What Our Visitors Have to Say
Name: marcel pincus
Date: 10 Aug 2007
Would any kids at bighton road primary school between 1950 and 1955contact me... my email is [email protected]
Name: marcel pincus
Date: 10 Aug 2007
i attended brighton road state school from 1950 to 1955 and have clear fond memories of my early formative years. I would love to catch up with former students.I tried to organise school reunions but they were thwarted from authorities in the school system citing privacy regulatioins. I have all the school photos and names and if anyone from those years would like to contact me then maybe we could extend the contacts further to derive a possible reunion. my email is [email protected]
Name: elizabeth rentessis nee emmett
Date: 30 Jul 2007
I was a pupil at Brighton Road state school from Grade 3 to 6 Mr Penrith was the principal.Mr Molyneaux was our music teacher 1950-1953 I was a school monitor in grade 6. It was a wonderful school, it would be lovely to hear from anybody who was there in those years. My very fond memories come flooding back every time I pass the school.
Name: Peter Ackland - Architect
Date: 26 Jun 2007
I recently discovered your article about "The Priory" and was very disburbed to read some glaring errors relating to my grandparents John & Eugenie Rowell.
1. John Rowell & Ken Rowell were NOT brothers as they were one generation apart. Ken was the son of John Rowell's brother Edward Rowell so John Rowell was in fact Ken Rowell's Uncle. John was an artist.
2. Eugenie Rowell (Nee Durran) was NOT Ken Rowell's mother (I hope!) because she was in fact John Rowell's wife. She was the daughter of James Durran (Architect) and Jane Dick.
3. James Durran was a partner in the firm Tombs & Durran, NOT Tombd & Durran.
A pity you research is so inaccurate. I wonder how many other errors you've made! Can give more information if required.
Peter Ackland - Architect.
Grandson of John & Eugenie Rowell.
Phone/Fax 03 5975 3154.
email: [email protected]
Name: Shirley W
Date: 03 May 2007
Name: Kerry Plymin
Date: 15 Apr 2007
Do you have a list of living or deceased students. My husbands aunt is now 89 years and remembers names of old friends. She often woders whatever happened to ?? It would be interesting to find a few answers to pass on to her..
Name: Shirley Westaway
Date: 09 Mar 2007
I attended Brighton Road 1939-1943. Miss Milne's Grade 2 was the only room with the raised platform. Following the evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940, the whole school assembled in the hall in the Infant School to hear Winston Churchill's stirring speech which I clearly remember to this day.
We were always a mixed bunch with children who had left Europe with their families before the war. We were taught to welcome these newcomers as they entered our classes and not to make fun of their speech or manners. Later there were English and Dutch children among us who had fled to safety with their mothers when Singapore and Hong Kong fell to the Japanese. These children had no idea if their fathers were alive or if they would ever see them again.
I'm not too sure how well-behaved we all were, but they lived in our neighbourhoods and we grew up together without conflict while developing our taste buds to enjoy a food that was new to us.
Another memory is the sunny day the Americans arrived in Melbourne.
St Kilda at the time was a city of women, children and men beyond recruiting age and Australia was under threat. There was a distinct air of relief as the ships came up the bay to Port Melbourne to a welcome of 'thank heavens, the Americans are here!' We came out of school at lunchtime to find a row young uniformed men standing at the school fence with chocolate and Wrigley's chewing gum for the children. I realise now that most of them were not long out of school and away from home for the first time.
In 1942 the US Army in need of headquarters in Melbourne moved into the MacRobertson Girls' High School and Wesley College.
The high school girls were transferred to Brighton Road whose students were dispersed to St Kilda Park and Elwood Primary Schools. It was a disruptive move for many as we were required to return to Brighton Road the next year. I was in Grade 6 and planning to move to Elwood Central but was not permitted to stay there. Brighton Road's Grade 6 was a huge class crammed into
the desks and lessons were difficult to say the least. Mr Golding was the teacher, always cheerful but stern and did his best under trying conditions.
Other teachers I remember were Miss Peacock Gr 3 and Miss Deutschke Gr 4. Grade 5 teacher at Elwood was Mr McDonald.
Mr McKimm was the Brighton Road head teacher, and Mr Menzies was head at Elwood.
Name: Tess Victoria McKay
Date: 24 Feb 2007
My friends go to ST KILDA SCHOOL and have come here for a year, there names are MIA SHARP and LIBBY HANNA. I miss Mia, she left but libby is still here. Mia, If you read this, COME BACK TO BIRRE!
Date: 19 Jan 2007
I'd love to see a photo or "something" that shows the original intention of Pitt for the St Kilda Town Hall. I have never seen what it was supose to look like.
Name: Brandon Sobotka
Date: 22 Oct 2006
S.K.I.P.P.S is a grate place I went to school there and it was not a school it was more like a family.
Name: nathan bruns
Date: 19 May 2006
i love st kiloda primary school
Date: 05 May 2006
Really great work, am most impressed.
It would be interesting to see a similar project undertaken about those historical buildings which were lost through demolition.
St Kilda has lost many siginifcant and beautiful historical mansions over the years.
Date: 15 Mar 2006
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Date: 05 Mar 2006
In the Luna Park article, it states that the ghost train was renamed the "Tunnel of Terror" in the 1980's but it is well known that it burnt down in 1979.
Date: 10 Jan 2006
In the Glossary it states that:
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Date: 23 Nov 2005
I too tried to access the St Kilda Town Hall site and got the library instead. If there is a page on the town hall it would be a shame for it to not be accessible. Otherwise very interesting and useful resource.
Name: Bella Nantsou
Date: 19 Oct 2005
Hey s.k.p.s! Sorry i didn't see you last time i was in Melbourne...but i'm gonna come back sometime next year...kiss to kat! Love Bella, Bello, Bellza, Poko ect.
Name: Ann Brown [email protected]
Date: 12 Jul 2005
I tried to access St Kilda Town Hall but it would not come up, I kept on getting the library. Shame because my grandfather Alfred Forman was the architect who designed it under William Pitt. If anyone can give me more information I would be grateful as per my [email protected]
Date: 23 Apr 2005
While 'the Espy' is a cultural treasure, it is quite ugly. But in it's original form, as in the pic, it was very beautiful.