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The Trovato Link

November 15, 2012

Helen Robinson

Archaeologist Jessica Radcliffe arrives in Cape Town for holiday and, almost immediately she is caught in a web of intrigue and misdirection, as she struggles to escape the unknown enemies who threaten her.

This is the beginning of a dangerous journey which will transport her back to the baffling past events of South Africa. What are the secrets of the wealthy and powerful Van Steen family and are they linked to the Kruger Millions?

Does the answer lie at Trovato House where her sister and family live or must she journey further afield? Can she trust the attractive Johnny Van Steen who appears so willing to help her?

They begin a roller coaster ride to untangle – at whatever cost – the mysterious elements of the puzzle which confronts them.

Written by Helen Robinson and published by Houghton House November 2012

More information to follow.

1823 Slave Lodge Census

November 9, 2012

Search the 1823 Census of the Slave Lodge in Cape Town.   The lodge was situated at the top of Adderley Street almost at the entrance to the Company Gardens and opposite the hospital. Although the slaves were sometimes better educated than local populous their daily chores were not attractive. Whilst the men were made to carry buckets of human excrement down to the beach,  the lodge was turned into a whorehouse where the local men could have their way with the women. There were almost equal slave men to woman and sometimes couples in the lodge were given permission to get married.  Browse the record here.

Many of the slaves qualified as skilled artisans whilst working for their owners. Masons, blacksmiths and carpenters were just some of the trades. Many slaves whilst being sent to work on farms that were well cultivated with wheat and vineyards. Slaves owned by the colonists were not permitted to marry until 1823.

Jeppe High School for Boys Year Books 1906 – 2008

November 8, 2012

Jeppe High School for Boys is the oldest known school in Johannesburg. The school was founded originally as Saint Michael’s School in 1890 in Johannesburg, four years after the gold rush that founded that city. Start searching now for your Jeppe Old Boy ancestors or family members.

In 1896 it was bought by the Witwatersrand Council for Education, which was concerned with the education of English speakers in the Dutch-speaking South African Republic. In 1897 the school was renamed Jeppestown Grammar School after the German-born philanthropist Sir Julius Jeppe. The school was closed during the Second Boer War but was reopened soon after by the educationist Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner, and renamed Jeppe High School for Boys and Girls. In 1911 the school moved to its present site in the suburb of Kensington. In 1919 a separate girls’ school, Jeppe High School for Girls was formed. Originally playing soccer, it switched to rugby union in the 1930s, and has since produced four Springbok internationals and one international coach. It also has a preparatory school.

Coming soon – Admission registers. Would you like to help volunteer to capture these records? Please contact us.

The magnificent stone buildings were built in 1909 on land donated by Sir Julius Jeppe. They were designed by Ralston, a student of Sir Herbert Baker. The Prep School, also initially a private school, occupied the buildings in Troyeville that the High School vacated when it moved to new premises. Building of the new Prep School commenced in 1916 on land also donated by the Jeppe family. In 1919, after the First World War, the Girls’ School was established in their new buildings further down Roberts Avenue and the Boys’ School became Jeppe High School for Boys.

Notable old boys

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Gallery:Cemeteries Bethlehem Free State

November 7, 2012

Assegais, Drums and Dragoons

November 3, 2012

Author Willem Steenkamp with be giving an interesting talk at the Cape Town Family History Society’s last meeting of the year on his new book called Assegais, Drums and Dragoons.

When: 17 November 2012
Where: St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, Wynberg
Time: 2:15 for 2:30

For more information contact David Slingsby on 021-7155104 or Ann Smythe 021-7946225

‘This book is about the genesis of the South African foot soldier of today – that small, usually dirty, frequently over-tired and often hungry figure – without whom an army cannot ring the gong of victory. He did not spring up full-grown out of the ground. He grew to what he is today through an evolutionary process that took several centuries.’

– Major-General Jack Turner & Brigadier-General John Lizamore

What motivated a small multiracial force of Cape-born soldiers – whites, coloureds and Malays – to put up such stiff resistance at the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, in spite of odds so overwhelming that even some long-serving professional soldiers broke rank and ran? This was the intriguing question that launched author Willem Steenkamp’s research. It was an investigation which eventually took him back to 150 years before Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape in 1652, and involved examining the social as well as the military history of the Cape.


