Stories of 125 alumni are being retold as part of Aquinas College’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Stories of boys who have graduated CBC Perth/Aquinas College and have chosen a path reflective of the values of an Edmund Rice education.

Our project “Legacy – the best you can be… for others” reflects the stories of men across the generations. Please scroll through the stories at the bottom of our homepage and discover some remarkable stories of courage, determination, resilience and excellence across the College’s rich history.

Thank you to the many families who have generously agreed to support the Aquinas College Foundation Inc. Building Fund for 2017.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

With the end of the financial year just around the corner, however, we would like to remind families that it is not too late to donate to the Building Fund and receive a tax receipt for the 2017 Financial Year.

In recent years, contributions to the Building Fund have helped to shape the educational facilities your sons enjoy at Aquinas today, but it is essential that we continue to maintain and update our College resources to provide a lasting legacy for generations of Aquinas boys to come.

If you would like to contribute to the 2017 Building Fund Appeal before June 30th and gain a 2017 Tax Receipt, a $500 donation can be made most conveniently by visiting our Online Store.

Alternatively, you can make a contribution by contacting Mrs Berni Henri on 08 9450 0662 or or by completing and returning the Payment Form.

Kindly note that all contributions to the Building Fund are allowable tax deductions under the name of ‘Aquinas College Foundation Inc.’ ABN 93 078 219 075, with Tax Receipts provided.

With your support, we can continue to provide an education that enables our boys to take their place in the community as good men.

David McFadden

Aquinas College officially commissioned its 15th Headmaster Mr David McFadden today.

EREA executive director Dr Wayne Tinsey welcomed Mr McFadden and his family back to the College, speaking of the great leadership skills and experience in boys’ education Mr McFadden brings to his new role;

“…We say welcome home to David since he is no stranger to us having taught at Aquinas for 13 years in various roles before leading the CBC Fremantle community for four years.”

“David is an internationally-acclaimed educator and leader. He is renowned as an educational innovator and an expert in Boys’ Education…we are so pleased that he has decided to dedicate the next phase of what has been and will continue to be an extraordinary career, to the leadership of this great College.”

Mr McFadden spoke of the honour he felt to be commissioned as the 15th Headmaster of the College, becoming part of the rich history of Aquinas.

He spoke to students about their learning journeys at the College, saying their time at Aquinas was just one part of their lifetime of learning and imploring them to tackle challenges along the way.

“…The greatest challenge at Aquinas will always be found in the journey within yourself that you must take with Christ to discover your God.  And at the end of your time here at the College you will leave us equipped to be of good influence, and to take on whatever challenges lie in store for you away from Mt Henry.”

“…If in your lives you have the determination to build strong relationships and to sustain them to serve others as well as lead them against injustice you will make a difference and make an impact upon the world…”

“…Boys my call upon you today is to do small things with great love, simple acts for moral purpose, don’t walk past an injustice, stand up for truth. Let go of the inner boy and become the man you know you should be, be the change you wish to see in the world. Hold close to you the College motto Veritas Vincit (Truth Conquers).”

“A willingness and ability to learn, to lead and to serve in Christ are what enables a life to be both well-lived and worthwhile.”

“Aquinas is just the start, a life of learning, leadership and service awaits you.”



Aquinas College students commemorated Remembrance Day with a special service at the College on Friday.

Students took part in the service, marching, laying crosses and observing a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives in battle, those who have served their country and those who continue to serve today.


Aquinas College officially named its central pathway the Sir Thomas Meagher (’19) Walk in a special ceremony at the end of Term 1.

The central path of the College provides students, staff and visitors to the College a pivotal access point. It is a fundamental construction which connects the College as a whole; from Kindergarten, Junior School, Secondary School, Boarding and all support services across the College. It is used daily by our boys, staff and visitors and provides a clear and effective link.

The beautiful jacaranda trees that line the path were promulgated by Sir Thomas and planted along the path from the Junior School to the Senior School.

