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Bulawayo's Moray School Friends


Moray School Friends

Did you attend Moray School in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)? Do you have memories to share or school friends you'd like to contact? The goal of this web page is to bring members of the Moray community together -- be sure to leave a comment at the end of the page including a web address if you have a Moray School related site.


Who we are

My name is Susan Doward. My sister, Claire (on the left in the photo), and I went to Moray from 1963-67. We have fond memories of friends, teachers and staff that we'd like to share. If you went to Moray, or are a current pupil, we invite you to sign our guest book and add comments.

Or even better, let's build a community of Squidoo lenses about Moray -- start your own with photos and memories! And we can link to each other (leave the address in the guest comment list below).

(We had one link here to another Moray Squidoo lens that recently disappeared -- any other volunteers to start a [free] Squidoo web page and post your memories and photos? See the orange "Build your own page" at the top of this page.)


What do you remember about Moray?

Susan's memories

Susan remembers Alfred, who always had a smile and a joke, who rang the school bell when playtime was over, and Headmaster Mr. Creasey who kept a bundle of canes visible in the corner of his office, but was a very nice man. (Did you know his brother was John Creasey the novelist?)

Our motto, on a patch to be sewn onto our green blazers was "Overcome Evil with Good." School colors were green and yellow. Green tunics, yellow shirts, green and yellow striped ties and hatbands. Grey felt hats for the girls and green caps for the boys.

Other memories: field days, tuck shop in the cricket pavilion, the rumor of an Egyptian Cobra lurking at the bottom of the playing fields, gum trees, coveted gate duty wearing a BSAP style belt and shoulder harness and saluting the parents' cars, art club, netball and hockey, and Father Gavin our student-teacher from Umtali in 1965.

Where are they now?

Former students scattered around the world

Claire Doward would like to know where friend Cindy S. is today? Susan would like to know where Georgina is? Georgina left Moray in 1965 for Australia.

Elsie lives in Bulawayo, as do Leslie and Aloma. Susan K. and Ann W. live in South Africa. Keith H. lives in Port Elizabeth, S.A. Charles H.J. lives in Melbourne, Australia. Where is everyone else? Let us know -- sign the guest book below!

Front row, left to right: (?), Audrey D., Beverly O., (?), Avril T., (?), Shirley H., (?), Leslie B., Denena G. Middle row, left to right: (?), Georgina T., Isobel H., Esme vH., Carol, Susan K., (?), Susan Doward. Top row, left to right: Duncan, Stephen B., Ian H., Michael J., Stephen, Charles H. J., Philip M., Keith H., Peter B.

Claire Doward is fifth from the right, second row. Can anyone identify the others?

Top row (left to right) Beverly O., Aloma C., Shayne F., Mrs. Mosel, Avril T., [?], Shirley H. Middle row, Lesley B., Isobel H., Susan K., Susan Doward, Esme v. H., [?], Ann W., Denena G., Audrey D. Front row, Stephen and Peter B., Stephen H., Charles H.J., [?], Ian, Keith H., Duncan.

Claire Doward is fourth from the right in the second row. Can anyone identify the others?

Top row, (left to right) Catherine C., Susan K., Ann W., Michael J., Phillip M., Alistair, Denena G., Esme v.H., Susan D.; Middle row: Shayne F., Leslie B., Aloma C., Avril T., Miss Kets, Shirley H., Audrey D., Elsie B., Isabel, June. Front row: Carole, Charles H.J., Keith H., Peter B., Duncan, Stephen B., Ian, Stephen H., Beverly O.

Standard 2 in 1967 with Ms. Dolan (?)


Did you publish in this "magazine"?

Do you remember producing a magazine in Mrs. Mosel's 1965 class? We all wrote stories and poems for it. A copy still exists in the Doward family.

See some of the stories below.

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From the 1965 Class Magazine (Std. III)

Rain after Drought by Anne W. (Age 11)

We have had a dreadful drought. It has brought disaster, and killed many crops. Also many [people] and cattle have died of starvation. The only thing that can help is rain on the hot, dry and dusty countryside.

I have been longing for rain, and the pitter patter of rain on the roof, and on Saturday it came. It rained hard and soaked everything. My friend and I looked out of the window, and we saw beautiful sights. There was rain dripping off the leaves, little streams that ran into each other coming down the garden path, and running down slopes making pools of water at the bottom.

About half an hour later, when the rain had stopped, my friend Sally and I went outside and of course we went straight to our little trench. To our delight it was full of rainwater, and floating on the top were mulberry leaves which had dropped off the mulberry trees. Also on top was a white foam with a few mulberries floating about. After a while we went off to look at everything else in the garden, and we decided that everything looked beautifully fresh and new. But what I liked best was the fresh clean smell, and what Sally like best was the way the sky looked such a beautiful blue, and we both liked the smell of the mud.

From the Std. III Class Magazine

What I like doing best by Susan K. (Age 11)

I like horse riding best. I get great pleasure out of it. I like it because I love animals. I started horse riding last winter and enjoyed it very much.

The first horse I rode was called Beauty. She is a chestnut horse, and every winter I ride her. Once my mother took a picture of me on Beauty and the photograph came out very well.

One day I had to ride Trigger, who was a "bucking bronco", because Beauty had put her foot in a snake hole and her ankle was sprained. When I rode Trigger a dog barked at him, he stumbled and I went headlong.

I then decided to ride Prince. He is a lovely black horse but he walks too slowly. By the time I had ridden Prince for four weeks I had had enough of a slow horse. By the time four weeks were up Beauty's foot was better so I was allowed to ride her again. I was thrilled and I gave Beauty two lumps of sugar and four carrots. She was so pleased, and she nudged me twice. Then it was bedtime, Beauty went to sleep and I went home.

From the Std. III Class Magazine

A Beautiful Dove by Isabel H. (Age 11)

One morning in early spring I opened my window to let some fresh air into my room. Suddenly I heard a swish of wings and a beautiful dove alighted on the bird bath.

Suddenly a little bird flew down. It had a cool bath and then flew away. The dove was very hungry and was looking for something to eat. It was a handsome bird with emerald feathers on its nick, grey wings, and the rest of its body was purple.

I threw some birdseed on to the lawn and the dove ate it and flew away

From the Std. III Class Magazine

A Christmas Party by Aloma C. (Age 11)

I am a father of four children. I sell matchsticks for my living, we are poor but we manage. Tomorrow it will be Christmas and I only have two shillings so I had to beg for clothes and food but I was unsuccessful. I went to the bazaar to buy food and presents with my money but I was only able to buy a loaf of bread and a couple of fish, so I went home heart-broken because my children would pretend not to worry about presents but every child loves to receive presents ...

On Christmas night we sat at the dinner table while my wife brought food in. She put a plate of fish in front of each of us and some bread. We folded our hands and I said grace. When we had finished grace a knock was heard. Tim, my oldest son, excused himself from the table and opened the door. Outside stood a man in white with brown hair, with food and parcels at his feet and angels singing behind him. Tim was a long time at the door so I went to see what he was doing. When I got there I asked this man in and he replied "May I bring my belongings in?" "Yes, of course" I replied. When this man cam in my youngest son said, "Oh Daddy, it's Jesus." He was right. Jesus sat down and gave everyone a present and food. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. After dinner Jesus lifted my youngest child upon his knee and told us beautiful stories about God, his Father. Then he left us.

