All Saints' College, Bathurst

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All Saints' College Bathurst
Coordinates33°23′48″S 149°33′43″E / 33.39667°S 149.56194°E / -33.39667; 149.56194Coordinates: 33°23′48″S 149°33′43″E / 33.39667°S 149.56194°E / -33.39667; 149.56194
TypeIndependent Co-ed Anglican Private School
MottoDeo Auctore Vim Promovemus Insitam
"With God as our guide, we develop the inner strength"
FounderCanon Thomas Smith[1]
Faculty53 (31 full-time and 22 part-time)[2]
Enrolment~ 500 (K-12)[2] (2016)
Colour(s)Red and Navy Blue
Slogan"Educating the whole person for the challenges of a changing world"[3]

All Saints' College is an independent, co-educational Christian college in the Anglican tradition. Located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, the college caters for day students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 and boarders from Years 7 to 12.

Academic standing[edit]

In 2011, All Saints' College ranked 33rd in Higher School Certificate (HSC) results in NSW.[4] Among NSW private Schools it ranked 17th in the State.[5]


In 1873 Canon Thomas Smith of All Saints' Cathedral, Bathurst, with the support of Bishop Samuel Marsden began the process of starting the School. The following year, on 27 January, the Bathurst Church of England College opened its doors to seven students under the headmastership of Henry Kemmis. Renamed All Saints' College, the school officially came into being in mid-1875 when it moved to its permanent site on the corner of Piper and Hope Streets after a successful fund raising campaign and the Bishop's donation of land.[1]

In 1888 Mr Edward Bean, the Senior Classics Master of Sydney Grammar, and father of C.E.W. Bean, succeeded Henry Kemmis. During the eleven years of his headmastership, the College enrolment grew significantly. Bean produced the badge and motto, designed the uniform, commenced the Bathurstian (the school year book), introduced the prefect system, cadets, debating, dancing and carpentry, as well as opening a library and the Prep School.[1]

The third Headmaster was Rev Frederick Tracey. During his tenure representatives of the College attended meetings in 1892 to set up the Athletics Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales; the College didn't proceed to active membership of the GPS and has never taken part in any of its activities.[6] In 1893 the Old Bathurstians' Union was started. With their support, Tracey purchased the school from the Church, thus becoming its proprietor, a position he maintained until 1919 when he sold the land and buildings to the NSW Government.[1]

Originally the Assistant Master under Bean and Senior Master under Tracey, the fourth Headmaster was Mr Britten. During his tenure the College became involved in rugby, football and cricket; several boys went on to play for NSW and Australia. He also persuaded the Old Bathurstians' Union to finance the building of a Chapel which they later moved brick by brick to the College's present location on the then Ophir Road, now Eglinton Road.[1]

In 1911 Britten was succeeded by George Stiles. A linguist and an amateur boxing champion at Oxford University, he promoted French and German and brought boxing to the College. With the coming of war in 1914, enrolments dropped, staff became difficult to obtain and prices soared. On 30 June 1919, Stiles resigned and the College closed.[1]

In 1923 the headmaster of Monaro Grammar School, Cooma, Rev Lindsay Watson, and one of his staff, Cameron McLeod, sought permission to re-open the College on its present site after purchasing Esrom House and 20 acres (8.1 ha) of adjoining land. The nearby Travellers' Rest Hotel was purchased for additional classrooms, and Walmer House on the river was leased for boarders.[1]

In 1925 the OBU moved the Chapel from the schools' original location to its current site on the existing school grounds.

In 1946 Lindsay Watson retired and was succeeded by Rev. Alan Catley, who resigned in 1948 and was succeeded by Ted Evans as headmaster, for fifteen years. During this time the College grew from a student population of 108 to 315.[1]

In 1963 Roy Dent, founding Headmaster of Sydney Grammar Preparatory School, took over from Evans. He oversaw the inauguration of the Avern Award (for meritorious service to the College) and the republication of the history of the College.[1]

In 1966 there were three headmasters: Roy Dent resigned, Vic Tunbridge of Geelong Grammar took over as acting Headmaster, and later in the year the Council appointed Peter Gebhardt as the tenth Headmaster. He introduced programmes including Eastern-Western Week (work experience), Outdoor Education and Arts and Artists Week, most of which continue today. He also initiated the building of the H.R. Richardson Memorial Library and Watson College (now Watson Boarding House).[1]