What Steenkamp discovered differs from what most South Africans think about that period, and he corrects a number of serious misconceptions not only about the soldiers of 1510-1806 but about the social and political development of the Cape. For students of the Napoleonic Wars, the book provides new information about a forgotten aspect of that conflict; for the ordinary reader here is a story no-one has ever told before in its entirety.


Assegais, Drums and Dragoons: A Military and Social History of the Cape is a well-researched and fascinating account that now illuminates a previously lightless corner of South African military history.

Maritzburg College Admission Registers 1876 – 2010

October 26, 2012

Maritzburg College celebrates their 150th Anniversary in 2013 and we are helping them by transcribing the entire school admission registers. The school was founded in 1863 and is the oldest boys high school in Kwazulu Natal.  In these registers you will find out when they were born, parent’s names, when they entered the school and when they left.

Maritzburg College 1897 1st XV Rugby Team












But also you will find out what their fellow teachers thought of them and see what characteristics and traits they had. We found poor Tracey Robinson was listed as being “Idle, rude and backward”, Alan Moodie born 1871 was given a character as “imbecile”, James Welch Meldrum born 29 June 1873 was noted as being “sombre and dull” but Paul Bernard Stratham was noted as “a genius and amiable but irregular”.

Start searching now through the first 20 years or browse to find out what your ancestors “character” at school was.

Can you help volunteer to transcribe these records? please contact us now

Maritzburg College was founded as the Pietermaritzburg High School in 1863 to accommodate the influx of children arriving at the new city of Pietermaritzburg and its surrounding farmlands within the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. As the school swelled, “the best-trained [architect] in the Colony”, PM Dudgeon, was commissioned to design – on the then outskirts of the city – a larger classroom and boarding block, which was completed in 1888 and later became known as ‘Clark House’, honouring the school’s third headmaster, Mr RD Clark (MA (Oxon)), who is often referred to as ‘the Father of College’.  Clark House is a Pietermaritzburg landmark and carries South Africa’s heritage seal, certifying it as a national monument. A similar honour was bestowed on the school’s Victoria Hall, the building of which commenced in 1897 (Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee year) and which served as a British Army hospital from November 1899 until July 1900 during the Second Boer War.[8]

List of notable Old Collegians (selected) (by year of matriculation)

