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Christmas 2016



                     It’s Christmas !  Christmas bells     Christmas bells     Christmas bells


We’d like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, joyous and holy Christmas and a peaceful and rewarding 2017 ~ from Br. Paul Murphy, Bill Halcro, Tony Morrissey, Philip Hogan, Tony Smith, Bernie York & the Gatekeeper.


What an amazing year it’s been. Finally Christmas will see peace for a time in Aleppo where, for so long, people have lived under the scourge of war, never knowing if all their family members would be alive by morning. What a blessed country we live in.


For the Australian Republicans awaiting a call-to-arms by their one-time leader, Malcolm Turnbull, it was a bitter pill to swallow at the recent AGM of the Aust. Republic Movement, as Mal delivered yet another  “let’s not act now” over a decisive issue. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have well over 50% support for a Republic. For those who may be thinking that it’s a gonad-defined issue, our revered PM does still travel by ferry & rail in the face or terrorism at our doorstep.


While on the revered populace, Paul Finnane [Class of ’49] and his wife Louise, made the trek to Sydney from Adelaide recently and met up with old classmate, Bill Halcro [Class of ’49]. Paul was Dux of the class of 1949 and excelled in all subjects including the Classics . He has just finished a course in Persian and wanting to keep his mind active, is now ready to begin a course in Law. Those in Adelaide benefit from Paul’s lay ministry.

 Bill Halcro also contacted Allan Willoughby [Class of ’37], a spritely 96 years young. Alan played cricket & football with Ray Lindwall at school and still drives around Cammeray, where he has lived most of his life. Alan expects to make it to the next luncheon in 2017.

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Being Christmas and a time of remembrance, we have posted a cleverly-disguised photo from yesteryear, while offering a prize to those who can guess who Santa is. For those incapable of discerning who radiates that enigmatic combination of Mother Teresa benevolence and Al Capone tolerance, still-remembered by many, a hint lies in the 1966 B&B.

Denis Murphy [Class of ‘68] and Peter Vild [Class of ‘68] both contacted the OBU looking for old classmates. Peter in anxious to catch up in 2017 for a practice run at their 50th anniversary due in 2018. Danny Moscatelli [Class of ‘68] lamented a missed opportunity of not catching up with Br. Joe McCabe (remembered as Br. Bonaventure) at the last reunion. Danny reflects, “I have fond memories of him occasionally hurling blackboard dusters at us, down the back of class”


Repairs & Maintenance: Tony Jones [Class of ‘63] who holds the record for the fartherest-travelling, regular reunion attendee, had a close call with the Grim Reaper a few days after the last reunion, as doctors removed two cancers in his neck, right next to the main artery.



  In Memoriam:

Vale Peter Harford [Class of  ’59] of Bronte, who passed away in August 2016.

R.I.P. Peter


Vale Leo d’Adam [Class of  ’47], brother of Bruno [Class of ’49], who passed away in September 2016.

R.I.P. Leo


Vale Kevin Hornery [Class of ‘59], husband of Freda, who passed away in September 2016, at Gosford. Kevin will also be remembered by the alumni of Armidale Teacher’s College, where he went after Darlo.

R.I.P Kevin


Vale Len Owen [Class of  ’39], of Dalmeny, in his 94th year.  He and younger brother Bob came to Darlo from Joeys.  Len was a good sportsman, particularly in athletics and cricket.   An engineering diploma prepared him for the RAAF in WWII and later a long career as a troubleshooter with Burroughs business machines.  Up to his 80s he was a keen breeder of small birds and was an accomplished upholsterer.  Amongst his LC classmates of 1939 were Don Dudgeon and Ray Lindwall.

R.I.P. Len



Lost & Found:

Thanks for the many who assisted in locating Rowley Mackay, [Class of ’62], alive and well and still living in Paddington. Among those offering help was Frank Restuccia [Class of 1964], who worked with Rowley at Energy Australia (then Sydney County Council) for 33years. Rowley served over 20 years on the OBU committee, until Br John Murphy passed away. He still meets with some members of the ’61 and ’62 classes who have held an annual reunion in December, for over five decades, at the home of Robert Dick [Class of ‘61]. Fraternity in action!

 More on the Class of 62: Grahame Turner is back in Australia after wisely spending Australia’s winter months in Spain.


Kyran O’Donnell [Class of ‘54] writes to suggest a warmer time for reunions other than July and, no pun intended, the suggestion was warmly received. Kyran reflected on the family clans who attended Darlo and mentioned the three Cannon brothers, for whom we have no current OBU records. Should anyone have a contact please advise the OBU.

 Kyran’s suggestion should see a reunion luncheon happening in March 2017, if that is convenient with the guest speaker. Kevin Fitzpatrick [Class of ‘58] has kindly volunteered to be the guest speaker for the next reunion. With Kevin being a raconteur extraordinaire, the luncheon promises to be be another fun-filled event.

In reading this issue of the B&B, you will note that some Classes have no hyperlinks to photos or B&Bs. This is because the current library has no copies of the years 1937-1943 inclusively nor 1951-1954 inclusively. Should those holding such copies wish to lend them for digitising, please contact the OBU.



(contributors John Gallagher [Class of ‘67] & Peter Clarke [Class of ‘65])

Worldwide Telephone Survey:

Last month, a worldwide telephone survey was conducted by the U.N.

The only question asked was:

 “Would you please give your honest opinion about possible solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"

 The survey was a complete failure because:

 In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant.

 In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant.

 In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant.

 In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant.

 In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant.

 In South America they didn't know what "please" meant.

 In the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant

 and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Britain everyone hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.



 These great questions and answers are from the days when 'Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now!

  Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

 Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years...
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

 Q . Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?
A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!  (The audience laughed so long it took up almost 15 minutes of the show!)

 Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

 Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you  think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A.. Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.

 Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency..

 Q. What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

 Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.

 Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

 Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

 Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark..

 Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

 Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

 Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

 Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh






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  Once again, from all those at the OBU, we wish you a peaceful and outrageously joyful Christmas. 


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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Kym Derriman

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Vice President

Tony Morrissey

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Bill Halcro

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Tony Smith

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Philip Hogan

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Bernard York

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