31 July 2015   ::   Old Sydneians' Newsletter – Number 3


Photo: College Street, circa 1959, Max Dupain


Dear Old Sydneian,
I hope you enjoy this Term’s issue of the Newsletter. In particular, I draw your attention to the research project on the post University destinations of our younger old boys, and encourage you to make contact if you have not already done so. It should go without saying that you are always welcome back at College Street. Please get in touch with Wendy Scotter in the Old Sydneians' Office if you’d like to arrange a visit.

John Vallance

School Archives

One of the many strengths of the School’s archives is its vast collection of historical photographs, accumulated from a number of various sources. The School now has its own Flickr page featuring a selection of these images that will be of interest to many Old Sydneians.

You can access the Sydney Grammar School Flickr page from the Sydney Grammar School website from the School Archives tab, or alternatively at
Painting of the Sydney College circa 1835-42
Sydney Grammar School staff – 1901
RANR Cadets 1954
At the boatshed, no date, Max Dupain
Ms Jessie Wong's 3rd Class 1957

‘A continuing tradition, MGS V SGS’

Jim Cattlin, OS and Captain of Cricket 1961, has recently completed his long awaited book on the history of the annual Sydney Grammar School vs Melbourne Grammar School cricket match, first played in 1876. This fixture is the oldest continuing interstate cricket match in Australia. The book also features a general history of these two great schools and includes over 120 archival photos and game statistics for 121 matches. For more information click here to view the information flyer or order an advance copy of this passionately researched publication.


Rifle shooting

The year 2014 was the best for the SGS First Rifles team since the 1930s. We won the Rawson Cup, the National Rifles Association (NRA) Shield and the Buchanan Shield, under the expert guidance of coach Fernando Gregorio. The GPS overall premiership is based upon the performances in all three events and Grammar won all three trophies in 2014. The 2014 season was capped off by our Firsts team winning the GPS Premiership outright.

Rifle shooting is one of the oldest sports in the GPS. At Grammar, it was one of the earliest organised sports and was an integral part of the Cadet Corps activities.
First Rifle Shooting Team Premiers, 1975
Rifle Shooting Club 1890

Edgecliff Preparatory School

The Edgecliff Preparatory School has its historical foundations in Miss Isobel van Heuckelum’s co-educational Double Bay College, housed in the St Marks Schoolroom that once stood on New South Head Road, where the Edgecliff Shopping Centre now stands. It is believed that Miss Van ‘didn’t much care for teaching girls’ and developed the College into the Edgecliff Preparatory School for Boys around 1913, although this date has been the source of some debate due to the scarcity of records kept from this time. For nearly 50 years, she and Mr Butterley developed the school into a widely respected primary institution, with the vast majority of graduates continuing on to Sydney Grammar School for their secondary studies. When it came the time for Miss Van to retire at the end of 1955, it was only natural that the Sydney Grammar School take over the reins and continue her establishment as a preparatory school solely for College Street, first being housed in the relocated two story sandstone building off Herbert Street, Edgecliff, until the school outgrew its original surroundings and demanded a purpose-built development finished in 1966 in its present location on Alma Street, Paddington. A new photographic display in the RW Billing Hall at Edgecliff makes this history more accessible to the boys, and reinforces the value we place on the contribution of Old Sydneians.
New photograph collection in the RW Billing Hall, Edgecliff Prep
Edgecliff Prep playground, 1966, Max Dupain
Record crowd watches 1954 Davis Cup Australia vs USA, centre court, White City

St Ives Preparatory School

After a long wait, construction of new multi purpose courts has been completed. They have been built on the area that was once known as “Lower Field”. In addition, a new rotunda has been constructed adjacent to Cowper Field to provide cover for parents assisting with the barbecue on weekend sport days.
Boys at St Ives 1967, Max Dupain
Boy with violin, 2006, Rex Dupain


The Headmaster has asked us to assist him with a project aimed at finding out more about the post-university careers of Old Sydneians. This is part of a plan to improve the quality of advice the School gives senior boys about their possible futures.

Our database is organised around traditional categories of employment, but increasingly isn't adequate enough to cover the breadth of activities and careers Old Sydneians are involved in. We would be delighted to hear from as many of you as possible about what you are currently doing, particularly those of you who left College Street between 2000 and 2005.

Interested Old Sydneians should contact either Wendy Scotter or David Roach in the Old Sydneians’ Office by emailing


We would like to hear from you! As you know, the school runs many reunions, sporting events, plays, and music concerts. Should you wish to find out any more information about any of these, or if you wish to update your contact details with the school, then please contact either Wendy Scotter or David Roach in the Old Sydneians' Office on 9332 5888 or

Home Sporting Fixtures

Here are a few of the Football and Rugby games you might like to attend at Weigall. For a full list,  including other sports such as Rifle Shooting, Cross Country and Volleyball, please click here.

