Class of 1973 celebrates 50 years of friendship

June 7, 2023

We were delighted to welcome back around 30 Old Collegians for their Class of 1973 50-Year Reunion at the College on Saturday, 3 June.

With exactly half a decade of life experiences to their credit, it was a delight to welcome members of the Class of 1973 and partners for this reunion.

At least one of our guests was competing with jetlag after flying into Melbourne from Phuket at 7am that morning, however he commented after the reunion that he was “incredibly proud of St Pat’s, lifelong friends and stories that will be repeated every time we reunite”.

We also welcomed back former teacher and boarding master Luke Guthrie to the reunion, who had also flown home from Vietnam only days earlier.

Class of 1973 College Captain James Basham was a regretful apology, along with several others, however it was great to see Vice Captain Mark McCombe in attendance.

College Vice Principal – Mission & Identity, Mr Geoff Brodie, formally welcomed the group and we thank John Nicholls, Pat Carson and Shane Wilkinson for their help in locating lost classmates in the lead-up to the reunion.

Following the reunion evening, most of the group continued their conversations at the Western Hotel, and then met up again for Sunday brunch.

Please enjoy these photos below, taken during the reunion evening.

Members of the Class of 1973 celebrating their 50-Year Reunion at the College’s OCA Pavilion on 3 June, 2023.

Michael Coutts, John Cummins and Kevin Dalton.

Former SPC teacher Luke Guthrie, left, catches up with Phillip Younis, Michael Hickey and Kevin Nolen.

Kelvin Porter and Patrick Carson.

Marcus Carli, Greg Butler and Paul Krelle.

Patrick Timmons, John Cummins and Kevin Dalton.

Chris Foley and Peter Tehan.

Bernie Altmann and Ian Whitehead.

Kevin Lindorff, Kevin Remilton, Shane Wilkinson and Neil Livingston.

Phillip Briody, Mark McCombe (Class of 1973 Vice Captain), John Jess and Bernie Altmann.