The BGS War Memorial Library will soon undergo an extensive upgrade, with enhancements set to transform the War Memorial Gardens and Library precinct into a focal sacred point and student social space at the heart of the School entrance.
The War Memorial Library foundation stone was laid on Anzac Day 1923. This followed the War Memorial Library appeal, led by Second Master Stuart Stephenson and a committee of BGS Old Boys, which raised approximately £3000. It officially opened on 11 November 1924 to honour Old Boys who served and died in WWI. Today the iconic structure pays homage to the many Old Boys who defended Australia in various military campaigns.
While offering a wonderful window into the School's military history, the building itself currently has limited access. This will change, with the addition of social spaces and improvements to surrounding landscaping and pedestrian access, revitalising the precinct.
One of the key developments will be the creation of an eastern entry to the War Memorial, which will form the focal point of the aspect between the Centenary Hall and Centenary Building. The stone paths will pay tribute to the School's military history through respectful inscriptions.
The P&F Auxiliary and the Old Boys Association are contributing funds for the projects. The School is grateful for the P&F Auxiliary's contribution of $250,000 to cover costs of the enhancement of the Memorial Gardens, improving access to the tuckshop and the creation of new social spaces.
The Old Boys Association has committed $10,000 to the installation of upgraded commemorative paths to the Memorial Library, and will drive efforts to raise additional funds for this initiative to encourage increased patronage of the facility.
The OBA is also preparing a grant application, which if successful, would result in the addition of state-of-art exhibits in the Library interior, including an electronic honour board and climate sensitive display cabinets to house precious memorabilia.
To contribute to the War Memorial Campaign please contact Executive Director - Advancement and Community Relations Heather Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.