Dan Massey was appointed Headmaster in 1975. He introduced co-education in 1976, and was instrumental in the College amalgamating with Marsden Girls School in 1977. In 1982 the Junior School was reopened under Doug Finlay.[1]

Dan Massey resigned at the end of 1983 and Deputy Headmaster Bruce Clydsdale, took over until Robert Bickerdike was appointed in 1985. Previously Principal of Girton College and Head of Geelong Grammar's Timbertop, Bickerdike was headmaster for eight years, during which buildings were added and student numbers increased.[1]

Doug Finlay left as Master of the Junior School in December 1989 and was succeeded by Jock Bidwell in January 1990.[1]

In 1993 Timothy Wright, formerly Second Master at Trinity Grammar Sydney, became headmaster. During his time as Headmaster, formal Pastoral Care Structure was developed and implemented within the College timetable.

Wright oversaw the development of College facilities such as the building of the Foundation Block and the Evans Block, and the refurbishment of the Science Labs. The second stage of the Junior School Development was also completed during his time. In 1998 the inaugural Transition to School class commenced with a full complement. Dr Wright was appointed to Shore (Sydney Church of England Grammar School) in 2003.[1]

Jenny Williams joined All Saints' College from Snowy Mountains Grammar at the start of 2003. She continued the development of the College, overseeing the refurbishment of Britten House, the Dining Room, the Music and IT Centres and the front of Esrom House. Ms Williams remained as Head of College until 20 March 2008 when she accepted the position of Head of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in Wellington, New Zealand.[1]

During the interim period following Williams' departure and the arrival of the present Head, Stewart Ross (Head of Senior School) took over as Acting Head of College.

At the end of 2007 Jock Bidwell resigned as Head of Junior School after 18 years in post; he and his wife left travelled to Tanzania to work at the School of St Jude. Christopher Jackman took up the role of Head of Junior School from the start of the 2008 academic year.[1]

Peter Miller was appointed Head of College at the start of Term 3, 2008. He had previously been Head of Middle School at Barker College, Sydney. Miller had received a Rowing Blue at Sydney University and represented Australia in the Senior B Lightweight Four.[7]

Steven O'Connor started as Head of College at the start of Term 2, 2016.

Sporting History[edit]

In 1999, All Saints' College First XV rugby team went undefeated in both the WAS and ISA Div 2 competitions.[citation needed] All Saints' devoted their outstanding season to one their favourite sons who died at the start of the rugby season. The Sydney Morning Herald dedicated their final rugby column of 1999 to the efforts of the All Saints' First XV.


The school motto: "Deo Auctore Vim Promovemus Insitam" is Latin for "With God as our guide, we develop the inner strength"

Heads of College[edit]

  • Henry Kemmis – A boys boarding house was named after Kemmis
  • Edward Bean – A sporting house is named after Bean
  • Rev Frederick Tracey – Also the name of a day house
  • Britten – A boarding house is named after Britten
  • George Stiles – A sports oval is named after Stiles
  • Rev Lindsay George Herbert Watson – A senior boy's boarding house as well as an oval is named after Watson
  • Rev. Alan Catley
  • Edward C F Evans – A day house was named after Evans
  • Roy Dent
  • Vic Tunbridge
  • Peter Gebhardt – The right wing of Watson house is named after Gebhart
  • Daniel G Massey
  • Bruce "Bopper" Clydsdale
  • Robert Bickerdike – A sports complex is named after Bickerdike
  • Doug Finlay
  • Jock Bidwell – Previous Head of Junior School
  • Dr Timothy Wright
  • Jenny Williams
  • Peter Miller
  • Steven O'Connor
  • Stewart Ross

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "All Saints' College History". All Saints' College. All Saints' College. 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  2. ^ a b "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). All Saints' College. 2016. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  3. ^ "Philosophy". All Saints' College. All Saints'College. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  4. ^ "HSC 2010". Better Education. Better Education. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  5. ^ "HSC 2010 Private Schools". Better Education. Better Education. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  6. ^ "AAGPS Website (follow History Link)". AAGPS. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  7. ^ "Sydney Uni Blue". Sydney University Boat Club. Archived from the original on 28 February 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  8. ^ "CLARKE, Terence Osborne". It's an Honour. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Honours, Symbols and Legal Policy Branch. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
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  10. ^ Hall, George (1983). "Hall, Arthur Charles (1896 - 1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 9 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 160–161. Retrieved 2008-01-23.

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