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Ballarat Clarendon College Ballarat, Victoria

Reverend William Henderson opened Ballarat College on Wednesday 6 July 1864 when two seven-year-old cousins presented themselves at his church, St Andrew's Presbyterian. On the following Monday morning they were joined by three other boys to become the first students of the school.

Elizabeth Kennedy, the wife of another Presbyterian minister, came to Ballarat to live and in 1876 she began a cottage school for her children and the daughters of family friends. This was the beginning of what became known as Mrs Kennedy's School for Girls, later to become Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College.

In 1974 Ballarat College and Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College formally joined together to become Ballarat & Clarendon College, now associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.

The school history has been documented in two publications by Phil Roberts on 2004 and 2014 respectively - Golden heritage: history of ballarat and Clarendon 1864 - 2004 and a companion volume Ballarat Clarendon College: One hundred and fifty years. These books are available for sale from the school.

Contact Information

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1425 Sturt Street Ballarat Victoria 3350 (map)
phone
+61 03 5330 8200

Opening Hours

By appointment.

Entry Fee

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Location

1425 Sturt Street Ballarat Victoria

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The collection documents the history and development of the school for present and future generations. It comprises both school records and museum items.

Greg McLean 22 February 2017 7:18 PM

Hi, I have received my great grandfather's (Robert Cameron) medal (9ct gold) for wining the 2nd Ballarat College Old Collegian Cup in 1891. Could you tell me more about the race/cup? Kind Regards Greg McLean

Ballarat Clarendon Administrator 28 February 2017 12:37 PM

Hi Greg, thank you for your enquiry. Athletic Sports carnivals were held annually at Ballarat College, often at the same time as old collegians annual reunions and always with some races exclusively for 'old boys'. From 1884 College Cups were donated by the Old Collegians Association for the outstanding athlete amongst present boys and past boys. Handicap races were run over 120, 250 and 440 yards to obtain the results. In the first year Thomas Thompson won the old boys cup. Robert Cameron entered Ballarat College in 1885. We cannot confirm his year of leaving but going by his age (Birth: 13.10.1871) we expect he would have left before 1891 so that would put him in the old boys category. Our school archive holds examples of Old Collegians Cups from this era. They were extremely ornate as you will see from examples catalogued to Victorian Collections. However we do not hold personal medals relating to the cups themselves. If you were able to forward a photograph of the medal's inscriptions I would be most grateful.

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Book - Half-hours with the best authors in four volumes

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Set of four volumes half-calf bound and marbled card covers; school crested printed in gold on front cover; raised bands on spine with six compartments; gold lettering and decorations on spine; marbled end pages and edges; binding generally tight but hinges broken in fourth volume;

Historical information

Four volume set awarded to Catharine S Procter in 1879 as Dux of Ballarat College (girls school). Catharine was 16 when she received this prize.

Significance

During 1877 - 1891 Ballarat College accepted enrolments from female students. The school holds the original register of this period and notes that Catharine Procter entered the school in 1878 when she was 15. Further detail regarding Catherine proctor has been supplied to the school by researcher Nicola Cousen.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside front cover of all books: Ballarat College crest / Dux Prize / Form / Awarded to / Catharine S Procter / Christmas 1879

Medal

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Ornate silver medal

Historical information

Arthur Ernest Albert Dawson entered Ballarat College 4 August 1886. The 1887 Ballarat College Sports program lists Arthur's name against Hurdles, Flat Race, and High Jump. Unfortunately the medal is undated. The intriguing inscription 'Twice Second' may refer to Arthur's competition for the College Cup, a highly valued Athletics Prize. The school does not hold sufficient records from this era to confirm any further details. The medal was donated to the school by Arthur's great-nephew, Ken Dawson, in 2019.

Significance

The medal has social significance. It reveals the very high value placed on sports involvement at the school from its earliest beginnings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around school crest on front: Ballarat College Inscribed on medal verso: A Dawson / Twice Second

Linocut - Proteaceae & Butterflies and Angels

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large framed works of art; hand coloured linocut

Historical information

Artist Vida Pearson of Ross Creek; given to school by the family of Old Collegian Andrew Craig Noonan. Andrew attended the school 1983 - 1989. Works titled 'Proteaceae' and Butterflies and Angels'.

