Moreton Bay College

Name: Moreton Bay College

Time: 1901 -

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Category: Uniting Church Combined College

Institution Category: Education

Institution Group: Combined Levels

Coordinates: -27.4443603, 153.1742936

Street Address: Bay Terrace, Wynnum

Suburb: Wynnum

Sector: Independent \'Protestant\'

Local Study Area: Wynnum-Wynnum West-Manly-Lota-Manly West

Study Stage: MBSH Stage 4 Local Study Areas

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The Moreton Bay Girl’s High School was opened by the designer and builder, John Lley Green in 1901. Green had created the institution for his daughters, Alice and Anne Green, who ran the facility as a boarding house school. The site also acted as a meeting venue for Moreton Masonic Lodge, the local School of Arts, and the local Scout and Guides Clubs. In 1944 the Greene family handed over the school to the Methodist Church and in 1957 the institution became known as the Moreton Bay College. The administration of the college took a few twists during the 1970s. It was closed in 1975 when enrolments had fallen to 125 students. With the formation of the Uniting Church (to which the Methodist Church reconstituted in partnership with the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches), the ecumenical college was reopened in August 1979. The college continued to struggle financially and the boarding section of the school was closed in 1980. At this time, a new principal, Ken Waller, marked the era of the college’s resurgence. The college was relocated from its Wynnum site in 1984 to 20 hectares at Manly West. Within the College structure, a primary school opened followed by a secondary school in 1986.

Geographic Description 1: Outside The Green Belt

Geographic Description 2: Moreton Bay (Southern); Wynnum Creek

Geographic Description 3: Flood Plains (Small); Flood Gullies; Hills; Ridgeline (Wynnum North); Coastal


Kowald, Margaret. with Val Donovan, Ruth Kerr, Kay Cohen, Lyndsay Smith, and Jean Stewart. Lost Brisbane and Surrounding Areas: The Later Years. Volume 2. RHSQ. 2016 page 147

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Moreton Bay College, Bay Terrace, Wynnum, 1980. MBCA. Lost Brisbane. Volume 2. RHSQ. 2016 page 147