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Remember Max Overton

Max and his Mother - Discovery Bay 1959

Max 2006


When did you attend Priory

1959 - 1961 


How did you locate the Priory website?

An alumnus emailed me, having seen my name on the site, Googled my name, and found my website.


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Mrs Urquhart She instilled in me a love of Biology.



Who were your best friends at Priory?

Max Wright and Christopher Peacocke. I regret to say most names have slipped my memory. I was always a dreamy child.




Who are you in touch with today?

Nobody, though I wish I was.


Who would you like to track down?

Max Wright and anybody else who remembers me.



What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

Got smacked in the eye with a cricket ball. Got flattened in the boxing ring. I was not good at sports!


What memories/views do you have of Priory?

Patchy, as I lived for my days with a butterfly net. I remember being horribly embarrassed in a spelling bee when I couldn't think of a word to ask someone else to spell. I remember the kindness of Mrs Urquhart who took the 'two Maxes' and showed them birds near her home. I remember and will always love the Poinciana trees.


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

A girl stands out in my memory though I don't know her name. She was American, older than me and used to tease me, calling me 'Poopsie'. I remember her in a beautiful yellow flared dress. I think I was in love with her.


Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

After I left Jamaica, I lived in New Zealand for nearly thirty years, getting my Masters degree in biology. I got married and two great sons. I also worked in a variety of jobs - research, high school teacher, university tutor, gas station manager, commercial cleaner, railway porter, and bumblebee exporter. I never knew what I wanted to do, so I tried a bit of everything. Then I went to Australia, to Townsville in tropical Queensland, where I became a tutor and lecturer at James Cook University, studying for a doctorate.

James Cook University Campus

In 1998 I divorced, met an American author and married her. We went to live in Illinois, USA where I worked for Wal-Mart as an assistant manager and as a truck unloader. Five years later my wife Ariana died suddenly. I stayed on a year, trying Kalamazoo, Michigan for a winter, then decided to return to Townsville, Australia, where I live now. I went back as a casual tutor to the university before leaving to take up a job as a Sales Adviser to a scientific supply house.

However, what I "do" is write novels. Ariana was an author and encouraged me to write. I have six books published and a 7th coming out in September '06. Have a look at them at


Tell us about any significant others

Ah, my lovely Julie, whom I met when I returned to Townsville. A beautiful lady with a loving heart. We recently got engaged.


Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person

Via email, when I got an email out of the blue from Donald in Toronto. It made my day!


What do you think of the Priory Website?

I'm still exploring but I'd like to see more photos of students then and now.


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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 29th October 2006

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