At Killarney School

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Donal Carr

I was enrolled at Killarney School in Dalton Avenue, Mosman in 1944 and 1945. I recall that in my first year there I had to lie down and be quiet after lunch. I have few other recollections apart from the sports day on the former grass tennis court where I took part, not very successfully, in egg and spoon races and sack races.

In my second year there I was given sewing lessons which didn’t really impress me as a boy.

In those World War II days, I recall that the double decker buses were painted in olive green camouflage markings, the trams too, I suppose.

Many boys progressed from Killarney School to Mosman Prep School, in Raglan Street, as I did in 1946.

Donal Carr · 26 January 2012

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Hi Donal. I too remember the egg & spoon races. I was recently sent (by my sister Jan) a copy of the 1944 Killarney School Concert programme. I note your name appears (as well as mine) amongst many others. Would you like me to send you a copy – you may recall several others. I found it fun to see how many I could remember.
Incidentally I believe the school was located in Dalton Ave (rather than Killarney St.) The building still stands although the school itself moved (in 1973) to Belmont Rd.

— Michael Stuckey · 1 January 2017, 22:13 · #

I remember Donal v. well and have a number of other recollections I hope to share when my plans for a reunion of ex-Killarney 1940s students come to fruition. The ad I placed in Sydney Morning Herald RSVP section 18/19 March 2017 was most productive initially and has been ever since with the idea snowballing! At 19/5/17 I have 31×1940s pupils who are interested in a get-together in order to share memories and photos. One pupil even has a sports trophy from that era and hopefully we shall eventually have enough memorabilia for a ‘show and tell’ !
Interested past students may contact me on Have received only two photos to date and would like many more please!

— Rosalie Lucas nee Newell · 19 May 2017, 13:58 · #

My uncle Warren Garlick, his wife Glad and their two daughters Lynne and Dale lived at number 33 Killarney Street, Mosman for over 40 years. We use to visit regularly and I loved to climb the stairs in their house. The backyard was small, I think most of the block ran down the side of the hill. It was very exciting as John Laws lived in the house on the block below.

— Robin Corban (nee Webber) · 11 July 2018, 21:51 · #

My wife Laura lived on this street back in the 80’s growing up. Didn’t realise Mosman has such a rich history.
Please whatever you do, keep this site up.

— Takumi Fuji · 3 May 2020, 12:41 · #

Hi Robin, my name was Dell Clayton and I lived in 35 Killarney St, next to the Garlicks and remember them well. I also remember that John Laws lived in the house below.
My sister and I used to walk up Killarney street to Spit Road and down Awaba St every day to go to Queenwood School!
- Dell Moore (nee Clayton)

— Dell Moore · 25 March 2022, 18:53 · #