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Returns To Antarctic
12 September 2002
A born and bred Wicker and now residing in Dundee.
Left Wick 35 years ago along with wife Margaret (nee Harper) and
daughter Linda who is now married and lives in
Berkshire. 2 grandsons and 4 great grandsons all
residing South of the border.
31 May 2002
Sandra Marshall (nee Caldwell)
Hi! I was born in Wick - a long time ago. Attended Wick High
School from 1966 - 1972, in the same year as George
Brims. I left to work in Glasgow in 1974, met my husband
there, married in 1977 had our son in 1978, and moved
to my present location in Fleet, Hampshire in 1981. Couldn't
find any decent website of the area, its a small sort of nothing place,
not far from Aldershot, though there are plenty of Scottish accents
around to home in on. I haven't managed a trip to Wick for
some time but do enjoy reading about what's going on.
28 May 2002
My name is Sarah Sutherland and I am currently living in Brisbane
Queensland, Australia. I am the oldest daughter of John and
Cathie Sutherland. I left Wick when I was 19 and flew
straight into Melbourne where I lived for a year and a half
before my boyfriend David (who I met in Melbourne and
is a full blown Aussie) and I decided to take the long drive
north to Brisbane, this took us 10dys, if we did it straight about
24hrs, but I wanted to see the country. We have now been
living in Brisbane for a year and have just bought a house a
month ago. I work for an international express
courier company at Brisbane airport. I have been back home for
a 2 week holiday for xmas a year ago and vowed I would never do it
again as far too cold, but of course I will be there this year with
bells on, plus the thermal underwear. Have a look at www.brisbane.com.au
to see some of the wonderful things here in Brisbane.
I lived in Thurso from 1960 to 1967, at 71 Pennyland Drive. I spent one
(or was it two?) years at Miller Academy, then on to the brand new
Pennyland Primary. We left Thurso after Primary 7, and went to
Guildford, Surrey. After school and a short college career, I got into
the computer business, in Guildford, then Bristol, and eventually to
the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m now in Portland, Oregon, and plan to
stay here forever. It’s almost as beautiful as Caithness. Married for
20 years, my wife (Sue) and I have three children. They have yet to
experience the beauty of the Highlands. Drop me a line if you think you
remember me, or my brothers, Trevor and Keith.
10 January 2002
Rita Moon (nee McPhee)
I used to live
at 35 Murchison St. all my live until I got married. I
attended Pulteneytown Academy and Wick High school 1969 1973
now my name is Rita Moon and I live in Florida USA. I would
like to hear from some Wickers.
10 January 2002
was born and bred in Wick.My grandmother lived in Tolbooth Lane.My
fathers name was David Nicol we lived in Brown Place then moved to
Westbanks Terrace.I now married and live in a small village
in the outskirts of Bishop Auckland in County Durham. Cockfield is a
village with a long history in the mining industry but now all the
mines have closed. County Durham is one of the most beautiful
counties in England the people are very friendly. Here we have mild
summers and harsh winters
Robert William Sinclair (Robin)
I was born in Thurso,1937 in the 'Glebe' (mother Duckie father Angie)
went to school till I was 15yrs old, then went to work at the Henderson
Farm near Scrabster. When I turned 18yrs old I went into the Royal Air
Force for 8yrs,serving in Aden (where I met a few boys from Thurso
serving with the army) London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, where I met and
married my wife, nearing demob I applied too emigrate to Australia. Two
weeks after my discharge my wife and I were on a plane to Queensland. I
started work at the XXXX brewery. My brother and two sisters with there
families soon followed. I worked at the XXXX brewery (7yrs)and the
Blackwater coal mines (26yrs) I've retired now and live in Boyne
Island, still in Quensland. We have been back a few times to
Scotland and never miss a visit to Thurso. I still have cousins
there. It's grown since I was young, Scrabster always
surprizes me it keeps getting bigger. My wife and I have two sons
(Australians) we took them back when they were young for a Scottish
Xmas, it was the first and last time they saw snow. I've now got myself
a computer to pass the time and visit caithness org every chance I get,
Its so vast I can spend hours at a time browsing. Great place to visit.
Regards to all the Thurso people on the web
Greetins from down under from Robin And Family
23 September 2001
We will shortly begin to reorganise this page into alphabetical order
to make it easier to find enties as the section grows.
You can all see Caithness now and lots more of it
to come. But
where are all of you Caithness people now?