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten on reverse: In loving memory of / Andrew Craig Noonan (died 21/7/1992) / and in grateful and sincere thanks / for the love, care and support / given to us by the staff of / Ballarat and Clarendon College / Ron, Pam and Damien 20/2/1993

Furniture - Lecturn

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Solid wood and veneer lecturn with carved columns at front corners and Clarendon presbyterian Ladies' College crest at top of backrest.

Historical information

Lecturn used in Watson Hall at the Mair Street Campus.

Inscriptions & Markings

Crest and Motto: Suivez la verite

Honour board - Minerva Association Presidents

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Solid wood with two relief boards. Upper board is inscribed with Minerva crest and title. Lower board is inscribed in gold lettering with names of Presidents of the Minerva Association 1973 - 1987 and Parents' and Friends' Association 1988 - 1997

Historical information

In 1972 Men's Auxilliary was disbanded and replaced with a new committee to be called The Minerva Association. Promoted in Ring-a-roo April 1972 the new association was 1) to further the welfare of College, 2) to encourage social contact between all members of the school community and 3) to promote major fund raising projects which may be beyond the means of the separate auxiliaries or the Old Collegians' Association. The Ladies' Auxiliary and the Old Collegians Association continued to exist. In 1988 the Minerva Association changed its name to the Ballarat and Clarendon College Parents' and Friends' Association. (see Ring-a-roo March 1988).

Significance

The honour board emphasizes the degree to which the school was grateful for the voluntary work expended on behalf of the school by parents and friends of its community.

Photograph - Masters

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Framed, grayscale photograph with light green mount; brass wall fittings at end end

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on mount below photograph: MASTERS / From left: F J C Paton, H Godbehear, Gorge Hay / A Richardson (Headmaster 1924-1932), Miss Leila Smail, Mr Wigan / Mr F L Edmunds

Student work

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Soft covered No 122 exercise book with sewn binding and fabric spine; patterned covers and faint-lined pages; marked wear and soiling; handwritten inscription on front cover

Historical information

This worn and solied exercise book was used by Andrew Crawford (BC 1952) to record handwritten notes and diagrams from his Leaving level wool classing classes at Ballarat College

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten inscription on front cover; Andrew Croawford / Leaving wool-classing / Ballarat College

Photograph - 1901 Ballarat College Football Premiers

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Sepia-toned photograph, produced on mid-card, oversize

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on football held by student in middle of front row: Premiers 1901

Book prize - Nelson's history of the war (6 vols)

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A 6 volume leather bound set with Ballarat College crest and borders embossed in gold on front cover; page edges are maroon marbled; gold lettering on spine; bookplate fixed to inside of front cover; library plate to right side of end pages;

Historical information

John Stanley Coltman attended Ballarat College 1913 - 1920; Son of W F Coltman of 208 Clarendon St, Brother of W Lawrie, Owen H & Gwenda. A high achieving student John was Dux of College 1919, School Captain 1920, Captain of cricket 1920, tennis 1918, 1919, 1920, football 1919, 1920, athletics 1919 1920, Stroke of first crew 1919 and 1920. The Coltman Demonstration Room, part of the MacKinnon Wing First Floor, was named in honour of John (1919py) and Owen Coltman (1917).

Inscriptions & Markings

Bookplate: Ballarat College / Awarded to / J S Coltman / Form VIa / Rhodes Prize for Boy who best [buefies] / the Public School Ideal / (Pres. by T T Hollway Esq) / A S Polson B A / Principal / Christmas 1919

Book - History of the war in the penisular and the south of Francers from the Year 1807 - the Year 1814

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Maroon calf-bound book with gold plate work on spine and borders of cover. Ballarat College school crest and motto inscribed on front cover. Six compartments on spine decorated with gold patterns; title inscribed in second compartment. Volume number inscribed in third compartment Marbled leaf edges and end papers

Historical information

Book prize given to John Tanner (1887), Christmas 1885. First prize for Mathematics in the Upper Fifth form.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Ballarat College crest and motto / Mathematics / Upper fifth Form / First prize / Awarded to / John Tanner / Christmas 1885

Blazer pocket

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Brown wool blazer pocket with embroidered Clarendon PLC crest, Hockey 1955 and House Captain 1955; navy blue ribbon sewn to top of pocket.

Historical information

Beverley Wheeler entered the school in 1942; Bev was Walker House Captain in 1955 and a member of the 1955 Hockey Team. she received sports colours and was also a probationer.

