Nunawading High School
 Bulletin Board
 Event Registration
Years 1959 - 1964 or thereabouts - 50 Year Reunion

Planning has commenced for an evening get together at Box Hill Golf Club (again) on Saturday 4th October 2014 starting around 4pm and going through with a sit down dinner until 11pm. Stick it in your diary now.


Vale David Bremner by John Tozer

It is with great sadness that I must report a member of our Class of ’62, David Bremner, died suddenly on Saturday 21 July from a heart attack whilst out bike riding.

What follows are my recollections of David, together with the inevitable inaccuracies and errors that seem to creep in by the seventh decade of our lives.

David joined Nunawading High School in 1958 – Form 2D - migrating from Melbourne’s western suburbs. By the time he reached Sixth Form (6A) David had already shown the qualities of leadership that would be the foundation of a successful career - he was a School Prefect, a member of the Senior Football and Cricket teams and a leading light in Flinders House. By this time he was also madly in love with fellow Form 6A student Heather Boswell who he married a few years later.

David had a clearer idea than most students of his career direction, having to study Accountancy by correspondence whilst at Nunawading High School to fast track his goals. His studies showed a steady progression, first becoming an Associate of the then Australian Society of Accountants and then graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University – all through part time studies.

The chronological progression of his business career was impressive:

  • First full time job at the Myer Emporium where he learnt all the commercial accounting basics including how to deal with the window dressing team’s Christmas Window budget
  • Accountant with the electrical wholesaler and retailer Lawrence and Hanson
  • Administration and Finance Manager at Epworth Hospital through its initial major growth phase
  • Financial Controller at the law firm Ridgeway Clements through a major merger
  • Commercial Services Manager at another law firm Blake Dawson Waldron
  • Finally as Executive Director of the Victorian Bar – whilst David enjoyed a drink, this position actually involved looking after the State’s Barristers
  • In his semi-retirement David continued to provide professional advice through the National Electricity Consumers Advocacy Panel where he was part time Executive Officer

Cricket and Football continued to be David’s sporting pursuits post NHS through the Forest Hill Cricket and Football Clubs. Long after his cricket whites were no longer white he was a long serving umpire and President of the local Cricket Association Umpires Association. He also competed in local water polo and baseball teams.

David and Heather lived all their married years in Vermont – while they moved houses a few times it was always within a stone’s throw of their previous address. Within that local community David was a long standing member of the Rotary and Probus Clubs of Forest Hill, and the Bremners were pillars of the Forest Hill Uniting Church. David and Heather raised three children – Rochelle, Craig and Matthew, and have seven grandchildren.

David was always there when someone needed a helping hand. In my own case, when I had a last minute need for a replacement best man at my wedding, David was happy to step up.

Whilst we will mourn the fact that David died far too young, let us celebrate a full life and a wonderful contribution to his family, friends and community.


Foundation Years Reunion Planning Day (60 year Plan)

see front page

Registrations and payment for an afternoon workshop and dinner will be called in the near future - likely date and venue Sunday 5th August at Box Hill Golf Club.


2012 Reunion for the 1962 NHS Matric Year

Contact Jill Davidson to register your attendance & John Tozer to book with your payment.

