The Geelong College is one of Geelong’s pre-eminent Schools. The College provides a rich, diverse and comprehensive educational experience to about 1200 students across two magnificent campuses - a Senior School campus based around the heritage listed George Morrison Building of 1871 and a spacious Preparatory School overlooking the Barwon River.
For more detailed Geelong College history and archived photos please visit our heritage site.
The Geelong College founded.
A meeting is called on 18 April 1861 by the Rev A J Campbell (1815-1909), to consider establishment of a united grammar school in Geelong.
Ownership of the school transferred to George Morrison, due to financial issues.
First known football match between The Geelong College and Geelong Grammar
|1866||The Geelong College tops Victorian Schools with the highest number of successful
matriculants at the Melbourne University Examinations in November. Five
of the 25 statewide students who passed the exams were from the
|1869||George Morrison purchases land in Talbot St, Newtown (the current Senior School site) for future development.|
The school vacated Knowle House in Skene St and relocated at the current Senior School site Newtown.
Additional classrooms were built and a wooden gymnasium erected. The gymnasium, later relocated to the west boundary of the property was actively in use until 1969.
|1877||The first College Rowing race takes place against Hawthorn Grammar School with Grammar victorious by two boat lengths.|
|1878||First reunion of Old Collegians occurred.|
|1883||Physics introduced as a a matriculation subject for the first time by John Marden.|
|1885||College Cadet Corps established.|
|1888||College Boat Club inaugurated with significant assistance from Old Collegians.|
|1890||First Junior School established.|
|1898||Death of Dr George Morrison.|
Norman Morrison, ‘the skipper’, became Principal.
|1899||Original George Morrison Memorial Library built and opened during May.|
|1901||Old Geelong Collegians' Association formed.|
|1908||Ownership of the College transferred back to the Presbyterian Church of
Victoria. College to be governed by a Council appointed by the Church.
Prefects appointed for first time.
The Geelong College becomes one of the six Associated Public Schools (APS) of Victoria.
|1909||Principal, Norman Morrison killed in a gun accident.|
|1910||Mr. W. R. Bayley, BA BSc appointed Principal.|
|1912||An assembly Hall, projected by Norman Morrison to celebrate the jubilee of the College, opened as a memorial to Norman Morrison. Originally built at cost of 3,000 pounds the hall is now commonly known as ‘Morrison Hall’.|
Mr. W. R. Bayley resigns as Principal.
First Old Collegian killed in action during World War I - Frederick Steele on 29 October 1914 at the First Battle of Ypre
|1915||Mr. W. T. Price BA appointed Principal.|
|1916||Frank Macfarlane Burnet, later knighted KBE and winner of the Nobel Prize in Biochemistry, becomes Dux of Geelong College.|
|1920||Following the resignation of W. T. Price, Reverend F. W. Rolland, MA, grandson of the Rev A J Campbell, appointed Principal.|
A Preparatory School established on north-west area of College property fronting Aphrasia St.
House System introduced mainly for sports competition.
|1925||College wins its first APS Football Premiership.|
|1927||College wins its second APS Football Premiership.|
South Wing of the cloister completed.
Formation of the dramatics group, the 'Geelong College Glee Club'
House of Guilds (HoG) established in a house in Talbot St.
First 'Geelong College Glee Club' performance with the presentation of the 'The Monastery'.
|1936||College wins its first ‘Head of the River’.|
|1938||Mackie House built.|
|1944||Boys win their 2nd APS Head of the River.|
Dr. M A Buntine, MA, PhD appointed Principal, following the resignation of Rev F W Rolland.
The Geelong College wins its first APS cricket premiership
College wins its second APS Cricket Premiership.
Geelong College Exploration Society established.
|1952||Expedition led by Capt Maitland Thompson and comprised of members from St Peter's College, Adelaide; Kalgoorlie School of Mines; and Geelong College; explore the Naullabor Caves.|
|1955||1st VIII wins the Head of the River.|
|1956||College 1st VIII wins the Head of the River.|
|1957||College 1st VIII wins the Head of the River.|
|1958||Final 'Geelong College Glee Club' performance with presentation of 'Trial by Jury' by Old Collegians' and 'The Gondoliers' by College students.|
New Preparatory School occupied.
Principal Dr M A Buntine retired, at end of Term 1. Mr. P. N. Thwaites, MA Bed appointed Principal from beginning of Term 2.
College 1st VIII wins Head of the River.
