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More than 60 years after he left Scotch
College, Owen Davis (’54) still fits into his old
school blazer, cap and tie.
He was among the many people who
attended the Centenary Celebrations in
November, marking 100 years at Penquite
Campus, and the launch of a new book on the
history of Scotch College Preparatory School.
Mr Davis’s links with the College have
continued over the years, through his on-
going association with Collegians, his children
and grandchildren, donations to the College
archives – including some rare Horton College
memorabilia – and his support of Old Scotch
Mr Davis, 81, of Launceston, was a Prefect,
St Andrews House Vice-Captain, athlete,
rower and courageous football captain two
He was educated at Ross Primary and
Campbell Town Area School before attending
Scotch College from 1950 to 1954.
Five of his seven children attended the
College, and four of his ten grandchildren,
including two current pupils, Hamish Knowles in
Year 7 and Oliver Knowles in Year 5.
His children are: Ann Davis (’76), Jane
Holman (née Davis) (’78), Linda Knowles (née
Martin), Jason Martin, Chantelle Demian (née
Davis) (’95), Elizabeth Davis (’98) and Adam
But his links with the College date back
through the generations. Mr Davis’s grandfather,
two great uncles and two great aunts all
attended Horton College, the forerunner to
MLC. The number of direct family members
who have attended Horton, MLC, Oakburn,
Scotch or Scotch Oakburn now totals 19.
Mr Davis left College at 17, part way
“We had a general store in Ross and I had to
come home to work,” he said.
“All I was doing that last year was playing
sport – I wanted to be a captain for a third
year in a row – and helping with teaching
when they were short of teachers.”
His daughter, Linda Knowles said: “He has
done a lot of hours at the Junior School with
his grandchildren and he loves Grandparents’
day. He relishes hearing about what my boys
have been up to at school. ”
As he surveyed the innovative facilities of
the Helix building at the Penquite Campus,
Mr Davis added: “I have a soft spot for the
“I like the company and I love the grandkids.”
Judy McDougall (’43) has lifelong links with
Scotch Oakburn and its college forerunners.
But her association is not just through the
family tradition of attending the College.
Mrs McDougall (née Fysh) also provided
invaluable assistance to the College Archives
following amalgamation, and still regularly
attends Methodist Ladies’ College functions.
Mrs McDougall, 91, remembers her school
days at MLC from 1932 to ’43 with affection.
She was following in the footsteps of her
mother, Jean (née McKenzie).
“I enjoyed my school days,” Mrs McDougall
recalled recently from her home at Norwood.
“I used to run down the hill with a few
minutes to go before the bell went. We lived
up the hill in Stewart St, up near St George’s
“Miss [Mary] Fox was headmistress there
up until my last year at school and then I had
Miss [Gwendoline] Madder.”
Her favourite subjects were History,
Geography and Physiology but she hated Art
and couldn’t wait to drop it. She went to the
technical college to study Chemistry.
Mrs McDougall vividly recalls the
construction and opening of both the Jubilee
Wing [now Mary Fox Hall] and Kate Perrin
Dining Hall in 1935-36 at the Elphin Campus.
The grounds just below what is now the
basketball court were an orchard with plum
and apple trees.
After MLC, Mrs McDougall became a
“The training then was a year of
correspondence from the Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology and then the second
year I worked at the Launceston General
Hospital,” Mrs McDougall said.
“Now it is a four year university course!
“I was interested in anything medical and I
didn’t really want to be a nurse.”
It was a very small department.
“We didn’t have any men in the
department, apart from Dr [William Prout]
Holman, the radiologist, and he used to
come up and have clinics and report on the
films every day, twice a day.
“I worked there for two years after I
graduated – almost to the end of ’47 when
I got married, and of course in those days,
married women didn’t work,” Mrs McDougall
said. “Well, they wouldn’t employ you.”
These were pioneering times for radiology
and Dr Holman was northern Tasmania’s first
radiologist. He had his own small practice at
St Margaret’s Private Hospital in Frederick St,
later to become St Vincent’s Hospital.
After the amalgamation of Scotch and
Oakburn colleges in the 1970s, Mrs
McDougall and another former student,
Margaret Laver (née Beck, 1924-36), donated
many hours of their time to the preservation
of MLC history in the College Archives on a
weekly basis over a three year period.
“Neither of us were archivists but we knew
things had to be preserved so we put them
into a number of photograph albums. One
was on the history of the school and another
was on sports teams.”
Mrs McDougall’s sister, Barbara (’51)
attended MLC from 1938 to ’49. Mrs
McDougall’s children – Andrew (’66), of
Melbourne and Alison (’76), of Adelaide – are
also Collegians. She has two grandchildren.
Mrs McDougall with her son Andrew (‘66)
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