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From down South to Down Under

india Updated: Nov 03, 2008 19:56 IST
N Chandra Mohan

The old Lawrencian (OL) network was abuzz with a query from Kevin Phillips, an old student, stating that he had heard that the mother of Aussie cricketer Stuart Clark had passed out from Lawrence School, Lovedale, in 1960. With the India-Australia Test series underway, this message was duly forwarded to the few hapless scribes from the school to follow up this vital matter. The stock reply some of us gave was that we will let the OLs know after checking up.

One of us, however, was more affirmative in stating that he definitely did remember seeing a TV interview with Stuart’s parents: they were definitely Anglo-Indian and from Chennai. But that did not answer the query about Stuart’s mum, Mary Julieanne Boosey. Was she from Lawrence?

Then the mystery was solved, partly thanks to Wikipedia. A couple of OLs did confirm that Mary was the mother of Stuart, who is also nicknamed Sarfraz. According to Wiki: “Stuart is the son of Anglo-Indian parents, his father Bruce Clark who is from Madras (now Chennai) was a student at Christ Church Anglo-Indian High School, Madras, and his mother Mary Clark (née Boosey) is from the Kolar Gold Fields, Karnataka, India, her family, the Booseys, are a famous sporting family”.

Doesn’t all this make Stuart Clark one of us? He has multiple identities like most of us. Besides being an Australian, he also hails from a family that grew up in South India and later went Down Under. Also he is a son of the OL fraternity as both his mother and her sister studied at Lovedale.

Wonder if he remembers all of this. But clearly, Stuart is the latest entrant to the list of famous Anglos who include the likes of Cliff Richard, Engelbert Humperdinck and — remember him? — Roger Binny.