WWII Archives - The Caulfield Grammarians' Association

WWII

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...

Community Spirit – Tony Beddison

Tony Beddison attended Caulfield Grammar School from 1960 to 1966.  He commenced as a boarder and was later a member of the Kurrle House when it was established in 1966.  He was Kurrle House Secretary in 1966 and passed the Matriculation at the end of the year, gaining second class honours in geography. Tony was conscripted after leaving school and served in the Australian Army from 1969 to 1972, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Following his time in the army, he began a successful business career, building up the largest privately-owned workforce solutions group in Australia.  He also established a variety of other companies under the Beddison Group umbrella. These businesses were sold in 2017. Tony Beddison supported many charitable organisations, including being Chair of the Royal Child...

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...

2018 Archer Chapter Luncheon

Our October Archer Chapter Luncheon was held at the Caulfield RSL with over 50 Chapter members and guests in attendance. CGA Executive Director Linda Sprott and President Andrew Aitken welcomed us, with Andrew providing a comprehensive report on current CGA activities. We were honoured to have Principal Ashleigh Martin in attendance, along with Jim Hayman (President of School Council), Andrew Strooper (Vice-Principal), Sue Sonego (Director of Community Engagement) and Andrew Cole (Director of Advancement). In addition to providing an update on current school activities and plans for the future, Ashleigh departed from the usual script and provided Chapter members with an opportunity to relate some stories from their school days. A number of humorous anecdotes were the result. We also heard ...

A Mysterious Suitcase

A couple of years ago, a water pipe burst in the roof of Morcom House causing damage to the ceiling. On the face of it, this was a fairly straightforward job of plumbing and plastering…but it uncovered a mystery. Found in the roof was a suitcase. Aside from being rather dirty and with corroded metalwork, it was a high quality case in reasonably good condition. It was also empty save for a piece of red ribbon fastened with drawing pins to the inside of the lid in the shape of the Star of David. On the outside of the lid was the name BICKERTON in black letters about five centimeters in height. In 1919, a young lad, Hugh Geoffrey Bickerton, was enrolled on his sixth birthday at Caulfield Grammar School to start the following year. He had been born in Brisbane at Eagle Junction on 12 Sep...