“Maybe it was a condition of the bequest to keep his name there.”

As part of his legal claim, Brian says he was repeatedly abused at cadet camps, when Hogan placed his hands around his shoulders and then fondled his genitals.

“Every year we would go to a cadet camp at Site 17 in Seymour. It would be about a week or two. It was winter, so the nights were very cold. A few of us would build that fire and sit around it,” Brian recalls.

Xavier College declined to comment. Credit:Eddie Jim

“He would come and sit next to you, put his arm around you and put his other hand on your genitals again. It has done this to me and other kids who have mentioned it. It would take maybe half an hour or so.

Asked about the allegations and whether to keep Hogan’s name on the building, Xavier’s principal, William Doherty, and the school board declined to comment.

Brian takes legal action against the Australian Jesuits, the Catholic organization that created Xavier.

After years of revelations of abuse to Xavier, the school said last year it wanted to find a new way to support survivors rather than engage in costly legal battles.

Xavier’s alleged abuse had a profound effect on Brian’s life, including decades of alcohol abuse.

“It’s something I’ve carried with me since my school days. I’ve made a hell of a mess of my life, and I believe that’s at least partly caused by Xavier’s abuse,” he said.

Father Patrick

Father Patrick “Paddy” Stephenson in 1971.Credit:age

“Actually, I was drinking alcohol at school before I left.

“One day (years later) I don’t know what happened, but I just decided I’d had enough, it was probably the only sane decision I’d made in years . That was in 1978. And I haven’t had a drink since.

He said he turned things around and then attended college, including completing a master’s degree in applied linguistics: “I’m now probably as happy as I can get,” he said.

According to his biography, published in 1999 by the Eldon Hogan Trust, Hogan dated Xavier as a child and inherited significant wealth from those close to him, which enabled him to volunteer at school as an adult. rather than work.

Eldon Hogan in the Xavier College Cadet Unit.

Eldon Hogan in the Xavier College Cadet Unit.Credit:

“Why Eldon continued to seek a role with Xavier once he was no longer a student is indeed the most fascinating mystery of his life,” wrote his biographer.

There are several theories surrounding Hogan’s sudden exit from school in 1963; however, his biographer wrote that the school asked him to leave.

He was then “returned to the fold,” his biography states, before his death at the school’s annual Maytime Fair fundraiser for the Jesuits.

Hogan’s car had become stuck on school grounds and when he crawled under it to check, the automatic transmission slipped and the car rolled over him.

His bequest also paid for prizes, scholarships, and the publication of several books on the school’s history.

Eldon Hogan when he became an Honorary Life Member of the Old Xaverians Association.

Eldon Hogan when he became an Honorary Life Member of the Old Xaverians Association.

This isn’t the first time a former Xavier student has filed a lawsuit against Hogan. In 2008, former student David Kelly sent a letter to then-headmaster Chris McCabe informing him that Hogan was known to touch boys.

“Like many boys, I had to fend off touching, genital holds and attention in the locker room,” he wrote in the letter.

Kelly said Sunday age he received an acknowledgment of receipt of the letter, but nothing was done about it. He recalls Hogan driving children in his car to rugby practice:

“We were always fighting not to sit next to him, his hand would slip off the gear lever,” he recalled this week.


Xavier did not comment on the letter or the proceedings before the Supreme Court for legal reasons.

Maurice Blackburn’s lawyer, Emily Forbes, said it was important for people to come forward if they had witnessed abuse at Xavier.

“The point here is that it’s not easy to speak out against an institution as powerful as Brian, and I commend him for that,” she said.

The Society of Jesus in Australia Limited, the Catholic organization named in the lawsuit, said in a statement:

“The Jesuit Province of Australia is committed to the fundamental right of young people to be respected and protected from all forms of abuse.

“We take reports of abuse against young people in our care very seriously, including those that have allegedly occurred in the past.”

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