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Bishop Riley Memorial Lecture

More than 700 people gathered in Hearn Hall for a once-in-a-century event on Wednesday, the 2021 Bishop Riley Memorial Lecture, headlined by 2019 Australian of the Year and Star of Courage recipient, Dr Craig Challen SC OAM, one of six cave divers that helped evacuate 13 members of a junior soccer team who became trapped inside Thailand’s Tham Luang Nang Non cave in 2018.
St Mary’s Centenary Composer-in-Residence, Paul Jarman, set the tone for the event perfectly by conducting our School’s wonderfully talented musicians and choir in a captivating rendition of his commissioned orchestral item, The Cave of the Sleeping Lady, which was inspired by the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue.
Following the performance, Dr Challen had the already fascinated audience in the palm of his hand as he stepped them through every facet of the delicate rescue operation and shared the lessons he learned from the life-changing experience.
Thank you to the St Mary’s Foundation for making this memorable event possible and to Dr Challen for his inspiring lecture.
To view the event photo gallery please click here.