St Pat’s pair made Legends as Old Collegians' achievements honoured

TWO more community leaders have officially joined the ranks of St Patrick’s College’s Legends, one posthumously.

Ballarat lawyer Peter Wilson and the late Edward Long became the school’s 59th and 60th legends at a gala dinner attended by about 100 people on Saturday night at the Old Collegians’ Association Pavilion.

St Patrick’s College Old Collegians’ Association introduced the Legend category 2002 to honour past students for “outstanding achievements and contributions of extraordinary Old Collegians in a diverse range of fields and areas of endeavour”. 

Mr Wilson, who was a student between 1959 and 1965, is managing director of Ballarat legal firm Nevett Ford Lawyers. He is a former chairman of the North Ballarat Football Club and the Ballarat Begonia Festival and past president of the Ballarat Law Association. He is a member of the Federation University Council and the St Patrick’s College Foundation. 

Mr Long attended St Patrick’s College between 1935 and 1938. He co-founded the YCW Co-operative Trading Society in 1948 and became the secretary in 1951. He was also the foundation secretary of the Co-operative Development Society, which later became the Victorian Credit Co-operative Association.

Not surprisingly, given the college’s sporting history, Mr Long was also a good footballer, playing 10 senior games with North Melbourne between 1942 and 1946. His widow, Mrs Norine Long, was presented with the honour. 

The association also introduced a Young Achiever Award, bestowing the inaugural honour on musician Joshua Hyde. Mr Hyde, who attended St Patrick’s from 1999-2004, has performed as a concert saxophonist from his base in Paris since 2008. 

St Patrick’s College Old Collegians’ Association president, Stephen McMahon, described the annual Legends dinner as the association’s “highlight of the year”.

“This year’s inducted Legends have both worked tirelessly for decades for the greater good of the community and are true exemplars of our College’s aim to produce great men.” 

Former St Patrick’s College headmaster Bill Wilding was honoured with a Facere et Docere (To Do and To Teach) award. Brother Wilding was headmaster at the school from 1979 to 1984.

gavin.mcgrath@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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