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Messages - Michael Murphy

Hello Isemonger - Is this William Isemonger or Dick Isemonger ?

I was at Mbeya School from 1951 to 1953, during which time Queen Elizabeth was crowned and we all got cups and pencils.

I remember William Isemonger took me to his father's farm one Mbeya half-term.  I remember it was isolated and out in lion country, and we thought we heard lions one night when we spending the night in an outside shed - we were absolutely terrified !   Memories of dairy farming, and turtles in their lake, and you were expected to sing songs for the family evening entertainment.

Interested that you, William, got the school record for the cuts - 13 times !  That means that you must have done better than Jane Kingdon who got at least that !   Brian Wilson got it a lot, too, especially when caught with a catapult.   It was thought that Mr Gillham, Gilliefish, used to watch it all happening, using binoculars from his sitting room window !

I do remember the school board recording good marks and bad marks, for work and for behaviour, and that 3 bad marks got you a caning, and that was recorded on the school board too, so everybody knew ! 

I do remember Tootie Fruitie - Tony Tutendahl was his real name, I think.

It would be good to hear from you all.

Michael Murphy.
   It was good to read about your Mbeya School memories.  What a great place it was.
   I was there from 1951 to 1953 or thereabouts, with resident house matrons of Miss Jamieson (Ma Jampot) and Mrs McBride (Ma McBee).
   I can think of a longer list of names.
   I do remember the 2 canes kept in the sofa between the seat and the back cushions, and was once very embarrassed when they popped out when we moved furniture around one Saturday evening story time !  Headmaster Wallington did have a whip and a stick, but we never got to choose.  The whip was much worse than the stick, and I can confirm that both girls and boys got it on the bare bottom, bending over the back of his armchair.
   I can remember one Gordon Egan also getting 'the cuts' for picking the peach tree !
   Do you remember Jane Kingdon ? 
   It would be very nice to hear from you.
Regards, Michael Murphy.
   My parents lived in Dar from 1948 to 1957, and I went to Mbeya School under Headmaster Wallington from 1951 to 1953.
   Whilst not wishing to try to quote too much information, my then great friend Alan Wenban-Smith now has his own website, and I'm sure can update you on his younger sister Rachel, and his elder two brothers and sister.
   It might be interesting to compile a list of all remembered Mbeya and Dar names.
Cheers, Michael Murphy. 
   Not sure that I can help, though my parents lived in Dar-es-Salaam from 1948 to 1957, and I went to Mbeya School from 1951 to 1953 under Headmaster Wallington.   It's very interesting to read all the recent blogs on Mbeya and Tanganyika, and I remember most of the names mentioned in the early 1950's.   You could try the Muir family, the Crawshaw family, and the Wenban-Smith family, and several people have created their own websites.
Cheers, Michael Murphy.
Woking, Surrey, UK.
Arusha School / Re: Arusha School Awards
13 October, 2010, 13:10
I was interested to read your comments on corporal punishment at Arusha School.   I went to Mbeya School in 1952/53 where both the boys and the girls were regularly caned by the Headmaster on the bare bottom.   The general opinion was that not only did he enjoy doing it, but that some of us, boys and girls, went out of our way to get caned !   I would be very interested to hear other opinions on this.
Michael Murphy.
Get in touch / Get in touch Jane Kingdom
23 September, 2009, 02:54
Jane Kingdom. (Mbeya School 1951-55). Please contact Michael Murphy (Mbeya School 1952-53). (Mikemurphy215801@Aol.Com)