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School ANZAC Day Service 2016

ANZAC Day Service 2016
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John Cox's (1971) Memories of Parramatta Marist

John Cox Seniors Geography Excursion with Br Douglas

John Cox has provided us with some images. Click on the image to enlarge. The desciption is in the title.

As well as images John has provided us with a copy of an email to his friend Michael Lindfield (1971) which describes what he has been up to. It has been edited for privacy purposes.

"I also “ retired” from my Practice [DKM Group Chartered Accountants] in 2008, but I wasn’t really serious. Go crazy living at home.John Cox 4th Class First Day 1963

Mary and I now live in an apartment at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, near the Dockside Precinct, my eldest James is a chartered accountant living in Mt Gravatt, has one daughter (my only grandchild to date that we know of), daughter Felicity is now working in London, she is a Town Planner (near to your heart) but doing a couple of years over there, currently working for Murton Council, near Wimbledon I believe.

John Cox Anzac Day 1968 or 1969 1Then lastly “sprog”, aka Andrew, a bit of a late surprise package, turning 20 this year and studying Arts/Business at UQ. Needless to say a penniless student who lives with us.

We try to travel a bit, unlike yourself we do it for pleasure. Heading back over to Italy, France, Ireland (to visit Mary’s relations) then London to see Felicity May/June.

It would be really great to meet up. AnytimeJohn Cox Cadet Ball 1969 G Grounds J Cox P Williamson M Lindfield G Hoile J Duncan Friends 1

What also spurred the contact was a wish actually to go to the Marist Old Boys renunion this year (45 years for us). I had pulled out some old photos from school and have been threatening to go down many times without success. Might be a bit of fun to see what’s left of us. I have started trying to make contact with a couple of people.

John Cox Cadet Ball 1969Pass our best regards on to Philip, hope he is keeping well.

Mary has a facebook page if you are one of those techo’s, I couldn’t find your name on it however.

You might also get a connection request through Linked in, but it was directed to your old work at ADB.

Cheers"John Cox Cadet Camp 1969

John advised us he was a partner in the Chartered Accounting Firm "Davies Knox Maynards, now DKM Group. We started off in Coffs Harbour then moved to Beenleigh, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Grafton etc etc I moved from Coffs to Beenleigh in 1989, that was a culture shock"








John Cox Cadet J Cox circa 1967

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John Cox Class 6A 1965x900John Cox Cpt Glass Br Cyrus circa 1969John Cox NCOCoursex900JohnCoxswimmikngcertx900John Cox CertificateofEfficiencyJohn Cox SwimmingCerticate1964x900John Cox backstrokecertifictaex900John Cox Marist Cadet Band circa 1971John Cox Passing Out Parade 1970 or 71John Cox Sgts P Gibbs J Cox M Linfield 1971John Cox St Patricks Marist High circa 1940sJohn Cox Cadet Unit Invitations 1970 1971x900


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Passing Out Parade 1971

Passing Out Parade 1971

b2ap3_thumbnail_1971-Passing-Out-Parade-1.jpgThis is the 1971 Passing Out Parade on the top oval at Westmead.

Thanks David Whitfield

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Invitation to Old Boys who served in the armed forces; as national servicemen; reservists and the cadets

Anzac Day 3 c `1971 

Given it is the Centenary of Gallipoli and 70th Anniversary of the end of WW2, Brother Patrick, principal of Parramatta Marist High, wishes to invite Old Boys who served in the armed forces; as national servicemen; reservists and the cadets to help the School commemorate this special anniversary and our OB's who served and died.

The ANZAC commemoration will be held on 27th April at 11am here at the School. Please contact the president of the Old Boys Union and teacher at the School Adam Hendry for further details. You can contact Adam using the Contact Us form on this website.

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Cadet Band were NSW A Grade Champions in 1960

Source:  Ron McLaren (1961)

The MBP Cadet Band were NSW A Grade Champions in 1960 having beaten Kings for the title. The winning trophy is shown below.

1960 Band Trophy

More about Ron McLaren (1961)

"I was at MBP from 1955-1961 in the A Class, I joined the Navy at 15 and spent most of the next  ten years at sea going back and forth to Borneo during Konfrontazi and Vietnam 10 times. I was pleased to discover Bob Skipholtz on your forum, he lived not far from where I was at Dundas, I recall him being a recent arrival with his family from RSA and his thick Afrikaner accent. Colin Heazlewood lived around the corner from my place, we were good mates back then. I noticed a pic of Dan Mahoney on your site, Dan was my dad's campaign manager when he was the Federal Labor candidate for Parramatta in 1963, he was beaten by Garfield Barwick on DLP preferences, pretty good effort for a council meter reader."

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