there who may be willing to help, and any help would be appreciated,” said tour leader Janette Berglez, Parade’s Learning Area Leader – Science. “Our proposed project would be to build a school need (building or sport facility) . . . on our last expedition in 2011 we built a basketball court and furnished a library for a primary school.”

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Frank Mount jun. (Parade 1959) has acknowledged the unique contributions of three Old Paradians, in discussing his recently-released tome “Wrestling With Asia: A Memoir".

Frank paid tribute to Brigadier “Ted” Serong (1933), Father Bill Smith (1933) and John Maynes (1939) as he drew on the experiences of his life as a working journalist in Asia through the 1960s, in a recent address at the Old Paradians’ Association’s monthly luncheon at Melbourne’s RACV Club.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to say that apart from myself, the book features three other Old Paradians – Brigadier Ted Serong, the Jesuit priest Father Bill Smith and John Maynes the powerful trade union leader,” Frank told the gathering.

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Members of the final year class of 1983 – amongst them participants in Parade College’s historic first Herald Sun Shield Premiership, have gathered with former teachers in the Hickey Foyer at Bundoora Campus to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their final year as students.

Thirty-one former students, including the 1983 Parade College Captain Ryan Irwin, First XVIII Captain Mark Beers and Paul Street who jetted in from Canberra, renewed acquaintance. Also in the house were those who taught at Parade at that time - Ian Bibby, Lewis Derrico (now the Old Paradians’ Association President), John and Tricia Joss, and John Nicholls.

Paul Fahey - then a final year student, now the Lynch Upper House Leader at Parade - was also present.

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George Malachowski, a final year student of 1966, has died peacefully at the Melbourne Private after a long illness. He was 63.

An altar boy at Archbishop Daniel Mannix's funeral in November 1963, George was schooled at East Melbourne, completing his matriculation class with the likes of the then College Captain Terry Moran. Sporting the glasses, he is pictured here in the matric class. George pursued his career as a physicist after completing his studies at the University of Melbourne. For 15 years he served as Director Hardware Engineering for Dako and more recently Cytomation, Inc., and for a period of his life was domiciled in Colorado.

A brother-in-law to fellow Old Paradian Steve Crowley (1976), George also balanced the academic with the athletic, forging a solid reputation as a hammer thrower. George is survived by his loving wife Jan, brother Stan, sister-in-law Zita and niece Lara. A more detailed record of George's life and times will be publicized later this week.


Andrew Tenni, the recently-appointed CEO of the Magistrates Court of Victoria, has acknowledged the influence of two of Parade College’s long-serving teachers in leading him on his adopted career path.

Andrew, a final year student of 1993 whose old classmates include the comedian Peter Helliar and the television presenter Glen Moriarty, commended both Tony McKay and Jim Seymour for their support in his formative years.

“I would like to thank Tony, my Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies Teacher, who developed in me the fascination for the justice system and the courts - in particular through the case studies that we studied during those years and the time Tony took to work closely with me,” Andrew said. “I also extend my gratitude to Jim, my Year 7 Maths Teacher and Maths Tutor for some time. His dedication and easygoing yet firm approach was an inspiration and something I try to replicate in my role.”

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Reverend Richard (Dick) John Rafter OAM, a final year Parade College student of 1930 and reputedly the longest-ordained priest in the country, died recently at Anam Cara House Geelong at the age of 98.

Father Rafter faithfully served the Church for 74 years, giving powerful witness by his prayerfulness, pastoral care and dedication to his people. He has been remembered as a kind mentor and friend to many, especially to his brother priests.

Richard Rafter, son of John and Catherine (nee Synan) Rafter, was born on 24 October 1914 - the year World War I broke out and Pope Benedict XV succeeded Pope Pius X as the 258th pope. Ordained on 24 July 1938 by Archbishop Daniel Mannix, Father Rafter was the last man standing of eight young seminarians who entered Corpus Christi College at Werribee in 1931.

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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.


Shaun McCormack (1982), the oldest of four boys three of whom were schooled at Parade, has died after a brief battle with stomach cancer. He was 48.

Shaun can be seen standing in the centre of this image, taken in the Hickey Foyer late last June, on the night of the 30th anniversary of the final year class of ’82. The then Principal of Parade, Brother Wright, can also be seen in the bottom right corner.

David Goodison, on whose shoulder Shaun’s hand rests, was a lifelong family friend of the McCormacks. “Shaun was a larger than life character. He was such a friendly bloke and he got on with everyone,” David said.

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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 – with further enquiries directed to Tony De Bolfo, CEO, Old Paradians’ Association, on 9468 3301 or 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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