Saturday, May 26, 2012

Welcome to Drusilla

Welcome to Drusilla 

"Drusilla" a magnificent mansion set on fourteen hectares in Macedon, Victoria was built by the Grimwades in 1931. The Marist Brothers bought the property in 1945 for fourteen thousand seven hundred pounds. In 1947 they partly renovated it to use as a training centre for the Marist Order. It was used as a Juniorate from 1948 until 1954, then as a Novitiate from 1955 till 1976. The Marists then used it as a Retreat Centre until about 2003 when it was sold to private enterprise.

This was the "home" for many young aspirants to the Marist Order for almost thirty years and holds fond memories for them.

This blog is a means of keeping in touch for all those associated with "Drusilla".
 {photo courtesy Tony Alonco - Drusilla 53}




Foundation:  The first reunion of this association was convened by Brother Dough Walsh (Drusilla 51)* in 1980 (September 20-21) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the closure of "Drusilla" as a Juniorate. John Kelly (Drusilla 51) and Brian Philp (Drusilla 51 ... RIP 2010) followed in Brother Doug's footsteps and faithfully promoted the association with 17 future reunions over nearly 40 years.
Membership:  All 373 Juniors and Novices and 52 staff who attended "Drusilla" over 28 years:
  • training as Juniors from 1948 till 1954
  • training as Novices from 1955 till 1976
  • all staff members who served as teachers and guardians in the Juniorate and Novitiate
Honorary membership to all spouses and partners of members.
Nomenclature:  All members may be referred to as Old Drusillians # ( a name first used by John Hassett (Drusilla 52) in promoting the last Reunion +  scheduled for March 2018).
*      (Drusilla 51) - 1951 -  first year of attendance at "Drusilla".
#      Old Macedonians could have other social and/or political inferences.
+      Due to the ageing of members who regularly attend the Reunions.
Posted November 2017

Friday, May 25, 2012


In September, 1836, Major Thomas Mitchell, the NSW Surveyor-General, and famous explorer of Victoria, climbed a mountain from which he hoped to see across the volcanic plain to the south, and the waters of Port Phillip and Western Port. From the top of this mountain, which he named after Philip of Macedon (father of Alexander the Great for whom he had great admiration), he was enthralled by the beautiful panorama of the plains to the south.
At the foot of this mountain (1013m high), lies "Drusilla" residence of the Grimwade family and the training centre for the Marist Brothers (1948 till 1976).
In the 1880's Johanna 'Madam' Weigel, of pattern and fashion fame, began the laying out of what was a beautiful property of approximately 14 hectares. She planted the large oak trees, now over 100 years old, which graced the front and northern sides of the present building. Her house was between the oaks. The property was next owned by a Mrs Murray, who had extensions made to this building. But in the mid-1920's, the house was destroyed by fire caused by faulty electric wiring.
The location was bought by (Edward) Norton Grimwade and his wife, Phelia Maude. He was the eldest son of Frederick Grimwade who in 1867 co-founded the firm "Felton, Grimwade & Co" with Alfred Felton (of Felton bequest fame). This company was the largest chemical importers in Australia and also held many shares in ICI Australia and Australian Fertilisers. The Grimwades were one of the many millionaires who bought beautiful properties and built mansions in the Mount Macedon area, so making it a picturesque garden area. Some of these property owners included: David Syme of the "Age"; Nicholas of "Aspro" fame; Essington Lewis - BHP managing director; G. J. Coles; Cameron - the tobacco importer; and Arthur Rylah - politician and lawyer. It was Cameron who had the Memorial Cross erected during World War 1 as a war memorial - his son had been killed in action.
Mrs Phelia Maude Grimwade commissioned architects Godfrey and Spowers of Melbourne to draw up the plans for "Drusilla" in February 1931. The Great Depression allowed them to obtain highly talented craftsmen and the best of materials rather cheaply. Hence the beautiful rosewood panelling, the wrought iron work, the unique chimney stacks, the leadlight windows, the cedar venetian blinds, the Flemish carved panelling above the fireplace in the main hall, and the chandlier. The woodwork and brickwork were outstanding. Mrs Grimwade was an arthritic cripple so the lift was installed for her sake. The Grimwades employed about a dozen men including gardeners, butler, chauffeur and five maids, and entertained on a lavish scale.
The Queen Anne style mansion was furnished on a similar lavish scale with picturesque and beautiful objects of art acquired in England and Europe, and from many of the important Australian collections.
World War 11 brought about a big change at "Drusilla". Servants joined up and so the Grimwades in 1942 had perforce to close up the mansion and live in one of the three cottages previously used by some of the servants. Mrs Grimwade died in 1943, as did the spaniel "Della" buried under the Japanese lilac with a marble, lead engraved tombstone near the front gate. Mr Grimwade died shortly after in 1945, so the executors of their estates and trustees sold the property, the antiques, furnishings and works of art by auction beginning on Saturday 24th November 1945 and continuing through the week until Monday 3rd December. Special trains ran from Melbourne for the auction. The building had cost thirty-nine thousand five hundred pounds in depression times, and the art collection was invaluable.
The "Kyneton Guardian" of 27th November 1945 has this par: " The Marist Brothers have bought the estate of the late Phelia Maude and (Edward) Norton Grimwade, the well known Macedon Mountain mansion "Drusilla" for fourteen thousand seven hundred pounds. Brother Andrew, the Australian Provincial, negotiated the purchase".
Various caretakers were in charge of "Drusilla" till July 1947. Then Brothers Flavian and Eusebius undertook to prepare the mansion as a training centre. It was during their time that they had the back stairs built and the underground concrete tank installed to collect rainwater, along with many other improvements.
The Marist Brothers used "Drusilla" as a training centre from 1948 until 1976. It then was used as a Retreat Centre until it was sold to private enterprise in late 2003.