  • •    Kenneth Hathorn (1865), judge
  • •    Sir Henry Bale (1870 dux) KC, KCMC, Colony of Natal cabinet minister and Chief Justice
  • •    Lt-Col Henry Nourse (1874c), founder of Nourse Mines, founder of Nourse’s Horse, first president of SA Amateur Athletic & Cycling Association, member of International Olympic Committee, first chairman of SA Olympic Committee, president of SA Lawn Tennis Association
  • •    T Cochrane (1882), South African senator
  • •    Maj-Gen WEC Tanner (1884), Chief of Staff of Union of South Africa Defence Force (UDF) and battlefield commander at the Battle of Delville Wood (1916)
  • •    John Herschensohnn (1886), Provincial Secretary (Natal)
  • •    Percy Taylor (1892) OBE, South African senator
  • •    Lt-Col Bertram Nicholson (1893) CMG, CBE, DSO, MC, Resident Commissioner: Swaziland, Officer Commanding: Imperial Light Horse (Swaziland Troop)
  • •    Henry Hosking (1895), South African senator
  • •    Dr Charles Loram (1895), Director of Education (Natal), founder of SA Institute of Race Relations, Professor of Education: Yale University
  • •    Peter von M Anderson (1898), President South African Chamber of Mines, Chairman Union Mining Corp
  • •    Walter E Thrash (1902), South African senator, MPC, Judge President of Natal
  • •    TB Horwood (1906), judge, Rhodes Scholar
  • •    Ryle Masson (1907), judge
  • •    A Radford (1907), South African senator
  • •    Joseph Brokensha (1908), judge
  • •    Dr Reginald Banks (1909), Director of Education (Natal)
  • •    HSK Simpson (1910), South African senator
  • •    C ‘Bill’ Payn (1910), South African national rugby player, multitalented provincial sportsman (five sports), renowned as the ‘Man who ran the 1922 Comrades Marathon in his rugby boots’, holder of the MM
  • •    HG ‘Nummy’ Deane (1910c), captain of South African national cricket team
  • •    Col Dr Oswald Shearer (1910), South African senator
  • •    Prof Edgar Brookes (1911), South African senator, South African representative to the League of Nations
  • •    Dr George Campbell (1911), Chancellor: University of Natal
  • •    Herbert Cleverly (1913), judge (Nigeria)
  • •    FR Shaw (1914), judge
  • •    JJ Boshoff (1915), South African senator
  • •    Capt CW Byas (1915) RN, OBE, commander of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen
  • •    Alan Paton (1918), author of Cry, the Beloved Country and political activist
  • •    Philip J. Nel (1921 head prefect), captain of ‘the Greatest Springboks’ of 1937 – the only South African national rugby team to have won a test series against the All Blacks in New Zealand
  • •    Capt J Lloyd (1924), commodore: Safmarine fleet
  • •    Dr Bernard Armitage (1925), Chancellor: University of Natal
  • •    PE Pakendorf (1926), Bishop Berlin Missionary Society
  • •    Kenneth Pakendorf (1927), ambassador to Japan
  • •    Hubert Freakes (1930), Rhodes scholar, England national rugby union team player (killed while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II)
  • •    Dr Solly Levinsohn (1935 dux), Director of Education (Natal)
  • •    Howard Odell (1935), South African senator
  • •    Lt-Gen Keith Coster (1936), OBE, General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Rhodesian Army, Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of South Africa
  • •    Brigadier Sydney Bristow (1937 head prefect), Commissioner of the British South Africa Police (BSAP), Legion of Merit (Rhodesia)
  • •    Lt-Gen Bob Rogers (1938), DSO, DFC, Chief of the South African Air Force, South African national shottist whilst still at school
  • •    EAT Smith (1938), judge, Attorney-General (Rhodesia), Grand Officer of the Legion of Merit
  • •    GNT Charlton (1938), Woltemade Cross for Bravery (gold)
  • •    Dr ND Clarence (1938), Vice-Chancellor and Principal: University of Natal
  • •    Dr Raymond Adie (1941), OBE, Polar scientist, winner: Polar Medal and Fuchs Medal
  • •    Harold Strachan (1941c), liberation struggle bomber
  • •    H du P Wilmot (1943), President of the Associated Chamber of Commerce of South Africa (ASSOCOM)
  • •    Cuan McCarthy (1945), fast-bowler in South African national cricket side
  • •    Dr Ivan Hattingh (1948), director of the World Wildlife Fund
  • •    DJ Jackie McGlew (1948), captain of South African national cricket team
  • •    Rear-Adm Paul Wijnberg (1950), OC of Natal Naval Command, South African Navy
  • •    Fawcett Bestall (1950c), captain of South African national hockey team
  • •    Brian Irvine (1950 head prefect), captain of Junior Springboks rugby team, President of the Natal Rugby Union
  • •    Dr Julian Biebuyck (1951), Professor of Medicine (anaesthesia) at Harvard Medical School
  • •    Spencer Sterling (1951), President of the SA Chamber of Business, Chairman of the SA Motor Corp
  • •    Rt Revd Michael Nuttall (1951), Bishop of Natal, Elsie Ballot Scholar (University of Cambridge)
  • •    Graham Sweeney (1951), President of Dow Chemicals (Canada)
  • •    Keith Oxlee (1952), vice-captain of the South African national rugby team