1 August 2015 – SGS V Shore – Rugby and Football
8 August 2015 – SGS V SJC – Football
8 August 2015 – SGS V Newington – Rugby
22 August 2015 – SGS V TAS – Rugby
29 August 2015 – SGS V SIC – Football
5 September 2015 – SGS V SBHS – Rugby and Football (Back to Weigall day)

Telephone the Old Sydneians' Office on (02) 9332 5888 and we will advise you the times of the games.

Open Day

The School will be holding its second Open Day of the year on Thursday 20 August between 12 midday and 3pm. While these Open Days are aimed primarily at prospective families, you, as an Old Sydneian, are very welcome to attend and have a look around the School. You will simply need to RSVP via the Old Sydneians’ Office on (02) 9332 5888

Human rights in Australia –
Are human rights truly for everyone?

On the 3 September Sydney Grammar School is hosting a special forum in the New Hall at College Street which may well be of interest to you and your friends. Join leading human rights advocates, several of them members of our community, as they discuss key national human rights issues, our role in protecting human rights and how we can make change.

Sarah Ferguson
(moderator) is a reporter and presenter on the ABC. She has worked on Four Corners and 7:30. Most recently, she produced ABC’s The Killing Season. As an interviewer, she is fearless and forthright, and insists that those she interviews do not evade important questions.
Nicholas Cowdery AM, QC was the outspoken NSW Director of Public Prosecutions from 1994 to 2011. He is known for his passion for justice and truth, and for ensuring the criminal justice system protects both victims and people accused of crimes in accordance with the rule of law.
Graeme Innes has been a campaigner for people with disabilities since he was three. He has remained at the forefront of the fight against disability discrimination, most recently as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2005 to July 2014.
Edward Santow leads the team of human rights lawyers as CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). PIAC fights to protect the basic rights of marginalised people, such as young people accused of crimes, people with a disability and victims of war crimes.
Venue: Sydney Grammar School New Hall
Entrance on Yurong Street, Darlinghurst
Parking at Riley Street, the Domain car park or Cook and Phillip Park.
Parking will not be available in the School.
When: 6:30pm, Thursday 3 September
Tickets: $30 / $15 student/concession. Please click here to book. Seating by general admission.
Please advise of any special requirements (e.g. wheelchair, hearing loop).
All proceeds will support PIAC’s human rights work.


You are cordially invited to attend a performance of The Cunning Little Vixen by Janácek, which we are staging with the Pacific Opera and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Conducted by Alex Briger (OS ’86), performances will be held on 2 and 3 October 2015 at 7pm – College Street in the New Hall. Tickets to be advised but if you would like to attend this concert, please call the Old Sydneians’ Office on (02) 9332 5888 to register your interest.


The following reunions are now confirmed and should you require any further information, please call the Old Sydneians’ Office on (02) 9332 5888 or email

5-year Reunion – 2010 – Sat 1 Aug - Drinks (Stacks Taverna, Darling Harbour)
10-year Reunion – 2005 – Fri 23 Oct – Drinks (Stacks Taverna, Darling Harbour)
20-year Reunion – 1995 – Fri 23 Oct – Drinks (Quarryman’s Hotel, Pyrmont)
25-year Reunion – 1990 – Sat 31 Oct – Weigall Cricket &/or Drinks (The Royal Hotel, Paddington)
30-year Reunion – 1985 – Sat 8 Aug – Drinks (The Woollahra Hotel)
Note: Wallabies v All Blacks game will be televised
40-year Reunion – 1975 – Fri 20 Nov – Tour of College Street 4.30pm followed by Drinks
(Hotel William, East Sydney)
40-year Reunion – 1975 – Sat 21 Nov – Dinner (Weigall Pavilion, Rushcutters Bay)
45-year Reunion – 1970 – Fri 14 Aug – Dinner (Big School, College Street)
50-year Reunion – 1965 – Fri 21 Aug – Canapé-style Lunch (Cyren Bar, Darling Harbour)
55-year Reunion – 1960 and 1961 – Fri 13 Nov – Drinks (Big School)
60-year Reunion – 1955 and 1956 – Wed 28 Oct – Canapé-style Lunch (The Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay)
1950-51-52 Lunch
– Mon 9 Nov – Nicks Seafood Restaurant, Cockle Bay Wharf
1948 Lunch – Wed 2 Dec – The Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney
1945-46-47 Lunch – Fri 27 Nov – Wal King Room, College Street
Melbourne Events (To be advised)

Address details?

Have you moved recently or changed your email address? If so, please email us on or call the office on (02) 9332 5888 and we will happily update your details over the telephone. Perhaps you may also know of an Old Sydneian who has not received this. If so, please ask them to contact our office, and we will give them the opportunity to receive this and any forthcoming newsletters.