Townsend Old Girls Database


Updated : December 28, 2003

Kate Allwright (nee Gillman) ("Kathy") : Matopos 1980-1986;  School Prefect 1985 & 86, Academic colours 1984, Toastmasters Award 1985;  Left Bulawayo in 1987 to attend university at UCT. Graduated 1994 with Master of Arts, English Literature. Moved into the publishing world, and worked as Assistant Editor on a "business-to-business" publication for the South African clothing and textile industry. Married Mark Allwright in 1998 and became a full-time mom to Matthew, born in January 2000. We emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in May 2001 and have started our new life here. Mark works in the IT industry and I am still a full-time mom, and we hope to extend our family in the near future. Canada. Kate Allwright <>

Shirley Andrews
(nee Needham) ( Bunny) :  Townsend 1960-1964; I'm another spectacular non-achiever ! We were the first year to do 'O' Level rather than Cambridge. I did pass that, started A Level, then moved to Sinoia High and did M Level instead. Is anyone in contact with Jill Welsh ? She was in my class. I know they moved to Zambia, when it was Northern Rhodesia;  Career? Lab technician, secretary, now I'm a Statistics Officer and drive SAS software. I'm looking forward to retirement so I have more time for the things I want to do. Sports? Never much good at that, except horse-riding. Married Graham Lloyd and we had a daughter Janis who is now 24 and gets married next year. I am now married to Jeff.  Australia. 
Shirley Andrews <>

Louise Barow (nee Donsky) (Lou) : Zimbabwe 1961-1965; O'levels; Secretarial. Married in 1968 - three children - Nadia, Ian and Paul - all now married. Becoming a grandmother for the first time March 2001 and again in July 2001.  Zimbabwe. Louise Barow <>

Lynette Barrowman (nee Meeser) : Matopos 1969-1972; Worked for Bulawayo Service Station for 10 years. Married Alan Bryant had two children a son aged 19 and daughter aged 17. Divorced in 1990 remarried in 1998. Living in Botswana. Would love to hear from any classmates from C1. Looking for Diane Gorrett nee Dunlop. Botswana. Lynette Barrowman <>

Shelagh Bolton (nee Bradley) : Carnegie 1964-1969; I was classroom captain throughout my schooling at Townsend. Played all the sports I could except for Swimming; After leaving school I went to live in London for 18 months with my twin sister Karen. On our return my sister got married and I left Rhodesia and came to live in SA ( Durban). This is were I met my husband Del Bolton. We have been married for 21 years. I have three stepsons ( 34, 32, 30 ). South Africa. Shelagh Bolton <>

Zoe Brest (nee Carew) : Matopos 1978-1981; Physiotherapist to Zimbabwe Rugby and Soccer teams notably physio at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Now a private practitioner working from home in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe. Zoe Brest <> 

Christine Broughton (nee Gilmour) : Matopos 1966-1970; School Swimming Team, House Vice Captain ??. O Level and M Level; Living in Brisbane Australia. Accountant - P A with Accountancy Firm - Married - three grown up children - 26 24 20 - all boys - two lawyers and one still studying - became a grandmother this year (2001) - little girl. Having a wonderful life. Enjoy socializing and travel. Did trip to SA and Zim in June 1999. Would love to get hold of a copy of the school magazine for the year 1965 - my O level year. Australia. Christine Broughton <>

Pam Buchanan (nee Campbell) : Zimbabwe 1965- 1969; Went to Rhodes University. Then onto Harare and married in 1974 to Chris Amira. Divorced then remarried to Peter Buchanan in 1984. Moved to Durban and then to Edinburgh Scotland in 1987. No children. Working in PR in the heritage, Scottish tourism industries. Sister Jill (ex Townsend/Milton, left 1964) also living in Mull of Kintyre, Scotland. She has 2 sons. Both of us have fond memories of 'those' days !! The Scottish dancing we learned in the Nash/Gilchrist classes are tested at many a Scottish Ceilidh !! Scotland. Pam Buchanan <>