  • •    Jim Watson (1952), captain of South African national polo team, awarded SA Sports Merit Award
  • •    Tut Marwick (1952), captain of South African national swimming team
  • •    Cedric Savage (1955), Chairman of the Tongaat Hulett Group, President of the SA Chamber of Business, captain of South African national water polo team
  • •    Dr Malcolm Forsyth (1953), composer, Order of Canada
  • •    A Saulez (1953), MD of Grinakers
  • •    Oliver Hart (1954), President of the Association of Law Societies of South Africa
  • •    Terence Craig (1955), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    Brian Edwards (1956), MEC, captain and coach of South African national hockey team
  • •    Robert Pickering (1956c), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    James McClure (1957), author
  • •    Peter Miller (1958), MPC, MEC, cabinet minister: KZN
  • •    Bruce Mackenzie (1959), CEO of Philips SA
  • •    Donald George MacLeod (1960), MD: Illovo Sugar, Natal cricketer, President: Natal Cricket Union
  • •    Julian Herman (1961), concertmaster: Amsterdam Concertgebouw
  • •    ML McLachlan (1961), Rhodes Scholar, SA swimming international
  • •    Brig-Gen Peter ‘Monster’ Wilkins (1963), GOC: Southern Air Command, South African Air Force
  • •    David Ryder (1963), captain of South African national hockey team
  • •    Maj-Gen Ian Deetlefs (1964), Chief of Defence Reserves, South African National Defence Force
  • •    Rear-Admiral Steven Stead (1966), Chief of Naval Staff operations, South African Navy
  • •    Paul Harris (1967 head prefect), co-founder and CEO of Rand Merchant Bank Limited and CEO of FirstRand Bank Limited
  • •    Kevin Swain (1968), judge
  • •    Duncan Hindle (1969), Director-General (Education)
  • •    Maj-Gen Hugh Paine (1969), Chief Director of Force Preparation, South African Air Force
  • •    Graham Mackenzie (1969), Member of Parliament (Congress of the People Party), President of the Sharks (rugby union) (2012)
  • •    Darryl Bestall (1970 head prefect), captain of South African national hockey team and South African cricketer (SA XI)
  • •    Ian Rogers (1975), international rugby referee
  • •    Andre Bredenkamp (1975), mountaineer, climber of the seven summits, two-time conqueror of Mount Everest
  • •    Clint Rafferty (1975), captain of South African national shooting team
  • •    Allan Olivier (1977), CEO of Grindrod Limited
  • •    Gary Strydom (1978), Mr USA, bodybuilding
  • •    Graham Ford (1978), coach of the South African national cricket team
  • •    Craig Jamieson (1979 head prefect), the first Natal rugby captain to lift the Currie Cup (1990), 1995 Rugby World Cup Tournament manager
  • •    MJ English (1979), captain of South African national fishing team
  • •    Clark Rattray (1980c), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    Donovan English (1981), captain of South African national polocrosse team
  • •    Sean O’Sullivan (1981c), captain of South African national polocrosse team
  • •    Clive Cole (1981), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    Chris Frost (1982), winner of the 2010 Cape to Rio Yacht Race
  • •    Bruce ‘Buster’ Mackenzie (1983), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    Michael Brown (1983), CEO of Nedbank Limited
  • •    Craig Egberink (1985), winner of the 2011 Mongol Derby
  • •    Joel Stransky (1985), South African national rugby player
  • •    Jonty Rhodes (1987 head prefect), South African national cricket player
  • •    Wilhelmus ‘Wim’ Visser (1987), Italian national rugby player, and member of the first Italian team to win a Six Nations Championship match (vs Scotland)
  • •    Selby Williamson (1988), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    Donovan Cech (1990), South African national rower, bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games
  • •    Brendon Dedekind (1993), captain of South African national swimming team
  • •    Craig Joubert (1995), international rugby referee who officiated in the final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup
  • •    Pieter Dixon (1995), South African national rugby player
  • •    Steven Evans (1996c), captain of South African national indoor hockey team
  • •    Stewart ‘Sugar’ Erskine (1997c), captain of South African national polo team
  • •    Shaun Morgan (1997), lead singer and guitar player of the band Seether
  • •    Kevin Pietersen (1997) MBE, captain of the England cricket team
  • •    Butch James (1997), South African national rugby player
  • •    Chad Erskine (1998), USA national rugby player
  • •    Sean Jackson (2000c), captain of South African national hockey team
  • •    Peter Grant (2002), South African national rugby player
  • •    Darian Townsend (2002), Olympic gold medallist in Athens, 2004 – member of the 4x100m freestyle world record relay team
  • •    Wade Paton (2006c), captain of South African national hockey team
  • •    David Miller (2007), South African national cricket player

