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Pembroke News (October 2018 Issue)

Thank you!

The response to our call for help in the May News edition resulted in a wonderful outcome. Not only were we delighted to identify the owner of the Girton doll’s uniform, but our Archives now proudly displays three beautifully dressed dolls in replica Girton uniforms to add to our memorabilia collection.

Pictured below is the standing doll, which was donated by Kathy Walker (past parent), now dressed in an entire replica of a Girton winter uniform that was created by Joan Kirke, the mother of Sue (Kirke) Groocock (‘62). Joan is the sister of Donald Dunstan Harris, who retired in 1971 after 42 years at King’s, and her husband Ken also taught at King’s. Our next doll was generously donated by Judy (Hambour) Tregoning (‘62) and was dressed in Girton uniform also by her mother. These dolls are proudly on display in our Archives workroom.

Thirdly, our aged, fragile doll was owned by Carolle (Oswald-Jacobs) Marshall (‘64) and was given to her on her first day at Girton in 1952 by her mother. The doll has St Catherine’s House ribbons pinned onto her and can be seen on display in the glass display cabinet in the Middle School reception room.

Another doll has since come to light, dressed in the original Pembroke boys’ uniform post-1974, and we believe this was used by the Reverend David Pill in Chapel services. Thank you to all for your help!

While on the topic of thanks, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers who donate their time willingly. Thank you to Mr Callaghan, Mr Cudmore and Mr Langusch (pictured below) for their dedication to helping Archives with several special projects.

Ms Peta Harries
School Archivist

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+ Pembroke News (May 2018 Issue)

Record keeping is vital in our Archives. Documentation is an important aspect of our records, which provide the stories behind many of our past students and the paths they take...

Pembroke News (May 2018 Issue)

Record keeping is vital in our Archives. Documentation is an important aspect of our records, which provide the stories behind many of our past students and the paths they take after leaving School. Recently we uncovered records for two past students of Girton and King’s.

In January Girton old scholar Mary Hodgetts who was at School from 1926 until 1935 passed away. Mary’s achievements have been documented from her School years, as well as in a letter dated March 1985, written by her uncle, outlining in detail her war service career.

King’s old scholar Meredith Rhys ‘Bulla’ Williams was at King’s from 1938 until 1940. Bulla was well recognised for his service to Cricket. In 1986 the players presented Bulla with a framed dedication for his outstanding and distinguished service on the field for King’s Old Collegians' Cricket Club and Pembroke Old Scholars' Cricket Club over the previous four decades. RSL records documented his war service in the Australian Army, enlisting in April 1943 until his discharge in August 1946 when he was posted at 2/27 Australian Infantry Battalion.

I encourage family members to keep our Archives up to date with any information of our old scholars of King’s, Girton and Pembroke.

Contact archives@pembroke.sa.edu.au

Remember - Archives Matter!

Ms Peta Harries
School Archivist

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Mary Edith Gordon Hodgetts (26-35) was born in 1918 and attended Girton for 10 years. She was a bright scholar and active sportswoman, excelling in Tennis and Basketball, as well as undertaking other responsible roles within the School including Prefect in her final year. She was President of the Science and Arts Club, Debating Society and Girton Club, and Captain of the School, as well as being a member of the Dramatic Society and the Relief Fund and Editor of the Girton magazine. In 1933 she topped the State in Leaving Physiology. In 1935 Mary won the prestigious Loveday Bonython Prize (pictured above), which was awarded in memory of Nancy Loveday Bonython at the end of the year to one girl chosen for her character and behaviour in striving to attain the ideal of unselfish service for others without any prospect of a reward.

In 1941 Mary enlisted and began her war service as a lieutenant in the first Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) camp, later volunteering for anti-aircraft duty and becoming the first in the AWAS to receive a commission in the RAA (Royal Australian Artillery). She served in NSW and WA and, after Searchlights was disbanded in 1945, was Barracks Officer at Broadmeadows in Victoria until her discharge. Mary passed away peacefully in Melbourne on 21 January in her 100th year.

