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  • ​William (‘Bill’) Clohesy, formerly Brother WL Clohesy the founding Principal of the now-defunct Parade Preparatory College in Alphington, has died in Adelaide at the age of 94.

    When the gates of the Flowerdale campus were formally opened on February 3, 1953, Bill took charge of 110 students, with the assistance of Brother Dyball and two lay teachers Mr. Ivor Davis and Mrs. V. Mills. Brother Naughtin, in his tome The Parade Story, noted that when Archbishop Mannix solemnly blessed and opened the College on March 15 of that year, “for the time being the Brothers lived in East Melbourne, since a section of the residence had to be used for school purposes until a new school block could be built”.

    At Parade, Bill served as Principal whilst fulfilling his role as teacher to students of Years 5, 7 and 8. In 1956, he was appointed Superior of the Community for what would be a six-year term – after which he accepted the Principalship of St Virgil’s Preparatory College in Austin’s Ferry, Hobart.

    On leaving the Brotherhood in Hobart, Bill met and married a widow with seven children. Not long after, he accepted the position of Deputy Director of Catholic Education in Adelaide. A notice, placed in Adelaide’s The Advertiser, advised that Bill, loving husband of Carmelita (deceased) died on October 29 at Carmelite.
  • ​When news came through from Canberra of the recent passing of the Old Paradian Stan Marris at the age of 90, the collective view of those old enough to remember was that his was a life truly well-lived.

    “Amongst former students of the College, I doubt that anybody made a greater impression than Stan,” said fellow OP Ray Hangan (1950).

    “Ask anybody who ever had anything to do with him and the response is invariably ‘Where do you start?’. Stan was an outstanding athlete, gymnast and boxer, and, as with his older brother William, he played football for the Old Paradians. He was also an accomplished musician, scholar and sculptor . . . and to top it off he spent five years with the Franciscans.”

    A beloved husband of 54 years to Bernice, devoted father to six children and cherished grandfather to ten, Stan’s respect amongst fellow Old Paradians like the Hill brothers Brian (1951) and Geoff (1947), and Len Smith (also known as Father Regis Smith (1950)) was also profound. It was Father Smith, a long-time friend of Stan’s, who graciously forward the accompanying images and the following eulogy delivered by Stan’s son Sidney at Canberra’s St Christopher’s Cathedral.
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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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  • OPA Golf Day 2019

    Fancy swinging a club? Then Latrobe Golf Club in leafy Alphington beckons as the idyllic backdrop for this year’s Old Paradians’ Association Annual Golf Day.

    Join fellow OPs in a friendly round at Latrobe – a picture postcard course bordered on two sides by the Yarra River and lined by majestic Red River Gums.
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  • OPA Christmas Luncheon

    Herald in the Festive Season at the final OPA Gathering for the year. Savor a generous serving of ham and turkey with all the trimmings, and a delectable portion of plum pud within the idyllic surrounds of Melbourne's RACV City Club.
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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.

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