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Lindy Jones says: Looks like you had a fun evening - sorry again that I couldn't attend - Lord Howe Island was just that bit too far to come from! I'm still in Sydney, still in the bookshop and about to start my fifth term as a judge on the Miles Franklin Award. I hope there's another reunion before the Golden one!
Posted Mon 5 Nov 2018 4:19 PM
Julie Eaton says: Thanks for a wonderful night. Really good to see so many people. Sadly Peter Mann also passed away some years ago.
Posted Tue 23 Oct 2018 8:20 PM
Peter O'Brien says: Another excellent reunion."You never know when your making a memory". This is so true from school days. From both Primary and High School I never thought I'd be talking with people from more than 50 years ago. Good talking and laughing about dormant memories. Even enjoyable chatting with those who didn't remember me, nor I them. No one can be expected to recall all faces or names. So good seeing people who I haven't seen at previous reunions. Bit of a shame some couldn't attend. And of course a big thanks to the organisers for such a great night. Hope to see some or all of you again in the future.
Posted Tue 23 Oct 2018 6:05 PM
Mick Clahsen says: Sadly, we have been made aware of the recent passing of some of our classmates. Many of us have fond memories of Enid Murrell, Billy Yoh Yeh and Lisa Brown, you will be missed.
Posted Tue 23 Oct 2018 7:28 AM
Mick Clahsen says: Thank you to everyone who attended Saturday night's 40-Year Reunion, especially those who travelled far and wide (Sydney, Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast and theĀ Gold Coast). By all accounts a great time was had by all with an impressive 85 in attendance!
Posted Tue 23 Oct 2018 7:25 AM


jeff turpin says: Good food at Al beik, interesting night. Some surreal moments talking with friends and listening to mid 70's pop. So glad we did that reunion.
Posted Mon 11 Nov 2013 1:45 PM
Storm Quine-Schouw says: Hi everyone! I can't make the reunion as I am still heavily involved in hockey and the reunion weekend is the Indoor State championships. My youngest daughter Paige is playing and I am a manager. Me/Storm in 35 years...... Went to Teacher'S College. Taught southside for awhile (very much an eye opener after our local area) then landed at Ferny Hills - have come across many children from Grovely and Mitchie Past students probably teaching grandkids soon. (Scarey) I married a hockey player/fireman John and we have two daughters and one grandson. I still play divisional and representative hockey and have taken up 35+ soccer this season(way rougher than hockey)We spend a lot of time up the coast fishing and hanging out. Life is good. Hope you all have a great night with plenty of laughs!!Might be able to pop into the 40th.
Posted Wed 30 Oct 2013 4:59 PM
Lindy Jones says: Sorry I can't make it like I had hoped to. Have regularly popped up to Brisbane to see my ailing parents - the inevitablity of getting older means your folks do too. The past five years have had more than their share of sadness, as my beloved partner Roy passed away in 2010 from melanoma. Nothing you ever wish on your worst enemy, let alone the love of your life. I hope those who get to go to this reunion have a fabulous time, and that the last five years have been kind to all. Cheers, Lindy
Posted Tue 29 Oct 2013 5:25 PM


Jeff Turpin says: mick clahsen asked me this question about my life at the reunion...what do you do for your mind? there was something i heard years ago-that we humans have 7 fields of posibility. kinesthetic, logical, linguistic, internal, social, some more i forget.... this influenced me to find a balanced approach to life, yoga, juggling, meditation, rope walking, music, improvisation, theatre, spanish. a little less maths and structural analysis. more writting less grammar. these are all extensions of the idea of doing something,that will go in a new outward extending direction, and each of these can lead to further and invariably has. i sort of get the impression that the status symbols of our society are a little skewed, so i would like to have a reunion were i run in a foot race against the 70's champions, and we play a few games together where there aren't have winners and loosers too. Artsworkers do amazing things to shape the culture we are part of, even semi retired ones like me are always working, creating interacting, and on it all goes. What does that bring up for you? what under 50 award would you like to win?