Source Wikipedia


Gallery:Photographs – Edrich Collection

October 26, 2012
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Ancestry24 Member Connect

October 24, 2012

Did you know that you can send other “Tree Owners” message on Ancestry24? You can contact them and ask for either information on their tree or might even find out that they are your long lost relative? This fantastic tool is available to paid members to send but unpaid members can only receive. Find out how it works.

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2. Click on the Title of the person in the tree


3. Click on the tree owners name


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If you are a paid member you can send messages but anyone can recieve.

Thaba Nachu Wesleyan Baptisms

October 24, 2012

In 1833 a Barolong tribe settled near the mountain of Thaba Nchu and in 1836 their chief, Moroka, assisted the Voortrekkers when their cattle were driven off by the Matabele, after the Battle of Vechtkop. After Moroka’s death his successors quarreled and in 1884 the district of Moroka, as it was then called, was annexed. to the Orange Free State. In 1893 a town was established.

Search now through these 250 plus records of the Thaba Nch Wesleyan Baptisms or browse through them here.
Originally the district of Moroka, it was de-proclaimed in 1895, when it became a ward of the Bloemfontein district. Later reinstated as the district of Thaba Nchu, it bordered on the districts of Bloemfontein in the west, Brandfort and Winburg in the north, Winburg and Ladybrand in the east, Wepener and Dewetsdorp in the south. In the west and south the border was formed by the Modder River and in the south-east by the Leeu River.
In 1972 parts of the original Thaba Nchu district were incorporated in the adjoining districts of Bloemfontein, Dewetsdorp, Ladybrand and Brandfort. The Excelsior area of the Winburg district was combined with the eastern part of the former Thaba Nchu district to form the Excelsior district. These changes were brought about by the establishment of a homeland for the South Sotho people. The Bantu area was proclaimed a district with the name of Thaba Nchu. and Selosheshe as its principal town. In September 1973 the Moroka Hospital with 336 beds was opened.
Old Voortrekker routes and the grave of Moroka have been marked with bronze plaques by the Historical Monuments Commission. Besides Thaba Nchu.

St. Andrews Bloemfontein School Magazines

October 23, 2012

Ancestry24 has had the privilege of digitising the St. Andrew Bloemfontein School Magazines from 1906 until 2008.

These year books provide wonderful insight to where you ancestors were educated, what sports they participated in and if they excelled at anything.Even more interesting is that we found Brett Kebble and the infamous Glenn Agliotti who both matriculated the same year in 1974 at St. Andrews. Did any of your family members attend St. Andrews in Bloemfontein? If so we would love to hear from you.

St. Andrews Form VI A 1926

St. Andrew’s was founded on 16 November 1863 by Bishop Edward Twells as the Diocesan Grammar School, and was located in a building now known as the Old Raadsaal in St George’s Street, Bloemfontein. The first headmaster was George Clegg.

In 1874 the school was renamed St. Andrew’s School when it moved to new buildings on the corner of St George’s Street and Church Street. The headmaster at this time was Reverend Douglas McKenzie. The foundation stone of the first St Andrew’s is preserved alongside the current chapel.

In March 1899 new buildings were built for the school; these were however only occupied for a few months before being requisitioned by the British Army during the South African War and the school closed.

At the conclusion of hostilities in 1902, the facilities were appropriated for use by the new Oranje Meisiesskool, which still occupies the premises.

Bishop Arthur Chandler worked for a number of years to reinstate the school, and the school reopened in January 1916 on its present site on General Dan Pienaar Drive. Canon E. Ford served as headmaster until the end of 1916.

Volunteers – we are looking for volunteers to help transcribe the admissiom registers – really fascinating stuff!!!! email us here if you can help please.

