From the Archives – May 2022

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From the Archives – May 2022

Photo of the Month: 1929 Malvern Grammar Fancy Dress Ball. This remarkable photograph dates from 1929. An advertisement in the Morning Post newspaper highlights that the 1929 Plain and Fancy-Dress juvenile Ball was held in the Malvern Town Hall on Saturday July 6 to aid the funds of the Malvern Church of England Grammar School, Willoby Avenue. Not a Closed World: A Forum for Political Opinion. In the past month, the Federal election has been in the forefront of our lives. And it reminded me of the efforts made by Caulfield students in the 1960s and 1970s to bring guest political speakers onto the campus for lunchtime forums to encourage student opinion and expression. In 1966 for the first time an extra-curricular activity of a political nature was established by Caulfield students, “...

6th Principal – Bruce Lumsden

Bruce Lumsden, who was the sixth Head of Caulfield Grammar School, served as a Flight Officer in the 195 Squadron of the RAAF during the Second World War. He became a Prisoner of War in late 1944. Born in June 1917, Bruce grew up in an evangelical family, his father conducting missions and his mother running a hostel for the Melbourne Bible Institute. After attending a private school called “East Leigh”, he was enrolled at Caulfield Grammar School in 1929. In his final year at Caulfield (1935) he was a prefect, house vice-captain, leader of the Crusader Union, captain of the football and athletics teams, and equal Dux of the School. Bruce completed an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne and then spent a year at the Melbourne Bible Institute before accepting a post as an English teac...

Distinguished Service Order – Frank Weir

Frank Valentine Weir was born at Deniliquin, NSW, on February 14th 1878. He was the son of Joseph and Mrs Weir of ‘Ashton’ Canterbury Road, Warrnambool and attended Melbourne Grammar School in his primary years and then entered CGS (no. 400) in 1893 aged 15. This was the same year that fellow Boer War veterans, Edward Arthur Duncan and Tom Stock also enrolled at CGS. The following year, 1894, he returned home to complete four years of secondary schooling at Warrnambool College. The school magazine makes mention of his Boer War and Great War military career in its issue of December 1916 and states in part; ‘Captain Frank V Weir, was at CGS in 1893. When the Boer War broke out in 1899, he was one of the first to volunteer, and went out with the (NSW) Bushmen’s Contingent’. This is the ...

From the Archives – January 2022

Photo Find of the Month: Cheering at Head of River, 2012 For decades our school crews have welcomed the support of the Caulfield school community at the annual rowing regattas. Can you help identify the students holding the banner who were possibly in Year 10 (Peer 2014) in 2012? Simply email [email protected] Living in ‘Glen Wootton’: 1916-1970 Glen Wootton House at the Caulfield Campus is now over 100 years old and has been adapted to the changing needs of our school over time. More than just bricks and mortar, this cosy looking bungalow house was originally a private home situated next door to the school. The School Archives holds a photograph dating from 1916 showing the wire fence marking the separation of properties with its lovely garden and entry from Glen Eira Road. ...

From the Archives – December 2021

Photo Find of the Month: 1960s Morcom House Christmas Card  Are you continuing the tradition of writing and exchanging Christmas cards? Often an email  is preferred for its immediacy and opportunity to attach a photograph or annual letter. This Christmas card cleverly displays the Morcom House and School badges. May the year of 2021 end well and provide some leisure for all as we conclude 2021.    Rifle Drills and Parades at Caulfield and Malvern in 1950’s. Many students from the 1950’s will have memories of participating in the Cadet Corp at Caulfield Grammar or being part of the Air Training Corps at Malvern Grammar. Taking part in training drills and lectures, rifle shooting, inter-school contests and camps.  The 1951 Caulfield Grammarian 1951 magazine reports that many hours of solid w...

An impact on Wheelers Hill – Liz Russell

Elizabeth (Liz) Russell was a member of the teaching staff at Caulfield Grammar School for 35 years – from 1963 to 1997.  During this time she taught primary students at three campuses – Caulfield (Shaw House Primary School), Malvern and Wheelers Hill – and served during the Headships of Stan Kurrle, Bruce Lumsden, Angas Holmes and Stephen Newton.  Navigating the campuses Liz Russell’s first appointment was at Shaw House, a primary section of the School in Mayfield Street, St Kilda East (close to Caulfield Campus).  She taught Year 2 and Year 3 students there (all boys at that stage) for 17 years. Ian Wilkinson, a member of her Year 2 class in 1965, remembers Liz as a very dedicated and caring teacher, who promoted a positive learning atmosphere in the classroom and always had the be...

