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  • ​The Old Paradians’ Association has been notified of the passing of a former student of the College Jack Ryan (1944).

    The following tribute to Jack has been paid by his friend and fellow Old Paradian Patrick Whitehouse (1961).



    Jack Ryan was born in 1930, one of four children to Patrick and Anne Ryan. He was raised in Northcote - an area with which he was associated for most of his life.

    Jack was schooled at CBC East Melbourne, but left in wartime in 1944 - as did a number of young men in those years.
  • ​The Old Paradians’ Association is seeking alumni contributions for a book of biographies to be released in 2021 to mark the 150th anniversary year of the College’s formal opening.

    Commissioned by the Principal Andy Kuppe, the yet-to-be-titled tome – chronicling the life stories of former students in the wider community from 1871 to the present - is to be included on the Year 7 curriculum.

    Whilst the stories of a number of the College’s greatest achievers will be documented within the book’s pages, the book itself doesn’t take the form of a “best of”, but rather a record of the trials and tribulations of Old Paradians in their adopted vocations, whether in education, law, medicine, militia, religion, science or trade.

    If you have a story to contribute to the book of biographies, or know of an Old Paradian with a fascinating biographical tale to tell, please contact Tony De Bolfo at OPA Central at your earliest convenience on tdebolfo@parade.vic.edu.au

    The deadline for contributions is September 30, with stories to be included in the publication at the discretion of the editor.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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

    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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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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