THE REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE
the closing of the hostel on the 11.12.04 a plaque in memory of all
who contributed to the running of the Pallottine Mission –
Wandalgu Hostel over the past 56 years was erected. The plaque was
Blessed by Bishop Justin after the closing Mass.
I am sure that all who take the time to come back to this unique place
will visit the plaque and remember the wonderful times we all shared.
BY GERRY DUCK
8-11-1925 – 21 8-2004
REST IN PEACE
Jack began his life in Brisbane. On completing his
education with the Christian Brothers at St Columban’s College, he
served an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner, working on ships at
South Brisbane docks until after the war. He then had a milk run in
partnership with his brother until after his first marriage in 1947.
Meanwhile he changed his occupation again, going into menswear, first
on his own and then in partnership with his father-in-law. He often
regaled us with stories of his co-workers and customers and their
adventures at Chapman’s Corner.
Together he and Joan had six children: When Joan
became too ill with cancer, Jack moved out of his business and gave up
his other interests to care for her and his children until Joan died.
While pursuing full-time theological studies, Jack met
Marnie. The year 1980 proved to be a turning point in his life. As
well as getting married in Redfern, (where he had spent time with
Father Ted Kennedy) towards the end of the year he and Marnie moved to
Central Queensland hoping to work with Aboriginal people there.
In 1983 they answered an ad in the Catholic Leader and
came to work with the Pallottines at Tardun.
Here he was truly a ‘Jack of all trades’! During the
fours years spent here, he did maintenance work, drove the school bus,
dug drains, fixed septic systems, baked bread and much more.
At the end of 1986 they moved to Geraldton to continue
working with the Pallottines in the ministry to Aboriginal people. It
was not long before he began his work visiting Greenough Regional
Prison and driving the bus for Church on Sundays and funerals on other
Jack continued his chaplaincy work at the prison until
a couple of months before his death.
He was passionate in his belief in Jesus and
determined to give his life in service to those who had been badly
treated and marginalized in society.
Thank you Jack and Marnie for your time at Wandalgu.
(Excerpts taken from The Sower vol. 19 No.5)
ON THE BUS...4 DAY TRIP TO SHARK BAY
Staying at Denham Seaside Caravan Park
After a long hot bus trip we arrived at the caravan
park tired and ready for a swim. Once we had all decided on where we
were sleeping we set up camp and headed for the beach. That night we
went to the
Yadulah Aboriginal Corporation for a BBQ tea and a game of mini golf.
Rodney, a Member of the Yadulah Aboriginal Corporation told us the
best time to go to Perron Station to the hot tubs was at night and
offered to show us. We went back to camp got our bathers and headed
off. The water was warm and very relaxing. We all slept well that
The next day we went to Monkey Mia to see the feeding
of the dolphins. Allanah and Melissa were lucky enough to be picked to
hand feed a dolphin. All of us that had our sea legs went on a cruise
on the Aristocrat. It was heaps of fun; we saw dolphins in the wild,
Dugongs and turtles. We all had a great time on the boats boom net
On Saturday we went on a boat ride to a pearl farm off
the Monkey Mia coast. We learned about the pearl growing process and
how the farmers made sure they were successful in getting pearls
Later that day we went to a marine park and saw fish,
turtles and crayfish in aquariums. A guide took us all onto a bridge
over a large pond. He then fed the sharks below us which was scary!!
All the students had a great time fishing off the Shark Bay jetty. The
boys had a great night Friday night and brought home enough fish for
dinner the next day. Not to be outdone the girls had a go the
following afternoon and Darrylynne, Terri and Phynea all reeled in a
Sadly Sunday came around all too quickly and we had to
set off for home. We made a few detours and visited shell beach, the
stromolites and went for a swim and mass in Kalbarri. We all had a
fantastic time on our trip and have memories that will last a
Harvesting time is a busy for everyone at Wandalgu.
Maurice and Marinus spend long hours in the harvester while Brother
John drives the wheat to the bins. Brother Gunther is kept busy with
any break downs that occur.
CONGRATULATIONS REG AND MARLENE
week four Reg left us for one week to marry his partner Marlene. With Anneliese and Maria looking after the boys is was a big (but happy)
week for everyone. We wish Reg and Marlene all the best for their
‘A LIFE WORTH LIVING’ BY GEORGE CARLIN
The paradox of our time in history is that we have
taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower
viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but
less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but
less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too
recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up
too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and
pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our
values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to
the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new
neighbour. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done
larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've
conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn
less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but
not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to
produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion,
big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses,
but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers,
throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills
that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when
there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A
time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you
can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to
you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,
because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it
doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and
your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will
mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for
someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time
to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
MONDAY NIGHTS IN THE CHURCH
Monday nights continued this term as a chance for us
to sit quietly in the church with candle, music and sometimes a poem.
It was a time for us all to reflect on the last week and think about
how we could make the next one even better.
TUESDAYS AT POTTERY
Pottery with Doug Allan was a great chance for the
kids to show us how talented they all are when it comes to anything
creative. Everyone was lucky to have their pieces glazed and ready to
take home at the end of the term – a good idea for Christmas presents.
