Kyneton Marist Brothers Old Boys Association Inc
Looking for Billy Glen
Anyone who has a story to tell about Billy Glen [William Godfrey] who was at the school and probably a boarder in 1948 or 1949 is asked to send information via Contact Us
Banjo Patterson’s poem advises of the formation of an institution called “The Geebung Polo Club” and contains a line “By the old Campaspe River where the breezes shake the grass”.
Banjo was probably referring to the Campaspe River in Queensland not the one that rises at Ashbourne near Kyneton in Victoria.
Whatever the truth may be there is an institution at Kyneton in Victoria which although not in Banjo’s poems is not dissimilar to the Geebung Polo Club.
There exists an arguably unique institution called the Kyneton Marist Brothers Old Boys Association Inc [MBOBA] which as the name infers is associated with the Kyneton Community.
The Marist Brothers taught at Kyneton from 1926 until 1967 , yet although the school has been closed longer that it was open, the alumni association is still as vibrant as it was when founded in 1947.
THE SCHOOL BADGE AND ALUMNI CREST
One of the early events was the designing of a badge to be part of the school uniform. The badge was designed by Brother Louis the first director in 1926 and was supplied by A H Wittenback of Richmond. The badge of very neat appearance contains the school colours. Cerise – typifies the Sacred Heart, Blue – the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gold – our sun drenched country, Australia with a golden heart.
The symbols are the Southern Cross – Australia’s emblem [using that as depicted on the Victorian state flag]. The lamp and open book of knowledge and the Marist monogram. Around them a laurel of victory and the motto Servabo Fidem [I will keep the faith.]
The Old Boys Association took the school badge and incorporated it into the Association shield by adding the wording that appears at the bottom