Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these interviews do not necessarily reflect those of Shore.

EGP Sayers and RV Minnett oral history interview

Sayers MinnettPart 1 length: 0:33:28 download Part 1. File size is 32.1MB.

Part 2 length: 0:6:10 download Part 2. File size is 5.9MB.


Interview date: 21 Feb 1971

Minnett and Sayers left Shore in 1904 and 1903 respectively. 

In the interview: find out what Minnett's opinion on cricket players from Bradman to the Chapel brothers, and life at Shore in the very early days.

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John Read oral history interview

John Read Length of interview: 01:41:51 download audio file. File size is 146.7MB.

Interview date: 30 Apr 2013


John was aged 103 at the time of this interview. He left Shore in 1928, just prior to the Great Depression, having failed the Leaving Certificate.


Nonetheless, he carved out a career in insurance, which was interrupted by the Second World War. Initially he was deemed to be too old to serve but his experience with boats and sailing saw him eventually enter the Navy, where he worked on a number of vessels, the most prominent being HMS Ajax. John was Officer of the Watch on the night of 6 June 1944, D-Day, with Ajax standing off Gold Beach, supporting Allied soldiers who were going ashore.


John passed away peacefully in 2013 aged 104.


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Margaret Orchard oral history interview

Margaret OrchardPart 1 length: 01:06:05 download Part 1. File size 63.4MB

Part 2 length: 0:59:26 download Part 2. File size 57MB.


Interview date: 24 July 2007

Margaret Orchard first came to Shore from 1973 to 1975 to teach music and play the organ for Chapel services. She returned in 1983 after raising her family and developed a programme in the Preparatory School. Margaret retired at the end of 2006, becoming the longest serving female staff member at Shore (26 years). She had worked at Shore for three headmasters: BH Travers, RAI Grant and Dr TA Wright. 


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