Greg James writes:
"According to his brother, Phillip Kitamura passed away approximately two years ago."
Ian Thomas writes:
of a significant # who enjoyed schooldays so much I stayed another year, although I anticipated my
enjoyment by doing 1ST year twice so I had a foot in both 61 and 62 camps. What effort I did put in
was mostly directed to sport in which I enjoyed modest success. Part of this was soccer so Ish did
his not inconsiderable best to be unpleasant. My highlight which I am now revealing publicly for the
first time and which occurred in 62 was a dishonourable discharge from cadets on the grounds of
irresponsible discharge of firearms. My excuse was that I was seeking to prove that the bouncing
bomb theory worked as well across the tennis courts using our trusty 303/22’s as it had for the dam
busters. Captain Cook, Roger’s older brother I think, ran the formal ceremony– parchment scroll,
buttons/stripes torn off. Gave me a real sense of achievement. I’ve had a most fortunate life – did
accountancy – didn’t everyone who was at a bit of a loose end?
Successful practice. Done a lot of travel. Kept up the sport. Married to the same woman. 3 talented
adult kids. 34 years ago moved from Greenwich to Wahroonga and 2 years ago back to Greenwich.
Both were very expensive moves. The smarties like Tennant stayed in Greenwich. 3 kms from the
CBD yet still so remote with many 2nd and 3rd generation families in residence. In the dead of night
I’m sure I’ve seen 2 headed joggers.
My practice is only about 300 yards from the school on Pacific H’way and I can frequently be found
with one or more of my partners at Café 88 just up the road, providing ample opportunity to observe
the present NSBHS denizens. The cultural mix has changed somewhat. White kids obviously aren’t
as bright as they were in our day. Any blokes around North Sydney wanting to catch up my number
Ron Witton contributes the following bio to the (growing) collection:
"At Sydney University I got interested in the Indonesian language and did a BA and MA in
Indonesian and Malayan Studies before going to Cornell University to do a Ph.D. in Sociology
(on Indonesia). I then lectured in sociology/American Studies/ Indonesian language/South East
Asian studies at a variety of universities (including Flinders University in Adelaide, University of
the South Pacific in Suva, Wollongong University, and Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta)
before settling down here in Austinmer on the south coast.
I now have a pleasant life with a variety of part-time positions. I am a member of three tribunals
(Refugee Review Tribunal, Social Security Appeals Tribunal and the NSW Mental Health
Review Tribunal). I am an accredited Indonesian/Malaysian interpreter/translator and chair the
examination panel for Indonesian and Malaysian for the National Accreditation Authority for
Translators and Interpreters. I do occasional lecturing at the University of Malaysia in Sarawak,
and once a year lecture in Communication Skills at the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of
Law. I am also an accredited mediator for the Community Justice Centre and the Migration
Agents’ Registration Authority.
I had two children from my marriage to Bet Witton (ex-NSGH), one of whom (Dan, age 32) is
a musician/composer/performer (and who is finally about to make me a grandfather), and the
other (Patrick, age 29) is a writer/editor for Lonely Planet. I am now re-partnered and have a
son (Celli, aged 12) and a daughter (Tosca, aged 9) and enjoy doing canteen duty at Austinmer
While my memories of NSBH are still in many ways quite vivid and lasting, I still cringe at my
acceptance of the authoritarianism of the place and my contribution to that culture through having
been a prefect and a C.U.O. On the other hand, the recent and enjoyable memories of others
have certainly reminded me of many aspects of those five years that I had forgotten but now can
If you have not yet sent your "bio" for the compilation for the re-union, perhaps you
can,as the lawyers say, tunr your mind to it...