This poor family of mine were the luckiest of all families for they were poor but they had the most wonderful Christmas Party that anyone has ever had.

From the Std. III Class Magazine

Caught in the Rain by Phillip M.

It was a hot summer's afternoon and finding myself with nothing to do I asked my mother if I could take our dog for a walk. My mother replied "Yes, you can take the dog for a walk. I'm sure he'll like it." I took down his collar and called for him and immediately he was at my side.

We were soon out of the gate and running along the road. Our dog, a handsome young Alsatian, was a very fast runner. I found it difficult to keep up with him. We were walking up a hill when I noticed how dark it was getting and I looked at my watch -- it was only half past three. Then I saw a flash of lightning and heard the rumble of thunder, then down came the rain.

We ran under a tree for shelter and I remembered that it was dangerous to be under a tree during a storm so we turned homewards and ran. The rain beat upon my face and hands, and as for my dog he was as soaked as I was. As we turned the corner into our road I heard a crack. I looked behind and saw that the tree under which we had been standing had been struck down by lightning. I was nearly home when I slipped and cut my knee. I hobbled onto the back verandah and knocked on the door and my mother was terrified at the sight of me. She put on some soup then turned on the bath taps.

By the time she came back the soup had boiled and I drank it with gusto. Then I hopped into the bath, got our and dried, and while I was putting on my pyjamas mother dried and fed the dog. I had a nasty cold. I was very tired and dropped into a deep sleep.

From the Std. III Class Magazine

What I like doing best is yachting by Peter B. (Age 11)

What I like doing best is yachting. I like doing it best because you can sail for racing and for pleasure as well. When we did not sail we just watched.

When we became more experienced my dad built us a small dinghy of our own. He built it for us because it was safe. The first time I went out some of the rigging broke. We were with an experienced skipper so he knew what to do. We beached the boat and carried it back to the club and fixed it.

Now we are older we sail a bigger yacht, called a Dabchick. We like sailing in a breeze. On Sundays we go to the dam and sometimes race. After racing we unrig the boat and put the gear in the car. A few weeks ago I won a race.

Sometimes when my dad brings the boats home I sand them down and he paints them. I like yachting and I hope I can sail until I am very old.

From the Std. III Class Magazine

October in Bulawayo by Stephen H. (Age 11)

All October the grass grew browner. All the flowers were drooping in their beds. All the trees gasped during October. All the flowers when picked lasted for five minutes only. The sky was bright with the blazing sun -- not a cloud in sight.

The animals lay either in the flowers, grass and water, or they dug holes in the ground in the shade and slept. The birds bathed in the bird-bath and slept under the shady trees. The cats wished they had no fur. The dogs wished they could shave. The birds kept fluffing their feathers up to catch the small breezes.

I thought that if I did not swim I would die. I bought dozens and dozens of ice creams. I took ice blocks from the 'fridge. I went to sit under the burnt trees. I thought that the world would burn up.

Shared memories - Books about African lives

We all share the experience and privilege of living, or having lived, in an amazing region of the world. Here are a few books about the southern part of Africa we've read and enjoyed recommending to others.

If you have memories to share about your days at Moray School in Famona, Bulawayo -- please write them below. (Note that there may be more than one page containing comments!)

Let us know if you attended Moray! - We'd love to hear from you.

Ash Stander on July 20, 2018:

Hi all, I am new to this site. I had the pleasure of attending Moray school in 1970 as a 10 year old and stayed there until going to Hamilton High for a few brief months.

We were very fortunate because we lived directly across the road from the school. I have GREAT and fond memories of the school and of our brief 3 years in Rhodesia ( we had come from Canada) (my parents were born and raised South African who had immigrated to Canada in 58. But my Father took a teaching contract with the Rhodesian government. 1970-73.

I cannot recall the name of our music teacher, I am sure she was very good however if we were naughty her punishment for us was to go outside and kneel on the ground beneath the tree that shed these little hard can imagine what our knees looked like after a few minutes....still though that made for fond memories to recollect.

Mr Leech , as has been mentioned below, well known for his eyebrows....

A great country and a great live experience....sigh.....

Ash Stander on July 20, 2018:

Hi all, I am new to this site. I had the pleasure of attending Moray school in 1970 as a 10 year old and stayed there until going to Hamilton High for a few brief months.

We were very fortunate because we lived directly across the road from the school. I have GREAT and fond memories of the school and of our brief 3 years in Rhodesia ( we had come from Canada) (my parents were born and raised South African who had immigrated to Canada in 58. But my Father took a teaching contract with the Rhodesian government. 1970-73.

I cannot recall the name of our music teacher, I am sure she was very good however if we were naughty her punishment for us was to go outside and kneel on the ground beneath the tree that shed these little hard can imagine what our knees looked like after a few minutes....still though that made for fond memories to recollect.

A great country and a great live experience....sigh.....

Patricia Ann McGrath on April 20, 2017:

Hi, I remember Mr Cresy and Miss Ketts. I remember the following people, Gavin LeRoux, David Pringle, Rosemary Evans, Gavin Moore, Janice Hubbard, Pamela Grant, Jackie Bowker, Patricia Engle, Trever Townsend, Alan McGowan.

Wonder where they all are now ?

Peter Osborne on February 19, 2017:

Hi from Volksrust South Africa, I was at Moray Road School back in the fifties and it is really great to see some names that i can remember.

Shelley Lawson nee Pickles on January 08, 2016:

I just came across this site. Gee it is so good to read about the good memories of Moray. I was there from 1966 to 1972. I remember Alfred as well use to get sugar cane from him on our way home. Would love to hear from others who were there during this time. I am now married and living in Durban SA. The late Tony Pickles was my oldest brother and Michelle was my sister and then Ian a few years later went to Moray. I remember all these teachers mentioned. email

Elizabeth MacLeod on December 01, 2015:

Hi to all who were lucky enough to have attended Moray. Miss Ketz taught me std4 Mr Fuller std5 till i was moved up a stream to Mr Cleggs class.From 78-80 easily the happiest of my school years. Does anyone remember me,brother david or cousin sian from this time. Si was a yr ahead and david 2 yrs behind me.

Southlight LM (author) on October 05, 2015:

I'm so glad each of you shared your stories with all of us, Avril, Bev, and Claire! I'm sorry it took me so long to "post" them -- the page host company must have stopped sending me notification emails at some point. My goodness, I'm sorry to hear Mr. Creasy was murdered -- how awful.

I'm glad this brings back many memories -- it's been a wonder to me how many of us have connected through the page!


