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Academy opening1958 viewsTalented young violinist Ryan Young plays a set of reels during the official opening of the second Hermitage Academy at Colgrain on June 4 2008. On the left of the picture is the Duke of Argyll. Photo by Donald Fullarton.
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1943 Hermitage School class1957 viewsMembers of a class of 13 year-olds at Hermitage School in East Argyle Street pictured during the Second World War, including some evacuees from Clydebank. Back: Jim Arrol, John Osborne, unknown, unknown, Robert Dunlop, unknown; middle: unknown, Bobby Phillips, Ian Gilchrist, unknown, Jack Orr Winton, Roy McKenzie; front: unknown, Henry Brown, unknown. Image supplied by Bobby Phillips.
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CTS Empress Band1954 viewsHarry Wadsworth, Bandmaster, late of the Coldstream Guards Band, with the band of the training ship Empress moored in the Gareloch. She was the second of two charitable training ships for boys, and was in the loch from 1889 until the 1920s, with staff giving a tough and sometimes brutal training to the 300 boys on board at any time. Image circa 1910.
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Top Junior Swimmers1949 viewsFive trophy winners at the Helensburgh Swimming Club prizegiving in the Red Cross Hall, East Princes Street, in October 1968. From left: Jacqueline Craig, Cynthia Mackie, Charlie Cook, Irene McGhie, and in front is Margaret Shields younger sister who collected her award for her.
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The Ragged School1948 viewsHelensburgh's first school was Grant Street School — also known as the Ragged School or the Industrial School — at the corner of Grant Street and East Princes Street. It dates back to 1853 when Government funds were obtained for the erection of a school, and in 1873 it became the responsibility of the Row (Rhu) School Board. It was replaced by Clyde Street School in 1903, and the land was built on in an expansion of the Gas Works.
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Academy opening1947 viewsAmerican guest Dr John Jackson speaks at the opening of the second Hermitage Academy at Colgrain on June 4 2008. He said a few words of greeting on behalf of the school's international links.
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Academy opening1946 viewsVIP guests the Duke of Argyll and the Commodore Clyde, Commodore Chris Hockley, and his wife chat after the official opening of the second Hermitage Academy at Colgrain on June 4 2008.
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The Swimming Pool1941 viewsHelensburgh's outdoor pool. Undated, possible the 1960s.
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Gift of fruit1941 viewsPupils and teachers at Hermitage Park gather to receive a gift of apples from the British Columbia Fruit Growers in Canada in 1951. Miss Lennie presided over the distribution to the children. Image supplied by Cecilia Dunlop.
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1920s burgh class1938 viewsA 1920s Helensburgh school class photographed by W.D.Brown & Co. of West Bay Studio, Helensburgh. Any information about the people in the picture would be welcomed.
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Knockderry Castle, Cove1935 viewsBuilt on the site of a Danish fort about 1855 to the design of the famous architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Knockderry Castle at Cove became the family home of the Templeton carpet manufacturing family. In 1896-7 another famous architect, William Leiper, designed an extension and a lodge for John Templeton, and a famous guest of his at the castle was millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. For some years a hotel, it is now a private residence again. Image circa 1913, possibly taken from the roof of Bellcairn House, looking south.
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TS Empress1935 viewsThe Empress moored in the Gareloch off Rhu. She was the second of two charitable training ships for boys, and was in the Gareloch from 1889 until the 1920s, with staff giving a tough and sometimes brutal training to the 300 boys on board at any time. In this picture some can be seen aloft. Image circa 1910.
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