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The Four Minute Mile – John Landy

Today (6 May) marks the 66th anniversary of what many consider to be the greatest day in athletics history. On 6 May 1954, running at the Ifley Road track in Oxford, Roger Bannister, paced by his friends Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher, became the first man to run the mile in under four minutes. His time was 3.59.4. Forty-six days later, running at an international meeting in Turku, Finland, the Australian John Landy (Class of 1948) broke Bannister’s record with a time of 3.57.9. This remained the world record until July 1957. Landy and Bannister met later in 1954 at the British Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada, in what was dubbed “The Mile of the Century”. In this race both broke four minutes for the mile – Bannister winning after trailing for most of the race. Bannister retired from at...

The Light Horse – Charles Reginald Handfield

Charles Reginald Handfield was born in South Yarra on 26th August 1878 and was the youngest son of six children of Frederick and Mary Handfield. His father Lieutenant Frederick Oliver Handfield served in the Victorian Volunteer Navy from 1861-1870. The exact years Charles was at Malvern Grammar School are uncertain, but he was certainly a student during the years of 1895 – 96 as he was named Captain of the football and cricket teams as well as the School Champion. In 1896, when he was aged 18, there were 73 boys on the roll at MGS and it was evidently a notable year in the School’s history as in addition to success in study, there was also good success in sport. The football team won all its matches as did the First Eleven which notably had a draw with the Second XI of Scotch College...

Captain at Gallipoli – Herbert Humphreys Hunter

Born in Bendigo on 18 November 1881, Herbert Humphreys Hunter was educated at Caulfield Grammar School before completing his final year of schooling at Melbourne Grammar School. He was an outstanding schoolboy athlete, who later won a double blue in football and athletics while studying at the University of Melbourne. After gaining a qualification in dentistry from Melbourne, he continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Doctor of Dentistry from that university in 1906. He was registered to practice dentistry in the State of Victoria in December 1907 and opened a surgery in Bendigo in 1908. Herbert Hunter made his VFL debut for Essendon in 1900 while still at Melbourne Grammar. His first game was in Round 4 against Collingwood and he played the following two games...

Chaplain Major – Ormonde Winstanley Birch

Ormonde Winstanley Birch was born on 14th May 1879 and was enrolled at CGS on 14th July 1896 as student 580, aged 16 years and living at 68 Sutherland Road Armadale.[1] He had previously attended Bendigo High School and his parents were John Edwards Octavius Birch and Clara Mary Cregoe and who had 4 sons and 1 daughter. Although CGS records are not clear as to his year of leaving school, we can assume that at the latest it was 1898, as the 1899 Speech Night program when reporting on the Annual School Athletics Sports stated that in the Old Boys’ Cup in the 1 mile bicycle race, ‘O Birch gained second place.‘ He undertook militia service as a Sergeant (3701) with the 1st Battalion of the Infantry brigade and with a height of 5’6 1/4’’ he enlisted with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles (VMR) o...

First Captain of CGFC – Jack Robinson

John Ware Robinson attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1902 to 1911. Known to his family as “Jack”, Robinson was born in St Kilda on 28th December 1891, the son of the Rev. Samuel Robinson and Annie Robinson (née Ware). Robinson pass the Junior Public Examination (equivalent to the matriculation) in 1909 but remained at Caulfield for two more years before entering the University of Melbourne. He was a prefect in 1910 and Captain of the School in 1911. He studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree at university but his studies were interrupted by war and he eventually graduated with a BA (in absentia) in 1921. Robinson was a talented sportsman who represented Caulfield in football, cricket and athletics. He was captain of both the first football and cricket teams in 1910 and 1911, and won two...

Bushmen Squadron – Walter Laishley Spier

Walter Laishley Spier was born in South Melbourne in 1874 and was enrolled at CGS in 1888 as a 13-year-old boarder, amongst another 30 boarders, as his parents Walter and Charlotte lived in Hunter’s Hill in Sydney. However, in January 1889 as a 14-year-old he was enrolled at Sydney Grammar School and his parents address was given as Alexander Street, Lane Cove. During his time at SGS he appears to have become quite involved with sport and in 1892 was named in the school’s Rugby 1st XV. A station overseer, he enlisted in 13th February 1900 as a Corporal (152) in B Squadron of the New South Wales Citizens’ Bushmen and served from April 1900 – April 1901 in Rhodesia, West Transvaal including the defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal. He died of enter...

