submitted by Peter Turnbull – 6th Class 45
An ex-Roseville student contacted me earlier this week regarding the forthcoming re-union. Amazingly the memories flooded back and I will highlight them, to the best of my memory, as follows: I enrolled at 4 years and 9 months at the kindergarten in 1939 and left the school in 1945. I remember the school principal was Mr Keogh who often told us about the wonderful Dorrigo on the mid north coast. This memory must have remained as we purchased a farm “Blue Hills” in the nearby Nambucca Valley about 12 years ago! I remember that one teacher seemed to cover a number of subjects and Mr Hamilton arranged for us to stand each morning and recite all our tables until we knew them off by heart. Most of us could add up more quickly than the adding machine! I think Mr (Oxy) Welding introduced us young philistines to fine english music – the tunes bring back memories, from the early 1940’s, every time I hear them played today, eg; Schubert (who is Sylvia?) – Percy Grainger (“Country Gardens”), Handel (“Where ere you walk”) – “Trees” and “Jerusalem”. It was a privilege to be one of two boys chosen for Road Safety Crossing Duty and we were required to each march into the centre of the side street, with military precision, each boldly holding a flag and declaring alternatively “All Clear – Quick March!” – the original lollypops! We also competed for bin duty to see who would be chosen to carry the bins over our shoulders. With war storm clouds approaching out came rolls of new bandages which were glued, crisscross, across the school window panes. Then the digging up of the playground for air raid trenches which was lots of fun but quite wet at times. The sirens called us to the trenches – be prepared! I remember Graham Affleck’s Dad organised Smithy’s old bus (The Southern Cross) to fly low over the school grounds to the delight and awe of all – probably around 1945 as this aircraft was brought out of retirement briefly in that year for the filming of the movie “Smithy”. The Affleck’s were the original Dick Smith types! The Rosie Baths were always fun – especially for the one penny Peter’s ice cream cones and the iceblocks too. I well remember Harry and Peter Medlicott being regulars at the pool – walking the back way through the bush as they lived nearby at East Roseville. Geoff Hackworthy scratched his shin on the stone edging and probably carried this souvenir for many years. Sharing sandwiches was always a tradition and I liked the novelty of borrowing Smith’s Chips from others to put on my vegemite and peanut butter sandwiches – a previously unknown delicacy. Bruce Hocking was a wiz at winning the “find the cricket ball”. competition appearing regularly in the daily press. Walking the one mile each way journey, up and down, Archibold Road (the big dipper) en route to and from school each day – no ferrying by parents’ who would not have had cars. My Dad was in the army from 1939-1945 so we quickly developed a high degree of independence. Unbelievably following my parents’ purchase of an orchard in Somersby, near Gosford, in 1948 I was travelling on the school bus for my first day at Gosford High School and Harry and Peter Medlicott were on the same bus! Their parents also escaped suburbia and purchased a nearby orchard and we have remained lifelong friends starting from our initial days at Roseville Public School. Special thanks to the dedicated teachers who instilled our first learning to prepare us all for the unprecedented future we have all been privileged to enjoy in this lucky country of Oz.

submitted by Bernard Brooks – 6th Class 54
Walking to school from Malga Avenue (yes really), free warm milk with magpie holes in the caps, cricket marbles in the big playground.

submitted by Yvonne Griese (nee Ahearn) – 6th Class 59
Little bottles of milk for recess. Looking at the boys from a distance because separate classrooms and playgrounds. Folk dancing once a week. Boys lined up and girls ran up to stand next to them. A lottery as to who you were left standing next to.

submitted by Tony Hayward (Anthony) – 6th Class 41/42
I am sorry but I will be unable to come to Sydney. There are so many names of people I haven’t seen for so many years- Will you be able to post some photos on the web site? As friends from around my year are about 80 there would need to be some identification .  My congratulations to all involved in the organisation- you must be overwhelmed with the response and will have put in a huge effort. Thank you- I am so sorry to not be able to share the day with you all.

submitted by Peter Francis – 6th Class 59
I have great memories of terrific friends and a very happy childhood at Roseville Public – more so playing cricket and football than in the classroom.

submitted by Peter Chown – 6th Class 44
Came on 207 bus from Castlecrag. Air raid shelters in eastern end of playground. Learning national anthems and patriotic songs of WWII Allied countries, especially UK (‘Land of Hope & Glory’, ‘Rule Brit.’, etc.). Good teaching from Miss Heydon (B Bishop-style bouffant) and Mr Souter (dustcoat). Can still identify many boys from ’41 and ’42 photos as we met up again for five yrs at NSBHS. Malcolm and Maree Whitaker were amongst my parents’ closest friends (for good reason!) and he was MC at my 21st. Great guy and the type of primary teacher that the Department needs so much today. Broad-striped chocolate and gold Rosie necktie was not a great sartorial success.

submitted by Maureen Correy (nee Hall) – 6th Class 49/50
Miss Bransdon was a stimulus to my natural history interest, for which I’m grateful. Marching in the playground to band music played on the wind up gramophone. Mr H.D. Black”s broadcasts of notes on the news coming form the small speaker higher up on the board wall. Assembly comducted by Miss Ayling ( a pupil teacher ) in the hall while we sat cross legged, Mrs Taylor played the piano for us and hymns were included “O Worship the King” was one we sang.

submitted by Kevin Flanagan – 6th Class 45
The good and the bad. There were many happy times but the unhappy times are still with me today.  I will never forget the day people came to the school to tell david Todd his father had lost his life in the war. I look forward to seeing David to renew our old army days

submitted by Kay Owens (nee Stanton) – 6th Class 58
Large classes, getting into trouble (unfairly) in Kindergarten, Mrs Dagleish in Grade 2, counters to what I guess was for making groups for multiplication (not that realised that at the time), being shamed about poor reading aloud in primary school (what do they expect of someone too young for learning to read and without many books at home unlike the rest of the school), stomach curdling when boys got the cane when it was my turn to wash the teachers’ cups, being able to do my tables for Ms Wade (others not so lucky), lower self-esteem of the students in the “B” class (not really any different), doing the school garden, swimming at the baths and buying the aniseed pencil with the few pennies because it would last longer, vigiro and dancing with the boys with warts. My attempt at school projects and the library that was so unfamiliar to me. The smelly toilets and the small all-weather shed. Lots of fun, racing around in the playground getting very hot, milk. School assemblies and sports days but not really knowing much about the team names. Looking back with further learning I can appreciate and critique quite a few reminisences.

submitted by Nancy Eastway (nee Milne) – 6th Class 40
I arrived at Roseville school beginning of 1939 having just arrived from Melbourne,I felt very shy not knowing anyone but Bernice Moss took me under her wing and included me in her group of friends and invited me to her birthday party!!Thank you Bernice.

submitted by Pam Larsen (nee Cannon) – 6th Class 46
School assemblies in the playground and marching competitions.

submitted by Peter Rubin – 6th Class 57
Nick name “Kinkara Tea” remember the jingle start the day well with Kinkara Tea, he liked usung the cane first thing in the morning .My brother Tom has already sent onr remember that all so clearly , Mrs Trip , a teacher , also Mr Louden (Pop?) good memories Rosevile Baths (Mervs Mud Hole), you could hitch hike there in those days along Boundary St Pinching balls off Roseville Golf Course “Steelo scaring us off Other People: No Seemed to have covered the one I still remember

submitted by Helen Felton-Taylor (nee Cliff) – 6th Class 52
Walking down & up Archbold Hill to & from school rain (galoshes, black ‘mack, sou’wester & globite case) or shine… imagine that from 5 on!! Miss Goddard when I was late to school (quite often) “Well Helen, better never late, but better late than never!” I was sooo embarrassed! Sitting next to Robyn Begbie in 6th class and being seperated as all we did was giggle & talk! (my reports reflect this!) At the end of 6th class we were gathered outside at thebottom of the stairs to have read out to us which high school we were to go; I was thrilled for me it was HGHS I could wear my elder sisters uniforms! In 6th class I took to hanging around the camphor laurels near the boys playground as I had suddenly noticed boys! Allen Tucker was the object of my interest!! (Sadly now deceased) Friends, walking home withMargaret Kilpatrick, stopping at her home for the absolute luxury of “bought biscuits” not only “bought” but Chocky ones!! (my mean Mum only had home cooked ones!) Loving school & not understanding how others did not. My favourite teacher, Mrs Kerr (?) 4th class, still remembered fondly. Meeting Helen McLaughlan who is still a great friend and helps to keep me in touch with so many others…Jean Barbour, Lorinda Oakes, and so many more I have always felt priviledged to have attended Rosie Public.

submitted by Denise James (nee Barr) – 6th Class 62
My fondest memory is of playing Robin Hood in Infants School with Faye Garrett, Sue Cohn & Pam Meyer.

submitted by Jennifer Hopper (nee Hume) – 6th Class
Walking to and from school from Warrane Rd – catching up with others on the way. Rain , hail and shine. Good company. I changed schools in 1949, moving to Artarmon OC then at the end of Primary school going to Hornsby Girls High, then, to Teachers College for two years and then a teaching appointment at Burwood Girls High, followed by others…….. Later a B.A. and Litt.B at New England University and then a Lecturer at Wollongong Teachers College followed by Lecturing at Sydney Teachers College. With the coming of our children I returned to High School teaching for the remainder of my career. Now cont- inuing my wish to share and teach as a Textile Artist.

submitted by Shannon Lightfoot (previously Susan Mitchell) – 6th Class 61/62
Beautiful memory of Mrs Brabham reading ‘Water Babies’ to 5th class. Gentle Miss Knowles 1st class. Kindy rest time was excruciating, as was waiting on benches to be picked up – hated being last! Fearsome Miss Gormley. Repeating 3rd class… apparently I was supposed to do better. Feeling sick most assemblies. Thank goodness for vigoro – forget the boys, I was after the ball (who was Ian?). High jump at lunch time was my saving; however, being ‘goofy-footed’ meant no landing mattress! Amazingly, my knees are still good; maybe double portions of the unwanted warm milk helped. Winning junior high jump 1959, senior 1961 and zone 1962… all that practice when told to ‘jump to it’. Kind approachable Mr Ryan (boys headmaster), a great role-model. Walking to Mudhole and back on sweltering days. Loved king-tides… jumping off tower-top not so scarey then. Checking holes in wire-netting; knowing possible shark size seemed helpful. Longed to join swim club – practiced on my own.

submitted by Stephanie Frost (nee Iredale) – 6th Class 46
Vigaro. Marching to music in the playground during the war years polio epidemic, a girl was affected

submitted by Patricia (Patsy) Coleman (nee Watts) – 6th Class 49
Michael & Nicky Yardley, who stared in the movie ” Bush Christmas ” with Chips Rafferty

submitted by Stewart Begg – 6th Class 46
Michael & Nicky Yardley, who stared in the movie ” Bush Christmas ” with Chips Rafferty

submitted by Bill Clark – 6th Class 59
I remember ‘folk dancing’and hating it. I played the recorder in the band, and loved it. Remember Mr Louden’s booming voice. And also Empire Day celebrations. I am number 5 on top row of photos showing boys in 4A in 1957. Person stated as Peter Bittman is in fact Michael Bittman, is or was Prof of Social Sciences. Person in the same photo 2nd row from the top 4th from left (with glasses) is Craig Wilson.

submitted by Elizabeth McLean (nee Rainsford) – 6th Class 58
Swimming at Roseville baths every week in summer, folkdancing on Friday mornings to the radio broadcast, playing vigaro, playing recorder in the recorder band, having to drink warm milk in summer which had a thick layer of cream on top, sewing lessons with Mrs Alexander and being allowed to use the treadle machine in 6th class and Mrs Grabham who was the best teacher in 3rd/4th classes. She taught us all about Aboriginal culture and read Aboriginal stories to us in class.

submitted by Alan Kerr – 6th Class
Having Mr Hill substitute for Mr Laudon for 5th Class English and being told that we should follow his example and talk as he talked. At that point someone misbehaving in the back of the class was noted by Mr Hill, who yelled at him; ” ‘Git’ up to ‘me’ office and ‘git’ me the stick!”

submitted by Patricia Wilson – 6th Class 50
Spending time outside Miss Ayling’s office.

submitted by Jeff Leddin – 6th Class 51
Ms Kinnic (-ich : spelling) Class Teacher. 52 students in class(-3b, 3c ?). One of the worst teachers a 9-year old could ever be subjected to! Rotten memories. I’m comforted to read that other young Rosevillians of her era thought similarly! Yes, Mr. Louden deputy Head, a great person, and with Mr. Hill Headmaster.  Who remembers buying lunch from Mr.Matthews, dispensing vittels from the boot from first vehicle, a Humber, and then later in the 1948 year, his black Austin Sheerline? The apple pies were delicious to this young’un. A couple of old pupils recall Nicky Yardley, as I do. At that time he had recently completed filming “Bush Christmas” with Chips Rafferty. Another entrant to 3rd Class in 1948 was Leo Berkelouw, of antiquarian book store note. Advised of the Reunion, Leo has a prior engagement, preventing him from attending on September 18, with his regrets and apologies. Other names mentioned have been those of Max Parrett, Robert Hamilton (property developer ?), and Brian Inder….not in same class/year. I am able to identify, on behalf of my sister, Judith Leddin, her presence in Class photo of 1948 Girls 6th Class
6b. In second row, 1st position. Both Judy and myself are looking forward to being present. I am coming up from Geeveston, 45 minutes south of Hobart. Better Brakes Pty. Ltd. was our late father’s concern, who passed away very prematurely in 1955, at age 50 years. Production of Leddin’s Apple Juice in 2 litre retail packs, and other fruit juices, and bulk tanker loads of apple juice, at Orange, kept me off the streets.
Happy Reunion all !

submitted by Ian King – 6th Class 64
Mum said the P&C for 15 years was too much. Brothers Bruce, Rod & Gordon all atternded starting about 49. Bruce & Gordon went on to Artarmon, Rod & Ian attended to 6th. Bruce now lives in Texas, Rod on another holiday in France and Gordon died unexpectedly last month. Someone should attend to represent the family. The names of some attendees are very farmiliar, even though not in my class. Probably it is the overlap with scouts, church fellowships and sport. I do remember you had to swim straight in the outside lane at swimming carnivals or pay the price of barnical inguries. Also, celebrating Empire day changing to Commonwealth day.

submitted by Brian Gray – 6th Class 50
Mr Hill and the long cane. Started at Roseville in 1948 after returning from 2 years with my parents and twin brother Roger in Washington DC. School in the USA focussed on talking in class whereas this was not encouraged in Australia.

submitted by Phil Calvert – 6th Class 47
Trenches in the playground ,and air raid drills, donning knitted wool earmuffs – of dubious value.  Enjoying sport – cricket, swimming, softball and of course marbles.  Meat pie & 3pcs of cake all for 6d. ,under those camphor laurel trees.  The ‘model man’ who visited ea year or so with his side opening van – one year his display (in the form of a diarama) and talk related to the whaling industry.  Segregation – girls upstairs/boys downstairs with little hope of crossing paths.

submitted by Peter Helman – 6th Class 50
The bus ride from Roseville Station cost one penny each way and the drivers name was Monty.

submitted by Bruce Sherington – 6th Class 48
Air raid drill.  Marbles.  Kindergarten gardening.  VJ Day, 1/2 day holiday.

submitted by Diana McIntosh (nee Murphy) – 6th Class 52
Miss Walsh (Kinder.) – Made me write ‘right-handed’ – think “The King’s Speech”. Miss Ayling, girl’s Principal, my teacher 6th class. Running to Hall when siren sounded (WW 11) with ear muffs made from 2 x half tennis balls and wooden peg in mouth. Malcolm Yee,shared his lunch with me in Kinder. when he saw me crying because I left mine at home. Angus Burns, very tall ,from Scotland, 2nd Class. Hanny Van Steen from Holland – 6th Class. Playing vigoro at lunchtime & hitting the ball into the boy’s playground. Falling off Margaret Llewelyn’s bike and skinning my nose (she later did medicine – no connection with my nose). Looking forward to catching up with old friends.

submitted by Brad Stacker – 6th Class 51
Having a large oval to play on at the rear of the school ( I currently collect my grandson after school and this area is full of class rooms). Having a film star in my class” Nicky Yardley”. He is in the back row No. 13 class 2C 1946, he is fair haired and always wore bib & brace overalls.

submitted by Cherry Knox – 6th Class 50/51
Playing vigaro at lunchtime

submitted by Carol Hampton (nee Barry) – 6th Class
I enjoyed sports days and swimming at Roseville Baths. I have photos of exhbitions on fete days of dancing and my mother made the outfit of crepe paper, I was a daffodil. I remember doing the maypole, skipping and hopscotch. In 51 I was Miss Ayling’s tea girl and I still have a cup and saucer plate she gave me.

submitted by Susan Shaw (nee Lanes) – 6th Class 44
I remember air-raid drill and lining up in the trenches which were dug in the boys playground and often muddy. I also remember the delicious toffees made by the Infants headmistress Miss Ruby, sold I think for a penny each to aid the war effort and knitting squares for the Red Cross.

submitted by Sue Oakey (nee Fish) – 6th Class 58
Favourite teachers Mrs Dagliesh , & Mrs Grabham, Music , and Plays in the infant school. Swimming at Rosie baths every Friday,sports days ,marching practice , captain ball/ tunnel ball . Sitting outside Miss wades Office!

submitted by Peter Davies – 6th Class 53
Terry Layton “walking” to school on his hands.  Having to drink milk that had been standing in the sun for hours.

submitted by Jean McKenzie (nee Harris) – 6th Class 36
I attended Artarmon Public School until 1932. Miss Barlow who kept the class in until Mr Whittaker finished sport training.

submitted by Richard (Dick) McKenzie – 6th Class 36
Miss Christmas and Miss Raggatt were in charge of the infants of when I migrated to “the big school”. My teachers were Miss Faydon (Laura), Mr Moet, Mr Whittaker and Mr Keough.

