Kerry Stokes: The Boy from Nowhere 3
Hardback Publication Date: 01/11/2014
- Biography: business & industry
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The Boy from Nowhere
A fantastic yarn and insight into one of Australia's greatest businessman. A great read!
The Boy from Nowhere
The Boy from Nowhere is an excellent biography and a good reflection of what life was like growing up in an impoverished family in Carlton and attending St. Georges primary school. I was a refugee and a migrant who left Hungary in 1956. I commenced at St .Georges or at The Sacred Heart Carlton in Grade one in 1958 and went through to complete grade six.
I found St. Georges to be very strong on discipline or put another way, big on corporal punishment. Many of the things that happened to Kerry Stokes happened similarly to me and many others. There is no doubt that the school left many of the pupils who attended in some ways scarred. There are others, however, who I meet at school reunions, who were not at all affected by it. As there was not much going for me at the time, I found the quality of the teachers to be excellent. The education that I received from the Christian Brothers at St. Georges, I believe was second to none. The Christian Brothers who taught Kerry Stokes had all moved on by the time that I would have been in the classes that they taught.
Andrew Rule, kept referring back to St. Georges as the low point in Kerry Stokes’s life throughout the book. It may have been, but it may have been a lot worse if he had attended the State school next door. In spite of this, Kerry grew up to be a wonderful successful person with a heart of gold. The book is a great read. As a St. Georges boy, I am very proud that he succeeded.
An inspiring and mesmerising story. A true page turner. Highly recommended!