Jill Bullock : Vumba 1965-1971; Prefect, vice House Captain, gym team, colours for hockey. Completed 'M' level; Joined BSA Police, continued playing hockey (O.M's) & basketball, played for Matabeleland. Got married in 1975, travelled Europe and USA. Left Byo in 1982 & settled in Durban. Had my daughter Robyn in Durban. Joined Price Forbes Insurance Brokers in 1983 (now Alexander Forbes) - manager for our sales teams in KZN & corporate clients personal insurances. Divorced in 1987. Robyn is with me & doing a degree at Varsity College. Still keep fit & am involved in road running. South Africa. Jill Bullock <>

Added Dec 2003 Sally Doucette (nee Wall) : Townsend 1976-1982;  Left Zimbabwe in 1986 when I married my American husband. We both work for the US Embassy and have been all over the world. Currently in Mexico City and hope to return to Asia for our next assignment. We have two children, Natalie born in 1997 and Michael born in 1999. Our house is filled with African things and part of our hearts will always remain there. USA/Mexico. Sally Doucette

Barbara Ecob (nee Waterhouse) : Zimbabwe 1964-1969; Worked at Barclays Main Street and Abercorn Street. Married Rob in 1976 and moved to Pietermaritzburg. Have 3 children - Nadine 22, Douglas 14 and Scott 12. We moved to Cambridge, Ontario, Canada in 1999. Canada. Barbara Ecob <>

Lesley Fraser (nee Magwood) : Inyanga 1970-1974; O Levels, M levels, Oh dear! Nothing else; I am an established artist here in Kloof,  SA, painting in oils and drawing in pastels, pencil and charcoal. I also draw onto ceramics. I am married to Iain Fraser (Hamilton High) with 2 children, Scott (17) and Emma (16). We have been here for 20 years but return to Byo often on holiday. South Africa. Lesley Fraser <>

Sandra Ferros (nee Ashton) ( Sandy) : Zimbabwe 1960-1964; Joined Barclays Bank Abercorn Street and worked there until 1969 moved to Barclays Bank in Salisbury. Met my husband in Salisbury - Al Ferros (ex Prince Edward), married in 1972 lived in Greystone Park, had two children Scott (1974) Lara (1977) moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1981. Have been selling real estate since 1987 and now reside in West Vancouver. Canada. Sandra Ferros <>

Heather Gordon-Hall (nee Gordon) : Maleme 1974-1979; Prefect 1979; Married, four children, lived all over Canada. Now in BC on the coast and happily settled. Am a librarian/teacher. Canada.  Heather Gordon-Hall <>

Added Dec 2003 Heather Griggs (nee Palmer-Jones) : Vumba 1969-1973;  Hockey colours, althletics, netball, swimming, tennis;  Joined BSAP for 3 years then worked in the travel industry. Married 1982 moved to Johannesburg, then to Durban in 1990. Have two sons 18 and 15. Divorced in 2001. Live in Mt Edgecombe and play golf. South Africa.  Heather Griggs

Beryl-Jane Henderson (nee Gillespie) (B-J) : Zimbabwe 1976-1981; Loved sports - swimming and hockey especially. Also played netball and tennis. Games captain - 1980, Deputy Head Girl - 1981. Always participated in school plays, organising dances etc.; Went to Cape Town university - BSc (Mech Eng) 1985; MBA 1991 - class Gold Medallist. Married Rob Henderson, met at university. Son of a Mashonaland tobacco farmer. Rob and I travelled the world for a year or so, did our MBAs fulltime together, then settled in Vancouver, Canada in 1994. We know have 3 gorgeous girls - Meaghan (b. 1995); Claire (b.1996); Holly (b.1998). Our door is always open to TOGAs and Zimbabweans. Canada. Beryl-Jane Henderson <>

