Where are they now – Patrick Duffy (SPC 1989-94)

March 19, 2024

The College recently reconnected with Patrick Duffy (SPC 1989-94) who has travelled extensively with his successful career in the mining industry and believes his time as a boarder gave him the stepping stones required for the life he has today.


Patrick Duffy with his family, including wife Chantelle and three sons Xavier, Christian and Leo.

Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

Since leaving St Pat’s, I have lived in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Manila and New Caledonia. We returned to Melbourne in 2015 after 10 years overseas.


Do you have family ties with SPC?



Patrick was a member of the SOS Prayer Group at SPC.

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

I loved being a border at St Pat’s, I have some very fond memories of playing cricket with the Second XI, and I was fortunate to have some great teachers that got the best out of me.


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

Too old to remember!


How has your education shaped your professional life?

I am now CEO of Sunstone Metals, an ASX-listed, South American copper and gold exploration company. I have had a very successful career in the mining industry, building two large mines in New Caledonia and Western Australia, and looking to do this again in South America. I matured greatly while boarding at St Pat’s and benefitted from a great education. I think the school made me humble and a natural empathy that has helped me in my career.

Patrick, pictured in his Year 12 class photograph in 1994.

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

I am happily married to Chantelle and three boys Xavier, Christian and Leo. I would like to think that SPC made me a great dad and husband.


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

Do your best, study hard and make the most of the opportunities for you to grow at SPC.

Patrick was a member of the 1st XV Rugby 1994 VSRU Finalist team.

Patrick was also a member of the 2nd XI Cricket BPSA Premiers and Champions team in 1994.

Patrick was a boarder in Kenny House, as published in the 1994 College Annual.

Patrick was a member of the Year 12 Prizewinners group.