2009 Reunion for 1958/59 - 1964/65 Years

Saturday 13 JUNE 2009
Another great evening. Next '64 event 2014

Farewell Kevin William Yon

YON. - The Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Mr Kevin William Yon will be held at Rosebud Funeral Services Chapel, 123 Jetty Rd, Rosebud on THURSDAY (Feb. 16, 2012) commencing at 2.30 p.m. Private Cremation
12-12-1921 — 10-3-2008
Advertisement: Story continues below
THE former director-general of education in Victoria, Dr Lawrie Shears, once aptly described Ken Matchett as "A renaissance man of many outstanding talents (with) a strong and varied commitment to lifelong learning".
Another tribute to Ken, who has died from a brain tumour, aged 86, summed up a life that was exhausting just to read: lifelong student, teacher, lecturer, educational administrator, scientist, linguist, music lover, historian, traveller, pilot, radio operator and marathon man.
Connecting the many strands of this energised man was his constant desire to learn and to share the results with others.
Away from academic pursuits, Ken was always athletic: as a teenager he competed in the Melbourne to Warrnambool cycle race, but it was in his later years that he became known as an indefatigable runner.
He ran his first Melbourne Marathon at age 57, and over the next 28 years ran 131 marathons, ultra-marathons and other distance events, including the Colac six-day race. With London, Boston and New York marathons along the way, he was foundation president of the Melbourne Marathon Spartans' Club, open only to runners who have completed 10 of these events. As well, he was a member of the exclusive One Hundred Marathon Club of Australia; only 25 Australians have run 100 or more marathons.
He held numerous age group records. At Easter last year, he won 10 gold medals in his age group at the Australian Masters' Athletics Championships at Hobart; he set a new Australian record in the 10,000 metres track event, and a world record in the 2000 metres steeplechase.
Ken was born in Carlton to Florence and William, a wholesale grocer. The family lived in Essendon and he rode his bicycle to and from Ivanhoe Grammar School for several years, before he became a boarder. He then studied at Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT) for a diploma in applied chemistry.
His first job was as an industrial chemist at the Maribyrnong Munitions Factory, researching camouflage paint for aircraft. In 1941, he joined the army and served in the infantry, then the Signals Corps, which led to his later interest in amateur radio.
In August 1945, he married Shirley Massey, an army nurse, and on demobilisation he completed a BSc at Melbourne University, followed by a BA and a diploma of education with honours in every subject, then a bachelor of education.
His career as a science teacher began at Upwey High School in 1950, and continued with promotion to Nunawading High School in 1955. With his passion for science, a bright, outgoing personality, quick wit and considerable charm, he was ideally suited to the profession.
In 1958, Ken was appointed an assistant lecturer in science at Burwood Teachers College, eventually becoming head of science. He also took science sessions at a nearby primary school to better understand how younger children learned.
His enthusiasm as an amateur radio operator had also grown; he encouraged the establishment of youth radio clubs and acted as state supervisor. In 1964, he set up an amateur radio club for the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Later, he also set up stations on Norfolk Island and on Nauru. On one occasion from his home in Templestowe he organised help for an injured sherpa when a mayday call from an expedition on Mount Everest went unheard in Kathmandu.
Another of his pursuits began with a staffroom conversation at Burwood. Soon he was training to be a pilot at Moorabbin; he neglected to tell his wife about it — until he'd had a few lessons. Not content with a private pilot's licence in 1967, he went on to gain a commercial pilot's licence, and devised a course on the scientific principles of flying for his students. He also conducted a course in the theory of navigation for trainee pilots at the Royal Victorian Aero Club.
In the 1970s and '80s, Ken put to use his flying skills by organising air safaris in a single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza; his passengers were introduced to Australia's outback townships, station homesteads and empty red landscapes.
Seeking a new challenge, Ken and Shirley travelled to the Republic of Nauru in 1971, where Ken had been appointed director of education. When he returned to Victoria, he developed materials in the new field of environmental science for the Education Department. Typically, to expand his knowledge in the new discipline, he took evening classes in pollution studies at Preston Institute of Technology. In 1975 he took charge of the Education Department's Teachers' Centre at La Trobe University, until he retired in 1984.
Languages were another passion. Ken became fluent in German during his arts studies, and later he studied Italian and Russian for pleasure. At age 83, he completed VCE Latin.
Shirley predeceased Ken. His children, Malcolm and Ann, his six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and his partner, Jean, survive him.
Jean Dawson was assisted by Eric Belcher, Colin Browne and John Rhodes.

The following is an extract from the Camberwell High School CHESS website ( -

"Hubert Slattery passed away recently at the grand age of 98 years, following an impressive record within the Education Department, stretching back to 1925, when he first began as a teacher's aide at Warburton Primary School on probation, till his retirement from CHS, in 1971, when he was ranked the third highest Principal in the State of Victoria.

In 1926, he completed his Primary Teachers Certificate and began as Head Teacher in Mardan South Primary School, where he remained till 1934. He was selected by the Department of Education to become a secondary school teacher; he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Education, prior to appointment in the secondary schools division.

His secondary school career began at Melbourne Boys' High School where he taught English, Latin and History. In order to achieve promotion, he then moved to higher elementary schools at Terang and Korumburra, then high schools at Dimboola and Morwell, which necessitated many moves for his family before they returned to Melbourne in 1959, where he became principals of Reservoir and Nunawading High Schools."

