Gilroy House – Norman Gilroy
Norman Thomas Gilroy was born in Glebe on 22 January 1896. His education at the college begin on Opening Day in February 1909. History tells us he was “a boy grave in manner, showing self-control and piety quite unusual in one of his age”.
When Norman left school he worked for some years in the Post Master General’s Department before enlisting in the Australian Navy as a wireless operator. He served on the troopship “Hesson” at the landing of Gallipoli.
Returning to Australia, Norman began his studies for the priesthood and was ordained in Rome in 1923. He went on to be appointed Bishop of Port Augusta in 1934, Archbishop of Sydney in 1940, and was eventually consecrated Cardinal in 1946. In 1969 Cardinal Gilroy was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and named Australian of the Year in 1971.
Cardinal Gilroy always remained a loyal friend and supporter of the college. He frequently visited his old school in his capacity as ex-student and Church leader.
Cardinal Gilroy died in 1977, aged 81 years.