Historical information

Dr Gary Presland advised the following in October 2020:

"In 1959 my parents bought a house in Church Street, Panton Hill. For about three and a half years previously, they had farmed a property 15 km south of Echuca, before moving, briefly to Melbourne.

After moving to Panton Hill, I was enrolled at Eltham HS, in Form 2 (Year 8). I completed that year, and in 1960 was in Form 3A (at which time the photograph was taken).

To reach the school, I caught a bus each day, from Panton Hill.

Early in 1960, my parents decided to separate. My mother left with the youngest two of my three siblings, leaving me and a younger brother with our father in Panton Hill. My brother was in Year 7 at the High School. After a few months, my father and I had a falling out and my brother and I left home to join our mother in South Melbourne. For the remainder of the 1960 school year we travelled each day by train from Melbourne to Eltham.

In 1961 I was enrolled at Melbourne Boys High School, which was the nearest secondary school to where I was then living."

Physical description

Black and white photo print 12.5 x 20.5 cm

Inscriptions & markings

Written in pencil on back:
"Gary Presland - 4th from left, back row
Eltham HS, 1960"

Also stamped in purple ink on back
"Classic Photos"