More than 50 boys lived at St Francis House from 1945 to 1959. Many came from Alice Springs and other places in the NT. Some of their stories have been lost. Some of their stories are incomplete or records missing. With help from people in Alice Springs and elsewhere we have been able to bring together this series, “Kids from the Alice.” By MARK J SMITH. Pictured are L-R - Jim Foster, David Woodford, Peter Tilmouth, Malcolm Cooper at St Francis House in the 1950s.
From 1953-59 Wally McArthur played a total of 165 games for English league clubs Rochdale, Blackpool Borough, Salford and Workington Town. He was named in the Aboriginal Australian rugby league team of the century in 2008. He ran competitively and in 1957 was the North England sprint champion, winning both the 100 and 220 yard titles. He also won the 100-yard sprint in the 1957 Highland Games. Members of the Royal Family were among the spectators and he was later introduced to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, writes MARK J SMITH.