Send us an email with your name, where you live now, previous
connection to Caithness and the nearest local web site that shows the
place you live in or near. Caithness.org will then put your
details in the Caithness People Round The World Page joining you all
together in a unique way. If you appear on your
local web site let us know the page address also.
You do not have to have been in Caithness long to qualify for this not
too serious section that is already showing the wide spread of
Caithness contacts whether native born, visitors, employed for a while,
passing through or on holiday.
(nee Sargent) 27
My brother Peter and I attended Pennyland School and
Thurso High during the period 1958 -1970 and would like to hear from
anyone who remembers us. I have been living in Hong Kong for
the past 12 years.
Tannock (nee Newman)
moved to Thurso in 1957 aged 4. Attended West Public, Miller Acadeny,
Pennyland and Thurso High. Moved to Oregon......more
Sutherland 23 September 2001
I am Dennis Sutherland and am in the 1962 photo of Wick North school
in Mr. Nicolson's class, two along from Joe Fitzpatrick who I have just
e-mailed having found his message on the Caithness Exiles page. I left
Wick in 1968 for Edinburgh Uni and graduated in 1972 with an Hons.
Chemistry. Went to Moray House College of Education and have
been teaching since 1973. Now P.T. in Livingston.
Married with two grown up children, Karen and Iain. Living in
Linlithgow in West Lothian. Check out www.westlothian.org.uk
Miss 'Peachies' red pudding suppers on a Friday night and Yellops fresh
baking after the dances in the Assembly Rooms.
Kay Bragdon (nee
Wilson) and her husband Greg 15
Greg have moved around a bit since they were married in Thurso in
1976. Here we see them on their wedding day with a cake that
Kay tells us was made by Johnson's of Thurso who are still supplying
the same services today as back then. Kay has sent us details
of where she went to school and where she has been in the last 25
years. Were you at school with her or knew her
later? By the way eight years later the top layer was still
in good condition for the birth of their first son.
George Brims -Originally from Caithness
now at UCLA USA 25 July 2001
Went to primary school in Watten,
High School in Wick 1966-72.
I grew up around Watten, went
through Wick High (66-72), then off to Edinburgh and later Newcastle to
get letters after my name. In the process met my wife Sandra, who is
from the Inverness area. We got married in 1978 and have three kids,
Victoria, Juliette, and Jonathan. After working in Edinburgh
for a few years I was posted to Hawaii by the Royal Observatory (yes,
that's where some of your taxes go!). Moved to California in 1989 to
work with another Scot starting a new research group. Probably not
going anywhere for a while as all three offspring are in college. Send
any spare used pounds to brimsATATATastro.ucla.edu
Nicolson, Wick - Now In Antarctica For Two And A Half Years
24 July 2001
Fitzpatrick - Went To North School and is in the 1962 Picture - 24 July 2001
I am Joe Fitzpatrick, moved to Wick in 1955, my Father Bill worked at
the High School..married Elizabeth Hendry in 1957.....remember Dash and
Dot, anyone??....I am in the 1962 North School picture..along with
Valerie Sinclair, whom EVERYONE was in love with!!,...LOL...Moved to
the USA in 1981, my home website is www.GoErie.com
, and shows our wonderful Great Lakes to good effect, I now live in
Erie, Pennsylvania, and am very happy...although would KILL for some
fish and chips, and a pint at the Pentland!!!!..Good Luck, all..
Ian Thompson Ex
Thurso 3 June 2001
I lived in Thurso from the age of 12 in 1963
until 1969 and attended Thurso High School. Last summer, I attended a
reunion and was able to meet up again with many friends from those
days. Thurso was then, and still is, a very special place indeed. I
have been living and working in Germany since 1976. For the
last ten years I have been teaching music at the International School
of Düsseldorf. The school has a new website, partly still under
construction, but worth a visit.
With best wishes to all in Thurso and those exiles with a Thurso
John Steele 23 April 2001
G'day, we all moved to Thurso in 1968, as my father (Bernard) was
supposed to be at Dounreay for 3 years. We left in 1982, although my
eldest sister Karen Jones is still there. I was at Pennyland Primary
from 1969 to 1976 and then Thurso High from 76 to 82 before going to
Aberdeen University. I moved to Australia in 1989 after finishing my
PhD and came to Sydney in 1991. My personal web page is at
with pictures of my family, various places around
the Wide Brown Land and links to my work Web page at the University of
New South Wales.
