Ian RAMAGE (1926-11/2007)
Enthusiast who kept North Shore history alive. Local expert … Ian Ramage was passionate about Wahroonga.
Photo: Elizabeth Dobbie
Article in SMH November 3, 2007
Having noticed a letter to the editor Ian Ramage had penned to the local paper correcting a point of history, a young schoolteacher enlisted his help. She asked him to write a description of the interesting things that children could see on a walk around the block from Wahroonga Public School.
From that time on, as he notes modestly in the introduction to his first book, he was deemed to be an "expert" on local history.
By this stage he had retired from a successful career in finance at the University of Sydney. It was time for a new challenge, and so he turned his natural enthusiasm to the history of the Upper North Shore.
This passion led to the publication of three books: Wahroonga, Our Home, We Still Call Wahroonga Our Home and One Hundred Years Ago - Life on Sydney's Upper North Shore. His research was thorough and his writing style accessible, with glimpses of gentle humour. He was also a gifted speaker and, as his reputation as "the Wahroonga historian" grew, he was in constant demand at local clubs, churches and schools.
Ian Alastair Ramage, who has died at 81, was the only son of Major Raymond Ramage, ED, French Croix de Guerre, and his wife, Doris. He grew up in Roseville and was selected to attend the first opportunity class at Artarmon Public School. When he was 12, he won a scholarship to Knox Grammar School and his lifelong interest in Wahroonga was born.
He studied in the evenings at the University of Sydney to complete his bachelor of economics while working for the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited.
He served in the RAAF from 1944 to 1946 as a radar operator at Gosford in NSW and Foster, Victoria. The radar station at Foster was at the base of the Wilsons Promontory lighthouse. To reach the station from Melbourne, Ramage had to catch a train and a service coach before being driven to the start of "the track". Here, he handed his kit to a transport unit for onwards carriage by mule and walked the remaining 22 kilometres. He was also in Active Reserve from 1951 to 1956 and served as a pilot officer, administrative and special duties, intelligence. He received the Australian Defence Medal this year.
In 1957 he re-established contact with the University of Sydney. He was secretary of the university union for 12 years. He was later the university's senior finance officer, investment officer, accountant, associate bursar and acting bursar. At one stage he spent six months overseas studying other universities' investment practices. He revolutionised the way the University of Sydney conducted its investments and was responsible for a considerable increase in its income. He retired in 1986 and was later awarded an honorary Master of Economics.
At 73 he received a graduate diploma in local and applied history at the University of New England. Ku-ring-gai Historical Society honoured him with its inaugural Historian of the Year award in 2003, and the Hornsby Shire Council conferred its Heritage Award the following year. Last year he was awarded the Mayor of Ku-ring-gai's Centenary Award for Outstanding Community Service.
His first wife, Nancy, died in 2003. He is survived by his second wife, Susan, his children, John, Judith and David, and grand-daughters Alicia and Lauren. SMH article by Miranda Harman
Hilton "Tony" RAMSAY (19/1/08):
Aged 82 years - We loved him and he loved us
Peacefully at home on 19 January 2008. Late of Hornsby.
Dearly loved husband of Eunice for 62 years.
Adored father and father-in-law of Lynette and Neil Silver, and Rhonda and Ross Hayes.
Proud Grandpa of Stuart, Martyn, Vashti and Brad.
Loved Pop of Natasha and Jonathon.
Dear brother of Jean and Wally (deceased).
Hilton had been in Neringah hospital.
Hilton Stanley RAMSEY (23/1/08):
The Hilton Ramsey here in Brisbane was only in his early/mid 50s and never married He was mainly on Relieving Staff.!
• 1950 September 7 born at Stanthorpe
• 1970s joined CBC Warwick and spent most of his time relieving in Queensland & northern NSW
• 1975/76/77 Security Clerk CBC Darwin replacing William G (Bill) Walker
• 1990s spent 15 years with BNP
• 2000s worked part time on a needs basis for NAB
• Never married
• 2007 CBC Brisbane Luncheon Kerri Kleidon advises that Hilton came along to last year's CBC luncheon in Brisbane.
• 2008 January 17 approximately admitted to a Brisbane Hospital
• 2008 January 23 passed away in hospital aged 57. His funeral attended by Kerry Kleidon who advised there was a good representation of ex-CBC and BNP personnel
Philip REEVES (6/8/09):
Simon Reeves advised: My apologies for doing this via email, we have called as many people as we could.
I am very sorry to tell you that Phil passed away yesterday with his family around him.
We are having a service for him on Tuesday 11th August at 10am at the South Chapel of Woronora Cemetery, which is Linden St Sutherland which you are all invited to attend http://www.woronoracemetery.org.au/contact-details.html
We will be having a wake afterwards at the Sutherland United Services Club which is at 7 East Parade Sutherland
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kolling Institute http://kollingfoundation.giving.officelive.com/donate.aspx
Thanks, Simon on behalf of Phils family 0425 204 868
John Ness advises that Phil was the Manager of Banksure when he was doing the development work for it. Just before the first policy renewals were due to go out we had 27,000 policies coming up for renewal, so Systems prioritised Banksure as the next large project after ATMs. Phil was really good at his job, had a good sense of humour, and ensured that everything ran smoothly. He later transferred to ANZ Funds Management in a senior role after the merger.
