New "Closed Schools of Marion" DVD

A new DVD funded by a History SA SA175 grant entitled The Closed Schools of Marion commemorating Marion's nine public schools that were closed between 1987-2009 was launched by the Marion Historical Society last month.  

Using photographs, original footage and oral histories from former teachers, pupils and their parents, the DVD tells the story of the nine schools that were built in the Marion area to cater for the baby boomers of the 1950s and 60s and that were subsequently closed over the last 30 years.  

The film was made by award-winning local film maker Ashley Starkey, himself a former pupil of Glengowrie High, one of the now defunct schools.  

Film maker Ashley Starkey (r) and MHS's Bob Donley (l) with former Marion schoolAt the end of World War I, Marion only had two schools – Ascot Park Primary School and Sturt Primary School - but as it developed into a market garden area and soldiers returned home to have families, there was a great need for more schools.  The Marion Historical Society put together a very successful exhibition and reunion at the Marion Cultural Centre for History SA’s “About Time” History Festival in May of this year.  Hundreds of former students and staff from the closed schools – Dover Gardens Primary, Dover High, Glengowrie High, Marion High, Morphettville Park Primary, Oaklands Park Primary, Sturt Primary, Tonsley Primary and Vermont High – converged on the event, which included displays of 1960s desks, uniforms, photographs and an old school bell.  

Over two afternoons Ashley interviewed and filmed 17 participants, many of whom returned for the launch at the Marion Historical Society’s headquarters at Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, Sturt Road, Marion.   A second edition of the DVD is available online for $22 plus postage and a 7 minute preview of the film can be viewed here or on YouTube here

Ashley is also the maker of Ute-opia, a 4 part film to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Holden ute, made in conjunction with Holden and the National Motor Museum. 

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Other memories from my days at Dover Kindergarten & Dover Gardens PS & through to Dover Gardens Girls Technical High-school as it was known in its early years, the time frame being from 1957-1968. Times of structure & disciplined learning which has stood me & others from those years well prepared for needs. Many fond memories of the Kindy were the sand pit which in our times had a brush thatched roof to protect us from the sun, blowing soap bubbles & lots of finger painting, in Primary school also lots of fun memories, but one I was especially fond of was having a Arnott’s Bush Biscuit spread with butter, & a slice of cheese on top from the canteen. The idea at the time we were told was that the butter & cheese would protect the teeth against the sugar content. I have no idea if any truth to this, but it was a lovely treat I still enjoy today, when I can get the biscuits. High school years were much more pressure, but I still have fond memories of some of the antics we got up to. I recall one day it was drama, & we were doing Macbeth , I was one of the witches, & as part of the role had vivid make-up of green & black streaks on my face, but when the lesson was over, it was discovered, that there was no make-up removing cream, the school would not allow any of us to leave the school ground's with the make up on, not even to go home for lunch & to wash it off, so we remained there until fully removed. So last year when I was again studying Macbeth as an adult student, this memory came flooding back to me.

Unhinged is more apt...we hit a record 400 x comments (achieved over 36 hours) for a single GHS - '78ers thread titled "what was your most embarrassing moment" this week. Denise Veck won a Gold Star for this effort to go with her previous 2 x Elephant Stamps for previous threads. Sad, really...lol. Total comments on the page thus far 6000+ and we only started in around march I think.

That is amazing Greg! And we are reaching a record on this website for the number of comments too. Keep them coming. I'm sure lots of people can relate to these sorts of stories even if they didn't go to a Marion school.

The exhibition and film has had the unexpected bonus of creating more interest in reunions and get togethers for school chums and footy teams. I know I'm going to one for our Glengowrie HS year in Nov.
It's interesting that some people don't seem to be able remember much at all from their school days and others have really vivid recollections. Once people start talking though all sorts of memories do start coming back and the conversation can just leap from one event to another.
In my era Christine we had the bush biscuits with butter but the cheese had disappeared by then. Yum.

I'd like to know about that embarrassing moment Greg but perhaps Denise wouldn't appreciate that being aired in public??
Thanks for the kudos Ivan.

an added bonus to the bush biscuit is sultanas between the butter & the cheese, a real delight.....

Well I might have named her but I'm certainly not going to detail what transpired old boy! The list of my own embarrassing moments could have filled 400 comments by themselves....

I guessed that Greg (she would have your 'guts for garters' so to speak), but it must've been very, very embarrassing to top both your efforts and the entire 78 years list. I'm awarding you a gold star for your facebook efforts and for organising all those old friends to get back together and reconnect.
There could be an entire film devoted to the treats we all remember form back in the day - from the daily milk mentioned in the film (which continued for many years into my era), to the buttered bush biscuits to the snack pies I enjoyed. I bet the canteen/tuck shop ladies (I don't recall any blokes) could have their own film too - that'd be another point of view all together. Not to mention the long suffering librarians.

Well seeing as you said 'not to mention the librarians', I will. We had several legendary librarians at GHS. One in particular we had running battles with went on to be quite well known nationally but back in the day it was a battle of wills - no doubt she found the cut and thrust of parliamentary life a doddle after we had prepared her accordingly. On her last day at school a couple of us gave her a going away present to let bygones-be-bygones which she was quite touched by...I have often wondered what she made of that farewell present when she opened it later to find a dead mouse.

This is getting interesting!

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