Looking Back - 1939 to 2011 - the Autobiography of Robert V. J. Padula, OAM

1953 Camberwell High School

1941 - Bikes and Cars
1943 - Hiking - Hills and Coasts
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 1
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 2
1944 - Growing up in the War Years - Part 3
1945 - Auburn schooldays - Part One
1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Two
1945 - Auburn Schooldays - Part Three
1945 - Upwey and the Puffing Billy
1945 - Gramaphones and Record Players
1946 - Flinders St Station
1946 - Astronomy
1946 - Beach and Swimming Adventures
1946 - Going to the Pictures
1947 - Adventures at the Altona Bungalow
1947 -The Listener-In Magazine
1947 - Balwyn WIldlife Sanctuary
1948 - Fishermen's Bend Aerodrome
1948 - Radio Australia QSL cards
1948 - Excursions
1949 - Australian Rules Football
1949 - Radio Monitoring at Auburn
1950 -Trains and Ships
1950 - Radios for Communications
1950 - Radio Listening Clubs in Australia
1950 - World Radio TV Handbook
1950 - Shortwave Radio Propagation Research
1950 - Medium Wave Radio Propagation Research
1950 - Radio and Hobbies Magazines
1950 - Discovering shortwave radio at Auburn
1951 - Photography
1951 - Competitions on local radio stations
1952 - Camp Buxton - YMCA Shoreham
1952 Tennis and Ten Pin Bowling
1953 - Stamp Collectiong
1953 Camberwell High School
1954 - Royal Visit to Melbourne
1954 - Shortwave Radio reception at Auburn
1956 - Melbourne's Olympic Games
1956 - Trainee Telecommunications' Technician
1957 - Trainee Technician - field work
1957 - National Service Registration
1958 - Laverton Air Show
1958 - MOOMBA Parade
1958 - Trainee Technician - field work
1959 - The move to Mont Albert
1960 - Working at Deepdene Telephone Exchange
1963 - Trade Unions, Staff Associations, Industrial Relations
1964 - Senior Technician work in the Melbourne CBD
1964 - Project support for Radio Australia
1964 - Project support for Radio Australia
1964 - Amateur Radio
1964 - Media Writing
1964 -Travels
1964 - Engineering Support for International Broadcasters
1965 - Professional Employment with PMG/Telstra
1967 - Professional Qualifications - Institution of Engineers Australia
1967 - Australian Radio DX Club Photo Gallery (to 1979)
1972 - Wireless Institute of Australia
1972 - Natural disasters in Melbourne
1980 - Australian Radio DX Club Gallery (to 1995)
1981 - Award of the Medal of the Order of Australia
1995 - Padula Books
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Oldtime Australian Radio Drama from the 1930s
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Radio Monitoring Clubs in Australia - 1920 to 1949
SPECIAL CHAPTER - Melbourne Picture Theatres - History - 1906 to 1970

1953 - Form 3A - author in bottom row, third from left

CHS - 1953 (author's pic)

The Camberwell High School Song

Words by Miss Egan, Music by Mr Hallett

School of our youth, to thee we give our heart
Through thee we strive to play a worthy part
Give us the strength to follow truth and right
And ever guide our thoughts towards the light.

Through thee we learn, the game exceeds the prize
Let us not yield till the foe is faint and flies
And in the hour when victory is done
May we in charity forgive wrongs done.

When we look back, at close of life's long day
May we feel proud that we chose a nobler way
With courage and faith to always strive for right
School of our youth be still our source of might.

"Disco Consulere Aliis"

Note: Mr Hallet and Miss Egan were senior CHS teachers in 1955.

Some of the author's Form 5 friends of 1955, at the 2007 reunion

Some of the author's Form 5 friends of 1955, at the 2007 reunion







I attended Camberwell High from 1953 to 1955, in Forms 3, 4 and 5, after having completed Forms 1 and 2 at Auburn Central Primary School in December 1952.

had just turned 14 when I started at CHS.

The school is located on a 3.2 hectare site in Prospect High Rd, Canterbury, which lies about 12 km from Melbourne's CBD.

In its Website. it declares itself as a " forward-looking school with a wonderful legacy of multi-storeyed cream brick buildings on an impressive site, including extensive new developments and facilities".

CHS began in 1941 with over 350 girls and boys, and enjoys a reputation that has led to a higher demand for places than the school can accommodate. The current school population is capped at 1200 students.

MY attendance at this school was by circumstance, not by choice. At the end of 1952, I had been offered a four-year Scholarship  for the prestigious Scotch College, due to my exceptional academic performance in Forms 1 and 2 at Auburn Central Primary School.

Sadly, the Scholarship was cancelled, on the basis that entry was conditional on both parents being Anglo-Saxon - as my father had been born in Italy, this was considered to be inconsistent with the entry requirements.

As an alternative, I was offered an Free Place at Camberwell, for Forms 3 to 5, which repesented a very small amount of money to help with my books, fees and uniform.

Nopwadaysm\, diasciriomation for secindary edication is illegal, but it wasnpt in the 1950s.

My fanily and I were shattred, so I trundled off to Camberwell, where I breezed thrhough Fiorms 3 to 5 with high acadfemic scores.




2011 - CHS

Some of the author's 1955 Form 5 friends at the 2007 reunion

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