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Dartmouth Academy crest
(from cover of fundraising recipe book).
Dartmouth Academy no longer exists except in our memories, in souvenirs, and
on Internet pages. It was started in the early 1960s in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
My younger brother David and I were among the earliest students. At first we attended classes in the basement of a church, and some of us
were in the living room of Mr. Lorimer, the English teacher. An old house near the shore of Banook
Lake was used as the headmaster's
residence I believe and I can recall serving detention in there sitting at old desks with cast iron
frames. Later a new
school was built up the slope. I boarded for awhile and we slept in a new
and blazer crest.
The uniform was a blue blazer and a red and blue striped tie. This was no problem for me
as I had worn a more formal English school uniform in Rome, Italy before coming to Dartmouth.
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The school choral group in the summer of 1963. The closing
exercises were held at the Southdale School Auditorium. This would be
the end of the first year of the school.
BACK ROW: Second from left: David Stevens (aged about 11); Gordon
Stokoe third from left (identified by John Lorimer); Colin Stevens (me,
aged about 12) 5th from left; Rodney Lyons ??? seventh from left; John
Lorimer, eight from left.
CENTRE ROW: Far left Rick Gallipeau.
FRONT ROW: Far right
Glen Heggie (He wrote "looking at the newspaper article from the 1963
closing I see myself on the extreme right in the front row (I was in
Lower V at the time).
The boy on the far right with the Zither MAY be Matthew Maxwell - I
cannot recognize him, but have a dim memory - possibly incorrect - that
he had this task.
Although other faces look familiar, I'm not sure of identities.
Peter Gallipeau is not in the photo according to his brother Rick.
From the Dartmouth Free Press July 4, 1963 (Dr. Estelle Stevens' album)
The standards were high and we received a good education. Mr. Roxburough, a
former Spitfire pilot from Scotland, was the Headmaster.
Mr. J. D. Lorimer was my English teacher and was acting Headmaster in January
1964. He was a Scotsman who had fought in North Africa during World War II
and had been captured. He told us he later escaped from the prison train by
making a hole
in the floor and dropping out under the train. He was very dramatic during his English classes,
often acting out stories. I remember him reading a scary poem (Edgar Allen
Poe?). He closed the window blinds, turned off the lights, and may have lit a
candle. He ALWAYS had chalk dust on his tweed jacket. It might have been he who
did not like students writing notes while he was talking - and he would throw a
piece of chalk across the room and hit your pen hand! We learned to pay
attention! His son John was in some of my classes. On
Halloween, we had to perform before he would give us a treat at his home.
Mrs. Vaila Mowat was my Latin teacher. We learned the correct pronunciation - not
the poor pronunciation as used by the lawyers and certain churches. What did
Julius Caesar (pronounced Yulius Kaisar) say when he first saw Britain and why
did the Britons surrender? Because he said "VENI, VIDI, VICI" (pronounced
weenie, weedy, weakie). The Brits thought he was calling them weenie, weedy
and weakie - and so they gave up. A silly Latin joke (which makes me wonder how
many thousands of years old it really is!) but I still remember how to pronounce the words and what Caesar
Mr. James M. Roxburgh (Hon. London, M.A. Cantab) was our Headmaster. He had been a Spitfire pilot during
WWII. I remember him saying that when he got back to Scotland, he
bent down and kissed the ground. He was an odd sort, and my report card shows
that he did not like me.
Rick Gallipeau firstname.lastname@example.org
remembers Mr. Roxburgh saying: "Never
miss an opportunity."
Glen Heggie wrote in 2007 July The school crest that you show was originally
drawn by my mother (Jean Heggie) in our living-room; I still remember the
lengthy conversations and rationale behind each of the crest's component parts.
Somehow I managed to hold on to the small book of fighter aces presented to "Roxy"
when he completed flight school, indeed the man must have made a significant
impression on me as I dedicated my doctoral thesis to him. Then, of course,
there was his black Alsatian - Sable - and Mrs Walton, our French teacher Mrs
Maxwell, and the gastric challenge of "boarder porridge". Anyway, I just wanted
to establish contact and thank you for creating this site.
Later Mr. T. E. W. Browne became Headmaster (by January 1966).
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Farewell party for Mr. T. E. W. Brown, Headmaster of Dartmouth Academy.
Left to right: E. H. Walsh, Chairman of the Board; Dr. Estelle Stevens,
Secretary; Mr. Browne; Captain (N) M. Anketell-Jones, Vice-Chairman, and Dr.
