Friends of Grossmann & Brough Houses is the proud supporter of this oral history project.

This project would not have been possible without valuable contributions from

Friends of Grossmann Oral History Committee:

Holly McNamee

Mandy Mason

Paul Cooke

Janece McDonald

Gail Johnston

Judy Nicholson

Others who assisted were:

Lesley Campbell

Laurel Graham 

Lawrence Henderson

Maitland City Library

Janis Wilton OAM

A Maitland City Council Community Grant

Maitland Girls High School Old Girls Union

Grossmann and Brough Houses. Photo Alan Todd 

Meet our interviewees

Mandy Mason interviewing former MGHS girls

Maurine Osborn (née Turton)

East Maitland Public School

Attended MGHS 1945-1949

Worked at Pandora Library, Maitland

Joan Dunlop (née Tilse)

Moonan Flat Public School

Attended MGHS 1958-1963

Boarder at Brough House

House Captain Grossmann & Senior Prefect

Nursing career

June Howarth OAM (née Logan)

Maitland Primary School

Attended MGHS 1943 -1847

Librarian Maitland City Library

Mary Patricia (Pat) Barden (née Vile)

Gosforth Public School

Attended MGHS 1937-1941

Boarder at Brough House

House Captain Grossmann & School Captain

Cessnock City’s first Librarian

Foundation member Maitland Repertory Society

Janece McDonald PhD

Bandon Grove Public School

Attended MGHS 1962-1967

Boarder at Brough House

House Captain Brewster, Senior Prefect

Industrial Chemist, University Academic

Joy Poole OAM

Telarah Public School

Attended MGHS 1954-1959

Vice Captain Campbell & School Prefect

Primary teacher & Headmistress

OAM for service to polocrosse as a player, coach and umpire

Kath McMillan (née Duffen)

Muswellbrook & Scone Public Schools

Taught Physical Education at MGHS 1959-1961

Lyn Richards (née Farrell)

Tenambit Public School

Attended MGHS 1956 -1961

Nursing Career

Margaret Guy (née Stocker)

Orange Rural School & Dubbo High School

Attended MGHS 1957-1960

Laboratory Assistant

Mary Wilkes (née Cooper)

Bolwarra Public School

Attended MGHS 1951-1954

Worked at Sim Bros. and NRMA

Nell Pyle OAM (née Manning)

Greenwich & Telarah Public Schools

Attended MGHS 1937-1941

School Prefect

Primary school teacher

Founder Australian Museum of Clothing & Textiles

Val Randall (née Stokes)

Greta Public School

Attended MGHS 1949– 1951

Worked at Burlington Mill

Served in the ADF

Hilma Ellis (née Vaughan)

Gosford High & Sydney University B.Ag.Sc.

Taught at MGHS 5 years

Science, biology, geology, chemistry, botany & physics

June Bates (née Begg)

Maitland Public School

Attended MGHS 1944-48

House Captain Campbell

Primary Teacher

Pauline Fairhall (née Godwin)

Paterson Public School

Attended MGHS 1944-1948

House Vice Captain Campbell

Clerk Maitland Hospital

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