Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union News & Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
As the Cyril Shean School Pool is decommissioned we learn that Cyril Shean passed away 28 October 2015. Cyril was an Old Boy and resident of St Vincents. Cyril continuously tended the school pool (which was named in his honour) for 32 years until his retirement in 2000. He also managed a number of the School's rugby league teams over the years. He was a man of warm and gnerous heart - may he rest in peace.
This sad irony reminds us that physical structures may come and go but the positive impact of generous service to others will outlive physical structures and extend well beyond the the boundaries of the structure.
The Cyril Shean School Pool is to be decommissioned due to irreparable structural failures in the concrete. Over the last 5-8 years, attempts
have been made to fix the leaks but the pool is losing water at a rapid rate from multiple points. The cost of rebuilding this part of a 50 year
old pool are prohibitive. A very sad day indeed.
This is made even sadder as we learnt of the passing of Cyril Shean.
Please provide us with any photos of the pool and swimming events.
Building the pool. Building to the right was Westmead Printing, the building in the top centre was the toilet block and in front of that were the cricket nets (you have to look pretty hard), beyond the toilet block to the left was a building that on the ground floor was the office, tuck shop and carpenter's shop, upstairs was a big room that was used for Marist Brothers 4th and 6th Class (later Year 7) and was a cinima, dance hall and conference/meeting room. Down below where the bulldozer is was the remains of three footy fields that Parra Marist and SVBH used to use! (Greg Goodwin)
On 13 March 2015 Allan Philip was awarded the Gunner Kevin Dolahenty Award for the Best Fielder in the First 11 Cricket team. This award was instituted this year by Adrian Dolahenty (an Old Boy of the school; Class of 1986), his wife Nicole and sons (Patrick, Year 9 and Thomas, Year 11) and extended family. The family are descendants of Gunner Kevin Dolahenty who was also an Old Boy of Parramatta Marist and who fought with the 2/15 Field Regiment in Malaya during WW2. He died fighting the Japanese in 1942. He was a keen cricketer and loved fielding in particular. The trophy is itself a statue of a 2/15 Field Regiment gunner.
Last year, some of our students visited Gunner Dolahenty's grave at Kranji War Cemetery whilst on an immersion trip to Singapore (see below).