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Mbeya pictures from 1963 and going 'home'

Started by Hilly, 25 October, 2012, 16:15

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25 October, 2012, 16:15 Last Edit: 25 October, 2012, 16:24 by Hilly
I was there from '59 to '63, Stanley House.

First term Sept '59 was brutal with fist fights in the dorm and the tackie for breaking the cowhide straps on my bed. But I survived and have very fond memories of the school. We said prayers every night at the end of our beds. I remember playing jacks with peach stones on the dorm verandah, hand inspections before supper, the jumping competitions off the swings, playing marbles, damming the water during the rains, throwing sheath knives to stick them into trees, pulling and being pulled on roller skates by our elastic belts, climbing the trees, our hike up Mbeya Peak (someone was stung by bees so we never reached the top - picture of the HM, me and Edward Halwenge).  We succeeded in climbing Mount Rungwe and I'm in the picture too just behind HM's right shoulder. As boys we were cruel to the weakest and I did some unspeakable things, just like the savages in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. I still feel guilty about half strangling one boy in a fight. Buying catapults on the train back to Mwanza.

I'll dig up a more coherant story later.

P.S. Mark Rowland is in the picture outside the Standard 6 classroom (nearest Mr Morgan's office). The one in Cairo in front of the Sphinx is me on my last voyage home via the Suez Canal in the Summer of '63

Rob Hill (Hilly)
Now 61 and splitting my life between Pretoria, South Africa and Eastbourne, East Sussex


25 October, 2012, 16:21 #1 Last Edit: 25 October, 2012, 16:26 by Hilly
Some more pictures. Mark Rowland and his little brother, and another, as well as my sister, in the pictures below.

Rob Hill (Hilly) Stanley 59-63


25 October, 2012, 16:29 #2 Last Edit: 25 October, 2012, 16:41 by Hilly
Mark Morgan's picture of his father, Edward Halwenge ahead of him, and me in the foreground, ascending Mbeya Peak before the bees stung someone and the climb was called off.

The other one of Mark's pictures has me looking over Mr Morgan's right shoulder, like a mischevious imp, on top of Mt Rungwe.


Great to see pictures of mbeya, brings back memories. I caught up with edward halwenge when he was in form 4 and i was in form 2. I knew mark and peter rowland. I used to hang with these guys. I wonder what ever happened to them?


Quote from: Hilly on 25 October, 2012, 16:21
Some more pictures. Mark Rowland and his little brother, and another, as well as my sister, in the pictures below.

Rob Hill (Hilly) Stanley 59-63

Thanks for posting the photos - brings back many memories. I (David Kingsriter) was there from late 1955 to mid 1959 and my sister Joan came about a year later. I cannot remember which house I was in, but do remember being in two different dorms. I don't remember any names, unfortunately (names have never been my strong point), but I do remember wrestling with a friend almost every evening AFTER bath time and before supper. The drumbeat for meals is forever burned into my memory - dabada dabada dabadatada, dabadatada dabadatada, dabadbadabadabadabadatada, dabada dabada dabadatada .... (sorry, I couldn't resist ...!