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Posted 6 years ago


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My Fathers school photo 1942. He,s the shortest boy in the second row from the top. I just love the expressions on some of the boys faces !! I dont think I would envy this teachers job having to keep track of some of these boys!.


  1. Mcgarrett50 Mcgarrett50, 6 years ago
    Thankyou for the love Thriftfan !
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Is this the same Rozelle Primary which I haunt each Saturday morning for the markets?
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    You are a far way away from home in Canada?
  4. Mcgarrett50 Mcgarrett50, 6 years ago
    Why yes it is !! I attended Balmain Public School for a couple of years before we moved to Canada . My Aunty still lives on Rozelle St though . My mother and father are both Balmain born ,but I have to say its a bit different now !! :) Thankyou for the love Vetraio50.
  5. Mcgarrett50 Mcgarrett50, 6 years ago
    Just a note it is a typically Australian to use nicknames, and not first names . These names are usually a rhyme or some prominate feature of the boy involved so you get Snowy, Casho, Tosser, Bluey and Pimples ! Gotta love it my father,s names were Lakker or Swampy based on his last name of Lake. :)
  6. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Love the photo and love AU . What a wild looking bunch of boys . I see they have a male teacher to keep them under control :-)
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Hi again. My surname Gummer gave me the nicknames of "Chewy" and "PK".
    The other day I had an epiphany watching a program on American millionaires: I heard that the founder of the Wrigley's gum had the initials P.K. ... the name of my favourite chewy at the time.
    I'm an ex teacher and I count 41 in that group of working-class boys.
    That number is quite a hand full: in my days teaching the maximum number was 31 in a class.
    Some of them have no shoes, a reminder of the austerity of the war years.
    Today the area is very middle-class as you'd know.
    My uncle lived down in Balmain East and I love going there from nearby Five Dock in the evenings to look over the harbour to the lights and sounds of Luna Park.
  8. Mcgarrett50 Mcgarrett50, 6 years ago
    What a small world :) Yes they were larger classes back then but I bet those boys were better mannered and well behaved back then, than today . My mother always said growing up " You dont have to be rich ,to have good manners " She also told us the first time her having Wrigley,s gum was when the U.S sailors at the docks would throw it down to the kids . We moved to Five Dock and I attended Five Dock P.S . I think we lived on Courtly Blvd and we would walk across the giant playing fields to the school. Absolutely lovely memories . Thankyou Vetraio50 ;)
  9. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
    Strewth !!! mate... it looks like one of my skool fotas!!
    Cept I'm justa tad yunga.

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