Archives – February E-Newsletter 2024

Photo of the Month: Cheering Students of Davies House, 2004. 
Can you help identify the names of the Davies House students (Caulfield Campus) cheering at the House swimming? Contact,  archives@caulfieldgs.vic.edu.au 


100 Years Ago – Memories of 1924  
Term One, 2024, started with a focus on sharing school history to all Year 7 classes at both the Caulfield and Wheelers Hill campuses and researching school life in 1924. Fortunately, school magazines and Speech Day programmes are held by the Caulfield Grammar Archives, plus rare copies of The Malvern Mitre magazine of Malvern Grammar School.  
100 years ago (1924) – Malvern Grammar moves to ‘Valentines’ Mansion  
100 years ago Malvern Grammar School moved into the ‘Valentines” mansion. Classes began on the 12th of February 1924 with new Headmaster, Mr Arthur J Marsden (2nd Headmaster 1924-1955) and around 126 boys studying Preparatory to Senior classes. The magnificent mansion was built originally as a home for lawyer and politician, Hon. John Mark Davies, on a grand scale with forty rooms, rectangular ballroom, broad stairway and expansive balcony. Later Malvern Memorial Grammar school affiliated with Caulfield Grammar in 1961, becoming co-educational in 1993.  

Launching this anniversary of 100 years of Teaching and Learning at Malvern was an assembly on Friday 9th February of students and staff. This was followed by a small commemorative ceremony on Monday 12th February with special guests including a small representative group of past Malvern students from before the 1960s. The Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin and the new Head of Malvern Campus, Mrs Prue Petsinis were also in attendance.  


Decorated ‘100’ Cookies.
‘Valentines’ Mansion, mid 1920s.

100 Years Ago (1924) Caulfield Grammar welcomes visit of Archdeacon Barnett and Mrs Barnett.  
At the beginning of second term, the Ven. Archdeacon E J Barnett, (2nd CGS Headmaster 1888-1896), of South China, visited and spoke at an assembly after an absence of 21 years, being 28 years since he relinquished the School. Archdeacon Barnett returned to missionary work and moved to Hong Kong and helped establish an English style school for Chinese children residing in the colony, St. Stephen’s College for Boys’, and was Warden from 1903-1914. In 1906, a girl’s School, St Stephen’s Girls’ College was founded. Later Archdeacon Barnett and his wife, moved to England where he was Vicar in the West Dorset parish of Beer Hackett before retiring and living In Tasmania.  


Visit of Archdeacon Barnett, Mrs Barnett with Mr W M Buntine, 1924. 
Rev. E J Barnett (CGS Headmaster 1888-1896) 

Making Contact:  
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. 
Judith Gibson, School Archivist. 


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