Golden Alumni Archives - The Caulfield Grammarians' Association

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Class of 1969 50-Year Reunion

On Friday 25 October, nearly 50 members of the Class of 1969 gathered in The Cripps Centre at Caulfield Campus (on the site of the old Memorial Hall) to reminisce about the 50 or more years that have passed since they left school. Some of those who attended travelled from country Victoria or interstate, and one (Peter Cox) timed a trip from the UK so that it would coincide with the reunion. For some it was the first time for many years that they had been back at the school. In addition, a number of apologies were received from class members who would have liked to attend but couldn’t for various reasons. All in attendance were pleased to see special guest, past staff member and Head of Kurrle House in 1969, Jock Nelson. The evening began with an optional tour of the school, including many ...

Marsden & Archer Chapters Luncheon

The CGA recently held a combined Luncheon for the Marsden and Archer Chapters on Thursday 3 October. Archer members were able to appreciate the beauty of Malvern Campus and the Valentine Mansion; something different from looking out over the oval from the Lindsay Thompson Centre at Caulfield Campus. Our Marsden members also enjoyed showing their fellow Grammarians around a place that holds so many memories for them. Our Grammarians were warmly welcomed to the campus by Year 5 and 6 students. It was lovely to see the connection between current students and some of the old boys.    Chapter members also swapped stories about school days and hearing an update on current school activities from Principal Ashleigh Martin.   Thanks to archivist Judith Gibson who put together a wonderful display as...

Write it down – School Note Book / Diaries

“We went for hike to Brittania Falls [Yara Junction] and fell in but only got wet feet. Rain nearly fell all the time.” Past student IVC, CGS 1953.  Past students of both Caulfield Grammar and Malvern Memorial Grammar School may remember using a yearly diary. In the 1920’s the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria Note Book was issued to students and still in 2019, our students at each senior campus receive a paper diary. The earliest examples in our Archive / Heritage Collectionare four diaries from 1921-24 used by Louis Ben Culley (1920-25 CGS).  The Note Book provided details on each AGSV School such as Headmaster, Foundation Date, Motto and Crest, Hatband and Cap colours, and name of School Magazine. Space was provided to write timetables for classes, exams and homework. Past premiers...

Shaw House Primary School Reunion

On Sunday 25 August over 100 past students, past staff members, past parents and other members of the school community attended a special reunion to commemorate 40 years since the closure of the Shaw House Primary School. The function was organised jointly by the School and the CGA. Shaw House operated as a preparatory school feeding the main school in Glen Eira Road from 1949 to 1979. The decision to open the Wheelers Hill Campus in 1981 led the School Council to rationalise facilities across the School and it was decided to close Shaw House at the end of the 1979 school year. Attendees at the reunion, held in The Cripps Centre (Memorial Hall) at Caulfield Campus, were welcomed by Director of Community Engagement Sue Sonego and Principal Ashleigh Martin, and then enjoyed some reminiscence...

Historic St. Kilda Cemetery

I wonder how many times you’ve driven past the St. Kilda Cemetery on Dandenong Road without realising the significance of this cemetery. For within the grounds are grave-sites of at least two Caulfield Grammarians who died from illness prior to 1918.  The first death of a student at Caulfield was in the headship of Joseph Henry Davies. A boarder in School House, Frederick William Breguet (1883-84) died on the 14thApril 1884 from rheumatic endocarditis. The loss was a sad one and a report in the School Magazine indicates that the whole school walked in a funeral procession to the St Kilda Cemetery singing ‘Nearer My God to Thee…’ and other suitable hymns. The gravestone tribute says, “This stone was erected to the beloved memory of Frederick William Breguet, who died at Caulfield Gram...

An Alloy Attraction – Ian Polmear

Ian Polmear attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1940 to 1945. A member of Barnett House, he gained house colours in athletics, swimming, football and cricket. In his final year he was a School Officer (Library) and Secretary of Barnett House. He was also awarded School Colours for athletics, finishing second in the open 120 yards hurdles in the AGSV Combined Sports. Ian’s main academic interests were mathematics and chemistry and he was awarded a Free Place to study metallurgical engineering at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a BMetE degree in 1949. Ian lived in Sandringham where he joined the local Amateur Athletic Club as a hurdler in 1946. In the years that followed he enjoyed the weekly interclub meetings at what was then Olympic Park in Richmond. Later his specialties ...

