Milton High School

Selborne Avenue, Bulawayo

Milton School Head Prefects 1922 - 65

Milton has an enviable reputation for the calibre of the men it has produced. There being 50 names on the Head Prefects Board, we decided to contact as many as possible, and there is a formidable list of the major achievements in many spheres of former head prefects - possibly the most select group of all Old Miltonians. This is a truly substantial testimonial to Milton's worth, not only as an institution of learning but also as an inspirer of manhood. Here follows an account of Old Boys who have lived up to the challenge of Milton's motto: Quit ye like men.

1922 - Andrew C. Wienand: Recalls the opening of Milton. He had a most successful rugby career. Selected for Matabeleland at the age of 16. He left Milton with an exceptional testimonial and became an assistant to the electrical engineer of the Anglo - American group.

1923 - Jack Livingstone: Joined the Stores Department, Beira and Mashonaland Railways, in 1924 in Umtali, then head office. He retired in 1959 as controller of stores, Rhodesia Railways.

1924 - John de Lisle Thompson: Captained the first XI and first XV. Captained Rhodesian cricket team, 1936. Represented Rhodesia at rugby. Attained rank of Lt. Col. at end of 1939 - 45 war. O.B.E., E.D. Now Senior Honorary Colonel of R.R.R. Wrote A History of Sport in Southern Rhodesia. A director of the Thomas Meikle Trust and Investment Company. Chairman of Milton School Council; married.

1925 - Arthur McAipine Goldhawk: Joined Texas Company (Caltex Group) in Rhodesia. Appointed assistant manager for East Africa. Left war service as a major. Took various courses in the U.S.A. Appointed director and manager administrator of Caltex Oil for the three East African countries. A member of various clubs and benevolent societies, and is a keen golfer. Married with two sons.

1926 - C. W. Perry: Helped form the first Old Miltonian rugby team. Joined Customs and Excise Department. Served in the Far East during the war. Established own business in 1954. Now managing director of Allied Distri­butors (Zambia) Ltd. Married, with one son and one daughter.

1929 - Frank C. Wisdom: Joined the High Court and rose to be Master of High Court and then, in 1962, Secretary for Agriculture. Now retired and farming at Ruwa. Is married and has a son and a daughter by a previous marriage.

1930 - William Edward Joseph Wilson: Played rugby (captain), cricket (vice - captain), swimming, water polo and athletics for School first teams. Cadet officer. Represented Milton in inter - school Bisley. Joined Gourock Ropes, Rhodesia Railways and finally Caltex Oil (S.A.). Served with 2nd Batallion, Rhodesia Regiment, during war. Appointed branch manager of Caltex Oil (S.A.) for a large area of the Cape. Married and has one son.

1930 - T. H. Sheffield: Joined the accountancy profession on leaving Milton. Became mine secretary at Sun Ace Mine. Became a chartered accountant. After return from war service has spent his time in auditing, commerce and industry. Married, with two sons.

1931 - J. Abdela: Left Milton for Cambridge to study law. Joined one of the four Inns of Court. He graduated with honours and was called to the Bar. During the war was in command of the 7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, for a time. Married in 1942. Returned to London after the war. Served on a local council. Held post of deputy recorder. Appointed Queen's Council, 19th April, 1966.

1932 - R. G. Stupart: Is with one of the big mining houses on the Rand.

1934 - J. H. Brown: Left Milton for Native Affairs Department. During the war attained rank of major. Married in 1942 and has two children. One of the hundred Rhodesians selected for the Victory Parade, London, in 1945. At present Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Roads and Road Traffic.

1936 - J. K. MacDonald: Played rugby (Matabeleland), cricket (captain), athletics (captain) for Milton first teams. Held both cross - country records. Played first league cricket and rugby. Was commissioned during war but was returned to Rhodesia unfit. Manager of Selukwe Peak Mine, one of the largest chrome mines in the world. Member of the Chamber of Mines of Rhodesia. Married, with two children.

1937 - K. A. Anderson: Played rugby, cricket, water polo, boxing and athletics for Milton first teams. He joined Rhodesia Railways and played first league rugby for O.M.s. He saw war service in Africa and the Far East. Studied at the William Booth Memorial Training College as a Salvation Army officer. He is now regional commander of the Salvation Army for Matabeleland. Married and has a son at Milton.

1938 - Arthur E.W. Thornton: He is living in Hertfordshire. We were unable to gather any more information from him, as he was away on holiday in Spain.

