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  • ​In researching the life of the Old Paradians’ Association’s inaugural President James Kennedy, a fascinating biography of Kennedy’s successor John Cody has surfaced.

    John’s 75-year existence as a cricketer, journalist, humanitarian and family man is the subject of a well-compiled obituary published in the Catholic newspaper The Advocate five days after his death on July 31, 1931.

    The obituary appears to have been sourced by a Byron Bay-based Cody descendant, Nicole Cody, and included in the family trees section of ancestry.com.au

    Through her own research, Nicole ascertained the following details.
  • ​A panel detailing Dr Denis Moore’s commitment to Parade College as its longest-serving Principal now hangs from the Old Paradians’ Association’s Hall of Fame wall at Bundoora.

    The panel, a replica of which will also shortly hang from the Penola Foyer wall at the Preston campus, joins an impressive array of 15 panels – one for each of the remaining Hall of Famers - to grace the wall of the Hickey Foyer.

    Dr Moore, a final year student of Parade in 1967, was inducted into the Hall last December, as part of what was a glorious farewell assembly acknowledging his 25 years at the helm – on the same day the Bundoora Campus’ College Hall was renamed Moore Hall in his honour.

    On that occasion, Old Paradians’ Association President Dr Paul Shannon (1985) presented Dr Moore with a glass memento acknowledging his induction.




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  • OPA Luncheon

    This event has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
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  • Class of 2000, 20 Year Reunion

    This event has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions and will be re-scheduled at a later date
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  • OPA Luncheon

    Held on every second Wednesday of the month since 1936, the OPA Monthly Luncheon is quite possibly the oldest luncheon of its type in the world. Join Old Paradians over a sumptuous meal and a glass of vino within the idyllic surrounds of Melbourne's RACV City Club in Bourke Street.
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The Old Paradians' Association seeks to foster links with all past students, whose formative years were shaped by the Christian Brothers of Parade College.

Formally established in 1914, the Association’s inaugural 13-man committee included the President James Kennedy (who completed his Matriculation class at Parade in 1890), 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.