A. H. (Pete) Stevens. Naval Captain Anketell-Jones died about 2002-2003. Dr. Pete Stevens died in 1985.
I had been told that Mr. Browne had died the day after the photo was
taken, however Mr. Browne's colleagues now report:
"Wing Commander T.E.W. Browne, RAFVR (Ret'd) MA, M.Sc, ARLC, Conway
34-36, known to a generation of cadets when Headmaster at Conway as "TEWB",
is listed in the 1970 Conway Club Membership List as being retired and
residing at an address at Old Quay Lane, Neston in the Wirral."
(Info from M R H Llewellyn, Conway 1947-49 via Steve Budd, HMS
Conway 1971-3 on 2006-05-22)
TEWB was not a Conway student but rather he was staff and at
times, Headmaster there, between 1934-64 with a brief interlude whilst
he left the Ship to fight in WWII. [Info via Steve Budd]
As most students had terrible hand-writing, we all had to buy Osmiroid
fountain pens ($1.50 each with gold nib that you had to suck before first use)
and learn Italic handwriting. Left-handed students such as my brother David, had
a special nib with a bend in it. As I recall, spare nibs were 35 cents each.
They were gold plated and we had to suck them to remove the wax coating to allow
the ink to flow smoothly, and one quickly learned to suck the nib BEFORE one
filled the pen! The pens had a lever on the side and one placed the nib of the
pen in a bottle of black ink, pulled the lever down, and then up again, all
without knocking over the bottle!
Our uniforms consisted of a blue blazer with school crest, a school tie and
grey trousers (see class photos below).
|The dreaded report card! Cover and
blank page from a 1964 Dartmouth Academy report card. [click on images
to enlarge them] You don't think I'm going to show you my filled in one - do
Our physical training was very strict. We wore white shorts and T shirt for
sports. As we had no proper playing field, we ran several miles through
Dartmouth to a large playing field overlooking the harbour where a Holiday Inn
was later built I believe). I recall hearing the news of the assassination of US
President John F. Kennedy when I dropped in to visit my family en route one day
to the sports field, and then racing to catch up to the others and pass the word to my disbelieving
Larry Peacock, Stewart Churchill, Donald Steele, Patrick Ankatell-Jones
(whose sister Judy went to the girls' school in Halifax) etc.
Where are they all now I wonder? Some such as John Lorimer have surfaced through
the means of this web page.
Colin Macgregor Stevens seaforth72 (at) gmail.com
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1967 issue of THE QUILL magazine written by the students.
1967 Quill crossword puzzle. Click to enlarge.
Some of the Students
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PHOTO OF STUDENTS IN UPPER III (?), 1966. Photo by Mrs. Mowat, Latin
Teacher and Home Room Teacher for this class.
- Greg Welsh (far left)
- Allan Ferrier
- Neil Jacobson
- Colin Stevens (front centre) (Now in Mission, BC 2005)
- Gordon Stokoe
- Peter Hope-Simpson
- Gerald Tanner
- Kevin Murray
- Donald Steele (Now in Windsor, ON 2002)
- David Miller
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PHOTO OF STUDENTS from Rick Gallipeau. Rick is front and centre. Colin's brother
David Thomas Stevens is in the centre rear standing in a grey sweater with
a tie. Far right: Larry Peacock I believe. Leftmost aisle, third from back
(small boy with red hair, blazer, tie and white teeth smile) is Larry
Peacock's brother, Sandy.
|Upper I in 1966-1967. Photo submitted by Bryan
GIRLS ADMITTED TO DA
- "I was one of the first girls admitted to DA - I started in 1968 I believe
(memory getting foggy!). My mother was with a friend who was signing her
son up when the board came out of a meeting where they had just decided to allow
girls to attend the school. A lady asked my mother and her friend if they
knew of any girls who would like to come to the academy - where upon my mother
told her most definitely yes, and promptly signed me up. I started in L 3 and
stayed through graduation in 1977."
NAMES OF SOME OF THE D.A. STUDENTS
(whose sister Judy went to the girls' school in Halifax) English family. His
parents now live in France. They used to live in the "Ink Bottle House"
(red mid-1800s 8-sided house by Sullivan's Pond - since demolished.)|
|Bruner, Peter Eric pebep (at) telus.net - Calgary AB - 1969-1977, L2 to U3 (grades 2-9 & ages
|Churlish, Stewart/Stuart ? (either he or
Hope-Simpson has a 12-speed bike as I recall)|
|Etchells, Dave Dave.etchells (at) sympatico.ca |
|Ferrier, Allan (very bright fellow in my
|Gallipeau, Rick rick (at) gallipeau.com
[2002 March 24]|
|Hand, Richard Frederick rhand (at)
|Heggie, Glen heggieg (at) health.missouri.edu [2007
|Lorimer, John (his father was my English teacher) JLORIMER@Ottawahospital.on.ca
[2002Jan 03 living in Ottawa, ON]|
|Maxwell, Matthew (his mother was the French teacher I
|Maxwell, Pete (brother of Matthew?)|
|Nuquist, Clay pootsnuke (at) verizon.met|
|Sandra Oakley-Andrews lilacorn (at) attcanada.ca
(as of 2002 Nov. 23)|
|Peacock, Larry |
|Peacock, Sandy (Larry's brother - red hair?)
