BGS Community Who Made History

​​​​Over the past 150 years the state of Queensland and Brisbane Grammar School have grown together. Given this entwined history, the School's 150 year celebration will also mark the rich contribution BGS has made to Queensland, the nation and beyond.  

Since our foundation the School has been intimately connected with Queensland governors, premiers, members of parliament and senior members of the judiciary. Many of the School's Trustees have also served on municipal councils.

The BGS community has a reputation throughout Australia for the contribution it has made to the sciences, business, education, law, military, government, the Arts and sport. ​

Our School community has had a significant impact upon industries, professions and people. The current generation of BGS students continue to make us proud through their contribution to our local and global communities.

New entries will be published to this page regularly, moving through the decades from the School’s foundation to the current day.

  • Albert John Hockings

    ​Albert John Hockings was the Mayor of the Brisbane Municipal Council and a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly. In 1865, Hockings headed a subscription list to found a grammar school in Brisbane. By March of the same year, Hockings...

  • Anne Hewitt

    ​​A proud parent of four Old Boys, Anne Hewitt gave much to the BGS community during 12 continuous years to the end of 2017. Following her dedicated voluntary service to the Willow Club and as a Parent Representative she was a recipient of the 201...

  • Chris Raine

    ​Old Boy Chris Raine '03 continues to inspire and change lives through his charity Hello Sunday Morning – the largest online movement for alcohol behaviour change in the world. His vision through HSM is for a world where drinking is an individual ...

  • John Pearn

    ​Old Boy Major General Professor John Pearn AO RFD ’57 has made a difference in the lives of many, through more than five decades of work as an academic. In 2009 Prof Pearn was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for service to medicine. His world-...

  • Matt McLennan

    ​Old Boy Matt McLennan ’86 is a New York based fund manager considered one of the most influential Australian investors in the world. He was guest speaker at the 2016 BGS Speech Day. In 2017, the former boarder donated $657,000 (500,000 USD) to go...

  • Mattie Bousfield

    Much loved by boarders for 22 years, Martha (Mattie) Bousfield (wife of Headmaster Frederick Bousfield) spoiled them with gifts and special activities. In 1911 she purchased a phonograph and frequently gave boarders new records to listen to. A pin...

  • Otto Nothling

    One of the School’s greatest ever sportsmen, Old Boy Dr Otto Nothling ’17 was born on 1 August 1900. He is one of only two Australian men to become a dual cricket and rugby international. A brilliant rugby fullback, he was voted one of the 100 bes...

  • Stephen Moore

    Old Boy Stephen Moore '00 is a wonderful example of a BGS all-rounder, having balanced an outstanding career in rugby with roles in business and charities. The former Wallabies captain retired from rugby at the end of 2017 with a number of records...