My Profile

NAME & AGE

My name is Graeme Stevenson. My age is now 54 years old.

 

HOW DO YOU BECOME A DEAF?

I was born with suspected nerve damage which left myself almost totally deaf in Fairfield Hospital on 30th December, 1963.

 

WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU ATTEND?

I was attended to start age 3 years old in Farrar School for the Deaf (No deaf sign language allowed until 1988) as per-school classes on 1964. Drive to school by Mr O'Brian, taxi driver, who drove a taxi to pick up deaf students on way to two schools, Farrar School for the Deaf & Burwood Primary School. From age 6 years old, I use State Transit bus on way to Croydon Park then walk 5 minutes to my deaf school. Until 1977 (Age 13 years old), Department of Education (N.S.W. State Government) ordered to close down secondary school. I automatically picked Kogarah High School O.D. Dept. (Only Deaf Department) and start Year 9 classes on 1978. I was failed 1979 HSC for Year 10 classes so I was re-attended Year 10 classes again on 1980. My late mother, Patricia Stevenson (pass away on April 1991 - Age 54) knew that I was too old to attend Kogarah High School. I was left school on end of 3rd team on September 1980.

 

Enrolment on 1968

Ian Knox

Andrew Cameron

Brendan McNamara

Andrew Knox

Graeme Stevenson (me)

Stephanie Arena

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Penny Bales

 

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