Bosco Men's Shed

Bosco Menshed Engadine (BME)

An Initiative of the
Knights of the Southern CrossEngadine Branch
In Collaboration with Dunlea Centre (formally Boys Town Engadine).

Men of the Sutherland Shire and adjacent suburbs are invited to share their Time, Talents and
Good Humour with each other in a supervised activity centre.
Bosco Menshed meet Monday and Tuesday 8am to 3pm.
Tools & Materials are supplied or BYO.

Why not call in and discover a new dimension to your life at

The “Old Meat Trades Building” Waratah Rd. Engadine

For info. Call Brian Cox 0412079692 Or email at

Officially Opened 22nd October 2008

With our brand new sign in place to guide our visitors, Bosco Menshed was officially Blessed and Opened with a wonderful ceremony to mark this special occasion.

Due to a dramatic weather change bringing cold wind and rain, the format, which previously had been planned to take place on a lawn area adjacent to the building, was moved inside. This provided not only a much more comfortable setting, with chairs scattered between the workbenches, it also helped people to get acquainted, as they assisted each other in the much more crowded conditions. It is estimated that the attendance was approx. 100.

The Chairman of BME, Mr Alf Vassallo, opened proceedings with an introduction of guests and invitees. These included Fr. Frank Bertagnolli, SDB, Councillor Lorraine Kelly, recently elected Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Councillor Jan Forshaw, Fr Mick Court, SDB, Parish Priest of St John Bosco Parish, Engadine, Fr. John Briffa, SDB, Chaplin to John Paul Village, Sister Sarah and Sister Faye, FAM, State Councillor Br Frank Duff, representing the State Chairman of the Knights of the Southern Cross, (KSC), Br. Basil Toohey. Also present was Pastor Michael McGarrity, of Engadine Community Church

Mr Vassallo then introduced Br Greg Anderson, Chairman of Engadine Branch of the Knights of the Southern Cross, who recorded apologies from those unable to attend, and then gave an outline of the work undertaken in the last 3 years to reach the stage we see today, and the reason for and the necessity of providing the facility of the Menshed.

Following Br Greg’s talk, Fr Frank Bertagnolli spoke briefly on the founding of Boys Town by Fr. Thomas Dunlea in 1939, the history of the buildings erected in those early years, particularly the one in which BME is situated, and the subsequent passing over of Boys Town to the care of the Salesian Community, founded by St. Don Bosco for the exact purpose for which Boys Town was begun.

Following very appropriate readings by representatives of Boys Town, the Parish Community and Boys Town Old Boys, Prayers of the Faithful took place with all visitors taking part.

Fr. Frank then blessed the building and all who attended the ceremony, after which Mayor Lorraine Kelly spoke briefly, before cutting a decorated ribbon to declare BME open and unveiling a wall plaque in commemoration of the event.

Finally KSC State Councillor Br Frank Duff spoke on behalf of recently elected State Chairman Br. Basil Toohey, who Br Frank was representing.

Following this morning tea, which had been prepared earlier by a group of very devoted young ladies making a very early start to the day, was served. A very big and sincere vote of thanks to all the ladies who helped make this day a very resounding success.

The management committee of BME has many people to thank for the encouragement, help and support it has received since the beginning of the Menshed project. Sutherland Shire Council and Councillors, NSW State Govt., Boys Town Board, John Paul Retirement Village, local businesses and individuals have all been overwhelming with their faith and support right from day one. This represents a huge act of Faith by all these people and organisations, as in the early days all we could offer was a dream. A group of devoted workers, which grew as the project took shape, has been the backbone of the organisation. This willing help and support gave the committee the energy and confidence it needed to bring the dream to fruition. We also thank the contractors who carried out the electrical, plumbing and painting work, for their help and co-operation at all times.

While we rejoice and give thanks as our project is Blessed & Opened, our new challenge is to now bring BME to it’s next and most important stage, which is that of a friendly, well managed, and workable community asset. This will be achieved with the help of the Members of Engadine Branch of the KSC, as well as help and assistance from all areas of Sutherland Shire and adjacent areas, as word of the Menshed gains momentum. Much fine-tuning and careful planning still needs to be done, so that the facilities provided are interesting, safe and attractive while providing an atmosphere of relaxation and friendly camaraderie.