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ROYDHOUSE, Donald Jack (1923-2011)

ROYDHOUSE, Donald Jack (1923-2011)

'Don' Roydhouse (Prefects, 1941).

'Don' Roydhouse (Prefects, 1941).

Donald Jack Roydhouse, businessman and owner of Geelong’s Camera House died 11 February, 2011. Born at Mt Rawley, Western Australia, ‘Don’ Roydhouse came to Victoria when his father Jack , a teacher, took up work during the Great Depression.

‘Don’ first went to Inglewood State School as a ‘barefoot scholar’ before attending the College from May, 1934 to 1941. At School, he notably won a Fen and Roy Pillow Bursary in 1940. ‘Don’ was a School Prefect in 1941, a member of the 1st Cricket XI in 1940 and 1941 and College Tennis Champion in 1941. Many of these sporting interests he maintained after he left school later including golf in his sporting range. He was also a corporal in the College Cadet Corps and Calvert House Vice-Captain.

He served in the RAAF during World War II from 1942 to 1946, primarily as a navigator, with a Sunderland Flying Boat Squadron operating out of Pembroke, Wales. After his demobilization he acquired a Newsagency at Pt Lonsdale before purchasing the Camera House business in Geelong.

In about 1978, Don stepped back from his business and followed a variety of pursuits. After building a yacht he competed in the Sydney Hobart race as well as a variety of smaller races. He took up waterskiing and judged many Moomba waterskiing competitions and regularly flew light planes throughout Australia. He was a committed member of Legacy as Secretary and President in 1962 and 1963.

His brother, Brian Roydhouse (1925-1988), was also a student at the College.

''Sources: 'Geelong Collegians at the Second World War and Other Conflicts' Compiled by J Affleck pp 464-465, 667. OGC 1937.
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