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The Geelong College is an independent and co-educational day and boarding school located in Newtown, an inner-western suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

The Geelong College
Geelong college crest.png
Coordinates38°9′5″S 144°20′18″E / 38.15139°S 144.33833°E / -38.15139; 144.33833Coordinates: 38°9′5″S 144°20′18″E / 38.15139°S 144.33833°E / -38.15139; 144.33833
TypeIndependent, co-educational, day and boarding
MottoLatin: Sic itur ad astra
(Thus one goes to the stars)
DenominationUniting Church
FounderAlexander James Campbell
PrincipalPeter Miller
Enrolment1,200-1,300 (K–12)

Established in 1861 by Alexander James Campbell, a Presbyterian minister, the Geelong College was formerly a school of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and is now affiliated with the Uniting Church in Australia. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for over 1,200 students from kindergarten through to Year 12, including 100 boarding students from Years 7 to 12.[2] The boarding students are accommodated in two boarding houses at the senior school campus, one for each sex. Boys reside in Mackie House, while girls reside in Mossgiel House.

The college is affiliated with the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference,[3] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[5] the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV),[1] the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[2] and has been a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS) since 1908.



Early version of the College crest

Following the closure of the first Geelong Grammar, Campbell established a committee to found a new Presbyterian school. On 8 July 1861, Geelong College was officially established. The school year later started with an enrolment of 62. George Morrison was appointed the first principal and three years later became the owner of the school. The school moved to its present location in 1871. The architects Alexander Davidson and George Henderson designed its main building.

In 1908, the college returned to the ownership of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and became a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS). Land was acquired for a new in 1946 but the new preparatory campus did not open until 1960. This particular campus became co-educational in 1974, with co-education being extended to the senior campus in 1975. The college undertook an extensive redevelopment and refurbishment of the middle school, which is on the preparatory campus, in 2012.


The College building in 1906
Period Principal
1861 – 1898 G. Morrison
1898 – 1909 N. Morrison
1910 – 1914 W. R. Bayly
1915 – 1919 W. T. Price
1920 – 1945 F. W. Rolland
1946 – 1960 M. A. Buntine
1960 – 1975 P. N. Thwaites
1976 – 1985 S. P. Gebhardt
1986 – 1995 A. P. Sheahan
1996 – 2012 P. C. Turner
2013 – 2015 A. M. Barr
2016 – current P. D. Miller


Main Oval at the Senior School
  • Senior School – Years 9 to 12

Talbot Street, Newtown

  • Middle School – Years 4 to 8

Aberdeen Street, Newtown

  • Junior School – Years Kindergarten to 3

Minerva Road, Newtown

  • Mokborree (Otway Campus) – All Years

(Under Development)

House systemEdit

A house system operates at both the senior and middle schools. Each house is named after a significant person in the college's history. Sporting and music competitions are held between them each year.

House Colour Origin of name Year founded
Calvert Maroon Stanley B. Hamilton-Calvert, an Old Collegian, council member from 1908–39 and council chairman (1922–29) 1921 Barwon; Renamed 1925
Coles Pale blue Sir Arthur Coles, co-founder of Coles Supermarkets, a major college benefactor, Old Collegian and council chairman (1939–69) 1975
Keith Green Bertram Robert Keith, Old Collegian, staff member (1927–71), co-author and editor of the 1961 Geelong College Centenary History 1981
McArthur Black A. Norman McArthur, Old Collegian, council member (1908–47) and interim acting council chairman (1939–1941) 1952
McLean Red Ewen Charles McLean, staff member 1940–78, first chaplain from 1954 and honorary archivist (1979–98) 1980
Morrison Brown George Morrison, founding principal from 1861–98 and owner (1864–98) 1921
Shannon Dark blue Charles Shannon, council member (1908–21) and chairman of council (1908–21) 1921
Wettenhall Gold Roland R. Wettenhall, Old Collegian and council member (1927–58) 1975

At the middle school, there are four houses: Pegasus (white), Bellerophon (blue), Minerva (red) and Helicon (green), which meet for sporting events throughout each year. The house model is not used for pastoral care at this campus. The names of these houses originate from Roman mythology.


Geelong College football team, 1878

Secondary students of the college participate in the summer, winter and spring seasons of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS)/Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) sport competition. Choices offered for summer sports include Badminton, cricket (boys only), softball (girls only), tennis and rowing. Winter sports include AFL football (boys only), netball (girls only), soccer and basketball. Students may also participate in a number of local competitions and the college is particularly known for its excellence and achievement in rowing competitions.

Geelong College ChallengeEdit

The Geelong College Challenge is a competition run by the college at the preparatory school campus in which government schools in the region can enter. The challenge started in 1993.[6] Participating schools send in an entry based on the set theme and the teams with the 16 best entries are accepted. These schools then form a team of four Year 6 students (two boys and two girls). On the weekend of the challenge, the teams participate in various challenges, which include art, music, drama, technology, information technology, physical education and mathematics challenges.

Notable alumniEdit

Alumni of the school are known as Old Geelong Collegians and may elect to join the alumni association, the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA).[7] Some notable Old Geelong Collegians include:

Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics, public service and the law

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "International Members". HMC Schools. The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Victoria". School Directory. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  5. ^ "JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members". Victoria Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  6. ^ "The Geelong College - About - News, Events & Publications". Archived from the original on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA)". Community. The Geelong College. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  8. ^ "Tributes paid to Professor Sir Robert Honeycombe (1921–2007)". 19 September 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  9. ^ Dougan, Alan (1986). "Marden, John (1855 - 1924)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 10 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 407–408. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  10. ^ "COLES, James Scoular". Geelong College. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  11. ^ "History of Kendell Airlines". Kendell. Ansett Australia Limited. Archived from the original on 10 October 2010. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  12. ^ "George Ernest Morrison". Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 2004. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  13. ^ Quinn, Karl (24 September 2005). "The Guy outside". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 November 2009.
  14. ^ "Doyle, Robert Keith Bennett". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
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  16. ^ Wright, R. (2000). "McArthur, Sir Gordon Stewart (1896 - 1965)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 15 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 152–153. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  17. ^ Young, J. McI. (1986). "McArthur, Sir William Gilbert Stewart (1861 - 1935)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 10 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 195–196. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  18. ^ "Obituary: Mr James Ferguson Nimmo". The Canberra Times. 18 December 1984. p. 7.
  19. ^ McVilly, David (1979). "Armstrong, Thomas Henry (1857 - 1930)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 7 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 95–96. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  20. ^ Young, J. McI. (1986). "McArthur, John Neil (1857 - 1917)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 10 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 195–196. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  21. ^ Hazlehurst, Cameron (2000). "Mockridge, Edward Russell (1928 - 1958)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 15 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. p. 385. Retrieved 6 February 2008.

Further readingEdit

  • Notman, G.C. & Keith, B.R. 1961. The Geelong College 1861–1961. The Geelong College Council, Geelong.
  • Deakin University. 1979. Portrait of The Geelong College: Continuity and Change in an Independent School. Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Vic. ISBN 0-86828-009-7.
  • Penrose, Helen. 2011. The Way to the Stars: 150 Years of The Geelong College. Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne. ISBN 978-1-921875-10-6.

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