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t Rev. Bro. T. A. O'BRIEN, Headmaster, 1894-1897. M P. NUNAN, Rev. Bro. . 1897-1908, Headmaster, 1921 1912-1918 , 1920"

Rev. Bra W Head . . I. POWER master, 1921 ' 1931-1933. -1927,

Rev. Bro. F. KENIRY, Headmaster, 1934-1935.

Rev. Bro. C. P. FOLEY, Headmaster, 1936-1938.


Rev. Bro. P. A. CONLON, Headmaster, 1928-1930.

Late Mr. LES REEDY, First Secretary and Life Member of the Old Boys' Association. Superintendent Rand Refinery,

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T is with deep feelings of joy and pride that we present to you this first annual magazine of Aquinas College.

It is the record of the achieve-

ments of Aquinas during its first year of existence, 1938: and may the perusal of its pages, awaken memories of days gone by in the minds of all our Old Boys, who struggled so hard and toiled so determinedly to establish in the old college at St. George's Terrace, the first strong currents of that glorious tradition of manliness, sportsmanship and loyalty to both Church and State that had become a crashing torrent when Aquinas was founded-

"memor aetae non alia rege puertiae mutaeque simut togae .." There are, no doubt, many Old Boys who have experienced a pang of regret at the change from St. George's Terrace to Mt. Henry.

To these, we

would say this: stone and mortar do not make a college: a college is made by the spirit of its members -

the spirit of unselfish devotion and absolute

loyalty to 'Alma Mater' which with the passing of the years and the coming of new generations of students, grows to a solid and enduring tradition "aere perennius."

We proudly proclaim





removed from the old situation in Perth, is animated with the same noble traditions that made the name of Christians a by-word throughout the land: and, therefore, we feel that we can look forward with the utmost confidence to the unwavering support of all the Old Boys. To the present students of Aquinas, too, we commend this magazine, and, more particularly to those whose school days end this year.

May it

inspire them with noble sentiments to face the battle of life with courage and self-reliance: may it ever recall to them the high ideals of lofty achievement that the name of Aquinas connotes.

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(Circle): The College from the oval.. 1. Front view of College. 2. The Front Porch. 3. Front garden .and lawn.

=:;or;,,;,r:;.~~~H~_e~a-d~_m-_-a_s-t~e~r_'-S~~R~e~p:o~_r-t~_~ .....J Speech Day in our new surroundings is a OURveryfirstimportant occasion, and has brought together a distinguished gathering of well-wishers of the College. To one and all, I offer a hearty welcome, for your presence here is an assurance that your interest in the College is active and practical. Such interest, especially at the present time, is much valued and appreciated. We are honoured especially by the presence of His Grace the Archbishop, whose interest in and support of the educational side of the Church's work is best demonstrated by the number of schools and Colleges he has established in the Archdiocese during the past few years. We feel that in His Grace, we have a sincere friend.

It is just ten months since this new College was blessed by His Grace, the Archbishop, and opened officially by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor. In that short period, we have established ourselves as a complete educational unit, with all facilities for the religious, academic and physical development of the boys. Few, if any, schools could boast of similar achievement, and the credit for it is due in great part to the support we have received from Old Boys and parents of our present boys. Admitting, at the outset, that a school's results in public examinations .is not necessarily a criterion by which its success or failure is to be gauged, yet, it cannot be denied that an educational establishment whose successes in the educational sphere have been consistent, clearly demonstrates that its pupils have been trained in habits of industry, mental discipline and methodical work. The successes of students at the old C.B.C., have become traditional, and, judging by the fine spirit of work that prevaHed in the various classes throughout the College during the year, we have every reason to hope that when the results of the various public examinations are published at the end of this year, the College will have secured its due share of the successes recorded.

as to the knowledge arid ability of candidates. It must be that some boys are better examinees than others, but the very small number who may be said to suffer as a result of an examination complex, scarcely warrants wholesale condemnation of the examination system. An examination is an incentive to work, and a boy feels that he has achieved something if he possesses certified public recognition of his capabilities. On the teacher's side, it may be said that the examinations will be for him a constant reminder of the necessity of thoroughness in his work and of covering the whole ground required by the syllabus. Both teacher and pupil should be aware that neither Church nor State will benefit by the production of the sheltered type of man who is incapable of doing himself justice when put to a reasonable test. It is my considered opinion that the examination system should be retained; but I most certainly advocate reduction of the syllabus content by at least twenty per cent. This, to my mind, would have a two-fold advantage: candidates for the examinations would be able to assimilate the knowledge of the subject required, and schools would have more time to develop such cultural subjects as Appreciation of the Fine Arts, Debating and Oratory.

In the public examinations last year, fifteen boys passed the Leaving while forty passed the junior. Distinctions were gained in most subjects, Edward Cocks securing a Government Science Exhibition. At the University our ex-students are doing well; however, results in most faculties are not yet to hand. The captain of the College this year was Ken Kelsall. In every way this boy was a model for the younger ones to imitate; and in this connection I wish to thank Ken Kelsall and his fellow-prefects for the valuable help they gave us durinq the year. In the line of sporting activities, we more than held our own, winning the Swimming and Athletic contests.

A matter, at present exercISing the minds of educational leaders here, is the advisability or otherwise of dispensing with the junior University examinations. These examinations, it has been said, are the outcome of a demand for an entirely independent test of knowledge and ability and, in regard to admission to the public service or departments requiring certain standards - .. of education, responsible bodies have felt that examinations best serve the purpose.

Before concluding, I wish to offer my most sincere thanks to the following :-ReT. Fr. A. Lynch and his predecessors, ReT. Frs. Brennan, Harrington and Donnelly, for their unselfish deTotion in looking after the spiritual interests of the boys; Dr. Meagher, for his prompt and able attention to our wants; the South Suburban Bus Co., for its never-failing courtesy; the Press of Western Australia, c. for its qreatly appreciated publicity; the Old Boys and all citherli who came to the assistance of the new College with monetary donations and help.

Examinations, it is true, can be abused, and even when they are not, the examination system cannot be held to be perfect; but at the present time, there is, I think, no better way of obtaining impartial judgment

Finally, to one and all, I extend the Compliments of the Season; and may the coming year bring you in abundance. peace and prosperity. -C. P. FOLEY.

Boarders Ahern, j. j. Anderson, A. G. Alderman, W. Atkinson, P. Bothe, R. Bowen, B. Bowen, K. Benomi, P. Bolton, R. Bourke, T. Brown, M. Bona, B. Brady, j. S. Barnett, F. Briggs, Wm. Bridgwood, G. Casey, F. jas. Connell, Alec. Connell, D. -Clarke, G. Culhane, M. Carr, N. Cusick, T. Carr, M.~ Crowe, Wm. Carmody, P. Carmody, M. Cuff, D. Cowcher, A. Clifford, K. Deane, K. Dolin, j. Donaldson, H. Dowsett, B.

Dyer, H. Deckevere, P. Evans, R. Evans, Wm. Elliott, L. Ellis, K. Ellis, Wm. Eaton, C. Eastcott, R. Fraser, j. Ford, N. Farmer, C. Flynn, I. j. Fisher, Wm. G. Ferres, B. Gaynor, B. G. Gaze, Wm. Giralt, T. Green, jas. Gibbons, Theo. Gerrick, P. J. Glbwrey, j. L. Grant, T. Grave, j. Gibbons, G. Geary, M. Herbert, G. Horgan, V. Hunter, R. Holland, A. Hoey, j. Hudson, K. Hithersay, J. Halpin, G. Hegney, B.

Haines, j. Hales, T. Haddleton, C. Healy, j. Ivankovich, j. johnson, M. Kirwan, P. King, M. Kennedy, j. Kynaston, Wm. Kern, K. Kern, S. Kelsall, K. Kelsall, D. Keliher, W. B. Kelman, j. Kelly, J. Kelly, F. Leahy, B. Leahy, W. Lawrence, K. Lawrence, B. Lynch, V. Lane, S. Lardi, V. Liddelow, C. Meares, W. Metcalf, E. Moran, F. W. Moran, K. Moran, P. Martin, R. MacNish, K. Morris, W. Morris, P.

Ballantyne, R. Ballantyne, j. Bray, R. Bridgwood, M. Butler, P. J. Cooper, R. Cullity, ). Caudwell, D. Crowe, M. Coker, R. Dawson, j. Donaldson, F. Dowsett, A.

Evans, j. P. Edwards, F. L. Edwards, A. Franklyn, R. Franklyn, P. Flynn, D. Godfrey, R. Gordon, H. Gibson, Wm. Hesford, R. Halliday, C. Hackett, P. jones, K.

jennings, D. jennings, B. King, R. S. Kennedy, N. Kennedy, D. Keough, T. Laws, L. Leunig, R. Lynch, D. Megaw, T. Moran, R. Moss, F. Moss, G.

