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Stories from the Archives

50 years since man landed on the moon

SOME MEMBERS of the PLC Sydney community may well remember what they were doing 50 years ago when American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed the lunar module Eagle on the surface of the moon and Armstrong spoke those now-famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

On that day , Monday 21 July 1969, at "Branxton", PLC's Junior School in Strathfield, a class of Year 2 pupils went to Mrs Thompson's house and watched the historic event on television. Mrs Thompson lived just across the street and her invitation was gratefully accepted as there was no television in the girls' classroom. When they returned to school, their teacher asked them to record their experience in both words and pictures. These works were put into a booklet and teacher Helen Thursby later gave a copy to the College Archives.

To mark the 50th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon, that booklet, Man on the Moon, is reproduced here. It reminds us that such events in history embrace all nations and all ages.

Attached Below are a series of interesting stories and facts about the history of PLC Sydney over the past few years. 


download-icon The Enduring Popularity of Tennis  

download-icon Kinross of Kinross House 

download-icon Dr Germaine Joplin - Geologist and STEM Pioneer

download-icon Jersey Day: What's in a Name 

download-icon Everywhere that Crinkle went... 


download-icon The Armistice - as it happened at PLC Sydney 1918 

download-icon A Recent Acquisition: 1942 Sports Blazer 

download-icon Dr Marden's Egyptian Collection

download-icon Miss Freda Whitlam's Contribution - Speech and Drama

download-icon Miss Freda Whitlam's Contribution - Pet Show 

download-icon Miss Freda Whitlam's Contribution - Science 

download-icon Remembering Miss Freda Whitlam AM  

download-icon Who is the Harper in Harper House?

download-icon 2018 Open Day History 

download-icon 1969 Moon Landing 

download-icon What is this thing called 'Jersey Day'?  

download-icon Junior School 1964


download-icon Lew Hoad visits PLC Sydney tennis in 1955 (PDF 582.5KB)

download-icon Who was John Hay Goodlet? (PDF 220.9KB)

download-icon Pet Show 2017 (PDF 210.3KB)

download-icon A Ticket to Ride (PDF 256.6KB)

download-icon Bessie Twigg Exam Time at PLC Sydney in 1912 (PDF 694.5KB)

download-icon Esme Pulsford: Best Holiday Ever 1931 (PDF 199.2KB)

download-icon Emmie Russell: Pioneer Orthoptist. (PDF 304.9KB)

download-icon Anzac Day 1917 (PDF 38.4KB)

download-icon Sybil Morrison, the first female Barrister in NSW (PDF 326.9KB)

download-icon Dr Daphne Elliott, Biochemist (PDF 253.4KB)


download-icon Prefects' Badge in 1917 (PDF 270.8KB)

download-icon Dr. E.N. McQueen, Principal from 1920 - 1929 (PDF 179.8KB)

download-icon Contributing to our Community - Pet Show (PDF 206.6KB)

download-icon Grace Thompson - World War 1 Nurse (PDF 209.4KB)

download-icon Who is the Anderson in Anderson House? (PDF 186.3KB)

download-icon The Barton Sisters (PDF 165.3KB)

download-icon Looking backwards to 1892 (PDF 169.3KB)

download-icon Ruth Palmer, a Malta Heroine (PDF 252.2KB)

download-icon A Glimpse of PLC Sydney in the 1930s (PDF 115KB)


download-icon Athletics Carnivals (PDF 120.9KB)

download-icon Panama Hats at PLC Sydney (PDF 136.8KB)

download-icon World War 1 - Knitting for Victory (PDF 138KB)

download-icon Why do we call in Evandale? (PDF 166.6KB)

download-icon One of ours who served in World War 1 (PDF 73.5KB)

download-icon John Hay Goodlet (PDF 149.1KB)

download-icon Adelaide Elizabeth Perry (PDF 171.6KB)


download-icon Speech Day at PLC Sydney (PDF 147.9KB)

download-icon Centenary of WWI - the beginning.  (PDF 172.3KB)

download-icon Meditating on the Beatles  (PDF 186.5KB)

download-icon Authors in our midst?  (PDF 120.9KB)

download-icon Who was Albert Bond? (PDF 227.1KB) 


download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: What Christmas means to me    (PDF 110.4KB) 

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Boy meets girl at the school dance  (PDF 146.8KB)

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: The Evolution of the Library  (PDF 463.6KB)

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Facts and figures from years gone by (PDF 137.1KB) 

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Drama's rich history  (PDF 191.7KB)

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Life in the boarding house  (PDF 187.7KB)

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: The first swimming pool (PDF 198.6KB)  

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Who was Jean Devine?  (PDF 78.9KB)

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Miss Flora Eldershaw, Educator Extraordinaire  (PDF 111.1KB)

download-icon Celebrating 125 Years: Fernlea   (PDF 145.9KB) 


download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Annabelle Williams  (PDF 291.9KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Sydney 2000 Volunteers  (PDF 768.8KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Emma Johnson  (PDF 271.6KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Karen Moras-Stephenson  (PDF 164.9KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Karen Pollock (née Brancourt)  (PDF 232.4KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Nanette Thomas (née Duncan)  (PDF 374.8KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Elizabeth Walker (née Fraser)  (PDF 245.5KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Catherine Onslow  (PDF 297.6KB)

download-icon PLC Sydney and the Olympics: Mina Wylie  (PDF 173.2KB)

download-icon Remembering 1066  (PDF 171KB)

download-icon A Student Remembers School Days of the 1930s  (PDF 244.8KB)