Former St Ursula's teacher to colligate school’s history

HISTORY LESSON: Retired school teacher Barb Tamassy is writing a St Ursula’s College history book for its centenary in 2017.
HISTORY LESSON: Retired school teacher Barb Tamassy is writing a St Ursula’s College history book for its centenary in 2017. Chris Ison Rokchist

YEPPOON'S Barbara Tamassy is taking a step back in time.

For the next two years the former St Ursula's College teacher will spend her days meeting past students and teachers of the college as she prepares to write a history book for the school's centenary in 2017.

Barbara, 69, said she had thought about starting a history book last year.

"I was thinking about the centenary last year and I thought it would be nice to have a history book of some description for the school," she said.

"History had always been a passion of mine and I'd been working on a family history book when I thought the school should have one too," she said.

"The school loved the idea and so I started writing.

"The book is going to be a collection of stories from the past, it's not a chronological type of history book, it's more about the people who went to the school and how the school has changed with the times.

"I think a lot of people have written histories of the area and in the past there's been historical documents about the school but I wanted to take a different angle and wanted it to be more interesting to people, which is why it's more about memories of the people who went there."

"I'll be interviewing some of the current students and people from all eras to really show what life was like at the college over the last 100 years," Barbara said.

"I'm meeting with a 90-year-old lady next week to speak with her and at the moment she's the eldest person on the list.

"I really want the book to be colourful with lots of photos and any sort of little antidotes that people have about their time at the college.

If you are a past student or staff member of St Ursula's College who has a good story about their time at the school, phone Barbara on 4939 9600.

Topics:  centenary history st ursula's college

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