Claire Gray nee Barratt on June 29, 2015:

I was a Moray pupil from 1965 - 1968 and left when my family returned to UK. I remember the smell of privet flowers from the bowling club hedge when walking to school, and the pied crows strutting around in their big white vests! Last week I met up with Lindsay Finch (nee Orrill) after many years. She was my best friend at Moray. I also knew her sister Bev (entry above). For years I kept up with her, and met her husband Roger; then we lost each others' addresses and many years passed, till I found her again on Facebook, through Roger's page. I still live in the UK, but met my husband Andrew Gray in Bindura, Zimbabwe, whilst doing a short spell of nursing for Save the Children Fund, in 1982. We lived in Waterfall, Natal, for 6 years before moving again to Britain in 1992. Andrew and I regularly return to Africa and this time Lindsay was able to arrange to meet us for an hour at Johannesburg airport. She reminded me of Alfred, and also our fellow class-mate Linda Authors. Linda England was also in our class... I wonder what they are up to now... I met another Moray pupil a few years ago, living near to us in the Brecon Beacons Nat Park, Wales: Panico Theodosus. He is a stone sculptor and did some work for me, which is how we found out we'd both been to the same school, ?the same year?, under Mr Creasey! He moved to NZ but I think then moved back here again, but sadly I have lost touch with him now. Teachers I remember are Mr Creasey (yes, he did have canes, didn't he, but I don't remember him being mean with them) and Mrs Kidson, who was my class teacher, but memories are all rather hazy, sadly.

Bev Pickles nee Orrill on April 14, 2015:

Hi so great to read these comments.Really takes me back to such fun days. Live in Durban SA now.Married Tony Pickles who sadly passed away 10 years ago from cancer. My sister Lindsay and her husband Roger Finch went back to Moray and same thing there was Alfred and he remembered her. He was really an amazing man.

Avril Chalmers née Theron on January 08, 2015:

Hi there Susan! I was in the same class as you I think the wholeway thro Jnr school. What fun to read the names of so many old class mates. Anne W and I are still very good friends even though she is in Aus and my hubby and I live in the UK. I knew about Miss Ketts and Mr Creasy was murdered many years ago...he and his wife retired to the Cape.

Southlight LM (author) on April 07, 2014:

@jonjamster: Hi Jon,

It appears I do need to approve comments now before they can be seen ... something new for this service provider I think as I thought comments automatically appeared. Anyway, I'm glad you noticed that. I've now set them to automatic approval.

I was in Miss Kets class in 1966 and my classmates were Michael Jordan, Keith Haddon, Susan Keenan, Charles Harrington Johnson, the Baum twins, and Elsie Botha among others. We must have been there at the same time?

I'm afraid I don't know recent information about Alfred but if you look through the other comments on this site there are several mentions of him and maybe you can contact one of the people who have more recent news to find him.

All the best,


jonjamster on April 07, 2014:

@Southlight LM: Hi Susan, I have written to thank you for your reply, but it looks like you have not received it? Not too sure how the postings and answers work on this site? It would appear that my comments are taken away for someone to moderate them and they don't surface again???

I am so sad I will not get a chance to see Miss Kets. The news of her passing is taking time to sink in. Although your name is familiar, I cannot place you. I was in the same class as Roy Finlay, Richard Baker, Doreen Cassons. Debbie Moore (or is it Debbie Johnstone? I never got to the bottom of why she had two names!) Beverley Fraser, Bruce Seeber (Ceeber), Ronald Adamson, Peter Gifford, Graham Kissack, Natalie ?????? The Caretaker Alfred was a good man, although he got sick of the sight of me wanting my old battered football repaired and blown up each and every break time. I think he used to run and hide if he saw me coming. Do you perhaps know if he is still alive and where he lives now? I would like to pay him a visit. If he doesn't see me coming that is!

Once again thanks for taking the trouble to answer me.


Jon Emerton

jonjamster on April 04, 2014:

@Southlight LM: Hi Susan, I am stunned. I have read your reply about six times and I cannot believe I'll never see that wonderful woman again on this earth. The last time I saw her was when we lined up for our petrol rationing coupons and unbeknown to me she was standing behind me and called out my name! We had a good chat, as you do, whilst waiting in line and sadly that was to be the last time I would see her. I am so sad, you have no idea. Thank you for replying. I really appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Best wishes.

Jon Emerton

Southlight LM (author) on April 02, 2014:

@jonjamster: Hi Jon,

I'm so sorry to say that Miss Kets passed away just last month on March 23. She was an amazing teacher and I have very fond memories of her too. I'm glad you found this site -- there's also a facebook group called "I went to Moray Junior School" which is how I found out about Miss Kets. All the best for your upcoming trip.

Susan Doward

jonjamster on April 02, 2014:

@anonymous: I know exactly how you feel! I am the same and will be going to Bulawayo in October this year to walk down memory lane. I am looking for Miss Kets, would you happen to know how I can get in contact with her? Regards, Jon Emerton (email:

jonjamster on April 02, 2014:

I am so pleased to have discovered this site. Please can anyone help me locate Miss Kets. She was the most amazing Moray Road Teacher I ever had and I would love to say hi to her. Can anyone help? PLEASE!

Regards, Jon Emerton (email:

leondevries on August 04, 2013:

@leondevries: Hi again Cesare,

I have also just remembered Gilian Thornton and Kieth Hannon.


leondevries on August 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi again Cesare,

I joined Moray in standard two or three. I am almost sure it was three. ( It's a long time ago).c I went to greenfield school first.

I remember the following class mates. I can't relate them to the photo's yet. They are: Stewart de Kock, Neville Palm, Gordon Maclean, Charlie le Roux, Ross Ballantyne, Terry Taylor, Wendy Crosby, Susan Aldridge, Gail van Blerk, Barbara Fraser-Kirk, Michelle Patty, Deborah Champion, Leslie Mee, Alan Turner.

I also thought Chris Gorman and Rodney Evans, but I can't remember if they were only at Hamilton or that they were also at Moray. I think they were.

I remember head master Creasy and his stick. I was beaten with it once for fighting with Gordon Maclean. Teachers, I remember Mrs Kidson who gave us Afrikaans lessons, and Mrs Marsden Huggins who used to be brought to school by her husband, also a school teacher, in a beautiful white E-Type Jag. I also remember Mr Hounsel.

Further I remember the name Carol Anne Hanson, but I can't place her in my mind in our class.


Leon de Vries

anonymous on August 03, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Cesare,

I remember you well. Your dad had Mario's joinery. my name is Leon de Vries. I do not no if you remember me. I now live in Holland.