Posted Sun 30 Nov 2008 1:31 PM
Enid Murrell says: Some missing names for the Grovely photos - 1C - 3rd row position 3 Angela Carmen; position 11 Michelle Layt 2nd row position 5 Mandy Steinhart, position 6 Helen Hutton (I think from Huttons Rd), postion 11 Mark Vogler Front row position 1 Harris Barnes, position 6 Brett White, position 7 Michael West 3A Back position 1 Eric Poole , position 9 Trevor Reid 3rd row position 1 Scott Backwell, position 5 Katherine?, 2nd row position 1 Cheryl Shields, position 5 Dianne ?, front row position 2 Greg Matiski , 4A 2nd row position 1 Eric Poole 3rd row position 6 Phillip Shaw 5A 3rd row position 6 Greg Matiski, position 7 Phillip Shaw back position 13 Trevor Reid 6A 2nd row position 4 Noelene Pavlivitch? 3rd row position 2 Leslie??, position 7 Doug??? back position 5 Paul Woodbury
Posted Thu 23 Oct 2008 9:25 AM
Brian Stevens says: Hi Mike I have found some photos of grades 1C, 2A, 3D, 4E & 6B from Mitchy Infant and Primary Schools. Some faces from the reunion night in the grade 1 photo are; myself, Greg Petroff, Baz Trinder, James Spreadborough and Lisa Wignall. Other faces I recognise are; Greg Ross, Paul Craig, Stephen Duffy, Tommy Manion, Michael (PEBO) Pearson, Donna Warry and Cathy Morgan. There is also our very good looking teacher Miss Borsarinee (not sure of the spelling) I'll email them to you after I have scanned them in. I have also found under 9 & 10 team photos from the old Budapest Grovely soccer days.
Posted Wed 22 Oct 2008 3:39 PM
Mike Clahsen says: There has been some interest in delving further into the past (i.e. Primary School) as most people do not have school photos from every year. We've started uploading primary school photos onto the web site (see the link from the home page) starting with Grovely State School. Photos from other schools will be added progressively as people send them to us. If you have any photos you would be willing to share then email them to us at Also, please let use know if you can recall the names of any of the nameless!
Posted Tue 21 Oct 2008 1:35 PM
Lindy Jones says: As Gary H said, there was a fair bit of apprehension about attending - and a lot of curiosity! It was a very enjoyable night, and I'm glad I was able to make it from Sydney. I look forward to the next one - maybe in 5 years? - although I'm guessing it will have to be a little quieter and as dimly lit as the faculties will be older than the participants (my story, and I'm sticking to it!) Many many thanks to the good guys for organising it - and don't forget, if any of you are ever in Sydney CBD come visit me at Abbey's Bookshop (131 York St)! Lindy
Posted Mon 20 Oct 2008 2:36 PM
Gary Horwood says: I'm on holidays sitting on my back veranda reflecting on the many familiar faces that were in that underground vault on Saturday night. As I came down those stairs I was feeling a little apprehensive about saying hello again to folk that I have not seen for 10, 20 or 30 years. But there's little to be concerned about when you reconnect with Jenny Connellan's enjoyable laugh, Nev Collin's modest demeanour, Steve Smart's back slapping, Gary (One R) Kennedy's very funny anecdotes, Kathy Taylors' exuuuuuuberaaaaance, Di Phillip's loveliness, Trev Torrens' good humour, Greg Petroffs' hair ruffling (mine), Russell Sparksman's gentle nature, Ross Taylors' recollections (we go back a long way) Ian and Debbie Turners' family and cricket stories, Jeff Turpins' wild and expressive eyes, Lindy Jones' enthusiasm, Wendy Bailye's dear friendship, Kym Daly's mischievous grin, the familiar Col Ray Steve Nev and Richard corner , Tim Mander 's agelessness (he hasn't changed at all) Mick Clahsen's calm demeanor, Lisa Wignall's sunny face, John Birse's Maryborough recollections and that good old "Grovely boy" Peter O'Brien......... I would have stayed longer but the ringing in my ears out did me and my voice had become hoarse. Those "night club" days are way too far back for me to claim any stamina from them. It was great to visit again good people who contributed to a good time of my life...... thanks to all who were there and to the organisers.
