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  • ​Old Paradian Alistair Wenn, a final year student of the College in 1987, has acknowledged the moment his old Geography teacher John Ramsdale set him on the career path.

    Speaking at the recent Association Luncheon at the RACV City Club in Melbourne, Alistair, now a Senior Principal Landscape Architect with national planning and design practice Tract, told the audience that he had John to thank for pertinent advice at a critical moment in his final year.

    “I consider myself fairly unremarkable, but I’d be one of the many hundreds if not thousands of old Paradians who have come through over the years and forged a career,” said Alistair, pictured here between the two Johns - Ramsdale and Joss.
  • ​It was at the conclusion of the recent Old Paradians’ Association Lunch at Melbourne’s RACV City Club that Max Hallam approached with some personal artefacts from Parade’s immediate post World War II years.

    In doing so, Max, a final year matriculation student who earned Honours in French at the College in 1950, asked that the vestiges – a set of five fine bone china coffee cups manufactured by ABL Grafton in England and four decorative certificates – find a new home in Parade’s Heritage Centre at the Bundoora campus.

    In an accompanying letter, Max wrote of the cups: “My mother bought these in 1948 when I started at Parade. Apparently similar cups were available for the ‘public schools’.”
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • OPA Monthly Luncheon

    Since 1936, when the Association’s former President CMS Power addressed a gathering at Buckley & Nunn’s Dining Room in the city, the OPA has, on every second Wednesday of the month, convened a Luncheon – quite possibly the longest continuous luncheon in the world.

    Today, the RACV Club on Bourke Street serves as the forum for this friendly gathering of Old Boys bound by the purple, green and blue. Cost is $42 for the Luncheon with Guest Speaker the Old Paradian Justin Kelly, whose company Fitzroy IT recently redesigned the Association’s website.
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  • OPA Monthly Luncheon

    The OPA urges all Old Boys, particularly those currently working within close proximity in the city, to set aside an hour and turn out in support of what is truly a unique Melbourne institution.
    Cost is $42 for the Luncheon with Guest Speaker, plus drinks at bar prices.
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  • 1988 Reunion Drinks

    Join old classmates and former teachers at a 30-year reunion of Parade’s final year class of ’88. Gather in the Hickey Foyer and, later, in the newly-refurbished Frank Mount Social Room. Cost is $40 for canapes, plus drinks at bar prices.
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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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