Notable alumni and former members of staff

  • Colin Hickling (1957), Mayor of Bloemfontein in 1985 and formerly Vice-Chairman of the SABC board.
  • Brett Kebble (1981), controversial mining magnate who was shot dead in 2005
  • Guy Kebble (attended St Andrew’s, but completed his schooling at Bishops, Cape Town), rugby Springbok (1993 to 1994)
  • George Mazarakis, Executive Producer, Carte Blanche (TV series)
  • Richard Laubscher, former Chief Executive Officer of Nedcor Limited and Nedcor Bank Limited, prominent personality in South African business
  • Christian “Bunny” Ashley-Botha, teacher and Master of the Choristers (1970s), appointed to the position of Director of Music at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School in 1980, a position he held until his retirement
  • Professor Phillip Tobias (1943), Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, world-renowned paleo-anthropologist. He is best known for his pioneering work at South Africa’s famous hominid fossil sites, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the evolution of humankind.
  • Gordon Forbes (1950), international tennis player
  • Peter Carlstein (1956), cricket Springbok (1958 to 1964)
  • Lindsay Tuckett (1936), cricket Springbok (1947 to 1949)
  • D. J. “Daan” de Wet, teacher, 1st XV rugby coach, Master of Chandler, rugby prop forward for the Orange Free State provincial team (1970s)
  • Gert Grobler (1969), teacher, rugby coach, played for Orange Free State provincial team, currently (2008 – 2012) S.A. Ambassador to Japan (formerly Ambassador to France)
  • Stuart Smith (1975), hockey Springbok (1981)
  • Kevin Arnold (1973), vintner of the Waterford Wine Estate in the Western Cape.
  • Ian Eloff (1973), a member of the XV Olympic Winter Games (1988) organizing committee.
  • Fred Brownell – former State Herald and responsible for the final design of the new South African flag
  • Glenn Agliotti (1974), known as “the Landlord”, a close friend of Brett Kebble, consultant to JCI Limited, and a friend of the one-time National Police Commissioner and head of Interpol, Jackie Selebi.
  • Wilson Dunster – well-known South African actor married to Elise Cawood, also a well-known South African actress
  • Roger Crawford – Director of Johnson and Johnson SA – a subsidiary of the international Johnson & Johnson organisation. Has twice been President of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and was heavily involved in the implementation of the Sullivan Code of Conduct in the 1980s.
  • Michael Crawford – who has been one of South Africa’s major property developers and is a former Chief Executive Officer of Retail Property Projects and a Director of Grinakers.
  • Philip Pantelis (1992)- Represented and Captained South Africa in Tae Kwon Do.
  • Mark Trip (1991)- Represented South Africa in Tae Kwon Do.
  • Mann Oelrich – represented South Africa at polo
  • George du Rand – current South African swimmer
  • Kevin Shirley – (a.k.a. The Caveman) is a music producer and mixer for many artists, such as the bands Journey, Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, Marya Roxx and Dream Theater
  • David Freer – well known sci-fi author

Headmasters from 1863-1899

  • 1863 – 1868, Mr George Clegg
  • 1869 – 1871, The Rev. Charles Clulee
  • 1872, Mr E.W. Stenson
  • 1872 – 1873, The Rev. John Widdicombe
  • 1873 – 1879, The Rev. Douglas McKenzie
  • 1880 – 1883, The Rev. Arthur Borton
  • 1884 – 1885, The Rev. Hon. Albert Lyttelton
  • 1885 – 1886, The Rev. Charles Scratchely
  • 1886 – 1887, The Rev. Barron Moore
  • 1888 – 1894, The Rev. John Bell
  • 1895 – 1899, The Rev. Horace Orford

Headmasters in the modern era (1916 to current)

  • 1916, Canon E. Ford
  • 1917 – 1946, Mr F. W. “Oubaas” Storey
  • 1947 – 1957, Mr E. L. Harrison
  • 1957 – 1967, Mr N. C. H. “Jumbo” Ferrandi
  • 1968 – 1974, Mr B. Thiel
  • 1974 – 1984, Mr W. I. O. Patterson
  • 1985 – 2006, Mr R. A. “Flash” Gordon
  • 2006 – 2007, (Acting) Mr J. E. Bridger (Old Andrean)
  • 2007–Present, Mr C. Thomas (Old Andrean)

Source Wikipedia

If you tell us about any other notable persons who atteneded this school, we would be delighted to hear from you.