IT was a trip down memory lane for ex-students who attended the Combined Catholic Schools reunion in Gunnedah over the long weekend.
Mission completed for Gunnedah Catholic schools reunion A CLASS gathering from the 1960s enjoy themselves at the Combined Catholic Schools reunion on the long weekend.
The Gunnedah Catholic Schools Reunion.
Betty Stepkovitch (formerly Kelly), of Smithfield, came from Narrabri to board at St Mary’s College from 1947 to 1951 and was dux of the school in her last year. Betty left school after the death of her mother and went on to raise eight children and teach scripture in state schools for more than 30 years. She was awarded life membership of the association. Betty thorougly enjoyed her trip down memory lane and was delighted to show her daughters Vivienne Healey, left, and Katrina around her old “alma mater”. Betty has 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Laurie Mansour pictured with his sister Bernice who forged a career as a successful opera singer.
Gunnedah Catholic Schools reunion.
Form 10 in 1965 was the first class to sit for the School Certificate introduced under the revolutionary Wyndham Scheme 50 years ago. (Standing from left) Ian Hartley, Cheryl Field (Dillon), Jacinta Stanley (Gaynor) and Marie Hobson (Campbell), all of Gunnedah. (Seated) Janet Nolan (Wilby) and Patsy Spradbrow (Tailby), both of Newcastle, Pam Esdaile, of Sydney, and John Bell.
(Standing from left) John Hobden, Cheryl Field (Dillon), of Gunnedah, Gaylene Feld (Dillon), of Camden, Ron Dillon, of Gosford, Tony Bennett, of Gunnedah, and John Pritchard, of Canberra. (Seated) Sr Christine Belling, Beryl Walters (Johnstone), of Gunnedah, Marlene Nelson (Johnstone), of Boggabri, and former St Xavier’s teacher Carolyn Pritchard, of Canberra.
This group was part of kindergarten to 6th class 1965 at St Xavier’s. (Back from left) Phil Hinselwood, of Gunnedah, Brendan McGee, of Canberra, Tim Lawrence, of Coffs Harbour, Peter Maxwell, of Gunnedah. (Middle) Therese Fulwood (formerly Donnelly), of Gunnedah, Janice Chalmers, of Glen Innes, Alice Collins (Rugers) of Singleton, Helen Mansour, of Sydney, Christine Gilbert (Maley), of Gunnedah), Anne Cheetham (Richardson), of Lemon Tree Passage. (Front) Ray Gaynor and Richard Gallen, of Gunnedah, Lyn Bruce (Scott), of Sydney, and Agnes Doring (Bailey), of Mackay. Lyn Scott and Richard Gallen were the school captains in 1965.
(Back row from left) John Campbell, Judy Green (formerly Bowen), of Gunnedah, Clare Sydenham, of Sydney, Beth Flynn, of Port Macquarie, Wanda Dunnet (Druce), of Narrabri, Helen Robinson, of Inverell, Christian Rugers, of Broadwater, Julie Clarke (Williams), of Newcastle. (Front row) Maria Lester (Elliott), of Brisbane, Wendy Cope (Dare), of Sydney, Lyn Carolyn, of Frank Rugers, of Kew, Ann Patterson (Webb), of Lemon Tree Passage, Cathy Roberts (Campbell).
Some of these “old boys” were members of the victorious St Mary’s College rugby league team which claimed the 1958 championship at the prestigious Peel Schools Carnival. Coached by Fr Tom Shanahan, the team included Ron Turner (not present) who went on to become Cronulla’s first international player. (Standing from left) Ron Dillon, of Gosford, John Pritchard, of Canberra, Ray Outeridge, of Mooloolaba, Billy Hope, holding the treasured pennant, and Robert Hope, both of Sydney. (Seated) Mick Juratowitch, Tony Bennett, Bob Groth and Des (Wimpy) Dries, all of Gunnedah.
The Gaynor family was well represented at the reunion. (From left) siblings Kay Clarke, Ray Gaynor, Maree Roach and Jacinta Stanley. Absent: Pat Gaynor. The family can claim an unbroken line of either pupils or teachers from the Gaynor/Harrigan family at the local Catholic schools since 1910 when their uncle Bert Harrigan began his education at St Xavier’s.
The Mansour family came home for their mother Merle’s 90th birthday celebration and it was a great opportunity to attend the reunion. From left, Maree Lynch (Mansour), of Lane Cove, Michael Mansour, of Nord’s Wharf, Libby Mansour, of Charmhaven, Laurie and Merle Mansour, Helen Mansour, of Bellevue Hill. Another brother Greg Mansour, of Nord’s Wharf, was unable to attend). Laurie’s sister Bernice Hughes, of Mosman, a well-known opera singer, also enjoyed the reunion.
Former school friends catching up at the reunion. (Standing from left) Sr Gabrielle Foley, of Gunnedah, Glenda Chalmers (Jackson), of Goulburn, and Desne Manns (Delaney) of South Coast. (Seated) Trish Ware (McMahon), of Werris Creek, Frances Watts (Wittman), of Mittagong, Kay Clarke (Gaynor), of Gunnedah, and Christine Salerno (Jansen), of Newcastle.
The Rugers family travelled to Gunnedah for the reunion. (From left) Christian Rugers and his wife Rita, of Broadwater, Alice Collins, of Singleton, Pauline Baldwin, of Broadwater and Frank Rugers, of Kew. Frank was also part of the music ministry at Mass on Sunday morning playing the flute, with Kay Clarke on organ and Ray Gaynor on guitar.
Sr Christine Belling, of Gunnedah, Bob and Jeanette (formerly Foley) Brennan, of Tamworth, and Sr Gabrielle Foley, of Gunnedah.
Sisters Cathy Roberts (Campbell). left, and Marie Hobson, right, werte delighted to catch up with Terry Tydd and his sister Junette Barbato, whose father Frank Tydd, a local builder, employed Ossie Campbell for more than 40 years as his foreman/carpenter. Terry Tydd, a doctor, has retired at Manly, while Junette lives in Armidale.
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