The Marist Brothers




Plaque in Harrington Street, Sydney
For your benefit Therese Alonco has provided the following "transcription" of the above plaque:
On  8 April 1827 at this spot, the first Marist Brothers' school in Australia  was opened. It was known as St. Patrick's Boys' School.
Four Brothers formed the staff: a Frenchman, Ludovic Labouras, 29, was the leader; and Irishman, Jarlath Finland, 25, was his assistant; a Scot, Augustinus MacDonald, 21, was teacher of the top class; and another Irishman, Peter Tennyson, 25, was the cook.
After 700am Mass at St Patrick's Church, the Church was besieged by a crowd of people, disputing whose son's name should be first in the roll book. There were 139 enrolments that day.
In 1962, the school was relocated to Kirby Street, Dundas, where it is now known as St Patrick's Marist College.
Acknowledgements: photo sent in by Tony Alonco (Drusilla 53) , and Therese for 'transcription'.
Posted: May 2018
Editor's Note
On Saturday 1 December 2012 at the Moonee Valley Racing Club, a celebration of the Marist Brothers Melbourne Province 1948 - 2012 was held. About 400 attended this function. It began with  a special Marist Mass at which the chalice and paten used by St Marcellin Champagnat during his life in France (1789 - 1840). The Principal Celebrant was Bishop Peter Connors DD. This was followed by a celebratory dinner. For those of us that had the privilege to be present  at this celebration, one of the highlights was the occasional address given by Brother Julian Casey, the last Provincial of Melbourne Province.
What follows is an abridged version of Br Julian's address, used in our blog with his approval and permission.
The Province began in 1948 as the "Southern Province" and because no one, not even the authority in Rome, was sure what we were south of, we began using the term "Melbourne Province". We began with 14 schools and 111 Brothers; the average age of the Brothers was 36, a very young group of Brothers. The oldest was Brother Brendan Hill at 79, and Brother Majella Fitzpatrick was one of the youngest at 21 years of age.

The opening and celebratory function .... was held at one of our better monasteries at Lisson Grove Hawthorn, where the only means of keeping foodstuffs was a small ice chest (no refrigerator) and hence no place to chill the wine and beer. Oliver Clark sallied forth and carried the ice in a chaff bag on his shoulder up the long hill. The melting ice and hessian fibres left Oliver in a somewhat bedraggled state, but like many times hence, he saved the day. The meal was hearty if somewhat calorie laden, the catering was good and the wine warmed their hearts, despite the confusion when the labels became unstuck and they weren't sure whether they were pouring Chablis or Sauterne.


Right from the early days of the Province we have been working on the margins and overcoming the tyranny of distance in Australia. Formation needs of the Brothers were (to our peril) put aside as waves of Brothers fresh from the Novitiate, filled the gapes in the classrooms and dormitories in those schools dotted around the countryside. In 1948, seven of the fourteen schools were Boarding Schools.

