BY KEITH JACKSON
FORTY YEARS SEEMS A LONG TIME in abstract. It also seems an eternity when we project forward. But as we look back, it seems to be not much further than this time last year. Such are the elastic perceptions of time.
This photograph, provided by Barbara (Neasmith) Short (fifth from left in the front row) pictures the teaching staff of Brandi High School as they were in 1971. "It was a very good year at Brandi," writes Barbara. I can assure Barbara that it was a very good year wherever we were. I happened to be enjoying myself at Radio Bougainville in Kieta.
The image is characteristic of the time: short skirts; neat, belted shorts with (except for one miscreant, excused because he's the agriculture master) long socks; open necked shirts for the Sepik tropics; youthfulness (plenty of hair still on head). A fine body of young men and women.
Pictured (back): Miss M Peters (home science); V Martin (history, maths); CA Baker (headmaster, guidance); J Renaud (maths master, science); Miss G Holland (english, science, physical education); J Phillips (science, music); J Hughes (science master, drama); Mrs P Miller (art, social science); P Lorimer (social science master); K Kiou (maths, social science); N Gregory (english, social studies); M Petchell (maths, science); (front) DC Chester (deputy headmaster, agriculture); C Freeman (commerce, agriculture); G Miller (english master, drama); A Loi (manual arts); Miss B Neasmith (geography, music); J Yandanai (manual arts); Miss B McDonald (science, english); D Lillyman (agriculture master); Mrs A Cassidy (social science, english); T Rabona (manual arts master); H Kaiyaoko (maths, physical education); Fr W Shadeg (english, social studies).