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The Maristian June 2012
The main function of The Maristian is to be a contact
point for current and former parents and students of
Marist College Canberra and for friends of the College in
the wider community. In recent editions, we have
structured the publication into three sections:
• curricular and co-curricular activities at the College;
• reports of Old Boys, including those from MBHS
• update on the College Foundation.
We are happy to learn that the publication serves in a
small way to keep Old Boys in touch with each other
and helps to renew friendships that may have lapsed
after the end of formal schooling.
Hard copy distribution has grown to 4500. In addition,
after each edition is printed, another 500 or so, mainly
ex-pats, receive a link to the College website to let them
know that the latest edition is available; that link also
opens to archive editions.
The Foundation Office is happy to be a contact point for
organising reunions and there have been 16 of these
over the past four years, many of them incorporating a
tour of the college; most have seen donations to the Br
Mark May Bursary Fund for which we are most grateful.
This will be the last edition of The Maristian with which I
will be involved. I wish it continued success and I urge
readers to continue to get in touch with the Foundation
Office to let us know what they or their family/friends
From the Editor
The foundation has been busy over recent months with a
variety of activities including:
• the Capital Appeal for Marcellin Hall;
• preparing for the 2013 Marist Sports Challenge;
• examining the future role of the Development Office;
• fine tuning the Foundation’s web site; and
• examining the best ways to maximise the returns of
the Foundation’s asset base.
The most exciting of these has been the buzz associated
with the opening of Marcellin Hall. Two days prior to the
opening the Foundation held a cocktail party in the Hall to
thank the sponsors who had contributed to the Marcellin
Hall capital appeal.
This was a night to meet and thank some of the great
supporters of the College. These included recent faces and
some going way back to the start of the College in the late
60s including the Kinnanes and the Cusacks. As an Old Boy, I
found it inspiring to walk down the Brothers Way and see all
the bollards leading to yet another outstanding facility
which our boys can enjoy for decades to come. Another
special mention needs to go the Marist rugby club for their
generous financial support of this project.
The Br Mark May Bursary Fund now stands at $452,000. We
are on track to meet our original goal of $500,000 by 2014.
The Marcellin Hall capital appeal currently stands at
$230,000, well on its way to the original target of $250,000
which was not predicted to be reached until 2015. This is a
wonderful effort from the total Marist community. Please
note that the capital appeal is still very much alive. I urge
you all to visit Marcellin Hall and the Brothers Way and
consider providing a tax deductible donation to help
support the financing of this wonderful facility.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank some great
recent contributions, assisting the Foundation in its
David Bryant for taking the lead on investment policy and
the Marist Multi Challenge;
Stephen Cusack for leading the future Development Office
Roles and Responsibilities;
Rick Sidorko and Christine Worth for their tremendous
dedication to managing the Marcellin Hall Project.
We point out that where a year
appears after an Old Boy’s name
in the Maristian, it refers to the
graduating year of that person’s
peer group, even if he may have
left the College at an earlier
The current Foundation Board comprises:
• Brett Freebody (chair)
• David Bryant
• Stephen Cusack
• Carmel Luck
• Joe Roff
• Glenn Slater
Supported by ex officio members:
• Brendan Ryan
• Richard Sidorko
• Ann Stent
Current Foundation Board
Brett Freebody - Chairman, Marist College Foundation Board
Scott Coleman (2009) attended the recent lunch of the MBHS
Darlinghurst Old Boys. Here is his report.
It was my privilege to attend a Mass and lunch in Sydney on
July 11 to celebrate the first year of a new century since the
opening of Marist Brothers High School, Darlinghurst. The
reunion was an outstanding success, with more than thirty
Darlo Old Boys attending the function; I was told that numbers
were exceeded in recent times only by the gathering for the
centenary in 2011.
Following the Mass celebrated by Fr Paul Chandler at St
Patrick’s Church Hill, the Old Boys and friends of the old school
proceeded to the rugby club at Circular Quay for an excellent
lunch. A good time was had by all those who were able to
attend (there were many sincere apologies), with Old Boys
reminiscing about old times over a cold beer and hearty meal.
Special guest at the lunch was Br Paul Murphy who addressed
the gathering on his experiences working with street kids in
Manila and the efforts to raise money for this worthy cause. Br
Paul is the brother of the late Br John Murphy, one time
Headmaster of MBHS.
There were Old Boys at the reunion who attended Darlo in the
1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, the two most senior being Mr Geoff
Burfoot (1935-1938) and Mr Allan Willoughby (1933-1937),
who recalled playing football with Ray Lindwall, even bringing
an old Blue and Blue along to prove it! Many were good
enough to share with me some stories about their experiences
at Darlo, and it was great to see that the spirit of that great
school still burns in the hearts of the Old Boys. Their comments,
such as “I will always be indebted to the Brothers and Darlo”,
“The best years of my life” and “Darlo is who I am” said it all.
Almost every man there told me how much they enjoy
receiving The Maristian, and I know they are proud of the fact
that the spirit of Darlinghurst lives on at MCC.
Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Lunch
RIP - Colin Mills, Bill Slap and Fr Pat McMaugh have all
passed away this year.
Les Quinnell has moved from Redfern East to North
Sydney. He can be contacted on 0407409062 and email
In a touching contribution to MBHS Darlinghurst’s Sons of the Ultimate Sacrifice Scott
Coleman is writing a series of dedications.
You can read a dedication to Private Michael William Victor Curnow M.M . on the Marist
Brothers Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union’s website.
Above: Noel Reid (47) and Br Paul Murphy
Above: Tom Ryan (38-46), Tony Bray (61), Bill Halcro and Kryan O’Donnell (47-52)
Brendan Ryan - Development Officer
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