submitted by John Doyle – 6th Class 51
Mr Hill (Principal); cricket practice in the yard and the girls fetching the balls when they went (deliberately) into their play area; walking to and from school; class (of course) etc etc.

submitted by Ruth Hendry (nee Johnson) – 6th Class 43
Having a half day holiday for Empire Day, my birthday.  Always remember how Miss Ayling conducted our songs.  The trences which my Father helped dig in war time.

submitted by Lawrie Muir – 6th Class 45
My  first  thoughts  were  being  taken  to  school  by  my  Mother  in  a  Royal  Bros  bus  #  263.  From Victoria  Ave.  & Penshurst  St.  and  crying  my  eyes  out  when  mum  left  me  there.    I had  a small magazine  once and it had an article about Royal Bros Buses the # 728 & # 519 to Belrose.  On  the  22nd August 1938  Mrs  Clapham  teacher  pined  a  Blue  ribbon  on  my  chest  as  I was  the Birthday  Boy that day at the great age of 5 years.  In I st  Class  Miss Roberts  showed  me the spelling  of the 3 words  would, could  & should.   Also she used to do our Banking  with Roseville  Commonwealth Bank and I am still a customer  of the Bank. In 2nd  Class with Miss Walsh as the teacher  some of the purples  used to walk down  Duntroon  Ave. to meet her in the morning. Prior to Miss Walsh Miss Ruby was cooking  toffees  for the war effort.  In 3rd  Class  Miss  Haydon  used  to send  you  into  Mr  Welding  class  for  the  cane  when  naughty  I cannot  remember  what  I did  but  I do  remember   the cane.    Part  way  through  the  year  a student teacher Mr Alan Langdon  took the class.  He later became the Rev. Alan Langdon.  In 4th  Class  I cannot  remember  the teacher ‘s name  but he always  wore a 3 piece suit other  than  to  say that he replaced  Mr Whitaker  who had gone to the war.  In   5 th Class  Mr Welding  was the teacher.   Played  the piano  for the assemblages in the main hall. Cricket in the play ground .  Also Christmas and prize giving at Roseville  Picture Theatre.  In  6th  Class Mr Suiters  used to hold the lines before we marched  off to our classes.  In reading  some  of the  memories  of others  it took  my mine  back  too.   The  teachers  of Roseville Public School were I think all first class.  Thank  you for organizing the reunion.  In looking  at the 3 photos  I have,  I remember  their faces  but not their  names,  66 years since  I left their company  is a long time.  My  elder  brother  Ron  (80)    I Lawrie  (78)    Sister  Sandra  (67)   &  Richard  (65)    We  all  went  to Roseville  School  from Kindergarten to Sixth.   Also brother  Ron ‘s 4 children.  Robe1i.  John,   Alan, and Carolyn.

submitted by Sue Oakey (nee Fish) – 6th Class 58
Infant school memories, lying on the floor during rest period listening to classical music, in particular the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy . Mrs Dagliesh, my teacher in 1st and 2nd class was wonderful. She had all the tall girls as the fairies in the school Christmas play. I remember Barbara Woollett in a blue crepe paper dress, mine was green! ; being caste as the witch in another play when Robert Durbridge, the wizard turned me into a cat!! Primary school, being terrified of Mrs Gormley, liking Miss Goddard and being allowed to use ink; 6th class starting off with Mrs Grabham, doing well in the 1st monthly test ,and being put up to 6a only to be petrified of Miss Wade going round the class with her ruler if we didn’t do well in Maths,See- sawing backwards and forwards between 6a and 6b till finally being left in peace in 6b!. Sitting in the hall outisde Miss Wades office at lunch time for a week for doing handstands on the lawn outside the sewing room .Doing a special hemming sample in class for Mrs Heard because she thought my Mother had done mine!; enjoying sport,running, high jumping, captain and tunnel ball,,the marching practice for sports day swimming at Roseville baths , all the lifesaving certificates including duck diving for the white cloth covered brick. Lots of good memories ,a few not so!


submitted by Ian Willough – 6th Class 51
One of my earliest memories is of this day 66 years ago (15th August 1945) when in my first year at school we were given the afternoon off following the news of the Victory over Japan.  It was also my brother Ken’s 8th Birthday.  Sadly Ken is no longer with us.

In a collection of old badges I found the two shown below.  We were all given a Victory medal.   I do not remember the Victory Sports in 1945 but it is good to remember the events that led to that day.

Looking forward to the Reunion on the 18th when I will bring the Badge and medal.

Click to see link to photographs

submitted by Rob Richardson – 6th Class 27
The Headmaster was Mr A E Murray.  Other sudents I remember are:  Arthur WelseyAdams.  As far As I can recall Arthur travelled to Scotland and graduated as a doctor from Edinburgh Univeristy Kingsley Hanton Ronny Austen.Ronny’s family had a tennis court.  I remember starting infants school in portable buildings which were located on the corner of Duntroon Ave.  After leaving Roseville I went to Chatswood Intermediate School from 1928-1930 and then to North Sydney Boys High from 1931-1932

submitted by Diana Villa-Landa (nee Spencer) – 6th Class 56
Playing vigoro at lunchtime.  Swimming lessons at the Roseville baths on Friday mornings.  A group of us playing the recorders when students marching into class.  Using the old fashioned ink well to do our school work.

submitted by Jennifer Storry (nee Lind) – 6th Class 49
I used to walk to school and home everydayand remember being in charge of a garden plot at the back of the school. Also the wonderful end of year and dressup concerts. The boys classrooms were downstairs and the girls upstairs.

submitted by Christine Stephenson (nee Armour) – 6th Class 45

submitted by Kenneth Claude Pearce – 6th Class 56
Sorry I can’t attend as I will be in South Australia. That the girls were upstairs and the boys downstairs and even the playgrounds were separate, boys out in the grass and dirt big yard, girls on the ashphelt.  Wearing my Cubs uniform to school on Empire Day. Being on the school crossing patrol and the garbage patrol. Even though I lived in Chatswood I was given the Ku-Ring-gai Council Queens Visit Medal in 1954. Being taken to the Showground via train and tram to cheer the Queen as she passed in an open Landrover and then having being taken back to school in the afternoon and having a maths lesson. Dosen’t anyone have a 1954 Class photo of 4th class? I’ve looked.

submitted by Dr Ken Doyle – 6th Class 47
Walking to school up Duntroon Avenue.

submitted by Janette (Jan) Dunshea (nee Henderson) – 6th Class 50
I remember clearly Miss Goddard and Miss Ayling and I have happy memories of school. I loved the camphor laurels and Arbor Day. I did not like the warm milk. I loved going home for lunch everyday. I loved swimming Friday mornings at the baths. Lots of memories. Look forward to attending.

submitted by Lesley Greene – 6th Class 56
Lovely Miss Goddard. Learning the intricacy of dancing the May Pole which was filmed. Tunnel Ball/Captain Ball etc. Playing recorder by intuition – couldn’t be bothered with theory. Loved part/harmony singing (which I still do every week with an a cappella group) particularly Linden Tree and Nymphs and Shepherds.  Never thinking twice about walking from William Street to Roseville Baths and meeting up with Lesley and Billy Edwards and others on the way. Learning to dive backwards from boardwalk end of one season and not game to do it start of next season plus getting stuck in the mud at low tide after jumping off the high tower thinking I’d never make it back up to sunlight. Learnt to bury “got”. Boys trying to king hit us with tennis balls. And, lastly, I still amaze my kids and grandkids with ball hitting strength and accuracy whilst playing cricket with them – thanks to vigero which I loved.

submitted by Alexa Shaw (nee Richardson) – 6th Class 30
We lived only one house away from scholl – 3 Addison Ave Roseville ..this meant we were able to go home to lunch. Miss Ayling was the Headmistress and was my teacher.I remember the proverbs that were written on the blackboard for us to memorise. They were changed weekly. Miss Goddard was another teacher that I remember.She also taught us swimming at Lavender Bay Baths….just the girls!!We were only taught breastroke I was will ask my brother who taught the boys. The boys’ headmaster was Mr Murray. The boys’ classes were all held downstairs and the girls’ classes were all held upstairs. When I was in 1st class I requested that my teacher Miss Wheen call me ‘Alexa’ but she said that she’d call me that when I was ‘big girl’. We had sewing classes in the portable buildings. We used to go to Roseville Oval in Clanville Rd for sports carnivals. I also remember when the Federal Parliament was opened in 1927 my class went down to a house in Bancroft Ave to listen to the opening of Federal Parliament by the Duke and Duchess of York.We all crowded ito the sitting room to listen to the radio. I also remember being taken to the Prince Edward Theatre ( in Castlereagh St?) to see a silent movie ‘Southward Ho with Mawson’. I remember some classmates: Brenda Jackson, Grace Graham, Enid Saddler,(Now Morrison) Enid Garrett, Mavis Cope, Nancy Paton..I’m sure will be able to recall some more soon!

submitted by Edwin Archbold – 6th Class 55
The huge Battle of Gallipoli as you walked into school; playing cricket and I remember the girls.

submitted by Lurline Kelly (nee Armour) – 6th Class 42
We used to walk down to the Roseville Baths with our Dad from Malvern Avenue where our house was on the corner of Eastern Valley Way.

submitted by Trish Kemmis (nee Hall) – 6th Class 51
So many memories of RPS – walking up Archbold Rd to school, my sisters, brother and I – seeing Miss Moore walking too – Monty the brilliant bus driver who knew where everyone got on and where to drop them off – not always at the designated bus stop which made one feel special! The warm milk in small bottles, cold if you were fortunate – marching in the playground to music piped out of the loud speaker above the steps. The boy’s dept downstairs and we upstairs – going to the mysterious boy’s dept for assemblies – Miss Ayling and Miss Goddard – Miss Jurd. Walking to Roseville Theatre for Speech Day – sports carnival up at the sports ground in Clanville Road.  Bronwyn & Dick, thanks so much for organising the reunion we are looking forward to it very much

submitted by Rosetta Davenport (nee Allison) – 6th Class 30’s
Born in 1923 so was not at Roseville school for many years due to the depression.  Walking home (Corona Avenue) from school on hot summer afternoons through the heat haze rising from the melting black asphalt road and once a week skipping music lessons to join my brothers catching tadpoles, until caught.  Dancing the maypole, girls and boys, its multi coloured ribbons weaving patterns as we danced.  Great fun and happy memories.  Due to house renovations I will not be able to attend.  I hope it is a wonderful day and lots of fun.  Lots of good wishes.

submitted by Sandra Denham (nee Bramfitt) – 6th Class 51
Mrs. Lackey’s gymnastics program in 6th class. Miss Donnelley’s (3rd class)Bex powder every afternoon! Disgusting warm milk which came in crates early morning and was held over till lunchtime!

submitted by Ken Hopkins – 6th Class 59
Fond memories of Mr Luff, our teacher in 3A, 4A and 6A, school sports, buying toffees on fete day, … and the cane!

submitted by Bette Young (nee Poole) – 6th Class 35
One of my memories of Roseville was my friends Enfys and Gwenyth Rees who dressed in Welsh costume to sing their National Anthem on Empire Day, which was 24 May.

submitted by Janette Beatty (nee Butler) – 6th Class 48
Playing vigaro in the playground. Making friends some of whom I still have today.In our very early school days taking rubber rings to bite on in case there was a bomb scare during the War. 

submitted by John Garrity – 6th Class 48
I remember vividly the announcement in assembly of the end of WW2 by the headmaster Mr Hill.

submitted by Margaret Beed (nee Cliff) – 6th Class 55/56
Almost feel as though I am back there and time has stood still! Great memories. Repeating 5th class but bonus was that I had the wonderful Miss Goddard for two years. Such a positive memory. Being hit on my cheek by the Vigaro bat and having to lie in sick bay with concussion while a school concert was on. Playing recorder at school sports at Roseville Oval. Singing the song ‘Roseville Roseville brave and bold, ought to be ought to be dipped in gold. Lindfield Lindfield rah rah rah, ought to be ought to be dipped in tar’ at school sports days. Do others remember that one? We girls singing to poor Roderick King as he walked through the girl’s playground to the boy’s playground … ‘Roderick goodnight, Roderick goodnight, goodnight Roderick, goodnight Roderick, we’ll see you in our dreams’ to the tune of ‘Irene Goodnight’. Passing notes tied to cotton down from 6th class girls to 6th class boys during lunch on wet days and getting into terrible trouble for it. Walking home one afternoon down Archbold Road hill, firemen with their brass helmets (remember how they used to sit along the outside of the fire engines) pointed their tomahawks at me thinking it was fun – I was terrified as I thought they were guns and ran all the way home. It took me a long time not to be terrified of fire engines! Walking through bush, along creek, across golf course to Rosie Baths. Jumping off the highest tower. Having to drink the ghastly warm milk. Often in trouble for talking in class and always getting ‘Margaret could do better’ on my reports. Hiding my uneaten lunch in 3rd class in my desk – returning to school after the weekend to confront the teacher who had found mice had invaded my desk and nested in my school books. Being secretly in love with Geoffrey Edenborough and wishing he would ask me to the 6th class dance! Going to Roseville and Chatswood cinemas. Now on my own and living on the coast of the beautiful Fleureiu Peninsula south of Adelaide and minutes from McLaren Vale wineries. Three sons live nearby and 5 grandchildren. So looking forward to seeing everyone – hope we will be wearing name tags with our maiden names?

submitted by Penny Kirkby (nee Spencer) – 6th Class 50
Miss Goddard and Miss Ayling who were two top teachers. Helping to plant a lawn between Infants and Primary School using bobby pins supplied to us to anchor the runners. At the 6th class Farewell Party, we girls looking like clones of each other in organdie dresses run up by our mothers and black party shoes, cup cakes and red and green cordial also meeting the boys in 6th Class for the first time!

submitted by Marcia Adams (nee Smith) – 6th Class 45
Loved walking to and from school with friends from home at Belgium Avenue. Just loved being at Roseville school having come from the country and school colours of chocolate and gold.

submitted by Elizabeth Peterson (nee Berky) – 6th Class 53
Peter Pan collars never suited my round face.. no two tunics the same, as most made by mothers with differing expertise..loved my teachers – Miss Jurd in 3A/4B, Miss Keary in 4A/5B. Would have liked to be in 5A with the formidable white-mopped Miss Goddard, but found myself wearing out those PP collars at Artarmon instead. Recall laboriously copying from the board “Ask Mother for an Egg for the Rachel Forster Hospital”. Sewing was slow torture, but became an expert at freestyle chainstitch, embroidering initials on Desk Cover, but can only bequeath Exhibit A for the Archives – a blue Cesarine apron with very tipsy hemming in Broder cotton – red, when the pink ran out.  I transferred from Roseville Girls’ College when my legs were long enough for the walk from 49 Boundary Street. In gentle Miss Jurd’s 3A (with 4B), learned to play the recorder, which has continued to be a lifelong delight. From an upstairs corridor window our little band “played the girls in” from lines in the playground. Fondest memories: The unforgettable smell of the Gestetner-ed octavo school hymnbooks, each tastefully covered by the mothers, with sheets from wallpaper sample books clagged firmly on. The end-of-term pride at being chosen to gumption the stair rails – or clean inkwells out in the playground. Mrs McMaster’s little van bringing Oslo lunch orders. Our secret society in the back two desks -Members of the “BerMa TownHall” – Elizabeth Berky, Elsie Maxted (whose Derwent coloured pencils smelled of heaven to me, and who freely lent them to me), Diane Towner with whom I once stayed overnight and learned to play Monopoly, and Karys Hall with whom I regularly traded my lunch. Sewing lessons were humiliating, as I had not yet acquired much skill, to the sewing teacher’s scorn, who would not accept my “samples” as worthy of pasting into my regulation pink-cardboard-overed exercise book. And me a couturier’s daughter….. I apologise to my classmates for looking down in the photo, but I was a shy child then, and am astonished that someone remembered my name (never mind how to spell it – I got plenty of interesting variations over the years… when I married I thought my troubles would be over, but even “Peterson” can give a giggle moment or two).
In 4A/5B our teacher was Miss Keary, whose dramatic rendering of the poem “Overheard on a Saltmarsh” … “nymph, nymph, what are your beads?” has ensured that the poem remains in my repertoire. I recall Miss Ayling chiefly because she taught us Vigoro (it being more ladylike than cricket, although the black eye I sustained from someone’s wild bowling was not), and because I was promoted to her class at spelling time. And of course, traipsing off to Beauchamp Park for the sports, and thumping medicine balls around with our tunics tucked into our baggy bloomers. Speech Day in Roseville Theatre, slate pencils on the bus back from Roseville Baths (did someone say “pristine water???), buying sheets of Scraps at the newsagent, and swapping them with friends, keeping silkworms until they turned messy, writing and producting a playlet of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and taking around the girls’ classes. And taking myself off home one lunchtime, because I thought it was the end of the day. I was too mortified to go back. I went on to Artarmon, and then Hornsby High. Looking forward the reunion and the memories we will share. Many thanks!

submitted by Tom Rubin – 6th Class 59
Left-handed kids being forced to write with their write hand – maybe a memory from Infants School.  My older brother, Peter, two years ahead of me being known as “Rhubarb”. Peter and I (and one or tow others) being falsely accused of damaging the Cenotaph in Hill St and getting into major trouble for it – corporal punishment was still in vogue then. Must have been early in 1956 as I remember I had only just begun primary school – not a great introduction to primary! Ian Scarr had polio and was in plaster up to his chest with a special elevated desk and stool at the back of the classroom. Roseville Baths of course – also known as Murves Mudhole (or something similar I seem to recall). We lived in Boundary St and our parents wouldn’t allow us to walk to school as they thought the road was too busy (even then!) but we did anyway as we couldn’t be bothered to walk in the opposite direction to get the bus.

submitted by Annette Winter (nee Moss) – 6th Class 45
Air raid drills at school.  Empire Day at Roseville Theatre. 

