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StudentsED BRUMBY

MORE than 20 members of the ASOPA cadet education officers’ class of 1964-65, along with partners, will descend on Sydney in early September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1965 graduation.

ASOPA is the acronym of the Australian School of Pacific Administration, an institution which trained many young Australian teachers to pursue professional careers in the then Australian Territories of Papua and New Guinea.

In a program of cocktail parties, lunches, dinners, a golf tournament and a harbour cruise, the classmates will have ample opportunity to reminisce about ‘the good old days’, recall favourite and not-so-favourite lecturers, tell even more exaggerated war stories and refresh friendships which have lasted more than half a century.

The centrepiece of the celebrations will be a visit to the ASOPA campus at Middle Head followed by a long lunch nearby.

This is the fifth reunion of the class of 1964-65 and it follows get-togethers on the Gold Coast and at Cairns, Vanuatu and Darwin over the past 20 years.

The organising committee of Sue Ellison, Alan Parker, Suzan Linton and Mick Uibo have done a splendid job arranging the events and have done mighty work in trying to contact all of our classmates.

Anyone with an association with ASOPA is more than welcome to join the celebrations.

For more information about the reunion and the various events, please contact Ed Brumby at 0401 033 420 or ebrumby@netspace.net.au

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