Dr Mark MacGregor (School House, 1987) holding the book entitled 'Half Forgotten Things' by Garth Hockly (Matric, 1955).
|10 Oct 2019|
In the photograph above is Dr Mark MacGregor (left) with Peter Steyn, in front of the Exhibit of Bird Photography and History, that was kindly donated to the Museum by Peter. (Among the exhibits in the Peter Steyn Photographic Collection, are items that were awarded Royal Gold Medals from the Royal Photographic Society).
Tthe photograph right at the very top of the article, shows Dr Mark MacGregor at one of the statues currently in the school Museum, kindly donated by the artist Dr Garth Hockly (OD). Dr Hockly matriculated from Bishops in 1955 and currently lives in Queensland Australia, where he farms. Mark knows Garth well, as Mark practised medicine in Australia where Garth was a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, probably from where he developed an interest in sculpture. Mark currently works as an Anaethetist at St George's Hospital in London. When asked about his schooling Mark commented that Doug Clark at the Prep was inspirational. One of his teachers at College was Bishops' tenth Principal John Peake of whose one famous saying in class, talking about History, was "Things have changed immensely".
Garth's book 'Half Forgotten Days' is a collection of memories of growing up on a sheep farm in the Karoo (Uplands), and of his memories at Bishops.
Garth's Mother, was Marjorie MacGregor, Gordon' sister, which makes Garth a Great-Uncle to Mark. Pages 22-28 of 'Half Forgotten Things' covers family history at Glenlyon.
The Bishops Museum is greatly honoured to have links with such distinguished Old Diocesans.
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