Trophy - Lap of the Lake 1956 - 1997

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Stainless steel cup with two handles on stand

Historical information

Trophy awarded to the House with the highest aggregate points in the annual Lap of the Lake challenge. Cup is inscribed with the Winning House 1956 - 1997.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on cup face: LAP OF THE LAKE / Aggregate points / won by / (winners 1956 – 1997

Trophy - OPEN and UNDER SIXTEEN CHAMP

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Medium silver cup with double-handles, stem and lid, on melamine stand

Historical information

Malcolm McKenzie entered the school in 1923 and again in 1929 and left in 1933. A highly competitive sportsman, this trophy was awarded to him as Open and Under 16 champion trophy in 1931. He also won the Under 16 Champion trophy in 1930 and Overall Swimming Champion trophy in 1932.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on face of cup: Ballarat College crest / OPEN and UNDER SIXTEEN CHAMP / 1931 / M K McKENZIE

Book - Lamb's essays

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Dark blue calf bound book with school crest embossed on front cover; gold embossed title and decoration on front cover and spine; binding generally firm; some soiling and edge wear; gilt page edging and marbled end-pages; book plate inside front cover.

Historical information

Book prize awarded to Minnie Monteith for second class honours in her sixth form year. Minnie went on to obtain Dux of the school in the following year.

Significance

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).

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Schhol crest / Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies' College / Ballarat / Form VIa / Prize 2nd in form / Second class honours / Awarded to / Minnie Monteith / E Carson / Principal / December 1920

Photograph

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Black and white photograph with grey mount featuring the Clarendon Ladies College Form VI (Intermediate and leaving) class in 1909. Students are arramnged in three rows - first row on floor, second row seated and third row standing. 18 students and one staff.

Historical information

The photograph provides details relating to the student's dress and deportment in 1909. The girls wear full-length dark skirts with wide belts and white blouses. The blouses are not uniform but feature high necks, cuffed sleeves and lace decoration. Their hair is elaborately coiffured and adorned with large bows. The teacher is wearing a mortar-board and academic gown. Her skirt of light-coloured.

Significance

The photograph has social significance due to its representation of fashions for young ladies in 1909.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on bottom left corner of front of mount: Richards & Co/Ballarat; Handwritten on back of mount: Clarendon/Form VI (Inter & leaving)/1909/E.L.R.

Book - Ballarat Base Hospital Register of the Nurse Training School 1888-1988

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Soft covernavy blue book of 114 pages, including text and black and white photographs.

Historical information

Index of nurses trained through the Ballarat Base Hospital 1888-1988. Many of these nurses are Old Collegians.

Inscriptions & Markings

Autographed in ink on title page: ' HW Menadue'

Book - History of the war in the penisular and in the South of France: from the Year 1807 to the Year 1814. Volume II.

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Maroon calf-bound book with gold plate work on spine and borders of cover. Ballarat College school crest and motto inscribed on front cover. Six compartments on spine decorated with gold patterns; title inscribed in second compartment. Volume number inscribed in third compartment Marbled leaf edges and end papers.

Historical information

Book prize given to John Tanner (1887), Christmas 1885. First prize for Latin in the Upper Fifth form.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Ballarat College crest and motto / Latin / Upper fifth form / First prize / Awarded to / John Tanner / Christmas 1885

Book - Tuppy; or, the autobiography of a donkey

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Light brown calf binding with gold borders to front and back covers; raised bands on spine with six compartments, gold lettering and decoration; school crest embossed on front cover; book plate inside front cover;black and white sketches on frontispiece and throughout book;

Historical information

Book prize awarded to T Boyd (enrolled 1873) for excellence in Writing by Principal F J Thomas in 1874. The book was donated to the school by Sheila (Campbell) Edwards who purchased it from a secondhand dealer in Melbourne.

Significance

During these early times book prizes were ordered from London where they were specially bound and embossed with the College crest. F J Thomas had an illustrious career at Ballarat College. During his tenure as Principal it was discovered the BA after his name stoold for Bonn Academy (Germany) not, as may have been implied, Bachelor of Arts. Once discovered he left the State under 'not too dignified circumstances' as Mein records in the 1964 History of Ballarat College, p. 19.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Ballarat College crest / PRIZE / FOR / Writing / Awarded to / T Boyd / 1874 / F J THOMAS, B.A.PRINCIPAL

Book - Poems of Tennyson 1830 - 1870

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Blue cloth bound book with school crest embossed in gold on front cover; book plate inside front cover.

