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8 Dec 14

John Slee (1941-49)

 

70 years ago, in 1944, John Slee (1941-49) was awarded the inaugural John Bradner Leworthy Hill Trophy.

 

The prize was donated by the Hill family following the death of their son John who died in a horse riding accident in Kings Park at the age of 13. John was a well-liked boy who was a good all round student and his parents wanted their prize to go to a boy who displayed those same characteristics.

 

John Slee was honoured to have received that first prize having been a good friend of John Hill whilst at Hale.

 

He was even more honoured to have been invited back to the School, seventy years on to award this year's prize to Lachlan Carey at the Middle School Speech Morning.

 

John is pictured here with his prize, the works of William Shakespeare. He was delighted to hear that Lachlan had also been awarded the Cygnet Poetry Prize - and encouraged him to read plenty of Shakespeare.