101 and still keen as
Mr O’Callaghan was born in Narrogin on July 20, 1916, to Irish parents who had immigrated to Australia.
He went to school in Kulin and completed his education as a board at St Ildephonsus in New Norcia.
The Great Depression meant that he had to leave school and seek employment, but he was lucky to get a position with the WA Government Railways.
He held the positions of station, master and senior officer before he retired.
He was the head trainer at Perth Football Club from 1960 until 1976. TED O’Callaghan might have turned 101 last month but his enthusiasm for the Perth Football Club and the Victoria Park Probus Club has not diminished.
He was the head trainer of the Demons during a golden era for the club when it claimed three premierships in a row from 1966 to 1968.
Mr O’Callaghan was also a founding member of the Probus Club, which is based at the Demons headquarters, when it formed 35 years ago.
“It was a very interesting time. I met a lot of footballers, including Barry Cable,” he said.
“There was a lot of great activity and I remember the attendance on match days being huge.
“The highlight was the first premiership because it was the club’s first since 1955.”
Mr O’Callaghan said the Probus Club was still an important part of his life.
“I’ve had some very interesting times here and made some good friendships,” he said.
“The highlight was becoming a life member in 2007.”
Victoria Park Probus Club president Ted Teasdale said the club was one of the most successful in Perth.
“We meet once per month and we have about 90 members,” he said.
“During the meetings we have 30 minutes for the meeting, 30 minutes for morning tea and 30 minutes for entertainment, usually a guest speaker.”
Ted O’Callaghan, who turned 101 recently, shared his memories of the Perth Football Club.