Hubert Joseph Slattery (& Ms Milne)


Whitehorse Leader 17 November 2005

You will need Adobe Reader to open these newsletters. Download Adobe here
64 Matric Year
Invitation for June 13, 2009

Invitation for October 4, 2014
Gold Jubilee Newsletters
Newsletter No 1
(dates, venue, organising group, reunions, publicity)
NHS NEWS VOL1 v02.pdf
Newsletter No 2
(organised activities to date, invitations, contacts, requests for assistance, memorabilia, Churinga 2005, DVD production, sponsorship, ...)
Newsletter No 3
(Latest updates, helpers, reminders, churinga, ...) 17/9/2005
Newsletter No 4
(Final details) 11/11/2005
Newsletter No 5
Final Edition
Read Peter Jonson's speech at the Jubilee -

The 2005 Jubilee Final Communique

    Sunday November 27, 2005.
    FINAL NEWSLETTER - January 20, 2006.
    That Day of Days:
    Battles and causes are never won without some luck.

    Nine months in advance we had to pick a day for our open air Jubilee and chose November 27. It turned out to be a day that began with cool clear skies and languidly progressed to a warm and sweetly soft late spring afternoon … this being no easy thing to get exactly right.

    There were over eight hundred of us there at Forest Hill College. The courtyard was full of bubbling good will. There was some dream quality to the experience of finding old friends after so many years of them being just memories.

    The bonds were instantly re-tied. There was disbelief that we had lost contact with such good people while we forged our careers, families and security. Age disappeared instantly as faces became familiar and characters recognisable. Little had really changed within us. The biggest changes we experienced in our lives must have occurred during adolescence, and it was this time we shared ... no wonder the bond is still strong.

    This bond was also evident with the many teachers who joined the celebrations.

    Many letters of thanks have arrived. But, truly, the organisers extend our thanks to all of you, students and teachers, for responding so strongly to the idea.
    Many of you travelled extremely long distances to share in the experience. The costs must have been huge. There would have been no event without your enthusiasm to be there.

    To those of you with us in spirit, unable to get there but gave us support by flooding us with good wishes, your letters were greeted with gratitude but some disappointment that you could not make it. Please know we missed you.

    It is necessary to point out something that came somewhat as a surprise to your organising group, and that was the depth of generosity that accompanied your mail. Of our total income from registrations, a quarter was donations. Your thoughtfulness lifted our enthusiasm and our capacity for what could be achieved.

    From the organising group may we say to everyone who attended, or contributed in whatever way possible, a heartfelt “THANK YOU”!

    Our apologies go to those who have since found out about the Jubilee. We went to great efforts to find people but we were always going to be less than perfect in this task.

    However, now that people have found each other, the Jubilee celebration will serve as a catalyst for many smaller, more sedate, more relaxed and intimate reunions.

    Those who missed the day, but still feel like being on speaking terms with us, should make contact so you can be part of these future events.

    From your responses I know you wish to extend gratitude to everyone connected to the success of the Nunawading High School Golden Jubilee - 2005.

    So on your behalf thanks go to:

    Forest Hill College.
    To the Principal, Michael Waters, and the staff and students of Forest hill College, thank you for your willing and gracious hospitality. You gave us a home when ours had been demolished.

    The Forest Hill College Band.
    To the music students and staff who gave up their day to provide the ideal musical background for the celebrations. Despite distractions you were noticed and appreciated. As it turns out, it seems to have been quite a worthwhile gig.

    The Speakers:
    Thanks to the speakers who spent time crafting their velvet phrases and then found out on the day that just stepping forward aroused spontaneous appreciation. You could have said anything in that elevated mood of good will.
    To Michael Waters, Principal of Forest Hill College; Leigh Hobba, Jack Hobba’s nephew who came down from Canberra; Ken Matchett, Foundation Teacher; Hugh Rogers, Foundation Parent Association President; Paul Jenes, Student then Teacher in the final days. Thank you for providing the history that bound the day’s significance.

    Thanks to Peter Jonson, Nuna High student, economic, political and social pot stirrer, and our guest speaker. Peter was in the early stages of recovering from open-heart surgery but still turned up to do what he said he would. When given the chance to pull out he whispered, “Never yield mate!”. David Miles was at Peter’s side to see him through.

