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ASH, Neville Thomas (1932-2018)

ASH, Neville Thomas (1932-2018)

Staff member, Neville Ash, was a gardener at Geelong College for 24 years.

Born on 15 August 1932 he commenced with the College as a groundsman on 25 July 1966 and retired in 1997. He had previously been employed at Stinton's nursery From December 1957 to July 1965 and later at a nursery in Leopold.

Ad Astra in 1997 reported his retirement: 'Neville Ash came to the College in 1965, when Mr Thwaites was the Principal. He was appointed by Bruce Jamieson, then the Bursar, as a gardener to look after the Principal's garden. ln later years he became involved in all aspects of grounds work, including those at the Prep. School. His specialty was roses, and the pruning of the apple trees about the school (one in the grounds of Davey House and another in the Vice Principal's garden). After 32 years, he is looking forward to enjoying spending time with his family and working in his own garden, which has a wonderful variety of roses.'

Sources: Ad Astra December 1966; Ad Astra September 1997 p7; Ad Astra December 2018 p61.
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