Posted Mon 20 Oct 2008 10:27 AM
Mike Clahsen says: I hope everyone had a great night last night, I certainly did. We managed to take a couple of dozen photos which are now on the web site ( If I have misnamed anyone in the photos then please let me know! Unfortunately we had a camera malfunction and didn't get all of the photos that were taken in class groups, so if you have any of these, or if you have any that are better than the ones we took, then please send them to me at It has been a lot of fun organising the night. The final wash-up was 115 students out of 154 were found with 56 attending the Reunion Night. We hope everyone enjoyed the venue - reasonably priced, central and most of all, dimly lit to hide the signs of age! Particularly impressive were those who travelled from far away to attend - Ross and Kathy Hall (Sydney), Lindy Jones (Sydney), Richard O'Brien (Sydney), Ray Mitchell (Ravenshoe - Atherton Tablelands), Sheryl Clissold (Gympie) and a few others from the north and south coasts. Others wanted to come but were unavailable due to other commitments (Monique Granne, Bruce Day, David Chapman, Rob McCall, Wayne Soloman, Janelle Cash, Donna Winn, Julie Kunde, Lorrae Adams and Bill O'Pray). A lot of people seemed to really enjoy last night with some suggestions of getting together again before another decade has passed. Perhaps in 5 years? Or maybe in 2011 when the majority of us turn 50?
Posted Sun 19 Oct 2008 11:28 AM
Peter O'Brien says: Just thought I'd add how much I enjoyed the reunion...Incredible meeting so many from school and especially those that I started Primary School from Grade 1...A great night and thanks to the organisers Tim and Mike and the others who were involved...
Posted Sun 19 Oct 2008 9:32 AM
Enid Murrell says: Lindy I might see you at the National Gallery of Australia sometime as I am a member - I joined not just for the art exhibitions but the members lounge has the best views of any cafe in Canberra as it overlooks Lake Burley Griffin - Anyway I am in the Canberra phone book if you are down this way. Enid
Posted Sat 11 Oct 2008 6:52 PM
Enid Murrell says: some of my memories are: (1) wearing the old school uniform with the hem 6 inches above the knee - I think the sports tunics could be 8 inches (2) Everyone dancing to the Time Warp at the Grade 11 Camp at Mooloolabah (3) Some of the words to the song "Summer Love(??)" from Grease being changed as it was considered too racy (4) watching VCRs in the library on machines bigger than a modern suitcase - the machine kept breaking down every ten minutes (5) school swimming carnivals at the Valley pool (where Tracy Wickham broke the world records) did we have the athletics ones at Lang Park??? (6) having to go to Mother Craft lessons! I think we learnt how to fold nappies. (7) French classes with Miss Burke (who has a very Aussie accent when speaking French) (8) Being tall and standing at the back of physics classes in grade 11 to see the demonstration with a van de graaff generator But in Grade 12 all the guys had grown 6 inches in the holidays and I could no longer see. (9) The Samford people waiting for their bus each afternoon - did they every get afternoon detention?? (10) Getting a sewing machine licence for a treadle sewing machine. (11) learning how to set a table and wash up in cooking class. (wasn't this the era of women's lib??? it was not until 1976 that boys were allowed to take Home Economics at Mitchie - My brother Ian took it in 1976 as a joke with a a few mates but all the other fathers would not let their sons take a girls subject but my father had no objections so he was the only guy in a class of girls) (12) remembering the school motto "mens sana in corpore sano" - a sound mind in a sound body??? This is the Carlton's football club motto also! (13) I thought I remember a picture theatre at Keperra also as well as the drive -in (14) I recall vigaro being played - (cricket for girls) (15) Hearing rumours what went on in the long grass at the back of the school near the gym equipment at lunch time lastly I remember wearing blue nail polish to school and being told to chew it off by Miss Priddle. I hope this triggers some memories for you and you all have a great time at the reunion!
Posted Sat 11 Oct 2008 9:24 AM
Gary Horwood says: I know there will be a few photos posted from the reunion, but can anyone pick the people who were there last night from this Grade One class full of innocent faces. I'm third from left back row, yep still have the same hair colour and before anyone asks again, no I don't dye it!
Posted Sat 11 Oct 2008 6:55 AM
Lindy Jones says: Enid, pleased to hear you are still around and haven't gone extinct! I get down to Canberra regularly, mostly for the exhibitions, so will keep an eye out for you! And yes, I remember when calculators were a BIG deal...and as for travellers these days, they never escape from real life when they can be so easily found via mobiles and Facebooks- tell youngsters these days about Poste Restante and they look at you like you are a true muttaburrasaurus! Keep well Lindy
Posted Fri 10 Oct 2008 1:50 PM
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