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A slice of history

The Probus Club of Tuggeranong finished a most enjoyable year in a special way with a coach trip and lunch at the magnificent St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre at Galong on Monday 12 December.

Father Dom spoke to members of the history of St Clement’s. This he did in the impressive chapel, one of three chapels in this large complex of buildings. It became a home for the Redemptorists in 1917, when “Galong House” and its surrounding 800 acres, the home of “Ticket of Leave” convict Ned Ryan, was left to them by his son, John Nagle Ryan M.L.A.

It then became a college for the religious training and secondary schooling for those contemplating Redemptorist life.

This college closed in 1975 and a retreat house was established. It is now used for conferences, retreats, accommodation and dining.

There is nothing like a Christmas Lunch (of ham, beef and turkey accompanied by tasty vegetables and accompaniments then followed by plum pudding and custard, tea and coffee) in a venue such as this, served by friendly staff and enjoyed by all. It was a very special day.