Note - -Karen Jones is organising the Thurso High
Muriel Kelly (nee Steel) 16 April 2001
My name is Muriel Kelly (nee Steel) and I lived in Wick from 1970 until
I finished High School in 1985. Since then I have travelled around a
Aberdeen, London and Edinburgh before leaving for the USA with my
husband, Jim (from Motherwell), in 1997. We lived in
Bartlesville, Oklahoma for 2 years www.bartlesville.com
and have been living in Quebec City, Canada
since 1999 www.quebecregion.com
. Quebec is beautiful but you have to like snow!!
Marion Stults &
may not have been here long but who's counting.
Attached photo of
the Stults family that traveled Scotland in 1989.
Marion - Sarah - Susan - Molly)
We stayed Bed & Breakfast at Frank & Sheila Sinclair's
"Langwell" on Sibmister Road, Murkle. I stayed B&B
when I was there for the Satcom terminal installation in
1980. I sent you a photo attachment of me under the antenna
in my previous transmission. I enjoyed my three
month stay there October-December 1980 and the family enjoyed
their tour in 1989. The Sinclair's were wonderful
hosts. The following is a scenic site for
An additional site great from Marion on 19
April 2001 with lots of pictures and information - http://webcreationsetc.com/Azguide/Tucson/
Janis Paterson (nee McGee)
Janis went to live in Cumbria and is organising a Wick High School
Reunion to be held in August 2001. Here is a web
site near her showing Seascale http://www.instinct-training.co.uk/ti/wc/seascale.htm
See the rest of Cumbria at
James R. Bews 7 April 2001
I'm not sure if I qualify, having been an "incomer" at about 2-3 years
old in 1950. Attended the North School, then the High School and finally left in
1965 to attend (rather intermittently) University in St.
Andrews. I'm still there, as are (for the last 20 years) my
parents. My father was the minister of the Central and West
Churches. Probably the main Web site for St. Andrews is
which is actually sited in the USA, but is maintained by a former St.
Andrews student. I have a vested interest, having assisted (with my
stepson and some colleagues) in some of the photography. Well worth a
visit to see some of the techniques used. My own personal
page is at: http://ch-www.st-and.ac.uk/staff/jrb/
but I must admit that it never gets touched. The last thing I want to
see at the end of the day is a computer!
Don Sinclair and Family 7 April
It's been interesting seeing where all the 'Dirty Wickers' and other
Caithnessians have gotten to; quite amazing really!. My wife, Dawn, and
two children, Natalie & Ryan, left Wick and landed in Brisbane
exactly 10 yrs ago now., but we're on our way back 'home', as I write!
We spent four years living east of Brisbane at Victoria Point (http://www.redland.net.au/redlandstourism/seeVictoriaPt.htm)
before moving south to live in the spectacular Blue Mountains West of
further promotion (and the gypsy in us, I feel) saw us relocating to
the far tropical north of Queensland to Townsville, where we stayed for
four years (http://sunzine.net/townsville/).
We recently moved south again to live on the Gold Coast in south east
but have succumbed to the pull of coming home permanently. We have
great memories af all our travels in this new home country, but have
enjoyed keeping up with local affairs, and have met new friends through
your site. Keep up the great work for all those other world scattered
Best Regards, Don Sinclair.
David N Jones 5 April
Was in Caithness from 4 years to 17 years old and attended Miller
site goes from strength to strength A site covering my area (Widnes) is
. I work in
Flintshire, North Wales www.flintshire.gov.uk
am in Picture B of the Miller Academy 1962 pictures: That's
me on the back row, third from the left. Then living in Dunbar Terrace,
Thurso. I lived in the town from age 4 to 17 and after much moving
about I now live in Widnes, Cheshire. My heart though will I suspect
always belong in Caithness!
My sister Fiona E Jones was born in Thurso and
lived there until we moved away in 1969 when she was 8. She now lives
in Redding California! A site for her area is www.redding.com "
David S Banks 1 April 2001
from Scarfskerry, where I lived for 18 years."
"Left Caithness in 1965 and spent 10 years in Edinburgh, from which I
emigrated to Canada. My first 'port-of-call' was Calgary, Alberta.
