Melbourne Girls Grammar

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Melbourne Girls Grammar
Coordinates37°49′53″S 144°59′6″E / 37.83139°S 144.98500°E / -37.83139; 144.98500Coordinates: 37°49′53″S 144°59′6″E / 37.83139°S 144.98500°E / -37.83139; 144.98500
TypeIndependent, day & boarding
MottoLatin: Nisi Dominus Frustra
(Without the Lord, All is in Vain)
FounderEmily Hensley & Alice Taylor
ChairmanMr Mark Burgess
HeadmistressDr Toni Meath
ChaplainThe Rev’d Kirsty Ross
Years offeredELC–12
Enrolment~950 (P–12)[3]
Colour(s)Navy blue, light blue and white
SloganIntegrity, Compassion, Courage, Self Discipline
AffiliationGirls Sport Victoria

Melbourne Girls Grammar (also known as MGGS, and earlier as MCEGGS[4]), is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in South Yarra, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Founded in 1893 by Emily Hensley and Alice Taylor, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and caters for 950 students from Pre-school to Year 12, including 90 boarders.[5] It was originally known as Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School.[6]

Melbourne Girls Grammar is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[7] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[8] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[9] the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV),[1] the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[2] and is a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).[10]


MGGS chapel, 1929

Melbourne Girls Grammar was founded in 1893, as a private school in Domain Road, South Yarra, by Emily Hensley and Alice Taylor. In 1900, the school moved to its current location in Anderson Street, and in 1903 it became the first girls' school to be owned by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

Merton Hall, the main senior campus, was named after the house in Cambridge, England, where Newnham College began.[11]

The tenth Headmistress of Melbourne Girls Grammar, Christine Briggs, announced her retirement in 2007. Catherine Misson was appointed to the position of Headmistress in 2008. In 2019, Toni Meath, previously principal at Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, was appointed as her replacement.[12]


  • Emily Hensley and Alice Taylor 1893-1895
  • Florence Hensley 1895-1897[13]
  • Mary Elizabeth Morris and Edith Nina Morris 1898-1907[13]
  • Edith Nina Morris 1908-1912[13]
  • Miss Hunt 1913
  • Miss A.C. Tunnicliffe 1914-1915
  • Kathleen Gilman Jones 1916-1938[4][14]
  • Dorothy Jean Ross 1939-1955[4]
  • Edith Mountain 1956-[15]
  • Nina Crone
  • Christine Briggs 2001-2008
  • Catherine Misson 2008-2018
  • Toni E. Meath 2019-


The Junior Years (Prep - Year 4) learning environment is located at the Morris Hall Campus on Caroline Street, while the Early Learning Centre (3 and 4 Year Old Program) and the Middle Years (5 - 8) and Senior Years (Years 9 - 12) are located at the Merton Hall Campus, Anderson Street, South Yarra.

The Merton Hall Campus provides a chapel, gymnasium, library, dining hall, specialist Art, Drama and Science Centres, assembly hall, multipurpose sports fields and a rowing facility located nearby on the banks of the Yarra River. The Boarding House (which caters for approximately 80 students) and the Enrolments Centre are located on the Merton Hall Campus.

Wildfell, was built in 2011 for the Middle Years Program, which includes an eLearning studio and Learning Studios.

Morris Hall, the Junior Years Campus, incorporates Learning Studios, specialist Art, Music and Science Centres, oval and sustainable gardens.

Buildings and facilities[edit]

The school opened its Science Futures Centre in 2005, with a ceremony attended by Sir Gustav Nossal. The Science Futures Centre comprises eight laboratories, three preparation rooms, three laboratory technicians' offices and withdrawal areas.

In 2006, the school re-opened the Nina Crone Library, named after a past Headmistress.


Melbourne Girls Grammar offers Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) for its students at Years 11 to 12, with some students beginning their VCE studies in Year 10.

