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  • Christine Riley 4 months

    I know boththeBeath men in fact Greg w as in my class at Brigidine Convent. Cowra

  • Barbara King 4 months

    I taught in the 2 teacher catholic school in Goologong in 1975 It was called St Thomas . the little town has a special place in my heart .

  • Christine Riley 3 months

    I still keep in touch with the Beath Fathers through my cousin who is aBrigidine Sister.

    • George Burke 1 month

      I knew Ted Riley, if my memory serves me correctly. He had the butcher shop in Gooloogong before George Simmons, father of Royce Simmons. Any connection?

  • George Burke 1 month

    Fr Thomas Moore had a 1 year younger brother, George, who was a gunning instructor in the RAAF during WWII. He was killed on 22 June 1942 when the plane he was in failed to pull out of a dive while training over Lake Victoria.
    Both Fr Thomas & George spent quite a bit of time in the home of my grandparents, James & Mary (Mollie) Robertson & their 3 daughters, Doreen (Stuckey), Patricia (my mum) & Mary (Myers who lived most of her adult life in Gooloogong) in Glebe in Sydney during the early war years.
    Fr Moore married my parents on 20 Oct 1949 • St James Church, Forest Lodge, Sydney.
    I was christened George Thomas after the 2 brothers in the old St Malachy’s church Gooloogong (possibly the last) by Fr Moore  but his mum wouldn’t talk to my mum for some time afterwards as she thought no-one could be good enough to be called after her sons. Fr Moore told mum not to worry about it, that his mum would get over it. My brother & sister were both christened in the new St Malachy’s church 1 & 2 years after me by Fr Moore. I also received my first communion from Fr Moore in the new St Malachy’s church.
    My father, 1 of his brothers, Michael, & another chap whose name escapes me were Lachlan Valley Builders & were asked to build the new St Malachy’s church but it was too big a job for them so a Sydney company got the job under the leadership of Noel Reid, a longtime resident of St Gregory’s parish Queanbeyan & they worked on the building. They also built 3 housing commission houses in Main Street (Lachlan Valley Way) Gooloogong & we later moved into the middle one with Poppy & Mrs Moore on one side, their home mentioned in this article.
    I remember the day Fr Moore died as I was in class in 2nd form at St Edmund’s College Canberra when my brother & I were taken out of class to be told of his death. Our family attended his funeral in St Malachy’s church which was overflowing with more priests, bishops & religious than I had ever seen as well as parishioners, former parishioners, friends & associates from many walks of life.
    I remember Poppy & Fr Moore very well, 2 great men. Poppy was always very friendly & ready for a chat with us as young kids. Fr Moore was there for everyone & up for any challenge from organising the fundraising for the building of Inverallochy college near Goulburn to changing into some old clothes to clear a blockage in the sewerage.
    My family were also parishioners of St Anthony’s Harden about 1957-58 during Monsignor Austin O’Connor’s time.
    I know all the Beath family & their cousins who moved to Curtain, ACT, having gone to school with some of them in Gooloogong.