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   John Stanbridge


John Christopher Stanbridge

Nickname: Stanners / Stanley / Henry Morton
House: Clive
Year: 1962-1966

Mixed - hated being a boarder, never liked sports much, did enjoy singing in chapel choir, playing trombone in the school brass band, and - the highlight of my school achievements - playing the part of His Grace the Duke of Plaza -Toro in the 1966 production of "The Gondoliers " which we did in conjunction with the Delamere Girls High School.

Left school shortly after that in mid 1966 to attend Charles Coldham's establishment in Government Road, where I obtained sufficient London GCE 'O' & 'A" Levels to enable me to be accepted into a Teacher Training Course at the Avery Hill College of Education Eltham London SE9 commencing Sept 1968. Dropped out after 2nd teaching practice in 1970 as I quickly learned that I was not born to be a teacher. Highlights of that time - singing in a massed choir in Southark Cathedral - Bach bminor Mass 1970 and the Matthew Passion following year.

Joined Barclays Bank as junior, rising to teller before emigrating to Sydney, Australia in 1972 ( followed my parents who went to Brisbane in 1971). Joined ANZ Bank and became one of the pioneers in the credit card department at the launch of "Bankcard" in 1974. Married 1980, bought current house 1983 - was retrenched from ANZ Bank 1991. Went to work for a finance company as a collections officer, but when that was taken over by another firm, I applied for, and successfully obtained, a position as a Collections Officer at David Jones Dept Store in their credit dept. I was a member of the Staff christmas choir which in 2000 made a cd (still available) under the direction of David Drury - the current choirmaster - to mark the 50th year of the choir. Was retrenched from David Jones last year and am now working as the accounts clerk at a badge making firm in Redfern Sydney.

(Registered 13th March 2004)

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