First date - Our version of the high school prom.


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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‘t Was the Maroubra Bay High School reunion, 45 years after the school was opened. Much water under the bridge. Mary was there.
In 1959, Mary was in first year, at this new high school.
I was one of many boys who had been transferred from the disbanded South Sydney Boys Junior High School, to be in third year.
In 1959, only first year was co-educational. Only in first year there were girls! Ratio of about 1 girl to 5 or more boys in the school.
Mary had a birthday party. We were invited (my best friend, Terry { Mary’s boyfriend} and a few others who used to hang around together in the school playground. Yes. We really were the 50s version of _Heartbreak High*, which was later filmed here.

At the party was another girl who, like Mary, had been taken to Australia to avoid the Hungarian Revolution. She reminded me of my cousin, Betty. Except Betty was Blonde.

Terry, Mary, Yvonne and I attended the school dance, together. (My first date.)
45 years later, Mary and Peter attended the reunion. Mary told me that she and Yvonne had talked about me, the night before. That Yvonne was happy and very happy in a great relationship with her partner.

Just a few words, with an awful lot of meaning. ………

She also had a little sister.

In the late 70s, took Yvonne to the Dutch Dance.
The next year I took the future mother of my children.


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