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Alex Cowmeadow

Carpentry, cabinet and furniture making staff member, Collingwood Technical School 1927 – 1961.

More than a teacher who lived for Collingwood Technical School and its students.

Alex Cowmeadow started at Collingwood as a teacher of carpentry and cabinet making in 1927 and stayed there for 34 years until his retirement in 1961 when he was head of the Cabinetmaking and Chair and Couch Making Departments. Besides his trade teaching activity, Alex was involved in the sporting activities of the school and also organised interchange visits between students of Collingwood and Goodwood Technical School in South Australia.

It was said that Alex lived only for Collingwood and its students. It appears that this was so because after his death in 1970 it was discovered that he had left his property for the benefit of Collingwood Technical School. This generous gesture enabled the development of a much better school camp at Buxton, where two wings of the camp were named after Alex and his wife Doris Cowmeadow – reminders to the students of the generosity of their former teacher.

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