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75th Anniversary of The Scots College Branch School 1942-1945

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Last week we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of The Scots College Branch School 1942-1945. The Branch School was the precursor of The Scots School Bathurst which began in 1946. We had 8 Old boys from these years with their wives to celebrate with a 75th Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday night followed by a day at the school on the Thursday. They enjoyed their tour of the School and especially talking to three Year 12 students about their HSC Major Works for Design & Technology. I particularly wish to thank Matilda Ryan, James Anderson and Wes Stanfield for the way they engaged with the guests in talking through their HSC Major Works.

Following the School Tour, we celebrated with a special Assembly where we were treated to four amazing speeches. Mrs Diane Morton spoke to the Assembly about the history of the Lee Brothers and the Karralee Homestead. Mrs Morton is a historian who has completed a comprehensive study of the Lee family. She is a direct descendent and her mother and grandmother were born in what is now the Headmaster’s Office! Mr Bill Morton and Mr Hugh Ralston spoke eloquently about the first months and years in Bathurst and Judge ‘Quack’ Davidson spoke with great humour about 1945 & 1946 and the broader world context. All present were also privileged to see a power point presentation of the history of The Scots School in decades from the beginning to the present day. Following lunch, the old Boys and their wives split up to conduct a Q & A in year groups where the students asked many intelligent questions. At the end of the day, the guests spent an hour in Karralee looking at archival photos and reminiscing about where they lived in that time; 14 of them lived in what is now my office.

It was a truly wonderful celebratory occasion which was thoroughly enjoyed by the students, staff and the guests of honour. I particular wish to thank the following people for their tremendous work in organizing the day: Old Boy Tim Hector (1942), Mrs Lynda Ireland and Mr Andrew Maher. I also wish to thank Mr Gil MacKenzie and the Pipe Band and the two school Captains, Alice Powell and Lewis Wilde for their assistance on the day.

David Gates
Mr. David Gates

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