George & Joan Burnett

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Extract Author: Sarah C Slater ( nee Burnett )
Page Number: 2004 10 24
Extract Date: 1958-1963

Sarah Burnett - Arusha School 1958-1963

I was @ arusha school during the years above.

My parents are Joan & George Burnett. My father was an entymologist, & worked @ the Colonial (Tropical) Pesticides Reseach Institute.

My brother Patrick & sister Victoria were also @ the school.

I think I was in the same class as Vanessa Pope, Elizabeth Cashin, Rosemary Purchase, Geraldine Swynnerton, John Bovennizer, Emile Karafiat, Pamela Carter & Joyce Thompson, Huw Jones, Diana Yeo.

I think Sandro Legnani was in the same class as my brother.

Does anybody remember the Beaumont family who farmed @ Sharok?

Or the McPhillips, an Irish family of 10 children who's mother was a doctor at Meru Hospital?

I remember BL Jones & family well, & Miss Jenkins & Mrs Papadopoulos amongst others.

My parents kept in touch with Paddy Purchase, father of Rosemary, Nigel & Melody & Doug & Margaret Yeo whio were neighbours & colleagues of my father.

My Mum is very ill now. I would love to be able to pass on news to her. She was an artist & used to run art classes on our lawn. Her & my father were very active in the Little Theatre, Arusha. He used to build the sets & she would paint them. I remember being Fairy Crystal Fountain in a production of Sleeping Beauty, in a wonderful white tutu made by a lady, I think Mrs. Bloom, who had been a profesional costume designer.

Does any one remember Narajan Singh, the grocer? I remember it being an Aladdin's cave of sweeties & the lovely kind staff.

My parents moved to Aberdeen Scotland, where they still are. I lived in Scotland until 2000, & now live in Suffolk, England. I would be absolutely delighted to hear from any-one from those idyllic childhood years.

Sarah C Slater ( nee Burnett )

Lots of memories, and names - thank you. I�ll be updating the database in the next week or so, and will include your email, which I�m sure will trigger some responses.

There have been some recent feedback emails mentioning some of your names. Did you see the email from Miriam Pope mentioning the Purchases and the Little Theatre. I�ve also just this week been sent a photo which includes Emil Karrafiat - it should be on the web site with the next update.

As for Naranjan Singh - did you see the clips on the site from Hatari

I heard that after independence he moved to India, and became very rich with a department store. His sons have been in England, and visited someone I know who had been in Arusha in the 1950's.

Thank you so much for the fascinating information. The web-site is a wonderful resource & the work that goes into producing it is much appreciated.

I printed out some of the pictures of the School, Boma & Hospital ( where I was born) for my parents, which were pored over, & recognised by all the family. They were totally amazed, being internet 'unfriendly'!

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Page Number: 2007 08 24
Extract Date: 1963-67

Stan Fourie, Arusha School, 1963-67

Enjoyed looking through the Arusha School site.

Was a former pupil (1963 -1967).

My father was in the Vet. Dept and a former pupil of the school (1930s).

Various cousins as well as my elder brother and two sisters also attended. Great memories of the school (and the tortoise). Have still got an autograph book from that period which has a small painting by Joan Burnett (our art teacher), another by Sally Northwood (teacher) and Miss C DaCosta (Matron).

Some class mates included Robbie Sossi, Mike Rothblitze, Ivan Da Silva and the Ashdown twins (Gus and Andrew).

Returned to Arusha last year after 38 years and took my wife and young daughter to the school. The Headmaster (Mr Nkurwa) was very pleasant and helpful and allowed us to tour the buildings and grounds.

We were delighted to find the old tortoise still going strong! Took several photos but unfortunately the grounds/swimming pool were not well maintained but it was still great to do a trip down memory lane.

I was also pleased to meet George Angelides again as his parents and mine were very good friends.

Would like to hear from any body who may remember me or my family.

Kind regards Stan. Fourie

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Extract Author: Jo
Page Number: 2008 05 20
Extract Date: 2008

Apiece of pottery

I have bought a piece of pottery from a car boot and beneath it there is the name 'Joan Burnett' I 'Googled' the name and have found this site. If Joan Burnett was your art teacher would she have made some pottery at some time.

This is like a casserole dish and the lid has a chickens head and tail on the top of it.

It is most likely a different Joan Burnett altogether but I'll look forward to hearing from you to find out.

I bought this in Lincolnshire England.


Extract ID: 5717