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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...

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...

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...

Labora: Always illuminating and never boring!

Our school magazine, Labora, showcases so much that is special about the spirit and achievements of our school community. In a school committed both to valuing our heritage and inspiring our future, Labora reflects connection and engagement. Labora magazine has informed our School and alumni community since March 1957. It began as a four-page newsletter of the Caulfield Grammarians’ Association, developed by then President, Russ Mathews (1926-29). It was modelled on the successful monthly bulletins written by staff member, Hugh Gemmell Lamb-Smith (1913-15). In his first editorial Russ outlined his desire for ‘La Bora’ to “provide a galaxy of news on old boys, notes on coming events, post mortems on past ones, and news of the School”. He recruited an enthusiastic editorial team of Alan Hick...

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