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Title: Becoming a person - at NEUC, and then with UNE
Contributor(s): Davidson, Frank S (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Arrival in 1953: To be a "fresher" at NEUC in 1953 - it was like entering Heaven. I had spent the previous six years as a boarder at the Presbyterian Boys' Hostel in Tamworth, enjoying a hybrid education that combined the good academic quality of a state High School with a sort of watered down version of Arnold's Rugby - with a hint of 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' thrown in. The Hostel was a kind of half-way house between the state system and a GPS School. Some boys went on to the Presbyterian Scots' College in Sydney, or sometimes TAS in Armidale; others who had enjoyed expulsion from these or similar schools returned. There was a dormitory with 42 beds in it, awful food, compulsory sport every afternoon, 'prep' in the evening, a gymnasium and tennis courts, and a storm-water channel that led into Anzac Park and punishable freedom in one direction and, in the other, to the Church of England Girls' School further up the hill, policed at that end by a posse of indignantly vigilant mistresses. School holidays were spent in the usual way for boys in the farming community: lots of hard physical work, no money, and virtually no social life. We were, after all, still in the after-shock of World War II and the "swinging sixties" were a long way off. So, to pass the Leaving Certificate and qualify for a Commonwealth Scholarship that would pay my University fees, and then, unbelievably, to be offered a Teachers' College Scholarship that would also give me an actual living allowance of £11 a fortnight was an impossible dream come true after pocket money of £1 per term. (And, remember, in those days there were only three terms a year!)
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Came To New England, p. 60-71
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISBN: 9781921597596
Field of Research (FOR): 130312 Special Education and Disability
130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage
920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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