1939 - I. S. Hirst: Joined Customs Department. Served with the R.A.F. during the war. Spent most of his working life at Turk Mine, near Bulawayo. He is now Assistant Stores Controller and Buyer with the Bulawayo Municipality. Married, with one daughter.

1940 - James McMurray: Took a keen interest in all School activities and was awarded the Beit Engineering Bursary for £250. Passed first year at the University of the Witwatersrand with honours. Then commissioned in the Royal Engineers. In Italy he was accidentally killed in a minefield. He now rests in the military cemetery at Faenza.

1941 - M. Harris: Captained first teams for tennis, cricket and rugby. Chosen for S.A. Schools XL Won, with brother, Rhodesian doubles tennis championship (1940 and 1941) and won singles in 1941. War service in Africa and Italy. Has established several companies with his brother. Played cricket for Rhodesia. Married, 1950, and has two daughters. Vice-President of Rhodesia Golf Union. Deputy vice-chairman of the R.F. in Matabeleland.

1942 - 1. E. Baker: Joined the Royal Navy at Simonstown, 1943. Saw a much varied service with the Navy. He joined the Shell Company (Rhodesia) after demobilisation. He helped reform O.M.s rugby section and a new baseball section. Married in 1949, has two sons.

1943 - Neville Leslie Robertson: Was awarded Junior Beit and N.R. Beit Bursaries. Represented Milton first teams in rugby, cricket (cap­tain), athletics (captain) and hockey (vice captain). Distinguished Cadet officer. Member of the School debating team. Awarded Beit University and Rhodes University entrance bursaries. At Rhodes University (1945 - 1950) Awarded B.A. (cum Laude), B.A.(Hons.), M.A., U.E.D. Gained Oliver Newton Scholarship. Represented University first teams in rugby, cricket and athletics. Sub - warden, College House and House Committee member, 1950. Demonstrator and later temporary lecturer in psycho­logy. Returned to Milton as assistant master. Master i/c Lower School. Awarded U.S. Gov­ernment Scholarship for study at Indiana Uni­versity. Awarded M.Sc. (cum Laude). Delegate to Williamsburg International Assembly. House­master, Charter House, and Master i/c Middle School. Deputy Headmaster, 1964. Territorial Captain. Left Milton and is now an assistant professor at Brandon College, Manitoba. Also engaged on doctoral research at Cornell University, New York. He is married and has two daughters.

1944 - B. J. Krikler: Served in army 1947. Received B.A. from U.C.T. in 1950. Chosen in 1949 for a debating tour of United Kingdom universities. Returned to London in 1951, where he taught for a while. Broadcast for the B.B.C. Is now engaged on research for the Institute of Contemporary History, and working on a book about English Jews' reactions to Nazi Germany. Is married to the Senior Clinical Psychologist at a London hospital and has an adopted daughter.

1945 - Harold J. Teasdale: Studied at Rhodes University for B.Sc., then qualified as pharma­ceutical chemist at Liverpool School of Pharmacy in 1950. Opened his own retail pharmacy in 1952. After a European tour, started manufac­turing his own brand of cosmetics, and was first to manufacture lipsticks and install aerosol plant in Rhodesia. Played rugby for Matabeleland. Is vice-chairman of Old Miltonians. Married, and has one daughter.

1946 - Kevin Patrick Curran: Represented the School in first teams at cricket, rugby, tennis, hockey and athletics. In 1947 - 48 he played cricket for Queens Club and rugby for O.M.s. In 1948 he left to farm near Rusape. He now owns a 3,000 - acre farm, is married and has four children, and has played cricket for Matabeleland, Manicaland, Rhodesia and South Africa.

1947 - Raymond A. Suttle: At school distinguished himself at rugby, cricket, swimming, hockey, water polo, athletics, tennis, boxing and basket­ball. Was School captain of no fewer than five different sports. Broke the school mile record by 14 seconds and holds 880 record. Received U.E.D. at Rhodes University in 1951, when he was sub-warden of College House. Captained the swimming and water polo teams, represented the University on rugby tour of N. Rhodesia and Matabeleland in 1948 and was the light heavy­weight boxing champion in 1951. Was founder member of Northlea School staff. Selected for Rhodesia water-polo team for Currie Cup. Made cricket field and pavilion at Government House, Bulawayo, named Suttle's Field in 1964 by His Excellency Sir Humphrey Gibbs. In 1956 represented Richmond R.F.C. versus Harlequins at Twickenham. In 1959 and 1960 was a Rhodesia Nuffield Schools cricket selector. In 1964 was appointed Housemaster of Pioneer House and received his B.A. externally (University of South Africa). In 1966 was chairman of the Latin Panel of the Ministry of Education, and has been appointed Deputy Headmaster of Plumtree School. He is married, his wife Joan teaching on the Milton staff, and has two sons and two daughters.

