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Game, Set, Match – Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart

Friends of Graeme Cumbrae-Stewart will be saddened to learn of his passing on 24th August 2020.  Graeme attended Malvern Memorial Grammar School from 1947 to 1951 and Caulfield Grammar School from 1952 to 1958. Graeme was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his “strong commitment to tennis” and received an OAM in 2004 “for service to the community, particularly through the Scouting movement, and to the development and promotion of tennis”. Graeme’s 55 years’ service in tennis administration began in 1959 when he became assistant secretary at the Glen Iris Valley Tennis Club.  After working in Brisbane in the mid-1960s, he was promptly elected president of Glen Iris when he returned to Melbourne.  He held that post for ten years and was made a Life Member of the club in 1981.  H...

Golden Alumni Coffee Conversations

An on-line catch-up for members of our Golden Alumni Society (Grammarians who left school 50 years or more ago) was held via Zoom conferencing on Wednesday 19 August from 10 to 11am. More than 20 Society members joined the conversation including participants from Sydney and country Victoria. Those attending included past students of both Caulfield and Malvern Grammars, who left school between 1945 and 1971. They were joined by CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott, CGS Foundation Executive Director Andrew Cole, CGA Past President and School Council Member Matthew Scholten, CGA Projects Officer Ian Wilkinson and CGA Marketing & Events Officer Rachel Muir. After a brief welcome from Linda Sprott, and a short report from Andrew Cole, each of those involved had the opportunity to recount som...

Alumni Conversations – August

Every month we will be releasing an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Ian Felsenthal (1947) – Watch here Bec Cole (2009) – Watch here  Content courtesy of CGS Sports Department David Astbury (2008) – Watch here Content courtesy of CGS...

Passionate Yachtsman – Ian Felsenthal

Ian Felsenthal attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1943 to 1946. In his final year at school he was a School Officer (magazine), Vice-Captain of Davies House, a member of the first eighteen, President of the Public Questions Society and President of the Yacht Club. He passed the Leaving Certificate at the end of 1946 in five subjects. Upon leaving school Ian Felsenthal joined the Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil), working first in Melbourne and later in the Northern Territory and country Victoria. In 1953 and 1954 he was the sales representative for the Latrobe Valley area working out of Sale, moving then to Traralgon as a distribution agent from 1955 to 1964. Ian was proprietor of the London Motel in Stawell from 1965 to 1969 and, on his return to Melbourne, was the proprietor of the import/r...

The Crabtree Family

The Crabtree family’s association with Caulfield Grammar School began when Walter Crabtree came to the School in 1930. Wal attended Caulfield State School after his family moved to Elsternwick, showing his football ability by being selected to play for Victoria in the State Schools’ Football Carnival. Moving to Caulfield Grammar in 1930, he was selected to play in the first eighteen at age 14 and kicked 35 goals as a forward in the last three games of the 1931 season. After leaving school, Wal worked for Brookland’s Accessories for a few years before joining A G Healing, where he was employed for over 30 years, eventually reaching management level. Nevertheless, he continued his involvement in the school community. Wal played some 300 games for the Caulfield Grammarians’ Football Club (CGF...

Alumni Conversations – June

Every month we will be releasing an Alumni Conversation. Alumni Conversations are short video interviews featuring our Grammarians reminiscing about their time at School, their favorite memory and what Caulfield means to them. These interviews come from a range of different sources and cover the diverse cultural, sporting and social life of our community. They relate directly to our strategic priority of Telling Our Story (celebrate our alumni and their achievements, develop communications that are personal and authentic). We are proud to be sharing these stories with you and hope that you enjoy watching them. Ken Lyons (1941) – Watch here   Izzy Anstey (2019) – Watch here Content courtesy of CGS Sports Department   Jack Ziebell (2008) – Watch here Content court...

2020 Golden Alumni Society Luncheon

On Friday 28 February we held our inaugural Golden Alumni Society Luncheon at Caulfield Campus. With over 170 guests in attendance it was almost a sell out event. It was great to see so many there, particularly from the classes of 1960, 1965 and 1970 who were celebrating their 50, 55 and 60 year reunions. The Golden Alumni Society, a new CGA initiative, is designed to recognise and celebrate the contribution and fellowship of our Golden Alumni (65 years and older). Each year we will invite those past students that graduated 50 or more years ago from Caulfield Grammar School or Malvern Memorial Grammar School to join the society. We hope that our Golden Alumni events will serve to connect our older Grammarians and provide them with the opportunity to catch up with their friends and make new...

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...

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...

Newspaper Man – Michael Macgeorge

Members of the CGA’s Marsden Chapter were saddened to learn of the death of Michael Macgeorge in September, aged 93. Michael attended Malvern Grammar School from 1936 to 1941. He was the fifth of five brothers to attend the school. In his final year Michael completed the Intermediate Certificate and was a member of the first cricket team. Eager to pursue a career in journalism, at age 15 Michael seized the first opportunity available to join the Age newspaper, where his grandfather (Jack Stephens) had served as chief sub-editor from 1885 to 1935. Michael started work as a junior clerk in the original Collins Street offices of the Age in 1942 and became a cadet journalist with the paper 18 months later. He was transferred to Canberra in 1951, where he spent six years as a political reporter...

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...

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