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The Maristian June 2013
In November, 2012 an informal get together of
past staff and students from the ‘70s was organised
at the Burns Club, Kambah to wish Marshal
McMahon (Br Joseph) well after his recently
diagnosed illness and to wish bon voyage to him
and wife, Theresa for their trip to Poland.
About 60 people attended, including past staff
Sheelah Egan, Vince Newton, Rod Devlin, George
DeWolfe, Tony Kildea, Col and Cath Brown and
Ken Evenden as well as some current staff from
the College. Present also was Br Bill Sullivan, Joe
Ciccerone and Terry Kinnane from the first
graduating class of ’75, as well as a good number
from the classes of 1976-1979. We thank the Burns
Club for donating their facilities.
70s Staff and
The Webb Boys
The Canberra Times recently ran a colour feature on mothers and sons. One of the families featured was the Webb family of Stirling, all seven of whom graduated
from Marist: Paul (1991), Daniel (1993), Justin (1995), Tim (1997), Chris (1999), Damien (2004) and Michael (2007).
Today, Damien is a primary school teacher; all the others are in the finance field. Paul and Tim are financial advisors; Dan and Justin are chartered accountants; Chris
is also an accountant and a film maker; Michael, who was school captain at Marist in 2007, is an actuary.
“ The boys are probably more similar than different,” their mother Ann writes. “ They look reasonably alike, play and love soccer and love the same music ... of course
they have different personalities.”
Above: (L-R) Will Mulholland, Marshal McMahon and Tony Kildea
Above: (L-R) Joe Ciccerone, Geoff Johnson, Br Bill Sullivan, Gus Tulley and Vince Newton
Above: (L-R) Marshal McMahon, Michael Baldwin andTom Duncan
Marshal McMahon (Br Joseph)
Marshal McMahon (Br Joseph) was Headmaster of Marist between 1975 and 1982. We asked him to write a short
account of his life’s journey since then.
I drove out of Canberra on New Year’s Eve 1982 and took up my new office at St Joseph’s College the next day. Some nine
years later I left my office at SJC and was driven to the airport to catch a plane to the USA en route to St Hugh’s College,
Oxford in England. I spent time reading in the College until after Easter 1992, followed by some months study in Israel.
In the second half of that year I decided to leave the Brothers and get married, thus ending 32 wonderful years living with
the Marist Brothers. My education with them began when I enrolled in Grade 3 in Paul Street, Bondi Junction in 1950 and
I still continue that journey with them.
On 26 December 1992 I married Teresa in a Catholic Church in the city of Lublin in the south east of Poland. We returned
to Australia in January 1993 and I began a two-year appointment as Head of McCarthy Catholic senior high school in
Emu Plains, a Year 11 and Year 12 coeducational college.
From 1995 to 1999 I was rector of St John’s College at the University of Sydney. Some outstanding students from Marist
College Canberra have attended that residential College.
During 2000, I was a full time teacher of mathematics and religion at Parramatta Marist High. Then I was appointed
Head of St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown, where Teresa and I lived on campus. After seven pleasant years at St
Gregory’s we moved back to our home in Springwood, Blue Mountains, where we now live. In 2008 I commenced full time
teaching again at Parramatta Marist High.
In September 2010 I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Then followed seven months of hospital in
Penrith. The care from doctors and nursing staff and in particular from Teresa was outstanding. That care is the reason I
am in remission today, though I acknowledge too the power of prayer and a particular devotion to the Black Madonna
At the beginning of 2013 Br Patrick Howlett invited me back to teach a Year 12 physics class at Parramatta Marist. My
passion is teaching and has been since I first entered the classroom as a Brother at Marist Brothers in Newcastle in July
1961 at the age of 19. I will continue to teach as long as I can still establish good rapport with the boys.
- Marhal McMahon
Above: (L-R) Sheelah Egan, Glenn Slater, Carmel Luck, Mark Meddeman.
Rest In Peace
Steve Kennedy, long serving Marist staff member. See a tribute to Steve
on Page 2 of this Maristian.
James Miller (1992) restaurateur who died in Sydney
Sam Hall (2009) who died in a boating accident on the South Coast of
Paul Albiez (1986) who died on the Sunshine Coast
Mrs Kerry Berthold, wife of long-time teacher Peter Berthold, who died
in December 2012.
Mr Bill Mulholland, father of Will (1978) and (Paul1982)
Mrs Jean Radstaak, wife of long-time College handyman and sometime
Junior School PE person (70s & 80s) Bill Radstaak and mother of Richard
(1977) and Robert(1980)
Rona Quinn, mother of Anthony (1976), Gerard (1980) Greg (1983) and
RIP Chris Hurley
Chris died on 18 April, at the age of 91. He joined the Marist staff after
moving from South Africa with his family in 1979. He taught English,
Mathematics and Religious Education and was head of the RE Department
until he retired in 1989. Always fit, he completed the famous Comrades
Marathon and would run the cross-country course with the Marist boys
every year. Chris was the epitome of a Christian gentleman; the Marist
community offers their sympathy to his wife Ursula and extended family.
Please Pray For
Paul Quinn. Father of Anthony, Gerard, Greg and Peter and husband of
recently deceased Rona.
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