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Golden Alumni

Golden Alumni are our long-standing Grammarians who are 65+ years of age or who left Malvern Memorial Grammar School and Caulfield Grammar School 50 or more years ago. The Golden Alumni Society was launched in February 2020 to replace our Marsden and Archer Chapters. Each year past students who have reached the milestone of 50 years since graduation are invited to join the Society and attend Golden Alumni events. Our Golden Alumni Society is designed to help our older Grammarians stay connected with one another and our wonderful community. We have a long and proud history as one of the oldest alumni associations in Australia and our Golden Alumni share this history. They have a lifelong bond with the School that continues to flourish and enables us to keep valuable memories alive. Golden A...

Friendship Flag – William Abbott

FLAG RETURNED TO SOLDIERS FAMILY AFTER 75 YEARS. “It might have been a flag to us but you sent his spirit home” Masako Sakamoto Sometime late in World War II an Australian soldier, Ashie Garrard from the small Riverina town of Berrigan captured a Japanese Friendship flag in Borneo and sent it home to the children of a family friend as a souvenir. A Friendship Flag was a Japanese Flag signed by the soldiers family and neighbours as a token of good luck prior to the embarkation of the soldier to war. The name of the soldier was Shinji Takeda. The children who received the flag were the three Abbott brothers and their sister who were the children of then local solicitor in Berrigan. For many years the friendship flag has been in the possession of William Abbott who tried to find a...

Military Historian – Daryl Moran

Daryl Moran came to Caulfield Grammar School as a student in 1966. A foundation member of Kurrle House, he gained the Higher Schools’ Certificate (HSC) in 1970. He was a School Committee member (1970), member of the first eighteen football team (1970), an RSM in the Cadet Unit (1969), a member of the School Choir and involved in drama productions. Daryl is in the back row, third from right. After leaving school, Daryl completed teacher training at Mercer House and taught in the primary school at Peninsula Grammar. He was then appointed one of the foundation members of the teaching staff at Caulfield’s Wheelers Hill Campus, taking the Year 4 class when the campus opened in 1981. He was involved in all aspects of the development of the campus, including being a foundation member of Wilsmore ...

Grammarians in the Herald Sun

We are delighted to announce that today the Herald Sun has published 10 profiles that reflect just a few of our many amazing alumni and their successes: ‘Caulfield Grammar top students reflect a diversity of talents’. We worked very closely with the journalist to showcase our alumni, reflecting our values and diversity. Telling our story is a strategic priority for us and it is the journeys of our Grammarians that truly encapsulate what Caulfield Grammar School is all about. We hope you enjoy reading the article which can be accessed here. We look forward to publishing many more alumni stories. If you would like to be featured email us at: [email protected]

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...

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...

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...

Marsden and Archer Chapter Luncheon

The CGA is delighted to host the Marsden & Archer Chapter Luncheon on Thursday 3 October 2019, 12 noon for 12.30pm start to 3pm. The emphasis will be on a relaxed afternoon where you can enjoy each other’s company and catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while. Please Note: This year we are combining the Marsden and Archer Chapter Luncheons in order to increase our numbers. This function is being held at The Ballroom (Valentines Mansion) at Malvern Campus as the Lindsay Thompson Sports & Physical Education Centre on Caulfield Campus is currently unavailable due to the pool construction. Tickets are $65 per person and include a two-course meal and drinks. Dress: Jacket and tie RSVP: 5pm Friday 27 September 2019 Please fee free to share this invitation with other Marsden and Arc...

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...

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