Marist Brothers High School Darlinghurst

Old Boys' Union


  Blue & Blue                            

  17th. November, 2012


               The M.B. Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union is turning 100

Congratulations to all. The Marist Brothers Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union is reaching its centenary. Apart from the fine men who unselfishly dedicated enormous time and energy in their respective roles on the Executive and the Committee over the last 100 years, congratulations also go to yourselves and the men who have gone before you, who have supported the OBU and been instrumental in helping to maintain the noble institution for so long.


In a few weeks on January 9th, 2013 a luncheon will be held at the Rugby Club to start the OBU Centenary Celebrations. All those wishing to attend, please respond in the first instance by email or letter, advising whether you prefer to attend the luncheon or simply the after-luncheon (“second session”) drinks & snacks. The luncheon will start at midday and the “second session” will start at 2.30 pm. If it proves even near as successful as the centenary luncheon for the 100th anniversary of the opening of the school, it shall be finishing in the very late afternoon or early evening. So, at this stage, to get an idea of numbers, simply register your interest by 30th November please. We will advise of costs when we have a better idea of numbers.


Please do not confuse this Marist Brothers Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union event with the luncheon scheduled for December by the Marist Brothers Alumni Assn., as considerable confusion was caused mid-year when both luncheons occurred close together. We encourage you to participate in both.


            As always, the OBU continues to support Marist causes. We received a Marist SOS to help in the aftermath of the massive floods in the Philippines. A fundraiser was mounted and $500 raised to assist in the relocation of the affected. Any such fundraisers remain independent of donations received by Old Boys to assist the OBU in sponsoring Darlo Priests & Brothers at the OBU functions.


Special thanks to Mark Trainor (LC’48) for his recent support in that regard. Mark continues to remain active with his Consultancy firm in North Sydney.


OBU support has been given for a Marist initiative to assist disadvantaged children with the promulgation of Children’s Rights. The media production has already been translated in draft form into several languages.


The OBU also provides voluntary assistance for the media services of Kuya Center, an organization helping homeless children, with which Br. Paul Murphy is closely associated. Br. Paul, recently in Thailand and now in the Philippines until January, is committed to that cause. Br. Paul also continues the work of his own brother, Br. John Murphy, with his dedication to the Old Boys’ Union. He spoke at length of the situation of the homeless children at the Annual OBU Luncheon in July.



We extend a warm welcome for Peter Gannon to the OBU. Peter’s first teaching appointment in 1965 was at Darlo. Peter is a close friend of Br. Paul Murphy.


John Pass  LC’54 and his wife, Di, attended the recent Paralympic Games in London this year. Through their company, 360HR, they continue their long support for the Australian Paralympic team. With fundraising over the last 6 years, particularly through the annual “barefoot bowls” day, they’ve raised well over $250,000. On their last event in October, participants had the opportunity to meet Paralympians like Kurt Fearnley and Louise Savage. Old Boys who want more information can contact John, Di or Kellie Markham at 9819 6324.


Tony Smith, LC’64 and his wife Chris have recently returned from a trip to Europe an installed themselves in new premises overlooking the bay in Sydney’s south. Tony is enjoying the benefits of a long and successful career in the insurance industry.


Maintenance & Repairs:

John Bolster LC’50 is reported to be out and about after a successful recovery from is hip operation.


Bruno d’Adam LC’49 is reported to be dangerously competitive on the golf course and rumour has it that his knee operation has actually reduced his handicap and that he’s ready for Tiger Woods, if he returns to Australia.


“Chippo”, John Chippendale LC’54 is recovering after winning in his main bout with cancer. He’s had PET scans, CAT scans, X Rays, Ultra Sounds; in hospital for treatment and tests, numerous tubes inserted; blood tests, biopsies, blood tests, transfusions, etc, etc. and has also completed 3 courses of chemo. Most important, recent scans all show that his chest & abdomen are clear and there are no tumours shown anywhere else.


 The Class of 1963 will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2013. Many have “gone walkabout” and we’ve lost contact with them so a special effort is being made to ensure, not just them, but as many Old Boys as possible, are all aware of the Centenary Celebrations of the OBU.

Fortunately several have made contact recently. It was especially warming to receive contact from an old mate, Gerard Banks. Gerard was one of three brothers at Darlo with his older brother, Bill (LC’62), and younger brother, Jim (LC’67). Jim has been living in Canberra for the last 30+ years and advises that, despite the cold winters, the hot air from the politicians keeps the chill off the place.


