Saint George’s Home for Boys 1915 – 1991
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Recent 2008 SGH news:
- Old Boys wax poetic — to great effect
- Jaycee Milner (84-88 Beaton House) joins the conversation
- Marc Wastie shares photos from the seventies
- Mike Dollman contributes “Study Camp” photos from the sixties
- “DC” Dudley Claude Pringle remembers “Goggies” in the late 50’s
- Canon Eric Richardson turns 95
- Brian Gannon meets with Eric Richardson in Cape Town
- Fr. Norman “Bee Bop” Clayton found alive and well at 84 by John O’Neill . . .
- Vanessa Hurlimann (nee Finlay) remembers the “Big Walk” of 1972
SGH “Parade Ground”: 2007
Bishop Bavin St. George’s School in Bedfordview, South Africa, may be less than 15 years old, but the great jacaranda trees which shade the extensive, well-kept grounds have been there since shortly after the St George’s Home for Boys opened in 1915.
When the lovely but dilapidated Herbert Baker buildings were restored under the watchful eye of the current rector, Reverend Morgan Ellis, the gardens, too, slowly began to take shape and are now a valued part of the Bishop Baven St. George’s school.
I recall life at St. George’s home for boys in the early seventies when my father, George Harold van Pletzen, assumed a post as Housemaster of Crawford House for two short years. Although not employed by the Home, my mother, Helen Kay van Pletzen, devoted herself fully to providing for the boys under her care in this piously Anglican, militaristic place.
Courtesy of Marc Wastie:
Efficiency squads: 1977 and 1978
Charles Wastie and Newton Besant
Marc Wastie receives the under 10 Athletics Trophy
Freddy de Jager and a Project Volunteer (Steve?) outside the Feeding Shelter
Memorial Service: 1978
Saint Georges in the News: 1967 (Courtesy of Mike Dollman)
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Study Camp at Lidgeton, Natal, 1966. Mike Rossouw, Trevor Stringer, Robyn Putter, Greg (surname eludes me), Mike Dollman and the master was “Tubby” Laughton.
Robyn Putter, 1966
Michael Rossouw and George Budd, 1966
SGH under 14B Team: 1972/73 (Courtesy John O’Neill) Double-click any photo for more options
Notable names: Canon Eric Richardson, Father Norman Clayton, Audrey (RIP) and Ken McHolm (RIP), Heather McHolm, Kennedy McHolm, George and Helen van Pletzen (1970 – 1972), Raymond Last, Frederick Lourens, Brian Gannon, the Rossouw brothers, William Wilson, Stewart Clark, Keith Frandsen, Harald Gunkel, David Grissselle, Richard Levey, Karel de Waal, Neville Rennie, Jeffrey Girout, Peter Ford, Mervyn Ekron, Mike Dollman (1966 – 1967), Michael Rossouw, Albert de Jager, JJ de Jager, John Inns (RIP), Roger Inns, George Struagh, Peter Ford, Tony Girout, Gary Hand, Andre, Linda and Blane van Pletzen (1970 – 1972) and most recently “found” — Wendy Thompson, Steve Towse, John O’ Neill, Shane Botha, Peter Burrow, “DC” Dudley Claude Pringle, Stuart Wavel Pringle, Trevor Stringer, Robyn Putter,Tubby Laughton, Jaycee Milner (84-88), Craige Milner, and Nick Young.
Old Boys’ Gallery
Michael Rossouw (left) and David Rossouw
Beaton House at Umtentweni (Courtesy Steve Towse) Double-click any photo for more options
Spackman House at Umtentweni (Courtesy Steve Towse) Double-click any photo for more options
Heather McHolm and SGH boys (Courtesy Steve Towse) Double-click any photo for more options
JJ de Jager (Courtesy Steve Towse) Double-click any photo for more options
Crawford House Boarders in the latest incarnation of SGH: Bishop Bavin School
It was at Saint George’s Home for Boys that I received confirmation (March 21st 1972) and was first exposed to the liturgy of the Anglican Communion in this chapel.
1971 Confirmations: Kennedy McHolm, George van Pletzen, Raymond Last, Frederick Lourens, John Rossouw, William Wilson, Stewart Clark, Audrey McHolm, Helen van Pletzen and Susan Tomkine.
1972 Confirmations: Keith Frandsen, Harald Gunkel, David Grisselle, Richard Levey, Karel de Waal, Blane van Pletzen, Neville Rennie, Jeffrey Girout, Peter Ford and Mervyn Ekron.
A recent picture of Norman “Bee Bop” Clayton’s flat / recording studio
Looking towards the Chapel – 2007
Scott and Blane in the Sanctuary – 2007:
The Refectory – 2007:
Blane and Linda van Pletzen outside Crawford House in 2007:
The swimming pool in 2007:
Debbie Wright and Shane Botha: October 1976.
Do you have photographs and memories to share?
Where are you”old boys”? Where are the “survivors”? What are your stories?
Please send your scanned photographs and stories to email@example.com for inclusion in this site.
Brian Gannon — 2007 — at his home in Cape Town
This week (January 2008) I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Canon Eric Richardson who was brought on a short holiday to Cape Town by his daughter Debbie who was visiting South Africa from New Zealand. Eric recently turned 95 years old, so it was a pleasant surprise to find him looking and sounding the same as ever. We communicate by e-mail, but I haven’t been to Johannesburg for more then thirty years so I hadn’t seen him for all that time.
All who knew him will be pleased to hear that he is living very much in the present tense! We talked about our families, books we were reading, politics … the usual conversation topics. Then we discussed some issues around the church in the modern context and he was both animated and up-to-date in his views.
It was a great visit. We “go back a long way” and next year it will be fifty years since he invited me to work with him at St George’s Home.
Warm greetings to all St George’s people who visit this this blog.