See class photo above. |
|Raine, George ???|
|Seeton, Timothy TSeeton (at) msn.com
(as of 2002 Nov. 20)|
|Steele, Donald (In 2002 he is living in Windsor,
|Stevens, Colin seaforth72 (at) gmail.com
(Eldest brother of Dave & Rob)|
|Stevens, David treewind (at) bc.sympatico.ca
(brother of Colin & Rob)|
|Stevens, Robert (1962-2001) (Brother of Colin
& Dave) http://bcoy1cpb.pacdat.net/rob_stevens.htm
|Jeff Thornhill JThornhill (at) baf.com |
|Welsh, Greg now in Victoria, BC (2003 March)
gregwelsh (at) shaw.ca |
Others as of Nov. 2002
OTHER FAMILY NAMES FROM THE 1960s SCHOOL COOKBOOK
|Marlborough (a teacher?)|
THE OLD "WATERING HOLE"- CRICHTON PARK CONFECTIONERY
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This was the nearest candy store as I recall. In the mid-1960s when this
photo was taken, I remember that a bag of Scott's (Scotties?) potato
chips cost 5 cents. A licorice twist cost 2 cents. A bottle of pop was
10 cents I believe, and we complained when it went up to 12 cents for a
16 Oz bottle of Coco Cola.
Notice all the kids hanging around the store? One is arriving on a wagon
and another on a tricycle. The blond boy to the right of the doorway is my youngest brother Rob Stevens.
STORIES FROM OTHER STUDENTS
raineg (at) nb.sympatico.ca
Monday, January 28, 2002 8:41 PM
I was delighted to come across your home page and the
souvenirs of Dartmouth Academy. I attended from 1966-1968, Lower
VI and Upper I, as I recall. I left the following year and
attended Institut Montana, an international school in Zug, Switzerland.
Following that I went to Queen's University, accomplishing little but
meeting my wife of the past 27 years.
I worked in Ontario, where I began a career in Human
Resources with Stelco. Since 1992, I have lived in eastern Canada
-- back in Dartmouth until 1998, when I moved to Moncton and took a
position as Vice President of Human Resources with the Irving Group of
Companies based here [a branch of the family business headed by Robert
Irving, one of KC's grandsons].
Like yourself, I was a reservist, having served in the
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada [the Lincs and Winks sister
regiment, having protected one another's flanks in the old 4th Cdn Armd
Div]. I later served with the Princess Louise Fusiliers in
I remember little of the Academy, although I can still
wield the Osmiroid. Do you recall another Spitfire pilot, a
science teacher named Bayliss? 5 Sqn, flying Spit XIVs off the Red
Road in Calcutta on combat air patrol over Burma. Many of the
names on your page are familiar: I particularly recall Hugh Cullum
[father was an architect] and Brain Dauphinee. I once ran into
Malcolm Cooper in Ottawa -- many years ago -- he was doing a Masters in
military history at the time.
George Raine [Capt]
|John Lorimer JLORIMER
Thursday, January 03, 2002 9:24 AM
A friend of mine from Dartmouth stumbled across my name on your site and
I`ve been meaning to respond for a while. I don`t really know the
whereabouts of many from Dartmouth Academy. I do see Patrick A-J
[Ankatell-Jones] every so
often in England but I gather your mothers still keep in touch so I`m sure
any news you have is more current than mine. My father in fact died last
Fall after some years of bad health, otherwise little news. Best wishes
John L [John Lorimer]
What a marvelous surprise to find your web-site with a section on the
Dartmouth Academy. It’s been about 35 years since I left the school but
every now and then I recall Mr. John’s sing-song voice or any of the
other “ characters “ who still appear from out the mists of memory.
Although I attended the school a little after you did ( c.1970-71 ) some
of the surnames rang bells. I suspect I knew the younger brothers of your
The masters must have changed by “ my time “ too, but Mr Bayliss, and
his flying chalk, still figure large in my memories. Mr. Sainton taught
French, Mr. Longley inspired us all with English Literature, Duncan Coates
aided us in Latin and dear old Mr. Johns, late PO in the RN, taught Math.
