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World War I veterans

2018 War History Tour

During the 2018 Easter school holidays St Patrick’s College, for the first time, toured 40 students and five staff through the battlefields and memorials of the Western Front to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. This historic and emotional pilgrimage then spent its final days in the German cities…

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Remembering Leo Kennedy – 100 years on

One hundred years ago, on 7 November 1917, Leo Alphonsus Kennedy was killed in action in Palestine. Having survived the horrors of the Gallipoli campaign, he was recuperating in Egypt before continuing on his way back to Australia. However, Leo declined the opportunity to return home, and transferred to the 12th Light Horse Regiment. Trooper…

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100th anniversary of battle of Passchendeale

Today, 31 July 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement in WWI of what became known as the Battle of Passchendaele (or the Third Battle of Ypres). The battle took place on the Western Front from 31 July to November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of…

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World War History Trip

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, St Patrick’s College is organising an international excursion in the 2018 Term 1 holidays to travel to France, Belgium and Germany. The aim of the trip will be to immerse students in the history of Australian soldiers, particularly Old Collegians from St…

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College updating war honour boards

Over the past two years, College Archivist Catriona Banks has been collecting names of SPC’s Old Collegians who have served in the armed forces since WWII, in order to update- honour boards in the College Chapel. One Old Boy to recently get in touch and add his name to our records is Trenton (Trent) Prince…

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War hero honoured at St Patrick’s College

One of Ballarat’s greatest unsung World War I heroes has finally been honoured in his home town with the installation of a plaque and the planting of an olive tree in his honour at St Patrick’s College. George Devine Treloar was a Military Cross medal winner for his heroic actions on the Somme and at…

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War history comes alive online

History has come alive online at St Patrick’s College! For the first time ever, biographies of each and every Old Boy to have fought in World War I have been published in full on the College website. This fantastic historical achievement is the result of two years’ work by College archivist Catriona Banks. Simply click…

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James George Joseph Fraser

FRASER, James George Joseph- – – – SPC 1896-1900 DoB:- 3 March 1888, Ballarat East, VIC Fth:- John Fraser, printer Mth:- Annie, nee Brewster When James Fraser left St Pat’s, he worked as a printer in his father’s business in Albert Street, Ballarat. The College annuals were printed by Fraser’s for many years. James was…

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John O’Neill

O’NEILL, John- – – – SPC 1916 The College was unable to identify further details about this boy. If you are able to provide information to complete his story, please contact College Archivist, Catriona Banks -“ cbanks@stpats.vic.edu.au

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William Ryan

RYAN, William- – – – SPC 1905-1909 The College was unable to identify further details about this boy. If you are able to provide information to complete his story, please contact College Archivist, Catriona Banks -“ cbanks@stpats.vic.edu.au

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