Class of 1953
As the school’s sixth Rhodes’ Scholar, Maurice had a stunning combination of sporting and academic achievements behind him by the time he went to Oxford in 1957.
Born of strong Irish Catholic parents Maurice made the most of his time at Aquinas and the spirit of the Brothers’ teaching has stayed with him throughout his stellar career in Law. In his last two years at Aquinas College, he completed seven subjects gaining five distinctions. Maurice was equally talented at Cricket and Football: captained the 1st XI, and was a rover in the winning 1st XVIII. In a match against Hale in 1953 “not out for 85” got him a mention in the 1953 Annual!
He won the Inters Mile, and was Head Prefect and Captain of the School in 1953. Modesty typical of a great Aquinian prevents him from crowing about his academic successes, especially as he, like so many others, had a second go before finishing on a high in his final year. Having put in the hard yards at Aquinas College, his success at university surprised no one and he went on to get 19 out of 20 subject distinctions while studying Law at UWA. In fact, Maurice won every single prize for which he was eligible.
On returning from Oxford, where he’d been asked to stay and lecture in Law, Maurice taught in Melbourne. During a sabbatical at the University of Pennsylvania he was approached by the current Dean of the Osgoode Hall Law School and asked if he would take up a position there in 1968. He and his wife moved to Ontario and in spite of the cold winters settled happily. In a smooth upward trajectory Maurice began practice as a barrister in Ontario in 1984; was subsequently appointed QC; and then Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1997. Ten years later the state acknowledged The Honourable Maurice Cullity’s contribution to Law in Ontario with an Ontario Bar Association award – the 2017 Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates Law.
Maurice remembers an education at Aquinas that was happy and challenging from a dedicated group of Brothers who helped prepare him for his chosen career.
The Cullity name at Aquinas is synonymous with excellence. Family dynasties are not uncommon at Aquinas College but the Cullitys are in the top five by any measure of achievement.