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Marist College Rosalie

14/12/2006: Australia

On Thursday 16 November Marist College Rosalie gathered for a photograph to mark the last occasion on which all year levels would be present. The College now moves towards closure at the end of the 2008 school year.

Brothers Osmund Rice, Athanasius Raess and Campion Muldoon opened the doors to the first Marist School in Queensland in February 1929. Rosalie is an inner city suburb within sight of the city of Brisbane. The first school was in the old Sacred Heart parish church, which was replaced in 1949. Eamon de Valera, the 3rd President of Ireland was present at laying of the foundation stone of this building.

Marist College Rosalie has seen a number of transitions in its history. The College took a small number of boarders during the 1930’s. This ceased with the opening of Marist College Ashgrove in 1940. With changes in Archdiocesan policy, the primary section of the College was phased out in 1978. With changing demographics in recent years the College has experienced declining enrolments. After 18 months of discerning the alternatives, it was announced in July 2006 that the College would close.

Over the past 77 years the College counts among its ex-students, Bishop John Gerry and numerous priests from the Archdiocese of Brisbane and religious priests, a Rhodes Scholar, politicians, judges, Olympians, international footballers and a few Marist Brothers – these include Brian Sweeney (Rosalie), Paul Turner (India), Anthony Burrows (Solomon Islands), Terry Gilsenan (Sydney), Robert Spears (Lismore), Cyrus Callighan (Ashgrove), Adrian Story (Ashgrove), Roger Burke (Ashgrove), Casimir Novak, (Parramatta), Neil O’Leary (Parramatta), Des Phillips (Buranda) Anthony Shears (Hunters Hill), Francis McGrath (England).

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