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St George's School Photos, early 1950s

Barry Draper, formerly of 52 Distillery Road, provided these photos in 2013. Both photos were taken outside and have been cropped to show the children and teachers.

Since then there have been several updates:
Barry Pearce suggested some additional names in May 2013; he left the school in July 1955 and thinks the first photo may date from 1953 or 1954 (but see Patrick Venables' date below).
Ann added some further names of girls, also in May 2013.
In August 2016 Michael Purdy recognised himself and David Mudge in the second photo. He added 'Eric Christmas was my best friend, I now live in Brisbane Australia, would love so much to get in touch with some of these people'. If you would like to get in touch with Mick email me and I will forward to him.
Patrick Venables added 17 names in June 2022. He left in 1953 and dates the photo to 1952.

The first photo shows 46 children, 26 boys and 20 girls, with two teachers. Some short sleeves and trees in full leaf suggest the photo was from the summer or early autumn.

Class photo

Back row numbers 1 to 15: 1 Mr Church; 2 John Draper; 3 Peter Gear (Patrick suggests); 4 Michael Brown (Patrick suggests); 5, 6 ???; 7 Madeline Green? (Ann suggests); 8, 9 ???; 10 Madeline Green? (Ann suggests); 11 Barry Draper; 12 ???; 13 Tony Green; 14 ???; 15 Mr Allen
2nd row numbers 1 to 13: 1 Ray Maslin (Patrick suggests); 2 Arthur Burridge; 3 Terry Cousins; 4 Bobby Downes; 5 Roger Inman; 6 ???; 7 Anne Savage; 8 Hazel Gibb (Patrick suggests) [OR possibly Jeanne Bethell (Barry Pearce suggests] ; 9 Michael Petch (Patrick suggests); 10 Kenny Richardson; 11 Keith Sturgess (Patrick suggests);12 Gary Matthews (Patrick suggests);13 ???
3nd row numbers 1 to 11: 1 ???; 2 Eunice Burridge; 3 Maureen Evans; 4 Brenda Venebles; 5 Pamela Mudge? (Ann suggests); 6 Pat Cane? (Ann suggests); 7 Carole Thomas; 8 ???; 9 Anne Winkworth? (Ann suggests); 10 Cheryl ? (Ann suggests); 11 Janet Bethell (Barry Pearce suggests)
Front row numbers 1-9: 1-4 ???; 5 Roger Draper; 6 Barry Pearce, 7-9 ???


The second photo shows 49 children, 20 boys and 29 girls, with the same teachers as above. The trees have fewer leaves and there are also fewer bare arms, so this may have been a spring or autumn photo.

Class photo

Back row numbers 1 to 16: 1 Mr Church, 2-3 ???; 4 Pauline Smith; 5 ???; 6 Anne Savage; 7 Maurice Blackburn; 8 ???; 9 John Draper; 10 ???; 11 Melvin Thomas (Patrick suggests); 12 Carole Thomas; 13 Madeline Green OR Hazel Gibb (Patrick suggests); 14-15 ???; 16 Mr Allen
2nd row numbers 1 to 13: 1 ???; 2 ? Burndes (Patrick suggests); 3, 4 ???; 5 Clive Walker; 6-8 ???; 9 John Webb (Patrick suggests); 10, 11 ???; 12 Margaret Petch (Patrick suggests); 13 Margaret Morris
3nd row numbers 1 to 9: 1,2 ???; 3 Wendy Allwight (Patrick suggests); 4 Maureen Evans; 5 Valerie Venables (Patrick suggests); 6 Joyce Harrison; 7 Eileen Gray (Patrick suggests); 8 Julie Draper; 9 Jennifer Brown (Patrick suggests)
Front row numbers 1-13: 1 Roger West; 2 Barry Draper; 3 Eric Christmas; 4 David Birkett; 5 Alby Inman (Patrick suggests); 6 ???; 7 Eric Bragger (Patrick suggests); 8 David Mudge; 9 Michael Purdy; 10 Tony Green; 11 David Warren;12 Peter Simioni; 12 ? Harrison

Can you identify anyone? If so please get in touch. The site has some other school photos for St George's School.

Published January 2013; last updated June 2022