Walford Anglican School for Girls

Walford Anglican School for Girls is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in Hyde Park, South Australia.

Walford Anglican School for Girls
Walford Anglican School for Girls crest. Source: www.walford.net.au/ (Walford website)
TypeIndependent, single-sex, day & boarding
MottoLatin: Virtute et Veritate
(Courage and Truth)
FounderLydia Adamson
ChairmanPamela Martin
PrincipalRebecca Clarke
ChaplainTracey Gracey
Enrolment~594[1] (2006)
Colour(s)Navy blue, light blue & gold

The school is non-selective and caters for approximately 594 students from ELC to Year 12, including 70 boarders.[1]

Walford's motto is "Virtute et Veritate" which translates to "with Courage and Truth".[2]

The school has a wide range of extra curricular activities and is just 4 km from Adelaide CBD. Walford was the first all girls' school in Australia to offer all three programs of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the first girls' school in South Australia to offer the IB Diploma (students are also welcome to study the SACE program).[2]


Mabel Jewell Baker House, original boarding house

The school started in 1893 in Fisher Street, Malvern, in the home of the first headmistress, Lydia Adamson. In December 1912 Ellen Ida Benham purchased the school, and led it until her death in 1917.[3] Mabel Jewell Baker, a senior teacher at the school took over as headmistress.[4] In 1920 boarders were housed in a new property in Hyde Park, and later the school itself moved to this site.[3] When Baker retired at the end of 1955 there were 450 students and a well-established boarding house.[5]

In 1956 Walford was incorporated as a Church of England Girls' Grammar School[6] and Nina Morrison, OBE became the first salaried headmistress.[7] She was followed by Helen Reid AM (1972-1991) and then Marilyn Haysom (1992-2004).

In May 2004 Helen Trebilcock become the first Head of Walford to use the title of Principal. followed by Rebecca Clarke.[5]

Notable alumnaeEdit

Rhodes ScholarsEdit


  • Anne Campbell - agricultural scientist
  • Margaret Clunies Ross - Professor of English Literature at the University of Sydney
  • Anne Crowther - Professor of History; appointed as the first chair at Glasgow University and only the second woman to be appointed to a chair in Scotland
  • Anna Steele - Clinical Psychologist. Completed PhD in Clinical Psychology and nominated as a finalist in the 2008 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards for her innovative work and research in eating disorders
  • Joan Claring-Bould - South Australia's first female Anglican Deacon and one of the first women to be ordained an Anglican priest in 1992

The arts & entertainmentEdit

Politics & lawEdit


  • Margaret Cleland - First woman in South Australia to achieve a post-graduate award as a Physician
  • Pamela Sykes - Molecular Geneticist. Founding fellow of the Faculty of Science in the Royal College of pathologists of Australia
  • Elizabeth Thompson - Clinical Geneticist at the Department of Genetic medicine at the Women's and Children's Hospital, South Australia[13]
  • Ann Woolcock - Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Sydney

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Walford Anglican School for Girls- Choosing a School (accessed:23-05-2018)
  2. ^ a b "Overview". www.walford.net.au.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Helen, "Baker, Mabel Jewell (1885–1967)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 6 October 2018
  4. ^ Jones, Helen, "Benham, Ellen Ida (1871–1917)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 6 October 2018
  5. ^ a b "History". www.walford.net.au. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Church To Control Walford House". Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954). 17 December 1954. p. 24. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Obituaries: Tributes to three of our finest". The Advertiser. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Alumni | University Engagement". www.adelaide.edu.au. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  9. ^ "2nd Rhodes Scholar for UniSA". w3.unisa.edu.au. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Cashmore". Parliament of South Australia Former Members.
  11. ^ "Biography of Ms Frances Adamson". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Swearing in Ceremony of the Honourable Christine Adamson SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales" (PDF). Supreme Court of New South Wales. 17 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Dr Elizabeth Mary Thompson". SA Pathology. Retrieved 11 November 2017.

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