Archives – April E-Newsletter 2024

Photo of the Month: Mural at Caulfield Campus, undated
Can you help to date this painting? Who painted it? It hangs on a wall on the stairs near the Lester Seward Library.


A Leader and Rowing Enthusiast: Paul Crivelli (CGS Student 1917-1920) 

A recent donation to the Archives of some Cap badges and medal for a Dancing class, has shone a focus on alumni, Paul Crivelli. Paul attended Caulfield Grammar from 1917 to 1920. He was a Prefect in 1920 and an entry in the School Magazine December 1920, predicted, “As to the future, Paul Crivelli and Charlie Kitson are both bound for ‘Varsity”. 

The small silver Medal was awarded for a CGS 1918 Dancing Class, and donated by his granddaughter, Jane. The inscription reads, Caulfield Gram. School Paul Crivelli. Presented by M. Bibron & Mlles Bibron & Simcoe Brown for Dancing 1918. 
Digitised Newspaper advertisements on the TROVE website (Hosted by National Library of Australia) reveal that Monsieur Paul Bibron, assisted by Mesdemoiselles Bibron and Simcoe Brown, taught Dancing classes, Calisthenics and Deportment in Melbourne and Sydney. 


Paul is believed to have introduced rowing to Caulfield Grammar and the formation of a school rowing crew, ‘There are some enthusiasts who, under the leadership of P.Crivelli, have been taking lessons in the handling of a four-oar boat at Albert Park, on Saturday afternoons. Perhaps it will be possible to develop this branch of sport in the future. Yet it was not until 1959 that our School embarked on rowing as an official sport in 1959.

Image on the left: CGS Prefects 1920
Back Row: R N Maughan (1917-20), P Crivelli (1917-20), D L Twigg (1917-20), L A Webb (1917-20), S G Hayes, (1917-1920), H G Williamson (1918-20). Front Row: R H Kitson (1917-20), R M Linton (1919-20), J P R Sennitt (School Captain 1920) (1914-20), R L Dawson (1918-20).

Image on the right: Cap Badges and 1918 Dancing Medal of Paul Crivelli

Making Contact:  
Term 2 has commenced with many opportunities to share our rich history and traditions at Anzac Day assemblies and annual Founder’s Day commemoration service on Sunday 21 April.  The CGS Archives and Heritage Collection spans from 1879 to the present-day including Malvern Memorial Grammar School (Malvern Grammar) photographs and memorabilia.  

Any research queries or offers of donation are welcome by contacting The Archivist, Judith Gibson.
Phone (03) 9524 6249 or email archives@caulfieldgs.vic.edu.au. 


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