By 1989, all but four Brothers had spent some time working in a boarding school, teaching all day, supervising study and dining rooms, coaching teams and looking after dormitories. Free periods and "days off" were years away as Brothers expended their young energies in many different tasks. There was little time for inital and ongoing formation and no opportunities for study and further education.


 The Province began involving lay teachers in all our schools very early in its history and set in train from the start a wonderful tradition of partnerships and friendships with lay people. For example, in 1958 there were more lay staff members at Preston than Brothers.  ....  We began appointing lay principals, with Ken Taylor at Warragul being the first.


Vatican 11's encouragement to return to the charism of the Founders created the impetus for a closer look at St Marcellin.  ....  But Champagnat isn't the only dimension of our charism. We follow Jesus in the manner of Mary. As we became more aware of Jesus' humanity and his sharing our human condition, so too, did we become more aware of Mary:- not so much as crowned in glory, but as a woman with dust on her feet and sharing our humanity; a woman of faith who travelled a road that was often hard and whose spiritual journey had much in common with ours.

....  In 1981  ....  We invited Fr Gerry Holohan, now Bishop, to help reflect on charism.  ....  "Don't worry about the 80's! Just focus on remaining faithful to the charism of which you are the current custodians on behalf of the pilgrim church."

Well the custodians did their job well. REMAR, with its particular Marist character, became a central part of many of our schools, as a way of promoting faith among motivated students. John McMahon led the way in stimulating reflection on the charism in schools, instituting pilgrimages and ensuring that the charism went beyond principals to school community and staffs.

This charism is alive and well today and a new wave of custodians in Lay Marists have joined with the Brothers in ensuring that the Marist character is evident in our schools and all our ministries and undertakings.


By 1958, it was time to stop the flow of Brothers from the Novitiate into the schools and to provide a more rigorous and academic formation. Responding to the insistent urgings of Br Ronald Fogarty, we established a programme of creditable teacher training and university studies in Dundas NSW, and later at Marist University College Clayton. By 1978, however, we moved away from big groups of Brothers in formation, to a much more individualised method.  ....  Br Eugene Dwyer had returned as a clinical psychologist and began a style of formation which was new to the Province and to the Marist world at that point.

CHARLES HOWARD:- Poverty and Justice, Solidarity

Following the General Chapter of 1976, Br Charles Howard  ....  began a process of making us more aware of  poverty, disadvantage and injustice.  ....  The Ministry to our aboriginal people in Central Australia began, summer holidays were spent in outback communities, cystic fibrosis camps and asthma camps began with Ambrose Kelly, soup kitchens and St Vincent de Paul groups developed. Santa Teresa, Milikapiti, Alice Springs saw us sitting down with aboriginal people accompanying them in the journey and learning from them.


Up until Vatican 11, we were formed in the "church triumphant" and, like many others, we were ill-prepared for the profound changes in the world and in the Church.  ....  The windows of change were thrown open and a wonderful breeze of freedom touched us. It was a liberating time, full of wonder as we experimented with our new found freedom.  ....

Catechetics became a battleground as the publication "Come Alive" co-authored by Br Michael Donnelly hit the school desks and the pedagogy of human experience as a basis of reflecting on God and Revelation was questioned and challenged. There was indeed "blood on the saddle" as Maurie Bambridge was wont to sing at particularly tense times.  ....

Our common thread and strength throughout our history has been our communities which have shown extraordinary internal solidarity and good common sense. Our communities have been a particularly healthy source of vitality and energy.


It's been a wonderful journey, quite literally a journey of a lifetime. It was made possible by wise and sensible leadership by provincials and councils throughout these 65 years. Rex Cambrey was appointed as Business Manager 22 years ago. He invested wisely and  ....  he has been able to develop our property at Australind in Western Australia is such a way as to provide that financial security so necessary for our Mission.


As we briefly reflect on our history and journey as a Province, we think of the role that we, as individuals, played in it. Each of us has memories and stories, of exhilaration, of pain, of triumph and disappointment. The historical record is scant; but each of us holds some piece of it in our hearts.  ...

The challenges continue, externally as you would be aware from the media and government scrutiny and internally from ageing. But we are unafraid. The Spirit has been with us throughout our history and will be with us as we move into the future.  ....

We have come to the conclusion of the Melbourne Chapter of Marist History. We turn the page to the Australian Chapter.  ....  May God who has been with us over many wonderful years continue with us on our daring journey to the new land of the Province of Australia.