submitted by John McRae – 6th Class 71
School fetes and the chocolate wheel that was operated all afternoon from Dad’s red Bedford tabletop truck.

submitted by Tony Martire – 6th Class 46
For a start, either walking to school or, on wet days, travelling in a Royle Bros. bus . None of this being driven as today, simply because the very few car owners had little or no petrol due to wartime restrictions. The bus driver was a very obliging gentleman named Monty, who took his job very seriously and looked after the little terrors on board.    Some teachers put the fear of G into little (we were all ‘little’) students whereas others tried to be most understanding.  One Mr. McEwan? played the piano at assembly and a little boy or girl would be chosen to turn the pages of the music. This privilege soon evaporated if one missed the moment to turn, but I always found him to be most understanding and ready to have a talk.  My brother Michele, who also left in 1944 and apologises for being unable to attend the reunion, found the headmaster Mr. Keogh?, to be lacking in understanding and having little sympathy for the feelings of young people.  If play was not practical at lunchtimes, ‘War Effort’ working groups would industriously knit or make items for the comfort of the soldiers fighting overseas. I remember some of our school friends being absent for a few days when sad news was received.  As for Roseville Baths, what male could forget that sign in the changing room which read, if I remember correctly, “If you spit on the floor at home please do so here, we want you to feel at home” and when coins would fall from one’s pockets when changing and drop into the murky water beneath via the large cracks in the wooden flooring, never to be retrieved.  Finally, when one little Dutch boy, a refugee from the Japanese in Java (Indonesia), arrived at school in his best traditional short leather pants and clog-like shoes, to be greeted with sounds of dismay. What we did not understand was that these garments were just about all that his parents had been able to salvage in their escape from the invaders. Again, if my memory serves me correctly, his surname was ‘de Witt’, (can any of my vintage add to this?), he and his parents were well received and after a little while settled into the school and the Roseville community. His parents became active in Red Cross fund raising and fellowship.

submitted by Janette Emmerson – 6th Class 48
Mostly happy ones – sad to have moved at end of 5th class. Vigaro on the asphalt – I was tall and had a strong throwing arm; maypole dancing was a big highlight – I held the pole in place (with Jill?) and gathered the streamers and redistributed to the right girls after they had woven each pattern round the pole. Miss Goddard’s spelling “test” one day – trapping the smarties by asking for us to spell Constantinople – one syllable at a time (try it for yourself and see what happens). A thoughtless teacher in 3rd class who did not believe my excuse for lateness – it prompted my mother to take a day off to come and see her. There’s much more . . .

submitted by John Dobbin – 6th Class 49
Travelling to school on Royle Bros Buses. Teachers Miss Neil, Miss Robertson, Miss Walsh, Miss Kinnitch sp?, Mr Souter, Mr Lowden and Mr Hill All wonderful teachers!

submitted by Elizabeth Hamilton (nee Burkitt) – 6th Class 44
My first teacher at the school,mrs. halliday, with a round,happy face, who gave me such confidence.  Air raid drill, when the boys used to go down into the trenches and the girls had to sit under the boys’ vacated desks. i would much preferred the fun of being outdoors and in a trench.First aid pouches had to accompany us and they each contained a portion of chewing gum which was never to be eaten under any circumstances.

submitted by Graham Hunt – 6th Class 52
Delivering the milk to the classrooms on my billycart, which I left at school. Playing rugby in the 5/7’s and then the 6/7’s.

submitted by Peter Overall – 6th Class 47
The slit trenches in the boys playground,airraid practice with our clothes peg and little bag with ear muff and all in big school under the concret stair cases ,also Oxy Welding showing us how to build a compost heap.

submitted by Dick Smith – 6th Class 55/56
I remember “Men of Stamina” signs on the sides of Royal Bros buses and also swap cards.  I brought a tortoise to school in Miss Knowles’ Kindy class and it went missing.  Found it two days later under the piano.  On rainy days everyone had black raincoats and galoshes.

submitted by David Rudzyn – 6th Class 61
So many memories come flooding back after reading some of the comments. I was in the ’61 class. I remember Mr Hart, Mr. Brown and headmaster Mr. Ryan. We planted a 6th class tree that is still there 50 years later. I was the bell boy because I had a watch.

submitted by Prof. Geoffrey Sherington – 6th Class 57
The walk to school from Park Avenue; the rather large classes even in kindergarten; the spearate boys and girls palygounds; dusty grounds to play in but some good friends whom I hope to see again.

submitted by Rob Cowdroy – 6th Class 49
Wow! It brings back memories of air-raid drills into the trenches; Alec the bus driver and the tea-chest shaped bus he drove between Roseville Bridge and the school; the smell of bananas and slightly-off free milk that we were required to drink–the good old days!

submitted by Alfred James – 6th Class 57
My sister & I usually walked to the school from our home at 5, Clanville Road. We often picked up a couple of other friends en route. Sometimes we caught the old (1928 model) ‘bus from outside the Regina milkbar. We were given cricket lessons at the oval at East Roseville and I am still playing! Our classroom in 5th year featured a photograph of Sir Henry Parkes in the front left-hand corner. Mr Hill, the headmaster, often went to concerts at the Town Hall with my father – so, I was a protected species!

submitted by Elaine Aiken (nee Chaffer) – 6th Class 39
Spinning nuts from trees in the playground. Having my plaits dipped in the ink wells behind me. Folk dancing with boys (I think we didn’t enjoy this). Painted desks in primary school. Cleaning rooms at the end of the year.

submitted by Margery-Anne (Emma) Quested (nee Doyle) – 6th Class 53
Miss Moodie, Kindergarten. Mrs Lackey, Headmistress – Primary. Roseville Baths, swimming races, Bronze Medallion 1954. Ball Games, spelling tests, best handwriting, sewing classes. Camphor Laurel trees with seats underneath. Warm milk. Jacks and marbles.

submitted by John Morse – 6th Class 37
E J Kehoe and the Gordon slope card. The smell of hyde glue being heated for book binding on manual work days. The lolly man and his Globite suitcase outside the gate in Addison Avenue. The long grass in the playground after the Christmas holidays. Mr Whittaker and dancing lessons in the quadrangle in preparation for the annual Ball in the Chatswood School of Arts. Walking to and from school!! Mr Bryant’s blush when asked by the inspector (!!) to sing the starting note of the song we were learning (6th class).

submitted by Geoff Griffiths, 6th Class 58
The butter box bus from the cnr. Penshurst st. & Victoria ave. to & from school John Hart a great teacher & could kick a long foot ball with his wooden leg.

submitted by Jeanette Seale (nee Somerville) – 6th Class 49
Miss Brandson bringing back a geckoe from her trip to Central Australia. Being chosen to be a chalk monitor!The bombay bloomers to be worn for PE. going to Roseville Picture Theatre for Speech Day and catching the bus down to Roseville Baths- all happy memories – looking forward to catching up on 18th September.

submitted by Bevan Mitchell – 6th Class 33
I first attended RPS in either 1928 or 1929, but only for a few months after which I attended Gordon and Artarmon Public Schools, returning to Roseville about the middle of 1932.  At the end of 1933 I sat for the Primary Final and in that exam, along with three other RPS boys, Peter Perry, Sidney Noble and Alan Prowse, won a scholarship to Sydney Grammar School.  Such and achievement – four pupils in the one year – was a triumph for Mr E . W. Alldis, who, in addition to be Headmaster, took 6A.  I recall Mr Alldis asking my father for his approval to coach me for the Grammar scholarship.  Those chosen were given extra tuition, mostly during time set aside for sport.  This suited me because I was never any good at sport, expect maybe in tennis years later.  I have only a hazy recollection of my first attendance, except that on the first day I cried a lot and a very sympathetic woman teacher tried to console me.  Moving forward to 1932, I don’t remember the 5B teacher, J. R. MacNeill, whose name appears on my school report at the end of that year.  However, I remember Mr Whittaker well, he must have taken the class during some absence of MacNeill’s.  I though Whittaker was a born teacher, brilliantly clear in his explanations.  Alldis was also an excellent teacher, though at times he revealed a short fuse.  I recall one day Alldis lost his patience with a boy who just could not stop talking and throwing a few sticks of chalk at him, threatened to “knock your block off if you don’t shut up”.  Of course, this caused the class to giggle and stamp the feet.  Very amusing, we all thought.

submitted by Anne Hanson (nee Conran) – 6th Class 53
My sister Joyce and I went to R.S. I started in first class in 1948. We lived in Willoughby and caught the double decker bus to school and so did the children who were from our area and went to East Lindfield. This caused competition to see which school was up stairs and which was down. Some of my memories of infant years are Miss Nicholls Miss Hathaway and class mates Elsie Maxted,Carolyn Dunn,Ruth Wallace,Denise Carden ,Vivian Clements,Diane Townsend,Barbara Stanwell,Michael Marsh,Richard Carden and others whose faces I recognise in the photo but can’t remember names. It would be lovely to go to the reunion and hopefully catch up with some of these people. I loved going to Roseville Baths on the bus and eating sherbert on the trip back. The oslo lunches and the warm milk haven’t been forgotten as well as playing vigaro before school during the primary years. I also remember Miss Donnelly(felt hat and cardigan) and Mrs. Goddard (with her hankerchief tucked into her belt)both very dedicated teachers in their own way. Mrs Lackey was a very different teacher and caused quite a stir when she came to R.S. I was another of the ones who limped to the bus stop with large blisters under my feet( much to my mothers horror) after dancing around on hot ashphalt for hours. Remember the red ribbons we had to wear in our hair for the film they made? One girl I remember who was the “star” of the film, was Jan Collins. I was vice captain of the school in 6th class. Margaret Kemiss was the captain (it’s a shame she can’t get to the reunion.)
I also remember the Peter and the Wolf production we did at the conservatorium (I helped with the scenery.)
We moved to Wagga Wagga after I finished primary school and unfortunately lost contact with friends from that era.

submitted by Sue Wyatt (nee Balfour) – 6th Class ??
I am so sorry that I can’t make this gathering. We will be cruising in Indonesia!!! I have so many memories but the worst is having chalk thrown into my mouth by Mrs Gormley……… I talked a lot. Miss Wade was a fearful woman. Its strange looking back on the segregation of boys and girls. I really loved sport and high jumping was the best at lunch time. I suspect its the cause of my dreadful back now!!!! I still keeep in touch with Sue Oakey nee Fish who jumped with me.
I would love to hear more and to be on a future list for more gatherings.
cheers from Sue Wyatt

submitted by Anthony (Tony) Hayward – 6th Class 41/42
So pleased to see Bruce Zweck coming. We lived until 1938 at northside top of hill on Archbold Rd and I have clear memories of Bruce billycarting, without brakes. down the hill from our house.

submitted by Penny Eustace (nee Langtree) – 6th Class 56
Nightmares of Miss Wade with the ruler.

submitted by Georgina Moor (nee Hagarty) – 6th Class 59
Mrs Hillier,Mrs Trip,Mrs Gormley, Mrs Grabham,Miss Goddard, Miss Wade how can we forget them. Vigaro in the school grounds at lunch-time ,swimming at Rosville baths in the summer on Fridays. Athletics carnivals at Clanville Oval. Gardening with Miss Wade, dancing with the boys in the play grounds. Naughty girls siting outside Miss Wades office at lunch-time, line of 6th classmates out into the corridor queued up to receive a smack/s according to the number of spelling /math mistakes on Mondays and Fridays respectively.

submitted by David Kells – 6th Class 51
Travelled from Belrose 1944-51 only only two buses per day each way from Terrey Hills to Chatsw00d in early years.  Looking forward to meeting old classmates Tom Crow Henry Bell John Garrett Ian Willoughby and Ken Jamieson

submitted by Laraine Cameron (nee Pegg) – 6th Class 59
Playing vigoro and hitting the ball into the boys playground. Ballroom dancing with the boys. Drinking those awful bottles of milk at playlunch. Miss Wade and the line of girls outside her office each day. Mrs Gormley who rode her bike to school every day.

submitted by Jill Carrick (nee Field) – 6th Class 46
Bottles of hot milk.

submitted by Warren Irish – 6th Class 53
Happy, carefree days.  Walking to and from school.  Road Patrol.  Playing marbles in the dirt.  The clothes prop man.  Filling the ink wells.  The mysteries of the girls’ area upstairs.  Learning lifesaving at Rosie Baths.

submitted by Margaret Steel (nee Story) – 6th Class 42
I have fond memories of the school and fellow pupils.

submitted by Bruce Edwardes – 6th Class 49
I do now realise how important that early education must have been to us all. I’m sure Monty is most appreciative of the fact he is so fondly remembered by so many (Quite amazing). Robin Frazer did not complete the slogan on the wall at the baths, either forgotten or reticent to commit to paper- If you spit on the floor at home, you can spit on the floor here, WE WANT YOU TO FEEL AT HOME. Strange how one’s memory works when I remember so little of life of Rosie. School life? However I do remember East Roseville Cubs & our Dads constructing the Nissan Hut @ Roseville Chase (no doubt long gone). I have scanned & emailed our group most of whom would have attended Rosie Public School. Plus 3 other photos of 1949 pupils up until I left in 4th. class.

submitted by Betty Laing (nee Dumbrell) – 6th Class 42
Slit trenches in the boys playground.  Knitting socks for the soldiers.  Not allowed to speak to the boys in the playground.  A terrible Headmistress.

submitted by Henry (Harry) Bell – 6th Class 51
I remember getting the cane on both hands by Mr Louden and putting my hands under the tap to try and stop the fingers from throbbing.  Hitch-hiking down to Rosie Baths and told to jump into the back of the ute (no seat belts in those days).

submitted by Robyn McLeod (nee Landers) – 6th Class 50
Had some wonderful times at Rosie. Only first class was bad. We had a really cruel  teacher. I even blotted her name out. She used to cane three of us on a regular basis. One boy called Robin, a girl called Lorraine Holland and me. I have thought about why and I think she hated imperfection. Robin had pebble glasses, Lorraine had callipers  on her legs from polio and she thought I was dirty. Our father had TB and she was worried I would pass it on. Dad died that year. We used to have to stand outside Miss Walsh’s office for hours. One time she was about to cane us and Lorraine’s wonderful girlfried Barbara  rushed out and head butted her in the tummy. Wow were we scared. They then walked all the way home to Terry Hills. What bravery! I often wonder what became of those three children.

submitted by Colin Morse – 6th Class 41
“Popeye” aka E.J.Hehoe.  “Wimpy” aka Mr Welding
English was taken quite seriously, hence –
“Poopdeck Pappy, Common Noun
Parse it up and Parse it down.
Neuter Gender
Hopeless Case
Governed by his ugly face”

submitted by Valda Friis (nee Cox) – 6th Class 54
I remember walking up Achbold Road hill every morning and running down every afternoon.  Looking back now it must have kep us very fit.  I remember riding my bike to Rosie Baths and cooling off, but by the time we had walked back up the hill we were just as hot as before our swim.

subbmitted by Julie Hausmanns (nee Tripp) – 6th Class 55
Singing along with Mrs Bolton in 3rd Class.  Completing an assignment with Rhonda Willoughby in 6th Class, she did wonderful drawings e.g. pink elephants and I made up the story to go with it!

submitted by Trevor Duncan – 6th Class 56
I remember the Kindergarten teacher was Miss Knowles.  In 5th Class I believe the teacher was Mr Bruce Maitland.  In 6th Class Pop Louden.  Head Master was Mr HIll.  Enjoyable years from such a long time ago.  Still have contact with two classmates from Kinder.

submitted by Suzanne Devine (nee Landers) – 6th Class 48
Alison Crane Thompson mentioned Miss Donnelly in her memory piece which brought back the deep memories I have of that teacher. She taught me in 3rd and 4th grades and was always collecting money for “Gould League of Birds” badges – we all secretly thought the money went for cigarettes! My father died during that time and she was incredibly kind to me – something I never forgot. She was a somewhat sad woman but meant well and read us wonderful stories every Friday afternoon. My years at Roseville Primary School were a long time ago but they gave me a solid foundation in an uncertain world. I remember a lot of friends and am so happy that many of them will be at the reunion.

submitted by Trevor Duncan – 6th Class 56
Remember Kindergarten Teacher was Miss Knowles. In 5th Class I believe Teacher was Bruce Maitland. In 6th Class had Pop Louden.Head master was Mr Hill. Enjoyable years from such a long time ago.Still have contact with two classmates from Kinder.

submitted by Victoria Blanche Ross (nee Lotz) – 6th Class 60
Being in love with Robert Ritchie and Phillip May (simultaneously) until I left aged 8. Winning National Art Prize for age (6-8) exhibited at Art Gallery of NSW. Muriel Benny being the most beautiful girl in the class and really nice too. Friends with Caroline Barnes and others I forget.

submitted by Bill Butler
We would love to come to both the Roseville baths and the school reunion. Have filled in the Roseville form. Robin was also a regular at the baths and we actually first met at the Echo Point Park above the baths. (45 years married next year). I was also a member of the Roseville United Church group and the Dancing classes at Lindfield where a lot of the bus group also went. Also played football (Rugby Union) for Roseville and Lindfield during winter and Sailed with both Northbridge and Mosman sailing clubs during summer until early twenties in age. Was a member of the Scouts but at Artarmon and did not transfer when we moved to Roseville Chase.  Moved to Roseville in 54/55 and part of the Roseville (Babbage Rd) school bus group to high schools.  Cheers Bill

submitted by John Ferris – 6th Class 54
Playing marbles at lunchtime in the dust and dirt of the unkempt playground! Also being the envy of many because I had a beaut Ferris electric trainset at home. Catching the old “butterbox” bus to and from school with Monte the driver (Royal Bros bus which later became Forest Coach Lines I believe)

submitted by Alison Thompson (nee Crane) – 6th Class 53
Eating all of my lunch at playtime on the first day of Kindy. The warm milk near Mr Hills steps. Dancing on the asphalt in summer with bare feet – lots of blisters. Miss Donnelly with her ‘PORT’ (not alcohol). Mrs Lackey the 6th class teacher and head telling us we were all so stupid we would not get to high school – we seemed to manage to progress to first form!! It was a great school. I would love to come to the reunion, unfortunately we will be in Africa. Hope you have a happy and successful day.