Ronda Lowrie (nee Lovemore) : Townsend 1958-1962; Spectacular non-achiever, but winner of school trophy for piano five years running, sharing with Jane Barrett on two or three occasions. And 4 distinctions for Cambridge S.C.; Worked at Barclays Bank Jameson Avenue, Harare, then Scotfin Bank. Married in 1972 and have two daughters, Sian (1973) and Erin (1974) both still single. Moved to Johannesburg in 1984 from Harare, but visit Zimbabwe often as we love and miss it. My husband is lucky enough be a shareholder in a successful pub/restaurant business, The Brass Monkey, near our home in Fourways - and I keep the books. Have marked this site as a "favourite" !! South Africa. Ronda Lowrie <>

Jennifer McGregor (nee Thysse) : Inyanga 1960-1964; No great academic achiever although I enjoyed school, 1st Team Hockey, 1st Team swimming, 2nd Team Tennis; My career started at CABS in Bulawayo and after marriage to Campbell moved to Malawi where I worked for Standard Bank. I have no children, divorced and currently living in Durban working for the NBS (30 years service). I have run and walked the Comrades, played provincial hockey in both Matabeleland and Malawi. Durban is a great place to be and I am very happy sharing my life with Mark. South Africa. Jennifer McGregor <>

Jennifer McWade (nee Botton) : Kariba 1972-1976; School Swimming & Squash teams; Married in Byo in 1980, emigrated to Durban in 1981, where I worked as Manager of Rennies Travel until 1993 and then opened the Natal Branch of Galileo. Remained there until 1997 and was offered a job in Dublin, Ireland as General Manager for European Reservations Centre for Radisson, & Regent Hotels which I accepted and have been enjoying the Irish way of life since then. Have 2 children (Nick 20 and Hayley 18) both here with us in Ireland. My husband Garry McWade works for the Radisson St Helens Hotel, Dublin. Very happy here except still yearn for Africa every now and then !!  Republic of  Ireland. Jennifer McWade <>

Morag Magnussen (nee Innes) (Mogs) : Matopos 1963-1968; Prefect, House Captain, Hockey Captain -colours, Rhodesian Schools hockey. Team swimming, diving, squash, gymnastics - not netball ! No great academic achievements... ; Bsc.UED from University of Natal - played more hockey SAU need I say more !! Taught at Empangeni High School, then Mitchell Girls' High in Durban and lectured at Edgewood College of Education Pine Town. Played provincial hockey -1978 married Derek and moved to Cape Town - 2 daughters, Siubhan and Meghan. Joined Colleen (Sullivan ex-Byo - Eveline) to start PC payroll software company - Paywise - installing and teaching use of application-1995 to date, Joined Pick'n Pay as Payroll Systems manager. No more hockey - now passionate about golf and snow skiing. South Africa. Morag Magnussen <>

Added Dec 2003 Tashatha Majaye : Zimbabwe 1994-1997;  Form captain somewhere along the line; Well back in Bots and I'm currently at the university of Botswana completing a BA. I must say I feel rather young...come on guys, there's gotta be an old girl my age somewhere!!!! I was in 4a2 at time of leaving. Botswana. Tashatha Majaye <>

Christine Minto (nee Williams) : Kariba 1978-1982; Vice House Captain, Several Drama Awards; I am currently an IT Manager and I am married with 2 boys living in Sydney. Australia. Christine Minto <>

Diana Nixon : Zimbabwe 1967-1972; House and school prefect; U.S.A. (Temporarily!)
Diana Nixon <>

Elaine Norris (nee Aitchison) ("Aitch") : Carnegie 1961-1965; No great achiever just the usual exams, played tennis and also swam a bit.; I worked in Barclays Bank, Selbourne Ave. Bulawayo before leaving to travel and then live and work in the USA for a few years. Am now living in UK and have a financial consultancy business with my husband. England.
Elaine Norris <>

