Old boy moved to es­cape school bully

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in South Townsville, and he en­rolled at Ross Is­land State School.

But af­ter two weeks he trans­ferred to Cen­tral State School, in North Ward, af­ter what he de­scribed as a run- in with the school bully.

Mr Hollins later lived and worked all over Queens­land, mak­ing sad­dles and bri­dles, grow­ing sugar cane, buy­ing and leas­ing prop­er­ties and once nar­rowly fail­ing to be elected to State Par­lia­ment.

In 1969 he was the old­est mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Sugar Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Bul­letin re­ported on March 12, 1969, that other exs­tu­dents at the re­union had in­cluded Mrs Les­lie Alexan­der and Mrs Elsie Rick­er­ton, daugh­ters of James Gor­don ( Ju­nior), the first pupil to en­rol at Townsville’s first school

That will teach you for be­ing a pimp. You had

bet­ter not pimp in fu­ture

when Cen­tral March 1869.

James Gor­don, later a pi­o­neer of the North’s cav­alry horse ex­port trade, was a son of Townsville’s first po­lice mag­is­trate, James Gor­don ( Se­nior).

His class­mates in­cluded James Mor­rell, 5, [ also spelt Mor­rill], son of the late Jimmy Mor­rill, a true pi­o­neer hav­ing been adopted by the first peo­ple of Mount El­liott af­ter sur­viv­ing a shipwreck in 1846.



The school taught boys and girls sep­a­rately be­tween 1876 and 1936.

A reader con­tacted the Bul­letin re­cently with the fol­low­ing story from the mid- 1930s, when he was a boys’ year four/ five stu­dent.

Their class­room was next to the schol­ar­ship class, taught by a World War I vet­eran who oc­ca­sion­ally passed out, an af­ter­ef­fect of be­ing gassed.

“We used to play sport on Fri­day af­ter­noons and one par­tic­u­lar Fri­day Cen­tral was play­ing in the rugby league grand fi­nal against South Townsville,” the reader said.

“I heard the grade sev­ens ask­ing the teacher if they could go out and barrack for the school team and he said ‘ no’.

“Then the teacher passed out and the boys snuck out – there were sep­a­rate boys’ and girls’ classes then.

“But one kid stopped be­hind. When the teacher came to there was only one boy left in the class­room.

“I heard the teacher ask him what had hap­pened and the boy say­ing he had told them they couldn’t watch the football. ‘ Come out here,’ the teacher said.

“He grabbed the cane and gave him a cou­ple of cuts on each hand. ‘ That will teach you for be­ing a pimp,’ he said. ‘ You had bet­ter not pimp in fu­ture’.”

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