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Thairs, George

Thairs, George
George Thairs, the Bursar, had been secretary of Springbank Sanatorium and was the first person appointed to the staff of Bishop Ridley College while the school was still in the course of organization in 1888. He founded what he called the Ridley Volunteer Cadet Corps in the school’s first term, drilled the boys and taught them the essence of the corps. He was known as “The Captain” and later “The Colonel” and was known and respected by all Ridleians. He remained Bursar and drill instructor until his death in 1924, 35 years later.
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