Where are they now – Michael Bourke (SPC 1950-54)

March 25, 2018

The College reconnects with former boarder Michael Bourke (SPC 1950-54) who spent 60-plus years as a highly-regarded doctor in Leongatha.

Michael Bourke.


Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

I left St Patrick’s College and went to Melbourne University’s Newman College from 1955 to 1960 where I got my medical MBBS degree. I was a second-year resident at St Vincent’s Hospital from 1961 to 1962 and then a first-year resident at the Royal Women’s Hospital in 1963. I spent the following 60 years in general practice at Leongatha from 1964-2015, when I retired.


What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?

The general friendships developed and sporting activity.


Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?

Brother Healy, Br Bill O’Malley, Br Kelty and Br Ern Smith.


How has your education shaped your professional life?

My education at SPC helped develop a very sound Catholic conscience.


How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?

I have endeavoured to instil into my family sound Catholic Christian beliefs and practices.


If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?

Please do not be influenced by propaganda regarding to amoral practices -“ those contrary to beliefs instilled by a good Catholic upbringing.


Michael Bourke, Ross Muller, Chris Conway and Russell Mogg at the Boarders Reunion in November 2017.