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The Maristian June 2012
It’s official. The Marist Brothers High School Old Boys Union still exists. It
continues to support Marist causes and the Old Boys fraternity.
Br Paul Murphy has joined the OBU committee, carrying on the Marist
legacy of Br John Murphy. Mark Sinclair has extended a warm welcome to
Br Paul (aka Murf ) on behalf of all the OBU. Murf has spent most of the last
two decades working with homeless children in the Philippines. The book
You’d Better Bloody Believe It is a fund-raiser for the Kuya Center, built to
assist those children, and all are encouraged to purchase a copy. In
keeping with OBU priorities of assisting Marist causes, a website has been
established for KuyaCenter which gives contact details for other ways of
assisting. The purchase-the-book request had hardly hit the Darlo website
when Blue Gallagher was the first to order a copy.
Blue found an invaluable piece of OBU memorabilia at the markets
recently: an engraved medallion in the size and shape of the school hat
badge presented to “A. Keogh for the Best Intermediate Certificate Pass in
1934 by the Old Boys Union.”
At the last OBU meeting, Mark Sinclair resigned as Vice-President to take
up the post of (Acting) President and Larry Hensby agreed to remain as
Secretary until the Annual meeting on July 11. Several amendments were
made to the constitution, given that no annual contributions have been
sought since 2010, even though some Old Boys continued to forward
The annual Darlo OBU Mass and Luncheon will be held on July 11. RSVPs
are to be in by June 25. Mass is being celebrated by Fr Paul Chandler and
Fr Pat McAuliffe at 10.30am at St Patrick’s Church Hill followed by the
luncheon at the Rugby Club at midday.
• John Chippendale is making a healthy recovery after radiation and
chemotherapy on his throat.
• Prayers are requested for Fr Pat McMaugh and John Gilfoyle, both
• John McCauley recently celebrated his 80th Congratulations!
• Alan Willoughby no doubt sees him as a youngster, as he’ll be
celebrating his 92nd in August.
• Tom Baines has advised that his new address is 49 Village High Road
Vaucluse 2030. His email is email@example.com
• Shannon Doyle has moved to 20A Tomah St, Carlingford 2118
• Gavin Dumbrell’s address is PO Box 544 Sans Souci
Read Blue & Blue online at http://www.mbhsdarlinghurst.org
OBU Email Contacts:
Larry Hensby - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Halcro - email@example.com
Br Paul Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kym Derriman - Darlo@6mins.com
*Class of the Year refers to those who sat the LC/Matric. in that year and to all
who left earlier to join the Priesthood, Brotherhood or for other reasons, who
would otherwise have sat in that year, had they stayed on.
Marist Brothers High School
Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union
The meetings I have with Old Boys as part of my role as Development Officer are always
uplifting. Successful people in their professions or trades, they are always complimentary
about their school experiences. They love to hear how the school is progressing, what
changes have happened since they left, which of their teachers are still on the staff, how
their former classmates are doing.
While I hope that The Maristian helps to answer some of those questions, I would like to
extend an invitation to any Old Boy who has not been back to the school for some time to
drop in for a chat and a tour. Wednesday morning would be a particularly suitable time, as
former teacher Frank O’Shea works with me then, and he loves to show people around.
With the opening of Marcellin Hall in July, there will be even more reason for people to call
in. We would love to see you.
Meanwhile, I ask that you continue to let us know what is happening in your life and which
other former students you have come across. The Keeping in Touch and other Old Boy
profiles are very popular.
This year, there are four year groups planning reunions: 1982, 1987, 1992 and 2002 (see
elsewhere in this edition). For the Development Office, these are wonderful opportunities
to update contact details for the student database and to add to the Br Mark May Bursary
Fund through donations, raffles or other aspects of the reunion.
The Br Mark May Bursary Fund continues to grow. With an original target of $500 000 by
the end of 2014, the Foundation is on track to meet this goal before that date. A total of
$437 260 has been banked to this date plus a further commitment of $34 425 for the
2012 calendar year; this includes an annual pledge of $30 000 from the Canberra
Southern Cross Club.
Capital Appeal – Marcellin Hall
With a target of $250 000 to ensure the finishing touches are completed, the response
from all sections of the Marist community has been outstanding and we are well on the
way to achieving this target. Referring to the Appeal brochure, there are 40 Sponsors, 14
Donors, 11 Friends and one Patron.
On behalf of the Foundation Board, I offer a heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed
to the BMMBF and Marcellin Hall Appeal.
Brendan Ryan - Development Officer
From the Editor
Br Mark May
“It is a great thing in honour of a great man” -
Mark devoted his life to the education of young people.
Always the gifted teacher and administrator, his gentle,
enthusiastic and inspiring influence was felt by Brothers,
lay teachers, parents, students and ex-students for over
Frank O’Shea’s book Keeping Faith
records the central role that Mark
played in the foundation and early
years of the College. In his
retirement, he returned to
Canberra where he was a
Closely involved in the
annual enrolment process,
he was concerned about the increasing cost of providing a
Marist education for boys in Canberra. In keeping with the
thinking of St Marcellin he insisted that a Marist education
ought to be open to boys of all socio-economic
backgrounds and would often be heard to insist, “Marist is
not an elite school”
What more fitting legacy of Br Mark than a fund with the
objective of providing half bursaries to financially
We seek the support of Old Boys and other friends of Marist
so that we can help boys, who otherwise could not afford
it, to receive a Marist education.
No gift is too small.
Marist College Canberra
DATE: Friday the 24 August
VENUE: Corinna Room
Woden Canberra Southern Cross Club
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