Marist Brothers High School Darlinghurst

Old Boys' Union


  Blue & Blue                            

  3rd. March, 2013



Welcome to the March edition of the B&B. Rather than diminishing in circulation, the B&B has been slowly but surely growing as more and more Old Boys are being located. Moreso, we saw a number of old friendships renewed, which is what B&B is all about.

We welcome back Kim O’Brien (LC’62). Kim was enquiring about Peter Babik and any help in locating Peter would be appreciated. Kim has already confirmed his attendance for the  second of the Centenary Luncheons, set down for July 11th, 2013.

We welcome Max Yip (LC’53) who ran a store at The Markets in Sydney for many years. Max is living at Kogarah and fondly remembers John Chippendale and other classmates. We thank Max for his financial support of the OBU.

          John Barry Ryan K.C.S.G. (LC’43) is celebrating 70 years since leaving Darlo and advises that he’s found his lost friend Br. Fabian (Geoff Hynes) with some OBU help.

         Jim Banks (HSC’67) advises that Greg Minahan (HSC 1967), previously of Canberra, is now a farmer out in the Yass district and in the volunteers firefighters. With a bit of OBU help, Jim located Steve Wenham (HSC’67), an old mate since Darlo primary. Steve had been found through the Darlo Facebook site. Having been reacquainted with the OBU, Steve also found Tim Martin (HSC’67), and has been exchanging emails and school memories.

         Steve provided the MUST SEE photo of Darlo, taken from the middle playground. Looking at it, you are transported in time and charged with the feelings of being a school boy at Darlo. Tim said it immediately reminded him of the Cadet's mini range with live bullets flying across the playground every Wednesday afternoon. Scary stuff!! Steve also provided a yesteryear photo of Brian Wylie who taught in the late 50s and early 60s. Brian was our swimming and diving coach.


           I finally caught up with Tony Morrissey (HSC’67), who has been living just around the corner from me in Chifley for years. We all could be living near to an old mate and don’t know about it, which is why Terry Malone (LC’63) and Philip Hogan (LC’59) are compiling a database to be sent out soon, to help us in locating “lost” Old Boys. Terry is co-ordinating the 50th. Anniversary Reunion for the Class of ’63.


         Bill Duncan (LC’64) was asked to let the Old Boys know what he’s been up to: Bill writes,

“Patricia and I are developing a small hobby farm in semi-rural Kenthurst; I am a very active volunteer and Deputy Captain in my local RFS Brigade , specialising in community education; I am also State Protocol Officer for the NSW Rural Fire Service, frequently travelling around the State training and at special events ( like the recent international Fire Fighters Games); Weekend "watch" duty as a volunteer with Marine Rescue helps me maintain my maritime knowledge and skills ( which I need kept up-to-date to manage the boating scholarships my wife and I run for local teenagers and youth group leaders ); which also dovetails nicely with the life coaching I provide for high school seniors; which helps me maintain a relevant skill set for occasional professional mentoring of CEOs and other corporate executives ; and pro-bono mentoring for young entrepreneurs just starting up in businesses of their own.” Bill adds, “But then, life is too short to waste a precious moment”. 

Anybody who feels they can top that, is free to try. It would’ve even been a challenge for Mother Teresa.

Through the help of Blue Gallagher (HSC’67), we both managed to catch up with Br. Walter, who was teaching at Darlo in the ‘60s and went on to teach at Waverley College. “Wally” enjoys a beer at the Bondi Road Hotel on Friday nights, should some wish to catch up on old times. Though using a walking frame to assist with mobility, “Wally” is otherwise in great shape.


         Bob Whittaker  (LC’51)sends his regards to all but will be unable to make the next luncheon at the Rugby Club in July as he will be in Darwin visiting his daughter.

         A notable omission from the last B&B was an advice of the attendance of two Old Boys at the last luncheon: Fr. Ken McNamara, Jesuit priest, who has been living in India for many years and who was accompanied to the luncheon by old friend and classmate, Dr. Brian Pollard.

Scott Coleman’s Historical Contributions

 Be sure to read the fine historical contributions about Darlo Old Boys at war by Scott Coleman (MC Canberra) [Follow the link to the Darlo website for the full stories] It is truly amazing reading.

Nostalgia: Photo of Mr. Brian Wylie courtesy of Steve Wenham (HSC’67) (see the Darlo website-photogallery). Photo from the mid-playground courtesy of Steve Wenham (HSC’67). (see the Darlo website-photogallery).


In Memoriam:

  Vale Phillip J. Conroy (LC’63) passed away 15th January, 2013

Passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2013. Late of Kentlyn. Beloved son of Frank and Cecilia (both deceased). Dear brother of Mary and much loved uncle to Andrew, Christopher, Catherine, Elizabeth and their families. A Requiem Mass for PHILLIP was celebrated at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, Acacia Avenue, Ruse.

R.I.P. Phillip

Vale Philip L. Hickie (LC ’44) 1927- 2012

Philip Hickie enrolled in science at the University of Sydney, but financial reality made him transfer a few    days later to a scholarship in engineering at the new University of Technology (now the University of NSW). Although he continued to work at the Sydney Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board and then     the Department of Public Works after graduating, Philip's heart was in the theatre. When television came to Australia in 1956, he was appointed as one of the ABC's first two designers and he worked also as a director.

R.I.P. Philip

Vale Peter F. Lynch (HSC ’67) passed away 10th February, 2013.Peter Lynch, passed away after a year-long battle with asbestosis. Peter was a Bondi boy and electrician by trade. Pete leaves a wife Jenny and three sons. He lived in the Sutherland Shire in recent years, as many old Eastern Suburbs boys did.  A class identity, Peter was a good sportsman and a good family man.

Late of Gymea Bay, formerly of Bondi. Beloved husband of Jenny. Loving father of Daniel Michael, Joel and father-in-

law of Gabrielle. Adored Pop of Quentin. Much loved son of Frankie, older brother of John and Judy. Loved by his

nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. ``Living his dream with Nortons and Rock 'n' Roll'

R.I.P. Peter

Vale Terence J. Ryman (LC ’47) passed away 5th February, 2013
Beloved husband of the late June Mary. Loved father of Jennifer, Michael (deceased), Kate, Mark and Leslie. Loved brother of Bernard, Paul and Peter (both deceased). Loved father-in-law of Peter, Cathy, Warwick and Gerard. Loved grandfather of Matthew, David, Mark, David, Adam, Ben, Jessica, Nicholas, Ashleigh, Thomas and James. Terry and

his brother Bernard (nickname "Skinny") were "old boys of Darlo".
A Requiem Mass for TERENCE was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Avoca Street, Randwick

R.I.P. Terence




###: Be sure to mark July 11, 2013 in your calendars for the 2nd. CENTENARY OBU Luncheon of 2013.


Servo fidem,

Kym Derriman


Marist Brothers Darlinghurst Old Boys’ Union



*LC Year refers to those who sat the LC or HSC in that year and also to their classmates who left school in earlier years.


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