Regards Leon

anonymous on April 26, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Campbell, I don't know if you will remember me. I came to Moray Road I think it was

1959 and was in Mr Nicholl's class. Lynne Schofield was in my class along with Carole Peterson, Claire (can't remember sirname) Lindsay Muir, Geoff Palm, Neil Thompson and a whole lot of others- Carol McIntyre-nee Rice

anonymous on April 17, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi my family (Lennox's) were close friends with the Harrisons and Ishbel and i were thrown together on many family camping holidays. I remember you lived next door to them. this is weird to find this names from the past. I know she was living in Johannesburg but i think is either in Scotland or Enland. My name is Jennifer Johnson (nee Lennox)

anonymous on April 17, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi . Do you know me , I am Jennifer Lennox. i remember a Marilyn Steyn.

anonymous on April 17, 2013:

my name is Jennifer Johnson but my maiden name was Lennox. I attended Moray school from about 1959 . I remember Mr Creasey and what a gentleman he was. I also remember Cedric Endersby who was in my class and another boy who used to pull his hair out with a pen lid (!!) a nervous thing i think , but i cannot remember his name. I have just turned 60 and my mind for some reason is going back to my upbringing in Bulawayo

anonymous on April 10, 2013:

I was there from 1959 to 1964. I remember having our assemblies outside because we didn't even have a hall, and my Std 3 class was in the large divided room in the middle of the buildings, Mrs Walls was my teacher. I also had Mrs Mosel (std 1), Miss Kets Stds 2 & 4), and Mr Marsh (Std 5). The library was right outside our classroom and so were the secretary's and Mr Creasey's offices. My best friends were Christine Jones who lived at the firestation and Shonnah Gillis who lived at the end of Moray Road. Wow those are great memories. Remembering:

lining up to get our pink sugar polio medicine cubes

Sports Days - my house was Connaught, and our color was yellow.

we were never supposed to go to the bottom of the playing fields where there was a river bed and lots of trees because there were supposed to be mines there that we could fall into.

We lived on Dunfermline Road and our dog, a large cocker spaniel, used to visit the school periodically to check up on us.

One day we will go back for a visit, now is not the time, but! I live in California with my husband and 3 adult kids plus their partners and a granddaughter.

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Belinda ,I was there a bit later than you but my older brothers Tony and Graham Hill were there,and yes those bushy eyebrows were scary

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

@flim1502-david: I was at Moray the same time as you,my name was Wendy Hill at that time ,it was a great school to go to lots of good memories

anonymous on February 15, 2013:

a little comment on the lovely past of school ...well to remember that it opened as Moray ROAD School and was

Known as such when I was a pupil in 57 and prefect in 58 ..Campbell McGregor,

anonymous on February 15, 2013:

I was a founder pupil in 57 with MrCreasey as Head. We were the only year Std 4 !! The next year the school o[pened from std 1..! I was a prefect in "58 - captain of the soccer team and scored 49 against Kumalo at

cricket! A chap called Colin Murray won the Victor Lodorum in 1958. My girfriend was lynette Schofield... by the way I lived at 22nd Ave Famona ...Campbell McGregorl

anonymous on February 15, 2013:

@flim1502-david: HI all -my name is Campbell McGregor and I WAS A FOUNDER PUPIL !!Started in 1957 and

Mr Creasey was Headmaster - I was football captain in ,57 and 58 andwas in the cricket team 57/58 and top scored of 49 against Kumalo!!My "girlfriend"was Lynne Shofield and my best friend Colin Stidworthy!! Now 66 and happily retired in S.Wales.

flim1502-david on February 09, 2013:

I went to Moray in 1978 - 80 and I had fantastic friends and I had to leave as my dad was a Mozambique border officer i do remember Bradley Radstock he was my buddy but never got a chance to say goodbye as my family were in real danger as ZANU Pf were about to enter Bulawayo and were luck to get out we lived on Browning road just behind Moray i always remember probably my first crush on a girl that lived not far from the school her name was Desiray and all very good friends till it went horribly wrong but will remember those times with only as magical .D.MacLeod

alan-boardman-50 on January 27, 2013:

This is so weird looking at those photos. I am not in any of them but I remember that backdrop of Succulents well. My name is Alan Boardman and I was at Moray Road from 1962 to 1966 after which I went To Hamilton High. I see someone mentioned the Landsdown's home, I used to live over the road to them and Brian the Youngest Son was a school friend of mine. My Brother Donald also went to the same Schools but was a year older than me. He died after a short illness in Durban the Same year I came to live in Brisbane Australia which was 1999. I remember a Mrs Henderson and Mrs Brooks (not sure if they were miss or mrs). Be great to catch up with anyone that I might have known as well. Cheers Alan

bruensben on September 20, 2012:

@anonymous: Hello Shayne

Just discovered this site and was very saddened to hear of your sister's passing.

I remember you, your brother Brian, Gaham Kissack and a few others mentioned, but above all, your sister Beverley. Lost my heart to her charms in Std 5 at Moray but also lost contact with the passing of time.

Would appreciate knowing more about the years in-between so pleas E me if you have the time and the inclination.

Hope the years have been kind to you ... Ben Bruens

anonymous on August 03, 2012:

Hi. I have just been to have my hair done, and being bored while I was waiting for the colour to take I started to google Bulawayo landmarks imagine my shock when I came across this site and found immediately a picture of me from the 1964 class. I am the missing name on the middle row. My name was Alison Barlow and I lived at the fire station at Hillside where my dad worked? We returned to the Uk in this year so that's when I go from the rest of the pictures I remember so many names from the class but not so much the faces other than the Baum twins. I Was so happy during my time living in Rhodesia? It's on my bucket list to go back. It would be great to chat to anyone who rembers me.

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Margaret, what a lovely surprise. I remember you quite well, I shared a class photo with Cheryl Plum a few months ago and we were reminiscing about fellow pupils and names. I do hope that you are well.

It would be great to be able to catch up on your news after all these years. Are you on Facebook? Perhaps you could send me a message and we could chat - there aren't too many Graham Kissack's out there, in fact only two, and I am not the one from British Columbia!!.

Look forward to hearing from you.



anonymous on June 10, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Graham, my name is those days was Margaret Rowell and I went to Moray Road and was good friends with Beverley Fraser, I remember going to her house across the road from the school. I do remembr Ms Ketts Both my sister and brother attended the school as well - Alison and Michael.

Both Michael and I are now in Australia and Alison is living in the states. We all lived in Gloucester Road at that time.


LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on June 07, 2012:

I never went to Moray but found you when I searched Bulawayo. I've just done a lens on Bulawayo:) I went to Leander School, then Hillside School and finally St Peters.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi again Keith,

Ah yes indeed, I remember Galway road and the blocks of flats. I also went to Famona Infants School, I can't remember any of the teachers. When it closed the two classrooms were handed over to Gifford Tech. It was something of a weird experience some years later to be sitting in the same classroom learning History from B.P.Webb (fondly known as 'Tammy' -a very good teacher). Strange to start and (almost) finish school in the same classroom.