[posted January 2013]


Saint Marcellin Champagnat

1789 - 1840

Founder of the Marist Brothers

The founder of the Marist Brothers was Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat born 6th June 1789 at La Rosey near St Chammond in France. He spent his youth here and eventually began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1816 and was appointed to serve in the Parish of La Valla-en- Gier.

The village of La Rosey
Champagnat's farm house
At the shrine of Fouviere in Lyon, Champagnat resolved to found a teaching institute called "Petits Freres de Marie" (Little Brothers of Mary - Marist Brothers).

Basilica of Fouviere (Lyon) with the Lady Chapel on the right where there is a plaque commemorating the founding of the Marist order by Champagnat.

On 2nd January 1817, the first Marist Brothers' community was formed at La Valla, consisting of Champagnat, Marie Granjon and Jean Baptiste Andras. From this humble beginnings the Marist Brothers' Order developed into a worldwide congregation.

Original Brothers' house
lowest building centre right
Parish church of La Valla

The first Marist Brothers came to Australia in 1872 and began their first school at the Rocks in Sydney, New South Wales. The first community consisted of a Frenchman, a Scot, and two Irishmen: Br Ludovic Labouryas (28), Br Augustine McDonald (21), Br Jarlath Finand (25) and Br Peter Tennyson (25).The school was known as St Patrick's.

In 1876, due to positive expansion in New South Wales the first Provincial was appointed, an Irishman, Br John Dullea (36).

Australia was an autonomous District until 1948 and was known as the Australian Province. In 1948 the province was divided into two Provinces (Sydney and Melbourne). The Melbourne Province was made up of Marist schools and monasteries situated in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the dioceses of Wilcannia-Forbes and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.

Due the rapid expansion occurring at this time, there was a frenetic recruitment drive to staff the new and exisitng schools with teaching Brothers. Thus was born "Drusilla" as the training centre for young men and boys (some as young as 12 years of age!) who would eventually staff these schools.
The Melbourne Province flourished and at its peak in the early 1970's had 26 schools and 200 Brothers.This was due to the leadership and drive of the following Provincial Superiors of the Melbourne Province from 1948 till 2012 - a period of 64 year




1989 - 95 AND  2007 - 12


Currently (May 2012) in the Melbourne Province there are 17 schools continuing to provide Catholic education in the tradition of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, 9 Marist monasteries, and 80 Marist Brothers.

As of 8th December 2012, Br Superior General of the Marist Brothers and his Council (in Rome) have decided on the creation of a new province composed of the current provinces of Melbourne and Sydney, as well as the District of Melanesia. It will take the name of Australian Province.
  •  Br Des Howard (Drusilla 63) : information and proof reading
  •  Dorothy Weekes, Archivist Melbourne Province Centre:  the Provincial portraits.
  • Terry O'Brien (Drusilla 49) : La Rosey, Fouviere, La Valla photos
  • Br Gerry Rush (Drusilla 52): for assitance in gathering information
Posted: May 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Annals - Macedon:1948


{ It is presumed the original entries were written by Br Canice, what follows is as written - posted March 2011}

