That small, small world. The Bra connection. Those 6 degrees.  by MrJoop

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We ( Derek, Phillip and I ) attended the same high schools but they had three different names.

Bear with me……….
Last night, I attended the launch of Nell Jones’ book: The Lost Sister of Groningen.

I was resting on on a lounge, beside the office, in the Tap Gallery, when among the crowd, a very familiar face appeared out of context. Phillip!
( On ABC Radio 702, James Valentine, sometimes gets two listeners to call in, who are then asked to tell each other about themselves, to see if " six degrees of separation" exist! )
Phillip and his wife are friends (and neighbours) of the Jones’ family.
Phillip and I were on the Maroubra Bay High School 50 Year reunion Committee, in 2009.
I came to Maroubra Bay High School, along with a whole lot of other boys, from South Sydney Boys Junior High School, in 1959, when the brand new MBHS was opened. I was then in “Third Year.” (Now called Year 9. Phillip was in “First Year -Year 7”).
Meanwhile, after South Sydney Boys Junior High School was closed down, it morphed into “Randwick North High School” and the brother of Nell, Derek Jones, attended.
So, at dinner, last night, we discovered that we’d been taught in the same building, a generation apart, when the same buildings had a different name.
It took us a while to work out.
In the Randwick Town Hall, in 1958, I was a Chinese mother, in a play about a baby being taken down the Yangtze River. (Because of my lack of English.)
“But that’s another story!”

Phillip and I both stayed in the migrant hostel, in Pozieres Ave, Matraville, in the 50s.

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In 1969, I enrolled in the “Art Teachers Conversion Course”. It was my first experience of formal art lessons. Soon other interests prevailed, until, I had lunch, in Hazelhurst and then enjoyed the art classes there. Culminating in my exhibition, in 2008.

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