Presentation of Prizes St. Josephs College, Hunters Hill


On Wednesday afternoon of last week the distribution of prizes and annual entertainment of St. Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill, took place. Two special steamers conveyed the invited guests to the College, and the spacious theatre was taxed to its utmost capacity. The building was prettily decorated, the College colours, cerise and blue, standing out prominently whilst flags, festoons of evergreens, and large palms lent additional charm to the gay scene. A large marquee had beer erected on the spacious lawn, and the visitors were serves with refreshments during the afternoon.

His Grace the Coadjutor-Archbishop presided, and among those present were: His Lordship Dr. Olier, Bishop of Tonga Rev. Fathers E. Talon, S. M. (College Chaplain), Hualt, S. M. J. Grace, Rev. Brothers Paul (Provincial of the Marist Brothers) Victor (Director of the College), Sir William Lyne, M. H. R. Hon. Dr. Nash, M. L. C., Hon. L. F. Heydon, M. L. C., Messrs P. McGarry, M. L. A., G. A. Jones, M. L. A., J. F. Hennessy and others.

Archbishop Kelly, prior to distributing the prizes, addressee the assemblage. He congratulated the Brothers and boys on the success of their work during the year, and the Brothers, ii particular, on the grand work they were engaged upon in building up the future generation of Australians. The Marist Brothers, he said, were like clouds, which watered the land, an, gave it new life. The College was opened in its present position in 1881, and had already celebrated its silver jubilee ; but it still progressed by its own power, first of all by religious an then by hard work in intellectual and physical culture. The College had everything to be proud of, continued His Grace in the results obtained from its class-rooms, and in the athletic world the name of St. Joseph's was famous. And these two phases went hand in hand in the education of youth. Australia expected from each one of its people the best service he could give, and education made that service more valuable. He hoped there would never enter into the Hunter's Hill College any educational fad which promised much, but only helped to divert the attention of masters and students. But he need not fear. It was necessary for education to begin with a good foundation, and, as he had been in Australia nearly ten years, he had had time to sec that with regard to St. Joseph's the educational methods adopted had begun on a solid basis. A man must first know himself and what he was sent into the world for, and from that would be built the kind of men wanted for Australia. So long as the young men in the College received true ideas of life they would come to be what Australia required, men of principle, industry, success, and of peace ; each determined to push Australia forward in the path of progress, and ready to defend the interests of their country.

His Grace then presented the prizes to the successful candidates.

Sir William Lyne, in proposing a vote of thanks to His Grace- for presiding, said it was the first time he had had the pleasure of being at the College, hut, judging from appearances, he world say it was a great institution. He thanked the Archbishop for his address, to which he listened with pleasure, for it was an address of peace. The Archbishop had said that Australia would be a Bret nation ; but he (the speaker) would join issue with him there, and say that Australia is now a great nation, but it would be a greater. Australia nowadays is in open competition with the world, and its people are doing all that is expected of them. And it would be to duty of large schools, such as St. Joseph's to prepare the men for the future, men that would help to make Australia greater than it is.

Mr. G. A. Jones seconded the vote of thanks, which was carried by acclamation.

From the " Catholic Press”.


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