Morris, E. Morrow, H. Merchant, K. Marwick, W. Marwick, B. Murphy, J. H. Mayger, A. McGuire, E. McGuire, F. McGuire, K. McKenna, K. McKenna, R. McIntyre, V. McDonald, A. Noonan, H. Norris, K. Nolan, M. Naughton, I. OBanIon, R. O'Dea, B. O'Brien, j. B. O'Brien, j. M. O'Hara, B. Pagett, M. Posotti, E. Perrott, T. Pittendrigh, R. Prendiville, P. G. Prendiville, P. Prendiville, R. Price, L. Purvey, j. D. Quill, G. Reilly, E. j. R. Robinson, B.

Russel, j. Rodereda, j. Rutherford, H. Roots, C. Sherwood, E. Stokes, J. Seuge, K. Sheridan, j. Sheridan,F. Silbert, E. Smith, P. V. Starcevich, N. Starcevich, J. Streich, j. Sermon, C. Slater, N. Summerhayes, G. Scott, I. Shudgett, D. Thornton-Smith, C. Travers, A. Townsend, H. Townsend, W. Townsend, C. Treleaven, G. Tate, L. Tighe, D. Trainor, j. Ward, W. Withell, G. Webb, L. Webb, B. P. Worner, G. Yelverton, B. A.

Meagher, P. Masel, C. Markey, D. McLernon, j. McKay, G. McKay, K. Outridge, T. O'Neill, D. Pember, H. Pearce, F. Philips, D. Quinlivan, D. Quinlivan, F.

Rigg, H. Rigg, B. Rogers, W. Stack, j. Stack, T. Sketchley, W. Schwarz, J. Turner, G. Turner, K. Trend, R. Wade, P. Wilson, A. Walshe, j.

Day Pupils

Staff : Headmaster: Bro. C. P. FOLEY.

Chaplain: Rev. Fr. ALBERT LYNCH.

Bros. T. A. McMAHON, j. C. RYAN, j. M. FAGAN, P. A. KEAN, j D. MURTAGH, j. B. DUFFY, Mr. Matron: Mrs. RAMSTEAD.


Nurse: Sister BELL. Sportsmaster: Bro. SEERY.

Visiting Staff: Teacher of Art of Speech: Miss L. KAVANAGH. Rowing Coach: Mr. C. j. WROBLEWSKI. Teacher of Dancing: Miss M. SCOTT. Gymnastic Instructor: Mr. WELLS. Teacher of Music: Miss I. GRANT. Athletics: Mr. T. SOUTAR. Photography: Mr. PARLATO.




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LEAVING CERTIFICATE CLASS. Back Row: R. Rodgers, R. Moran, M. Bridgwood, G. Bridgwood, G. Prendiville, T. Giralt, H. Pember. Middle Row: B. Bana, B. Kelliher, B. O'Brien, E. Morris, ). Stack, A. Edwards, T. Grant, K. Kelsall, j. Casey, W. Ward, G. Treleaven, €. Roots, E. Silbert, C. Eaton. Front Row: V. Lynch, H. Rutherford, P. Wade, G. Gibbons, 1 Dolin, W. Fisher, R. Hesf.?rd, W. Gibson, L. Tate, G. Halpin, P. Smith, T. Perrott.

JUNIOR. Back Row: H. Rigg, P. Prendiville, H. Townsend, F. Donaldson, N. Kennedy, T. Megaw, D. Quinlivan, j. Sheridan, H. Dyer, 2nd Row: j. Purvey, C. Townsend, W. Morris, T. Gibbons, K. Hudson, L. Glowrey, K. McGuire, j. Cullity, A. Dowsett, J. Flynn, P. Atkinson, K. Moran. 3rd Row: F. Barnett, T. Crowe, j. Stokes, D. Caudwell, VV. Alderman, G. McKay, j. McLernon, B. Leahy, B. Leunig, W. Ellis, C. Halliday. Front Row: j. Brady, M. johnson, E. McGuire, L. Price, G. Worner, R. O'Hanlon, P. Gerrick, R. Prendiville, B. Ferris, N. Carr.


Front Row (left to right) : j. Russell, B. Rigg, K. Dean, A. McDonald, P. Franklyn, j. Ahern, B. Gaze, K. Ellis, K. Norris, R. Trend, K. Merchant, I. Scott, B. O'Dea, D. King, D. Brey. Second Row (left to right) : B. Marwick, j. Healy, A. Bolton, R. Riley, B. Dowsett, H. Morrow, P. Bonami, C. Haddelton, F. Sheridan, G. Quill, M. Brown, C. Farmer, T. Hales. Top Row (left to right) : A. Anderson, B. Robinson, G. Turner, R. Cooper, K. Bowen, T. Bourke, B. Sketchley.

Front Row: W. Marwick, G. Clarke, 1. Edwards, M. King, G. Gaynor, K. McKenna. Extreme Left: V. Lardi. Second: W. Moran, M. Culhane, R. Evans, R. Bothe, H. Gordon, K. O'Brien, P. Morris, H. Donaldson. Third: H. Lawfl,nce, V. Horgan, j. Kennedy, A. Holland, K. McNish, K. Jones, G. Herbert, C. Liddelow. Fourth: A. Travers, B. Bowen, E. Sherwood, R. Pittendrigh, R. Hunter, P. Kirwan, R. Martin, W. Mears. FIfth: V. McIntyre, D. Fraser, K. McKay, R. McKenna, H. Noonan, F. McGuire, A. Coucher, P. Hackett.

Back Row: C. Thornton-Smith, W. Evans, T. Outridge, P. Webb, P. Mec:gher, J. Kelman, M. Nolan, 1. Laws, D. Tighe, W. Crowe, F. Kelly, J. Grave, D. Kennedy, j. O'Brien. Second Row: B. Quinlivan, B. Hegney, B. Starkovich, D. Culf, A. Wilson, M. Carmody, C. Masel, J. Walshe, J. Kelly, W. Briggs, ). Haines, J. Rodoreda, T. Keough, B. O'Hara. Front Row: D. Markey, J. Ivankovich, B. Lawrence, E. Pazotti, D. Flynn, W. Leahy, A. Mayger, G. Withell, J. Starkovich, P. Carmody, 1. Webb, T. Cusick, ). Schwarz.

Inset: G. Summerhayes. Back Row: B. Yelverton, ). Ivankovich, B. Briggs, M. Carr, ). Kelly, B. Shadgett, W. Crowe. Second Row: D. Cuff, D. Tighe, Matron Ramstead, Sister Bell, P. Deckevere, S. Lane. Front Row: ). Grave, ). O'Brien, J. Streich, M. Pagett, C. Thornton-Smith, F. Kelly.

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CROWD was present on Sunday afternoon, February the 27th, for the opening of Aquinas College, which has been built at Mt. Henry for the Christian Brothers. The building was blessed by His Grace the Archbishop (Most Rev. Dr. Prendiville). His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor (Sir James Mitchell), after inspecting a guard of honour formed by members of the college cadet corps, then performed the

opening. ceremony, a gold key being presented to him for the purpose. After the ceremony, the official party, which included the Premier (Mr. Willcock), the Minister for Education (Mr. F. J. S. Wise), Messrs. E. M. Heenan and A. Clydesdale, M's.L.G, and C. Cross and E. Needham, M's.L.A., the Principal of the College (Rev. Brother Foley) and the Superior at Tardun (Rev. Brother Conlon), took their places on a platform set up in the College grounds. Congratulatory speeches were made by the Lieutenant-Governor, Archbishop Prendiville, Messrs. Willcock, Cross, Wise and J. P. Durack, and the president of the Christian Brothers' Old Boys' Association (Mr. Joseph Charles). Brother Foley. Rev. Brother Foley, in introducing the speakers, said that the presence of such a large number of exstudents and friends of the College was most encouraging. He mentioned that the cost of the new building, including the laying out of the grounds and other incidental expenses, had fallen little short of ÂŁ50,000. This sum represented a very real benefit to the State in that employment had been given to

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:2. His Grace the Archbishop, presents the key 01 the College to Sir James Mitchell for the official opening.



many men by its expenditure and a large proportion had been absorbed in local industries.

