History of Giving


Brisbane Grammar School was established on principles of philanthropy when subscribers first contributed to a building fund in 1861, and has benefited from the generosity of its community since it was founded in February 1868.


The War Memorial Li​brary appeal, led by Stuart Stephenson (Second Master) and a committee of BGS Old Boys, raised approximately £3,000. In today's dollars the project value was over $150,000.


The Headmaster of the time, Mr Henry Pigott was hampered by a shortage of funds so actively sought donations, culminating in gifts to the School from one of our earliest and greatest major benefactors, Frank Walker. Mr Walker was a friend of the School who was very wealthy and generous. He delighted everyone by donating to the School more than £11,000 for a new gymnasium including a swimming pool, rowing clubs, pianos and beds.


Cobb and Co. donated funds for a bursary so that deserving boys could have four years of free education.


The School launched its most successful campaign in 1958, the Centenary buildings appeal, with a goal of raising $150,000. Although the campaign committee had a few challenges getting the momentum going, by 1968, the campaign had raised a total of $500,000, which in today's dollars the funds raised is similar to $4M.


A Bequest from BGS Old Boy Mr D.J.J. Adsett was used to buy instruments for the School's Cadet Band.


The P&F decided to support a bursary worth £50 a year to enable a boy to attend the School.


The Boatshed opened after a committee of BGS Old Boys, parents, Trustees and teachers raising $10,000.


Arts Centre (Music) campaign raised $515,000.


The Endowment Scholarship Fund (now Bursary Fund)  was established to raise funds to provide bursaries. The Endowment Scholarship Fund grew to a base of $3M by 2004 through preserving enrolment confirmation fees.


Indoor Sports Centre campaign raised $2.6M of which the P&F Auxiliary provided $1.5M.


Centre for Art campaign raised $527,000; the P&F Auxiliary contributed $200,000, while the Art Committee contributed $100,000.


The Lilley Centre campaign raised $6M, with the P&F Auxiliary contributing another $1.5M.


BGS received its largest donation ever, $1.4M from Old Boy Simon Fenwick '87 to fund a full boarding bursary for an Indigenous or regional student in financial need.


The P&F Auxiliary helped kick off the School's Campaign 2020 with a pledge of $500,000 to provide a 50% bursary in perpetuity for a student in financial need.

Old Boy Matt McLennan '86 donated $657,000 towards the long-term redevelopment and refurbishment plans for Harlin House.
The War Memorial Library Appeal was generously supported by the P&F Auxiliary with a donation of $250,000. The Old Boys' Association (BGS OBA) committed $10,000 and will drive efforts to raise additional funds.​