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Losing our Imagination




I began my teaching career in 1946 at Lake Boga Primary School as a student teacher, and so began a long life which involved a lot of pleasure, as well as meeting a great many great and talented people.





My years as a Bush Schoolie Pt1




Part 1 - Becoming a Country Teacher

I was born in 1901 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and I emigrated to Australia in 1911 with my mother, brother and sister. My father had preceded us some time before, and we settled in Melbourne.





Swan Hill School Bus '38




About 1938, the Education Department granted me a Contract for a School Bus to carry children from Ultima to Swan Hill High School and later another contract from Tyrrell Creek to Sea Lake. Both routes were run at a loss so I cancelled the Sea Lake Contract and sold the bus.