1961

  • This group had a 50 Year Reunion in 2011 on the last Sunday in March.  Elaine Brown (now Gravina) is the person to contact for future activities: ecgravina@mcmedia.com.au or 03 58292376.
  • To see any comments or memories from your peers, please scroll to the bottom of this list and click on comments… you may add your own comment if you like…..  thanks for visiting this year level….

*Adams, Jennifer – Fraine/ *Alston, Janis – Mullett/ Anderson, Gary – / *Andrew, Rita – Bloomfield/ *Austin, Ken – / Bailey, D – / Barnett, S – / Barrett, Susan – / Barton, Mary – / Barwick, I – / Bateman, Christopher – / Bernard, G – / Bernard, J – / *Berry, Richard – / *Blackley, Faye – Cox/ Branston, Janice – / Branston, L – / Brown, Coral – Baxter/ *Brown, Elaine – Gravina/ *Brown, Winsome – / Bryant, P – / Burch, Ann – / Burke, I – / Burr, Marie – / *Butt, Graeme – / Camera, Charlie – / Cameron, Gillian – / Campbell, Mervyn – / Carmichael, Heather – / Carr, Anne – Balas/ Carson, Linley – / Carter, T – / *Chandler, Wayne – / Chivers, Lyn – / Clarkeson, C – / Clarkson, Helen – / Clarkson, Katherine – / Connor, Barry – / Consunji, D – / Coombes, Murray – / Coombes, W – / Cooper, M – / Cox, Clifford – / Coxon, Richard – / Crillo, P – / Dallar, Graeme – / Daly, J – / Daniels, Judith – / Dart, Leslie – / Davidson, S – / Davy, Margaret – / Dimond, M – / Dixon, R – / Donohue, C – / Donohue, P – / Dove, Judith – / Drysdale, Sandra – / *Dudley, Alan – / Dunphey, A – / Dyval, E – / Edgar, Peter – / Elstob, G – / Endicott, Yvonne – / Evans, Geoffrey – / Falla, Frankie – / Fennis, R – / Fielder, D – / Fisher, Barbara – / Fisher, Neil – / Fisher, Sybil – / Flack, Colin – / Follett, Janice – Field/ Ford, Ernie – /* Fox, Pamela – Taylor/ *Freestone, Jenny – Watters/ Gayfer, Julie – / German, Kenneth – / Gibbins, C – / Green, Jeffrey – / Green, Jennifer – / Griffith, G – / Griffiths, Gaye – / *Gunn, John – / *Gunn, Valda – Cursons/ Hall, Ken – / *Hall, Marilyn – McKeown/ Hanna , Russell – / *Hansen, Roslyn – McCracken/ Hansford, Coral – / *Hansford, Ian – / *Harris, Margaret – de Visser/ Harris, P – / Heenan, K – / Hendy, C – / Hicks, C – / Highland, S – / *Hill, Anne – Forden/ Hodge, R – / Hodges, Roslyn – / *Honey, Carolyn – Hall/ Hornsby, M – / Hostings, R – / Hunt, E – / Hutchinson, J – / Jackson, N – / Jansen, Paul – / Jenkins, M – / Jones, P – / Jones, Pamela – / Jordan, D – / Jorgensen, Gayle – / Jorgenson, G – / Kelly, Bruce – / *Kennedy, Darryll – / Kidd, A – / King, W – / Kitto, S – / *Kleehammer, Charles – / Knee, Stanley – / Lawrence, Andrew – / Leskey, D – / Leskie, Pamela – / Little  , Robert – / *Littlejohn, Marion – / *Longmuir, Heather – Harrison/ Lonnie, Michael – / MacDonald, David – / Mackey, Suzanne – / MacPherson, M – / Manners, Gary – / Margetto, L – / *Margetts, Lynette – Leung/ Markey, Janet – Heath/ Marks, June – / Martin, V – / Maskell, Janine – / Maskell, Sharyn – / Matters, Ann  – Keady/ McAlister, W – / *McAllister, Warwick – / McBride, Peter – / *McClure, Margaret – Clarence/ McEwan, Kathryn – / *McInnes, Lynda – Stewart/ McIntosh, J – / McKean, D – / *McKenzie, Christine suzi – Crawford/ *McKenzie, Glen – / McKenzie, K – / *McKeown, Warren – / McLaren, Gregory – / McNamara, M – / McNamara, P – / *McPherson, Judith – Robertson/ McPherson, Marion – / Miechel, B – / Miller, Annette – / *Miller, Dianne – StClaire/ Miller, Graeme – / Minotti, Sandra – / Mitchell, Robert – / Morris, Jeanette – / *Morris, Lynette – Ford/ Morris, T – / Morris, Valerie – / *Mortimer, Denise – Boldiston/ Muston, Ken – / Needham, Beverley – / Neville, Linda – / Newby, F – / Newnham, G – / Newton, Trevor – / Norman, Colleen – / Norman, H – / Norman, K – / O’Brien, Paul – / O’Kane, Bernard – / Ottrey, Noelene – / Owen, Margaret – / Padgett, Alan – / *Padgett, Sandra – Graham/ Panton, A – / *Parkinson, Marie – Peters/ Parrott, S – / Patterson, Bernadette – / Payne, Christine – / *Peace, Cheryl – Heywood/ Peace, Kenneth – / Peel, Denise – Johnston/ Perry, Rosemary – / Pinnuck, W – / Plattfuss, Geoffrey – / Poole, M – / *Poole, Maxwell – / *Porter, Barry – / Primmer, G – / Prosser, D – / Radcliffe, Glenda – Hill/ Radford, M – / Raditz, Alan – / Retallick, Kaye – Taylor/ Richardson, J – / Rickards, James – / Ritchie, B – / *Rivers, Ann – Henderson/ Rix, Beverley – / *Roberts, Allan (Butch)/ Roberts, R – / Robinson, D – / Rudd, C – / Rumbold, S – / *Russell, Elvie – Newby/ Ryan, Francis – / *Sampson, Kenneth – / Schmedje, Edward – / Schmedje, T – / *Sharp, April – Halliday/ Sharpe, Howard – / Sheeney, G – / Simm, Glenda – / Simpson, Glenda – / Smedje, E – / *Smit, Tony – / Smith, Ernest – / Smith, M – / Stacey, G – / Staggard, Norman – / Stanley, Brian – / *Stevens, John – / *Stewart, Graeme – / Stewart, Ian – / Stuart, Kevin – / Taylor, Desmond – / Taylor, Ian – / Taylor, Robert – / *Thomas, Heather – Barthelson/ Thomas, Loris – / Thornton, Noella – / Toe, C – / Towe, P – / Trewin, Gwendolyn – Maddox/ Tuttle, J – / Vigar, Jeanette – / Walker, J – / Walker, Kelvin – / *Walker, Neil – / Wall , Christine – / Warburton, ARNOLD – / Webb , Dianne – Harrison/ Webster, Dianne – / West, Julie – Follett/ Whillas, Andrew – / *Williams, Daryl – / Williams, E – / Williams, Ray – / Wood, R – / Wood, Russell – / Yarwood, B – / *Yarwood, William –