Mr. Gregory was the Head, ‘though we seldom saw him except to wait
outside his door for retribution. Mrs. Azamakas (sp?) tried to stoke our
artistic fires, to little avail I suspect.
The students I can recall are as follows;
Nodwell – a minister’s son.
Hansen – a champion paddler who later attended Carleton University in
Adams – from Toronto.
Glen Heggie 2007-07-18 heggieg (at) health.missouri.edu
"My goodness I can't believe
that I found this site - looking at the newspaper article from the 1963
closing I see myself on the extreme right in the front row (I was in Lower V
at the time). The school crest that you show was originally drawn by my
mother (Jean Heggie) in our living-room; I still remember the lengthy
conversations and rationale behind each of the crest's component parts.
Somehow I managed to hold on to the small book of fighter aces presented to
"Roxy" when he completed flight school, indeed the man must have made a
significant impression on me as I dedicated my doctoral thesis to him. Then,
of course, there was his black Alsatian - Sable - and Mrs Walton, our French
teacher Mrs Maxwell, and the gastric challenge of "boarder porridge".
Anyway, I just wanted to establish contact and thank you for creating this
Glen Heggie, EdD, FCAMRT
Chair, Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences"
Missouri, USA (He was formerly in Alberta)
pootsnuke (at) verizon.met
Along with My brothers, Wade and Ryan Nuquist, we attended
the Academy from Fall 1968-Summer 1971. Wade started out in Upper 1, I was
Lower 5 and Ryan was Lower 3 . Our father was a U. S. Navy diving
officer on an exchange duty diving program set up between the US
Navy and Canadian Navy. Wade knew Paul Hanson and actualIy received this
website info from him and passed it on to me. I also recall some of the
teachers names as well, Mr. Longley always had a joke to tell. Mr. Sainton
chewed on his beard alot and always pronounced everyone's name with more
of an accent when our grades were poor. Mr. Johns rambled. Mrs. Greenaway
always let the "little ones" have the chocolate milk, even though the
older ones paid more for it. Duncan Coates was tossed out the window in
the snow from the 1st floor room on numerous occasions. Mr. Stanley
(History) was so intrigued with our American History Encylopedia that my
brother brought in, discussed that the American version of the Revolution
showed that a letter was intercepted from General Cornwallis, where the
British/Canadian version stated the letter was "lost." There was this
Math/Science teacher from Pakistan who always would change the classes
from one to the other and always slammed his book on the desk and
would yell, " When I say it's Mats, It's Mats!!!"
We were involved with a speed reading program
that was established.
Some of my classmates names from Lower 5
(1968-69), Lower 6 (1969-70) and Upper 1(1970-71) : Colin Brison, Harsh
Mishra, Tom Barton, Brian Baker, David and Peter Vincent (twins- they were
skiers), William Philips, Jaime Lampugh, Simon Gregory (Mr. Gregory's
son), Jaime Fowler, Gregory Heinz. I am sure that my parents have some
more info that I would like to gather.
Just figured I would add a few lines to this
that you could use if you wanted. Hope this brings back some more
memories, even though we attended later than you.
My family left Dartmouth the summer of 1971 to
return to Maryland then my dad retired to Florida where my two brothers
have also settled. I have returned to Maryland to pursue my line of work
in medicine. I did return to Nova Scotia in 1985 but limited time kept me
from looking for the Academy. Thanks for bringing back some memories to
Found you site by way of a link on Facebook.
I was at the
academy 1964-Feb 1968.
I was one of the four (Gregg Welsh, Larry
Peacock, Sandy Peacock and myself) who won scholarships in 1964.
Your site brings back many memories.
In this picture:
I am in the near aisle at the back (blazer,
tie and glasses)
I recognize some of the guys (I think)
Sitting on the desk (to my back left grey
sweater) is John Devlin?
To my immediate left John Perkins (black
blazer , no glasses)
Two seats in front of me Sandy Peacock
I am sure I will remember more names later.
Keep up the good work.
Dave.etchells (at) sympatico.ca
Scholar winners were:
Thomas Peacock (Sandy)
[NOTE FROM COLIN STEVENS: I remember Sandy Peacock and Greg Welsh.]
JThornhill (at) baf.com 2008 Jan 25
... I started at the Academy 1972 and
graduated in 1978. The year 1972 marked a year that they decided to
call grade 7 " Transition" ,as it was a year of leaving elementary school
behind, and preparing for the rigors of Upper School. It was great to see
the names on your site. I would love to have mine added.
Head of Chezzetcook,
Nova Scotia Canada
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