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Fitting tribute

Monday, 9th May, 2011

TEACHERS REMEMBERED: Frank Davis, an old Marist Brothers’ boy, by the plaques honouring the work of of the Marist Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy. TEACHERS REMEMBERED: Frank Davis, an old Marist Brothers’ boy, by the plaques honouring the work of of the Marist Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy.

The Marist Brothers and Sisters of Mercy have been honoured with the placing of two plaques at the Cathedral.

The Marist Old Collegians thought it was time that their old teachers were recognised for their work.

It is a tribute to the Marist Brothers who taught here from 1928 to 1987 and the Sisters of Mercy from the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese (1889 to 2009).

"We thought there should be recognition of their time here," said one of the Old Collegians, Pat Victory.

"We arranged for two bronze plaques at the grotto in the Cathedral grounds."

The plaques were blessed during Bishop Kevin Manning's last visit in April.

"They were officially unveiled and he blessed them while in Broken Hill. Bishop Manning is the relieving bishop," Mr Victory said.

He said there were only five Old Collegians left and they wanted to make sure people knew about their teachers and the all good work they did.

"We are down to five. We are winding up our affairs and making sure there is some recognition here.

"The sisters were teachers, they ran an orphanage, visited the sick and people in jail. They did lots of things but the main thing they did was teaching school.

"The Marist Brothers came from a Melbourne province and commenced in 1928. Initially they taught at an all-boys school."

Mr Victory attended Marist Brothers (now Sacred Heart Primary) from fourth class right through to intermediate (Year 10).

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