Where are they now - Martin Malone (SPC 1963-64)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College reconnects with Martin (Marty) Malone (SPC 1963-64), who thoroughly enjoyed his two years of boarding at SPC. Marty is pictured above with his partner of 17 years, Margaret.
What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
I attended St Patrick’s for two years (in 1963 and 1964) and was extremely happy as a boarder there. I had been at Xavier College for 10 years and was apparently giving my parents some headaches, hence a two-year stint in cold Ballarat for leaving and matriculation (now known as Years 11 and 12) was considered necessary.
My father, Martin was the brother of Tess Grogan (nee Malone). His brother (Tom Malone) my uncle, attended St Patrick’s many years before my time. My only record of that is a photograph in the St Patrick’s Annual of 1919-1920. He is holding a violin in the school orchestra. He later fought in WWII on the Kokoda trail and survived.
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
I returned from St Patrick’s and did Commerce. I became an accountant, hated it then became a teacher (for 25 years). Believe it or not, I taught accounting, taxation law, economics, computers and marketing at Box Hill TAFE. I also ran an accounting and tax business for 30 years from my home. I have two children, Eliza (born in 1971) and Thomas (born in 1973).
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
The brother who “saved me” so to speak was Br Kelty, my mentor and father figure, and I stayed in touch with him until his death.