Sir James Mitchell. Sir James Mitchell said that he felt honoured at being asked to open that great institution, which would mean so much for the young people of the State. The thanks of the whole community were due to the Church and the Christ~ ian Brothers for the work they were doing in the education of children Their students were a credit to the State. One found them prominent in all spheres in the professions and in the business world, and collectively they wielded a powerful influence for good. The Christian Brothers had built their college on a magnificent site, and he believeq that this beautiful spot was destined to flourish as a great educational centre for centuries to come. Mr. Willcock. Education was of primary importance in building up national characteristics, said Mr. Willcock, and the Brothers deserved great commendation for their work in this sphere. In the building of character the early, formative years were of vital importance, and the reputation of the Christian Brothers was such that parents were eager to entrust their children to their care during those years. The parents knew that the Brothers would give them the best of training, would teach them to be men of sound character and make them worthy citizens. Mr. Wise. Mr. Wise referred to the inspirational effect of the new College building and its surroundings. Under the administration of the Brothers it would play an important part in producing men who would be equipped to deal with the serious problems which were arising and which would arise over the next 25 years. Address by His Grace the Archbishop. That day marked another step forward in the development of Christian education in this State, said His Grace Archbishop Prendiville. The hearts of the Christian Brothers were proud indeed and full of gratitude and joy on that day when they saw around them such an assemblage of their ex-pupils and friends who had come


to show their appreciation of the work and worth of the teachers who had laboured among them during the past 44 years. They were assured in advance that in facing the material difficulties which yet remained to be overcome, the unflagging support and cordial cooperation of their many friends would not be lacking in the future as they had never been in the past. And they were grateful to God that they were the humble instruments selected to enrich the State with yet another centre of Christian faith and Christian culture. At no time in the history of the Commonwealth had such attention been given to the great question of education as at present, continued His Grace. Recently the New Education Fellowship conferences held in this city gave people the benefit of the keen intellects and wide practical experience of educational experts. A time had been reached when there was a continually increasing demand for well-educated young men and women. But education did not mean mere instruction - the acquisition of a certain amount of knowledge which might be useful in after-life. Mental culture was unquestionably something of great importance. But something more was required. As Gladstone had said, "A man educated intellectually but not morally, may become more dangerous than before." Those words were pregnant with meaning and had perhaps a broader application to-day than when they were spoken. To impart a truly Christian education, to develop the intellectual, moral and physical nature of the young boys committed to their care would be the aim of the teachers of that路 College, His Grace continued, and from that College would go forth, .year after year, young men who would / take their place and use their influence as citizens of the best type, who would render unto Caesar the things that were Caesar's and to God the things that were God's. The Archbishop congratulated the Christian Brothers and wished them success in their venture. He also congratulated on their work the architects, Messrs. Cavanagh, Cavanagh and Allom: and the contractors, Messrs. T. Snooks and Sons.

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Archbishop Prendiville addresses the gathering.


His Excellency reviews the College Cadets. -


Sir James declares College open.


The large crowd. Foley speaking.



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FEBRUARY. 10th-Aquinas College opens its doors. A great muster of Scholars - all delighted with the splendour of the new buildings and the glorious site. We are going to be very happy here and count ourselves indeed fortunate to be the foundation students. 11th-His Grace, Dr. Prendiville said the first Mass at Mt. Henry, after which he gave us a most moving address. 16th-Our "under 13" cricketers had the honour of playing Aquinas' first match against an outside team, and by defeating Scotch, gave the College a good start. Swimming Carnival at the Crawley Baths. A glorious night, good crowd, and some excellent路 swimming. Six College records were broken and it seems that at last we have a really good chance at the "Inters." 18th-Our Senior-Cricketers had a practice game against the Terrace this afternoon. 27th-Aquinas day of days - official opening by the Archbishop and Governor Mitchell. How proud we all felt to-day to be Aquinas Students, as we saw the thousands of people who gathered round the Brothers on this historic occasion. The Premier of the State, Cabinet Ministers, the Clergy in large numbers, the Head-masters of

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the other Public Schools, famous old boys like Dr. Savage (Rhodes Scholar, 1911), J. P. Durack, etc., Christian Brothers from the other Colleges - all came along to encourage us.

MARCH. 5th-The Inter-School Swimming. We all went in three special buses to cheer on our rEh presentatives to victory. After a stirring con-路 test with Hale, Aquinas carried off the championship by six points. 5th-The State Athletic Championships were held this afternoon and Geoff. Worner, with practically no training won the State Junior Hurdle Championship. 6th-Feast of our Patron, St. Thomas Aquinas. Solemn Benediction was given at 6 p.m., after which all assembled in the dining room, Brothers and Staff, to partake of a special banquet arranged by the Matron and her staff. The College Chaplain, Fr. Harrington, as well as Fr. Johnson (Cathedral) and Fr. Ryan (Harvey), was also present. The toast of "The Angelic Doctor" was ably proposed by G. Halpin, while other toasts were "Our 'Alma Mater''', by T. Perrot, and "The Victorious Swimming Team and its Coaches," by the Sportsmaster, Br. Seery. All the toasts were received with great enthusiasm.

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Rev. Brothers Duffy and Kean responded, as well as Mr. W. Gibson. After Br. Murtagh had thanked the Matron for having provided such a sumptuous banquet, we proceeded to the College quadrangle, and enjoyed a splendid programme of "Talkies." -The rowers entered the practice eight for the first time. A bit wobbly for a while, but they soon got the hang of it and were swinging along in nice style. 10th-To-day we were honoured by a visit from Dr. Catalan, the Lord Abbot of New Norcia, who was accompanied by Spanish Benedictine, Fr. Boniface, just recently returned from Spain.

20th-Opening of the Clontarf Orphanage new classrooms. This wonderful institution is a credit to the Church, and we were proud to be asked to form a guard of honour to His Grace, Dr. Prendiville, on this occasion.

16th-The Chaplain of the visiting Italian Cruiser "Raimondo Montecucolli," visited us today. Before departing, he invited us to a private inspection of this very modern destroyer and next morning, about 30 of the senior boys accompanied by Bros. Kean and Duffy, went down to Fremantle and were shown over the boat. Before departing, we presented Fr. Guiseppe with an autographed Annual. 17th-St. Patrick's Day. We missed the usual picnic. Br. Seery gave us a rousing discourse on the great Irish Apostle and we had Benediction after tea. During the afternoon, about thirty of our tennis players accompanied by our Chaplain, Fr. Harrington, went over to South Perth for much needed practice. 19th-The Australian Test Team played W.A. to-day and we all went in to ÂŁee Bradman and McCabe in a brilliant partnership.

30th-Our 1st XI., played Scotch to-day at Scotch. We got their strong batting side out for 101 and had visions of an easy victory. Alas, we failed to reach their total by 9 runs. So far our batting, due to lack of practice facilities has let us down.

23rd-First Darlot Cup Match for 1938. Aquinas v. Hale, at the W.A.C.A.. Batting first in a fiery wicket, we were all out for 84. Hale scored 109. In our second innings we were 5 down for 106 at stumps, Hale thus winning by 25 runs in the first innings. 26th-School Tennis Championships at Subiaco. Our representatives, handicapped by lack of practice had only moderate success.


1st-The usual time honoured jokes very much in evidence to-day. A few tried on membe;:s of the staff, however, failed to come off. 6th-Last Cricket Match of the term against Guildford - result a draw. Our batting pQtentialities were at last in evidence, Edwards, Alderman, Evans and Rigg, being particularly brilliant, but our bowling was poor. Hale now leads in the Competition with 10 points, followed by Scotch 8, Guildford 4, Aquinas 2.


Easter was very late this year. Most of the boarders have relatives in Perth with whom they stayed from Holy Thursday till Easter Tuesday. Our College has a glorious position, and that this is recognised by others, is evidenced by the number of holiday makers who came up the Canning and used Aquinas Bay as their headquarters during the Easter Holidays. 24th-Official opening of the Boat Shed and presentation of the boats and new oars. Large crowd present and everyone thoroughly charmed with the picturesque setting. Clontarf Orphanage Band played some very pleasing selections. 25th-Anzac Day - Special Requiem Mass at 9, and then free for the rest of the day. The rowers however, were hard at it for most of the day. 28th-The unofficial boat race for the "3rd" crews took place this afternoon, resulting in Guildford winning, with Aquinas 2nd and Scotch 3rd.

MAY. 2nd-Boat-race day. The chief event of the day was of course the Head of the River Champion Eights. Although our somewhat inexperienced crew finished last, they were not far behind the, others. The fight for first place between Scotch and Hale was a thriller.




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4th-End of First Term at Aquinas. Nearly three weeks' holiday ahead of us. What with the transference from the old College and all the excitement and functions connected therewith, this first term has simply flown. 24th-Back on the mount again. Some new faces, and signs of some strenuous work having been done by the Brothers around the grounds during the holidays. Everyone seems to grounds during the holidays. 26th-Mr. Wrobleski is determined to have rowing kept on right throughout the year. He has installed a special machine at the boat-shed for teaching the young novice the principles of the sport. JUNE. 1Oth-The "3rds" had the honor of playing Aquinas' first Public School Football Match, when they met and defeated Guildford this afternoon. Boxing seems to have a strong appeal for Aquinas, and the instructor is hard put to it to accommodate all those who are anxious to become proficient in the fistic a r t . ' Dancing lessons have also started and seem to be well attended. The singing class, under Br. Murtagh is coming on so well, that there are rumours about their being heard over the wireless in the near future.




