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This Site Was Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2015

Site Owner - Stephen Smith


Remember Robin Samms?


    Robin in 1967


When did you attend Priory?

1966 - 1968



Who was your most unforgettable teacher?

Patrick Bourke. The most stimulating, intellectually honest educator I've ever met. His wife, Nell was a close second


                                                                                                                Patrick Bourke                         Nell Bourke


Who were your best friends at school?

Roger Brand, Carey Pike, Douglas Brown, 'Abe' Abrahams, Marie DuQuesnay, Bill Lightbourne, Randy Cargill, Philip Sun.


                                                                                       Philip Sun                         Marie duQuesnay

Who are you in touch with now?

Sadly, very few


 Who would you like to trace if we could?

Aaron 'Abe' Abrahams


What's the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

My lips are sealed on that, but I was involved in the famous gunpowder 'incident' on the Jamaica House fence, along with nameless others. A small group of students mixed up a batch of explosive type stuff, and detonated it up against the Jamaica House /Police Club fence corner one afternoon.  Not much of an explosion, but lots of flame and smoke, and considerable damage was done to the fences (they melted). Needless to say, the response from the security forces was instantaneous,  funny and came to nothing.  This was the culmination of about a month or so of Ďexperimentsí of that nature, and the end of our messing with explosives for a while.  I canít remember any disciplinary action, and I donít believe anyone got caught. We all left the scene in a hurry!

Jamaica House


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Hmm..that would be "Abe" the mad chemist.



Where do you live and what do you do now?

Seattle, Washington, US. I retired in 2001 after spending 20+ years in the software industry. I consult a bit, and play.



Tell us about any significant others

My two daughters, Renee and Simone.


What do you think of the Priory site?

Great job, keep it going.



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