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1960s Dyso’s school days

In the mid 60s Dalkeith student Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson attended Hale School in Wembley Downs.

Peter had a taste for surfing and was a junior member of the Cottesloe Surf Board Club.

This is a collection of his school days memorabilia.

Photo: Mid 60s Hale School class photo (Peter bottom left). Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Hale School Peter Dyson - PD pic h810

We used to trail a fishing line out the back of the rowing boat while training on the Swan River.

Photo: mid 60s Hale Rowing Team training on the Swan River. L-R Neil Davis, Peter Dyson & Ray Tarik. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Hale Rowing Team with fish line at back Neil Davis, Peter Dyson & Ray Tarik - PD pic IMG_0018

Photo: Mid 60s Band Major Peter Dyson leading the Hale School Army Cadet Band. Peter Dyson pic

1960s Hale School Army Cadet Band Peter Dyson Band Major - PD d812

Photo: Mid 60s Band Major Peter Dyson (with mace baton) leading the Hale School Army Cadet Band in a march past parade at Hale School. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Hale School Army Cadet Band Peter Dyson Band Major - PD pic IMG_0036

Photo: Mid 60s Peter Dyson & school mates standing in front of Pete’s Kombi loaded with surfboards. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Hale School Peter Dyson's Kombi & boards - PD pic IMG_0034

I made a 12 ft kayak for my Junior Woodwork exam. It was constructed of timber batons & had a canvas cover made drum tight. I surfed it predominately at the Cove and sometimes Cottesloe & Halls Head.

Back then there were no surfing wetsuits so I used an old school jumper covered with a dive suit top.

Photo: Mid 60s Peter Dyson land surfing on a finless surfboard with school mates. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Hale School Peter Dyson standing on surfboard - PD pic IMG_0009

This following photo was taken at the Cove near Cottesloe.  I am in the group and Ashley Jones is on the right with striped board. He later married my sister Nina and became my Brother-in-law.

Image: 1960s Peter Dyson with Ashley Jones and other college students at the Cove. Media image courtesy of WA Newspapers.

1960s Cove Cottesloe Ashley Jones & Peter Dyson - Daily News IMG_0056

I negotiated with the Headmaster and was instrumental in getting approval for our school to participate in Interschool Surfboard Riding Championships.

Image: 1966 Headmaster’s letter to parents regarding student participation in Interschool Surfboard Riding Championships. Peter Dyson image.

1966 Hale School letter from headmaster - PD image IMG_0006

Image: 1966 Ken Dyson’s (Peter’s dad) response to headmaster’s letter concerning student participation in Interschool Surfboard Riding Championships. Peter Dyson image.

1966 Ken Dyson letter to Hale School - PD image IMG_20160509_0007

In 1965 I won the individual award at the inaugural State Schoolboys individual and Interschool Surfboard Riding Championships held at Scarborough Beach.

In 1966 I was runner-up to Aquinas College student Ian Doig in the Individual section of the State Schoolboys Championships at Scarborough Beach. Scarborough’s Ian ‘Moochie’ Strongman was third.

Images: 1965 & 66 State Schoolboys championship results courtesy of Daily News.

1965-66 Scarborough State Schoolboys comp results - Daily News IMG_001

I went onto bigger & better things in surfing, entertainment & business.

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