History

History

Established 1931

St George's College has a rich history of which we are proud. The genesis of the College can be dated back to the efforts of, particularly, Sir John Forrest and Sir Winthrop Hackett, after the achievement of self-government in 1890, to found a university in Western Australia.

1890

Western Australia achieved self-government. Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of WA, and his friends Sir John Winthrop Hackett, and Archbishop C.O.L. Riley, founders of St George’s College, considered a university should be created for the now self-governing colony.

1913

The University of Western Australia commenced lectures. Sir John Winthrop Hackett, whose legacy led to the foundation of the College, became the first Chancellor of UWA.

1916

Sir John Winthrop Hackett died, leaving a young widow Deborah Vernon Hackett, who was the daughter of heroine Grace Bussell. Hackett’s will provided for the foundation of the College.

1926

Following the sale by Hackett’s executor of shares in the company that owned the Western Australian and Western Mail newspapers, the firm of Sir Talbot Hobbs was appointed to be the College architects.

8th March

1928

Archbishop C.O.L. Riley, who had chosen the site for the College, laid the Foundation Stone of the Chapel.  A College commissioned address provides interesting detail on Riley's involvement with The University of Western Australia.

24th April

1931

College formally opened by Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia.

1931

Inaugural warden The Rev. Canon Percy Umfreville Henn installed.

1932

Second Warden The Rev. Canon Charles B. Law installed.

1934

H.J. Hopkins becomes the first of 23 College members to be selected as a Rhodes scholar.

1939 - 1945

1939

St George's College pays tribute to the 14 young College members who died during the Second World War.

1940

Third Warden Dr John (Josh) Heywood Reynolds (right) installed.

1947

Nicholson Cup expands and now includes hockey, football, rowing, cricket, basketball, athletics and swimming.

1949

The famous Jean Leps hoax takes place at Winthrop Hall.

1952

Warden’s residence completed.

1958

The War Memorial Squash Court constructed.

1959

South Wing construction begins and the building is opened on 25th March 1962.

1963

Guy Grey-Smith with his mural painted in the South Wing in 1963.  Photographed with Josh Reynolds.

1963

Publication: "Campus at Crawley", Reid, Alexander, F.W. Cheshire, WA.  

1964

North Wing construction begins, to be completed in 1968.

1971

Fourth Warden Dr Peter Simpson (middle) installed.

1980

Fifth Warden Dr Ben Darbyshire installed.

1981

St George’s officially becomes co-educational.

1981

Publication: "St George's College, The First Fifty Years", Wills-Johnson, Brian. The Georgians (Inc.), WA.

9 September

1997

Sir John Hackett (son of Sir John Winthrop Hackett) dies after a distinguished military career.

2006

Sixth Warden John Inverarity installed.

2006

Publication: "Bless 'Em All", The Georgians.  The Georgians (Inc.) WA.

2007

The Memorial Wing Townhouses were officially opened.  The wing was dedicated with a Wall of Remembrance for the 14 young Georgians who lost their lives during WWII.

2010

The new accommodation block completed in 2010 was named the Newby Wing to acknowledge the considerable financial support of Mr David Newby (1962), who was Senior Student in 1965 and a Rhodes Scholar in 1966.

2010

The College sustained considerable damage during the 2010 hail storm.

2012

Seventh Warden Ian Hardy installed.

2012

The Chapel restoration was completed.

2012

Publication: "The Hackett Memorial Buildings at the University of Western Australia", Melville-Jones, John. Hesperian Press, WA.  St George's College and Chapel are featured in pages 49-51.  

 

 

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