submitted by Gail Gosling (nee Croydon) – 6th Class 51
I would like to meet up with Dianna Mashman and Patricia Couchman.

submitted by Alexander Armour – 6th Class 43/44
I was the juvenile champion at Rosie Baths and I must still hold the record as the baths burnt down!

submitted by Kenneth Jamieson
Dear Robyn, My brother, Richard (Dick/Rick) died from Cancer in March last year. I remember you well – you were Richard’s first girlfriend as I remember. I well remember the Roseville Swimming Club annual dances where I would excel in the Pride of Erin, Canadian Three Step and Barn Dance, which I remember being taught at school. The highlight of my dancing days, however, was the spectacle of Richard, handsome in Tuxedo and you with full flare red skirt doing rock and roll, complete with all the acrobatic movements associated with it, probably to Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock. Richard married Margaret, who, I think remembers you. He had two children, Scott and Jane, who became the Australian Heptathalon Champion in three Olympics.

submitted by Janet Hearne (nee Crane) – 6th Class 47
Being invited to attend the wedding of my kindergarten teacher (Miss Logue) at St Mary’s Cathedral with some other children, must have been 1940.  We threw rose petals on the ground as they came out of the church!  The Victory Sports Day at Roseville Park in 1945, playing vigaro, Miss Ayling making us sit up straight in assembly with our shoulders back!

submitted by Jeanette Keegan (nee Skelton) – 6th Class 43
Great meat pies from the car tuck shop.  Vigoro before school.  Marching into school to the “Liberty Bell” march.  Lots more, like air raid drill and the trenches.

submitted by Bryan Warren – 6th Class 60
Where to start, the milk at playlunch, playing rugby and Mr Maitlands blue Peugot.

submitted by John Luxford – 6th Class 51
Waiting in line outside Mr Hills office awaiting “sentence”.  Being caught by Mr Louden ( John Cleese look alike ) who was on playground duty.  Drinking some of the girls fresh milk allocation and not being caught.  End of year school dance. Hitching a ride on the back of Royle Bros.bus (while riding a pushbike) on return trip from Roseville Baths.

submitted by John Treloar – 6th Class 39/40
I think I was at Roseville Public School, when Sir Donald Bradman was in a cricket team which played a game on Roseville Park’s Oval.  He hit a six across Chelmsford Ave. and broke a tile(s) in the house roof. The owner would not let us into the house to rescue thew ball.

submitted by Roland Coss – 6th Class 44
John Spurrett (best mate).  A fire in every classroom during winter.  Cricket in the playground at lunchtime and teacher Mr Welding who was the only person allowed to hit the ball into the far playground

submitted by John Ebsary – 6th Class 53
Eventful, pleasant memories with my first girlfriend.  Dalmatian dog.  Rosie Baths, swimming.

submitted by Jeanette Bradley (nee Doyle) – 6th Class 45
Carrying a small bag with ear plugs etc. in case we were required to go into the trenches (during the war).

submitted by Nancy Squires (nee Barbour) – 6th Class 55
Dickie Smith was a very active small boy in my kindergarten class.  It’s a shame but I don’t have any class photos myself and I don’t appear in any photos on this website – I must have been absent those days.  It’s so long ago but I still have images of RPS in the fifties – maybe I was dreaming!  My sister Jean Hocking (nee Barbour) told me this event was on. Thanks for the invite Dick and Bronwyn. Sorry I haven’t kept in touch with any classmates apart from at a handful of high school reunions that I attended.

submitted by Helen Campbell (nee Riddle) – 6th Class 60
Memories of doing PE in our navy blue bloomers.

submitted by Helen Gulliford (nee Blackwood) – 6th Class 49
I have great memories of the Rosie Baths when run by the Sly Family.

submitted by Janice Edgar (nee Bischoff) – 6th Class 54
Miss Goddard a grade 5 teacher and all the Australian explorers she taught us about.

submitted by Frances Francis (nee Stacker) – 6th Class 43
I went to Roseville school for one year…..6A 1943. After the first week I spent the next month in bed with glandular fever. On returning to school I was put in 6B as I had missed so much new work.  Lucky me, Miss Moore was a darling.  At the end of the year, Miss Ayling announced in Assembly, that for the first time in the history of the school, we had been successful in obtaining three scholarships…..Annabel Bramley/Abbotsleigh, Patricia Gee /PLC Pymble, and Frances Stacker/Ravenswood.  Has any other class since, managed to beat or equal this record?  I remember marching around the playground to the amplified beat of Sousa in the mornings before school, and have since realized the importance of bi-lateral movement to the integration of both sides of the brain. I wonder why this activity was discontinued in schools?  I travelled from Lane Cove and greatly envied those girls who were within walking distance of school.

submitted by Karys Fearon (nee Hall) – 6th Class 53
Two teachers in particular bring back wonderful memories from Infants school, Mrs Nicholls and Mrs Christian. Mrs Lackie in 6th class was another story but we did really gain good athletics skills from her as well as her “Little and Often” maths exercise pages every day.  Would love to hear about Lyn Perkins, Suzanne Roach and Noeline Peterson.

submitted by Graham White – 6th Class 56
(Mr) Bruce Maitland drove a cream 1951 Riley which was always parked under the trees along Addison Avenue. Not far from this place was where the dreaded milk was delivered. A third of a pint of luke warm milk each, for recess time. As milk monitor I had to remove the foil tops and place in a (presumably) recycle hessian bag. The other onerous job was ink monitor, wherein all ink wells had to have adequate ink for the days writing.  It was this year that my very best friend John Maclean died of polio. It was just announced during class. No support in those days.

submitted by Margaret Christian (nee White) – 6th Class 62
The waiting line at kindy (not wanting to be last), making Miss Heydon’s morning tea, helping the 12 y.o. Hungarian girl in our kindy class learning English, boy’s sticky hands in folk dancing, sport in bloomers (!!), Coca Cola yoyo demo, Smokey Dawson, whip cracking, the smell of flowering Camphor Laurels, warm milk, cicadas, honeycomb in cellophane at Rosie Baths, jellyfish, a calico-covered brick to retrieve (because the water was so murky you couldn’t see it otherwise) …  Can’t be positive about my availability to attend, having to travel from Norfolk Island, and possible business commitments. Would LOVE to be there.

submitted by John Bleach – 6th Class 39
I was at RPS from Kindergarten to 6th Class and the memories of those happy school days will no doubt be refreshed at the reunion.

submitted by Jannette Young (nee Collins) – 6th Class 50/51
Remember with fondness some of my teachers,Miss Godard, Miss Moore and Miss Alyling.
Swimming at Roseville Baths and being taught to float by my teacher, can’t remember her name only her beautiful brown hair and her Kindness.  Playing vigaro down near the boys playground.  Miss Ayling spending extra time with me on my maths.  Lovely memories.

Many happy memory’s at Roseville Public School,I was in 2c in 1946 my best friend was Val Smith,we are still friends to this day. I was in 6B in 1950 repeated 6th class went into 6A and left in 51 to go to Willoughby Girls High.

submitted by Pam Finch (nee Denny) – 6th Class 47
Going with Miss Moore at lunch time to help her with her vegetable garden.

submitted by Esther Cossman (nee Cossman) – 6th Class 61
I was at Roseville from kindergarden in 1955 to 6th class in 1961. In those days the infants school (K to 2nd class) was co-ed, but then from 3rd to 6th class there were 2 completely separate schools, girls upstairs, boys downstairs, each with its own principal and teaching staff and playground areas, and no fraternisation (between the male and female pupils) was allowed. Mrs Gormley, the 3rd class girls’ teacher, had a disgusting habit of wiping her bottom teeth with a handkerchief, and then tucking the hanky into her belt. Odd the things one remembers!! Mrs. Hillier was the kindergarden teacher (and her daughter Wendy was in my class as we progressed through the school). The principal of the infants’ school was Miss Haydon (I am not sure about the correct spelling of her surname). The girls’ primary school principal (who was also the 6th class teacher) was Miss Olga Wade. There must have been close to 40 students in each class – very large by today’s standards.

submitted by Michael White – 6th Class 60
I’m blown away that Bruce Maitland will be attending. Dear Bruce caned me so many times it became a regular ritual and yet his pathetic jokes and enthusiasm for his boys gave us all a wonderful role model and someone I have always wanted to meet again. What happened to Mr Hart, Mr Brown, Mr Moore and Mr Luff (sic). Thanks Dick and Bron for assembling all the memories. Kind regards to all.  Michael White (founder Drug-Safe Australia)

submitted by Olwyn Grayndler (nee Watkins) – 6th Class 56
attended Roseville Public School, leaving in year 6(1956). I attended with my two sisters Berris Watkins (Brown)1948 and Lyle Watkins (Kemp)1951. I have attended previous reunions and have always had a wonderful time. I am hoping to catch up with others in my year.

submitted by Linda Fuller, daughter of Lyle Watkins
My mother Lyle Watkins along with her sisters Berris and Olwyn attd Rosie public school. I have been contacted by my Aunt (Olwyn) to access photos. I will atempt to do so.My mother Lyle passed away at age 52 years old in 1993. When we visited my Nan, Daisy in King Edward St for many years until recently, we always heard about the girls going to Rosie, and often drove past the school to recapture memories of school years. Is it possible that I can attend the reunion to see old photos and memorabilia assoc with RPS? Does anyone recall my mother from those years?

submitted by Caroline Hofbrucker (nee Wood) – 6th Class 67
RPS holds a special place in our family … my mother, Nona (nee) Richardson and her siblings Rob, Jean, Marj and Lexie all attended as did I, leaving in 1967, followed by my brother, Andrew Wood and sister Rosemary. Memories? Mr Montague teaching magnetism, dancing The Pride of Erin, school fetes with shetland ponies and those mother/daughter birds and bees evening talks all come to mind very quickly.
Kaddie Hockley, I didn’t realise you were a former RPS girl – hello from Arcadia! Kaddie Hockley, I didn’t know you went to RPS!! Hello from Arcadia

Submitted by Ruth Field (nee Oxby) – 6th Class 56
I finished 6th class (with Miss Wade) in 1956. I am looking forward to catching up with old friends on the day.

submitted by Rhonda Malthby (nee Willougby) – left in 1955
Sadly I will not be able to attend as I will be on a tour to China on that date, but please keep me on the mailing list for future reunions….even if it is only a small one. Names are flooding back into the memory and I would have loved catching up with you all. Thanks Dick and Bronny for organizing this event, I just know it will be wonderful. I live in West Pymble with my husband Arthur, and have two daughters and 4 grandchildren. I am retired but now enjoy the enlarged family, doing an art course, playing tennis, skiing and lots of travel. We are very blessed.  My two brothers, Ken and Ian also went to Rosie, Ken sadly died some years ago, and Ian lives in Kurwongbah in Queensland.  Hope you all have a fantastic weekend of memories. Best wishes to you all.  Rhondda

submitted by Beverley Arnett (nee Watkins) – 6th Class 51
Hi, I’m looking forward to meeting fellow students from the years between 1950 and 1951. Kind regards Beverley.

submitted by David Leece
I was in 6th Class in 1954 and look forward to attending.

submitted by Peter Jack – 6th Class 55
What a wonderful surprise ! I attended Rosie from 1951 to 1955 & appear on Dick’s left (back row 8 from left) in the 3B 1952 photo he is holding. I will be attending.
Will dig out a couple of other snaps I have , try to identify the scholars? & send them on.
Already I recall a couple of the folk posting info. Kenny Macgregor I bet still lives in Lord St, Ruth Oxby lived in the big house in Rosie Avenue & Bruce Maitland of course.

submitted by David Wenden – 6th Class 54
Hoping to run into Jan Collins who used to live in Spearman Street in Chatswood.
She wouldn’t marry me when I was in Mr Brown’s class and after all these years, the offer is still available to her !!

submitted by Dick Smith -6th Class 55/56
I remember going with the school to a theater in chats wood to see the film of the first successful climb of mount Everest in 1953 or 1954.  I remember Peter Clements bringing telephone parts to school. I remember Miss Knowles in kindergarten always dressed in blue and Miss Alexander who was friendly.

submitted by Janet Roberts-Brown (nee Fraser) – 6th Class 56
I remember Miss Knowles very well – she was the kindergarten teacher – but I wasn’t in her class. I was in transition with a not very nice woman called Miss Dagleish who told me off soundly because I went my pants on about the first day. Another teacher in 1st class, Miss Fowler, hit me with a Craven A cigarette tin, because I wasn’t acting the tole of Santa CLaus well – must have been at the end of the year.  I have HEAPS of othe memories – such as Miss Goddard in fifth class who told me the story of the Talents from the bible as she imprisoned me into the chalky storeroom. A lot of saliva sprang from her teeth as she talked and hit you if you sat in the front row. She, Miss Fowler, Miss Knowles all seemed very old as all had white hair…Mrs Christiansen was kinder but nearly as old. Mrs Gormley (?) threw a blackboard duster at me in third class but missed.

submitted by Rex Vincent – 6th Class 52
I went on to NSTBHS where Dick Smith went a few years later. My wife Norah and I will come on the day.

submitted by Raymond Richmond – 6th Class ?
Pamela (Scott), Raymond, Malcolm & Geoffrey Richmond all went to RPS starting with Pam in kindy 1940. I remember Miss Knowles and Mr. Mowart (sp), and a tall teacher who was a Pilot in the air force. I partnered Patricia Coleman (Watts) at the graduation Dance & went to Mosman IH & NSTBH. I was a builder, and later a Methodist minister & recently retired to Brisbane. I worked 20 years overseas assigned to many places; returned to AU 1991 to the Wayside Chapel Kings Cross for 14 years. In Kindy my Dad in the air force came to pick me up from school and I didn’t know him. My wife Elaine passed away 9/10 and brother Geoff passed away 10 January. I’ll be there!!

submitted by Roderick King – 6th Class 55
I retired from CSIRO in 2009 after 44 years working in plant research/agricultural research. By then I had achieved the exulted status of Chief Research Scientist. I still work occasionally as an Honorary Research Scientist spending time now lecturing in China and writing articles on evolution and reproduction in plants. Otherwise I run a small farm, spend time travelling, bike riding and getting to follow grandchildren as they grow up.  I am away at the time of the Sept 2011 event but would have loved to meet Bruce Maitland who made sure I was educated and as well left fond memories of his skill with the cane. As the school rugby coach he also got me playing representative rugby in the Sydney primary schools teams.

submitted by Margaret Hamilton (nee Garrett) – 6th Class 59
I am very proud to have a long association with Roseville Public School. My father Tom his siblings Jack & Mary, my siblings Thomas, Marilyn & Faye Garrett as well as my children Joanne, Brett & Laura Hamilton all attended RPS – three generations of Rosevillians.  I have many happy memories of my days at RPS and I am looking forward to catching up with all my old classmates from 6th class 1959.

submitted by Lorinda Lane (nee Oakes) – 6th Class 52
Bruce Sweck ! Do you remember my father Walter Oakes? I think I can remember you on your motorbike at Monty’s bus stop in Lord Street Roseville. at C.D. Electrical Shop? I was little with pigtails Ha! My claim to fame, was—- my two dear old aunts Miss G. Knowles, and Miss E. Knowles. (my mother’s sisters who lived in King Edward St} and taught kindergarten at R.P.SCHOOL. I was always frightened of Miss Goddard !!!!!  Lord street bus stop seemed to be the meeting place of many, Roy Ereaux, Robert Merridith,Dennis Culliton, Dick Smith, Jean Barbour, and many others. It shall be fun to catch up with everyone.

submitted by Janet Roberts-Brown (nee Fraser) – 6th Class 56
6th class – being carried by four girls (one of whom was Marilyn Garret) into the boys’ playground to kiss someone – I think it might have been Geoffrey Edinburgh…or Barry Mann.  I also remember Ruth Oxby beating me by a nose to be the DUx of the school in 6th class – to my mother’s disappointment. I guess I minded somewhat…

submitted by Peter Atkins – 6th Class 49
The miserable old bastar, Mr Sly.  Mr Mouat gave me a prize.

submitted by Peter Turier – 6th Class 34
Garbage bin duty to impress the girls with my strength. Playground cricket. Walking to school from Bromborough Road to save 1d (= 3 Milkos & 3 Choccos from sweet seller who sold from his suitcase outside the school gate).

submitted by John Hayes – 6th Class 50
So many memories! Wonderful teachers like Mr Mouat, Mr Suters and Mr Louden (who we were a bit afraid of, although he had a heart of gold.) The boys’ playground – it seemed so big, but when I look now it was obviously fairly small. No contact was allowed with the girls – not that most of us were interested in those days anyway. What a wonderful educational grounding we received there; I am eternally thankful for the experiences we had at that School that enabled me to go on to North Sydney Boys and be challenged educationally. I’m sure the grounding received at Roseville was responsible for later successes. It is great to see the 6A from 1950. Other People: I’ll think about it and get back to you.

submitted by Patty Eastley (nee Winter) – 6th Class 56
I remember Miss Anderson was my class teacher 3 years in a row. Olga Wade was headmistress and Mr Hill, headmaster. Mr Maitland was another teacher in the boys school and Mrs Gormley was also a teacher. Mrs Gormley used to ride her bike to school. I remember Friday mornings catching the bus to the baths for swimming and life saving. Also loved vigoro. Hated the milk.

submitted by Colin Morse – 6th Class 41
Many great memories including (1) A wonderful group of dedicated teachers including Messrs. Kehoe, Suters, Whittaker, Welding and Moate; (2) Miss Heydon – Head of the Infants School in 1936; (3) The unerring accuracy with chalk and/or duster of both Messrs. Whittaker and Welding; (4) Raid shelters and safety drill; (5) The NRMA sponsored Road Safety Patrols stopping traffic on both Archbold Road and Addison Avenue; (6) Life-long friends, to name just a few!!