We used to live one road behind the Landsowns in Famona, so I used to go over there many afternoons (we also used to play in the river that ran through the bush area between the residential area and the industrial sites close by. (one thing you would remember, there used to be a siren that would sound every day I think about 1 o clock and again at 5. Must have been one of the big factories, but I remember hearing it for many years- we could even hear it all the way over in Bradfield once we had moved there). I am not sure which school Derek went to but we lost contact after I left MJS. Please do send him my regards, would be good to hear his news and how life has treated him. Now the names Anne Craik and Pat Mengel also ring a bell but I can't picture either of them at all. After posting on this website, by pure chance I managed to contact Cheryl Plum who was in my class all the way through MJS. She now lives in Cape Town and is partner in an Estate Agency in Plumstead (used to live there for 23 years so I know where it is). It hwas been very interesting indeed to share memories and a class photo from Standard five (Mr Marsh was our teacher)

Do you remember Jonoathan (Jon) Emerton, he also went to MJS with his brother Peter, and and older brother as well but I have forgotten his name. They all moved to Broken Hill (now Kabwe) and returned when I was in form 2. We have been in contact all these years. He now lives outside Reading, Berkshire here in the UK. I try to get to see him and his wife once a year when I go to London for a conference. Its always really good to get to see him again. I know what you mean about the "girlfriend" bit. We used to be friendly with the Momsens who then lived in Hillside, I sued to ride over there quite often and the youngest daughter (Ruth I think, but not sure now) took a shine to me (she was very little at the time) however when she grew up a bit I must say I also rather liked her. Don't know why we lost contact, these things happen.

I have not heard of Peter Gifford since those days. Bruce died of cancer well over ten years ago, he was living in SA, (Beaufort West I think) and part time was helping street kids get rehabilitated.

Its very interesting that you live in Toronto, when I was 4 my family moved to Canada for just under 2 years, we lived firstly in Prescott then Brockville, Ontario. I don't think they would be very far from you. A long time ago now, but I have vivid memories of cold and lots of snow. Oh yes and Walls ice cream.

In those days my father worked for Electroreps, then Hubert Davies. Actually he grew up in Railton, my grandfather was a carpenter with RR. Not sure which Branch. Its all been demolished now, Railton as such no longer exists, it was all rebuilt as workshops for RR in the 1980s.

What do you do with Tetra Pak (I know what Tetra Paks are - essential part of modern living)? After school I worked for the Posts and Telecomms Corporation as a Telecomms Technician, then for Plessey after that. We moved to South Africa in 1985 and I worked for the City Council there. Managed to go to the University of Cape Town and became and Electrical Engineer. Interesting work, but in 2009 having completed a degree in Theology I changed profession and now am a Pastor of a Baptist Church here in the UK. Wouldn't go back to Engineering if you paid me lots of money.

BTW are your wife's family Canadian or did they also move there from SA.

OK must get going, time to get some shut eye, Hope to chat again.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Graham, I lived right across the street from Gifford Tech. In fact, I started school at Famona Infants School on 16th Ave. We lived in the flats on Gallway Rd. I recall the headmistress at Famona Infants School was a Miss Van Dyke.

My memory is a bit fuzzy as we moved back to Durban in 1963.

I have never heard from anyone or managed to find anyone other than Derek Lansdown whom I have maintained contact with since we connected again about 3 years ago. I recall that Greer and Bronwen were part of a 4 girl friendship that included Anne Craik and Pat Mengel. I have often wondered where all these kids went after school.

I do remember your brother but by name only. Also remember Bruce Wainright.

Peter Gifford and I were close friends and I spent a lot of time playing over at his house. We used to get up to all kinds of mischief. Peter had a younger sister Ann. I always thought of her as my "girlfriend". Being so young it was almost magic to think of a girl as your "girlfriend".

My father worked for Rhodesia Railways in the coach shop in Bulawayo. I spent many a happy Saturday at the Railton Club racing around the fields with my brother Howard (he would be in your age group).

When we moved back to Durban, I was sad to go but once back there, I assimilated to life in SA and went to school down there. After School, I apprenticed at Schindler and eventually joined a Swedish company called Tetra Pak where I was offered a position in Toronto. I moved over here at age 32.

I spent 10 years in the USA but decided to move back to Toronto to be near my wifes family. I am still with Tetra Pak.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Keith,

Thanks for reminding me about Bronwen and Greer (if I remember correctly her father was mayor of Byo for a while) Do you know where they are? If so please send my greetings.


anonymous on April 02, 2012:

Hi Keith,

you must have been two years ahead of me. I went on to Gifford Tech. Like yourself I can remember many details of the school buildings and grounds. I visited there a number of years ago, (about 1984) and just about nothing had changed. Was a real trip down memory lane. You may remember my late older brother Ralph who also went to Moray about the same years as you.

Thanks for reminding us about Bronwen and Greer (if I remember correctly her father was mayor of Byo for a while). Any idea where they are and what has happened to them? If you are in contact, please pass on my greetings.

At Hamilton did you have contact with Bruce Wainwright? We were good friends until we went our ways into the wide world. Last time I saw him he was working (for the Railways I think) in Colleen Bawn.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

@anonymous: Dear Graham,

I was one of those kids that were at Moray School in those very early days. I believe that I too started there on Day one when the school opened.

My name is Keith Stamper and I was really good buddies with Derek Landsdow, Peter Gifford, and Angus Begg, and Desmond Chalmers

Derek Lansdown and I have kept in touch for the past 3 years after finding one another on another site.

All the names of the teachers you mention are familiar to me. I easpecially remamber Mr. Creasy.

I have searched Facebook and other sites for Peter Gifford as he and I spent a lot of time together. He had an older brother by the name of Robin and also a sister Anne. Where are they now? If only I knew.

I live in Toronto Canada, and work for a packaging company called Tetra Pak. As I near retirement age, it's wonderful to see and hear of this site.

If anyone remembers me I would love to hear from you at

Kind regards,


anonymous on April 02, 2012:

Hello I recently found this site through a dear friend. I attended Maoray School in the 1955 - 1960 period starting from Std 1 right through Std 5 and then attended Hamilton High until 1963.

My name is Keith Stamper

I havs many good memories of Morat School. I especially recal play marbles with all the other boys in my class outside in the gravel at break time.

I recall the scholl layout like it was yesterday. Name I recall are Peter Gifford, Anne Craik, Patricia Mengal, Browen Powell-Reese, Derek Landsdown (we are in still in touch to this day) Greer Logan and Joan Lawrence,

I remamber others too but not all their names. Recently Derek Sent me a photo of our class of 1957 so many familiar faces.

Would love to know where all these people are today. I live in Toronto Canada.

anonymous on February 19, 2012:

How amazing.. feeling sentimental and looking at my std 2 class photo with Mrs Reeves in 1967 and thru yahoo typed in moray school and there was this website. absolutely marvellous and I have enjoyed reading the comments. I started std 1 with Mrs Endersby who I nicknamed 'red-headed' dragon in my head. Mrs Reeves was pretty quiet. Std 3 was Mrs Kidson and I was definitely afraid of her. I remember a student though who read the most wonderful stories. I remember walking around the field with my friend Diane who was hit in the face with a cricket ball - absolutely horrifying. Mrs Henderson I think was my favourite teacher. And I remember Mr Hounsell in Std 5. Oh my name is Annjo and my younger sister Marissa was also in Moray, her nick-name was Jelly Baby/Bean. I remember assembly as being the shortest in the class always had to lead the crocodile which I loathed! Remember athletics and going to Henry Louw for swimming lessons. Remember going somewhere to learn road rules??? Those were certainly the days . We lived in Hillside and last day of term we always walked home.. it always took ages as I had to stroke every dog on the way home!!! Tks for the memories

anonymous on February 01, 2012:

@anonymous: Dear Graham

Bill Nortje here from Moray & Gifford.Peter fraser & I were best buddies & spent much time with you.Remember you played piano & did first aid St Johns.I would love to find Ms Ketts & chat. Do u know where she is?

anonymous on February 01, 2012:

@anonymous: Dear Graham

Bill Nortje here from Moray & Gifford.Peter fraser & I were best buddies & spent much time with you.Remember you played piano & did first aid St Johns.I would love to find Ms Ketts & chat. Do u know where she is?

anonymous on January 27, 2012:

I started at Moray in Standard 1 on the day it fully opened as a 5 standard junior school (prior that I think there was only standards 3 to 5) . That would have been 1957. I left after standard 5 in 1961. (50 years ago - ouch!!) But so many memories.