Old Geelong Collegian, Professor Sir Macfarlane Burnet wins Nobel Prize.
|1961||The Geelong College celebrates 100 years of operation.|
College Football Team wins its third APS Premiership for the first time since 1927.
College Cricket Team wins APS Cricket Premiership jointly with Carey Baptist Grammar.
Stage 1 of Rolland Physical Educational Centre, including change rooms, training gymnasium, and canteen on the site of the old Pavilion opened by former collegian Lindsay Hassett.
Campbell House buildings in Aphrasia St moved to Preparatory School site near Minerva Rd entry.
|1973||College Council decided that the school should become co-educational. In August the Council determined to accept enrolments from girls, as from February 1974, at Sub Primary, Grades 1, 2 and 3 levels.|
College became co-educational – four girls enrolled at Campbell House followed by another three later that year.
In February the Council agreed to extend enrolment to girls at all levels from February 1975.
|1976||Mr S P Gebhardt, LLB appointed as Principal, following the retirement of P N Thwaites.|
Following the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia through a
union of the Presbyterian Church, Methodist Church and the
Congregational Union, Geelong College became a Uniting Church School.
Initial development of the Environment Centre at Preparatory School.
|1980||The ‘Austin Gray Centre’ in honour of Mr. A. Austin Gray former old collegian and member of Council was opened by the Governor-General, Sir Zelman Cowan.|
First female School Captain, Sarah Henderson.
College Girls 1st VIII wins APS rowing premiership.
|1986||Mr. A. P. Sheahan, BA, Dip Ed, an Old Collegian, appointed Principal, following the resignation of Mr S. P. Gebhardt.|
|1987||The Geelong College Foundation established and incorporated.|
College Chapel opened by Sir Ronald Wilson, President of the Uniting
Church in Australia. The refurbishment and extension of the Chapel,
formerly the House of Music, began in 1988.
The ‘Joan Sweetman Room’ a
multipurpose room erected at Campbell House and named in honour of Mrs
Joan Sweetman, member of staff from 1947 and Director of
Kindergarten/Campbell House from 1947 to 1978.
Performing Arts/Music Centre erected at Preparatory School. The main auditorium named ‘Robertson Hall’ in honour of Old Collegian and former Council member, Sir Horace Robertson.
|1993||Girls' Netball Team wins APS Premiership in Netball for the first time.|
|1995||Girls' Teams win APS premierships for the first time in Athletics, Hockey and Tennis.|
|1996||Commencement of 10th Principal and first female Principal, Dr Pauline Turner, following the resignation of Mr A P Sheahan.|
|1999||Opening of The Geelong College Recreation Centre (Final Stage of the Rolland Centre deveolpment) on 24 November 1999.|
Federation Festival presented over 4 days in May 2001.
Introduction of the Year 4 'Enviro' Program.
|2002||Girls 1st VIII win Head of the Schoolgirls' Regatta; APS Head of the River; Victorian Champions. |
College Girls 1st Tennis Team wins AGSV Title.
|2003||Both Girls and Boys 1st crews win the Heads of the River.|
|2004||Girls 1st Rowing VIII win Head of the Schoolgirls' Regatta.|
Opening of the Keith Humble Centre for Music and the Performing Arts on 22 July.
Naming of the George Logie-Smith Auditorium on 19 August.
Football Team for the first time since 1963 wins its fourth APS
Football Premiership jointly with Scotch College and Haileybury College.
|2011||Sesquicentenary of the Foundation of the School on 8 July.|
Introduction of new School Song, 'Sic Itur Ad Astra.'
Commencement of Middle School redevelopment.
Andrew Barr commences as 11th Principal of The Geelong College, following the retirement of Dr Pauline Turner.
Acquisition of Cape Otway Property.
Opening of Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Middle School redevelopment with new Year 7 and 8 learning studios.
|2014||Completion of Stage 3 of the Middle School redevelopment with new spaces for Year 5s, refurbished Library, Science and Café areas|
|2016||Dr Peter Miller commences as 12th Principal of The Geelong College, following the resignation of Andrew Barr.|
|2018||Commencemet of the Junior School Redevelopment, with Old Collegian, John Wardle as architect.|
|2019||The new Junior School gathering space, Wayaperree is opened in February.|
The new Early Learning Spaces within the Junior School are opened in February.
The College begins Remote Learning in the final days of Term 1, with students learning from home in an effort to restrict the transmission of COVID-19 through the school community. After Easter, Term 2 commences with Remote Learning for at least the first four weeks.
Primary classrooms are opened in the new Junior School in April.
Students return to classroom learning from June 9.
Return to Remote Learning from August 2.