Students head back to school 50 years later

Roger Higgins and Allan Wardill at the reunion.
Roger Higgins and Allan Wardill at the reunion. Tobi Loftus

INTERNATIONAL mining executive Roger Higgins returned to Kingaroy to reunite with his old high school pals on Saturday night, 50 years after graduating.

"Most of the previous reunions I haven't been within reach as since I left high school, of the 50 years, 40 years of that I've lived outside of Australia," Mr Higgins said.

"On this occasion I was in Brisbane for the whole month so the opportunity was there for me to come up."


Since graduating high school in 1967, Mr Higgins has worked for mining companies around the world.

"I worked in Papua New Guinea, in Chile a few times, the US, Canada, and I have worked in Australia a little bit," he said.

Mr Higgins said it was good to be back in Kingaroy for the reunion.

"I have recognised two people without having to be introduced, embarrassingly I didn't recognise someone I should have recognised, though I haven't seen them in 50 years," he said.

"I have some family here, so I've been back from time to time, a lot of things are the same.

"There are traffic lights, of course, that always make a difference."

Russ Fritz, who lives near the Bunya Mountains, organised the reunion.

"For some of us, especially myself, it feels like it was yesterday we graduated high school," Mr Fritz said.

"I think having the number of reunions we've had over the years has helped that bond.

"There was about 39 of us in Year 12, at least half that number has kept in touch over all the years."

Mr Fritz said people had come from Adelaide, New South Wales, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

"We're all scattered around," he said.

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