Successful reunion for Kimba students

59 YEARS: The students from the Kimba Area School class of 1959 reunited in Port Lincoln. Names in story.
59 YEARS: The students from the Kimba Area School class of 1959 reunited in Port Lincoln. Names in story.

The Kimba Area School class eight of 1959 held its biennial class reunion at Port Lincoln over the weekend of April 7 and 8.

Nine reunions have been organised since 2000 by members of the class all over South Australia and Hyden in Western Australia.

This occasion was hosted by Margaret Harvey (nee Hutchings) and was a wonderful success.

This group has been amazing the way it has bonded together over the last 59 years.

Eleven class members attended but sadly three have passed away and three were absent.

Three enjoyable days of activities were organised by Mrs Harvey and included a tour to an extensive miniature railway depicting the Minnipa Railway Station back in the 1960s.

The display has been in the making for 21 years and was amazing to see.

A bus trip to Coffins Bay and surrounding beaches in the district was spectacular and a beautiful dinner was enjoyed at the Coffin Bay Hotel.

A meet and greet occasion was held at the Boston Hotel on the Friday night where old friends met and enjoyed lots of laughs and chatter well into the night.

A more formal evening was scheduled for the Saturday night and Josie Scott was surprised with a cake and celebrations for her 70th birthday.

Mrs Scott is the wife of the late Murray Scott, who was a popular member of the class.

In total 23 people including students and their partners attended, some travelling long distances.

It was a joyous occasion and to finalise the event Marion Sampson (nee Beinke) presented Mrs Harvey with a gift and a beautiful bunch of flowers to acknowledge the effort she had put into organising the occasion.

Another get together was organised for the year 2020 and will be held at Gawler under the supervision of student Jim Caldwell and his wife Jay-Jay.  

Pictured are: class members at the reunion: back: Bob Rohlach, Les Hunt, Garry Lee, Jim Caldwell, Barry Wakelin, Claire Kemp, Brian Mayfield, Jenny Oswald; front: Ben Allen, Brian O'Loughlin, Marion Sampson and Margaret Harvey.