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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...

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...

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...

2019 Thank You Function

Over 150 people spent a pleasant afternoon in the garden at The Gables in East Malvern at our Thank You Function last month. Guests heard from our President, Mr Andrew Aitken and Principal, Mr Ashleigh Martin, and were introduced to the 2020 School Co-Captains (both Wheelers Hill and Caulfield Campus). A big thank you to ‘The Fields’ band who entertained our guests with some live music. Grant Poulter, head of the Awards Sub-Committee handed out Affiliate Service Awards to our very deserving 2019 winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible: Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Janee McEvoy (Football)  Graeme Diggle (Football) Anne Martin (Athletics)  Keiren Tilbrook (Rowing) Cameron Dickson (Cric...

2019 Affiliate Service Award Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate the 2019 Affiliate Service Award Winners. Without the following individuals and their outstanding service the smooth running of our affiliate clubs would not be possible. Mia Antonopoulos (Football) Mia is an important player in the CGFC women’s team. Off-field she has organized a number of events for the women players, including Wednesday night team dinners and birthday cakes for those players celebrating a birthday. She also ensures that representation from the women’s team is strong at all club events. As she has a sports medical background, Mia assists with the tapping & treatment of players when required, without hesitation. She is also actively involved with recruiting new players to the club, mentoring the younger female players and the general...

The Road to Premier A

Radar’s Report: Having recently retired from writing footy match reports, I am moved to ‘come out of retirement’ following the magnificent second semi-final win that ensured participation in Premier A in 2020, during the much awaited centenary year of the club, and the subsequent, stunning and extraordinary performance in the Premier B Grand Final. On Saturday 7th September 2019, we were witness to a thrilling, hard won one point second semi-final win, that not only guaranteed CGFC entry to Premier A in 2020 in what will be a celebratory, milestone season but presented an opportunity to win another senior premiership. I must also mention the fantastic win by the ‘dirty thirds’, as they like to be known, coached by one of CGFC’s most passionate members, himself a senior premiership pl...

2019 CGFCW Grand Final

The CGFCW senior team are still riding the high after emerging as the 2019 premiers of Premier B after defeating Old Xaverians by 14 points in front of an impressive crowd of supporters last Sunday at Mentone Playing Fields. Xavs were coming off a week’s rest, after defeating us in the semi-final two weeks earlier and progressing straight to the big dance, no doubt feeling confident that they could match it with us once again. However, our seniors were more motivated than ever. We came into the game having beaten Monash the week earlier on the same ground, in similar conditions. The build-up throughout the week leading up to the game was equally as exciting as it was overwhelming, but we were ready. We knew what we had to do. The nerves were evident throughout the first term, with both sid...

2019 Under 19 Season

Expectations were high coming off a strong first season in the Premier Under 19 division and this year’s crop of players hit the ground running, eager to put in a solid pre-season. Numbers were consistently good, players committed to additional Saturday sessions, and 3 good wins in the practice matches had us raring to go. Our first game of the regular season saw our hard work rewarded with a gritty 17 point win away at Parkdale. It was a promising whole team performance with the players exhibiting sheer determination and doggedness to get the team across the line. Harry Baxter, James McGivern and Charlie Ingham were exceptional in the midfield, with Jack Smart, Andy Blaher and Dean Salter playing pivotal roles. Unfortunately significant injuries in the pre-season and the early weeks of th...

2019 Don Wirth Medal Winners

The CGA would like to congratulate our 2019 Don Wirth Medal winners, Michael Dakic, David Gregor, Chris Mathieson and Warwick Watson, for their outstanding service and support. MICHAEL DAKIC Michael Dakic has been an outstanding contributor to the culture and success of the Caulfield Grammarians Rowing Club (CGRC). Mike commenced his association with Caulfield Grammar in 1992 when the first of his five children attended Wheelers Hill campus. Mike joined the newly formed Rowing Club in 1994, after his son started rowing for Caulfield Grammar. As a founding member of the Rowing Club, Mike then took on the challenge of learning how to row. Mike became a committee member in 1995 and was appointed club boat man in 1999 — a position he held for the next 15 years. Mike’s rowing career blossomed,...

2019 Founder’s Day Dinner

On Friday 3 May close to 100 past students and guests joined the celebrations at our annual Founder’s Day Reunion Dinner, held at the Wheelers Hill Campus.  It was wonderful to give our older Grammarians an opportunity to visit the beautiful campus on Jells Road which many of them had never been to before. The Founder’s Day Dinner served as a reunion function for the Classes of 1964, 1969 and 1974. It was also great to see so many of our APS colleagues in attendance as well as strong contingents from the rowing and football clubs. Those in attendance enjoyed a delicious 6 course meal and wonderful performances from the Grammarian Singers and Wheelers Hill Chamber Strings, while Principal Ashleigh Martin provided a comprehensive School Report. A highlight of the night was the awarding...

Our Seven Vorraths

Quite a few families have had two, three or more members at Caulfield Grammar School; but seven is a rarity. One of those is the Vorrath family whose first members arrived in the 1920s. Aside from being a good student, Carl Vorrath (1928) was a fine tennis player. After leaving school he studied automotive engineering, becoming a leading metallurgist with expertise in the development of aluminium. In 1956, he founded his own aluminium casting firm and was a part-time lecturer in metallurgy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Carl supported the school for the rest of his life, becoming an early member of the Foundation and attending many reunions. Travis Vorrath (known as Bill) (1929) and was one of those boys who excelled at everything. By the time he left school, he had appear...