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1969 Prep Rugby Tour to Rhodesia - where are they now?

Thanks to Richard King (1974S) for sending in this little snippet from the 1969 Rugby tour to Rhodesia.

The 1969 Prep Rugby Tour to Rhodesia
The 1969 Prep Rugby Tour to Rhodesia


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Richard Kind (1974S) reports: I came across this (below) while clearing out a couple of my dad’s old files and had a good chuckle when I read Charlie’s note to parents covering the itinerary and what to bring etc.

Just the costs will blow your mind. Who would ever think today of going to Harare by train! Forget the R45.20 return to Salisbury and you have to love the “extra” that is pocket money - R1.80 (10 cents a day!).

I dug out the Akkersdyk  (“Hey Lofty....”) photograph to remind me who actually went on the tour (below).

It would be good to establish a “where are they now?” In my case this is semi-retired and living in Stanford near Hermanus.

Of course, perhaps the biggest aspect of this little “find” is the realisation of how privileged we all were to have such wonderful opportunities at Bishops.

I suspect at the time our abiding memory was watching television for the first time!. How Vandy fitted into his compartment- let alone his bunk, I will never know. Today it would probably be a business class seat (on a separate plane, of course). In fact, I suspect the team would be split according to some health and safety protocol.

Oh well, memories. I hope this message finds as many in the attached picture as possible. It would be fun to share any anecdotes and recollections from that special time."

Were you in this tour or part of the 1969 prep class? Let us know some of your fondest memories: [email protected]


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