Oct 22, 2019 3:36 PM
John Lanser
The Open Air School

The Open Air School

The disappearance of Harold Holt in December 1967 briefly revived memories of a long-forgotten North Shore school he briefly attended ...  Abbotsholme College in Greengate Road, Killara, opposite the Greengate Hotel. Better known, from its classes conducted on exposed verandahs, as The Open Air School, it was the only school to be exempted from closure during the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1919.  Privately owned, it did not long survive the death of its benefactor principal, John FitzMaurice, but alumni from its 17 year existence included two future prime ministers, a Reserve Bank deputy governor, the head of Woolworths, and the artist Cedric Emanuel.

John Lanser

Born in Waverley (Sydney), educated at Gordon Public School and Barker College, graduate of Sydney, New South Wales and London Universities, retired solicitor, part time university lecturer and member of the RAAF Specialist Legal Reserve, former chairman of the NSWAFL Disciplinary Tribunal, past president of the Australasian Pioneers’ Club, member of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, the National Trust, the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Australian Cinematographers Society.