ABOUT THE MALAGO SOCIETY
MALAGO Society is named after the stream that flows from the hills of
Dundry and through Bedminster. In 1973 the staff and pupils of
Bedminster Down School wrote and produced a mu-sical play on the theme
of some children looking for the source of the Malago. Anton Bantock,
then head of history at the school, began with a group of sixth formers
to research the history of the area. So that episodes could be included
in the show. This in turn led to the collection of photographs and
reminiscences. Those involved with the research thought it would be a
pity to let their efforts go to waste, so in January 1974 they formed
the Malago Archives Committee to continue their work.
In January 1975 a local history evening at the school presented some of
the information in the form of readings, songs and dances, and in June
1975 the first MALAGO magazine was launched at the school fete.
Subsequently, Anton Bantock was asked to run a course of talks on local
history for adults, from which the present Malago Society is descended.
The history of the Smyth Family of Ashton Court, on which Anton Bantock
was the acknowledged authority. We were deeply sorry when Anton died in
March 2015 - we lost a friend and a pillar of the Malago Society.