22nd-The first Alcock Cup Match. We played Scotch at the W.A.C.A., and after a most interesting game, were beaten by 10 points. Considering that we had practically a new team, our representatives did exceptionally well. 29th-Cup Match v. Hale at Leederville Oval. Our young team held their more experienced opponents to a draw at half-time, but after that, Hale played all over our chaps and ran out easy winners. 30th-A successful Bridge Party was held at the College to-night. The proceeds are to be devoted to the Old Boys' Scholarship Fund.

cock Cup Competition and had hopes of downing Guildford in the final match. However, the latter were in great form and had no difficulty in maintaining their undefeated record. 15th-School holiday and only two days to break-up. Our Cadet Corps took advantage of the opportunity and spent the day at shooting practice at Swanbourne. l7th-Break-up Banquet to-night to mark close of the term. We were all pleased to see present Br. Kerwick, evidently quite well again. The Captain of the School, Ken Kelsall, expressed

Tennis Courts and one 01 the Ovals.

JULY. 13th-Played Guildford to-day at the W.A.C.A. Seeing how this team had beaten the other schools so convincingly, we expected a terrific trouncing, but our team played magnificently and up to the last five minutes it was anybody's game. However, Guildford's experience stood to them in the crisis and they were able to finish up the first round of the Alcock Cup Competition undefeated. 25th-Great excitement in the College to-night. All seemed to be wending their way down to the Theatre and the study halls were practically deserted. Cause of all the excitement? - the finals of the Quoits Competition 1 AUGUST. Our footballers shU without luck. Nearly beat Hale and Scotch in the second round of the AI-

the thanks of the boys to the Matron and Staff, for the magnificent feast provided, and to the Brothers for their unwearied zeal in caring tor us during the term. 18th-One more function was held before the pchool dispersed namely, The College Ball. Thi's year it was held at the Stirling Social Rooms and was an unqualified success. About 80"10 of the students attended, most of them in evening suits. The Ladies' Committee had everything arranged in magnificent style. 19th-"Home Sweet Home," for all except the Singapore Contingent. These remained at the College during the term holidays and from what we hear, had quite a good time. Mount Henry .and its surroundings afford plenty of opportunities for amusement and adventure - especially when there's no school.


THIRD TERM. SEPTEMBER. II thLBack again to work after an enjoyable boliday. What with the athletics, cricket, tennis, a regatta and swimming, not to mention such 'prosaic interruptions as exams., this term is going to be a very crowded one. 15th-To-night the Rowing Club held a dance in the College Theatre. 18th-This morning, Mass was said in our Chapel by a newly ordained priest Fr. Bryan, who had spent what was probably a record term, ten years, in the old College. In the evening, be was tendered a banquet by the Principal and Staff, at which the whole school was present. Fr. Bryan mentioned the deep debt of gratitude be was under to the Christian Brothers, and urged some of the present Aquinians to follow his example in joining the Priesthood. 25th-To-day was Gift Day at Castledare Junior Orphanage and our St. Vincent de Paul Society members, travelled in force to do their good deed for the orphans. The College 'bus was loaded with parcels of groceries, the members had collected during the previous weeks, -and in the President's pocket reposed a substantial cheque. Needless to say their visit was much appreciated by the Orphanage Committee.

OCTOBER. 11th-Sports Day at the W.A.C.A.. Although only one record was broken, a high standard was revealed that augurs well for the "Inters." 16th-The Regatta, coupled with the Old Boys The Be-Union, made this a memorable day. Old Boys assembled for Mass and Communion and spent the day with us. In the afternoon the usually placid Canning was the scene Of greet activity while the aquatic carnival was in prcgress. 22nd-'~hters" 1938. Another triumph for Our representatives winning by a Aquinas. margin of 30 points. It was one of the most interesting contests since these sports were :started in 1905. 24th-To-night the Aquinas' College Choir, with Br. Murtagh as conductor, and Miss Grant as accompaniste, made history by giving a pro-


gramme over the air from the National Station, 6WF. 30th-Feast of Christ the King. Big Eucharistic procession held here at Aquinas. Over 15,000 present. Our cadets, under Sergeam Lewis, were quite impressive as they received the Archbishop on his arrival, and while acting as Military Escort for the Blessed Sacrament, during the afternoon.

NOVEMBER. Ist-To-night was held the Victory Banquet, to commemorate our great win in the "Inters." The Matron again excelled herself by providing a most delicious menu, and besides the Principal and full Staff of the College, we were favoured with the presence of Fr. Johnson, Mr. T. Ahern and our Sports Trainer, Mr. T. Soutar, and one of our most distinguished old pupils in the person of Dr. J. Savage, of Narrogin, Rhodes Scholar, and leading athlete of the College for many years. Dr. Savage proposed the toast of the "Aquinas Inters Team" in a most eloquent, interesting and inspiring speech, giving us inter alia, some delightful reminiscences of the deeds, athletic, and otherwise, of himself and former school mates. 7th-Played Hale our return Cricket Match today. We made a fairly respectable score, but any chance we had of victory was destroyed when Reg. Hesford, our fast bowler, had to withdraw from the match with a dislocated shoulder. 10th-Had a good victory over Scotch to-day in the Cricket. Hesford with the bat and ball, helped considerably, whilst a new-comer, P. Prendiville, batted with the confidence of a veteran at a critical period in the game. 17th.-Finished up the cricket in a blaze of glory by defeating the strong Guildford team. Our youthful wicket-keeper, B. Rigg, contributed largely to our victory by brilliantly catching the star Guildford batsman, Davies, before he had got properly set. Captain Edwards contributed a brilliant 80.

DECEMBER. 8th-Break-up, Distribution of Prizes and Farewell Banquet. The end of an historic year, and also the end for many, like the present Scribe, of their school days. Floreat Aquinas 1



CUnit 1938

N.C.O:s in Camp.

In its first year at Aquinas the Corps has doubled its strength and extended its course to cover the complete range of cadet training including a general camp in August, and a N.C.O.'s camp in December.

On the second occasion a special military guard was formed for the Blessed Sacrament during the Procession_ Particular mention must be made of the work of those路 cadets who performed so admirably as special escorts.

Three events of major importance have taken place this year. Each required intense training in ceremonial drill, and thanks to the great interest shown by Rev. Bro. McMahon, Major Barrett, and Warrant-Officer Dowling, the Cadet Corps made an outstanding showing.

The last event was the King's Birthday Parade at Perth Oval. In my opinion the Aquinas Detachment performed as admirably as any of the other Cadet Corps, which is particularly praiseworthy as this was the first occasion in which they had appeared alongside other. troops.

These three events were the Official Opening of the College on February 27th, the Eucharistic Procession on the last Sunday in October, and the King's Birthday Parade on November 14th. On the first occasion the Corps formed a Guard of Honour for His Grace, Dr. Prendiville, and the LieutentGovernor, Sir James Mitchell.

The final event of the year was the Inter-school Shoot held on December 3rd, and although the team did not win, they maintained the honour of Aquinas. Our heartiest congratulations go to the winners, Scotch College. -John E. Dolin_

Front View of College. Right: Bush scene in College Grounds.

Towards the beginning of 1938, the Camera Club was formed at Aquinas. Tom Grant was made President, and Mr. Parlato, of Kodaks Ltd., gave interesting lectures and attended each meeting. These meetings were held on alternate Fridays in the College Hall. The members were very keen and followed the instructions with great interest. The lectures were varied and practical demonstrations played an important part. Many of the boys are now able to develop and print their own films in the College dark room. To Mr. Parlato, we are greatly indebted for his endeavours to make these meetings instructive and interesting. Some of the members' work appears on this and other pages of the magazine.