submitted by Tina Robinson (nee Ross-Jones) – 6th Class 38
I was the third generation of my family to attend Roseville Public School.  My grandfather (T.Garrett) and my mother (F.Ross-Jones nee Garrett) & her 3 siblings and then myself and my cousins all attended.

submitted by David Wenden – 6th Class 54
Brandings. FringOpinki ?? ( marbles ). Mr Brown’s flute band. Oslo lunches

submitted by Bryan Inder – 6th Class 56
Dick Smith & his crystal set in school grounds.  Grandma Brown visit with her Rolls-Royce after her Redex Trial ?1956.  Death of King George VI and the teachers crying in assembly.  Taken to Roseville Cinema for Coronation film of Queen Elizabeth II.  I have been waiting fifty-five [55] years for this!  I well remember Dick Smith and his crystal set in the school yard and all taking turns to listen. Also I travelled on the first South Pole flight and went looking for Lassiter’s Reef with Dick.  Bronywn Bishop is a regular visitor to the Kuringgai Motor Yacht Club of which I am a Past Commodore. Bring on the reunion! My last year at Roseville – Year 6 in 1956.

submitted by Alan Atkinson – 6th Class 56/57
I was at Roseville Public School from Infants up until 6th Class. My Brother Robert left at the end 1960. Left at the end of 1957 to go to Crows Nest Boys High School. Remember Graham Fish, Cliff Allen, Ken McGregor, David Cust, David Hunt, John Ebsary, Brian Degotardi, Phillip Adams, Bill Ferris, Geoff and Allen Edinborough, John Mashman, Barry Lambert, Tim Vidler, Gerald Toltz, Robert Mitchell, Ross Shaw,
Michael Stanford, Patty Winter, Marilyn Garrett, Kay McPhee. Look forward to catching up. Reunion a great idea. Thanks Bronwyn and Dick for taking the trouble to organise the reunion.

submitted by Diana Peisley (nee Mashman) – 6th Class 52
Sorry I can’t as live in UK and have already visited OZ this year and shall be in Turkey in September. I would have loved to be there.  Fun and lots of hot sunny days and a great Headmistress and teacher called Mrs Lackey Other People:

submitted by Geoff Mackay – 6th Class 49/50
I got the cane heaps of times from Mr Louden, he was an expert.  I turned out perfectly because of him.  Fond memories of Mr Moatt, regaled us with stories of his droving days, then to follow it up taught us every Banjo Patterson piece ever written, sadley he was run down at the schoo crossing (I think).  Swam competitively and played water polo for Roseville Swimming Club.  Remember Ray Mullins, Roseville Ice Cubs? Winter water wallowers.

submitted by Bronwyn Ryan (nee Griffiths) – 6th Class 51
Catching the bus to school from Rosie Baths, with Monty the bus driver.

submitted by Michael Andrews – 6th Class 54
Going to Miss Alans wedding who was the kindy teacher who was the sister of Trevor Alan the wallabies captain in 1948. Playing brandings in the play ground up in the back right hand corner. Being forced to drink milk that had gone off in the sun. Also going to east roseville cub group with all the roseville pupils.

submitted by Faye Ross-Jones (nee Garrett) – 6th Class 62
I remember the segregation of boys and girls and the competition between the sexes during the singing of the school song to be heard the loudest when we sang “up girls/boys, up and on”. It always seemed unfair that the boys could play on the soft grass and the girls had to play on the asphalt with “no man’s land in between”.

submitted by John Mashman – 6th Class 55
I was extremely short and I can remember how hard it was to handle the huge pedestrian crossing poles on Archibold Road.I also remember my dog following me to school one day and Pop Louden letting “Brandy” sit under my desk. I couldn’t find me in the Photo of 5A so I must have been away that day.

submitted by Bronwyn Bishop (nee Setright) – 6th Class 54
I remember when Frank Ifield sang “I remember you”, at our 6th Class farewell party in the old assembly hall, just before he became famous.

submitted by Barbara Smith (nee Lickley) – 6th Class 51
I now can remember Mrs Lackey and some of us being chosen for filming, we practiced for hours and hours!!! I think it was for physical culture. Also we did many, many project books which took ages to prepare! I was vice captain of the girls school and Rex Marsden was either captain or vice captain of boys and Kerry Dwyer was vice or captain of the boys….have no recollection of the Girl’s Captain…obviously I liked the boys!! We used to walk along to Boundary Street to catch the bus to Castlecrag.

submitted by Ruth Schofield (nee Inglis) – 6th Class 39
Boys and girls were kept well apart in the playground and classrooms – the boys tried on many occassions, to break the rules!

submitted by Janette Mitchell (nee Ackers) – 6th Class 49
Walking at aged 5 with my cousin Margaret Griffiths (now dec.) from Roseville Chase to the school and back each day!

submitted by Beverley Jan Arnett – 6th Class 51
Going to school on the bus was where I met my best friend,we are still good friends today,Although she lives in Queensland,we still keep in touch.

submitted by Tim White – 6th Class 57
Brandings and marbles in the playground, playing the bass or side drum at assembly, Mr Maitland’s canes, Blue Murder (stolen by an unnamed class mate on the last day) and Minties, Rosie Baths and gaining my Bronze Medallion and Bar there.

submitted by Barry Lambert – 6th Class 56/57
I will be looking forward to seeing Mr Maitland who was my teacher for two or three years and was also my footy coach. I well remember his cane he called “Blue Murder” to which I shook hands with many times, but, usually at the fault of one,Tim white. I can also inform Mr. Maitland that Bob Hayden, was seen on the last day of primary school, bolting along Archibold Rd with “Blue murder”in one hand, taken as a souvenir.

submitted by Jean Robins (nee Gray) – 6th Class 40/42
The sundial between infants & primary. Low tide at the baths, always air raid drill, great fun. Miss Ruby, Miss Ayling, Miss Goddard, Miss Moor, Mr Whittacker. Dancing practice in playground to old gramaphone, girls loved it, boys didn’t.

submitted by Graham Fish – 6th Class 56
Being electrocuted by Dick Smith & lots of sport. Winning State High Jump.

submitted by Margaret Elkan (nee Oxby) – 6th Class 54
Lots of fun and games (and passing swimming exams too!) down at Roseville Baths.  Sea lice down the Speedo!  Trying to hit the vigaro ball into the boy’s playground.  The challenge of maintaining a position seated in the back left hand corner of Miss Wade’s classroom.  Becoming ‘best friends’ with the other girls in that corner.  Bearing the flag and leading the girls’ school in the march around Roseville Park oval on Sports Day 1954.  The thrill of becoming Dux. Of course I still have the prize!

submitted by Mandy Mulligan (nee Marilyn Garrett) – 6th Class 56
Bronwyn Bishop with manicured, painted toenails at Roseville baths,where my brother Thomas and I worked during weekends and holidays. Getting up to mischief with Jenny McGrath and Penny Langtree, also Jenny Marsh. Breaking my arm in the playground before school and being made to stay in class all day as I wasn’t believed ..think there was a test on that day!!!

submitted by Margaret Owen – 6th Class 62
Folk dancing, laughing watching the boys try to skip in and counting to see who would be your partner. Vigaro, tunnel ball and captian ball. Going home sick after trying to consume that dreadful warm milk – put me off for life.

submitted by Joan Peacock (nee Blair) – 6th Class 46
Miss Goddard making toffees and being given one when I cut my finger.  Still have the scar!  Playing with the Bin Boys!!  Playing vigero and swimming in Roseville Baths.  Not sure about the academic side but must have been OK as I have managed two degrees to become a Counselling Psychologist.

submitted by John Moore – 6th Class 44
Air raid kits issued to all pupils and trenches at the end of the playground for the boys and girls in the hallway of the main school building if an air raid. Brown and yellow platted elastic belts which were part of the boys’ school uniform. School athletics carnival at Roseville Park in about 1941 or 1942 at which my brother was coming down with Chicken Pox and passed it on to several pupils and parents. Getting the cane from Mr Kehoe for talking in Assembly. Quite an exciting once only event for a 6th Class boy.

submitted by Brian O’Connor – 6th Class 41/42
Beating the girls team at Vigaro. The boys had to bowl & bat left handed, played 0ne innings only to their two and we still one. Malcolm Whittaker throwing anything he could reach if he caught you talking in class or not paying attention.  I made many long term friends and have many happy memories.  A couple of girls nicknamed me Sluggo beacuase they claimed I looked like the character in the comic strip.

submitted by Rodney Sanderson – 6th Class 48
Going home for lunch as lived in Duntroon Avenue. Riding my bike every where including Pacific Highway and Boundary Street to Chatswood. Training after school with my mates for our sports day at Roseville Park. Swimming lessons at Roseville Baths with Mr. Whittaker.

submitted by Ruth Field (nee Oxby) – 6th Class 56
I remember girls upstairs – mixing ink powder to make ink, nibs not replaced till they got rusty – blotting paper – playing vigoro – the recorder band for assemblies, and much more. Our 5A teacher, Miss Goddard, found a pencil in her desk drawer with my mother’s name on it, and returned it to me. (Mollie Dobson would have been a student in her class about 1929!) I’m looking forward to the reunion.

submitted by Barbara Ann Stowe (nee Williams) – 6th Class 40/41
Mr. Whittaker and his mustache. Mr. Keogh. Mr. Wellington. Miss Ayling , Miss Goddard. Miss Moore Mrs Hayden. Assembly at the foot of the steps and singing God Save The King before going into School, always upstairs. Lunch under the camphor Laurel trees. All my friends that went on for the next 5 years to HGHS with me.

submitted by Peter Harvey – 6th Class 45
Together with my 2 sisters, Jean Dengate, nee Harvey (1931) and Pat Harvey (1940) I will be attending the reunion. Our brother, John, (1932) was also a pupil at Rosie but was killee in WW2′ We are all very excited at the prospect of re-uniting with past friends. Peter Harvey.

submitted by Patricia Whitten (nee Hughes) – 6th Class 39
I remember playing vigoro near the asphalt between the girls’ and boys’ separate playgrounds.  Also Speech Night was held at the Roseville Cinema and in 1939 [Year 6] I was awarded the book Stories From George Eliot selected by Amy Cruse as the school prize.I still have the book. Miss Hayden was a great disciplinarian and thinking back a very good teacher. I had Miss Moore in Year 6 and I had a very happy year last year at Roseville Public after attending since 1935.

submitted by Caroline Hofbrucker (nee Wood) – 6th Class 67
The excitement of the school fetes, particularly in helping out with the cantankerous shetland ponies on the open grass area along Addison Avenue. Mr Montague my 6th class teacher who drilled the subject of magnetism into us.  Dancing The Pride of Erin, school fetes with shetland ponies and those mother/daughter birds and bees evening talks all come to mind very quickly. RPS holds a special place in our family … my mother, Nona (nee) Richardson and her siblings Rob, Jean, Marj and Lexie all attended as did I, leaving in 1967, followed by my brother, Andrew Wood and sister Rosemary. Kaddie Hockley, I didn’t realise you were a former RPS girl – hello from Arcadia!

submitted by E. Lloyd Sommerlad – 6th Class 30
Mr. Martin was the headmaster and 6th class teacher. Three boys from that year won scholarships to Sydney Grammar School. They were myself, Ken Hutton (killed in the war) and Harry Vaughan.

submitted by Rosemary Turner (nee March) – 6th Class 56
Being continually sent to ‘Siberia’ by Mrs. Gormley in 4th grade. Was I really that wicked? Perhaps …. I clearly remember in kindergarten talking David Hunt into putting up his hand with me to say that we, also, caught the early Penshurst Street bus, in order to escape before the bell rang. We then ducked around to a back street in order to walk home unseen.

submitted by David Todd – 6th Class 45
Wartime reflections: Leather Footballs stuffed with newspaper as rubber bladders were not available. The trenches dug by the parents in the school yard.

submitted by Rhondda Maltby (nee Willoughby) – 6th Class 55
Teaching the boys to dance in the playground for the 6th class formal. Warm milk from the bottles stacked outside the assembly room steps. Being changed from writing left hand to the right (which now means I am totally ambidextrous so a handy skill to have). Swimming at Roseville baths – particularly at low tide with mud and jellyblubbers Mrs Lackie (the less said the better) Skipping ropes on the asphalt and grazed knees etc when we fell over (would never be allowed these days) Blisters on my hands from the monkey bars. Marching practice for Athletics carnival.

submitted by Judith Kyle (nee Williams) – 6th Class 45
Being tea girl for Miss Ayling and Miss Goddard, Head Mistress and Deputy – They were cousins.  Mr Wellington teacher and Mr Keogh, Head Master then Mr Hill.

submitted by Neil Wallace – 6th Class 67
One of the best teachers and human beings, Jack Ryan.  Made some great friends to this day.

submitted by Christian Vaughan – 6th Class 37
Miss Hayden slapped me with the ruler and Mr Kehoe hit me with the can and I didn’t deserve either.

Patricia Arrowsmith (nee Midlane) – 6th Class 49
First day of Kindergarten being told to pull up our socks (behave) and we all did!  Loving “World We Live In” on radio – day the war was over – late and all in special assembly being told the news.  Vigaro, maypole dancing, Wattle Day, Joe from Argonauts, living next door to school (exciting!), Miss Brandston and her geckos and Miss Moore, Miss Ayling and Miss Goddard.  All good memories.

submitted by Ralph Lewis – 6th Class 46
In 1st Class trying to teach Elspeth to skip has tickled my fancy at times.  In 4th Class, Thos Hamilton seemed to have a down on me for reasons that I cannot recall.  It was the worst year of my school life, everything was up from there on.

submitted by Carolyn Bebb (nee Larsen) – 6th Class 59
I remember the terrible milk that we had to drink everyday at morning tea. It was generally hot and I hated it. I loved Friday swimming at the baths, so many memories.

submitted by Tony Gregory -6th Class 1948
In mid 1945, Mr Matthews the pastrycook from Roseville CBD bringing meat pies to sell from the back of his truck at 3 pence a piece. The first known Tuck Shop at RPS.

submitted by Pam Zemanek (nee O’Neill) – 6th Class 62
Mrs Grabham’s garden which some of us assisted her with.  Girls hitting the vigaro ball down into the boys’ playground so they would choose a girl to throw it back to over ‘no man’s land’.  Water fights in the girls washroom shed.

submitted by Alison Grahame (nee Andrews) – 6th Class 62
Eating Rosy Apples and Sherbets after swimming lessons at Rosie Baths. Running into large jelly blubbers at said baths when it was low tide. Playing vigaro and trying to hit the ball over the trees into the boys playground. Flavoured staws to help improve the taste of school milk. Our brown and yellow bow ties. Mrs Brabham harbouring a dog in the classroom and kicking its bones up the end of the room when an inspector was in the offing. Marching into school. Bloomers for sport!

submitted by Pamela Ponder (nee Gregory) – 6th Class 46
I can remember the fathers digging a huge trench for the children in the back part of the primary playground, for the children to go when the Japanese invaded ! There was a lot of drill entailed for this. We had a tennis balls cut in half and joined with white tape to cover our ears when the air raid sirens went off. This was attached with a pin to our uniforms. School Sports days at Roseville Oval, and all the wonderful little friends. Great days.

submitted by John Lewis – 6th Class 40
Being the official bell ringer in 6th class as I owned a watch.

submitted by Elizabeth Schreiber (nee Ahearn) – 6th Class 62
Folk dancing after ‘playtime’ – and trying to meet up with the boy I liked. Rehearsing for the Year 6 Farewell – Pride of Erin/Barndance/etc. Playing Vigaro and trying to hit the ball into the boys’ playground. Mrs Grabham! Sharing a twin-pop with my friend after swimming at Rosie Baths.

submitted by Conrad Ermert – 6th Class 53
Hello Collis, we were neighbours in Amarna Parade.  Gret to see your name and looking forward to seeing you.

submitted by Colliss Parrett – 6th Class 46
A great way to meet old friends and remember the school

submitted by Dick Smith – 6th Class 55/56
To Don Wilson Yes. We are advised that the new multistory building replacing the old infants building will be open. Fortunately our old primary building is pretty well as it was in the 50′s.  Only thing I noticed missing was the ever present smell of phenol!

submitted by Alisoun Garrard
Reading all your wonderful comments about your memories of Roseville Public School makes me realise what a great school my children are currently attending!  The new school building will definately be open by the time you have your reunion on the 18th September and the school will be in full fundraising mode to repair the grounds and grass that have been destroyed due to the demountables in the playground.  I know that Dick Smith is ALWAYS very generous about donating items to the school for us to utilise for fundraising but I am wondering if some of the old attendees would like to assist with our fundraising needs. Could the school organise a raffle prize for you to raffle off on the day and perhaps donate the money to the school? Or could we work together in order for the attendees to ‘give a little back’? Would love to hear your thoughts? Many thanks, Alisoun Garrard (Haddow)Mum to Isobel (yr 5), Elspeth (yr 2), Callum (yr 1) and Angus (yr 1).  0418 677 733

submitted by Dick Smith – 6th Class 55/56
Yes great to have a raffle- can anyone donate a really good prize?
We were also going to try and raise money for Stewart House as it was the charity we supported at the school 60 years ago and it is still going.

submitted by Wendy Collins (nee Earl) – 6th Class 52
Would love to attend the reunion and catch up with people from those early years! I attended RPS from 1946-1952.

submitted by Ruth Binns (nee Jacobson) – 6th Class 52
Wendy I can still remember going to your house – Clanwilliam Street?

