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50-year reunion

Assumption College Kilmore’s class of 1973 held a very well attended 50-year reunion in Melbourne recently. One of the very first female students, Madeleine Laming, was happy to attend.

She grew up in Kilmore and her parents Laurie Mattarozzi and his wife were well-respected residents.

Madeleine has led an interesting life that I’ll write about later. After years away she has now returned to the original family home, opposite the ACK gates.

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Most of the former students in attendance are now retired. Charlie Conti and Michael Anderson gave short speeches before dinner and proposed a toast to the several of the class who have passed from this life.

Michael Anderson was captain of cricket in 1973 and one of eight sons of the late Harry and Norma Anderson. The Anderson family financed the first college sports pavilion.

Just to mention some of the attendees: Dennis Clarke is still a winemaker, David Laschko continues practicing law, Evan Roche is with the Public Service in Canberra, Tony Flanagan practices physiotherapy, Rod Barnard is principal of two schools, John McEvoy, a long-time teacher is now farming in western Victoria. His son Ben captained Hawthorn.

Imelda Johnson sent an apology. Her family is still well remembered in this area.

Down the decades of ACK history, lifetime bonds between students have been very strong and the achievements of so many have been really notable.

AGSV giant passes

A long-time Ivanhoe Grammar teacher and Associated Grammar Schools Victoria, AGSV, student passed from this life recently.

Nigel Kendall collapsed at the MCG while watching his beloved Demons.

For wife Annette, it was a sad case of ‘my husband went to the footy and didn’t come home’. Nigel fulfilled multiple roles at his school – teacher, sports coach, deputy head, and for a time ‘boss’.

He coached First XI cricket against ACK. Nigel was similar to Assumption’s Peter Jongeblood in that he had the respect of staff, students and families, not only at Ivanhoe but he was a wonderful contributor to the AGSV sports committee.

His finest achievement was that he touched and enhanced many students’ lives. A truly good man, Nigel will be missed by his wife, three daughters and grandchildren – and by all who knew him.

Varia

Michael Clarke, long-time Kilmore resident and one of a fine lineage, celebrated a significant milestone recently when he clocked up 60 years as a shearer.

My dad was a shearer and I saw firsthand what hard work it entails. The Clarke family, generational, has always been held in high regard.

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A great meal the other day at the Kilmore Gaol Café was a highlight – great to spend time with two very fine priests.

Kilmore’s Fr Prakash and Heathcote’s Fr Ferwerda are splendid servants of God and their lives are dedicated to their people.

Numerous Kilmore folk will recall Peter Ferwerda as a community GP often spending time as a locum here.

He trained in medicine at Melbourne University with specialist Michael Wilson, the latter’s story appeared in a recent Review.

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Sean and Maria Durkin called in last week. The name is synonymous in south Gippsland with high quality potatoes.

After several decades in the ‘trade’ Sean dug his last spuds the day before passing through Kilmore.

Sean and Maria are highly regarded people in their area – Trafalgar and beyond.

Their two sons Liam and James attended ACK and the former, a really good journalist, is at 26, editor of Gippsland’s main newspaper.

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An interesting point was made to me recently by ACK and Richmond legend Francis Bourke.

He reckoned that if Aussie Rules players of the past, long gone from this life, returned today they would recognise rugby, soccer, cricket, but not Aussie rules.

Francis, who played 300 games for Richmond, won five premierships, and represented Victoria remarked that he may not get a game today.

This was from one of the very greatest players in the game’s history.

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