    The Helpers:
    Thanks to the people not in the organising group but who stepped in to help where and when they could.

    Yvonne Moore who spent days and days, in a myriad of ways, successfully tracking down old students.

    Thanks to Peter Hocking for arranging the catering vans; to Marion Brenker for distribution of the pre-Jubilee Newsletter as well as this one; to Ian Armstrong for Churinga advertising; to Ann Ducray for her assistance netting in articles for Churinga; to John Lever and Ken Secretan for their spontaneous assistance on the day; to the families who helped at the entrance gate, especially to Mitsuko Penberthy, and to other offspring and their connections who arranged the car parking so well. Flowers were sent to Mitsuko and a small gratuity was paid to the younger helpers. Thanks also to Peter Meyer for re-kindling the enthusiasm of the 1959/60 Tasmanian hiking group with his wonderful collection of colour photos, his work with Peter Fleming in producing a DVD of Peter’s Standard 8 movie film of the trip, and the miniature train rides on the Saturday.

    There are special thanks to Ray Brindle’s daughter, Kirrily Whatman, and son in law Steve Whatman, for their creative and generous contribution to the production of Churinga. They were paid but far less than normal commercial rates.

    The Organising Group.
    Jodie Urquhart, Robyn Bright and Sue Ward for their efforts distributing hundreds of brochures throughout the Eastern Suburbs.
    Noel Spurr for his efforts garnering support from the City of Whitehorse and for searching out contacts.
    Rod Turner for organising the fabulous Jubilee Dinner. The success and happiness of that event went beyond anyone’s anticipation.
    Jan McPhail our embedded coordinator at Forest Hill College. Jan quietly developed her idea of what was needed and at the critical moment came through with everything required to make the arrangements at the school run so smoothly and efficiently.
    Marion Pearson. Early on Marion bothered to ring in and see if she could help in some way. She had all the computer and organisational skills to manage the master list of contacts and distribute the Newsletters … and agreed to do it. Priceless.
    Jeff Penberthy. Rather surprised at himself Jeff started coming to meetings, and was further surprised at the pleasure he derived. Jeff was the sage in our midst.
    He also took on the job scanning archival material you will see in the DVD production.
    Peter Rogers. Seemingly Pete’s contribution was the excellent Memorabilia Exhibition. So it was. However that was not all. Pete was the spur that got things going in the very beginning.
    Irene James. Staunch and true to the task Irene brought a woman’s wisdom to our early decisions. Irene also spent many hours tracking down old colleagues.
    Colin Barling. Set up and managed the NHS Jubilee website. For many, finding the website was a valuable confirmation of the Jubilee actually happening.

    The following are the inner core that took the risk at the beginning and agreed to finance the Jubilee. They have since been reimbursed.

    John Tozer. John gave wise financial counsel at all times. He also had the ability to quickly cut through the dross that cropped up in meetings. Devoted to the success of the DVD John is the one still deeply engaged with the Jubilee. He hopes to have the DVD ready for distribution in mid-March.
    Robert Scott and Keith Davidson came on the committee as a team and from their wide experience exerted strong discipline on our budgeting. The financial success of the Jubilee began here.
    Richard Donkin. A good money manager was essential to the outcome. Richard’s efforts were exemplary. The financial results you will see below are the testimony.
    Ray Brindle. Ray began as our nostalgia tragic. He had the ability to recall so many incidents from school that they alone could fill a meeting. Taking on responsibility for the production of the Jubilee edition of Churinga seemed a natural progression.
    It is safe to say that the success of the Jubilee day was assured when such a quality publication was there to hand out. The magazine arrived from the printers a couple of days before … not even close to the photo finish Ray warned of. No one can reliably guess at the time and energy Ray put into the production of Churinga. It must have been exhausting. A great effort! A great result!

    The organising group had to take a punt on how many would attend the Jubilee. We decided, being conservatively and wisely guided, on four hundred people attending. Then we looked at our obvious expenses and decided on a registration fee of $15 to cover costs of $6,000. This would cover our basic expenses ... Newsletter production, postage and production of a modest version of Churinga.