I recently came across a photo of the Standard 5 class of 1961, (please let me know if anyone out there would like a scanned copy of it). It is sad that after all these years, one has lost contact with nearly all of the people from that era. I recently shared e-mails with Cheryl Plumb,(doing well as an Estate Agent in Cape Town) but I haven't seen or heard of any of the others for many years now.

I was very sorry to hear that Beverley Fraser had passed away, she was one of the two most popular girls in our class (the other, of course, was Doreen Casson). BTW Shayne, I can still remember you as a small girl, and the house where your family lived on Moray Road. Am I correct that you had a large black dog in those days?

The people I remember are Mrs Wall (standard 2) Miss Ketts (standard three - great teacher. She ran the Scripture Union meetings, which were a significant link in my own spiritual journey) Mr Nicholls (standard 4- I recall that on Fridays before going home time, he always used to read to us for about half an hour, from books that he had chosen. Those times really made an impact on me, very special) and Mr Marsh (standard 5). Of course we all knew Mr Creasey. He was a fine Christian man, much to be respected. BTW, he chose the school motto "Overcome evil with good" from the New Testament, Romans 12:21. I think I was in standard 2 (or 3) when the badge was finalised, and Mr Creasey told us about the motto one morning in assembly in assembly.

Now of course Alfred, is a man to be remembered. My late brother (Ralph) and I visited the school in about 1995 on a trip to Zim, as we walked up the corridor we met him and he recognised us and knew our names. We had a long chat with him, he bought the house that Mr Marsh use to live in on Lancaster Avenue. The amazing thing is that he can remember just about every pupil that went to Moray Road, and what has happened to them. He could recall (as far as I am aware) every boy or girl that was in my class through my time at Moray. And I got the impression that he was genuinely interested in each on of them. Most remarkable.

It was very touching to tour the school after all those years (the headmistress of the time was very nice, being an afternoon, we had freedom to roam as we pleased). So much had not changed in all those years. We even went to the stream that runs(after it rains of course) on the other side of the fence at the bottom of the field. In our day there was a large eroded area called 'devils pool'. Lots of fun was had there in the afternoons. And a bit of mischief as well. Eventually we were all banned from going there. Now the pool has gone and I see that there is a concrete bridge over the stream. In our day to get across there was a mission.

Ah such memories. Thanks for setting up the website. Anyone from 1957 to 1961, would be good to hear from you.

Graham Kissack

anonymous on September 04, 2011:

@anonymous: My goodness, a friend in Madrid found this for me! I was there from KG1 1973 to Std 5 in 1979. Have just returned to Bulawayo few days ago, after being in the UK for 22 yrs. Moray, have such fond memories! contact

Ralphn on April 19, 2011:

@anonymous: Shayne Fraser. Wow that's a pleasant blast from the past. Would love to chat to you and catch up. My email is Please drop me a line.RALPH NICHOLLS

anonymous on April 04, 2011:

@anonymous: Shayne Fraser. Wow that's a pleasant blast from the past. Would love to chat to you and catch up. My email is Please drop me a line.Also Carol Butcher and Tony McCoy - great stuff. Fond memoriies. Went to Moray up to 1964. now in joburg - 4 kids. married to Naomi (neeHugo) RALPH NICHOLLS

anonymous on March 25, 2011:

Hi Carol

My name is Shelley Lawson (nee Pickles). I was at Moray School 1965 to 1976. I also have fond memories of alfred and how good he was to all us children. Mr Greasy was the best and I was sorry to see him leave the school and the new headmaster was not so nice by far. My oldest brother Tony Pickles who was there 4 years ahead of me and my sister Michelle (Mickey) Pickles was 2 years ahead of me. I remember the year I was in standard 4 the standard five went on strike because of the punishment Mr Nichols gave them. I also remember accidentally hitting oMiss Kets in the face one day when i fainted while standing next to her. Also the trips to the swimming pool.

I am looking for photos from that time period as most of ours got lost in the moves. So if anyone has copies and could email them to me I would apreciate it.

Look forward to hearing from old friends.

anonymous on March 23, 2011:

Anyone know the website for moray primary ?

anonymous on January 04, 2011:

I was here from 1968 to 1972 (geez am I that old?) and loved the place, my fave teacher was Miss Ketts, Mrs Kitson scared the crap outa me!

anonymous on November 13, 2010:

I attended Moray School in 1973 and 1974 - a lifetime ago.

I would love to get in touch with my old friends - Mark Bruce, Mark McKay, Dianna Wheel and Afton (forgotten his surname).

I was petrified of Mr Leech, the headmaster with caterpillar eyebrows!

anonymous on October 14, 2010:

@Southlight LM: Susan, thanks for the reply! Mike and his wife Janet are currently in the UK visiting Mum, they live in P'maritzburg -No 1 son John is in the USA @MIT reading a PhD in cognitive brain studies, No 2 son Colin is a mountain guide in the Drakensberg when he is not working offshore in UAE. Terry, an accountant, & his wife Fiona have two children, Lauren and Courtney, at school in Standton RSA, Alan lives in Bournemouth, divorced, no children. I am divorced with two grown up kids, Ryan is doing post doc research into growing bone at Irish College of Surgeons in Dublin, Joanne is a qualified Chiropractor here in Bournemouth. Take care, regards to your folks.

Southlight LM (author) on October 12, 2010:

@anonymous: Tony!! I remember you well ... and Mike, Terry and Alan. Great to hear from you -- yes, my mum and dad are doing well -- I'll let them know you've been in touch. Glad to hear your mum's ok too. I think you were a couple of years ahead of me at Moray. I'm amazed how many of our old Moray friends have come across this site and left comments.

anonymous on October 11, 2010:

Susan & Claire

It certainly is a small world. My Dad, Tim, worked with your father, Colin, at Supersonic Radio. I was at Moray from 1964 till 1965, Teachers Ketts & Marsh respectively.

My mum, Rene is still alive, she used to get a yearly letter from your mum, Jean, but has not done so in the last couple of years. If your folks are still alive mum is at the same address and I will make sure she sends a reply.