1948 - Wallace Harris: After starting a B.Com. degree at Rhodes University, joined a family concern, Harris Bros. In 1956 started a new business with his eldest brother Harris Maize Milling which was merged with the Tiger Oats National Milling Co. in 1964. Is now managing director of this successful organisation. He is married and has a son and two daughters.

1951 - Aubrey Peter Walshe: Captained first XI for three years. Read politics, philosophy and econ­omics at Oxford and was awarded cricket blue as a freshman. Represented England in the 1953 cricket tour of Australia. Has lectured in economics in Basutoland and the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.A. Is currently engaged in research into African Nationalism at Oxford and intends returning to the University of Notre Dame to initiate an African studies programme. Married Ann Pettifer and has three children.

1952 - R. G. Stevens: Elected an Associate of the London and Lancashire Insurance Co., Ltd., in 1959 and is now assistant secretary. Has played hockey for Matabeleland and Rhodesia, and was chosen for the first Rhodesian team to tour Kenya. Has represented Matabeleland at basketball. Married, with two children, he has recently accepted the position of honorary treasurer of the Rhodesian Schools' Exploration Society.

1953 - Keith Dallas Brown: Joined Southern Rhodesia Civil Service. At present is employed on the Public Services Board. Plays first - league hockey for Salisbury Sports Club and has represented Rhodesia in the inter - provincial squash racquets tournaments. Married.

1954 - Reginald A. Furber: Formed Milton dance band, which played all over Matabeleland. Obtained his B.A. degree and U.E.D. at Rhodes University, majoring in geography and history. Was chairman of the University Musical Society. Taught at Milton in 1959, in Canada for two years, and is now master-in-charge of geography at Que Que High School. Married Amanda Lamont Smith, a fellow student at Rhodes.

1956 - R. Iverson: Went to University of Cape Town in 1957 to take a B.Com, but left before completing his degree, to join his father's business. Afterwards worked in accounts department of Cold Storage Commission in Bulawayo for two years. In 1964 he joined the Johannesburg office of a Swiss company specialising in the eutectic welding process. At present he is their representative and demonstrator for the Mashonaland district, based in Salisbury.

1957 - G. Welch: Received a bachelor's degree in physical education and geography, and a teaching diploma at Rhodes University. Married in 1963. Is now a housemaster at a school in Lusaka.

1958 - R. J. Brewer: Obtained a B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) first class at the University of Natal. Represented the University at cricket, rugby and basketball. After working at the Ndola Copper Refinery, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Toured Europe for three months in a minivan and then read for a B.A. in economics and engin­eering science at Oxford, where he obtained his rugby blue.

1961 - Terry J. French: Fifth - year medical student at the University of Cape Town. Has played first team basketball for four years. Was demonstrator in biochemistry during his third year for second year medical students. In July, 1966, married Gaye Wright.

1962 - H. M. Roberts: A student at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, studying for B.Sc. (Agriculture) degree, majoring in animal husbandry. Was awarded the Caltex Agricultural Bursary. Plans to study for an M.Sc. degree overseas or to work "on the land" in Rhodesia. Plays rugby for the University first XV and is secretary of the Agricultural Students' Council.

1963 - Giles Ridley: After beginning to study for a B.A.(Hons.) degree in geography at Oxford, and playing rugby and hockey for the College first teams, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Awarded a cricket blue and elected captain of the College first XI for the 1965/66 season. Has played for Kent second XI and Kent County championship side, as well as for the College hockey and squash teams.

1964 - John Hargrove: Studying ornithology at Oxford. Won the Shell Scholarship and spent six months at U.C.T. studying botany and zoology before proceeding to Pembroke College.

1965 - Neville Davies: Studying for a B.A. degree, majoring in geography, at the University of Cape Town. Played for Rhodesia at the beginning of the year at the South African Championships in Durban and at University for the "A" rugby side, and for the first water-polo team. Plans to return to Rhodesia to teach. Has been selected to play water polo for Western Province next year.

S. R. McPhee, head boy in 1927 and 1928, was killed in action in the second world war, as was A. D. Jackson, head boy in 1933.

D. O. Mac­Donald, head boy in 1946, was tragically killed in a motor accident, while B. E. E. Bawden, head boy in 1935, died on a cricket field.