Some time ago we had an interesting article by Gavin Foster called Inchanga Memories and we have just now received two responses. The article page does not allow readers to leave comments and so I thought I’d put the responses from Graham A. Thompson and Kenneth McQueen up here
I have just been reading Inchanga Memories. I was a pupil at Inchanga Prep School from Jan. 1941 to Dec 1945 after which my mother brought me to England where I still live. I remember the “Bead mine” when on Sunday afternoon walks.
Other links with Inchanga are the plant nurseries along the line from the station which at that time belonged to my father’s maternal uncle Arthur Coulson ( he also built the small church where we worshipped every 3rd Sunday of the month [at a service] which was conducted by a peripatic minister).
The school property was behind the hotel (then owned by a family called Alexander whose two children were day scholars) and we could walk through the grounds on way to the small river on Saturday afternoon to play and paddle. Large enamel jugs of tea were brought mid afternoon along with bread buns. The owner of the school was a Miss G. M. Kent, the matron was Mrs Antill and a regular teacher was Miss Barbara Blackhurst, whose parents had a local farm.
There is other info I have along with a copy of 1941 school group photo, and I can remember some of the names of my age group, remembering though that they will be the same age as me (79). I hope this is of use to you.
Sincerely, Graham A. Thompson
In a second e-mail he added the following:
[I also] remember the police station at Inchanga – the two daughters of the officers were day scholars at the school, Marie Meyer and Valerie (don’t remember surname). Other family friends were named Hammond, who had a farm and also took in holiday guests.
Another thing was a big wooden cross almost opposite the road from the station and school where it joined the main road which I believe had something to with a Mission. At the school we used to put on concerts and bring and buy sales for comforts for the troops – song like ‘Blue birds over the white Cliffs of Dover’ and ‘This is the Army’.
Durban memories include two Bioscopes the Palace (The Pop) and Roxy, they had Milkbars which one walked through to the films and your admission included either a cup of tea or an icecream – [they had a] continuous show mainly of short film serials like ‘Fu Manchu’ and ‘Flash Gordon’ and old westerns with Roy Rogers or Gene Autry. I’ll dig deep into my aged memories. regards. Graham T.
I read with great interest about Inchanga Boarding School as I was browsing aroung the net. I and my brother had the plesure of attending the school aroung 1950-51 when a Mrs Kent was runing the it. It was not all the good for us as our parents broke up and it was a case where our mother was unable to handle us so off to Inchanga we were posted.
I can still remember the class rooms were in a small building near the station. I have never had the pleasure of returning there and I have a brother in P.M.Burg and we send emails to each other and have noticed he has a friend there also sending emails.
It as not a good place in winter as we only had two blankets and, when possible, newspaper between the sheet and blankets as we only had fly netting in the front of the building.
By the way My name is Kenneth James McQueen and my brother is Andrew Brink MacQueen. It Is a pleasure to read the the place had a history behind it I never realised it.
Thanks for your site.