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The Old Boys Association is a proud group of former St Mary’s College students. The Association gathers several times a year to discuss how they can continue to support the growth of the College, and has contributed to several projects, the most significant being the Clive Berghofer Arena.

In late 2018, the Conanti Corona Magazine was launched, to keep all Old Boys up to date with the announcements, news and success of the College. The publication will be printed twice a year.

You can view the issues here:
Conanti Corona Issue 1
Conanti Corona Issue 2
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You can view all Old Boys Newsletters here:

Members of the Old Boys Association

  • Joe Guerrini (President)
  • James Dixon (Vice President)
  • Greg Butler (Secretary)
  • Tom VonHoff (Treasurer)

Old Boys Contact Details

Postal – PO Box 6616 Toowoomba West QLD 4350
Office Phone – (07) 4691 6105
Mobile – 0439 916 109

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Famous Old Boys

The Right Honourable Francis M Forde PCThe 15th Prime Minister of Australia 6th to 13th July 1945 after death of John Curtin, prior to Ben Chifley. Deputy Prime Minister 1932- 1946.Interestingly he was also the shortest serving PM, only 8 days in office.
The Honourable Sir Walter Campbell QC, DSO, MC, OBE, MA, LLBA Leading Queens Counsel and Queensland Chief Justice, appointed Governor of Queensland in 1985.
Archbishop Virgil P Copas MSCAppointed Archbishop of Port Moresby in 1966.
Air-Vice Marshall Harold Hawkins GLM, ICD, CBE, AFCAppointed Air advisor to Rhodesian High Commissioner and Chief of Air Staff – 1955.
Rear Admiral Patrick Perry OBE, CBE, RANServed on HMAS Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Australian Navy’s Chief Justice Advocate. As a Barrister-in-Law he was attached for a period to the Naval Law Branch of the Admiralty.
Air Vice-Marshall Joseph Anthony (Tony) DietzSenior Engineer Officer in the Air Force
Tom GormanCaptain Australian Rugby League Kangaroo’s Side – 1929- 30
Dr. John O’NeillAustralian Rugby Union Representative in 4 Tests – two as a 19 yr old winger against All Blacks in New Zealand in 1952 and two as a full-back against the Springboks in 1956.Captain Queensland Rugby League Team in 1955 (Qld Representative 1952-1956 and 1960).
Ian “Ripper” DoyleAustralian Rugby League Kangaroo in 1956 to England and France. Played 7 tests for Australia
Johnathan Thurston (Yr 12 – 2000)Rugby League dual Dally M Medal Winner (2005 & 2007), presently representing Queensland and Australian Rugby League Kangaroos
Neil ‘Digger’ McGrowdieWas one of Australia’s leading jockeys. Won 1957 Melbourne Cup on ‘Straight Draw’
Michael KatsidisPresently Boxing World Champion
Stathi KatsidisMultiple Brisbane Premiership Winning Jockey
Tony GollandBrisbane Premiership Winning Trainer
Brother Desmond Ambrose PurcellFirst Old Boy to become College Headmaster
Brigadier Damien CantwellCurrently stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan heading up the International Security Assistance Force
Hon Vince Lester OAM (1949-1954)Queensland Parliamentary Representative for 30 years (1974 – 2004) and a National Party Minister. He received an OAM Award in 2006 for ‘Services to the community through Queensland Parliament and to Local Government’
Graham HealyLocal radio announcer – held seat of Toowoomba North in National Party
Thomas Patrick O’BrienOne of the first day students, President and Committeeman on Old Boys’ Association, Founder of Defiance Flour Mills.
Brian Carter A.M.Chairman of the Heritage Building Society since 1982. In 2006 he received an AM Award for ‘Service to business and commerce through the building society industry.’
Kerry BetrosPresent Chairman of Heritage Bank
Gerard Patrick BradleyCurrent Under Treasurer & Under Secretary, Queensland Treasury Department
Bernie Grunke OAM – (1929 – 1934)(TBOBA Life Member No. 2) – Bernie was a High School Teacher, who in 2006 received an OAM for ‘Service to the welfare of veterans and their families.’
Dr John Frawley AM (1947/56)In 2006 he was awarded an AM Medal for ‘Service to medicine in the fields of vascular and transplantation surgery and as a pioneer in paediatric kidney transplants.’
Leahy Brothers’, Michael, Patrick, David and JamesDiscovered gold in PNG. In 1929 they worked to build a road to the gold fields at Edie Creek. They achieved what was considered to be an amazing engineering feat at the time, building the road along a vertical precipice to 2600 metres.
Kris GlassMember of the 2010 Australian Development Squad (Hockey)
91 Ordained PriestsIncluding, eight Monsignors, one Archbishop and the Provincials of both the MSC & CSsR Orders.
40 Religious BrothersForty Christian Brothers and one MSC Brother
Approximately 380 Ex-Servicemen‘World War 1’ and ‘World War 2’

Many prominent and well-known Toowoomba Old Boys including those from the Hanna, Betros, McNab, Hall, Gabbett, Drew, Sullivan and Wagner families.