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Canon Charles Cecil Tugman

Rev Tugman and his wife circa 1930's  

Charles Cecil Tugman, headmaster of our school from 1925 until 1935.

As a young boy he lived in Kennington, South London, and then went to school first at Weare, a tiny parish in Somerset not far from Axbirdge. Later he and his brother Ralph went to Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex.

He was in the Gunners (Welsh Regiment) until wounded in 1917. He travelled to South Africa after the war with a number of other ex-servicemen.

He married on 26 April 1923 the same day as the wedding of King George VI and Elizabeth Bowles-Lyon. After meeting them during the Royal Visit in 1947 they received a cablegram in 1948 saying: 'On our Silver Wedding Day ..... George R'.

They had three children: Anthony (who lives in East Sussex), Penelope (lives in Oxford) and James (lives in Parktown).

While headmaster of St Marks he designed and built the well known thatched classrooms which originally did not have windows installed. Most of us know them as the cowsheds!!

The theatre and especially Shakespeare were Rev Tugman's main leisure interests along with writing (mostly plays), calligraphy (he designed the new Swaziland postage stamps in 1931) and in his youth he was a good rugby player.

Canon Tugman was also known for his Sunday afternoon radio programme on the SABC 'Let me tell you a story'.

Rev Tugman created an amphitheatre halfway between St Marks and Mbabane town. Seats were in semi-circular tiers cut into the side of the steepish hillside with the stage at the bottom. His enthusiasm for theatre was infectious and his St Marks productions were enormously popular. This amphitheatre was still in use in the 1950/60s for plays and 'Carols by Candlelight'.

Rev Tugman & Mary circa 1930's
(Source: Anthony Tugman)
St Marks High School cowsheds  
The cowsheds without windows!
(Source: Anthony Tugman)
Headmaster of St Marks Swaziland Charles Tugman  

1894 - Born in Richmond Surrey on 21 April
1917 - Gassed and wounded, Welsh Regiment
1921 - Achieved his BA, St Pauls College / Rhodes University
1923 - Became a Deacon
1923 - Married Janet Mary Agnes de Vries van Heijst on 26 April
1925 - Became a Priest and headmaster of St Marks School
1931 - Designed new Swaziland postage stamp
1935 - Last year as Headmaster of St Marks
1935 - Headmaster of St Georges, Cape Town, until 1943
1943 - Dean of Bloemfontein until 1949
1949 - Rector of St Aidan's Yeoville, Johannesburg, until 1952
1952 - Rector of St George's Parktown, Johannesburg, until 1964
1964 - Canon of St Mary's Cathedral Johannesburg
1971 - Wife Mary passed away
1976 - Passed away and is buried at St Georges Church, Parktown

Dean Tugman
(Source:Bloemfontein Cathedral)

St Marks High School and new classrooms circa 1920/30s
The Rectory which became part of St Marks and on the right the Cowsheds (before windows)!
Source: Anthony Tugman
(Research by: Michael Martin - February 2008)