The story of 'Marcellin' began in 1921 with a visit to Randwick by Archbishop Kelly. It was he who insisted a school for boys was essential. Land became available on November 4th, 1922 and the most Reverend Dr Sheehan laid the first stone on the new school. That same foundation stone now forms part of the College wall outside the office.
Present at the event was a man who was to play an important role in developments at Randwick Dr Cyril Fallon. It was he who launched the first campaign for funds: "A sum of 12,000 is necessary to pay for the site and the school to be erected on it." Equally important was the presence of the Marist Brothers who have conducted the College ever since.
The first student arrived on Monday, 9 January 1923 to be welcomed by the Headmaster Br Walstan Curtin. There are 159 names in the register of administration but not all of these were enrolled on the opening day. In those first days the Brothers travelled from Darlinghurst and Hunters Hill. On returning from St Josephs at Hunters Hill one afternoon, Br. Aquinas noticed a "For Sale" sign out the front of 'Glanmire' next door. This house was bought in March and the brothers have lived there ever since. The first Mass was said in the chapel there on August 15.
The College has a proud tradition and it is still being written. Marcellin has been an enjoyable place because of fairness; hard work and team spirit have been insisted on. So long as Marcellin College lives by the spirit that brought it to its greatness, it is assured of a future in which it will accomplish as much as it has done in the past. The tradition that has been passed on from pupils of one year to those of the next of loyalty, manliness, discipline, academic keenness, a religious sense and prowess on the sporting field will continue.
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