submitted by Jim Jackson – 6th Class 43
Jim Jackson 1938 to 1943 . Lived at 39 Archie on the big dipper. Not allowed to ride my billycaty anymore.Memories Miss Clapham,Wimpy Welding .. being caned by Principal Keogh for while in 6th class 1943 (WW2)for crying air raid and ducking under my desk when an aircraft flew over. Was it Bruce Zweck on a motorbike that got hit by a car at the intersection of Archbold and Earl. Concrete cricket pitch. Marbles in the dust. Splitting the steel nibs and making darts to attack one’s peers. Inkwell duty.Under our dining table when the Jap minisubs attacked Sydney Harbour.Losing the red arm badge when crossing duty was the next morning. Panic! Happy to chat to all that have stents,hearing aids,walking sticks,intraocular lenses and dicky knees. See ya there. Jim

submitted by Jean Cassidy (nee Weatherstone) – 6th Class 44I
lived at 69 Park Avenue and attended RPS leaving in 1944. My brother Peter and sister Judith were also pupils. In the class photo Class 4B 1942 I am 6 form the left in the back row. I would like to hear from anyone also in the photo. I am now living in Melbourne.

submitted by Robert Murphy – 6th Class 56/57

Six Murphy brothers attended Roseville between 1937 and 1957 – Jim, Ken, Noel, Des, Tim and Rob. We will try to get as many of us there on the day as we can.

 submitted by Don Wilson
Last year 1945.  Will the new building(s) be open by the Reunion?

submitted by John Atkinson
I left at the end of 5th class in 1947.  Looking forward to seeing anyone from that era! John Atkinson.

submitted by Terry Irving – 6th Class 50
Just confirming that I will be attending. I started kindergarten in 1944, so 1950 was my year in 6th class. In that year I was captain and dux of the boys’ school. My brother Robert was five years behind me, so he would have been in 6th class in 1955 had he not left for another school in 1954. I think I have a few photographs to send you. Thanks for organising this reunion, Terry Irving.

submitted by Yvonne McCann (nee Levido) – 6th Class 40/41
Probably the happiest experiences of my childhood were spent at this great school , and I appreciated the care and thoughtfulness of Miss Ayling and Miss Goddard.

submitted by Roslyn Gillies (nee Patrick) – 6th Class 57
I remember the scandal when our teacher Mrs Gormley calling out to whoever was knocking on the door: “Come in if you’re good looking!” The person at the door came in – shock, horror! – it was a parent!  I remember a friend of my brother’s , Terry Leyton, was so clever he would walk down the back stairs of the school standing on his hands!  I remember the crates of warm milk we all drank each morning. They sat in the sun on the stairs on the northern side of the school until we got there to drink them.  I remember a really big boy in my kindergarten class, called Billy, coming to school one days and starting to cry because his dog had died. Also our teacher in Kindergarten, Miss Boyle, got married that year.

submitted by Frances Newling (nee Powell) – 6th Class 47
The teachers who made an impression, especially Jean Bransdon. The separation of boys and girls and the swimming at Roseville baths with Mr and Mrs Sly!

submitted by Patricia Buckland – 6th Class 58
Walking up Archbold Rd hill every morning. David Evan’s mother running up to greet us coming home to tell us Prince Charles was born. Loved Roseville baths – should have had a heritage cover! When the desks were painted and I damaged the paint on day one!! I was so frightened! Being teased because I was fat! That stopped at PLC.

submitted by david Moyes – 6th Class 39
Too many to recall and record at the moment.

submitted by Gordon Wright – 6th Class 54
No doubt these will come out on the day with a little prompting (i.e. memory jogging)

submitted by Robert Murphy -6th Class 56/57
I was the sixth of the Murphy boys to attend Roseville. My brothers and I all enjoyed our time at Roseville and have many good memories of teachers, classmates and activities there. Four brothers went on to North Sydney Tech High, one to Mosman and one to Crows Nest. We hope that we will all be able to attend in September.

submitted by Robyn Ford (nee Marshall) – 6th Class 54
I attended ”Rosie Sch.” from 1951-53when I then went on to PLC Pymble, I was later followed by Alison Parker (who I believe lives in Canada), Beverley Hopkins (nee Henderson) and Gwyneth Griffiths (dec).  When I lived at the top end of Roseville Ave. I used to catch ”the butterbox” to school driven by Monty, then we moved to Boundary St. my brother and I used to walk to school. One of my early recollections in 3rd class was learning the poem ”The Hare” by Walter del la Mare and I think our teacher was a Mrs Bowden.  When we lived with my Grandmother in Roseville Ave. we lived opposite Jennifer, Robin and Peter Coote.  My late brother John Marshall before going on to school at Shore was in the class of 1956 and I recall him being friends with John Watson, Peter Coote and Tim Vidler.  I am looking forward to seeing people again that I haven’t seen for some years, reading through the replies it is nice to see names on the list that haven’t attended any of our previous reunions at Roseville Golf Club.

submitted by Judy Button (nee Hume) – 6th Class 47
Hitting Vigaro balls over the large trees so that a certain boy might throw them back!
Miss Ayling making me pack all my books etc and go down to 3rd class (from 6th!) because I was talking too much!

submitted by Jeanette Bradley (nee Winney) – 6th Class 43
The greatest event for me was being Dux (girls) in 1943 – my proudest moment.

submitted by Elaine Turnidge (nee Quigley) – 6th Class 46
Walking to school – playing vigoro – marching around the playground – walking to Roseville Theatre for end of year prize giving/speech day – annual sports carnival at Roseville Park – swimming at Roseville Baths – girls’ classes upstairs – boys’ classes downstairs – spelling bees around the classrooms – sewing classes – wearing galoshes in wet weather and having to take spare shoes or slippers.

submitted by David Parker – 6th Class 55/56
Hi Dick and members of 6th class in 1955 and 1956. As the youngest in the class of ’55, I came back to do it all again in 1956. I look forward eagerly to catching up with you all in what promises to be a fantastic reunion after all these years.  Those days at Roseville were the days when playing outdoors was almost our only option after school before the novelty of TV. I too used to frequent Roseville baths when school was out, and was also a regular at Vic Edwards’ tennis school in Duntroon Avenue. But a great favourite for us Chatswood-ites was messing around on the swings with classmates in Beauchamp Park (Johnny Mashman was said to have gone over the top) or playing cricket on the cement pitch near the pavilion there. Ah, those were the days!  I remember the daily routine before school … waiting at the bus stop in Archer Street for the Royal Bros. butterbox to take us on our twopenny ride up the hill and along Ashley, Macquarie and Boundary Streets and finally along Archbold Road to our journey’s end. Sometimes before school we’d tear around the playground playing “brandings”, the one who was “in” using a tennis ball to try and “brand” anyone unfortunate enough to get in the way of the ball being hurled at him  and so becoming “in” (of course, we were not considered hit if we successfully defended ourselves with a rubbish can lid!). Then there were those morning assemblies outside in the sun before school, with Wally Hill standing on the stairs proclaiming his profound advice and instructions for the day until we almost fainted from standing so long (and in some cases did), and Pop Loudon marching us off to class to the beat of his whistle!  Inside the classroom is what it was all about where arithmetic, compositions, spelling, dictation and social studies were drummed into us, and we each did a project on the locality, Roseville. After all was done if not said, I suppose we did grow a little in knowledge, and possibly a tiny bit in wisdom. We just may not have realized it.

submitted by John Denham – 6th Class 47
Main claim to fame – was one of two who rang the school bell in 5th and 6th grades (because I had a wrist watch)

submitted by Murray Ford – 6th Class 48
I attended ”Rosie Public” until the end of 4th class in 1946 when our family moved to Killara and I then attended Gordon Public Sch. before going on to Barker College in 1948.  One of my early memories is sharing my bottle of ”raspberry syrup” sitting under a tree in the school playground with Tony Gregory and playing marbles with various other classmates and generally having a great time at Rosie”. I look forward to catching up with some of my former friends on 18th September.

submitted by Lili Unwin (nee Edwards – Lesley Edwards) – 6th Class 56
Year 1955……was my only year ..6th class….with marilyn garret and all the girls
…..boys were another dimension as separated from us… However school dance was the highlite….boys we had never seen suddenly appeared.. Still wonder who boy was …who danced with me all nite…!

submitted by Lloyd Sommerlad
I was a country boy who came Sydney in 1929 and had two years at Roseville East. I travelled from Lindfield by train and then by bus from Roseville station. My teacher in 6th class was Mr. Martin and he must have been very good as three boys from the School won scholarships that year to Sydney Grammar School, awarded on results of the Primary Final. The other boys were Ken Hutton (killed in the war) and Harry Vaughan whom I last heard of at Foster on the North Coast.

submitted by Alison Horwood (nee Davis)
I have many treasured memories of Roseville School and still have friends from that time to this day. The friends are Georgea Griffiths, Margaret Porter, Ingrid and Virgina Little.
One memory I would love to pass on to everyone is that because I had long fair plaits, they forever had blue tips on the ends. This was because the person sitting behind me dipped them in the ink pot. Great Memories !! Sadly I can’t make the reuion because we will be in the UK at that time. Please keep me informed as I may be able to make a future happening.

submitted by John Prescott – 6th Class 52
hello there—-i was at roseville from1946 to 1950 when i was one of the clever ones to go to artarmon oc classes—–teachers were miss knowles,mrs christian,mr darling and mr mowatt—-mr hill was the boss and mr (pop) louden was deputy—looking forward to sep 19

submitted by Arnold House
Congratulations to you for organising such a get-together. My memories were the period of 1951 -1956 aged 5 to 9 yrs – thus my memory of peoples’ names is dim.
I do recall a report card that suggested less time should be spent wearing warpaint
and playing cowboys and indians ! In 57 I transferred to Knox College until 64.
If a list of students exists for this 51-56 period I would be interested to read it and
so refresh the brain cells.

submitted by Jeanette Short
I would love to come to your reunion. My brother and sister started at Roseville School in 1933 and onwards and my younger sister in 1953. I remember when I was in 6th class I was slightly bored in the sewing class with Miss Newman who was a delightful teacher, I was rolling up little balls of blotting paper and blowing them into the inkwell when I accidentally blew into the inkwell and got ink all over my face. Of course the class laughed and Miss Ayling whose office was next door heard and made me stand in front of the clock until after school hours and made me walk home with the ink of my face. My mother was very understanding. My best years were at Roseville and I still remember our school song Up girls and Up boys and our motto facta non verba – deeds not words. Looking forward to catching up. My brother Jim Short went to school with John Treloar.

submitted by Barbara Ludowici (nee Phillips)
I was at Roseville Public School from approx.1936 to 1942. We lived in Addison Avenue just down from the school. There were children up and down the street who attended the school, Miss Ailing was head mistress with Miss Goddard, Miss Moore, Mrs Collins teachers I remember well. I remember the bombing of Darwin when the sirens went off and we were made to climb under our desks and wondered what was going on.
Miss Ailing eventually came into the class room and released us from our cramped positions and announced that Australia had been bombed. Our Fathers were co-opted into digging air-raid shelters in the school playgrounds.  Both my brother Rodney and I learned to swim at Roseville Baths in pristine waters. It will be a great reunion. Many happy memories from those years.

submitted by John Treloar
I well remember my time at R.P.S. It was during the “thirties” when Mr. Keogh(e.& o.e.) was headmaster(boys) and Miss Ailing(girls). The sexes were well segregated-girls upstairs and boys downstairs- and I owe much of my future athletic success to Mr Malcolm Whittaker, whose interest and advice to me was most appreciated. Also there was “Whimpy” Welding, and Mr Suiters and Mr. Moatte.
I look forward very much to renewing old acquaitances on Septetember 18, particularly Dick Ramsay and “Paddy” Sheahan as well of course Ian Sinclair, who went on to Knox Grammar School, and had such a great future as one of Australia’s Leading politicians.
The organisers are to be congratulated on this fantastic reunion – well done Dick Smith.

submitted by Margaret Crowley (nee Kemmis) – 6th Class 53
I attended Roseville Public between 1951 and 1953 and was school captain in 1953. If I can locate any memorabilia I will forward it to you.

submitted by Robin Fraser – 6th Class 56
I too believe thast Roseville Public gave me a great start in life. Mr Suiters may have been instrumental in my NZ move to the Christchurch Scool of Medicine in 1974 where I am now Emeritus Professor of Pathology,Coroners’s Pathologist and Medical Director of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation. My passions are teaching & research into the deadliest disease, Atherosclerosis, which leads to death from heart attacks, strokes etc & how the liver sieve balances dietary & liver synthesised cholesterol & the affect of lifestyles on the sieve’ porosity. I was in 1A (Miss Laws) to 5A(Mr Suiters) from about 1941-5.

submitted by Geoffrey Sherington
I was at Roseville (1951-56) I have already forwarded some comments so shall not repeat them here. But shall send photos of 1951 kindergarten. My two brothers David and Bruce Sherington were at Roseville (c1940-46) and my sister Elizabet (c.1944-49).  As with many other boys Mr Maitland was my favourite teacher- the youngest in age by far.
The education was very solid and even academic.

submitted by Georgea Harding (nee Griffiths) – 6th Class 55
I remember group skipping in the playground, one girl at each end and the rest of us in the middle jumping rope. Hula hoops are also remembered. I was the culprit who dipped Alison’s plaits in the inkwell. Others have mentioned the milk, I loved it (warm or cold) and consumed my friends unwanted milk as well.
Granny Conway, from the Redex trial brought her car to school for us to look at.
Monty the bus driver is well remembered for his patience in waiting for latecomers -would this happen today? I would love to attend the reunion and catch up but I will be in WA

submitted by Rick Landers – 6th Class 55
That song “Going Home” was a painful tune, I hated it, just couldn’t wait to go home.

submitted by Bruce Zweck – 6th Class 38/39
Further to Roseville Baths, we were always intrigued by the quaint signs that M.J. Sly had around. In the Mens dressing room the sign read “If you spit on the floor at home, you can spit on the floor here. We want you to feel at home”. At the north eastern end of the baths there was a grassed area. The sign here read “Couples must lie apart in this area”.

submitted by Dick Smith – 6th Class 55/56
Remember that song “Going home, going home. I’m just going home”
Singing in the assembly hall,I can’t remember what for!

submitted by Robin Fraser – 6th Class 46
Yes I remember Mr Sly teaching us to swim, a fine specemen of a man. Mrs Sly at the shop & turn style, & I loud laughed to be reminded of the lines of “if you spit on the floor at home…”. Made my day remembering the baths, Thanks. Robin (it is a boys’ name in NZ) was teased in 1A for the name, Dad taught me to wrestle & 2A was great. When I came to Chch in 1974 I was thrilled to meet Robin Gibson, Robin Carrell,Robin Davidson, Robin Hunter,all males at Chch Hospital & girls were spelt Robyn, maybe why I left Aussie? Yes Dick, we were much more free in those days. My kid brother Don & I roamed the upper reaches of middle harbour, past the hermit’s cave near the Roseville bridge, up the valley & the white bridge carrying the grey sewer pipe from East Killara, up to Linfield Park & the other hermit’s cave near the first Linfield Boy Scouts & Cubs’ hut. Our parents were happy with our wanderings & wars with the bull dog ants. Never met the ‘Whip” who was a legend. Might have been oxy-welding after he left Roseville? We also in week ends for 6 pence return bought a return ticket to all suburban railway stations! Spent days on the trains, all the loops around Hornsby, Eastwood Paramatta ,Liverpool & even Kurrajong. The best trains were the ones with a seat you could kneel on next to the driver,s half cabin on these special carriages. We would watch the oiling machines on the curved rails so the outer wheels would not screach, the man at central who watched the wheels & at night with a torch for a flat or broken wheel. Could tell from the arrangement of the lights on the leading carriage its destintion. That would have been the quetion to put to Jap spies? We learned so much,never came to harm,but today our parents might have been jailed for neglect & irresponsibility. Those were the days,my friends. Rob fraser.

submitted by Ruth Binns (nee Jacobson) – 6th Class 52
I remember, Wendy Earl, Jean Barber, Barbara Lickley ( her birthday party at Castlecrag) Marg Lackey the Principal who had us out on the hot bitumen exercising only if we had done our “Little and Often” Math homework. Life Saving at Roseville Baths and later racing in the Club. I also remember Fran Freeman – her mother Mrs. Freeman in those days was President of the Swimming Club. National Fitness Camp with water restrictions where we never had a shower for a week!! We swam in the lake that we decided had tealeaves on the bottom. I would love to catch up in September but will be overseas.

submitted by Peter Harvey – 6th Class 45
Wednesday afternoon was sports day and we had to walk to Roseville park to play cricket. This was a couple of miles away but it was worth it. Sports master was Malcom Whitaker who was a leg spinner of some talent.

submitted by Colin Brown – 6th Class 45
I remember the cane for all the spelling mistakes.  Also remember kicking the soccer ball around the school before the teachers got there.  Marching into class, flag crossings.

submitted by Don Wilson – 6th Class 47
The class sitting down in the assembly hall while I walked out to the front and turned on the mantle radio to listen to the Schools Broadcast (that was real responsibility!)
The men who came to tell us about the Japanese submarines – they had a model on the back of a truck. Sitting on the floor in Kindergarten with our first Reader – The cat sat on the mat etc. My first day at school – my father took me the day after I turned 4 (I think) and it was straight into class – none of your fancy orientation!

submitted by Geoff Edenborough – 6th Class 56
A group of boys in 6th class, sitting in the playground, being talked into holding hands while Dick completed the cicuit with a magnito and gave us all an electri shock.  Pop Louden tapping time with his whistle at the top of the stairs as we marched into class.  Diving for the white brick in the mud at the bottom of Roseville Baths.  Getting busted by Mrs. Christian after a certain girl manipulated me into colouring the christmas tree on the blackboard BLUE instead of green.