+ Unitas 2017

2017 was another busy year for School Archives. Archives Assistant Ms Bell worked on extensive registers and documented objects that were donated during the year, as well as handling the...

Unitas 2017

2017 was another busy year for School Archives. Archives Assistant Ms Bell worked on extensive registers and documented objects that were donated during the year, as well as handling the many queries that we receive from day to day.

Three past staff members have volunteered their time to join our Archives volunteer program to assist with various ongoing projects. Mr Callaghan is documenting our timelines of significant events, Mr Cudmore is helping to caption our photographs, and Mr Langusch has taken on the task of updating our Hall of Fame project for old scholar and staff achievements. This database will be available on the future POSA portal. Mr Langusch’s focus is to update the sporting section of the Hall of Fame photographs that are housed in the Old Scholars’ War Memorial Pavilion on Haslam Oval. These photographs and data have not been updated for many years and we are hoping to establish a detailed up-to-date record of achievements.

Archives encourages all old scholars and staff in our community to provide details of their achievements to be included under the following categories;

  • Business and Commerce
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Film/Drama
  • Government
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Science and Technology
  • Sport 
  • Visual Arts
  • War veterans from King’s, Girton or Pembroke.

You may have excelled at sport at a national and/or international level or held achievements in other fields. Recognition may be in the form of an award bestowed beyond academic study within your chosen industry, such as an Aria or Academy Award, an Archibald Prize, or a Queen’s Birthday or Australia Day Honours Award. This is an ongoing project. Similarly, if you know of someone who you believe should be included please contact archives@pembroke.sa.edu.au to complete a nomination form.

Archives proudly supports various events during the year. This year the King’s Old Collegians' Football Club celebrated their 50th anniversary since their A3 and A3 Reserve teams won their premierships in 1967. Richard Keene (52-63) organised an anniversary dinner at the Robin Hood Hotel in August, created a DVD for the evening and provided a wonderful collection of football history including photographs and historical records for our School Archives. We were delighted to receive four signed football mementos (pictured) and photographs from past reunion dinners celebrating the 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th anniversaries.

We sincerely thank our generous donors and encourage our Pembroke families to add to our collection.

Remember — Archives Matter!

Ms Peta Harries
School Archivist

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+ Pembroke News (October 2017 Issue)

It has been another busy year for School Archives, accessioning our memorabilia, attending workshops and creating extensive registers for all manner of objects and documentation of records.

Pembroke News (October 2017 Issue)

It has been another busy year for School Archives, accessioning our memorabilia, attending workshops and creating extensive registers for all manner of objects and documentation of records. I thank Ms Bell, Archives Assistant, for her wonderful work in creating these registers and handling the many queries we receive from day to day.

2017 saw the start of our volunteers in earnest. This year we are delighted to have three former staff members join our Archives volunteer program to assist with various ongoing projects. Mr Callaghan is documenting timelines of significant events, Mr Cudmore is helping to write titles for photographs and Mr Langusch has taken on the task of updating the sporting section of our Hall of Fame project.

On the mezzanine level of the Old Scholars' War Memorial Pavilion are photographs of old scholars and staff who have excelled at sport at a national and/or international level. The Pembroke Old Scholars' Association (POSA) instigated an ongoing project to create a formal database to record all achievements of old scholars and staff in their chosen field. These photographs and data have not been updated for many years and we are hoping to establish a detailed up-to-date record of achievements. The information provided as well as any photographs supplied can be used electronically and/or for visual displays within the School. This database may also be placed on the POSA website and portal.