Historical information

Shirley Ramsay attended CPLC 1935 - 1945; sister to Margery and Robert

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies College / Ballarat / school crest / Awarded to / Shirley Ramsay / Prize Proficiency / Form VA / Helen I Mathieson / Principal / December 1944

Hand painted china

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Small round sweet dish with decorative hand painting around border

Historical information

Miss Lucy Shaw, principal Clarendon PLC 1927-1934 hand painted this sweet dish in 1923.

Inscriptions & Markings

On base: L.S. / 1923

Trophy

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Small plain, double-handle silver cup on melamine stand

Historical information

Delia Faye (Cowie) Mansell (BD 19/09/1943) attended CPLC 1956-1960. She received a H V McKay Scholarship and was Vice Captain on Cairns House. Faye trained in nursing after school. Archives also holds Faye's 1956 Junior championship trophy, 1958 Intermediate Championship trophy, 1960 Senior championship trophy, blazer pocket with insignia and house colour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on face of cup: C P L C / 1960 / Senior Champion / F Cowie

Book - Milton's paradise lost

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Red cloth bound book (rebound) with original detail on front cover. Black and white etchings with tissue interleaves.

Historical information

Beautiful example of academic book prize gifted by Clarendon ladies College to Janie Jebb (CLC 1882). Donated to school by her grandson Robert Tunbridge, son of Basil Tunbridge (BC 1916) in 2011.

Significance

Socially significant because of the value placed on religious education and academic prowess amongst girls in the late 19th century in an Australian country town.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plaque inside front cover: 'CLARENDON LADIES COLLEGE / BALLARAT / 1st Bible PRIZE / AWARDED TO / Janie Jebb / R KENNEDY / PRINCIPAL / 19th December 1882

Book - Half hours of English history: from James the first to Queen Victoria

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Mid-brown calf binding with decorative black embossing on cover and spine; gilt title and publisher statements on spine and school crest on front cover; book plate on front cover verso; plain green endpapers; pages gilt-edged and sight foxing; black and white frontispiece;

Historical information

Book prize awarded to John Tanner for excellence in Scripture in the third form; accompanying volume awarded as first prize for History in the third form (000096)

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate front cover verso: Ballarat College crest / Scripture / First prize / Third form / Awarded to / J Tanner / Christmas 1884

Framed items

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Wooden frames with mounts and glass; both include printed descriptions; one includes a black and white photograph

Historical information

The original Weatherly Library was situated in the space immediately on the left of the archway. The fittings and furnishing of the library was a generous gift in 1936 of Mrs H P Mackenzie of Trawalla in honour of her pioneer parents, Mr and Mrs William Weatherly. The library was panelled with blackwood and fitted with shelves intended to eventually house 3000 books. Specially made solid blackwood chairs, upholstered in genuine hide, two long reading tables, an upholstered bench seat under the north window and an ornate carved mantelpiece topped by a classical broken pediment framing a carved head of Minerva were also donated. In 1971 this library was no longer large enought o serve the growing number of boys at the college; it was replaced by a bigger, separate building, also known as the Weatherly Library. This building is currently in use, and recently renovated, as the senior staff room. In 1993 a third library building was opened and named Erindale in recognition of property associated with Clarendon PLC. In 2012 the school opened the Fraser Library on the senior campus in honour of old collegian and school council chair, Darrell J Fraser.

Honour board - Dux of College

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Three wooden boards with decorative wood framing and arched or curved top edges and white lettering. Two boards are painted black. One board has mahogany timber stain.

Historical information

These were the first honour boards created by Ballarat College to honour the top academic student of each year. The first award was given in 1868 four years after the school opened. The boards were one display in the Assembly Hall (Sturt Street building north wing). Two of the boards are featured in 1918 photographs of the Assembly Hall. The three boards cover the following years: 1868 - 1895 (partially defaced), 1896 - 1921 (completely defaced) and 1922 - 1952 (complete). New boards replacing these boards were created prior to the centenary celebration in 1964 and hung in the Memorial Hall. At amalgamation (1974) and because the Senior students moved to the Mair Street campus) these boards were co-opted to honour Middle School Dux and Junior Captains. In 2012 the school undertook a major project and created three new boards. One board honours Ballarat College Dux (1868 - 1973) and School Captains (1914 - 1973); another board honours Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies' College Dux and Head Prefect (1919 - 1973). These boards resemble the 1950 re-creation. A third board was instituted in 2012 to honour Ballarat Clarendon College Dux and School Captains (1974 - )

Significance

Academic excellence and leadership are significant values for the current school and its two predecessors. These boards emphasize the great honour that is afforded to students who excell individually in these areas.

