Glenda Love (front left), Mavis Shannon, Jill Neilsen, Bill Gillespie (back left), June Thompson, Alison Scott and Keith Dobbrick at the Newtown State School 1943 reunion on Saturday.
Glenda Love (front left), Mavis Shannon, Jill Neilsen, Bill Gillespie (back left), June Thompson, Alison Scott and Keith Dobbrick at the Newtown State School 1943 reunion on Saturday. Nat Bromhead

Students visit Mavis 60 years on

MAVIS CARLSON only taught at Newtown School for two years, but her students loved her so much they still come and visit her – more than 60 years after she retired as a teacher.

More than a dozen former students reunited this week at the home of their old teacher, who is now Mavis Shannon and lives at Maryborough’s Chelsea Retirement Village.

Mrs Shannon was born at Nikenbah and began her teaching career at Rosedale State School near Bundaberg, where she taught for two years.

She then moved to Oakwood State School, also near Bundaberg.

“She rode her pushbike about 12km each way every day and she told us there was a magpie that attacked her – she thought it was because of her red hair,” son Ken Chapman said.

During World War II Mavis taught at Kureelpa in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and marked the student’s assignments by kerosene light.

Then she returned to her hometown and took a position at Maryborough Central Infants school for a couple of years.

Her final posting was to Newtown School, now Maryborough West, where she taught in 1946 and 1947 before retiring.

“She got married and taught until just before she had my brother Geoff,” Ken said.

“Mum was close to her students.

“They loved her as a teacher and she kept in touch with them and went to a lot of their weddings.

“They still visit her at the retirement village.”

‘They loved her as a teacher and she kept in touch with them and went to a lot of their weddings. They still visit her at the retirement village.’



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