Historical information

Book prize awarded to Minnie Monteith for excellence in Violin by Elspeth Carson in 1920. Book donated to the school by Minnie's nephew R H McCarthy of WA in 2013. Minnie went on to achieve Dux of the school during her final year (1921). She also held the role of Head Prefect in 1921. The book prize was provided by Miss Refisch (possibly S Rehfisch who entered the school in 1902.)


Minnie was both Dux of the school and Head Prefect in her final year at CPLC. This book is signed by Principal Elspeth Carson who lead the inaugural year of Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College (previously Clarendon Ladies College).

Physical description

Dark green padded and textured calf binding with gold printing on front cover and spine; gold detail to inside edge of cover; marbled end-pages and gilt edge; hinges generally firm; book plate inside front cover; quote from Psyche handwritten on verso of frontispiece;

Inscriptions & markings

Book plate inside front cover: school crest / Clarendon presbyterain / ladies' College / Ballarat / Form VIa / Prize Special - Violin / Gift of Miss Rehfisch / Awarded to / Minnie Monteith / E Carson / Principal / December 1920