8 thoughts on “1961

  1. 61 – Chandler, Wayne – – All good memories!

    61 – Berry, Richard – – Loved the vibrant, intelligent and talented people who I mixed with at the school for 3 years. Transferred to Shepparton Tech at Yr.10 level for career choice subjects then progressed to RMIT for tertiary years completed in 1970. First job for Northern Territory Admin as a Surveyor based in Alice Springs where met an married Suzanne and produced 3 boys all during 7 year period. Moved to Traralgon Vic. into private survey business for 8 years before moving to Hamilton in 1986 into a new Survey company/parnership at Portland as half owner/Director. Moved residence to Cape Bridgewater end of 1999 but still in same surveying business. Now looking forward to early retirement (if possible). SponsorshipSuggestions: No. Have posted today a Registration form for self and wife including dinner/dance x 2 plus 6 reds plus 6 Sav Blancs along with cheque for $230.00. Have not kept constant touch with friends of the school period but would be great to get onto a table with other starters of 1961. Am part of the Berry family formerly of Berrys Road, Katunga (east of Monichinos Winery). My sister Christine Ginnane lives in Numurkah.

    61 – Camera, Charlie – – Science degree Monash University – Worked for ICI/Orica since 1970. Married three children.

    61 – Longmuir, Heather – Harrison – Barmah Forest Biology; Excursions

    61 – Brown, Elaine – Gravina – Registered Nurse, Division 2

    61 – Margetts, Lynette – Leung – I remember well: Concerts and school dances. Nursing & training as RN – Austin Heidelburg. Mid Wifery training at St Georges Kew. Maried x 1 with 4 children. Lived PNG 5 years. Worked part time nurse. Lived and worked in China teaching conversational English. 1 Grandson. China x 3 times. England, mostly London & Devonshire. Enjoy gardening and travel. Enjoy meeting and mixing in new cultures.