Graham Henry RHEINBERGER (14/5/1986):
1956 approximately joined CBC
1970 worked in CBC Queensland
19810630 Area Manager CBC SE Asia & Oceania was listing in CBC's last Annual Report
19840331 a Manager at NAB Sydney Office 343 George St, Rheinberger G H M.I.A.I. EX was listing in List of Senior Staff
19840930 a Manager at NAB Sydney Office 343 George St, Rheinberger G H M.I.A.I. EX was listing in List of Senior Staff
19860514 died aged 46 late of Turramurra
19860515 SMH Death Notice
Bernard John ROBERTS (9/7/2011):
Regretfully, we have to inform you of the death in Wagga Wagga of Bernard JOHN ROBERTS at about 4pm on Saturday 9th July. His family are in the process of making arrangements and will have funeral details announced in the Sydney Morning Herald early this week. John was born on 23/06/1924 and was a Life Member. Thanks to John Hughes for this sad information.
Michael Hook advised: John came to a few Horn of Plenty meetings and as was the custom, on ones maiden visit , one had the opportunity for the floor. John had been Manager at Wagga Wagga but had pulled out before retirement. He was successful in the motel industry. I didn't know him until those evenings but he was easy & interesting company.
Richard Nott advised: I was saddened to hear of John Roberts passing. I was his second officer at Belmont NSW from 6/6/1962 until 6/1/1964. He was the first boss I had who showed a positive interest and encouragement in my banking career and motivated me to think positively about it as well. He was the President of Apex and I was the Programme director so we saw a lot of each other outside of work as well. For the past almost 50 years he has kept in touch and shown a keen interest in his old friends. I thank John Hughes for keeping me current with his status during recent weeks and will aim to attend his send-off in Wagga. Farewell dear friend.
Ruth Fagan advised: I am sorry to inform you that member John Roberts of Wagga Wagga passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 9 2011 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held for him on Wednesday 13th July at the Wagga Crematorium at 10am.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria and two daughters Virginia Davies of Sydney and Belinda Neale from Condobolin.
ROBERTS Bernard John Of Settlers Village Wagga
20110709 Saturday died at Wagga Aged 87
Husband of Gloria, Father & Father In Law of Virginia & Belinda & Rob
20110712 SMH Death Notice
20110713 Wed 12:30 Celebration at Settlers Community Centre
Donations to Kidney Health Aust
John was Accountant Young; 1960 Manager who opened Belmont
Manager Cooma; Wagga at time Wagga premises were restored to original condition by Laurie & Heath using original 1881 working drawings of Mansfied Bros (19870101 Current Accounts) advised by John Beer
Robert George (Bob) ROBSON (20/2/08):
Aged 84 years. Late of Gowan Brae, Dungog.
Beloved husband of Janet, father of Gayle and father-in-law of Brian, grandfather of Charles, James and Susan, grand-
father-in-law of Danah and Emma, great-grandfather of Jacob, Morgan and Oliver.
BOB'S relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service to be held Tuesday (February 26, 2008), at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Dungog, commencing at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the service in aid of the NSW Cancer Council, in memory of Bob.
Dailey Funerals, 4956 4221 FDA of NSW www.daileyfunerals.com.au
The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, 22 February 2008
Bob was born in April 1923. He joined CBC at Bingara in 1940.
1942 AIF for four years
1945 / 6 Dungog branch, then Armidale, Nyngan, Newcastle, Wollongong, Sydney
1950s married Joyce after which they had children Gayle, grandchildren Charles, James, Susan great grandchildren Jacob Morgan and Oliver
1981 Principal Fernleigh Castle. 1981 March Joyce passed away
1980s married Janet
1980s retired to Gowan Brae Dungog Poll Hereford Stud cattle property with daughter Gayle from Current Accounts August 1981 Pg 26)
Kevin Meyer reported: "I see R.G.Robson's death in SMH to day 22/2/08. Bob was 84 and his funeral is in Dungog on Tuesday. I forget his history other than that he was Mgr George & Hunter Sts and later was my No. 2 Manager when I was in Sydney Office. He retired to Dungog about 25 years ago to the family property."
Gordon Mills indicated he had been a Manager, Head Office before becoming Principal of Fernleigh Castle although he was not an academic. He had found him to be a great straight shooter who was practical in his approach. Gordon was not surprised he retired back to Dungog, where he became President of the Dungog Historical Society.
Sue Campbell also advised that Bob retired from Fernleigh Castle about 1984-85 where he was the last Manager of this beautiful Manager's Training Centre.
Bob was born in Dungog and then retired to back to his family home.
Bob & Joyce married in 1944
Gayle born in 1945 - she was 6 months old before Bob saw her due to War commitments.
Bob was a returned man and was very involved with Legacy in Dungog.
Bob & Janet were married 1983
Bob & Janet retired to Gowan Brae in 1985
There is a website www.olo.com.au - which can be accessed to post messages of people's memories and anecdotes of Bob's life!