"The house and property were purchased in 1945. Br Andrew negotiated the sale. The price was 14,700 pounds. Previously the house belonged to the Grimwades - manufacturing chemicals. It was built in 1932 for between 30,000 pounds & 40,000 pounds. During the war the owners lived in the garage cottage because of the shortage of servants.
The area of land, buildings etc. are set out in the catalogue.
During the latter part of '45, all '46 and till July '47 various caretakers were in charge.
In July '47 Brs. Flavian and Eusebius came to prepare the place for a juniorate. They were told to prepare for '50.
Br Falvian made use of the many contacts he had during his work at S.J.C. and got crockery and other articles cheaply. He has installed an underground cement tank to collect roof water for drinking and kitchen purposes, as our stream is contaminated ..... up. He also built the outside back stairs and made arrangements for its roofing; started off the shower block and laundry before he was taken off to St Vincent's Hospital in January this year (1948).
Father Nowlan came two or three days each week and arranged for the people at the Golf House (Carey's) to transport the Brothers on Sunday to Macedon, Riddell, Gisborne etc for Mass.
Father O'Brien of Woodend also came to give the Brothers Holy Mass.
Father Nowlan was given 15 pound to meet the cost of petrol.
Br Eusebius did a lot of very useful work in the garden. The vegetables he grew were money-savers this year.
Br Canice and Br Boniface took up residence a week after Br Flavian had to go to hospital - Jan 20th 1948. Various priests who were holidaying at the Golf House said Mass during the first fortnight. The owners of the Golf House (Careys) took the Brothers to Mass in their car on Sundays.
The Juniors came in on Thursday Jan 29th. Brs. Placidus and Canice met them at the Macedon station and brought them out.
The first arrival was Terry Gleeson from Jindivi(c)k (Gippsland) by car. Others by car were Ron Harding (Kilmore) G Hornsby (Tempey). The boys by train were John Quinlan (East Brusnwick), John Hopgood from East Brusnwick (he was working a couple of years) Brian McGrath and David Edwards of Thebarton SA and Peter Alexanderson about a week later.
Several Pallotine Fathers (Father Kelly and Father Girke (rector) spent a weeks holiday and provided a chaplain. They refused any fee.
Fr. Walsh CSSR gave a three days retreat ending on Sat. March 5th, on the Sunday we walked to 11 o'clock Mass at Macedon on Monday we had no Mass.
Br Placidus tried all the orders for a chaplain. Finally the Salesians agreed to come 17 miles by truck from Sunbury each morning. They agreed to 3 pounds 10 shillings for petrol, chaplains fees and said they were losing at that price as the wear and tear was much greater. They were very generous and obliging at all times.
Mrs Feehan (aunt of Br Bertinus) allowed us the use of her pool for swimming.
On March 9th & 10th a frost burnt off potatoes in the bottom field.
The water in the lake is very low - just covers the valve inlet of the electric pump. A lot is being used on the lawns where Br Placidus has filled in a big hollow and planted new seed.
The water from the lake was escaping through the ram pipe although the ram was not working. The door had been left open.
March 17th A Sports day programme mainly novelty event.
March 24th Father Michael a Polish Priest had a brief holiday and gave us Holy Mass for a week. Carried out a few of the simpler ceremonies of Holy Week.
March 26th Br Placidus arrived for a few days.
March 28th Easter Sunday. Br Boniface gets early start and takes boys to Hanging Rock via the Hump. Home at 7.30.
March 30th Burning off the results of clean up on the island.
Wed 31st Back to school after Easter Break.
April 3rd Begin digging out site of cricket pitch. (paddock across View Rd.)
April 9th Plasterer arrives for shower block.
April 11th Father Lande PP of Gordon (14 mls from Ballarat) comes for a holiday and so relieve Chaplain situation.
Sat. 17th April Arrival of laboratory equipment.
Sun. 18th Dining room carpet packed off to "Ardmara" - Marcellin College Camberwell.
26th April Brunswich boys - about 40 - on a picnic.
30th April Tiler for shower block arrives.
May 1st Fr Lande reluctantly leaves.
May 4th Tiler finishes his part of the showers.
Tues 11th Term exams. Br Placidus brings Br Louis for a "look - see".
Wed 12th Les Hall and his men from Kilmore to fix wooden bridge. Practically rebuilt it.
Frid 14th Brs Silas and Fabius to help clean up for opening. Dig some potatoes.
Sat 15th Big influx of S.A. visitors - Brian McGrath's mother and Br Austin with his people.
Mon 17th Two South African juniors call in on way to Mittagong.
Tues 18th Brs Wilfred, Egbert, Desmond and Angus here to assist with cleaning up.
Thurs 20th Bridges painted. Calcamine and paint over the top - Les Hall idea. Job not too thorough done in a hurry for opening.
Sun 23rd Picnic near Syme's lake. Br Placidus accompanies Juniors.
24th Work in preparing for opening. Kilmore truck bringing in gravel from Bullengarook. Not enough gravel and too much sand.
29th Molly Ronalds and helpers decorate for opening.
30th May Official opening. Rain spoiled the day (Accounts in other book) 3 new juniors. (Kilmore 2 - B Hoare, Br Flynn. East Brun. K O'Connor.
June 1st Lots of potato digging. T Gleeson in Kyneton hospital with carbuncle.
Thurs. 10th Terry Gleeson comes back from hospital.
June 28th Br Damian on holiday. Brings truck. Now we can go to Mass each day.
July 26th Snow.
Aug. 15th More snow - celebrate Our Lady's Assumption with a banquet.
Aug. 16th Fr. Lyons (Columban) arrives for holiday. Good pianist. Much sing-song. Gives lecture on Chinese language.
Aug. 17th Term test exams.
Aug. 24th Heavy snow on Mt. Br Placidus and Br Boniface take boys up. Father Rowan CSSR starts retreat.
Sat. 28th Aug. Picnic in glacial valley on side road to Bacchus Marsh.
Sept 1st Altar rails arrive. Pig sent back to Kilmore - not enough scraps.
9th Sept Cow from Kilmore.
20th Sept. Br Clement (A.G.) comes from Kilmore with Br Placidus. Stay the night.
2nd Oct. Arrival of Fr. O'Callaghan
Oct. 24th Br Bernard brings party from Kilmore for afternoon. Give boys afternoon tea.
Thurs 28th Brs Silas and Flavius here for holiday. Br Flavius great service as chef.
Nov. 1st Picnic at Bullengarook.
7th Nov Go to "Christ the King" celebrations at Sunbury.
13th Nov. Plant potatoes.
Nov 22nd Proficiency Exam.
Thurs. 25th Salt paths with coarse salt.
Dec. 1st Inter starts.
Dec. 9th Put in more potatoes.
Dec 17th Depart for Camberwell. Scholastics arrive. Adam's (furthest cottage) painted out for classrooms. Laundry painted.