    61 – Littlejohn, Marion – – Too many fond memories but I owe my life long love of history to the passion of Hank Nelson, teaching Ancient History & Don Moore firing our imaginations with war stories. Since leaving school I taught hisstory of coure – for 20+ years and now have a dream job working as an Education officer at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.

    61 – Kennedy, Darryll – – After 27 Years as registered builder we now own our own commercial cleaning business. Currently employing 3 sub-contractors with permanent work.

    61 – Sampson, Kenneth – – I married Maree in 1985 and inherited two teenage sons, Simon and Ben. Now have 4 grandchildren. Live 5 Beattie Court Mooroopna PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 1994 to present – Executive Officer, Shepparton Irrigation Region Implementation Committee – Shepparton/Tatura. Coordinate implementation of the Irrigation Plan for the Community Irrigation Committee. Oversee a budget of $16 million spent through Natural Resources & Environment, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Goulburn Murray Water. Major input into program management, policy development and community involvement of all natural resource issues. 1987-94 – Project Team Leader Salinity 1986-87 – Acting Extension Director – Echuca 1983-87 – District Extension Officer – Echuca. Included three secondments in 1984 – Training Course on Pasture Seed Production for Indian Scientists – held in Vic/Q’ld/N.T. Australia – 3 months – Joint Coordinator. Melbourne – Salinity program interdepartmental team developing state salinity policy ‘Salt Action – Joint Action’- 4 months. China – Tianjin Consultancy in relation to improved pasture/beef production – 2 months. 1981-83 – Principal Advisory/Senior Project Officer – Indo-Australian Cattle Breeding Project – Hissar, Haryana, India. 1973-81 – Irrigation Research Officer – Swan Hill. 1975-6 Master of Agricultural Studies – Extension – University of Queensland. 1971-73 – Agricultural Scientific Officer – Kerang. 1967-70 Batchelor of Agricultural Science – Melbourne University COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT I have been actively involved in many sporting, political, union and community organisations. I have been on the executive of most of these at some time. Apex Member Kerang, Swan Hill, The Gap, Moama for 18 years Life Member Moama Apex Club Football – Coaching: Junior football at club and league level for 15 years Playing – Until I was 36 Administration – on committees for over 10 years, including secretary during amalgamation of two clubs. Life Member Echuca South Football Club Senior Team Manager – Mooroopna Football Club 2001-7 Water Boy – Mooroopna Football Club 1998-2007 Other Member of Commonwealth Public Service Union 36 years Member ALP 30 years (included branch secretary, treasurer and State Conference delegate and various FEA roles} presently asst. secretary Shepparton branch and member Country Labor Executive. Mentor various programs. Convenor Mooroopna Matters Board Member – Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre

    61 – Hansen, Roslyn – McCracken – Retired. Married – 4 children, all married. Six grandchildren, two more due Jan 07! David and I have dairy farmed at Katunga for 39 years! David recently retired. I am still working part-time as a book-keeper/accountant in Cobram. Look forward to my retirement and spending some time traveling.

    61 – Smit, Tony – – Playing cards on the bus from Cobram. Have 3 children and 1 grandchild. Am CPA. Bachelor of Business Management from Riverina Institute of Higher Education (Later to become Charles Sturt University.) SponsorshipSuggestions: Today, 8 March is the first I have heard of this reunion. Please bring me up to date, as I know nothing of what is organised of time or days.

    61 – Roberts, Allan butch – Lyn – Public Servant – Building Administration. Nickname: Butch. Attended P forms – left sept 1963 undertook/began carpentry apprenticeship with WM Poad & Son. Left Numurkah March 1965 to Adelaide, still in Building industry. Last 24 Years wth SA Housing Trust (Public Housng). Would like a game of golf Saturday morning! Fond memories: Growing up with friends, learning, crossy country runs, sports days, technical studies – w/work, metal work with Mr Sammy Gooding. Wasn’t keen on music lessons with Adrian Thomes.

    61 – Hill, Anne – Forden – School fetes, especially the toffee, debating, no uniform days (when teachers did wear uniforms!) nearly beating Shepparton at cricket, being late and creeping around so as not to get caught, learning French with Gene Haugh … Since school I went to Monash & became a secondary teacher for a while, on and off, and worked in pubs & restaurants, a mattress factory, an organic food shop, the tax office, a wine store, managed a health food shop, a women’s health service, a women’s development organisation in Zimbabawe, an architect’s office ..I am currently a university administrator. Got marrried, travelled overseas for two years, got divorced, did not have children, got married again, this time for convenience, and later divorced again. I have been living with my partner for more than 20 years. We met when she and I were both involved in women’s development issues in Zimbabwe in the 80s.

