The Molong Central School 1953 by Michael Pass

Looking back on my time at the school, I can recall what a change in education it was compared to England, far more impersonal.  I can remember some of the local kids, such as Greg Prideaux and George Cassimattis ( his family owned the cafe ) Ann Monday, Beverley (the beautiful ) Osborne, also Coral and Janice Weekes. Just a few names that I recall. The kids really made us all welcome.

Indeed ,there was an interesting time which Michael Waters, Norman Smethum, Gerald Oliver and Warren Wilkins may recall. The local kids had discovered our sandwiches, big,thick,and full of strange fillings. They would offer to exchange what they had for ours, a good trade ensued. They loved the baked beans, curried egg and vegemite sandwiches, to name a few.

I do recall there was no “of them or us” attitude as was the case with the pupils at De La Salle College, in Orange. There was also the Manual Training teacher, whose name was Vivian Cranstone. We thought that it was very strange for a man to have a girls name. However he was a jolly good teacher. ¬†Michael Pass

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About The Phantom

Came to Fairbridge Molong in 1957 and began immediately as a farm trainee. I was 15 yrs old. I loved the work,but found it very lonely and the bullying was awful. Billy Gelson saved me many times in Orange cottage from beatings. I loved this man. I have had a successful life with a wife who died in 2003. I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Life has been a challenge since Maureen died.. Brian K OF
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