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



EGP Sayers and RV Minnett oral history interview

Sayers Minnett 

Part 1 length: 0:33:28

Click here to download Part 1. File size is 32.1MB.

Part 2 length: 0:6:10


Click here to download Part 2. File size is 5.9MB.Unable to embed resource /multimediafiles/EGP Sayers_RV Minnett_OH0113_(2).mp3

Link to transcript
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 brother, and life at Shore in the very early days.


John Read oral history interview

John Read 

Length of interview: 01:41:51


Click here to download audio file. File size is 146.7MB.


Link to Transcript

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, one 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 weaved on a number of vessels, the most prominent being HMS Ajax. John was Officer of the Watch on the night of June 6th 1944, D-Day, with Ajax standing off Gold Beach, supporting Allied soldiers who were going ashore.


John passed away peacefully in 2013 aged 104.




Margaret Orchard oral history interview

 Margaret Orchard

Part 1 length: 01:06:05

Click here to download Part 1. File size 63.4MB

Part 2 length: 0:59:26

Click here to download Part 2. File size 57MB.

Link to transcript
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 program

in the Prep School. She retired at the end of 2006, becoming the longest serving female staff

member at Shore (26 years). She had served under three headmasters: BH Travers,

RAI Grant and Dr TA Wright.