Celebrating a special Old Collegian’s mighty milestone

October 13, 2022

Our oldest known Old Collegian Laurie Larmer OAM (SPC 1935-40) celebrated a mighty milestone recently, enjoying his 99th birthday with a special celebratory lunch at the Emerald Hotel in south Melbourne with family and friends, including a number of fellow Old Collegians. We wish Laurie a very happy birthday from the entire SPC community!

We were privileged to have Laurie return to the College prior to the COVID pandemic to talk to our students about his remarkable story of how one of St Patrick’s College’s greatest ever war heroes used the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II to embark upon a remarkable story of forgiveness and redemption. To read more about Laurie’s story, which also saw him honoured as a SPC OCA Legend, simply click here

We hope you enjoy these photos taken at Laurie’s recent birthday lunch.

Laurie Larmer OAM, pictured left, celebrating his 99th birthday celebrations with former SPC Headmaster Br Bill Wilding.


Br John O’Halloran, at front, was among the guests.


Well-known retired race caller Greg Miles was called up to say a few words about Laurie.

Fr Joe Jacobi, pictured second from left, was among the guests.

Old Collegian Brian Mulcahy (SPC 1965-70), seated third from left, had the special honour of attending Laurie’s birthday celebrations, as his father had attended SPC alongside Laurie.