Victoria Brennan

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Extract Author: Rob Hill
Page Number: 2008 12 02
Extract Date: 1959 to 1963

Mbeya School memories

Dear Victoria,

I too was in Stanley House from 1959 to 1963. Yes, I remember the shoe cleaning and playing jacks with peach stones. Also the kite competition. One of the fir trees was called Big Uggy. Do you recall the roller skating tracks through the woods were we pulled each other along using our belts. And the dams that we made when the rains came.

Do drop me a line. I have the Morgan archive of colour photopgraphs and some other pictures.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Rob (then known as Hilly)

Extract ID: 5912

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Extract Author: Susan Hautavoine (née Barallon )
Page Number: 2008 05 25
Extract Date: 1959 -1964

Susan Barallon - Mbeya and Arusha schools - 1959 -1964

I went to both these schools and would like to let Victoria Brenan know that I travelled on those buses that went from Dar via Morogoro and Mikumi to Mbeya. I got on at a place called Soga and later at Kidugallo before Morogoro

My elder brother and sister went to Kongwa and St Michaels and St george's in Iringa

Maria Sossi from Mbeya was my best friend and when that school closed we both went to Arusha

I now live in france and would love to hear from any one that either remembers me or would just like to get in touch.

Susan Barallon.

Extract ID: 5721

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Extract Author: Victoria Brennan
Page Number: 2008 04 14

Victoria Brennan (nee Butler) Mbeya school Jan 1961-July 1963

I started at Mbeya School Jan 1961, the headmaster was Mr Morgan. I was in Stanley House and remember being able to climb the Fir trees around the sports field, the swimming pool being built, picking up litter before the Saturday evening films, the drummer annoucing mealtimes, shoe cleaning on the grass in front of the dorms, and being taken to see the Walt Disney film Sleeping Beauty in Mbeya. The huge bonfires for Guy Fawkes across the stream, and the Kite making competition and the three horned chameleons. The awful TAB injections and the fancy dress party at the end of the year. Saturday evening Scottish dancing(being wisked through the Dashing white Sargeant with Mr Morgan) and the yearly House sing competition with it English Country songs.

The school closed down July 1963 and we were incorporated into Arusha School for the last term of the year.

I was born in Mahenge and we had to pick up the bus at the Mikumi stop. There were two bus loads of children from Dar and Morogoro and we overnighted at Iringa, girls in the White Horse Inn and boys in the Railway Hotel, this was reversed on the way out, Later when the numbers had dropped we all stayed at the railway hotel. One term the bridge on the Iringa road washed away, so we were bussed up to Itigi, overnight, to catch the train. My sister Judith joined me at the end of 1961 and was the smallest person at school and we were known as Big Butler and little Butler.

I am now fascinated by the curiously dated slang that we used and never came across at any of the other boarding schools I attended. Bosch for rubbish and the use of surnames only.

Thankyou for the interesting Website. I don't recognise any names but would love to hear from anyone who was at school with me.

Extract ID: 5625
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