Trying to think of pupils in class( 5A 1965): Cive Tozer, John Downie?, Gavin Devine, Wendy Wyness, Jane Moffatt, Mike Waterhouse, Peter Chandler, John Benwell, I am afraid the brain is useless after 45 years!!!

Regards ti you all

anonymous on October 06, 2010:

@anonymous: Good to hear from you Carol. WOW you are not that far from me. I live in Ramsgate just south of Durban. So Keith Haddon is there also? So lovely to hear these little threads of news about one another. I do wonder now and again about all those precious friends I made at Moray school and where they are today.....whether they got married, how many children they have. Do you have children? I have 3. All grown up The oldest, a daughter lives in Australia and is not married. The second a son lives in UK and is hoping to get residency there. He is not married. My youngest a daughter lives in USA with her husband and two children. I am hoping and praying one of these days I can go over and live near them. I sure miss them all!

anonymous on October 05, 2010:

Hi All, I often think about my two years at Moray, must have been 1966 & 1967.

I clearly remember Aloma, Denena and Shayne and always envied them because they were good at everything and good looking as well! I live in Port Elizabeth now and have bumped into Keith Hadden on the bowling green a couple of times.

Southlight LM (author) on June 29, 2010:

Shayne and Aloma -- it's great to hear from you both -- thanks so much for adding your memories to the page! I'm amazed how many of our schoolmates have stumbled across this page in the last couple of years. Susan (Doward)

anonymous on April 24, 2010:

@anonymous: Hi Wendy....was at Moray from 61-67. Was in Miss Kets class in Standard 4 . Please say hello to her from me...Shayne (nee Fraser). Thanks....

anonymous on April 24, 2010:

@anonymous: Hi Llewellyn...doubt whether you will remember me...Shayne (nee Fraser) my sister Beverley was in Bronwen's class. She was one of her best friends. Was wondering where she is now and did she get married? Sadly my precious sister Beverley died 10 years ago this year at the age of 51yrs of a sudden heart attack. Good to read your comments. God bless.

anonymous on April 24, 2010:

@anonymous: Oops! Sorry I see I entered the wrong years of attendance...should read...1961-1967. Could old age be creeping in perhaps?

anonymous on April 22, 2010:

Shayne Stork (nee Fraser) - Moray school 1966-72

Hi again....after being introduced to this new Moray School website last night my mind went way back to those days. I was thinking about our annual sports days. I was in Argyle House (red) and was the girl captain in '72. I remember so well that my one biggest goal was to beat Denena and Aloma in running :o) Never achieved my goal! Denena was my best friend as we went through Moray . On the last day of juniour school as I was tearfully walking home and Aloma stopped to chat, from this day on we became friends and are still to this day although separated by many miles! As we grew up as teenagers we shared all our secrets and when we got married we all became wonderful friends and went through having our children etc. together. We have known each other for 44 years now. What a friendship!!

I wonder what your concepts were of others during that time? I remember thinking that Ishbel H., Anne W. and Charles H.J. were brain bombs that I could never compete with! Denena and Aloma were the stars on the sports field! Charles H., Ian, were the naughty boys and I remember Charles shooting chewed paper balls at the teacher! Then of course there was Steven B., MIchael J., blue eyed Phillip McN., and Steven H., that I had huge crushes on, and weren't those birthday parties just so much fun?

Do you know that many years later in 1999 I bumped into Alfred and he remembered me! He also remember my sister Beverly and brother Brian. He had not changed except for some grey on his head. We discovered we lived around the corner from each other and would often stop and chat he was still working for Moray school and was their bus driver. He too remembered those days of yesteryear with fond affection, and it amazed me how he could recall small detail to many events also mentioning many other pupils from years back.

For those who are interested and don't know the girls uniform did change to a yellow,dark green and white striped dress with belt. With dark green sun hat. The boys uniform is still the grey shirt and shorts.

They have their own swimming pool now.

This January I went back to Bulawayo to tie up some loose ends there as I have now moved to S. Africa. I drove past Moray school and the house I lived in on Moray Road.....I must confess that in some ways it was not easy to cut loose and I will always have some wonderful memories of my childhood and life there.....especially those wonderful years at Moray School and the friends and teacher relationships there.

anonymous on April 22, 2010:

WOW!! Hi Aloma thanks for sending this link into the past. What memories came flooding in as I looked at the school photos.

Hey there everyone, great to read your comments. I have wondered about everyone from my Moray days so often and even tried to find some of you on Face book. I got married in 1974 and had 3 children. We left Bulawayo in 1995 and lived in UK for almost 4 years where sadly my marriage ended. My children are now scattered to the four corners of the world and I am now living in Ramsgate South Africa, and hoping that I can eventually go over to live with my daughter and two grandchildren in USA?

I think some of the happiest memories I have are from those days at Moray. Does anyone know where Denena Grieg is? The last I heard she was somewhere in Cape Town. Miss Kets still lives in Bulawayo as far as I know and was teaching at Girls College in 2000 when my youngest daughter wrote her O levels.

Anyway it is great to have this connection and I would love to hear from you all!!

Aloma1955 on April 22, 2010:

Yes I too have such happy memories of my junior school days. It is so good to read all your comments and to see where you are all living. Must say it was quite a shock seeing myself in the school photos. Would love to hear from Annette Robb who was in the hockey photo and lived behind me in Famona.

brianmills1 on November 30, 2009:

@anonymous: Hey Mike! It's been a while - last saw you back in about 1985 in PE. Where are you now? I'm married in Perth. My email is

anonymous on November 25, 2009:

@anonymous: Hey Wendy! I'm sure I remember you - you had red hair? I was friends with Brian Mills, John Shaw, Phillip Massey & Mark Kerr...

anonymous on November 13, 2009:

@anonymous: Hi. I came across this quite by accident. I am living in the Eastern Cape, South Africa in a little town called Stutterheim. I am a minister in the Presbyterian Church, an IT professional and an amateur musician. I think I still have some of the school magazines somewhere. I'll have to look.

Southlight LM (author) on October 18, 2009:

[in reply to Charles Harrington-Johnson] Charles! It's great to hear from you -- and what's happened in your life over the years (lots of moving and I know how that goes having gone through England, Canada, then in the U.S. Oregon, California and now Tennessee).

Yes, it would be great to add more photos (thanks!) -- if you want to upload them to Flickr and post a link here that would work. Or you could build your own Moray (or other) page on Squidoo (free) and we could link a series of pages together.

My sister remembers your mother who was her kindergarten teacher at Moray!


Susan Doward

anonymous on October 16, 2009:

Attended Moray from 1971 to 1973. Teachers were Ms. Carnegie, Miss Eaton, Mrs. Baker. Remember Mr. Leech's bushy eyebrows, 3 cent bottles of milk, and attending a musical at the city theatre in which Miss Eaton was cast.

anonymous on October 09, 2009:

Hullo to everyone

Gosh it's amazing to see the photos and hear from everyone....seems like all this happened only a couple of weeks ago, but of course, it was over 40 years ago !

