Foundation Day 2019


Brisbane Grammar School celebrated Foundation Day on Friday, reflecting on the School's history. This month marks 150 years since Headmaster Thomas Harlin welcomed 94 students and five staff to Brisbane Grammar School, the city's first secondary school for boys.

As Brisbane's first secondary school for boys, BGS educated the colony's homegrown leaders in politics, public service, education, medicine, law, business, the military and the arts. A great many of them became engineers, surveyors and geologists, and played an enormous role in the development of the colony and then the state. To this day our graduates continue to make a difference in the world.

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The Foundation Day awards also saw several major scholarships and bursaries presented to recent graduates and to boys beginning their BGS journeys. The awards honour the service to the School of three men – first Headmaster Reginald Heber Roe, Queensland's first Rhodes Scholar Arthur Stanley Roe, and long-serving former teacher AJ Mason.

These BGS icons did much to endorse and sponsor the qualities of character and learning that BGS has always regarded most highly. Between them, they contributed a total of 120 years of service to the School. Congratulations to Anton Vellnagel, Marcus Ray and Eagle Ngo for being awarded these scholarships.

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Well done to Lewis Williams for receiving the JG Nowlan award and a Trustees' Scholarship. Trustees' Scholarships were also awarded to James Brough, Jarrah Chien, Edward Cooper, Daniel Luo, Euan Mortimer, Nicholas Silverston and Lewis Williams.

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The Foundation Day assembly also provided an opportunity for current students to hear from an inspiring graduate, BGS Old Boy Michael Milford '98, as guest speaker.

Prof Milford is a multi-award-winning educational entrepreneur with a Mechanical and Space Engineering degree and a PhD in Robotics from The University of Queensland, and currently leads a team at QUT researching the nature of intelligence. In an engaging speech, he gave students an insight into his career and encouraged them to learn from each other.

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