I have just joined CBC Officers Club (as I was prompted to look for a site when Bob died!). I worked with Bob at CBC 343 George Street Managers Dept & he was always a great character and full of fun. I moved back to Dungog in 1990 (also my home town) & was reacquainted with Bob - did lots of reminiscing of our Sydney days!
I thought it may be fitting to place his notice on the website to let others know.
Yours sincerely Sue Campbell (nee Neilson)
Don ROSE (13/4/08):
Don Rose, of Bairnsdale, passed away on 13.4.08 after a short illness. The funeral was on Thursday 17.4.08 in Bairnsdale.
Gwen McBeth advises: I vaguely recall Don from my junior days. He was a nice bloke. Very short – often used to stand on a box to talk to customers over the high counter at one branch so the story goes.
Max ROSE (14/11/09):
Vic Beecraft advised that Maxwell Neville Rose, formerly of Collaroy, Narrabeen and Kuwait, passed away on 14th November 2009.
He was born on 23rd October 1969, and attained the age of 93 years.
Max made the travel arrangements for John & Lyn Ness, upon John's transfer to London Office, and John remembers him as being very amiable and courteous. He attended many CBC Officers Club meetings.
John ROWLANDS (25/4/05):
There were three letters regarding John Rowlands read by Secretary Noel – from Ian Holston, Bob Handel and Colin Clark
Ian Holston was very saddened to read of the passing of John Rowlands. Ian had known John since the days he lived above Newtown Branch when he was Accountant at Sydney University. Ian was his Accountant at Bondi Junction and he was most helpful when we were building our home at Westleigh. We have been friends with John and Leigh for many years.
Bob Handel was very sorry to hear of John Rowlands’ death. I am sure you will have fond memories of John from our Sydney University days, as I do, and his frustrations in conducting the branch under the stewardship of Moorecroft. And finally, his delight, when he was appointed to open a new branch at Seven Hills. They were the days!!
Noel Crowley spoke about his time working with John at Sydney university branch. Noel said the staff at Sydney University spent some 3 weeks trying to balance the Savings Bank ledgers on one occasion – looking for a 1d error which could not be found. In the finish John adjusted the balance of his personal account to make them balance with the General Ledger!
Doug Harding spoke about John Rowlands when he was at at Sydney University. He stated that he was a great gardener and he an Leigh won a number of competitions while living at Seven Hills.
Kevin Meyer spoke about John Rowlands at the June meeting.
Lindsay Huxley spoke of John Rowlands at Molong in 1946. He served with John on the CBC RSL branch. He saw him on 20/04/2005. John died on 25/04/2005 after being at patient in the Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Colin Clark wrote “John interviewed me in late ’64 when I applied to join the CBC. Although I was appointed to Parramatta branch, later in ’65 I was transferred to Seven Hills branch where John was manager. We soon made front page news when I was held up whilst taking the daily Woolworth’s deposit. John came rushing out from his office, grabbed my pistol and perused the two armed gunmen who escaped in a Mini Minor. John fired at their car making a small indentation in the boot.
John was reprimanded for his actions by both the Police and Head Office for endangering the public.”
2005 June luncheon letters regarding John Rowlands were read by Secretary Noel
from Ian Holston, Bob Handel and Colin Clark which, along with comments at the meeting, are summarised as follows:-
1946 Lindsay Huxley knew John at Molong.
1960s John was Accountant Sydney University
Ian Holston had known John since the days he lived above Newtown Branch when he was Accountant at Sydney University.
Bob Handel worked under John at Sydney University when Mr Moorecroft was Manager.
Noel Crowley worked with John at Sydney University when staff spent three weeks trying to balance the Savings Bank ledgers so John adjusted his account by one penny to make them balance.
Doug Harding spoke of his days working with John at Sydney University
1960s John went from Accountant Sydney University to open new branch at Seven Hills where John and Leigh were keen gardeners and won a number of competitions.
1964 Colin Clark was interviewed by John when Colin applied to join the CBC. Colin was appointed to Parramatta branch
1965 Colin was transferred to Seven Hills branch where John was manager. Colin said "we made front-page news when I was held up whilst taking the daily Woolworth's deposit. John came rushing out from his office, grabbed my pistol and pursued the two armed gunmen who escaped in a Mini Minor. John fired at their car making a small indentation in the boot. John was reprimanded for his actions by both the Police and Head Office for endangering the public."
John was Manager Bondi Junction where Ian Holston was his Accountant. John was helpful to Ian and his wife when they were building their Westleigh home. Ian and his wife were friends with John & Leigh for many years.
Lindsay Huxley served with John on the CBC RSL branch which John ran till his death.
2005 April 20 Lindsay saw John. April 25 John died after being a patient in the Sydney Adventist Hospital.
Chris Rush advised: It is with regret that I advise that A Bruce Ryan of Toukley passed away on wednesday 9th January 2008.
Gerald Fitzgerald advised: His Funeral was held on Monday 14th January at 10am at Mackay Family Funerals, Old Pacific Hwy Ourimbah. The Notices were in the SMH on Saturday 12th and in the CC Express Advocate on Friday the 11th.
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