Beside my house, there is a special spot in the sun....for you

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©Würmer on June 8, 2008

best way to have a pool: in neighbor's garden! ;-)

Looking forward to your photos from Tonga ...which reminds me of some stamps in my childhood collection probably covered by decades of dust in some forgotten attic corner...

Ian Stehbens on June 30, 2008

Glad that you explored my neighbourhood on GE, a little, Ian. Wish I could show you it, in person.

Tonga was great, but I had a gross computer failure so now waiting for my technician to recover files from my hard-drive. Problem in developing countries, for no one can afford to have adequate anti-virus software and every thing imaginable is carried around on USBs!! We learn from mistakes, I guess... and trusting too much, when the obvious evidence suggests great caution.

Thanks for your interest in Tonga.


PS: The neighbour almost never enters his pool! But he pays for it to be cleaned regularly. That's why it is good to live on the other side of the fence from a pool!

retnilps on October 18, 2008

Hi Ian Your photos brought back memories for me as I lived in Burnside Homes from 1950 to 1961. The tower is the Robertson Home where i lived from age 7 to 12. My memories are vivid and mostly pleasant. Burnside was a good place to be raised except for the lack of one on one communication with staff. If you had a problem it was yours alone. It took me a long time to sort out all my thought processes, at age 48 in fact. I now live in the west have been involved in mining most of my working life. Noe semi-retired I keep busy as a JP and Bailiff in a small country town 760kms NE of Perth. Thanks for the pics. Regards Dennis J. Shaw JP

Ian Stehbens on October 18, 2008

I am pleased indeed to hear from you, Dennis, and to learn of your life from the snippets you have shared. I noticed that today was ex-Burnsiders Reunion Day, so it is very timely that you should respond. I have come to appreciate the history of this precinct. I currently live in "Strathalbyn" and work in "Lincluden". I think that in your years "Strathalbyn" was the Secretary's residence. Perhaps I should upload images of all the former Burnside Homes for the benefit of other ex-Burnsiders.

So warm greetings from Burnside to WA.

Kind regards,


retnilps on October 18, 2008

Hi Ian I for one would appreciate any photos of Burnside. Yes the annual reunion was yesterday. I have been to one since I left in 1961. Living in the west does create a travel problem/s. Strathalbyn was indeed the secretary's residence. (Mr Gordon Hardie) I believe he became the Superintendant after the passing of Mr Monty Ross. I think he had a daughter a couple of years my junior. If other Burnsiders read these words, it would be great to hear from them. My email is Regards Dennis J. Shaw JP

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