Sir Thomas’s achievements throughout his life were many and varied, but underpinning them all was a great sense of service and community, a legacy from his time spent at Christian Brothers College Perth.

At the age of ten, Sir Thomas was sent to board at Christian Brothers College on the Terrace in 1911, following the death of his mother, and so began a lifelong association with the College.

Sir Thomas graduated from CBC Perth in 1919, and was encouraged by the Christian Brothers to pursue a career in medicine.  After finishing first in Pre-med at the University of WA, he went east to study medicine at the University of Melbourne, staying at Newman College.  During his four years at Newman College, he competed in its athletics, football, swimming and rowing teams. He rowed bow, winning college colours in 1923. Returning to Perth after graduation, he took up a residency at what is now known as Royal Perth Hospital, before establishing a general practice in Victoria Park in 1927. It was this year, at the CBC Chapel in Perth, that he married Marguerite Winifred Hough (d.1952), the sister of his good friend John Hough. They went on to have six children – including four boys who all attended Aquinas.

1939 – 1945: Lord Mayor of Perth City Council, publicly leading the city’s war effort, galvanising people and funds to ensure the maintenance of essential city services and the building of air-raid protection for the people of Perth.

1947: Knighted for his wartime efforts

From the Mid 1940’s – early 1970’s: played a key role in a wide range of state and civil organisations as figurehead, active office-bearer and skilled chairman, using his considerable influence in  government and professional circles, coupled with his well-informed and astute judgement, to greatly benefit the organisations he led:

  • Whilst President of the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (1945-47) he helped to set up RAC Insurance Pty LTD and the National Safety Council of WA.
  • As President of the Kings Park Board (1954-79) he oversaw the introduction of many new attractions to the park, including a children’s playground, botanic garden, annual wildflower exhibition, floral clock, memorial to pioneer women, barbecue facilities, viewing tower and lakes, as well as the completion of the State War memorial.
  • Was involved in the management of Karrakatta Cemetery and Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park – Trustee from 1962, Chairman 1971.
  • As Chairman of trustees of the WA Museum, Sir Thomas worked closely with its Director David Ride to develop the museum.  During his time, a new building was constructed in Frances St to enlarge the Perth complex, and the museum expanded to new sites at Fremantle and regional centres, an aboriginal sites department was opened and maritime museum work began.

According to Sir Thomas’ daughter, Ann Cullity, he maintained and practiced a great sense of loyalty, admiration and gratitude to the Christian Brothers throughout his life for providing him with a home during his school years. Despite a heavy professional workload, he routinely expressed his loyalty to the Brothers through a variety of services to the College. Some of these services included a trustee, school doctor and President of the Old Boys’ Association. His daughter, Anne Cullity, vividly remembers the excitement of the family’s involvement in the early days of Aquinas College. Her father could often be found down by the river with the rowing coach, Mr Wroblewski, or at the side of the oval with Brother Redmond, stopwatch in hand. She recalls a story about her father helping to lay some of the planks which served as the first entrance to the college, and remembers her mother sewing the first Aquinas banner by hand on their living room table.

Sir Thomas truly embodies the essence of what we aspire our boys at Aquinas to become, he truly was a man of Aquinas!

Acknowledgements and thanks to the Meagher Family, Mrs Ann Cullity (Thomas’ daughter); Christian Brothers – John Carrigg, Kevin Paull, Max McAppion, Brian Clery; Phil Power (President OAA); Peter Robertson and Dolores Castelino (Development) for their combined efforts in making this a special event.

The Aquinas College Board, and Building Grounds & Maintenance Committee, for their support of this project.

Thank you to the College Grounds staff who work tirelessly throughout the year ensuring the maintenance and upkeep of these superb grounds.

The Sir Thomas Meagher Walk, rightly recognises and commemorates the immense contribution of Sir Thomas Meagher to Aquinas College.