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Some of us Old Lawrencians, alumni of The Lawrence School, Lovedale have hit upon an exciting idea. To write an informal history of the School. Of course, there have been books about the School before.  “Never Give In: A History of One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of The Lawrence School, Lovedale” by Hugh and Colleen Gantzer, published in 1984 and Max Cocker’s reminiscences in “Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School, Lovedale: A Personal Account” published in 1988, come readily to mind. We plan to do something different.

This will be a collaborative effort, with contributions from OLs across the decades, from different parts of the world. It aims to supplement fact-based history with personal reminiscences and period photographs. There’s a lot to write considering the School was established in 1858! My tentative title,”Glimpses Of A Glorious Past” seems to have found favour. The goal is to publish the book by Founder’s 2017, the 50 th Anniversary for our Class of ’67.

We had an informal kick off meeting recently, attended by some of us who will form the Editorial Team, which interestingly had representatives from the Classes of ’57, ’67, and ’77. So much for All the 7s!

I would urge OLs, across the decades, including many from abroad who have written comments in my other blog, “Looking At Life” which is largely about the Lawrence School, Lovedale, to join us in this venture and share their experiences and stories.

Never Give In!