Cornelius Brian B

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Brian was an excellent Woodwork teacher in Gawler High School.

Adjacent to the now Immanuel School carpark and close to the Daly Street fence there was a long building running parallel to and about 10 feet from Daly Street. One end of the building was devoted to Cooking classes for High School students and the northern 2/3 was the woodwork area.

Brian Thom still has numerous cupboards and items in his home which Mr Cornelius helped him make.

"I remember being taught woodwork by Brian there as a Gawler Primary School student in Grade 7 in 1956. [I still use the shamfered edged wooden bread board that he helped me create that year - "waste not, want not"? ].

I can always remember the smell of the fumes from the urn of glue on the side bench; used in the teaching of the use of "mortice and tennon" joints in our creation of cabinet drawers etc.

There were also Adult Education classes some evenings [also run by Brian Cornelius]. In approximately 1971, Brian helped me constructed a cabinet of appropriate size soas to slot into the fireplace of my dining room of our 17 Daly Street home which we had bought the year before. [It is still used daily]. My carpentry "skills" meant that I needed much supervision from Brian. Luckily he had the "Patience of Job" and needed to have his great sense of humour." Brian Thom

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