The Kings Old Collegians' Football Club recently held their 50th anniversary since the A3 and A3 Reserve teams won their premierships in 1967 (pictured below). King’s College old scholars travelled far and wide to proudly celebrate this occasion. Richard Keene (52-63) organised a wonderful dinner at the Robin Hood Hotel in August; created a DVD for the evening; and documented records, photographs and historical records for our School Archives. We were delighted to receive four signed football mementos celebrating the 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th reunion dinners, with photographs taken from these events. What a marvellous collection of football history.

We sincerely thank our generous donors and encourage our Pembroke families to add to our collection.

Ms Harries
School Archivist

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+ Pembroke News (October 2016 Issue)

Our focus during the term for School Archives has been sourcing photographs and memorabilia for the 40-year celebrations of the Pembroke Hearing Unit.

Pembroke News (October 2016 Issue)

Our focus during the term for School Archives has been sourcing photographs and memorabilia for the 40-year celebrations of the Pembroke Hearing Unit. We were pleased to be able to display our items once again in the beautiful P&F Gallery (pictured).

We are always pleased to receive items of memorabilia. More recently, several historical photographs have been donated to Archives. Sometimes, the stories of how they came to be are just as fascinating as the photographs themselves, helping to provide a wonderful historical connection.

One particular photograph showing Girton House boarders was kindly donated by Marianne Moore, whose father, Richard Paul Moore, was born on 2 October 1915 and appeared in the first photograph below next to the teacher aged six. Richard’s father was Reverend William Archibald Moore, a military chaplain during the Great War. He served in this role for almost the entire war, tending to the mutilated and dying and writing letters to families he had never met. By 1921 Reverend Moore was at Robe and Richard was bound for a private boys’ school who did not take students younger than seven years of age, so Richard entered Girton as a boarder for one year.

Another historical photograph (pictured) kindly donated by the Dean family shows the General and Mrs Dean with their family on the steps of their Gwent property, now known as Bills House.

We sincerely thank our generous donors and also encourage our Pembroke families to add to our collection.

Ms Harries
School Archivist

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+ Unitas 2016

2016 provided the opportunity for our School Archives to assist the Hearing Unit with a visual photographic and memorabilia display to celebrate their 40 years on Friday 26 August.

Unitas 2016

2016 provided the opportunity for our School Archives to assist the Hearing Unit with a visual photographic and memorabilia display to celebrate their 40 years on Friday 26 August. It was a fully packed day that saw many old scholars revisit their much-loved School and join our current Senior School students for their School Assembly in the Dorothy Yates (DY) Hall, meet with current Hearing Unit students and staff, and visit the Parents and Friends (P&F) Gallery. Many old scholars have not been back since leaving their School and did not recognise parts of it. They were extremely impressed with our beautiful new areas such as the Senior School Resource Centre and the P&F Gallery, which was part of the old DY Hall as they knew it.

I thank Head of Visual Arts Mr Ferrier for allowing Archives to use the P&F Gallery once again, and also curator Mrs Ferrier who creates such wonderfully creative and visual displays with the material that she is given from our Archives.

Preservation and conservation are important aspects of all collections. In November I was particularly interested to attend a workshop presented by History SA and hosted by Artlab Australia. Artlab Australia is a government agency of Arts SA and was established in June 1985. They are well recognised in the conservation of cultural collections and provide expert services to preserve and care for collections. It was most beneficial to learn these processes for restoring and caring for different forms of memorabilia including artwork, books, ceramics, glass, photographs, textiles and wooden objects; and fascinating to be able to be involved in a behind-the-scenes look over the laboratories.

Our Archives has also seen an increase in research enquiries, from outside sources wanting to trace their family members who attended Girton, King’s or Pembroke. Often when we establish these connections it leads to Archives receiving additional information or photographs to add to our collections and records. We have been delighted to receive many photographs from our Pembroke community that particularly highlight our Founding Schools—Girton and King’s—such as these historical photographs.

School Archives is always grateful to receive any form of donation and I thank everyone who has kindly donated funds and/or items to preserve our memorabilia.

Remember - Archives Matter!

Ms Harries
School Archivist