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  • ​Pictured here in a marquee at the Heidelberg football ground on Thursday (August 15) are members of Parade’s final year class of 1983, from left to right: Mark Beers, Paul Fahey, Peter Caddy, John Rogers, Damien Hehir, Wayne Grogan, Garry Miller, Michael Vear, Rob Costa and Chris Doolan, with Chris O’Halloran kneeling in front.

    These 11 Old Paradians -amongst almost 2000 mourners in all - had earlier converged on the Heidelberg Town Hall to bid farewell to their former classmate Barry (‘Bazza’) McBrearty, who died suddenly at his home on the morning of Monday, August 5, at the tender age of 53.
  • ​They partied like it was 1999 . . . which is probably fair and reasonable given theirs was the 20th anniversary reunion of the year Prince made famous in song.

    A total of 50 former students of Parade’s Year 12 class of ’99 partook in the revelry, together with College teachers past and present, in the Hickey Foyer and (later) the Frank Mount Social Room across the way at the Garvey Oval.

    1999 College captain Paul Harris, a notable absentee due to the fact that he and his wife were in Budapest on extended holiday, forwarded an email that was read to those at the reunion gathering.

    Paul’s note read in part: “It is a great disappointment, and unfortunate timing, not being able to attend what I’m sure will be a happy and highly spirited occasion (if the 10 year reunion was anything to go by). Unfortunately over the years it has seemed to be more sad occasions than happy ones that have brought large numbers of the group back together, so it’s fantastic that a night such as the reunion can help to even out the ledger”.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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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  • 10-year reunion, class of 2009

    The Hickey Foyer provides the appropriate backdrop for a 10-year reunion of those old boys who made up Parade College's final year Class of 2009.
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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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ABOUT

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.

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