submitted by Lucille Simpson (nee Morrof) – 6th Class 52
My husband Keith and I attended RPS from 1946-1952, and actually were in the same second class, a fact we only discovered after meeting, in our teens. We both have very fond memories of Rosie—but I don’t know if the words “romance” , and “Rosie” should be used in the same sentence, considering the very high moral standards set at OUR school—boys separated from girls in class rooms downstairs, and sent out to play in the dirt up the back yard, while we girls had the bitumen.  Vigoro balls where forever being hit to see if they could be recovered by “boys”!!!   Even so, somehow Keith and I met up as young people, married (50 years this year), and often reminisce about our time spent at Rosie.  I personally have two wonderful friends, Ruth Binns (nee Jacobson), and Jennifer Simpson (nee Mitchell), who have shared the highs and lows in my life, still laugh at tales of our time at Rosie. He was also a member of the Roseville Swimming Club, and part of the water polo team, when I met him.  Not so fond memories of oyster shell cuts at low tide, and waiting for the high tide to eliminate some of the mud. As much as we would have enjoyed the Rosie reunion, we will be caravanning at Uluru at that time, but wish all who attend a wonderful day—maybe next time.

submitted by Bob Richardson – 6th Class 53
Playing marbles under the camphorlaurels Swimming in peasoup in Roseville baths Consuming huge blocks of honeycomb and bags of sherbet after swimming Kind and thoughtful teachers

submitted by Ronald Bentley – 6th Class 49
My brother John Bentley came dux. I fixed the headmaster Mr Hill’s door to his office.

submitted by Leigh Mitchell -6th Class 57
Some that I’ve been reminded of just reading other comments and others I’d rather forget,still,I will look forward to the reunion.

submitted by Bruce Zweck – 6th Class 39/40
During the summer every Friday afternoon we went down to Roseville Baths for swimming,diving and lie saving classes. This was a real highlight. The journey up the hill and back to school was always memorable. The Royles bus, (a White), laboured up the hill driven by Monty and the radiator often boiled by the time we reached the top.

submitted by Conrad Ermert – 6th Class 53
All the Ermert’s attended Roseville Public School: Rupert, Helga, Margaret and myself.  Mr Hill was the Headmaster.  Assemblies, raising the flag, singing the National Anthem, with the flute band.  Playing games on the playground only partially covered with grass.  Doing duty as Flag Marshals on Addison Avenue and Archbold Road.  Distributing milk to classrooms and stacking up the crates of empty bottles.  The Teaching staff were excellent and gave us a wonderful start for the future.

submitted by Richard Cox – 6th Class 48
Playing Cricket on the grass area, swimming before school at Rosie baths. Nickley Yardley was in my year, also Max Parrett, Graham Crawford & Mr Hill Mr Darling.

submitted by Ian Thistlethwayte – 6th Class 57
Marbles in the Eastern yard, monkey bars, Mr Sly’s swimming classes, crushes on a couple of 6th class girls, Cecil, Harty, Bruce and Pop, routine canings (totally deserved in the case of yours truly!) Lots of other memories, but few regrets – maybe more about these later!

submitted by Denis Culliton – 6th Class 48
We used to bomb Bronnie down at Rosie Baths!

submitted by Norm Eakins – 6th Class 48
Planting grass on bare areas around the school. How crowded we were in the downstairs assembly hall. Playing cricket in the playground. Walking to school from Penshurst St and the lack of traffic. Archbold and Babbage, the 2 sports houses. Getting the cane from Mr Hill.

submitted by Robert Ramsay – 6th Class 52
Getting the cane from Miss Walsh in infants school.  Brother Bruce finding an opal in gravel in playground.  Facing Geoff Mitchells terrifying bowling and getting tackled by him at rugby.

submitted by John Garrett – 6th Class 51
I have many happy memories which I hope to share with old friends at the reunion.

submitted by Ruth Binns (nee Jacobson) – 6th Class 52
Of the new female Principal Marg Lackey who introduced P/E everyday in bare feet on the hot bitumen. Little and often Maths each evening or no P/E. National Fitness Camp at Point Wolstoncroft – north of Sydney. Life Saving at Roseville Baths and later the Roseville Swimming Club and much more and I am very disappointed I can’t be at the Reunion as I will be overseas. Would love to get a copy of any papers or notes – where are all the girls who went to Roseville?

submitted by Peter Gibb – 6th Class 44
Lunchtime Cricket with “Wimpy” Welding (5th Class teacher)

submitted by Gail Lyneham – 6th Class 60
Being hit over the knuckes with a ruler by Mrs Gormley in 3rd class, dancing around the maypole, graduating from pencil to pen and ink, assembly, warm milk, jacks, hoops, swapping stickers, yoyo’s, the boys having the grassy play area, turnstile entry to Roseville baths, trying to find and retrieve the brick at the murky bottom for the life saving certificate, and the joy in having fivepence to spend on a musk stick, cobber and red ice block at the bath’s shop.

submitted by Sue Devine (nee Landers) – 6th Class 48
The air raid practices when we crouched in the cloak room clad in our powder puff ear-muffs. Miss Ayling, my nemesis, who kept me in at lunch time, beating my knuckles with a ruler – no good at math! Girl’s captain in 1948 and forgot the pledge of allegience at the first assembly (no wonder she hated me – what embarrassment!) Roseville Baths was scary at low tide – inky water and oozy mud but I too liked the sherbet and licorice bags. I had a great time at RPS with lots of really wonderful friends – I remember you all and hope to see you.

submitted by Robyn McLeod (nee Landers) – 6th Class 50
Good times always. Miss Ailing and Miss Moore were so great. Remember Miss Ailing conducting? Grew up at the baths, learnt to swim, taught and even served in the shop. The best and most dangerous diving board ever.

submitted by Bruce Ramsay – 6th Class 57
My teacher in 5th class, Bruce Maitland, had a blue feather duster cane, it was known as “blue murder”!  Unfortunately I shook hands with it on a regular basis!!! How times have changed!

submitted by Rick Byrnes – 6th Class 50
I remember the bus trip (Royal Bros) to Roseville Baths every Friday (I think) in summer. When the water came into view there was always a big cheer when it was high tide. There was a bit more water and a bit less mud!

submitted by Geoff Grimes – 6th Class 50
I have many very happy memories of my days at Rosie Public and very few sad ones. I remember the day that my friends and I were walloped on our bare buttocks by the Infants Mistress. We were spied patting the baker’s horse as we walked home for lunch along Archbold Rd. After all the horse was our friend!!! We often gave it grass and carrots, etc. Had some great teachers!!

submitted by Vivienne Hall (nee Clements) – 6th Class 53
Lovely Mrs. Lackey who was passionate about exercise and had us outside doing all sorts of gymnastics as often as possible. I think she may have been the principal.  Free milk (with cream on top) which had thoughtfully been put and kept in the shade. Great Oslo lunches.  Tram ride up Victoria Avenue; Chatswood to Penshurst Street where I caught the bus(I’m not sure whether it was a school special or not) to school.  Long walk home if I happened to miss the bus in the afternoon.

submitted by Bill Smallwood – 6th Class 54
Singing “Sweet Violets” in chorus from the back seat of Monty’s ‘Butter Box’ on the way back from Rosie Baths after ‘Bronze’ training with “Pop” Loudon.  Also, the Friday afternoon when ‘Henry’ Jackson, who had already graduated from RPS, hid in the back row of his brother Sid’s class, only to be discovered and lauded by the very good natured “Pop” Loudon mentioned above.  There must have been some ‘r, r & r’ in there somewhere, but as my reports will show, they weren’t of great interest to me.  Now, where have my good mates Brian Hawley, Duncan Robinson, Graeme Dudley, and Gordon Wright got to? We lost the wonderful Ray Steele all too soon.  Fortunately, Dick Smith has been a great bond for helping us all to keep together in various ways. Perhaps I should’ve taken more notice when he suggested that I would have more fun with him hunting down hidden radio transmitters in his Kombi rather that wasting my time studying Electronics and Communications at NSTC. Particularly as I eventually found my way into a career in accounting.

submitted by Jillian Joans (nee Edwardes) -6th Class 55
I was very proud of our brown and gold colours and especially our bow ties.  Miss Goddard (an institution), Mrs Lackie (requesting covered telephone books to raise our seats), Miss Wade, (demanding but fair), Mr Hill and Mr Loudan.  Monkey bars and blisters, jacks, scraps, hopscotch and vigoro.  School magazines and comprehension, “little and often” arithmetic homework, ink and nibs (very unfair for left handed writers), the broadcasting book for singing, sewing samples and oslo lunches (occasionally).  Strong memories of friends and their families are most important.

submitted by John Treloar
I well remember my time at R.P.S. It was during the “thirties” when Mr. Keogh(e.& o.e.) was headmaster(boys) and Miss Ailing(girls). The sexes were well segregated-girls upstairs and boys downstairs- and I owe much of my future athletic success to Mr Malcolm Whittaker, whose interest and advice to me was most appreciated. Also there was “Whimpy” Welding, and Mr Suiters and Mr. Moatte.  I look forward very much to renewing old acquaitances on Septetember 18, particularly Dick Ramsay and “Paddy” Sheahan as well of course Ian Sinclair, who went on to Knox Grammar School, and had such a great future as one of Australia’s Leading politicians.
The organisers are to be congratulated on this fantastic reunion – well done Dick Smith.

submitted by John Spurrett – 6th class 41
Mr Mowatt, Mr Suiters and Mr Keogh -Mr Mowatt in particular was a grand old man from the country brought back to teaching during the war. He had a slight limp from falling off a horse and an easy diversion for us kids was to talk him into reading Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson, which could take up most of the afternoon. Also remember the Roseville baths which we frequented even apart from school.

submitted by Dick Smith – 6th class 55/56
Has anyone noticed the coincidence of the century regarding the school reports submitted by myself and by my friend Tom Garrett?  In exactly the same year, 1954 and the same class, 5th Class, it resulted in us both achieving a score of 319 and both getting the result of 45/47 – surely Mr Maitland should have told us we had tied, therefore we weren’t quite so bad/good – or does it not work like that?

submitted by Ross Adair – 6th class 47
I remember the names Peter Willoughby and Ian Macindoe from the 1947 photo Other names from this year are Malcolm McPhee (to Shore?) and Toby Quant (to Barker?) I went ot Artarmon Opportunity School and later Cranbrook School in 1946 Was Ron Sharp the swimmer in our class? I think he later went to Nth Syd Boys High

submitted by Lois Read (nee Sharp) – 6th class 41
Fond memories of two great teachers, Misses Ayling and Goddard in 6th and 5th class. With the girls upstairs and the boys downstairs and never the twain should meet, but we DID manage to pass notes across the line between the asphalt and the boy’s playground

submitted by Bruce Gregory – 6th class 55
I remember Mrs Maudie, on learning that I would rather walk down the big hill in Archbold Road to go home, asking me if I minded big dogs. Well it worked I was pertified of a German Shepherd at the bottom of the hill so that put the kybosh on that strategy.  I also have a vivid memory of a thing called the Scennell Speller which must have had an impact although my spelling is still poor. Mr Hill ( Hilly) the headmaster petrified me as I was caned for some dreadful misdemenor., I think I pushed Robert Maze over. I did however recieve a most improved prize at Roseville Theatre and I still have that book (Stars in the Universe).

submitted by Robin Butlin (nee Coote) – 6th class 53
Teachers were Miss Roberts in 1st class, Miss Donnelly in 3rd, Mrs Kearney in 4th, Miss Goddard in 5th and Mrs Lackey in 6th She was also head Mistress.  The marching around the playground in our bloomers and shirts and folk dancing and later with Mrs Lackey the vaulting horse and different ‘gym exercises and National Fitness Camp.

submitted by Robert Breakwell – 6th class 56
Sucking sherbert fizz through licorice straws at Roseville baths, racing matchbox boats down Archbold Road on wet afternoons, and difficulty in making the switch from God save the King to God save the Queen in 1952 after the death of George VI. Will also never forget the dental checks in the mobile van that use to park in Addison Ave which has given me a lifelong phobia of dentists. But they were wonderful carefree years

submitted by Jennifer Lusher (nee Marsh) – 6th class 55
Monty’s school bus, blisters from the Infant’s School monkey bars, slope cards for writing, chanting the times table every day in third class, tunnel ball and vigaro in our “bloomers”.

submitted by Kaddi (Caroline Chambers) Hockley – 6th class 61
Lots of happy memories. The other children in my class were very nice. However someone dipped my pigtails in the inkwell and my hair turned green. The milk we had to drink was often sour as it sat in the sun and the Oslo lunches were a bit bland.

submitted by John Bradley – 6th class 54
Roseville Baths & Swimming Club.  Miss Knowles, Mr Luff, Mr Lowden (Deputy Head Master) and Mr Hill (Headmaster).  School Cricket, School Songs (in Derry Vale).  Food ration stamps after the War at Roseville shops.

submitted by Robert (Bob) Burrowes – 6th class 52
The Milk Deliveries for students which a lot of the time tended to be sus in relation to freshness.The intention was I suspect to build us up.  The working bees during school times for students in the front gardens.

submitted by Helen Sawkins – 6th class 57
Being invited to see our Kindergarten teacher’s wedding. Smarties for good work in1st class. Doing extracts from Midsummers Night Dream in 3rd class. Having to do PE in bloomers & school blouse in 3rd & 4th class. The names of 12 girls being read out at the beginning of 1954 & being told to go to the back of the room while the 30 others of us progressed next door to 4th class. The 12 were then told they were repeating 3rd class. Mrs Gormley throwing chalk at us & pulling our ears in 4th class.

submitted by Jenny Magrath – 6th class 56
Roseville Baths. Sunburn, diving off the top tower.  Trying to throw a ball over the Camphor Laurel tress at the bottom of the playground.  Going home sick from school and knowing I was going to be sick on the bus, I opened my suitcase, (globite of course)and was sick in it. Mum was pleased. Of course the bus was a Royles bus.

submitted by Ted Matthews – 6th class 55
Good mates, great teachers, especially, Bruce Maitland and his remarkable set of canes, each of which had a name! These were introduced to every boy in 3rd class…….Wonderful stories of adventure and the reading of ‘The Loaded Dog’ etc.etc The endless games of marbles in 4th class playing area….riding our bikes to school and the bike parking area.

submitted by Angus Caporn -6th class 38
6 of the best on the hand from Mr Keogh.  Winning a road patrol competition at Sydney Show Ground and Sergeant Barrie training us.  Serving on the Arunta with 2 classmates in WW2.

submitted by Ron Hunter – 6th class 56
I loved playing marbles in the playground and doing milk runs to classrooms. I also loved swimming at Roseville baths.

submitted by Robert St Clair – 6th class 54/55
I have happy memories of Roseville Public School – I enjoyed living in the area and often swam at Roseville Baths.  My family moved to Turramurra when I attended High School to be closer to Knox.  I have always lived on the North Shore since being married have lived in Roseville however our school zone for our children was Lindfield Public. I now live in Castlecrag.

submitted by Andrew Frazer – 6th class 58
My mother taking me out of class in 1953 to wait near RNSH to watch Queen Elizabeth II drive past in an open car.  Enduring the Coronation twice at Chatswood’s Kings Theatre.

submitted by Garry Rodd – 6th class 55
Monty’s bus, Ink monitors,Warm milk, aniseed stick and sherbet Marbles – Stacks, Ringy.  Tores – Agates, BottleO’s, Blood, Alley and Stars, Roseville Baths, Kingy.  A lot of other things I can’t mention else the pupil might be sent to Pop Louden for 6 of the best.

submitted by Tim Vidler – 6th class 56
Being paraded in front of the Infants School in 1952 to hear Wally Hill announce the King’s death and we were to get a day off school.  Watching Wally Hill chase one of the Long (?) boys around the classroom in Mr Brown’s 4A class in 1954

submitted by Tom Garrett – 6th class 55
Working in Mr Hills garden along Addison Ave, walking to school along Addison Ave with Dick Smith.  Being on incinerator duty in year 4.  Working at Roseville Baths in 1954-57.

submitted by Rick Landers – 6th class 55
I am looking for Lindy De Sacks.  Does anyone know where she is these days?   She was the best looker in kindergarten.

submitted by Robin Fraser
I was at Rosville public during the WW2. My father & others dug the trenches at back of the main school. I lived at 90 Boundary St & remember the Bren gun carriers up & down the road to the northern beaches.  My favourite girl was Jill Fields in 1A, Miss Law’s class, about 1941.  Then when older (when in Mr Suiter’s class?) I remember fondly Wendy Harris.  She was a neighbour in Boundary St & I cant remember if she was at Roseville.  There was a Dick Van Seldon who lived towards Roseville station. He was the first “New Australian” that I was aware of. I remember listening to the wireless for Mr Suiters during the Russian pincer movements, pushing the Germans back towards the west & reporting the news back to the class.  Mr Suiters was a great teacher, he taught us ‘God defend NZ’ and for the last 38 years I have lived in Christschurch as Professor of Pathology (now Emeritus for =10 years , but still teaching, doing Coroner’s Autopsies & researching how the”Liver Sieve” balances dietary cholesterol with that synthesised in the liver & how poor lifestyles, diabetes & unfortunately old age close the sieve leading to heart attacks ,strokes from & atherosclerosis. David Le Couteur has taken over this work but, being Professor of Geriatrcs at Concord, so fortuately keeps me involved.  I spent 5 years as a country GP in Coonabarabran after being at RPAH for 3 years,after that a PhD in Experimental Pathology at JCSMR, then post-doc University of Chicago (Billings Hospital, the Univerity of Sydney, senior lecturer in Path, and in 1974 went to University of Otago, Chch School of Medicine & have been here ever since. I remember from Roseville a cricketer Ken Leggit who I think went to Shore, & John Francis, also Shore as well as a Ross Perkins & Ross Ewing.  I have 6 children from 1958-1983 & 7.4 grandchildren. My wife Linda is into Mary K. now, but used to do electron microscopy with me in Sydney & Chch.  I have a clss photo of Miss Law’s class 1A about 1941-2 which I shall dig out. Was a Miss Walsh head mistress of the Infants School about this time (2A) & Mr Keho head master of the main school? I heard of the re-union from Graham & Helen Johnson of ANU, UofS & Roseville. Sounds very tempting to come back over,please send me more details. Graham & Helen sent me the North Shore Times articles around 8/4/11. Thank you in anticipation of more news. Sincerly, Robin Fraser

submitted by Ron Werner – 6th class 43
Mr Kehoe’s cane. Wow!  Mr Whitaker’s accuracy with a stick of chalk or duster.  A certain female student in a in a Speedo costume at Rosie baths.  Mr Welding for a reasons I won’t mention!  Making camouflage nets.  Pedestrian crossing duties

submitted by Colliss Parrett – 6th class 46
Mr Whitaker and Mr Moart [not sure of spelling].

