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Birt House in 1961.

OD Donald Fraser Bett has kindly sent in a photograph of Birt House when it was at the Prep - 1961.
A Photograph of Birt House at the Prep.- 1961.
A Photograph of Birt House at the Prep.- 1961.

The photograph supplied by Donald Fraser Bett is the Birt House photo from 1961. He writes in as follows:

"I'm sending you this Birt House photo from 1961 as a matter of interest!

Philip Wood is in the top row on the extreme right of photo. Next to him is Tomlinson (can't remember his first name) then Andy Selfe, Snowdon, Steyn, Heydenrich & ?

I'm in the second row behind Vandy & Lemmie! The tallest! On my right is Rupert Valpy and on left is Tyrrel Fairhead, who is now my brother-in-law, married to my wife's sister Jean. I'm still friendly with almost all the boys to my left and right. Small world.

Also in the second row is Philip Selfe, 2nd from right and David Abbott 4th from right. Both sadly deceased. 

I have a full list of all the names of boys & masters in that photo somewhere and will forward to  Greg Brown this weekend.

Warm regards

Donald."

Should anyone be able to provide more names it wiil mean a lot to the archives as putting names to faces is a very challenging task.

Please write in to Paul Murray at [email protected]

Donald has kindly sent in the full list it is as follows for which we are most grateful.

BIRT HOUSE 1961-CAPTION FOR HOUSE PHOTO

Back row. Left to Right: John Finch, Rob Heydenrych, Steven Steyn, Alan Snowden, Andy Selfe, Blaine Tomlinson, Philip Wood.

5th row: Chris Theron (deceased), Pete Brierley, Hugh Philip, Dave Franklin, Neil Snowden, Alan Knott Craig, Dave Swift (deceased), Mark Stanford (deceased).

4th row: Chris Winearls, Clive Keegan (deceased), Jeremy Hogg ,Angus Waugh, Anton Melck, John Mitchell, Chris Duck, John Hayward, Crispian Stanford.

3rd row: Martin Melck (deceased), Robin Watling, Robert Jackson, Ian Ovenstone, Tyrell Fairhead, Donald Fraser Bett, Rupert Valpy, John Voortman, David Abbott (deceased), Peter Lubbe (deceased), Philip Selfe (deceased), Roland  von Hoesslin.

Seated: Alistair Millar, Mrs van Heerden, Betty Le Mesurier, Pieter van der Bijl, Peter Le Mesurier, John Charlton, Betty van der Bijl, Mrs O’Connor, Michael de Klerk.

Front row: Gavin Larmuth, Doug Wares, Anthony Walker, Chris Le Mesurier, Tim Le Mesurier, Nicholas Le Mesurier, Dudley Wolhuter, Richard Tomlinson, Stephen de Klerk.

Birt House ceased being at the Prep in 1984 when Van der Bijl House was formed with Mr Guy Holland as the first House Director.  Birt House was subsequently moved to the College with the inaugural House Director being Mr Tom Fair.

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