Ten of the Juniors travelled over and back in the Chev Ute with Brother Canice doing all the driving.

Back row: Peter Alexanderson, Brother Canice, Brian Flynn, John Quinlan, Terry Gleeson (partly hidden) David Edwards
Front Row: Ron Harding, Basil Hoare, Kevin O'Connor, John Hopgood, Brian McGrath

ON WAY BACK TO MACEDON (well rugged up for travelling in back of ute, no seat belts, only protection St Christopher medals!!)
Basil Hoare, Peter Alexanderson, Terry Gleeson, John Hopgood (partially hidden), Kevin O'Connor, Brother Canice, Brian McGrath, Ron Harding.


Corrections to above original:  Diarmuid Crandles and Bruce Piercy
Photos and information courtesy Brother Kevin Hoare (Drusilla 48)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Juniorates: Macedon, Wangaratta, East Bendigo



1948 till 1954



Br Canice (George Robert O'Donnell)
born February 13, 1915,
died March 15, 2006.
1948: Canice O'Donnell, Boniface Kivlighon, Louis Flavian Scharpf.
1949: Canice O'Donnell, Nilus Kenny, Ludovic Bourke, Anastasius Moran.
1950: Canice O'Donnell, Ludovic Bourke, Methodius Murphy, Vincent Smith
1951: Canice O'Donnell, Ludovic Bourke, Methodius Murphy, Kevin Hogan (Callixtus)
1952: Canice O'Donnell, Ludovic Bourke, Kevin Hogan (Callixtus), Noel Hickey (Jerome)
1953: Canice O'Donnell, Noel Hickey (Jerome), Austin Redden (Osmund), Terry Gleeson (Ernest), Roger Reidy.
1954: Brendan Feehan (Bertinus), Noel Hickey (Jerome), Austin Redden (Osmund), Leo Hurley (Augustine).




Champagnat College

1955 till 1969

CHAMPAGNAT COLLEGE, WANGARATTA (photo courtesy Leo Keegan )





 {including one year at Macedon 1954)




Other staff members at Wangaratta including:

                    Brother Alphonsus (Mick Brown)
                    Brother Augustine (Leo Hurley) (RIP)
                    Brother Boniface (RIP)
                    Brother Brian Beggs (RIP)
                    Brother Conrad (RIP)
                    Brother Columbanus (RIP)
                    Brother Dominic Stewart
                    Brother Felix (Des Connolly)
                    Brother Jerome (Noel Hickey): one year at Macedon 1954, then 1955 and 1958-60
                    Brother Ken Harris (RIP)
                    Brother Gordan Heinrich (RIP)
                    Brother Kilian (Brian Flynn)
                    Brother Methodius (RIP)
                    Brother Anthony O'Brien (RIP)
                     Brother Oliver (RIP)
                    Brother Osmund (Austin Redden) (RIP)
                     Brother Prosper (RIP)
                    Brother Jim Ryan (RIP)_