Then, I moved to Sydney on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Surprise
surprise ! There was more Gaelic spoken and taught there than in
Caithness. Then, I moved to Stratford, Ontario --
and, yes, they do have a (rather good) Shakespearean festival there.
now live in Oakville, Ontario, which is just a little west along the
shore of lake Ontario from Toronto. Anyone interested in Oakville can
find some information on http://www.oakville.ca/
I can see Oakville harbour, and lake Ontario from my window, but even
from my 9th floor location, I cannot see across lake Ontario to the far
For more about Oakville here are a few more Links
We’re Moving to Oakville: A Guide for Newcomers
Halton District School Board
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
Mary Clark 25
My name is Mary Sinclair Clark (nee Alexander) I
was born in Wick 1941 and lived with my parents at 23 MacArthur Street
for approx. 8 years before we moved to Edinburgh.
Well I live in a
place called Dorsten it is about 40km north off Düsseldorf.
Dorsten's web site is www.dorsten.de quite
a few nice photos of the town and surrounding district.
Mary sent in some
school pictures for 1946, 1947,1948
Graeme Sutherland 28
Caithness.org is a brillant web site, especially now it has a Staxigoe
My name is Graeme Sutherland and I lived in Staxigoe until 1990 (25
years) when I moved away due to work commitments. I still
visit my good friend John Plowman who lives in Papigoe.
I moved from one fishing village to another and now live in Newbiggin
by the Sea, Northumberland.
Check out our village on www.newbigginbythesea.co.uk
You could also visit my in-laws village shop on www.newbigginbythesea.co.uk/directory/margaretscards.htm
Hugh Ross 23
name is Hugh Ross ex pat Upper Gills. Now resident glorious Gateshead ?
To see the UP side visit http://www.gateshead-quays.com
, My "workplace" http://online.unn.ac.uk
Mandy Scudder (nee Miller) 22
Mandy left Wick for Australia about 14 years ago
and has notified a web site for her area - Western
Australia - the local Tourist Board Site so there should be a
few pictures. Wonder if Mandy has tried the camel riding - it
See Mandy and others at the Pulteneytown Academy Reunion in March 2001
Hugnafel (Nee Miller) 22 February 2001
My British Columbia in Canada web page is... http://www.mybc.com
I live in Courtenay British Columbia and am related to Captain Alexander Miller, from
Caithness, he was my great grandfather, same as Maureen Materi...I just adore
tuning into your web page every few days, to get the Caithness
news...keep up the good work. Check out My
Next in Chattanooga.com
from Rebecca (Becky) Wilson (nee Brooks)
am Rebecca Wilson (nee Brooks) and lived in Caithness until 1992. I
went to Mount Pleasant Primary School followed by Thurso High School -
I left high school in 1985. Since leaving Thurso I married a US Marine
and we travelled around, being stationed in Wales and Okinawa, Japan.
My husband is now "retired" from the Service and with our 5 year old
son we are living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My sister still lives in
Thurso and my parents (who I miss so much) still live at
Scotscalder. The local web page for my area is
Chattanooga.com. I really enjoy reading through the Caithness.org pages
- I feel like I am home.
Latest Site 19 February 2001
from Australia - John Page
My local town has a web site that would probably
South Australia and our University site at http://www.unisa.edu.au
I was born in Castletown in Feb 1946, by school age we
were living in Thurso, I went to the Miller Academy followed by the new
high school, we were the first students, we returned to Castletown were
I finished school at the Junior Secondary in Castletown, at 15 1/2 I
joined the Boy Entrants of the Royal Air Force, during my time in the
RAF I was stationed at Wick Airport, one of four RAF staff and one
civilian. spent most of my time on shifts at Noss head transmitters.
Married Rosalyn Steven from Stirkoke in 1966 in Argyle square (I have
seen your photographs of the square, you can almost see the church), In
1969 we were posted to Cyprus, we spent three years there, from there
we emigrated to Australia, my parents already living there (My mother
and her sister both living in Australia originated from Castletown,
Jessie Sutherland CAMPBELL (Isa) and Barbara Campbell
(Babette) John has A Family Tree
and more information
on Caithness.org in Family History.
Jessie Page 77th Birthday 6 June 2003
Number One Slot
18 February 2003
Hamish died suddenly in January this year at 100 Mile House, British
Columbia. Hamish was responsible for helping get the reunion
for his school started and it takes place in Wick at
Mackays Hotel August 2nd, 2003.
Mile House & The South Caribou Area British
This is the home area of Jim (Hamish) Clark
originally from Wick who left to work for Hudson's Bay
company. His mother still lives in Wick.