Trail celebrates proud Clayfield College history

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As one of the Old Collegian team who compiled the historical facts, I felt a strong connection to the college history, which has been a part of my family history since 1952 when my mother first attended the school.

I was a student during the late 1980s and my daughter is now currently in Year 12. She will graduate this year as a third generation Old Collegian in our family.

A total of 12 plaques have been erected around the school to continue to share the traditions, the heritage and the sense of community that has always been strong at Clayfield College.

Some significant points of interest include the signs visible from Sandgate Rd, which include information about the Turrawan Private Hospital which is now the Clayfield College Boarding House.

With many other locals at the time, Dame Quentin Bryce was born there in 1942 and her sisters attended and now granddaughters currently attend Clayfield College.

Clayfield College will this year celebrate 80 years of boarding. The first boarding house was opened on Bayview Tce in 1939.

Clayfield College’s Physical Education Centre on Sandgate Rd was opened in 1997 but also wasn’t always a part of the college. Formerly the Clayfield Ten Pin Bowling Alley and originally the Savoy Theatre built in 1892, the centre now provides Clayfield College girls and young boys with quality indoor sporting facilities.

Although Clayfield College officially celebrates 88 years this year, the school’s origins date back to 1902.

“Clayfield College” began in 1902 when A W Rudd opened a boys-only school in a house on Bonney Ave and moved it to Bayview Tce in 1906.

Clayfield College was purchased by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) in 1918, and renamed the school Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) in 1920.

When they moved BBC to Toowong in 1931, “Clayfield College” continued as a primary school opening on February 9, 1931.

If anyone would like a tour of the Heritage Trail or would like to attend the official opening at 11am on Saturday, June 8, please contact Melanie Johnson on mjohnson@clayfield.qld. or phone 3262 0225.

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