Click on photo to enlarge
Front:   N Colvin, N McManus, B Neuman, P McLaughlin, K Guthrie, T Scally, D Christian, J Sullivan, T Byrne, M Butler, A Swingler, A Duryea
Second:   G Colvin, R Keane, R Deland, R Twomey, K Walsh, B Edwards, B Synan, W A Kelly, N Answerth, P Georgeson, M Needham, J Braithewaite, J Emmett
Third:    M Jaremczuk, E O'Halloran, J Needham, J Blackett, V Ryan, J Weygood, A Moore, W Wilczek, C Murphy, D Harrington, T Dwyer, J Hughes
Fourth:   J Crosby, J Flaherty, G Griffiths, T Rossiter, C Brown, J Kelly, T Dillon, T Ryan, J McIllhinny
Back:    R Kelly, S Williams, M O'Donoghue, D Howard, M Heenan, B Connolly
Total Juniors: 52



Front:   R Ramsay, A Skehan, T Scally, G Colvin, J Sullivan, D. Murray
Second:   R Keane, N Colvin, N McManus, D Malone, R Twomey, J Goodale
Third:   R Denisenko, J Neeham, N Answerth, N Ginnivan, J Emmett, T Rossiter
Back:    G Griffiths, A O'Keefe


1959 FIRST X1


Front:   J Emmett, T Sullivan, G Colvin, A Swingler, F Bohan
Middle:   N Neeham, J Cleary, B Weston, R Keane
Back:   T Rossiter, J Goodale, W Ginnivan


1959 Matriculation

Front: G Colvin, R Twomey, M Butler, N McManus, J Sullivan, N Colvin
Second row: W A Kelly, B Newman, D Malone, A Skehan, P McLaughlin, J McIntosh, J Pisani
Third Row: M Hession, J Weygood, M Answerth, R Keane, B Rodgers, J Emmett
Back: A O'Keefe, J Goodale, J Hughes, J Brown

Acknowledgements: Champagnat College 1959 Photos CD ( courtesy Wolfgang Wilczek Drusilla 63) and Brother Joe Hughes ( Drusilla    )
Posted: October 2019

1962 Juniors

Back Row: Tony O'Connell, (   ), Ray O'Halloran, Bernard Riley, Leo Keegan, Geoff Marshall, Chris Paterson, Kevin Trainor,  Michael Reardon, Jack Goodfellow
Middle Row: Peter Hicks, Tony O'Meara, Des Howard, Eddie Harken, John Crosby, Wolfgang Wilczek, Reg McManus,  Steve ?, Eddie Havelock, Mick Heenan, Noel ?
Front Row: John Horgan, (?),  Kevin Sykes, Peter McManus, Paul Nieuwenhuizen, Michael Jaremcsuk, Bernie Halpin,  Michael McManus, Lenny Carroll, JohncElhinney
( photo courtesy Leo Keegan)

 ( Juniors in red - click on photo to enlarge courtesy Leo Keegan)

 Juniors at Wangaratta including:

                   John Black                                
                   Peter Bourke
                   David Conway
                  Terry Dwyer (1956 till 1960)
                  John Horgan                   
                   Des Howard (1957 till 1962)
                  Joseph Hughes (1955 - 1959)
                  Michael Jaremczuk         
                   Ross Keane
                  Leo Keegan (1960 till 1962)
                  Kevin Mackin                
                  John McElhinney
                  Neville McManus (RIP)
                  John Needham (RIP)              
                  Paul Niewenhuisen
                  Evan O'Halloran
                  Tony O'Meara                  
                  Terry Orrell
                  Chris Paterson
                  Vin Ryan                                               
                   Michael Rush (1955 till 1957)
                   Tom Scully
                   Kevin Sykes   
                   Des Tuck
                   Tony Welch    
                  Wolfgang Wilczek

"In 1957 we were close to 70 Juniors in a total roll call of 300 students ranging from Grade 5 to Matric (Day students, Boarders, Juniors). In my final year (1962) we were 34 Juniors." (Br Des Howard - Drusilla 63)

There is a Powerpoint presentation prepared for the 2013 Wangaratta Reunion available, courtesy Leo Keegan (Drusilla 63). If you would like a copy let me know. Terry



1970 till  1973

East Bendigo Juniorate, Murphy Street ...  (photo courtesy Brother Kevin Hoare - Drusilla 48)
Photo taken 2019



Other staff members at East Bendigo
                                  Brother Des Howard - 1970 and 1971
                                  Brother Michael McManus - 1972

Juniors at East Bendigo:
{Courtesy Brother Tony Paterson (RIP) - Australian Province Archivist}

                               1970:    (13)                                                                     

