Desmond has dedicated his latest book to the memory of all his teachers here, who gave so unstintingly of their knowledge, wisdom and experience to their young learners - about to step out into the world sixty years ago.
Among the large group of teachers the author remembers in particular the six who coached him in Class E1: Arthur Jayes, Stan Edkins, E V 'Budgie' Franz, E V 'Buck' Ryan, Steyn Krige and H H 'Herbie' Helm.
About the Author
Cape Town-born Desmond Martin opted for a career in graphic art and advertising after a year of architectural studies. With a Fine Arts degree he was appointed Assistant Director of the National Monuments Council, Cape Town.
Involvement with heritage and conservation of the built environment spurred him on to investigate the church building boom in Cape Town between 1889 and 1910. This research earned him an MPhil in 1993, while his PhD in 2002 documented the history and architecture of the fifty churches planted by Bishop Robert Gray and his wife, Sophy Gray, during the years 1848 to1872.