    61 – Stuart, Kevin – – Went to Melbourne after matriculation to work at Mebourne Uni and complete a Bachelor of Medical Science. Worked at Prince Henry’s Hospital, Mercy, Frankston and currently Senior Scientist with St John of God in Geelong. Have 2 delightful daughters and married to Maureen for 36 years.

    61 – Parkinson, Marie – Peters – Lasting friendships over the 50 years

    61 – Andrew, Rita – Bloomfield – Established my own speech and communication teaching business, married , 3 children, been director at Gv Grammar School of 14 stage productions , been in various community organisations completing the Fairley leadership program in 2004, and at present , chair of GVHealth Consumer Consultative Group Committee , and the Dept of Health Advisory Committee. Have holidayed in and around Pacific and Asia and recently travelled around the world

    61 – McAllister, Warwick – – FondMemories: Hay carting around Numurkah – Moved to Queensland and now own a successful construction business in Airlie Beach in North Queensland

    61 – Adams, Jennifer – Fraine – I used to love the Talent Quests. I once delivered the “Life is but a brief candle” speech as part of a class skit.I remember someone (a teacher?) bringing a very large piece of equipment to maths; he called it a computer and it played music; I was enthralled. I moved to Melbourne (Dad was a teacher) and matriculated at University High School with prizes in Geography and French – the learning I got at NHS was the foundation for that success!. I trained as a teacher at Monash and taught in a Tech School, a High School, a Girls’ Boarding School in Kasama, Zambia (for 3 years), and 2 TAFE Colleges (Migrant Liaison and Professional Writing). Married, divorced, then had two kids, raised them myself; they’re now 23 and 15. Created a way of living as a writer by writing on-the-spot poetry at festivals and in all levels of education … published poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Did a tour of the Murray from Tailem Bend to Cobram one summer writing poems in caravan parks, shops, wherever … Participated in Literacy Camps in Barmah Forest, Mallee etc. Did all that for 6 years. Stopped to work full time with Landmark Education (not the book company), a global enterprise whose purpose is to empower people and organisations to create and fulfil new possibilities through the programs, services and paradigms we provide. Have travelled a lot. This is more than a little and yet it’s only a tiny fraction … see you soon!

    61 – Raditz, Alan – – Worked with my father on Dairy Farm at Yarroweyah 1966-74. 1997 to present – milk tanker driver with Murray Goulburn Cobram.

    61 – Alston, Janis – Mullett – I am a medical laboratory scientist working at Sullivan Mcdaides Pathology, Southport. I am married to John, a GP, with 3 children Jenni, Bronwen & Andrew and two grandchildren James & Emily Jade.

  2. I have finally attended a Alumni social event today and am enjoying the company as well as learning how to blog etc. Only hope that I can remember it all. Now April Sharp & myself are going to start to organize a reunion in 2011 and will be putting a date for this to happen. Would like anyone interested to attend or be part of organizing to reply or contact Fay Scadden at Numurkah Secondary College ph 0358621808.Carn,t wait for this to happen to catch up school friends.

  3. I live in Shepparton and work at the G.V. Health Hospital in the Rehab unit and will have worked for 30years in 2010.Currently look after 2 grandchildren 2 days a week while my daughter also a nurse works at the hospital as well.

  4. I wasn’t able to attend the last (30 year) reunion but did post a summary of my post NHS history. Not a lot has changed since then really – I am 30 years older, have completed a Masters in Medical Ultrasound and have left radiography behind, albiet reluctantly. This year Genevieve (Genny) and I will have been married 40 years. We have 4 children – Kylie, now a teacher, but with a humanities degree with majors in French and Indonesian, a Masters in journalism and a lot of experience and knowledge, Dan who is now setting himself up as a professional photographer at Dunkeld Victoria, Shannon a systems analyst (previously sports science degree!) and Kieran a geophysicist with BHB based in Houston, USA!! Three grandkids with another on the way. I am looking forward to retirement in a year or two and some committed 4-wheel experiences.
    I will be a duck out of water at the reunion as I have not seen anyone for the last 40 or so years. (I will be incognito!!)
    Am loking forward to it!

    Frank

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  6. Greetings all , there are a lot of people with whom I would like to sit and have a cup of coffee with that I haven’t seen since high school in Numurkah .
    You know when you think back to all the good times you had when you were in your teens ? Well, I do and would love to catch up with them . So if any one who may be reading this can bother , my mobile number is 0409445445 .

    Cheers, Trevor Newton – Wodonga Vic

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