submitted by Colin Munro – 6th class 46
Air raid shelters in school yard.  Sitting outside classroom in anticipation of air raids with mouths open and ear plugs in. Lining up outside Mr Hills office waiting for the cane after some small mishap – six of the best. School welcome for Mr Whittaker after returning from war service. Our school was involved with a combined primary school choir at the Sydney Town Hall which was recorded by the ABC in 1946.

submitted by Bruce Zweck – 6th class 38/39
In 4A Malcolm Whitaker was the teacher. He was very accurate with throwing pieces of chalk, as boys who were not attending or talking would vouch !! In 6B Mr. Mogg and 6A E.J. Keogh would use the cane as punishment and also the writing out from a list of 100 words. For some reason I had to write this list frequently and to this day remember the first 6 or 7. It certainly improved my spelling !!

submitted by Craig Patrick – 6th class 54
Memories of looking forward to buying half a penny worth of rainbow balls or aniseed balls and sherbert at Roseville baths.

submitted by Fran Maze (nee Freeman) – 6th class 54
Performing as the Cat in “Peter and the Wolf” alongside Bronwyn Setright who was the Bird, Carmen Phillips as Peter. We rehearsed at a house in Collaroy Plateau and performed at the Conservatorium of Music.  Playing vigero on the ashphalt every lunch break – the boys were all up the back on the grass.  I think our 6th class teacher was Miss Wade. For 5A we had the lovely Miss Goddard.

submitted by Craig Miller – 6th class 49
I commenced at the School in late 1945 and left at the end of fifth class in 1948. My late sister, Anne, also attended from about 1947 to 1951. Mr Hill was the Headmaster.Mr Suitor (spelling?) I remember as an inspirational teacher, in third and fourth class, who encouraged and rewarded learning and progress; two of my happiest years at the School. In the main school building boys occupied the ground floor classrooms and girls the first floor – the latter was absolutely out of bounds to boys except on “fire” duty when you replenished firewood to the classroom fires in winter months prior to school when no girls were present! I recall that a number of boys came barefooted to school how society and the living standards have changed. I have maintained contact with a number of old boys throughout the years including Dick Conti, Robert (Angus) Talbot, Eric Mobbs, Michael Marsh, Robert Hamilton and have memories of many others. Sadly, Ken Willoughby and Philip Wyndham are both deceased.

submitted by Jean Hocking (nee Barbour) – 6th class 52
After a long walk (from bottom of Findlay Av) I would catch Monti’s Bus at Rosie Station with Rin Oakes. If I was late I would walk….at school boys downstairs……girls upstairs. Loved sports days, school dance, swimming at Rosie Baths. Mrs Lackies 6th class was amazing…..she became Girls Headmistress…..made a film…..very go-a-head. We danced at the Royal Easter Show in the wool and wheat dance……loved nature study, art.. collecting tadpoles…..only later did I learn to work hard at school….Rosie Public was a good start….Deeds not Words a great motto.

submitted by Bob Park – 6th class 53
Playing brandings & kingy in the grassy playground.

submitted by Lorinda Lane (nee Oakes) – 6th class 52
I was with Jean Hocking (nee Barbour), Sondra Ereaux (nee Wood), Carol Carr (nee Walters), Helen (Cliff), Helen (Wright), Christine (Wuga), Gillian (Hicks), Jennifer (CASE), Ann Pattison, etc Monty’s bus at Roseville Station was a great meeting place and Roseville Baths.  Ice blocks on sticks!!!!

submitted by Philip Woodman – 6th class 54
For many years I have been haunted by the memory of acting in an Infant School Christmas play which involved being in bed with a girl playing the part of my sister & now not able to recall her name. My only line was to say “Fiddlesticks”.

submitted by Judith Smith (nee Lickley) – 6th class 48
Miss Ayling was head mistress.  Miss Moore was my 6th class teacher.

submitted by Geoff Green – 6th class 55
Started in Kindergarten …many great memories…Rosie Baths with Mr Sly…1a with Miss Christian 3a with Mr Maitland 6a with Pop Louden…the best with the cane'”six of the best”watching the girls playing vigoro hoping like hell that a stray ball would come into the boys playground…being taught to play cricket by Ces Aldus winning the district cricket competition which had never been done by this school before learning to play the flute with Mr Brown… ringing the lunch time bell ….if I had been a good boy….Praying that the brakes on Monty’s bus would stop us before we went into the Roseville River. Hated the warm milk…our class always seemed to be last to get to the milk crates…School assembly a chance to sing all the great yester year songs.  Looking forward to catching up

submitted by (Robert) Michael Marsh – 6th class 53
Bus first day, then walked every other day for all days at Roseville school.  Rosie baths good at high tide, low tide a bit dicy jumping off the top of the tower. King tides beaut, water up to the sides. Drop a penny in the change room and the money went between the boards and lost.

submitted by Julie Lockhart Ross (nee Page) – 6th class 60
Folkdancing in the playground (ghastly).  Miss Wade (Principal) at that time.  Warm milk served at morning tea time.

submitted by Richard (Dick) Ramsay – 6th class 40
I love Rosie. Attended from 1936-1940. Mr. Kehoe was Headmaster who drove a Ford V8 – Wow!!!! I was in the school patrol with a red flag stopping traffic on the corner of Addison Ave. & Archbold Rd. Coached by Malcolm Whittaker playing cricket in playground.

submitted by Monica Vilensky (nee Meyer) – 6th class 58
Mrs Gormley riding to school on her bike.  Folk dancing with the boys on Fridays

submitted by Pam Taubert (nee Meyer) – 6th class 62
Mrs Russell, the sewing teacher. The classroom was in a demountable.  The boys used to get the cane if they misbehaved.  Warm milk with flavoured straws.  Cannot remember her name, but the whole class went to her house in Frenchs Forest for lunch – a lovely teacher.  ?? McDonald, a fellow student, the same age & same birthday as mine.

submitted by Neil Munro – 6th class 54
Mixing ink powder for the inkwells.  Playing marbles in the school playground.  Free milk in 1/2 pt bottles that was warm by the time you rec’d it.  ‘Monty’the legendary ‘bus driver for Royle Bros Buslines.  Shouting out “all’s clear” followed by “quick march” when on duty with a flag at the pedestrian crossing in Addison Ave.  Peter Clements having a girl’s skirt put on him & making him ‘go upstairs’ & join the girl’s classes for trespassing into the girl’s playground.  5 stone 7 rugby.  Swimming at ‘Rosie’ Baths with Merv Sly in charge.  Mixed dancing lessons in the school hall.  Movietone newsreels in the school hall.  Having to give a speech at the prizegiving in the old Esquire theatre in Chatswood. I could ‘go on’, but I’ll stop here.

submitted by Richard (Dick) Smith – 6th class 55/56
Horrible warm milk. Lovely smell of burning camphor laurel. Mr maitlands white Riley and Nancy Barbour who taught me to tie my shoe laces

submitted by Roland Crook – 6th class 58
Warm milk, cricket in the play ground.  Teachers a Mr Brown & a Mr Maitland & his green car (Packard or De Soto or similar)

submitted by Barbara Smith (nee Lickley) – 6th class 51
I can’t remember much at all!

submitted by Peter Coote – 6th class 56
Of the bus -‘the Butterbox’ and walking to school or home. We used to remove fresh warm bread delivered by the breadman with horse & cart and eat the soft centre – leaving the crust behind.  Having to stay back so Mr Hill the headmaster could improve my sloppy writing. Being in the school band without being able to play the flute.  Whe weather room for lunch in rotation when it was raining.  Rosie baths – spending Fri pm there culminating in the Bronze Medallion test for life saving.

submitted by Julia Ermert (nee Royle) – 6th class 48
My father Eric and uncles Trevor and John were the Royle Brothers of the buses. On weekends I could volunteer to sweep the buses out and for that I could keep any dropped sixpences! Now the buses are run by my cousins as Forest Coach Lines.

submitted by Rupert Ermert – 6th class 48
In 1948 I rang the school bell; as I did not own a watch there were some errors. Peter Coss helped here.I also happened to be the boys’ school captain.

submitted by Mary Thom (nee Thompson) – 6th class 44
Playing vigoro and hitting balls into the camphorlaurels. Singing Schubert lieder. Sports carnival at Roseville Park. Miss Ayling the headmistress. Walking along Addison Ave to catch the 207 bus home.

submitted by Kemm Baber
Not all of us went through to 6th Class.  When East Roseville ( Castlecove ) opened in 1952, whole swag of us were transferred.  I started school at Roseville in 1950 but went over to East Roseville in 1952.

12 Responses to Memories

  1. Ron Lockman says:

    It’s fun to read all these comments and the memories from so long ago. I started in kindegarden in 1949 at Roseville and was there till mid 1956 when my parents purchased a rural property in Armidale that year and the family moved to the country. I remember the Rosie baths very well as would wouls spend all our school holiday there in summer. One of my first teachers was Mrs Goddard in kinda I think ! I remember, Mr Loudon, Mr Hill, Mr Hart. and Mr Maitland. I remember well, John Henderson, Bruce Ramsey, Brian Inder, and many others. I had a crush on two girls then, Pam Barham and Patty Winter ! Patty used to live across the road from the school and Pam lived down in Roseville Chase. Somedays I would walk her home after school cutting through the golf course after dropping my bag off at home as live in Roseville Ave near the Golf Club………

    • Bruce Ramsay says:

      Dear Ron (Ronnie),
      I remember you well – you had the Roseville Ave. gang with Geoffrey Messer + others.
      I had the Earl St., gang with David (Cabbie Stott), Brucey Maze & Daryl Stewart.
      Remember the battles we had on Roseville Golf Course, swinging in the willow trees & paddling in the creek at the end of Roseville Ave, next to the “White Lane”, catching frogs, tadpoles, cicadas, looking for golf balls.
      Remember the head green-keeper on the golf course – Albert Steel (Steeley !)
      Billy cart races down the “White Lane”.
      Elephant rock, eskimo cave e.t.c.
      Catapults, bows & arrows, swords made from bamboo, kites & bikes.
      Hope to catch up at the reunion?
      Best regards,
      Bruce Ramsay.

  2. Trish Kemmis (Hall)- 6th class '51 says:

    It is great reading all the recollections of Roseville School.

  3. Lesley Greene says:

    Lesley Greene – 6th Class 55/56
    Lovely Miss Goddard. Learning the intricacy of dancing the May Pole which was filmed. Tunnel Ball/Captain Ball etc. Playing recorder by intuition – couldn’t be bothered with theory. Loved part/harmony singing (which I still do every week with an a cappella group) particularly Linden Tree and Nymphs and Shepherds.
    Never thinking twice about walking from William Street to Roseville Baths and meeting up with Lesley and Billy Edwards and others on the way. Learning to dive backwards from boardwalk end of one season and not game to do it start of next season plus getting stuck in the mud at low tide after jumping off the high tower thinking I’d never make it back up to sunlight. Learnt to bury “got”. Boys trying to king hit us with tennis balls. And, lastly, I still amaze my kids and grandkids with ball hitting strength and accuracy whilst playing cricket with them – thanks to vigero which I loved.

  4. Sandra Yalg (Sandra Howard) - 6th class 1949 says:

    What a hoot and how the memories have surfaced! How wonderful to have such a reunion at Roseville School!
    Facta Non Verba – DEEDS NOT WORDS! – remember those words well over the years
    What great teachers we had – Miss Ayling, Miss Moore, Miss Goddard – they certainly set me on the right track and I’m sure their discipline and teaching stood us all in good stead for the future.
    Sports Days at Roseville Park, Speech Days at Roseville Theatre, Swimming and Lifesaving exams at Roseville Baths, Vigaro at lunchtime and hitting the ball into the boy’s playground, navy blue bloomers for sport, 6th class dance in the school hall.
    It was a very happy time for me and it would be wonderful to see everyone again after all this time. Much to my disappointment, I won’t be able to come as I will be in Queensland celebrating my son Warwick’s 50th birthday. I will have to find my 6th class photo (put away so carefully that I cannot locate it at the moment) – hope everyone has a great time! Thanks to Dick Smith and “Bronnie” for organising this great occasion

  5. Karenne Crow (STOTT ) says:

    6th Class 1956? but then again because I was a June birthday I had to go into Transition after Kindy with Miss Knowles, who always wore blue dresses. Great reading about not forgotten friends. Pam Barahm (Abboud) at a Ravenswood 50 year reunion) told me to check out this website. I loved Geoffrey Edenborough too and Tim Vidler had red hair and Patty Winter had blonde curls but they weren’t platted like Caroline Chamber’s, Johnny Mashman was always naughty and Jenny McGrath was beautiful. Lindy de Sacks had a funny house in a dark street under lots of trees. Lots of our class had to leave Roseville and go to Castle Cove School. I loved Nymphs and Shepherds and the day it was filmed. I left Roseville School half way through Mrs Gormley’s class because she didn’t like me because my mother wouldn’t get me a uniform with a u neck (Mine was a box pleated uniform) Mrs Gormleys Husband worked at the Riverstone Meatworks and she always kicked our globite suit cases as she walked down the aisles in our classroom and she had false teeth!!! Bernard Royal was important because his father owned the buses. I used to go and play at Janet Frazer’s house and another friend Narelle ? who lived close by in Earl St but her mother always made us wash our hands. Mrs Christianson taught us in second class to knit squares for Red Cross and she liked me so one day I went to her house at night and she gave me a kitten. I remember the white line at Roseville baths and Mr Sly making us stand on it and I was scared I was going to fall in the deep water, and you could see the white line at low tide, full tide was very scarey. Mrs Sly was at the kiosk and she was always cranky but we loved the aniseed and musk sticks and the honeycomb in cellophane. I think everyone had more Derwent pencils than I, some girls even had the 72 pack (I thought they were very rich!!) Does any one remember the Treleven twins Annette and Lynette, (they were just the same, except they parted their hair on different sides and they always had their initials on their tunics)
    Lots of happy memories, hope to see you at the reunion.

  6. Brian Mann says:

    In 1988 David Mann & Roxanne Larson married. So what you ask? Refer Class photos 6A 1946 – Brian Mann and Pam Larsen (nee Cannon) feature in respective apartheid photos- we never met at RPS (we learnt later that my older brothers met Pam’s father on the cricket field) but our offspring met at Northbridge Swimming Club. I am proud to say that from 1921 to 1946 (Mother advised) a “Mann” sibling attended RPS. Norman, Harold (Lal), Ron, Eric, Joan are now deceased but Alan will attend on 18th(Cancer will preclude my attendance). My greatest achievements have been my marriage of fifty two + years to Joan, fathering Lynne (Director of surgery at Auburn Hospital), David (CEO Britain and Ireland for Accenture and Andrew (Vice President Computer Associates USA). I was Rotary President twice (South Sydney a few years after John Treloar and Canberra six years ago). My career as an auction company accountant led to me becoming an expert in Abattoir equipment appraisal and sale, culminating in my five day multi million dollar breakup auction of Homebush Abattoir, site of the 2000 Olympics.
    I am so disappointed that I will not be in attendance and wish all a happy and memory filled day.


    Brian Mann

  7. Patricia Arrowsmith (Pat Midlane- 6th class 1949) says:

    I remember rushing up in the playground to ask a very talented Margaret Woodward (1950)to do a drawing or two in my autograph book as her work was so beautiful – we were all in awe of her talent and now know that she won a scholarship to the National Art School and became a famous artist! She has won many art prizes including the Wynne Prize, the Portia Geach prize (twice) – we must have known something, but I am still searching for my precious book with all its memories!

  8. Fran Turner ne Roberts - year 6 in 1956 says:

    Great fun reading everyone’s memories! It brings back the smell of that hot milk! The Oslo lunches which were a big treat in our family, tryng to play the recorder and only knowing one tune and pretending to play the others, sitting as close to the boys playground as we could, dancing classes in prep for the Year 6 dance, being mad about a certain boy, the “missionary” who gave us our scripture classes and also a love of adventure after his tales about his work in Africa and New Guninea – can’t remember is name. And my aunt Ruth Roberts who taught in the infants school and seemed to give me a certain status there for 2 mins. Crying incessantly on my first day at school so Mum had to take me home. My 2 sisters, Helen and Glen sadly can’t make the reunion but my brother Woody/Edward who finished year 6 about 1966 is coming with me so hope there’ll be others there from his years. I lived in Earl St along with the Garrets, the Ramsay s, the Patis family, Frasers, Saxbys, Julie Tripp, the Patrick kids and the Irish family. My sister Helen married Des Irish. Mum spent 50 years associated with the school mother’s groups and I went back to do relief teaching there so Roseville School is up there in our family!!

    • Robin Butlin says:

      Fran – Great to hear your news – will look out for you. I was at your place many times as Helen and I were friends. Sorry to hear -I did try to trace some of the 1953 group but I went to PLC and lived near station so apart from the odd occasion did not see much of this crowd since. I spoke to one of the Irishs’ then. Should be a great day.

  9. John Leece says:

    I recall weekly school assemblies and singing the hymn “Praise my soul the King of Heaven to his feet thy contributes bring …”
    “Cacky Handers” – punishing left handers and forcing them to write with their right hand.
    The Headmaster Mr. Hill …….boring fellow ……on reflection I had no time for him.

    Mr. Hart with his artifical leg …. did it creak?

  10. Rob Ferguson, 6th Class 1956 says:

    In 1972 I was on a little car ferry in Norway when one of the other six car drivers aboard came up and said “G’day, you were at Rosie Public, weren’t you?” I can’t remember now who that was. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

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