Brisbane Grammar School (Spring Hill)

Brisbane Grammar School (Spring Hill)

Name: Brisbane Grammar School (Spring Hill)

Group: Institutional Location

Type: Educational College (Secondary)

Years at Location: 1869-Current

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The School was a major Queensland centre in public memory of World War I. On 14 August 1916, the Queensland Governor, Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams unveiled a war memorial with the names of 600 students who had enlisted.

The School had produced a long list of Rhodes Scholars:

1904 Arthur S. Roe;

1905 Norman Leslie;

1908 Stanley Castlehow;

1909 Leonard G Brown;

1911 Harold K. Denham;

1914 Allan W.L. Row;

1915 John N. Radcliffe;

1918 Frederick W. Paterson ;

1919 Victor Grenning;

1922 Tom Lawton;

1927 Franz Konrad Saddler Hirschfeld;

1928 John H. Lavery;

1930 Cecil E. Kerr;

1939 James K. Newman; and

1958 Thomas Baxter.

Impact on Brisbane Society

Brisbane Grammar School was established in 1868 under the Grammar Schools Act (1860). The School was relocated to the Gregory Terrace site in 1881, and had been on the Roma Street site, since 1868. The leading Principals were Reginald Heber Roe (1876-1909); Stuart Stephenson (1928-1939) and George Carson Cooling (1940-1947).


Brisbane Grammar School – Grammar History Archived 21 August 2011.

Fitzgerald, Ross; Megarrity, Lyndon; Symons, David. Made in Queensland : a New History, Special Q150 commemorative edition, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Qld, 2009.

Penrose, Helen. Light Dark Blue: 150 Years of Learning and Leadership at Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane Grammar School, Brisbane, Qld, 2019.

Priest, Joan. From Balliol College to Brisbane Grammar: Reginald Roe, Headmaster B.G.S. 1876-1909, Charles Roe, Yeronga, Qld, 1993.

Stephenson, Stuart. Annals of the Brisbane Grammar School 1869-1922, Anthony James Cumming, Government Printer, Brisbane, 1923.

Willey, Keith. The First Hundred Years: the Story of Brisbane Grammar School, 1868-1968, Brisbane Grammar School, Macmillan of Australia, Melbourne, 1968.

Image Citations

The new school on Gregory Terrace, 1889. Archive: State Library of Queensland []