2019 Combined Chapter Luncheon

Our annual Combined Chapter Luncheon was held on Friday 1 March at The Gables in Malvern East. The usual venue for the luncheon — the Function Room of the Lindsay Thompson Sports and Physical Education Centre at Caulfield Campus — was not available this year due to the construction work on the new Aquatic Centre. More than 90 chapter members and guests attended what proved to be a very enjoyable function. CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott welcomed everyone and then handed over to CGA President Andrew Aitken, who provided the CGA Report. In his report, Andrew congratulated Archer Chapter member Dr David Burke on receiving an AM in the Australia Day Honours for “for significant service to medicine, particularly to brain injury rehabilitation, and to professional medical bodies”.      In hi...

Long-term Grammarian – Lindsay Cuming

Lindsay Cuming attended Caulfield Grammar from 1936 to 1947. He gained his matriculation certificate in 1946. In that year he was a school officer (School Liaison), house secretary of Archer House, a member of the first eleven (premiers) and first eighteen, and a sergeant in the cadet corps. He returned to school in 1947 to complete matriculation Latin so that he could undertake a law degree at university. In 1947 he was a prefect, vice-captain of Archer House, won school colours for cricket, was a member of the premiership-winning first eleven, first eighteen and first tennis teams, and was made a cadet lieutenant in the cadet corps. After completing his schooling Lindsay’s involvement with Caulfield continued. He was a member of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club under-19 team in 1...

Lawn Bowls Report – December 2018

Our season commenced in early October with the first game played on the beautiful greens at the MCC Bowls Club in Hawthorn. Most of the games will be played at MCC Hawthorn this season. The Grammarians were opposed by old foes in Old Scotch and Old Melburnians. All games were keenly fought out with close results. Caulfield’s best rink on the day was ably skipped by Tony Bagnall and was well supported by Bob Loader (on loan from MCC), Jan Geyer and Bev Allen, who finished eight shots up. We welcomed three new bowlers to our ranks, Jan Geyer, Ted Geyer and Dean Harding, who I am sure will add strength to our team. We are always looking for new bowlers to join us. Male or female bowlers who are past students or are the parents or grandparents of past and present students, would be most welcom...

2018 Archer Chapter Luncheon

Our October Archer Chapter Luncheon was held at the Caulfield RSL with over 50 Chapter members and guests in attendance. CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott and President Andrew Aitken welcomed us, with Andrew providing a comprehensive report on current CGA activities. We were honoured to have Principal Ashleigh Martin in attendance, along with Jim Hayman (President of School Council), Andrew Strooper (Vice-Principal), Sue Sonego (Director of Community Engagement) and Andrew Cole (Director of Advancement). In addition to providing an update on current school activities and plans for the future, Ashleigh departed from the usual script and provided Chapter members with an opportunity to relate some stories from their school days. A number of humorous anecdotes were the result. We also heard ...

A Night of Firsts

A box of papers was recently delivered to the Archives Centre. There was one small item of particular interest which marked a very important event in the history of Caulfield Grammar School. It was a menu card for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association dinner, held at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda on Thursday 30th April, 1931. This was a particularly significant dinner because it was the first held after the school became a company just ten days earlier. One of the first members of the School Council, Mr Richard Ballard, was present. Mr Frank Archer, soon to be the first Headmaster to operate under the newly formed Council, was there along with Mr Walter Buntine, the Principal. Also, in attendance was Dr J.C.V. Behan (1894-95), Victoria’s first Rhodes Scholar, and a member of the School ...

Lone jogger – Dr Jack Cherny

Grammarians who were students at Caulfield Campus in the last years of the 20th Century and the early years of the 21st will remember a lone figure of Dr Jack Cherny jogging around the Alf Mills Oval on most mornings of the year. It is calculated that he chalked up some 82,000 laps covering 45,990 kilometres over 32 years from 1975 to 2007. Jack arrived at Caulfield Grammar School from Ripponlea State School in 1942 and became a member of Barnett House. A self-confessed “swot”, he maintained good results but his other aim was to obtain House Colours which he achieved in swimming, tennis and debating. In 1945, he took part in the E1 Players production of Twelfth Night which was staged before an audience of 400 at the Malvern Town Hall. In 1949, he was appointed a School Officer and took the...