Tony Morrissey (LC’67) received a surprise contact recently. He and Jim Banks were good mates and Jim contacted Tony through the OBU. It’s heart-warming to know about old friendships being renewed like that. As Tony explains, Jim is lucky to still be with us. When he was 12 or 13 he was at Taylor Square one weekend when he was king hit while watching a fight. He was in intensive care for weeks with a tube down his throat.


John Fraser (LC’72-Marcellin) writes to confirm that, although he left Darlo for Marcellin in ’66, when Darlo was in the throes of the school closing down, he still regards himself as a Darlo Old Boy. John left a legacy behind with some unbroken athletics records.




Congratulations to Ron Young (LC’49) on receiving your Australian citizenship. Ron had been unsuccessful in his attempts to get a positive response from the Oz government regarding citizenship and things weren’t looking any better, as time was running out with his application. He first departed Oz in 1958, after he completed the requirements for the Ph.D, for postdoctoral research in universities in the US and the UK. He returned in 1963 to a lectureship at Monash then left for USA in 1967. Ron sent an SOS to the OBU and his old mates mobilised to assist. Full credit goes to Larry Hensby and Bill Halcro. John McCauley was there for back up, if needed.

 Congratulations to Alan Willoughby who turned 92 in August. How good is that. He’s in great shape and could probably still beat most of us around the block and back.

 ###  For those who wish to take a trip down memory lane, the Blue & Blue archives are available from the main page of the Darlo website or directly at



Since the last Blue & Blue, we would like to mark the passing of three of Darlo’s finest:

Vale Fr. Pat McMaugh (LC’45) died peacefully in his sleep at Hornsby Hospital on Tuesday night 2/10/2012 after collapsing at the local Westfield centre in the afternoon.  He was 84 and his Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in July were a great tribute to his long pastoral career. Fr. Pat’s brothers , Bill and Peter and family member Tim brought the presence of Fr. Pat to the OBU luncheon in July and shared memories with the Old Boys.

R.I.P. Pat


Vale Bill Slapp LC’53 passed away on 15/09/2012. His wife, Maureen, advises that they met as students at Bathurst Teacher’s College, where she knew that he was the man for her. Bill had been a quadriplegic since 1979, following an accident at his school at Towradgi in the Wollongong district, where he had been a principal. Bill maintained his great sense of humour, was constantly out and about instead of in bed and simply personified courage and the Darlo ethos of “Never give up”.

R.I.P. Bill


Vale Dr Ron Yates AM, BE, Hon FIE Hon FRAS Lond (LC’40) passed away at Royal North Shore Hospital on 3/11/2012.. Ron graduated from Sydney University in 1944 in Aeronautical Engineering and went on to become Chief Executive of Qantas, after a career spanning 40 years, retiring in 1986. Ron Yates was the first aeronautical engineer to be employed by Qantas and the only one ever to rise to C.E.O. He was Patron of the Qantas Foundation Memorial's project to return Boeing 707 VH-EBA to Australia.

R.I.P. Ron




Remember: You have less than 2 weeks to advise of your preferences for the beginning of the Centenary Celebrations of the OBU on January 9th, 2013.

Is it to be the Luncheon or the late start, Drinks and snacks for you  ?????

Replies in by November 30th. 2012 please.


Servo fidem,


Kym Derriman



Marist Brothers Darlinghurst Old Boys' Union




*Class of the Year refers to those who sat the LC in that year and to all who left earlier, who would have sat in that year, had they stayed on.



Vale Monsignor Vincent Marley LC’41. A Rite of Christian Burial with over 40 priests in attendance, was held to farewell the beloved Mons last Wednesday October 5, 2012 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish at Terrigal, where he was Parish Priest for 10 years up until 1991, and before his retirement from active ministry in 1994. The Mons was known personally by many parishioners, and to all of us he endeared himself as the affable, humorous, and deeply spiritual man who assisted this parish on so many occasions as clergy relief. We will miss this generous man but pray with confidence that he is now at peace in the arms of his loving Father.

R.I.P. Vince



President, OBU

Kym Derriman

9311 3344



Mark Sinclair




Bill Halcro

9661 7710


Marist Executive

Br. Paul Murphy



Philip Hogan

Kyran O’Donnell


All mail to:

The Secretary,


20 Paterson St

Matraville  2036