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David Mitchell

Profile Updated: August 9, 2017
David Mitchell
Current Occupation (if any) & Previous Occupations:
Now retired from public service but now community volunteer and activist (tree hugger).
Name of Spouse/Partner:
Yes! Attending Reunion
School Years: Which years did your time at Sloane cover?


House: Which House were you in at Sloane?


Were you known by any other name or nickname at school?


School Memories?

Arrived at Sloane from Peterborough Primary across the bridge in Fulham. First year in Gilliland's 1B and from then into the A stream with form masters such as Bill Berkeley, Lummy Lumsdaine, Tom Wilson and Harry Little. Struggled with Latin with Percy "the Plank" Pledger until Joe Gorman took over in time to sit for my O levels. Progressed into 6 Arts with Joe Gorman and Hank Harrison as form masters, leaving after successful A levels and went on to study for a BA at Queen Mary College, London and then into the business world as a personnel manager before leaving the UK for Oz in 1969.

Loved school at Sloane, particularly football, athletics and cross-country. Captained athletics and Turner House for a couple of years and in my final year was Vice-Captain of School deputising as Captain whilst Bob Bainbridge was hospitalised for a while. Some excellent teachers and, looking back, some fairly non-conformist mentors not least of which was "the Old Man", Guy Boas who had me worked out fairly well. In my final school report he wrote that I needed to control a tendency to argue with those in authority. I never listened which slowed my ascent to the topmost echelons of the public service but has made me an effective community activist in my retirement.

I look back on my days in Hortensia Road with considerable fondness although not always sweetness and light. Bunking off to see the Blues play some Hungarian mob on a winter's afternoon only to be called to the front of assembly the next morning and a subsequent caning. Going into the main hall one morning to find the entire stage area draped with panties, bras and other female flimsys, the result of an overnight raid by the Carlyle girls. Or, on a more serious note, the day a boy went beserk during the lunch break and battered his way into GB's office with a fire extinguisher. It all happened at Sloane!

There was a relief teacher who taught some French in the mid 1950s and who, according to the Fulham Chronicle, was convicted of importuning young boys onto his house boat on the Thames. His sudden disappearance from School was explained by dear old Harry Little to the effect that he was visiting his sick mother in Manchester. He was actually doing a stretch in Strangeways.

In mentioning Harry Little it's essential to comment on Harry's Drawers which comprised a huge case full of sweets, primarily sherbert lemons. At the end of each lesson Harry would hurl handfulls around the classroom which we boys would catch like performing seals. Harry's proud boast was that no boy who studied French under him failed at O level. He probably supplied the examiners with allsorts!

What has happened in your life since you left Sloane?

After graduating from Queen Mary College, London, with an Honours degree majoring in politics and history I worked as a human resources manager for Philips Electrical and Nestle. Migrated to Australia in 1969 having been recruited in the UK to introduce equity programs into the South Australian Public Service. Worked in Canberra and Adelaide eventually becoming a political adviser at both state and federal levels.

Retired from the service in the late 1990's to run employment programs for the disadvantaged. Become a born-again environmentalist and since 2000 have chaired a number of community groups including the two largest on-ground rehabilitation organisations in Australia and serving on a number of government boards and committees. In 2013 I became a Member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to environmental conservation and to volunteering through my work as a community advocate.

Where were you born?

Parsons Green Nursing Home, Fulham, SW6

Where did you live when you were at Sloane?

Beltran Road, Fulham and
Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway

Which Primary school did you attend?

Peterborough PS, Fulham, SW6

What is your full address?:

20 Langer Court
Fairview Park
South Australia 5126


Environmentalist and community activist.
Politics and Premier League football.

Teams: Do you support any sports teams?

Chelsea FC, Belgrave Harriers, Port Power (Aussie Rules)

Music: What music would you like played at your funeral? This should give everyone an idea of your musical taste and music/songs that mean a lot to you.

Whiter Shade of Pale by Procul Harum
Anything by the MJQ

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Happy birthday Brian..............hope you're still managing to jog a few miles..............I'm still swimming a few laps (fewer and fewer) each day and generally staying active. Take care, Mulga Dave

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Posted on: Aug 09, 2017 at 6:19 AM

G'day Classmates, I'm sure this has been seen by many of you before and no doubt Tiny's got a link to it somewhere on the website but I came across it by chance when doing some research on another notable Boas (Professor Frans) and thought it worth passing on. The voice takes me back over 60 years.
Enjoy, or not, as the case may be, Mulga Dave

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Posted on: Jul 17, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Just to shed a little light on Bob Johnson's bit of doggerel verse......."Mole" Morris was I think a French teacher who was reported in the Fulham Chronicle as having been convicted of importuning young boys and given time in Strangeways at Her Majesty's pleasure. Next term in answer to a mischievous question Harry Little announced that "Mr Morris has gone to visit his grandmother in Manchester and will not be returning". Can I suggest dear editor that this scurrilous morsel be kept well away from the In Memory pages? Mulga Dave

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Posted on: Jun 13, 2017 at 12:58 AM

Cripes cobbers, amid the doom and gloom, the Maybot's lack of judgement and some pretty ordinary weather there's been no comment about the Aussies early exit from the One Day cricket carnival or the possibility that England might have a rare sniff of success. Mind you the Aussie boys have been preoccupied with their pay claim, beset by some bad weather and generally unable to cope with the vagaries of Duckworth Lewis but it's fair to say that the English team, Ben Stokes especially, look nicely switched on (at least the coach is an Aussie!) and could collect the silverware although Mr Kohli will be thinking differently. Interesting times with the centre of power moving to Belfast, BoJo cooling his heels and Jeremy the darling of the masses. I hear that they can't get goat vellum for the Queen's Speech which might delay things............Yes Minister and Monty Python still survive. Love youse all, Mulga Dave

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Posted on: Jun 05, 2017 at 1:21 AM

G'day Cobbers, just finished watching the CL Final and another Real victory yesterday morning when the news and pictures came through of the London Bridge/Borough Market atrocity. After Westminster Bridge and Manchester it looks as if it could be a worrying time to be in the UK. Great response by the emergency services especially the cops.......thinking of you all and still proud of my heritage in the face of adversity. Take care, Mulga Dave

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