AFTER the excitement of settling down in new surroundings, interest in the coming Swimming Carnival quickly took root in all members of the College. As usual, our carnival was held at night, Aquinas being the only public school to do so. Perfect conditions, and a large crowd. of supporters, made the event a memorable one, and our swimmers showed much promise. Five records were broken, and each of these were well inside "inters" standard. Four Houses, Canning, Nunan, School and Kings, contested the honours and cup. Gordon McKay, who has made great progress in swimming, won the title of Champion Swimmer. "Mac." achieved notable victories in the open 100 metres (71 1-5 sec.) and 440 metres (6 min. 13 sec) in each race lowering previous records. Bob Trend again showed his prowess in the junior events, winning three races, Bert Pember was runner-up for the Open title. The remaining open events, the breast-stroke and back-stroke, wer.e won by Ray Leunig and Bill Gibson, respectively. Such fine performances were very encouraging, and results showed that Aquinas would enter the strongest team in the Interschool Swimming Carnival, for many years. Two more weeks of feverish training, and the first P.S.S.A. event for 1938 dawned. Crawley Baths was filled to its capacity, and perfect conditions promised a fine day's sport. Aquinas

were not "favourites," but we considered ourselves "dark-horses." Hale took the lead after the' first event, but in the "blue-riband'" event of the day, the "Open Hundred," Gordon McKay scored a brilliant win for Aquinas. Scores were now fairly even between the four colleges. Another brilliant victory for Aquinas, by Bob Trend, in a junior event, gave us a very slight lead. It was soon evident that Aquinas and Hale would fight-out for final honours. Jack. Dolin then surprised everyone, with a fine victory in the open breast-stroke event. A series of seconds, thirds, and minor places, gradually gave Aquinas the small lead of three points. The excitement was to fever pitch! Many Aquinian's "bangers" took unrehearsed plunges 1 What matter, Aquinas was on top! Two more events to go, could we hold our lead! The relay teams took their places. We were doubtful of our strength. Only twice had our team swum together. The fighting spirit of old was not lacking, and after a wonderfully exciting race, we won 1 We had also broken all previous records 1 This victory gave us a lead of eight points. Victory was firmly within our grasp, and the nerves of remaining swimmers were far from being calm. The final race was the Open Quarter-mile. This was a wonderful race, and K. Tregonning, of Hale, won from G. McKay of Aquinas, by inches. A fine effort by Hale, but the points were in our favour. We had won! After fourteen years of defeats, our objective was reached, by the narrow margin of six points. It was a truly praiseworthy victory, due to the untiring efforts of the coaches, Rev. Br. Duffy, Rev. Br. Kean and Mr. W. Gibson, who had flung themselves whole-heartedly into the preparations of the team. It was a hard fought victory, worthy of these men, and the old fighting spirit, traditional of Aquinas, and Aquinians past and present. W. GIBSON. SWIMMING TEAM: Back Row: A. Mayger. N. Kennedy. M. Johnson.. F. Barnett, P. Morris, R. Leunig. Seated: K. McKay. J. Dolin, G. McKay (Vice,Capt.). W. Gibson (Capt.). H. Donaldson. C. Halliday •. H. Pember. Front: T. Bourke. P. Franklyn. R. Trend. Photo by Lafayette-Dease. Perth.




First Eleven.


Tennis Team.

(Circle) : A. Edwards. Captain of First Eleven.

Seated: G. Prendiville. W. Alderman. Standing: N. Carr. J. Flynn.

The Aquinas College First Eleven finished the season as co-runners up, with Guildford, to Hale School. But for our two narrow defeats in the First Round, when we were at a disadvantage as regards facilities for practice, we might perhaps have won the Darlot Cup. Our first match was against Hale School at the W.A.C.A. ground. We batted first and compiled 84 runs, W. Alderman top-scoring with 25.

Hale batted and at one stage were 6 wickets for 55 runs, but their next two batsmen remained together till our total was passed. They made 109 runs. Bernie Leahy and Tom Perrott were the most successful bowlers, taking 5 for 47 and 2 for 4, respectively. In our second knock, we began disastrously, but Alan Edwards and Jack Evans became associated, the former mak~ ing 58 and the latter 24, both being not out. At stumps our total was 5 for 102.



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We were even closer to victory in our match against Scotch College, at their Memorial Ground. Scotch batted first and, with the exception of Heason, they did not provide much opposition for our bowlers and only compiled 100. Bill Alderman secured 6 wickets for 14, and Bernie Leahy j for 37. We fared no better than Scotch with the bat, Alan Edwards (34) alone of the recognised batsmen making a stand. Our ninth wicket fell with the total at 7U, but Tom Perrott and Paul Smith made a plucky attempt to win the game. We were within 9 of their total when the former fell to a cqtch in slips. Our third match, against Guildford at Guildford provided the onlookers with some heavy scoring. Guildford batted first and quickly ran up a total of 238 runs for 5 wickets (declared). Bill Alderman secured 2 for 36 and Bernie Leahy 2 for 53. Guildford left us 3 hours in which to make 240 funs, a herculean task, but we did well to amass 183 for the loss of four wickets-Alan Edwards and Bill Alderman making 64 and 56 respectively. At the commencement of the Second Round our team was of approximately the same strength. Although Jack Evans had left and Geoff Worner was unfit. the presence of Reg Hesford, to a great degree, made up for their -absence. In our first match, against Hale, we batted first and compiled the modest total of 153, to which Tom Perrott contributed an invalu-able 86 not out. Hale commenced their innings soon after lunch, and we found, with dismay,

that Reg Hesford was unable to bowl, due to a bad shoulder. The brunt of the attack fell upon Alan Edwards, who secured 7 for 75. Hale finished with 261 runs. Our next match was against Scotch at the WAGA. ground. They batted first. and, by dint of stodgy batting, made 136 runs. Alan Edwards and Reg Hesford were our most succe,sful bowlers, the former securing 5 for 52 and the latter 3 for 32 off 18 overs (including 7 maidens). We then batted, and had many anx:ous moments before their total was passed. Reg Hesford completed a good double by compiling 51, and Bill Alderman made a valuable 2g Towards the end of our innings, when runs were most needed, the youngest member of our team, Pat Prendiville, batted very correctly and enterprisingly to make 31 not out. Tlee concluding match was against Guildford at the W.A.GA. ground. They batted first and compiled 207 runs. Alan Edwards secured 5 for 45 and Reg Hesford 3 for 48. At one stage we were 3 for 17, but Alan Edwards (80) pulled his side together and aided mainly by Reg Hes[o;:-d (27), Pat Prendiville (28), Bill Ward and Ken Kelsall (19 each), carried our total to 205 when our lost man, Jim Casey went in to join Paul Smith. These two scored the remaining runs, our kIst wicket falling at 222. "Binkie" Davies, their cGptain, showed his fine sportsmanship in recalling Bill Ward to the crease, after ho had been wrongly given out.

Day Boys' Bus Arrives.

Dancing Mis:::; M. SCOTT

Music Miss J GRANT

ffi ev. fJ't. OUf

Athletics Mr. T. SOUTAR

&fge-tt .f~f1C~ Chaplain

Elocution Miss L KAVANAGH

THE INTERSCHOOL SPORTS, 1938. The sun rising brightly for the first time aÂŁt~r many days of uncertain weather heralded 0 beau iful day, and a day tha all Aquinas supporters will recognise as the greatest of the year 1938. A brilliant 440 Yards, a discouraging position at certain stages, a glorious recovery which included a record number of eight successive wins, and finally .victory by 29t points, are the outstanding features of that memorable day. The day brought to a finish in a blaze of glory, the brilliant career of Bill Fisher, as a Public School athlete. Fisher is undoubtedly the most prolific point scorer since the days of Hantke. Competing since 1934 he has been beaten by only two athletes from our College. He was Junior Champion athlete in 1935, twice Interschool Champion and three times Open Champion of the College. Three wins, a tie for first, and two seconds by Fisher, contributed 52! points to the Aquinas tally. His effort in covering the Quarter Mile in 51 secs., besides being a source of much amazement to the school boys, has drawn unsLntei praise from recognised authorities on athletics.

Except for Fisher's SL:.cce::;ses, a m:Jgni icent win in the Broad JuoP by Ken Kelsall, was he only other victory in the Open division. Competing 1 the Open Division for' the first time, Geoff. Worner and }.;burice Bridgwood, performed creditably. In spite of early fears, the Under 16 athletes were quite equal to their task. In McLernon the Junior Champion - we had a boy whose determination enabled him 1:0 win when the points were most needed. Although disappointed by his misfortune in the Half Mile, he brilliantly won the 440 in 51 1-5 sees. Pat. Kirwan, competing above his age, won the Junior High Jump, and Harry Donaldson's remarkable run in the Junior Quarter Mile, and his success in the Under 15 events, show that next year we need not worry about our Under 16 runners. The all round strength of the Aquinas team, may be observed from the fact that the Under 12 ond 13 runners, added 32 points. Terry Bourke <;ave no other competitors a chance in the Under 12, and the fine finish of Joe Schwarz promises well for the same race in 1939. Outstanding

