It has been quiet recently and so there has been no recent e-mails. Now, do I hear a collective
sigh of relief..?. On the other hand, I have been getting e-mails from people who are missing their
hits of nostalgia and others who are convinced that since there has been no NSBHgrams, their
e-mail provider must be on the blink....
Just one this time:
Lindsay Black writes:
"Like most of you, I have become accustomed to my NSBHS memory lane "fix" each morning, so I
thought it was about time I added my contribution.
After NSBHS, I went to Sydney Uni, graduated as a Civil Engineer then worked for the Dept Main
Roads building roads in the Snowy Mountains. In 1969 I moved to Canada and got a job with a
consulting engineer in
British Columbia, designing water supply and sewerage systems. I came back to Sydney 3 years later
and joined another small consulting practice, again working mainly in the water and sewerage business. I
lived in Ulladulla and Sydney then moved to Newcastle in 1980, providing
consulting services to the coal industry.
An opportunity to work in Asia came up, and in 1985 I spent a year in Sumatra, planning water and
sanitation improvements in a place called Bandar Lampung. That led to other international aid funded
work, and over the past 15 years I have spent about 3 years working in various places in Asia and the
In the last 3 or 4 years I have worked in places like Mongolia, East Kalimantan, Solomon Islands, India
and Sri Lanka. Australia is a real contrast, and I feel really priviledged to live here and to have access to
the opportunities offered, including our NSBHS education.
In my travels I have had two encounters with other Class of 61's. One evening in the mid 80's in South
Sumatra, on the verandah with jungle noises and fireflies outside, drinking Lampung coffee and
discussing Indonesian politics with some Indonesian students/academics and Dr Ron Witton. The other
was a chance meeting with Dick Gordon in Suva not long after the second Fiji coup.
I am still enjoying work with the same firm I joined 28 years ago. It has grown a bit since 1972 and I
now spend a lot of my time developing systems and educating our staff about how things should be
On the home front, I married Cecily in 1966 and we have three children who we are very proud of,
Kieran (geologist) 29, Virginia (marketer) 27 and Cameron (engineering student) 22. We live in
(although I spend a lot of time in Sydney during the week) and I am an unashamed convert to Rugby
League and an enthusiastic supporter of the Newcastle team."