Thanks Susan (from my class, whom I remember well) for setting this all up : it's great ! Does anyone know where Ian Hawkridge is now ? Also Martin Smallwood ? Ishbel Harrison used to live next door to me, and last I heard she was in Johannesburg but have lost contact. I am however still good friends with Neale Thornton and the O'Halloran guys and am in regular contact with them.

I got married in Byo in 1988, and we have 3 children. Initially we lived in SA, then Botswana, immigrated to Wellington New Zealand where we lived for 8 years, and I was then transferred to London, and we lived in Kent for 5 years. But we missed the sun, so we moved again. We live in Melbourne now and I do not like moving.

I shall do a bit of digging and see if I can come up with some photo's of my own which could be uploaded maybe ?

anonymous on September 25, 2009:

[in reply to Catherine Gatland nee Burl] I was in your class and had the most enormous crush on you. I was a devastated little boy when your family left. I used to live next door to Georgina's grand parents.

anonymous on June 27, 2009:

in reply to hamalala

rudo zemura and rumbi are sisters-thats correct -they are related. I am the big brother too. If you need to contact her contact me on Any photos outhere?

anonymous on June 27, 2009:

i am tracking martin maseko-valentine maseko - my dear old friends from moray 1981-82 . Then off to hamilton after that. i was very good at sports and mrs tucker was my favouite teacher.There was also a girl called patsy that i fancied but was too terrified to ask her for a date. There was a top swimmer called murray day and a guy called sean or so. Where is the class of 81-83? There is someone looking for rumbi zemura -yes that is my sister -if you need to get hold of her call email me on was just so peaceful -I wish i had stayed young.We used to play marbles before class and during break time.My other sister has also posted you doing sister?

Come on moray -lets see some pictures -we need some cheering up. Thanks for this site because hopefully i might track a few friends.Does anyone know if there is a Hamilton one out there?

anonymous on June 08, 2009:

I left Moray in 1981 if there are anyone from that year out there please contact me ,my brothers Graham and Tony Hill were also at Moray

anonymous on May 22, 2009:


anonymous on March 05, 2009:

Those were the best days of my life!! Was there from 1969 - 1976.

Remember lining up for Assembly in the mornings and a prefect ringing the bell for class to begin.

Also remember playing kiss catchers in the playground and that game with the elastic around our legs.

Holding hands with Mark Vos in the back of the school bus going to the museum on an outing.

Mr Leech- the headmaster - such big,furry eyebrows!

Ms Kets and one of the other male teachers ---having an affair???

Sipping condensed milk out of a small can at the morniing markets.

The list could go on - truly,some of the happiest memories ever!!!

I was born in 1964. If anyone remembers me - please e.mail at

anonymous on November 06, 2008:

[in reply to Rudo Zemura] Any relation to Rumbidzai Zemura, was in the same year with her to Grade 7 (1989)?

anonymous on September 09, 2008:

Such fun to find this site! I was at Moray from 1959 to 1965 - I remember Mrs. Mosel, Miss Kitts, Mrs. Henderson (who got furious with me during a singing lesson); Mr. Creasey, and Alfred, plus many more. Great days.

anonymous on July 26, 2008:

I was at Moray from 1985 to 1991

anonymous on June 16, 2008:

Hi everyone, I was one of the first pupils through the school. I was in Mr David Creasey's class towards the end of my Standard 4 year and then finished up in standard five before moving to Milton School. My Sister Bronwen also went to Moray School. I remember alfred he was very young then. I think I was at Moray school during 1956 or 1957. Unfortunately all school resords and schol reports etc lost in moving when I emigrated. Wonderful to see this site,. I remember the riverlet at the bottom of the field, St mary's church at the other end of the road.Mr Creasey actually lived at the opposite end of Rochester Road in Malindela whilst i was at Milton School. We lived in Bradfield whilst we went to Moray school. I remember Miss Kets. I hated playing soccer on that very ungrassed field. Laughing now !!!! Best wishes to all.

anonymous on March 27, 2008:

Thanks you might like to look at this site.

Basically, I am loading all the images that I have of Rhodesian School

eMail: orafs@isdial.nt

anonymous on January 25, 2008:

Hi to all ! Delighted to have come across this website, had a look at some of the photos / brings back good old memories.

1966 Moray std One photo - front row from left to right -Steven ? /

Michelle Patty / 6th Susan Oldridge/ 7th myself/9th Charlie Leroux/

11th Neville Palm.

Middle row from left to right/ Tony ( Mazmanedis?)/ 6th Lesley Mee/

7th carol anne Hanson/8thDebrah Champion/

Top row from left to right/ 1st Ross Ballintyne/ 3rd Peter ?/

4th MS Brooks./ 5th Allen Turner.

If i remember anyone else i will post their names.

anonymous on January 06, 2008:

I attended from about 1977-1981, I was hoping to see if there were any class photos from these years, I was hoping to track down an old friend.

Southlight LM (author) on January 05, 2008:

Catherine -- your photo looks good and about the same size as mine which are 500 pixels wide. Jennifer -- we want to know about the film you made? Start a lens and tell us more! Susan Doward

anonymous on January 02, 2008:

Was at Moray, early 60s when my mother was the school secretary to Mr Creasey. Reading the above comment about Miss Kets, I'm happy to say I'm in contact with her and Alfred following the film I made a couple of years ago and this evening talked to her on the phone - she's well, still in Hillside.

anonymous on December 27, 2007:

I've started another Moray lens (, but can't work out how to make my class photo bigger so you can see it properly

anonymous on December 18, 2007:

I was at Moray from KG1 (Mrs Milne was the teacher) in 1961 to 1964, when we moved to Cape Town. Many of the children in Susan's photos above were in my class - Georgina was my best friend! Memories of tshongololos, thorn trees and learning to ride a bike. Such a happy childhood - great to find this

anonymous on August 06, 2007:

I'm Susan's sister. Attended Moray from '64 to '67. I remember Miss Inskipp, Mrs. Harrington-Johnson, Mrs. Brooks, and Mrs. Gardner; field days, tuck shop, gum trees, lunch sitting on edge of the veranda, viewing Operation Noah, studying silk worms. Would love to hear from my friend Cindy S.

anonymous on July 17, 2007:

Good to read about 'home'! Was at Moray from std 2 in 1968 to Std 5 in 1971. I remember going to concerts with Miss Kets in the city hall in Bulawayo to listen to the orchestra. She was such a honey. I've often wondered what happened to her. Please give her my regards. Michelle Stratford

anonymous on June 27, 2007:

Delighted to find this website! I attended Moray for KG 1

Southlight LM (author) on June 19, 2007:

Hi Wendy! Great to hear from you -- we missed each other at Moray by just a few years, I see. We're delighted to hear you still see Miss Kets! Please give her our regards the next time you see her. Susan.

anonymous on May 30, 2007:

Hi from Zimbabwe!. Came from the U.K. in 1971. Started Moray in Standard Three. Miss Kets was my teacher in Standard Four. Mr Leech was the Headmaster. Still see Miss Kets. Quite a few of my class mates still here.

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