RESULTS OF COLLEGE SPORTS. CHAMPIONSHiP EVENTS. Open Broad lump: fisher (K.), I; Ke!sail (N.), 2; Worner (S.), 3. Distance, 19ft. 9in. Mile: Halpin (S.), I; G. Pren",ville (S.). 2; Worner (S.), 3. Time, Smm. 204-Ssec. 440 yards: fisher (K.), I; Worner (S.), 2; G. Prendiville (S.), 3. Time, 52 1-5sec. 100 yards: fisher (K.). I; Worner (S.), 2; Bridgewood (S.), 3. Time, IIsec. 120 yards hurdles: fisher (K.), I; Worner (S.). 2; Kelsall (N.), 3. Time, 17 1-5sec. 220 yards: fisher (K.). I; Bridgewood (S.). 2; Worner (S.). 0. Time, 23 3-5sec. 880 yards: Halpin (S.). I; Barnett (C.), 2; G. Prendivlle (S.). 3. Time, 2min. 152-5sec. High Jump: fisher (K.), I; McKay (S.), 2. HeIght, 5ft. 8in. unfinished. Un~er 16.-880 yards: McLernan (K.). I; .a Bnen (N.). 2; Stokes (C.). 3. Tifr'e, 2mm. 173-5sec. HIgh jump: Kirwan (K.), I; N. Kennedy (N.), 2; McLernan (:<.) and Coucher (C.). 3. Height, 5ft. 1i:1. (unfi~ished). 100 yards: Donaldson (C.). I; 0 Bnen (N.), 2; Alderman (N.), 3. Time, II 3-5sec. 120 yards hurdles: Carr (K.), I; Coucher (C.), 2; McLerna~, (K.). 3. Time, 132-5sec. 440 vards: D?naldson (C.), I; McLernan (K.), 2; o Bnen (N.), 3. Time, 574-5sec. Under 15.-300 yards: Donaldson (C.). I; Brown (N.), 2; Cooper (N) 3 Time 36 1-5sec. 120 yards hurdles':' D~naldso'; (C.). I; Brown (N.). 2; Cooper (N.), 3. TIme, 15 1-5sec. High jump: Kirwan (K.), I; McKay (S.), 2; Cooper (S.), 3. Height, 5ft. Otm. (record). 100 yards: Donaldson (C.), I; Brown (N.). 2; R. Prendiville (S.). 3. Time, II 4-5sec. Under 14.-100 yards: flvnn (C \ I路 King (N.). 2; Deane (C.), "3." Tim~: J3 sec. 220 yards: flynn (C.), I; fO:1es (C.)..2; King (N.), 3. Time, 293-5sec. HIgh Jump: Stack (K.). I; McDonald (C.), 2; Kmg (N), 3. Height, 4ft. 3tin. Under 13.-100 yards: Deane IC) I路 n2~~~~~ (N), 2; Barr (C.). 3. 'Ti'me:



Under 12.-75 yards: Boc:rke (C.). 1; Schwarz (C.), 2; Streich (S.), 3. Time 10 2-5sec. ' Under 11.-75 yards: Schwaf? (C) I路 Keough (C.), 2; Nola" (S). -3. 'ri~e' 10 4-5sec. ' Under 10.-75 vards: Kellv (K.), I; Kelman (C.). 2; D. Kennedv (N) 3 Under 9.-50 vards: Paget (N), i; D. Kennedy (N.). 2; Thornton-Smith (S) 3 ., . Time, 8 1-5sec. Relay races.-Under .14: Canning, I; Nunan, 2; School, 3. Under 16: Nuna" I; Canning, 2; Kings, 3. Ooen' King"s' I; School, 2; Nunan, 3. "." , HANDICAP EVENTS. 440 yards (under 14) : Schwarz (C.). I; Keough (S.), 2; Paget (N.), 3. 440 'lards (over 16): Barnett, I; Morris, 2; Pittendngh, 3. 75 yards (under II) : Schwarz (C.). I; Kelly (K.), 2; Quinlivan (N) 3 100 yards (under 12): Bourke (C)' I~ Schwarz (C.). 2; O'Hara (S.). 3." IO~ yards (12 to 14) : flynn, I; Schwarz, 2; Metcalfe, 3. 100 yards (14 to 16) : flynn, I; Kelsall, 2; McLernan, 3. 100 yards (open): McKay, I; Kelsall, 2; Rr:dcrp.wood, 3. 220 yards (under 14) : Metcalf, 1; Lane, 2; Wilson, 3. 220 yards (over 14): Sheridan, I; Marwid:, 2; Quill, 3. MIle (o,oen) . Trend, I; Schwarz, 2; jennmgs, 3. the younger boys is Kevin Deane, who besides winning the Under 13 event in 122-5 secs., was placed fifth in the Under 14 100 Yards. He seems to be gifted with a great amount of pace, and provided he can overcome the technical faults which became noticeable this year, he should be very prominent in future meetings. We would like to congratulate Fethers, Ham-

Top: P. Kirwan wins High Jump, Under 15. Below: W. Fisher winning the Open 440.

mond and Chipper of Hale, and Reid and Della Bosca, of Guildford, on their fine performances, and to hank the members of the other colleges for their good wishes. The team is grateful to the coach (Mr. Soutar), the Sportsmaster (Bro. Seery), and to Bro. McMahon and the other Brothers for the part they played in preparing the team. -K. KELSALL.

,Foofball Jeams ~



With only two of last year's regular players available and being further handicapped by not having our ovals yet fit to practise on, it was with considerable misgivings that we looked forward to the 1938 Alcock Cup matches. That our fears were only too well founded is amply evidenced by our failing to win any of the Public School games. Still our light and inexperienced team fought out each game with characteristic doggedness. Guildford went through undefeated and_thus _regained the Alcock Cup which Christians had secured from them in 1937.

fitted to uphold the glorious traditions of the wearers of the Red and Black.

Our two most consistent players were Kelsall and Bridgewood of last year's firsts. These two players ran themselves to a standstill in all the

Prior to the Alcock Cup matches we had several practice games with C.B.C., Perth and Fremantle, Wesley, Christchurch, and Palmyra C.Y.M.S., and we are very grateful to these teams for giving us the opportunity of much needed practice on their home grounds. We hope to have our own ovals ready for the 1939 football season, and will thus be able to repay these teams for their kindness. In order to encourage our young team, Mr. C. Perrott very kindly donated a beautiful silver cup for the "best and fairest" player throughout the season. This was won by the captain, K. Kelsall, after cr

Public School games, and though well supported

very close contest with M. Bridgewood. It was.

by the rest of the team, we had too many inexperienced and immature players to be able to achieve success. However, the form shown by our young footballers was distinctly promising, and in 1939 Aquinas should have a team well

Ken's display ford, when he that won the nated by the player in the

in the final match against Guildalmost carried his team to victory, cup for him. Another trophy do-路 Principal for the most improved team was won by T. Perrott.



Under the able captaincy of Bill Gibson, our Second Eighteen with practically no training, annexed the Premiership. This team was continually being chopped about to supply trial recruits for the Firsts, but their determination stood to them; and, although beaten once, they won the deciding game against Guildford. In addition to the captain, they were best served by Townsend, Kennedy, Liddelow, Pember, Moran and Rigg. First match against Scotch College. With only four of last year's team back, we were at an initial disadvantage. Our lads played surprisingly well and were in a good position at three-quarter time, only to see Scotch's better condition find us out. Scores:Aquinas College, 10.10; Scotch College, 11.14. Goalscorers Edwards (3), Hesford (3), P. Prendiville and Kelsall, (2 each). Versus Hale at Leederville Oval. We were doing quite well until quarter time, when we went to pieces, and Hale went on to register a clear-cut win. Their high-flyers presented our most serious obstacle. Scores:Hale School, 16.15. Aquinas College, 6.5. Goalscorers: Evans (2), P. Prendiville, McKenna, Pittendrigh and Sherwood (l each). Versus Guildford at W.A.C.A. Adjudged by many to be our finest effort of the season. We were within striking distance all the way and held the lead at one stage during the last quarter. One of our forwards had the misfortune to strike the post with a snap at a critical juncture. This momentarily unbalanced

us and Guildford took advantage to add several quick goals. Scores:G.G.S., 12.12. Aquinas, 9.6. Goalscorers: Edwards (3), P. Prendiville, Sherwood, Kelsall, Pittendrigh, Evans, and Morris (l each). Versus Scotch at Claremont Oval. After being down at half time our lads recovered splendidly to lead at the last change over; but, as in the previous Scotch match, we were unable to last the distance. All the same, we put up a great fight worthy of the best traditions of the College. Scores:Scotch College, 14.12. Aquinas College, 10.13. Goalscorers: Edwards (5), Perrott (2), P. Prendiville, and Hesford (l each). Versus Hale at W.A.C.A. We put up a much better show than in the first Hale match. Our margin of defeat-lO points-was our nearest approach to a win. Our lads played well within themselves, only to find their opponents slightly too good for them. Scores:Hale School, 8.7. Aquinas, 6.9. Goalscorers: Edwards (3), Kelsall (2) and Geralt (l). Versus Guildford Grammer at Bassendean The final match of the season. Guildford emerge Champions fer 1938, and so the Alcock Cup has to be regained next year. Scores:Guildford, 17.15. Aquinas, 7.4. Goalscores: Kelsall (2), Edwards, Perrott, Pittendrigh and Sherwood (1 each).