                                    David Davies                   Bunbury                                      
                                    Patrick Kelly                    Bunbury                                      
                                    Alan Imms                       Churchlands                               
                                    Matthew Highet               SHC                       
                                    Peter Devery                    Griffith                                        
                                    Neil Mitchell                   Griffith                   
                                    Michael Brennan             Shepparton                                 
                                    Peter Lynch                     Traralgon                                    
                                   Paul Field                          Hawthorn           
                                   Peter Vassallo                    Hawthorn             
                                   Peter Dernham                   Bulleen                           
                                   Brendan Smyth                  Bulleen                   
                                   Peter vanEeken                   Preston                   

                               1971 : (5)

                                     Phil McManus                    Broken Hill
                                    John Pett                             Bulleen
                                    Michael Kane                      Traralgon
                                   John O'Brien                       Griffith
                                   Chris McBeath                    Churchlands

                              1972:   (6)                                                                                                                 

                                    Rory Dernham                  Bulleen                                                                
                                   James Burke                       Kilmore         
                                   James Smith                       Shepparton
                                   Terrence Bowman             Bulleen         
                                   Wayne Kendle                   Bunbury        
                                   Mark O'Connor                 Preston         

                                 1973 :  (4)

                                       Philip Stephens                Bulleen
                                       Stephen Harrington          Bendigo
                                       John Houston                   Inverlock
                                      Anthony Applekamp         Gawler

                                                                         Total Juniors at East Bendigo:  28

Archivist's Note:  "The records are poor. Spelling may not be accurate. Archivists had not really been discovered in those days. I think Brother Oliver Clarke was at Bulleen at this time and was eventually appointed Province secretary with the additional portfolio to sort out the archives. It was also the case in Sydney. Brother Alban Doyle kept the archives in beer boxes in his bedroom or similar."

Brother Tony Paterson - Archivist

Died 2019

"In 1955, a couple of days before my 13th birthday, I embarked on my quest to become a Marist Brother. No doubt you are horrified by my leaving home so early but it was common practice in those days for boys to start their training at a very young age so they could gradually discover what was involved in becoming a Marist Brothers. This practice was discontinued in the 70's when Juniors were moved to Bendigo and, eventually, the Juniorate was closed down altogether" (Brother Joseph Hughes)


"In 1970 the Juniorate was moved to a hostel model in East Bendigo, catering for 15 Juniors from Years 11 and 12. It was purpose built and rather attractive (Ranch style). Br Kevin Machin was the Director and I (Br Des Howard) his assistant. Each day we would drive/walk to MBC Bendigo (about a 20 minutes walk), where the Juniors attended classes while Kev and I were on the teaching staff. In our first year we had 12 Juniors, mostly from Wangaratta but three came directly from other schools ... not completely sure of this. 
The East Bendigo Juniorate closed at the end of 1973. Dwindling numbers made it almost impossible to survive." (Brother Des Howard)
After East Bendigo Juniorate was closed, the Melbourne Province decided that it would no longer take Juniors. Aspirants to the order would be accepted into the Postulancy at the end of their schooling. In 1975, Brother Ralph (Geoff Colvin) was appointed Superior to the Postulants living as a family in a house at Hawthorn, Victoria. Then at the end of that year, Brother Cletus, the Provincial, appointed Leo Keegan to assist Brother Ralph for 1976. The Postulancy house was then closed.
Acknowledgements: Brother Greg (Brian) McCrystal (Drusilla 50); Brother Noel (Jerome) Hickey (Drusilla 54); Terry Dwyer (Drusilla 61); Brother Joseph Hughes (Drusilla 60); Leo Keegan (Drusilla 63); Brother Des Howard (Drusilla 63), Brother Tony Paterson - Australian Province Archivist, Brother John Meehan (Drusilla 50), Brother Kevin Hoare (Drusilla 48)
For related items to this post, go back to blog menu, click on "Reflections and News #1"
  • " Planning and Foundation of Wangaratta 1955" : courtesy Brother Julian Casey (Drusilla 50)
  • "Wangaratta Juniorate in 1950's" : courtesy Brother Joseph Hughes (Drusilla 60)
  • "Macedon Junior and Wangaratta Junior Reminisces" 
  • "Kindness, Thoughtfulness and Understanding of Brother Cletus Reed": courtesy Leo Keegan (Drusilla 63)

Posted  July 2019 - revised September 2019