Queen's Old Boys Association

queens college small2In 1883 Reverend Thomas Field established the Christ Church Collegiate School at the Christ Church Schoolrooms in Jeffcott Street North Adelaide. The institution was later renamed Queen’s School and later still Queen's College. During the last week of June 1949 parents of the 130 boys at the College were advised of its impending closure at the end of the year. The School did not fail as a school for lack of pupils, curriculum choice or competent teaching staff, but as a business venture, for lack of working capital. Queen’s had been a significant competitor for Pulteney, and its loss, as one of three Anglican boys Schools in Adelaide, was profoundly felt across South Australia. A significant number of boys transferred to Pulteney upon Queen’s closure.

More than half a century has now passed since Queen’s closed its doors but the College is far from forgotten. The Old Boy’s Association is still very active. Luncheons are held on the second Friday in each month, at The Naval, Military and Air Force Club, 111 Hutt Street, Adelaide and at Pulteney. The Queen's War Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Old Boys in 2012  and supports two students attending Pulteney. Memorabilia including photos, story boards, clothing and awards is conserved by The Pulteney Archives and is on display in the Queen's Room in Wheaton House. Old Boys and their families are most welcome to attend the regular luncheons and indeed to visit The Queen’s Room. Enquiries should be made, in the first instance, to Mark Bourchier, Director of Philanthropy, on 8216 5504.