House system[edit]

The Junior, Middle and Senior School houses are:

  • Batman: yellow, named after the founder of Melbourne,
  • Clarke: red, named after Archbishop Lowther Clarke, whose particular interest was diocesan education,
  • Hensley: pink, commemorates one of the two first Headmistresses of the school - Emily Hensley,
  • Mungo: green, named after "St Mungo", the house in Domain Road where the school first opened in 1893,
  • Taylor: blue, commemorates the other of the first two Headmistresses of the school - Alice Taylor.


Melbourne Girls Grammar is a member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).

GSV premierships[edit]

Melbourne Girls Grammar has won the following GSV premierships.[16]

  • Basketball - 2007
  • Cross Country (2) - 2001, 2002
  • Football - 2017
  • Hockey (3) - 2003, 2008, 2014
  • Indoor Cricket - 2005
  • Triathlon, Mini - 2018
  • Volleyball - 2017

Notable alumnae[edit]

Community and philanthropy
Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science

Associated schools[edit]

Melbourne Girls Grammar School is the sister school of Melbourne Grammar School with which it has a strong association, as the two stream productions, formals, workshops and concerts together. The student bases also enjoy a strong association throughout the secondary years as many MGGS girls attend Grimwade House (Melbourne Grammar School's co-educational primary campus).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Melbourne Girls Grammar". Find a School. Association of Independent Schools of Victoria. 2007. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Melbourne Girls Grammar School". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools Association. 2005. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  3. ^ Melbourne Girls Grammar School- School Structure (accessed:26-06-2007)
  4. ^ a b c Falk, B. (2012) Australian Dictionary of Biography: Dorothy Jean Ross. M.U.P. Retrieved 7 August 2018
  5. ^ Melbourne Girls Grammar School Annual Report 2006 Archived 2007-08-28 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:26-06-2007)
  6. ^ Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School: History of the School 1893-1928. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Victoria". School Directory. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. 2008. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  8. ^ "JSHAA Victorian Directory of Members". Victoria Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 13 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  9. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  10. ^ Mawkes, Leonie (2005). "Member Schools". Profile. Girls Sport Victoria. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  11. ^ Melbourne Girls Grammar School- Our Heritage Archived 2007-07-05 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:26-06-2007)
  12. ^ Melbourne Girls Grammar School: Announcement of new Principal Archived 2007-08-28 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:10-08-2007)
  13. ^ a b c Jubilee History 1953 MCEGGS
  14. ^ Mitchell, L.M.M. (1983) Australian Dictionary of Biography (Volume 9): Kathleen Annie Gilman Jones. M.U.P. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  15. ^ Falk, B. (2000) Australian Dictionary of Biography (Volume 15): Lloyd, Gwendolen Kent (Gwenda) (1899–1965). M.U.P. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Archives » Girls Sport Victoria". Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  17. ^ Carey, Jane (2007). "Blackwood, Dame Margaret (1909–1986)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  18. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Joske, Enid (1890 - 1973) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  19. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Kiddle, Margaret Loch (1914 - 1958) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  20. ^ a b Famous alumni on Latham's hit list Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:26-04-2006)
  21. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: White, Vera Deakin (1891 - 1978) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  22. ^ Payten, Marianne. "Buntine, Gladys Selby". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, ANU. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Whole school notices". Daily Bulletin. MGGS. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2008.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Syme, Eveline Winifred (1888 - 1961) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  25. ^ Craven, Peter. "The poetry of Fay Zwicky and Thea Astley". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  26. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Archer, Mary Ellinor Lucy (1893 - 1979) (accessed:27-07-2007)
  27. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography: Bryce, Lucy Meredith (1897 - 1968) (accessed:27-07-2007)

Further reading[edit]

  • McCarthy, R. and Theobald, M.R. 1993. Melbourne Girls Grammar School Centenary Essays 1893-1993. Hyland House, Melbourne. ISBN 1-875657-03-7.

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