Art of Speech During the year, much interest prevailed at Aquinas in Debating and the Art of Speech. Mindful of the importance and the power of the spoken word, especially in these days of scientific progress, the boys in every form, put great energy into their vocal training. Miss Lily Kavanagh, is very pleased with the earnest attention she receives during her lessons. At the "break-up" function the College Verse Speaking

Choir, was heard rendering in spirited and cultured tones, Tennyson's "Light Brigade." Owing to the numerous difficulties of this first year at Mount Henry, there were fewer debates on set subjects than usual. Most of the Leaving Class, however, had the opportunity of speaking publicly. The Debating Society is grateful to Brother Duffy, of Aquinas and to Brother Marlowe, of St. George's Terrace, for adjudicating.


Our Coach: Mr. Wroblewski.

Below: Finish of the Eights.

Bow-J. E. Dolin. 2-B. Ferres. 3-L. Tate. 4-G. T. Halpin. 5-W. G. Fisher. ~H. S. Donaldson. 7-G. McKay. Stroke-W. B. Gibson. Cox-To Gibbons.


racing eight and no mar. late, And all hearts in the boat; The men who work and never shirk, Who long to be afloat." Thus wrote the author of "The Racing Eight." and this I am sure was the mettle of our crews this year. Rowing activities began this year under severe difficulties, which only the steadfast cheerfulness and undaunted courage of our coach, Mr. Wroblewski, and the wonderful keenness and co-operation of the boys enabled us to overcome. Besides the setback occasioned by the opening of the new College, lack of training facilities greatly handicapped us. At this time the rowing shed had not been completed and we were compelled to conduct operations from the beach. Because of this, only a practice four was available to train over twenty lads, only three of whom had had any previous experience. But with his every-ready smile Wrob., as the boys soon designated him, got down to work with his usual energy. Every night several crews went out, and soon a promising bunch of rowers appeared. The completion of the...shed enabled the use of the practice eight and training proceeded apace. But our troubles were not ended. Wrob. was obliged to go to Sydney on a business trip for a fortnight or more. During his absence the crews were under the supervision of Mr. Phon. Scott, whose excellent advice and strenuous training did much to consolidate them, and give them the stamina necesgary for the exacting race they were so arduously preparing for. The crews were as follows: In the eight, W. Gibson (stroke), G. McKay, H. Donaldson, W. Fisher, G. Halpin, 1. Tate, B. Ferres, J. Dolin (bow), with H. Rutherford as emergency. The first four comprised V. Lynch (stroke), W. Ellis, H. Pember, and W. Ward (bow), who were coached by Alex. Connell, while the second four consisted of K. Kelsall (stroke), H. Rutherford, T. Perrott, and G. Gibbons (bow). Both crews improved rapidly, and two weeks before the race the eight entered its new racer, and trained from the Swan's shed. The Saturday before the "Head of the River," the "Thirds" came to do battle for the honour of their College. The water was rough, and despite a bad start, the "Thirds" rowed a great race to finish second to Scotch.

Monday dawned cloudy and overcast, with choppy water and a strong cross wind. The seconds gave a great display of oarsmanship, but despite a great effort they were just beaten for third place. Then came the great moment. The four eights lined up, each man' tense and alert: thirty-two athletes, trained to a high pitch of physical and mental perfection, straining like greyhounds at the leash, eager to use their last ounce of strength for the honour and name of their Alma Mater. The gun cracked and the four boats leapt forward. They came on and ::m to the frantic cheerings of the spectdtors. One by one they crossed the finishing line Scotch - Hale Guildford and Aquinas, still battling gamely to the very last. A great race 1 Though last. they kept up the fighting traditions of their predecessors, and showed that the sporting spirit was not dead. The second term opened well with the formation of Rowing Club under the patronage of Bro. Foley. A large number of enthusiastic members joined and officers were elected. W. Gibson was appointed Captain, G. Halpin and J. Dolin, Vice-Captains, and G. Prendiville, Secretary, with Wrob., of course, Coach. With the event of warm weather the third term saw renewed activity at the rowing shed. The highlight of the term was the Regatta, which will be an annual event. After a short period of training, W. Gibson (st.), G. McKay, 1. Tate, W. Ward, V. Lynch, H. Rutherford, T. Girault, W. Ellis (bow), were selected for the eight, and G. Gibbons (st.), E. McQuire, H. Pember and P. Wade (bow), for the four. Crews from Swans, Wests, Maylands and Fremantle participated in the regatta. A large crowd had collected bv the time of the first heat between Aquinas and Swans, which Aquinas won. In the final Aquinas defeated Wests, who had had an easy victory over Fremantle. thus winning the Meagher Cup. The four, not so fortunate, was defeated by Maylands in the first heat. In driving rain, Aquinas tied with the Old Boys' Eight. They raced again and Aquinas won easily, winning the Prendiville Cup. It was a great day for the boys though the rain spoilt it somewhat for the spectators. The regatta crew, the first schoolboys' crew to de~eat a mel'l's crew in this State, proved what our rowers can do with experience. .

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When we learnt at the commencement of the year that Br. Murtagh, the conductor of many successful choirs in the far famed South St. Competitions, had been appointed to take charge of the College Choir, we immediately began to look forward to hearing great work under his capable direction. In this we were not disc.ppointed. It is generally acknowledged that a good choirs has a refining influence, not only on its members, but also on the college in general. Aquinas College, thanks to Br. Murtagh and his band of happy singers, has gained prestige c.s a result of its performances.

At a reception accorded to Rev. Fr. Bryan, in the College Hall, the boys showed that they



were responsive to the least movement of their conductor, and that their voices were not lacking in richness of tone. On October 9th, the boys gave a half hour's recital over the National Net-work. Numerous telegrams, letters and 'phone calls of congratulations from as far East as Sydney, indicated that the performance was an excellent one. Many requests for a repeat of the broadcast cam::; from pleased listeners. The Choir was given a well-earned rest after its triumph over the air, and with the 'Annual' going to press, we find them once more busily preparing for their items all. Speech Night. We must not fail to give due praise to Miss Grant, who acted as accompaniste to the choir.

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M. Bridgwood. P. Smith, G. Treleaven, G, Halpin. T. Perroll. K. Kelsall (Head Prefect and Captain of College). J. Casey. J. Dolin. W. Gibson. P, Wade. (Absent): W. Fisher.

The duces of the Leaving and Junior Certificate Classes will be decided on the results of this year's Public Examinations.

Sub-Leaving: J. O'Brien. Sub-Junior (Second Year): R. Pittendrigh. Sub-Junior (First Year) : T. Bourke. Sixth Class:

W. Leahy.

Fifth Class:

B. Starcevich.

Fourth Class: Third Class: Smith. Second Class:

Eucharistic Procession: Feast of Christ the King.

P. Webb.

C. ThorntonB. Yelverton.

This year the Annual College Retreat was given by Rev. Father Packer, C.SS.R. This Retreat was looked forward to by all the students and the lectures, which were given four times a day, were a source of inspiration to all. The Retreat lasted for four days and was concluded by a general Communion. This was indeed an impressive sight, as both boarders and day-students approached the altor rails to receive their Sovereign Lord and Master. This year we were privileged to attend the Mass of an Old-Boy Priest, Father Bryan. He was a student of C.B.G, St. George's Terrace, for a number of years, and then went to Rome to study for the Priesthood. After his first Mass in his old 'Alma Mater,' Father Bryan, imparted his blessing to his former friends, the Brothers, and then to all the boys. In the evening, a Dinner was held in honour of our new Old-Boy Priest which was followed by a presentation. The Captain of the School, K. Kelsall, made the presentation of an oil-stocks, on behalf of the Brothers and Boys. A few musical items brought the happy function to a conclusion. The College has been privileged to have its own Chaplain. Father Brennan was the first of our Chaplains, but remained with us for only six weeks. He was followed by Fathers Harrington and P. Donnelly, who were both very popular among the students. Our present and permanent Chaplain, Father Lynch, arrived at his new home early this term. To these Priests, we offer our sincerest thanks, because of their untiring work and selfsacrifice for the Spiritual welfare of the College.

The greatest function of the year was held at Aquinas on the 30th October, the Feast of Christ the King. On that day we had the honour of having Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day. At three o'clock, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Prendiville, accompanied by the metropolitan clergy, arrived at the College in order to take part in the function. Then the Blessed Sacrament was carried in procession around the ground of the College, and was conveyed to the High Altar, where Benediction was given by His Grace to over 15,000 men and women, kneeling in silent adoration before their Lord and King. The Feast of the Sacred Heart was celebrated with usual devotion. For the beautiful decoration of the High Altar we are indebted to the work of Brother J. D. Murtagh. The vigils were kept by the students, who watched by the Blessed Sacrament throughout the entire day. In the evening, the function was fi[tingly brought to a close by Benediction. Another event soem to take place is the inauguration of a Junior Branch of the Holy Name Society, by our Chaplain, Rev. Father A. Lynch, and this should be a strong body in the College in the coming year. Thus this year has passed with great achievements in the religious sphere, and we know that they have impressed themselves deeply on the minds of the first Aquinians. -T. GRANT.


