Our Class Photos from the Old School

Reminiscences

Here are some wonderful class photographs sent to us for the website, with the contributor’s comments below each. We won’t be posting full lists of the pupils with each each picture, but some comments identify the contributor’s family members in the older photos.

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 I can’t say 100% that it is the old school, but I am virtually certain that it is. It was rescued from my late aunt’s house when she passed away many years ago. As far as we know she did attend the old primary school, and it looks as though the background is the wall separating the two playgrounds. No information on it unfortunately, but my aunt was born in 1906, so I would estimate the picture to be from around 1916/17. We are fairly sure she is second from the left in the front row.
 

ian wright
1925

My aunt Esther Harrison is second from the right in the front row of this photo from soon after the first world war. The family lived in the water board house next to the Edmonstone Hall. There was a tearoom across the road before the houses were built.

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My uncle James Harrison is in this one from the same era.

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James Harrison is also in this later group c1925

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Here is James again with the senior class in 1927

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My mother is the fourth from left in the middle row and I think the slightly taller girl on my mother’s left is Diana Sharp, whose father Peter Sharp was mentioned as being the school crossing patroller. There is no date on the photo, but it is definitely the 30s.

Sarah beck
Strathblane School 1936 seniors with Mr Webster, headmaster

My mum, Elizabeth Melrose then, is in both these photos at Blanefield School. She was born in 1925. It could be that some of her siblings are there too as there were 9 of them.

Emily Brown

This one is believed to be Miss McAuslin with Primary 5 and 6, from around 1947/48. Unfortunately most were not dated at the time, so the dates are my sister’s best estimates!
 

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This one is marked as Miss Higgins with Primaries 1, 2 and 3. It was taken in 1949

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This one is marked as Primary 7 with Mr McAllister, around 1949.

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This one estimated as 1954, but not sure of which class! Again Mr McAllister, though.

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Again believed to be 1954/5 but no name for the teacher or which class unfortunately.
(Georgina Marshall has identified the teacher as Mrs Welch and the year as 1953)

ian wright

I started at the school in 1957. I was P1 in 1957.

elizabeth coleman

No class detail, but estimated as 1958/59.

ian wright

Estimated as 1959/60 but no class details.

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My class in 1961

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I think this was the year below me around 1963/64.

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1964

This is my class in 1964. You might recognise Alison Drysden.

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