Late 60’s Continued

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Competition at Jamaican Games 1966

Competition at Jamaican Games 1966

Competition at Jamaican Games 1966

Competition at Jamaican Games 1966

Right Australians 3rd: J. Humphreys, P. Hardiman, B. Wasley

Right Australians 3rd: J. Humphreys, P. Hardiman, B. Wasley

Jan Beauchamp Finalist in Jamaican 4th Place Foil

Jan Beauchamp Finalist in Jamaican 4th Place Foil

Genesis of successful careers
L-R: Marion Exelby, Greg Benko

L-R: Marion Exelby, Greg Benko

Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent

Greg Benko with Coach O'Brien

Greg Benko with Coach O'Brien

Greg Benko

Greg Benko

Victorian Champion Wendy Kemp

Victorian Champion Wendy Kemp

Victorian Champions To Be

Victorian Champions To Be

Marion Exelby Working on her Fleche Attack

Marion Exelby Working on her Fleche Attack

Marion Exelby Training

Marion Exelby Training

Marion Exelby with her Coach O'Brien

Marion Exelby with her Coach O'Brien

Marion Exelby Training

Marion Exelby Training

Barry Wasley training with Coach O'Brien

Barry Wasley training with Coach O'Brien

Barry Wasley Training

Barry Wasley Training

Marion Exelby at a Display

Marion Exelby at a display with her coach O'Brien

L-R: Terry Chekley, Coach O'Brien, ??, Mtr. Lou Lopata

L-R: Terry Chekley, Coach O'Brien, ??, Mtr. Lou Lopata

Practicing Fleche Attack

Practicing Fleche Attack

Excerpt From American Fencing March 1969

Excerpt From American Fencing March 1969

A Victorian Leading Fencer

A Victorian Leading Fencer

Former S.A Competitor and Coach, Gordon Troup

Former S.A Competitor and Coach, Gordon TroupFencing Master John Simpson and a Former Australian rep. presiding

Jan Fransen's Wedding L-R: Greg Benko, Roger Densch, Michael O'Brien, Jan Fransen, Mrs. Fransen, Carolyn Ketels, ??

12 Year old Greg Benko on his first steps to the Olympics

Bentleigh High Junior Fencers - Robin Ahin, Greg Benko, Michael Czenski

Early days and youngsters with ambition. L-R: Greg Benko, Sandra Gibson, Phillip Laidlow, Neil Bateman, Coach O'Brien, Marion Exelby, Robin Ahin

Bentley High School Athletic Team. Phys. Ed. Coach Mike O'Brien

Bentley High School Athletic Senior Team

University High Carlton Victoria. Teachers vs .Pupils Aussie Rules. Mike O'Brien on Far Right


10 Responses to “Late 60’s Continued”

  1. I was married to Barry Wasley and have just sent the photos of him to his daughters Michelle and Natalie. They were pleased to see them as we had not seen them before.

    • Thanks for showing. Barry was one of my teachers at Highgate Primary School, Western Australia back in the early Seventies. He introduced many of us to the to world of fencing.

    • Hi, I saw a movie tonight about an inspiring teacher and the effect he had on his pupils, which reminded me of my favourite teacher, Barry Wasley. He taught me in 1969 (yr 6) at Amaroo Primary School, Collie. I also remember you Krys, as you taught at the same school (?yr 2). We knew he was a talented fencer also, and I often wondered what happened to him over the years. Would love to hear more about his later life, as I guess he was probably around 26yrs when he taught me. It would be great to see a photo too, if possible. He was an amazing and dedicated teacher.

      • I was Barry’s fencing coach for many years in Victoria. He passed away years ago ,still very young I think there are a few pictures of him on my website If you contact the Western Australian fencing assoc There may be some people who remember him and can assist you Regards Michael A O’Brien

  2. Hello everyone,

    Please help – Would anyone have any PHOTOS or CONTACT DETAILS of JOHN SIMPSON (my uncle) from the 1950’s, 1960’s onwards ! Would be greatly appreciated as I am trying to locate him and his family. He may possibly be in the UK – Many thanks – JENNIFER SIMPSON (Perth Western Australia) email: jsimpson@chevron.com
    – Thank you.

  3. Barry Wasley was my primary school teacher in 1966 at Spearwood Primary in WA. His dedication, patience and sense of humor made school a pleasure, he was great.

  4. Hello Jennifer,

    Somewhere in my files I have a photograph of a group of fencers in the mid 1950’s, John Simpson is one of the group. I knew John well, we fenced together at Sydney Fencing Club until he went to the UK, and we lost touch. He would be about 89 years old now.

    Hope this maybe of interest to you.

    Len Traynor.

  5. In the photo captioned – “L-R: Terry Chekley, Coach O’Brien, ??, Mtr. Lou Lopata”
    ?? in this photo is Alex Djoneff. His brother George also represented VIC at national level.

  6. Hi, regarding JOHN SIMPSON. I used to fence with the Richmond & Twickenham fencing club in SW London, John was with us 1987-early 90’s, I have lost touch but have friends who may know his whereabouts. John was a great character and came with us on fencing trips we did to France and Germany.

  7. Mr Barry Wasley taught me at Highgate Primary School grade 7. I have very fond memories of sneaking into the Assembly Hall to watch him train Fencing to a couple of lucky students. He was amazing to watch.

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