Mounted Infantryman – Bernard Everett Bardwell

Bernard Everett Bardwell, the eldest son of Everett and Fanny Bardwell was born on 8th September 1881 at Emerald Hill in Melbourne. He was first educated privately, then at East Malvern Grammar School, before being enrolled at CGS in 1892 aged eleven and at Speech Night that year gained second place in both the Form II Arts prize and the Mathematic prize. His year of leaving is unknown, but likely to be 1896 as his father, a lawyer, took up a position at Mosman in Perth, West Australia in 1897. On 20th December 1899, the Western Australian Government sanctioned the formation of a second company of Mounted Infantry for service in the Boer War and amongst the eight officers, 97 men and 125 horse that sailed from Fremantle on 3rd February 1900, was Lt Bernard Bardwell. Coincidentally also a m...

Diversity Champion – Jayde de Bondt

Alumnus Jayde de Bondt has combined her love of people with her passion for sport to forge a rewarding career with North Melbourne Football Club. Jayde de Bondt (pictured centre) graduated from Caulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill Campus in 2010, esteeming herself in her senior years as a leader, sportswoman, and academic. She was Shaw House Vice Co-Captain, a School Committee member, and was awarded the Ashley M L Takacs Prize for English Literature, the Simon Barnet Joel Prize for Service, Citizenship and Leadership, and Double Colours for Athletics. Following graduation, Jayde’s sights were originally set on a career in reporting the news, but after enrolling in and completing a Bachelor of Communication degree majoring in advertising and journalism at Bond University, she soon realised a ...

Anesthetist & Wine Lover – Robert Eyres

Robert Eyres was born in Deniliquin, NSW, and came to Caulfield Grammar School as a boarder in 1957.  After Caulfield was admitted to the Associated Public Schools (APS) in late 1957, rowing was introduced as a sport at CGS in 1958.  Rob was an enthusiastic participant and was a member of the first eight in both 1960 and 1961.  Caulfield’s firsts rowed in the second division at the Head of the River regatta in 1960 but the following year was the School’s debut in the first division.  After an equipment breakage in the Caulfield boat delayed their heat, the CGS crew, stroked by Rob, managed to dead-heat with Melbourne Grammar, behind eventual champions Wesley.  The next day they finished third in the intermediate final. Rob was a Boarding House prefect in 1961 and passed the matriculation e...

Writing for Televsion – Ellen Shanley

Writing is something all of us learn at a young age but how often do you think about it as an artform? Ellen Shanley’s dream as a child was to pursue writing creatively. She attended Caulfield Grammar School Malvern Campus from Prep to Grade 5 and her passion for writing steadily grew. One of the major influences during Ellen’s time at Caulfield was the many hours she spent in the library. It was one of her favourite parts of the school and enabled her to live in a world where anything was possible: exploring different genres, universes and characters. Reading a huge variety of books allowed Ellen to discover a range of writing techniques that she could pursue. Ellen’s favourite memory of Caulfield was when Andy Griffiths visited Malvern to talk to her class about his books and writing. He...

A Lifetime Legacy – Morris Hart

Morris Hart started as a student at Caulfield Grammar in 1936, after attending Caulfield North State School. His family lived in Inkerman Road, St Kilda; his uncles Myer and Nathaniel Blasebalk had previously attended the School in the 1920s, both being heavily involved in sport, particularly football and athletics. Morris studied for the Intermediate Certificate but his main interest at school was sport. He represented the School in both football and athletics, and was awarded House Colours (Buntine House) in 1939. Both the first eighteen and athletics team won the inter-school (AGSV) premiership in 1939. The first eighteen was coached by Billy Morcom, while Bill Grant was in charge of the athletics team. In the photograph of the 1939 first eighteen published in the school magazine Morris...

A Love of the Stage – Lexie Van Maanen

Just days before Alexis (Lexie) Van Maanen (2017) walked through the gates of Caulfield Grammar School for the last time she received a call that would change her life. Lexie had been cast in her first ever professional role as the Mistress in Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary production of Evita, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. She was stunned to learn that not only had she landed a role of her dreams but that she would be performing at the Sydney Opera House alongside her idol, Tina Arena. From a young age, Lexie had watched Tina on TV and followed her career so it was quite overwhelming to walk into the first day of rehersals. Despite her trepidation, Lexie found the cast very welcoming and willing to take her under their wing. The production became a great environment to build o...