Senior Public Servant Terry Moran AC, FIPAA (1966), Property Investor and Developer Michael Drapac (1973) and Grammy Award-winning Musician Wally De Backer (‘Gotye’) (1998) are the 2021 Inductees to the Old Paradians’ Association’s coveted Hall of Fame.
The inductions of Terry, Michael and Wally were ratified by the Old Paradians’ Association Committee at its September meeting. All three inductees expressed their great pride in being so recognised.
A Head Prefect (Captain) of the College who rose to become the most senior public servant in the land, Terry notified the committee that he was “hugely honoured” to be inducted, declaring Parade “one of four powerful formative influences in my life”.
“Following graduation, the values and ambitions which I took with me into the Australian Public Service and beyond, were those from my time at Parade,” Terry noted. “They and early nurturing in a broad, Catholic working-class family gave me direction, insights and perseverance as I climbed life’s ladders and attempted to contribute to Australia.
“In numerous ways I am only one of many who have progressed in life through the influence of a Catholic family and education. I can see this in the lives of many of my contemporaries from Parade.”
The property investor and developer Michael Drapac, who at one point in 2006 was the biggest landowner in the City of Melbourne, deemed it a privilege to have been inducted into the Hall.
“I’m truly humbled to be elevated into the company of such esteemed old boys,” Michael said.
“Parade College was a big part of my life and that of my Mother and brothers.”
The Grammy Award-winning musician Wally De Backer, as with Terry a Parade College Captain in his final year, also conveyed his gratitude to the committee for its decision.
Now living in Brooklyn, New York, Wally - whose birthname is Wouter, but is known by his stage name Gotye - emailed the message: “That’s super flattering, thank you!”.
The Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame was founded by the committee in 2010. The committee’s rationale was that a Hall of Fame would serve to recognise those who have brought honour to Parade College and who by their contributions to society serve as authentic role models for present and future generations of the Parade community.
Terry, Michael and Wally now join 17 fellow Old Paradians previously inducted into the Hall – Louis Arthur, General John Baker, Peter Bedford, Sir Bernard Callinan, Michael Cocks, Sir John Collins, Lt. Col. Charles Denehy, Mr. Leo Doyle, William Dunne, The Most Rev. Arthur Fox, Ivan Hutchinson, “Jock” McHale, Dr. Denis Moore cfc, Mr. Justice Sir Norman O’Bryan, Michael Pratt GC, Capt. Prof. Kevin Rickard AM and John Wegner AO.
The brief biographies of the Association’s three latest Inductees, which will ultimately feature on Hall of Fame panels prominently displayed at Parade’s Bundoora and Preston Campuses, can be viewed with the other 17 Inductees in the Hall of Fame section of the Old Paradians’ website – https://www.oldparadians.com.au/about-us-2/hall-of-fame