By Dr. J. J. SAVAGE, F.R.C.S.

(Extract from an Address to the Athletic Team on the occasion of its Victory Dinner.) THIS tradition which carried you so nobly on . its bosom to victory was not always the mlghty torrent which you now see. It had its beginnings in the dim past of over thirty years ago; and of the Pioneers who dug and moulded so vastly to help the lone rivulet to gurgle hesitatingly -on its course, I will now speak. At the time when Bishop Gibney showed his affection for the Emerald Isle by wearing a black Stetson with a green ribbon, the playground had naught but a rickety wooden fence, and the muddy Swan laved the palings and spread thereon barnacles and slime.

DP-... j. j. SAVAGE On one side was the Governor's residence, lamed for the flavour of its pilfered fruit, and on the other side was Judge Parker's. There were a few despairing trees in the playground, a rifle range in the corner, one hand ball court, and a gymnasium about to be built. We played cricket in the ground-three matches going on at once. Great was the joy when a turf wicket was set in the middle of the field. I want you to realize, boys, that we had no traditions to speak of. They had yet to be made-but the builders were even then stripping to the waist. We were late comers into the arena, and were despised, an object of scorn and derision, for we had hardly a scholastic attainment, or a single athletic performance to our credit. The stream of prosperity on which

you now float so magnificently, was not won without labour and effort. Let me tell you of the Elijahs of those days. whose mantle has fallen so gracefully on your shoulders:There was Bob Joyce, the oarsman, who afterwards stroked the Inter-State eight; Norm Hodgson, the versatile footballer; Jeff Deakin, the scholar; Billy White, the genial and well-loved comrade, and born leader of men. It took more than a German bullet to stop Billy. There was pleasant faced Jack Minahan, now adorning the Treasury, but who once was a marvel with the bat, holding a record for the highest score amongst all the Colleges; Alec Juett, the brilliant plodder, and hundred per center. There was Johnnie Horan, of smiling cherubic countenance, who first showed us a fountain pen; there were the O'Mahoneys, Duracks and O'Days; Mart Troy (the terror of Hale School) and the fastest bowler, I believe, Australia has ever produced. What a thrill to see him hit a wicket in an Inter-School Match, and knock the bails half-way to the boundary and couldn't he throw the cricket baW-one hundred and fourteen yards to the inch1 There were giants also in those days. I recall also the Cohens and the Cantors, brilliant scholars, of whom Stan Cantor was such a whale for work that he learned short-hand in three weeks, and took an extra subject for the High Public, just for fun; the Reedys, Telfords, and Fergusons who are now eminent in the Mint, Education and Law. Then followed Charlie Leedman, distinguished in Perth today; Jock Steinberg, the most lovable of boys, Sonny Jim Marmion and Herbert Appel who rests a hero amongst the Flanders' Dead. Shame wither my fingers should I forget Derwas Cummings, the beloved aristocrat, Lindsay Glowery, than who a more heroic mould was never turned out of College, and Pindar Boor, noble hearted, and generous, and my very dear friend. They all laid down their lives for their country and dwell among the Unforgotten Deas.. These then, were the pioneers of whom I have spoken, who have built so well in the past, and laid the foundations for this mighty torrent which has carried you so gloriously on its breast. The years 1911 to 1914 marked the climax of this great effort. The School carried everything before it, both in scholastics and athletics, and under the aegis of Bro. Nunan (may the earth rest lightly on his head) reached a pinnacle of excellence that has never been equalled, and will possibly never be surpassed.

®Ih J\quitthttts J\ssodatiott Patron: Rev. Bro. C. P. FOLLY.

President: Dr. T. W. MEAGHER.

Vice-Presidents: Messrs. G. j. CHARLES, A. D. SCOTT and M. G. COGAN, jm. Committee: Messrs. K. 1. HICKEY, R. GELLE', C. COGAN, jm., j. M. LAVAN, E. McNAMARA, F. BAXTER, Dr. j. D. PALANDRL Hon. Secretary: Hon. Assistant Secretary: R. A. j. HANNAH, Esq. G. BRENNAN, Esq. Hon. Treasurer: Hon. Assistant Treasurer: j. QUIGLEY, Esq. B. CONROY, Esq. Objects: The objects of the Association are:(a) T:> inculcate and foster in ex-students of the College a true spirit of "Alma Mater." (b) To arrange functions social and sporting with a view to bringing old boys together and enabling them to keep in closer touch with one another. (c) To assist in every way in the furtherance of the objects of th€l College. (d) Where possible to assist students on leaving the College to choose an avocation in life and to further assist them therein. (e) To provide medals and trophies for school and sport to be competed lor by the students of the College. (f) To assist Old Boys of the College in times cf adversity. (g) To promote the general welfare of the College and of ex-students thereof. ASSOCIATION LADIES' COMMITTEE. This year the Association has received splendid support in its social activities from the Ladies' Committee. The Ladies have been most generous in their practical support and we have already to thank them for a most successful Card Evening and Annual Ball while in addition they have a number of other events in view. The Association is certainly under a deep debt of gratitude t:> the Ladies' Committee.

OBITUARY. Harold J. Kenneally died during the year. He was. one of the most outstanding athletes which the College· has produced, being Captain of the College XI. and XVIII. and a member of Head of the River Crews. Harold was a very loyal Old Boy, being at the time of his death a member of the Association Committee on which he had served for a number of years. "Requiescat in pace!" The late Leslie Reedy, who was killed h johanesburg in November, was the first Secretary of the Association and its first life member. At C.B.C. he was a very prominent scholar and athlete. At the time of his death he was deputy master of the Rand Refinery Ltd. "Requiescat in pace!" ANNUAL BALL. The Annual Ball, held on july 21, was an outstanding social success thanks to the untiring efforts of the· Bal!' Committee who were ably backed by a very strong Ladies' Committee. Once again weather conditions were unkind but those who braved the elements voted it a great night. Many complimentary remarks were heard regarding the beautiful decorations. The Association was honoured with the patronage· of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and also included as their guests were representatives of the kindred. Associations.




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Mrs. J. Charles names the new "Eight" presented by the Old Boys.

Other successful functions held by the Association 'Ond their Ladies' Committee included a Card Evening and two Dances. All three were held at the College <Gnd were most successful financially and socially. OLD BOYS' REUNION.

During the year there were two very successful gath'erings of Public School Old Boys held in country centres. The idea of these re-unions is to keep intact the high ideals of school life, to revive old friendships, and to endeavour to make the Public School spirit an important influence in every day life. At both of these gatherings .Aquinas College was well represented. The Great Southern Association usually holds its meeting at Wagin. Some forty Old Boys of Public Schools foregatheredl at Moran's Hotel for its Annual Dinner. The 路guests of honours were Rev. R. E. Freeth, of Guildford Grammar School, and Rev. Brother Seery, of Aquinas College, and both these gentlemen delivered most interesting addresses. The Chairman was Mr. W. H. Nicholls, an Old Boy of SI. Peter's, Adelaide, whilst -amongst the C.B.C. Old Boys present were C. F. Durack, .A. Cowcher, C. Moran, N. Powell, J. Hunt, J. Moran, S. Baird and L. Cauley. The other gathering was held at Quairading and at路tracted some ninety Public School Old Boys, of whom

F. Durack, H. Lloyd, W. McDonald, C. Bennett, J. Hands, C. McManus, T. Meares, J. Hinkley, T. Marwick, J. Kelly, K. Hurley, N. Powell and Rev. Fr. O'Callaghan represented Aquinas. To attend these gatherings. meant going distances of over 100 miles for several, and we commend the enthusiasm of these Country Old Boys to those who live around the city. BACK TO COLLEGE DAY.

Held for the first time "A Day Back to the College" proved an outstanding success and has provided the foundation upon which to build one of the Association'G most outstanding functions. Held on Sunday, October 16th, the proceedings opened with Mass in the College Chapel, celebrated by Rev. Father F. O'Connor, an Old Boy Priest, followed by breakfast and then tree planting. At the latter function the opportunity was taken to plant a tree in memory of the late Harold Kenneally, the planting being done by his two brothers, Jim and Ron, A luncheon was also held at which crews who participated in the Annual Regatta were guests . In the afternoon the College Rowing Club conducted its first annual regatta, the function being held under the auspices of the. Western Australian Rowing Association.

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Top: Tree Planting- Ceremony. Below: The Dinner.

The Christian Brothers of Aquinas College wish to expreS3 here and now their most sincere thanks to their many friends who came forward and contributed so generously to the foundation of their new College. Vouchsafe, 0 Lord, for Thy name's sake, to reward with eternal life all those who have done us good.

1938 Annual  

The Aquinas College annual for 1938.