Past Students

Columba Catholic College  is recognising our past students, teachers and people associated with the College who deserve to be Local Legends. 

They may be people who have achieved great things academically, in the sporting world or people who have made a significant contribution to our community. Columba Catholic College is celebrating its proud history in Townsville, recognising Local Legends in 2017. 

We will announce our Local Legends from August to November 2017.

Rohan Dixon

Past student, Past Parent, College contributor

Rohan is an inspiration and a great role model to the students at Columba Catholic College. He willingly gives up his time in so many areas - as Board Chairman and Finance Committee member, as Firsts Rugby League Coach, as the 2018 Confraternity Convener and as a proud Past Student and Past Parent.  He gives of his own time without personal reward and recognition and always has the best interests of the College at heart.  Rohan is hard-working, loyal, humble and well liked and highly respected in our community.

Michael Collins

Past student, Past parent, College contributor

Michael has spent all of his working life as an active and prominent sporting and business member of the North Queensland community. He has generously given of his time and money to numerous groups who extend charitable support and economic benefit to the regional community of Queensland. There are many accounts of his vast community efforts and his contributions to Columba Catholic College.He has served the college as a Board member for more than 30 years and is an ongoing sponsor of Columba rugby League, cricket and academic activities.

Kel O’Shae

Past Student

KEL O’Shea made his Test rugby league debut for Australia from his home town of Ayr in 1954, scoring a try in a 37-12 win over Great Britain at the Sydney Cricket Ground. O’Shea, went on to earn another 19 Test caps, as well as touring England and France with the 1956-57 Kangaroos. O’Shea won a Foley Shield title with Ayr before moving to Wests in Sydney in 1956, via a season with Souths in Brisbane, when he was a National Serviceman, based at Wacol. He played eight seasons with Wests, including two grand final losses to St George.He came out of retirement to captain-coach Maitland in the Newcastle competition, before returning to Queensland. Kel passed away in 2015, aged 81. (Source: Courier Mail)

Sir Edward Williams

Past Student

Sir Edward Williams served as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force before studying law at the University of London. Returning to Australia in 1946 he worked as a barrister and was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. In the late 1970s he presided over the Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drugs. He was appointed Chairman of Australia’s National Crimes Commission. Williams received the 1982 Australian of the Year award primarily for his work as head of the Brisbane Commonwealth Games Foundation. Williams was a long serving Chairman of the Queensland Turf Club and later served as Commissioner General for Brisbane’s World Expo 88. (Source: Australian of the Year Honour Roll)

Colleen Young

Past student, Past parent, College staff member

Described by parents as dedicated, energetic, passionate and approachable, Colleen commenced work with the College as a teacher in 1982. She became principal of St Columba’s Primary School in 1994, and on amalgamation of the campuses into one College, she was appointed Deputy Principal.

As she prepares for retirement at the end of 2017, Colleen will be missed for her kindness, commitment to the College and the fun she brings to our workplace every day.

Fr Michael Lowcock

Past Student

Fr Michael Lowcock was born in Bowen and attended Mt Carmel College, before joining the Seminary. He has worked in parishes around North Queensland and is currently the parish priest at Mount Isa. For three years, he was the Diocesan Administrator for the Townsville Diocese, a role which bought him regularly back to Columba Catholic College. With the ordination of Bishop Tim Harris in May 2017, Fr Mick was appointed Vicar General. Fr Mick has served on many diocesan councils, commissions and committees and held a number of positions within the diocese and also Queensland. Fr Mick’s mother went to St Columba's and St Mary’s and taught at St Columba's Primary School until she married. His Father too is a Mount Carmel Old Boy and is perhaps the oldest past student, being 101 years old.

Dr Sally Meade

Past Student

Dr Sally Meade was raised in Charters Towers and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993. Dr Meade went on and completed her Royal Australasian College of Surgeons fellowship and obtained her postgraduate fellowship in the specialty of Breast and Endocrine Surgery.

She is a member of several professional organisations, such as Breast Surgeons Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons and International Association of Endocrine Surgeons. As a Breast and Endocrine specialist, Dr Meade works in private practice and has a public appointment at the Townsville Hospital.

Hon. Bob Katter MP

Past student

Bob Katter has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1993, forming his own party, Katter’s Australian Party, in 2011. He was born in Cloncurry, and his father was also a politician. He attended Mount Carmel College from 1959-1962. Mr Katter was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1974 and was elevated to cabinet in 1983, until 1989 state election. Mr Katter was elected to federal parliament standing in the Division of Kennedy (his father’s old seat) and has since been re-elected four more times as an independent and twice for his own party.

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