A big thank you to Doug and Colleen for all the hard work they put in
getting all the pieces finished.
WEDNESDAYS IN THE ART ROOM
Every Wednesday afternoon/ evening was spent in the
art room with Colleen. The kids had a great time painting. Again some
great pieces were produced.
THURSDAYS AT MUSIC
Music continued on Thursday nights with David Stinson
and the kids natural talent still amazed us all. The way they are able
to pick up an instrument and play is something we all wish we could
do. A thank you to David and Heidi for all their efforts in the last
AFTERNOONS BY THE POOL
As soon as the pool opened this term everyone knew the place to find
the kids after school would be in the pool. It was the best way for
them to cool down after a long day and heaps of fun was had. Even in
the cooler evenings we would find ourselves in the pool as it was a
nice way to end the day. The pool made the term much nicer for
everyone. A BIG thank you to Brother Wim for all his hard work in
running the pool, we don’t know what we would have done without it.
WORKING ON THE FARM
Many afternoons and weekends were spenT with Br John and the kids on
the farm. From chasing sheep to checking water troughs the kids were
certainly kept busy and happy when out working on the farm.
TERRI SIMPSON – YEAR 12 CLASS OF 2004
In Week 4 we were proud to celebrate the graduation of Terri Simpson,
a long time student at Wandalgu. Terri’s graduation was celebrated
with a BBQ and mass. We were sad to see Terri go but also pleased that
she was able to reach this special event.
SWIMMING AT DONGARA
On Sunday 13th of November we took a trip to Dongara for the day. A
few of us jumped in and others were pushed in! We enjoyed hamburgers
for lunch followed by a game of cricket where we all had a chance to
demonstrate our sporting talents. Everyone enjoyed the water and
especially jumping the waves at the beach. At the end of the day we
had to drag the kids out of the water to come home.
A GROOVY SATURDAY NIGHT
On Saturday 12th of November we took the kids to The Morawa District
High School production of ‘Groovy’. It was a great night for everyone
and much better than spending the night at home! Well done to all the
students and teachers of the school for a wonderful production.
SHOPPING IN GERALDTON
Later in the term we kids got the chance to do some shopping in
Geraldton. After leaving Tardun at 8:00a.m. it was a long day in town.
The kids got the chance to buy the important things they needed…
t-shirts, caps and Lynx sprays! With a stop for McDonalds lunch we had
to energy to continue shopping for the rest of the day.
VISIT TO FR GERHARD
When we finished shopping we drove to Nazareth house to say hello to
Fr Gerhard and met his sister who was visiting all the way from
Germany. We sat down on the lawn outside where the Sisters brought us
cordial and some biscuits and Fr Gerhard had the chance to meet some
the students he hadn’t met before and to catch up on what had been
going on. We all had a lovely visit with Fr before we had to leave to
go to mass at the Cathedral.
MOVIES IN THE HALL
One weekend we decided to set up the big screen in the hall and camp
in the hall for a night of movies and lollies. Once the mattresses and
blankets were dragged to the hall, Troy set up the DVD player and
speakers, and the lollies and soft drink was gathered we were ready to
settle in for the night. Fr Ray joined us for a while and brought with
him some chocolates and chips. Once the movies were finished the music
DVD’s started and the kids were singing most of the night! The clean
up was a bit harder than the set up but we all had a great time.
A VISIT FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL
On Friday the 3rd of December the students from Morawa District High
School came to Wandalgu for the day. A nice way to say ‘goodbye’ to
their fellow students. For some of these students it was their first
visit here. In the morning they had a look around the student houses,
the hall, the bakery and the old student dining room. We had a yummy
morning tea made by Anneliese and Monique and looked through some old
photo albums. After morning tea we went and played some basketball at
the boys’ courts and even had a game against the staff. We had a BBQ
lunch and then headed to the pool where we spent the rest of the
A MUSICAL EVENING
The last night of music lessons was finished with a concert by the
children. At the concert we were lucky to see nearly all the students
perform on stage. We had a variety of songs performed for us from
Pearl Jam to John Denver. David performed some of his original songs.
Dominic and Phynea were also very brave and even sang for us!!
Special Thanks To…
The Pallottine Fathers who placed their trust in us
The Pallottine Brothers who were a very special part of our family
Br Barry Hall – who loved a trip to Wandalgu!
Morawa District High School staff – for their enduring interest in
& care of our students
Students – dear students - without whom there would not have been
Local neighbouring families John & Val, Jill & Paul – thank you for
hospitality shared – for time and energy given when ours was running
To Christine, Frank, Lumari, Lori, Ken & Tom, who as members of
staff journeyed with us early in 2004. Thank you!
and….to the staff who rode the ‘last bus’.
Laurie, Anneliese, Marinus, Gerry & Reg. Thank you for the generous
sharing of your giftedness and for supporting me and one another,
especially when the going was tough.
‘…there is energy in us which makes things happen when the lives of
other persons touch ours and we have to be there and let it happen ….’
Thank you for making it all happen! May life’s journey be kind to
each of you.