Charmaine Rous (nee Dumas) (Charmy) : Kyle 1977-1980; Immigrated to South-Africa in 1981 after writing my "O" Levels in 1980. Lived in Johannesburg and subsequently matriculated. Obtained my degree in Veterinary Science from Onderstepoort, Univ of Pretoria, in 1988. Married another vet in 1989 and after practicing in Jhb for a couple of years moved to Colesberg, Northern Cape. Two kids, Lesleigh and Rory, 8 and 6 respectively.  South-Africa. Charmaine Rous <>

Helen Senior (nee Sherfield) : Zimbabwe 1982-1988; Deputy House Captain, Head Librarian, Prefect; Moved to London in 1992, married Graham in 1997, worked as an Accounts/Admin Manager in Canary Wharf till 1999, left work to become a full time mom to Benjamin, moved to Skegness to live near the sea ! England. Helen Senior <>

Added Dec 2003 Wendy Smith (nee Dacomb) : Zimbabwe 1976-1982; Worked at Coopers & Lybrand in Bulawayo for many years. Emigrated to UK in 2000, to join my sister Sally Dacomb. Have 2 lovely children - Hayley (16) and Anthony (8). England. Wendy Smith

Added Dec 2003 Patricia Stapleton (nee Becker) : Matopos 1955-1959;  School Prefect, Matopos House Captain, Netball colours. Beit Scholarship;  Married with two children and five grandchildren. Graduated Rhodes University 1963. Now living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Patricia Stapleton

Laraine Van Der Merwe (nee Dauth) : Carnegie 1973-1976 : 1st Athletics team; Married, 2 children, working in financial environment. South Africa. Laraine Van Der Merwe <>

Margie Walker (nee Sayers) : Townsend 1961-1966;  I was a boarder in Townsend House, became a House and School prefect and did A levels at Milton. Don't think there was much academic recognition in my time but I did do fairly well academically;  attended Maritzburg Varsity after school and met my husband, Keith, there. Married and stayed on in Maritzburg where I taught at Epworth. Have two children, Susan (24) and Michael (21). When they were small I did an interior decorating course and Keith and I have run our own Interior Decorating business for the past 20 years in Hillcrest, Natal but recently relocated to Kloof. Have served as National President of The South African Guild of Interior Designers and remain on the executive committee. Would love to hear from old friends - life passes us by so quickly and we are always very wrapped up in our own businesses. South Africa. Margie Walker <> 

Nyria Wheeler (nee Bradley) : Carnegie 1965 to 1969;  Played in 1st tennis partnered by Linda Cowley. Played 1st team netball; After school worked at Halsted Byo. Got married to Rodney in 1973. Has my first son Michael in 1977 and Ryan in 1979. 1980 left Zims for Jhb. Lived there for 9 years working for my brother-in-law Ashleigh McNabb as the accountant. Then in 1991 left Jhb to join my sister Ann in Durban and have since opened up a Home Industry Shop at the La Lucia Mall. My eldest son Michael lives in the UK and Ryan at home. If ever in Durban please come and visit. South Africa. Nyria Wheeler <> 

Dianne Wonacott (nee Lines) : From: ?-1959; Spent three years at Rhodesia Railways Ledger Office. Left Byo Sept 1962 to see the world.  Spent three years in London, took side trips to Europe. Moved to Toronto Oct 1965 and have been here ever since. Married a Canadian, have two children ages 34 and 29, have three grandchildren. Teach Philosophy and lecture in Canada and the U.S.A. One day I will return to Bulawayo. I still have my friend Clare Campbell (Munn) in Byo and we keep in touch. My sisters Mary, Patty and Susan who also attended Townsend High live in the U.K. Canada. Dianne Wonacott <>

Thea Woodman (nee Coom) : 1972-1977; Qualified as a Commrcial Artist at Byo Technical College, and now work for magazine publishers in Cape Town doing page make-up and designs. South Africa. Thea Woodman <>

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