Welcome to the Archives

Brisbane Grammar School Archives – one of the most comprehensive and cohesive school archives in Australia – dates back to the 1860s. The Archives’ diverse collection of material documents the life and culture of a school which has played a pivotal role in Queensland society and education from the colonial era. This valuable collection contains material predating the establishment of Brisbane Grammar School in 1868, which officially opened in 1869. It reflects the School’s status as the first boys’ secondary school in Brisbane and the second oldest boys’ secondary school in Queensland.

About the Collection

The collection, some of which is of national significance, includes official school records, handwritten publications, photographs, magazines, books, medals, trophies, badges, uniform attire, furniture, artworks, prizes, architectural drawings, oral histories and war memorabilia. School records, photographs and books are housed in the School Archives, whereas many of the artefacts are on permanent display around the School, including the heritage-listed War Memorial Library, Great Hall and Roe Building.​

An Awards Chronicle was created as part of the BGS sesquicentenary history project. It contains 114 prize lists, with over 6000 entries in a searchable database. Academic prizes, scholarships, captains and champions of sport are all listed.

You can view the Lilley Medals which have been donated to the School over the years. The Lilley Medals are the School’s most prestigious academic medals.

You can also download Fact Sheets on different aspects of the School’s history or look at the first 22 issues of the School Magazine.

Click on the Golden Book to find out about every known BGS Old Boy who volunteered for service in the World War I.


The School Archives are located in a purpose-designed facility on the basement level of the state-of-the-art Lilley Centre. The Archives comprises a reading area for researchers and visitors, a work area and a secure facility for storing and preserving valuable material.

Collection Policy

Brisbane Grammar School is committed to retaining, preserving, and expanding the collection as it relates to the School. This​ will ensure the Archives remain a valuable and relevant resource for the school community and general public to access – Old Boys, their families, current and future generations of students and staff.

Visiting the Archives

Research enquiries are welcome and public access to the Archives is by appointment with the School Archivist. The Archives is open during working hours from Monday to Wednesday.
Please contact the School Archivist for all enquiries, including offers of donations to the collection.