    Members of the group agreed to personally meet some extraneous costs associated with the Website establishment and various administration costs, particularly telephone expenses. It has been possible to reimburse these expenses so that no one is out of pocket for direct costs associated with the Jubilee.

    As income from registrations and donations began to exceed our budget we decided to upgrade our notions for Churinga, increasing its size and photographic content. This allowed the editor to open his shoulders to the task.

    As things turned out, when on Jubilee day so many turned up unexpectedly, the financial results were far more successful than we could have hoped for.


    So dear colleagues comes the moment for my own personal thanks to the organising group who gave me unearned deep faith and friendship. It was a good team … a very good team. The pleasure I have had from being part of this great Jubilee celebration is beyond measure.
    To my old friends, to whom I had only a fleeting moment to express my pleasure of our reunion, I hope we see each other again - very soon.

    With my deep affection to you all,
    Anthony Mugg – Convenor, Nunawading High School Jubilee.

    Registrations (835 x $15) 12,525
    Donations 4,020
    Surplus from the Jubilee Dinner 1,353
    Sales of Churinga (extra copies sold) 585
    Sales of the DVD (to date) 2,970
    Advertising in Churinga 1,900
    Commissions (from bar and coffee vendor) 300
    Total 23,653
    Website 462
    Newsletters - production and distribution 3,100
    Churinga production 7,809
    Video production 500
    Band catering 80
    Gratuities to Jubilee staff and parking attendants 450
    Gifts to Forest Hill administration and staff 350
    Post Jubilee data entry 100
    Administration expenses 700
    ISBN registration for Churinga and the DVDs 150
    Total 13,701
    Surplus $9,952

    Distribution of Surplus Funds.
    Forest Hill College Music Department 1,500
    Forest Hill College 3,500
    Student support bursary at Forest Hill College 4,952

    Total $9,952

    Completing the Archives.

    We have searched through the Nunawading High School archives held in storage at Forest Hill College and scanned everything useful. All the material has been recorded on Digital Video Disc.

    Many images from student’s private albums have also been used. Some were displayed in the memorabilia exhibition on Jubilee day.

    A video record of the celebrations was commissioned. We are adding film of the Jubilee celebrations and other associated events to the DVD. The DVD provides a permanent record of the school archives for future generations of historians and reunion organisers.

    Many DVDs have already been ordered. The DVD will be available in two forms – to run on your TV, or to run on your PC or Mac - $20 each or $30 if you would like to receive both options. The price covers packaging and postage. Delivery will be in late March 2006.

    If you can help with any additional images for the archives we need them by mid-February 2006.

    Preferably they should be high quality full size scans or digital jpeg files at 300 pixels per inch and e-mailed to .

    Prints may be sent, well packaged and preferably with a return envelope to
    Nunawading High School Golden Jubilee
    PO Box 74
    Blackburn Victoria 3130.

    Whilst we have over 1,400 images, there are still many gaps in class photos – the more we can fill, the more complete the archival record will be. The table below shows the current status of our collection.

    John Tozer – Producer of the NHS Jubilee DVD.

    YearClass photo statusYearClass photo status
    1955Only have 2A1972Only have 2A, 3F, 4B
    1956Complete1973Only have 1D, 5A
    1957Only have 1B&D, 3A&D1974Only have 2D, 6E
    1958Only have 4&51975Only have 2F, 6D
    1959Have none!1976Have 4A, 5A-F, 6A-C, E-F
    1960Complete1977Only have 5C
    1961All except 1C&2B1978Only have 6D
    1962All except 1D1979All except 1C
    1963Complete1980Have none!
    1964Have 1D, 2A,B&C, 3A&B, 4B, 5A, 6C1981All except 7A1-2, C1, HG11-12, 11B
    1965Have 1B&D, 2D, 3A,B&C, 4A&B, 5B, 1982All except 11D
    1966Have 1D, 2B&D, 3B, 4A&E, 5A&C, 6A1983Complete
    1967Have 2D, 3A&D, 4A&B, 5A,B&C, 6A1984All except HG18
    1969Have 1D, 4A&D, 5D&F, 6B1986Complete
    1970All except 1A-E1987All except year 10
    1971Only have 2F, 3B, 6C1988Complete
    1989All except 9HG2, 10