8th Principal – Stephen Newton

It seems that Stephen Newton may have been destined to be Principal of Caulfield Grammar School. He was born on 25thApril 1955, the 74th anniversary of the founding of our School, into a family with a strong commitment, over many generations, to serving the community. Early teaching career After completing his schooling at Scotch College in 1972, Stephen knew that he wanted to become a teacher but began studying arts and law at Monash University to keep his career options open. Having subsequently decided to concentrate on teaching, he graduated from Monash with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. His teaching methods were legal studies and geography, and his first teaching appointment was at Melbourne Grammar School. The Head of the Legal Studies Department at Melbourne Gr...

From the Archives – June 2021

Find of the Month – Essays Come Alive on the Computer, 1985 (feature image above). Do you remember the 24 Commodore computers at Malvern? These allowed all classes from Prep to Year 6 to use them for the language component of English and for mathematics, using “Logo” language. Seen pictured are Year 6 students and their teacher, David Howard (Staff 1969-2006) and boys, (L to R), Stuart Crabb, Matthew Stahmer, Benjamin Barren and Adrian Young. Recent Acquisition: A Very Special Prize Book from 1918 awarded to Lester Seward           A recent noteworthy addition to the Archives Collection is a 1918 Caulfield Grammar prize book awarded to Lester Seward, a past Caulfield student (1916-25) and past teacher (1930-71) and Housemaster of Buntine House (1940-60). Lester Seward joined the staff of C...

Camel Corps – William Martin Fender

William Martin Fender (1901 – 03) was the only son of Thomas and Lillia Fender and was born in Geelong. At the age of thirteen he enrolled at CGS in 1901 as a boarder from Metung as his father was then a surveyor located in Tambo Bluff. He won prizes in debating and athletics, but left CGS at the end of the 1903 school year to work as a clerk. Light Horse When war broke out in August 1914, and aged nearly twenty-seven years old, he enlisted immediately and was posted to the 6th Light Horse eventually serving at Anzac Cove in May 1915. He was wounded in the head in action at Gallipoli in August, but on recovery he returned to duty. He transferred to the 2nd Light Horse in early 1916 and spent the year on active service in the Middle East campaign. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and joine...

Field Ambulance Officer – Hugh Gemmell Lamb-Smith

Enlisting Born in 1889 Hugh Gemmell Lamb-Smith (Staff 1913 – 1951) had, like his Principal WM Buntine, attended Scotch College and despite his gifts as a musician had decided that his calling was to a life in which he could directly serve people, namely that of teaching.[1] He was a devoted churchman, but was also interested in many sports and above all was an idealist ready to give practical expression to his ideals.[2] He joined the teaching staff at CGS in 1913 and upon the outbreak of war the following year enlisted almost immediately. His sympathy lay with healing people rather than wounding them[3]and he served in the 2nd Field Ambulance in Egypt, from the Landing at Gallipoli and for the remainder of the war on the Western Front. It should be noted that the men in these units carrie...

Private at Gallipoli – Claude Terrell Crowl

Claude Terrell Crowl died at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. He was born at Stratford in Gippsland on Boxing Day 1892, the son of Richard Terrell Crowl and his wife Jane. Boarding at Caulfield Crowl was brought up on the family property at Poowong and enrolled as a boarder at Caulfield Grammar in 1903 or 1904. He was a member of the Chorister Class from the Holy Trinity Church and left at the end of 1905. Although he was too young to make his mark on the football field while at Caulfield, Crowl won the under 14 athletics cup in 1905 and then represented the School in the 1905 School Championship of Victoria at the MCG. Crowl finished third in the under 14 100 yards and helped Caulfield to win the championship ahead of Brighton Grammar. Image courtesy of Korumburra Heroes. Footballer at St Ki...

59th Battalion – Richard H M Gibbs

Richard H M Gibbs was eldest the son of Colac medical practitioner Dr Richard Horace Gibbs. He was born on 4th February 1892. Medicine & VFL Tall and handsome, young Richard was destined to follow in the medical footsteps of his father and, after attending Caulfield Grammar from 1908 to 1911, he studied medicine at the University of Melbourne. As a student, Gibbs was eligible to play for the University Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He made his debut in the 1912 season, notching 10 games as either a back or forward pocket. Gibbs, who could also play in the ruck, eventually totalled 35 games (and three goals) for University to the end of the 1914 season. Image courtesy of Caulfield Grammar School Archives Awarded a university “Blue” for football, he was in the fourth year ...

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