Book - The personal history of David Copperfield

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School crest embossed in gold on front cover

Historical information

Joan (Herbert) Howard entered Clarendon Presbyterian Ladies College as a five-year-old in 1942. A consistently high-achieving student Joan was awarded Dux in 1944, Equal Head of Form 1947 and 1948, Honours 1949 and a Form prize in 1950. In 1952 Joan obtained her Leaving Certificate on five subjects and was awarded the I C Ross memorial prize for French and a first prize from L'Alliance Francaise de Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Clarendon Presbyterian / Ladies College / Ballarat / Crest and Motto / Awarded to / Joan Herbert/ Prize Honours Prize / Form 1A / Helen I Mathieson / Principal / December, 1949

Book - The poetical works of John Keats

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Light blue cloth bound book with black leather sine; spine divided into 6 sections with raised bands and gold decoration; red leather behind title section; Ballarat College crest printed in gold on front cover; book plate on flyleaf.

Historical information

Prize awarded to William Michael Urquhart Armstrong in 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate: Ballarat College crest / Sixth Form / Librarian Prize / Presented by Major Mc N Symons / Awarded to / W M U Armstrong / R E Thwaites / December 1944 / Principal

Book - Belgium the glorious Vols I-II

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Large black cloth-bound books with indented printing on spine

Historical information

Presented to the school for the Weatherly Library in 1936 by Mrs H Symons. Mrs Symons identity is unconfirmed, possibly the wife of old collegian Henry Symons, who entered Ballarat College 1877, Son of H J Symons, butcher McArthur St, left Dec 1877, brother of Alfred, Parent of D Neil and H Mac. Henry served on Ballarat College Council 1909-48.

Significance

Example of ongoing community support of the school. The Weatherly Library was opened in 1936 and its collection significantly established by donation or bequest of old collegians and members of the college community and associates.

Inscriptions & Markings

Book plate inside front cover: Crest / Ballarat College / Library / Presented by / Mrs H Symons 1936

Photograph - Athletic Team

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Heavy, ornate frame around mounted grayscale photograph

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on mount below photograph: ATHLETIC TEAM / (Back row) - MacDonald, D. Troup, M Smith, J. Bradby, K. Clark, A. Vinecombe, A. / (Sitting) - Shannon, R. Cameron, A. Coltman, J (capt.) Pearce, E. Hicks, W / (Front row) - Coldham, A. Greenfield, A. Tonner, J. Thomas, H. / (Absent) - McLennan, L.

Memorial plaque

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Round disk cast in bronze gunmetal, which incorporates the following; an image of Britannia holding an oak spray with leaves and acorns, an imperial lion, two dolphins representing Britain's sea power, the emblem of Imperial Germany's eagle being torn to pieces by another lion. The medallion is incased in a heavy card envelope and is accompanied by a letter signed by King George

Historical information

The WWI Death Plaque (Death Penny) was issued to the next of kin of servicemen/women who fell in the Great War 1914 -1918.The memorial plaque would be accompanied by a Memorial Scroll, a letter from Buckingham Palace and often a letter from the deceased's commanding officer. They would not usually arrive as a single package, but as a series of separate mailings. In this case we have the letter from Buckingham Palace.

Significance

Wilfred (Wiff) Graham Salmon attended Ballarat College 1902 - 1910. He enlisted in 1915 and embarked as a driver with the 4th Field Artillery Brigade. He transferred to the Royal Flusing Corps in 1916. He was killed fighting raiders over the Thames Valley near London on 7 July 1917. 'Wiff' was reputedly the first person to die defending London from a foreign invader since the time of the Norman Conquest. His brother Robert Arthur Salmon was also an old collegian. Other possible family members who are old collegians include Nellie Florence Salmon (ent CPLC 1907; DB 1.8.1899), John Walter Salmon (ent BC 1898; DB 22.11.1889), Geoffrey Salmon (ent BC 1910; DB 3/11/1896). Wilfred's brother Robert (Bob) Salmon is mentioned in the school's 1964 history by Gordon Meins p.68..."Captain (then Lieut) Bob Salmon M.C. on one occasion worked for 7 nights straight in No Man's Land and is credited with rescuing nearly 300 of our wounded."

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed around face of medallion: He died for freedom and honour A rectangular tablet cast on front of medallion inscribed 'Wilfred Graham Salmon'.