Prince Alfred College

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Prince Alfred College
Prince Alfred College
Kent Town, SA
Coordinates 34°55′21″S 138°37′9″E / 34.92250°S 138.61917°E / -34.92250; 138.61917Coordinates: 34°55′21″S 138°37′9″E / 34.92250°S 138.61917°E / -34.92250; 138.61917
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
Motto Latin: Fac Fortia Et Patere
(Do Brave Deeds and Endure)
Religious affiliation(s) Uniting Church
Established 1869[1]
Headmaster Mr. Bradley Fenner
Chaplain Reverend Mark Dickens
Key people
  • John Kinniburgh - Head of Senior School
  • Mark Dell'Oro - Deputy Head of the Senior School
  • Michael Oomens - Deputy Head of Middle School
  • Neil Andary - Head of the Preparatory School
  • Ben Evans - Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Troy McKinnon - Director of Co-Curricular Activities
  • Darren Roylett - Director of Boarding
  • Glen Mears - Director of Music and Performing Arts
Grades K–12
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~1100 (ELC-12)[2]
Area 24.24 acres
Colour(s) Maroon & White
Slogan "Inspiring Excellence," "Go Beyond,"

Prince Alfred College (also referred to as PAC, Princes, or in sporting circles, The Reds)[3][4][5] is a private independent, day and boarding school for boys, located on Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town – near the centre of Adelaide, South Australia. Prince Alfred College was established in 1869 by the Methodist Church of Australasia, which amalgamated with other Protestant churches in 1977 to form the Uniting Church in Australia.

The school has enrolment of some 1,100 students from reception and educational year groups one to twelve (ages 2 to 18),[1] including some 140 boarders from years seven to twelve.[2] Prince Alfred College launched its own kindergarten, Little Princes, in 1999, which was renamed Princes ELC in 2009.[6] The college claims to have the largest "Old Scholars" organisation (by membership) in the southern hemisphere.[citation needed]

Senior students study to achieve the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE),[7] or undertake the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme as an alternative.


Prince Alfred College, c.1879

Prince Alfred College was named after Prince Alfred during his visit to Adelaide in 1867. Prince Alfred was one of the four sons of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The school has attracted many royal visitors since its foundation, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 1954.

The founders of PAC were determined that the religious traditions of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, should be indoctrinated in the school. Young Methodist men of the colony and PAC were encouraged to live disciplined, hard working and predominantly Christian lives, even though they were mocked facing society's temptations.

By the year of PAC's foundation in 1869, the population of Adelaide was estimated to be the second highest in the continent.[citation needed] No South Australian country town, however, had a population greater than 10,000. At the same time, nearly all the land in the city of Adelaide, laid out by Colonel Light, had been occupied.[citation needed] Across the parklands that surrounded the city were well established residential suburbs such as Kent Town and Norwood to the east and industrial precincts such as Hindmarsh and Thebarton to the west. The suburb of Kent Town, along with the city itself, formed a consolidated urban area in which the school was located.[citation needed]

Prince Alfred College, Jan 2012

In September 2005 it was revealed that the College held 70,000 shares in Coopers Brewery, received in a bequest.[citation needed] At the time, Coopers were the subject of an unsolicited takeover bid by Japanese-controlled brewer Lion Nathan, and the shares were valued at between $18 million and $22 million.[8] At the same time, the College was involved in a $15 million redevelopment project and was appealing to parents and former students for $3.5 million to enable building to begin. Although Coopers made a "counter offer" of a share buy-back (with attractive tax benefits) to those shareholders who may be wishing to sell,[9] the college chose not to sell any of its holding.[citation needed]

At one time, Princes was the only college in Adelaide to offer the IB Diploma at all three stages; the PYP and MYP are compulsory units of work for Preparatory and Middle school students, enabling its students to continue to complete the Diploma in year 11 and 12, or to be recognised locally with the SACE.[10][11][12]

List of headmasters[edit]

  • Samuel Fiddian 1869–1870
  • John Hartley 1871–1875
  • Frederic Chapple 1876–1914
  • W. R. Bayly 1915–1929
  • Fred Ward 1930–1948
  • John Dunning 1949–1969
  • Geoffrey Bean 1970–1987
  • Brian Webber 1988–1999
  • Stephen Codrington[13] 2000–2004
  • Kevin Tutt 2004–2014
  • Bradley Fenner 2014-current


The original school campus is in the Adelaide suburb of Kent Town. The school also owns two other campuses, one for outdoor education in Scott's Creek, and the other in Point Turton named 'Wambana', developed specifically for boys to spend extended periods of time away from home to experience all of the responsibilities adults have to face like; cooking, cleaning, time management and food shopping.[vague][14]

Kent Town[edit]

The original and main campus is located in Kent Town, approximately 2 km east of the Adelaide city centre. The land, originally leased by Dr Benjamin Archer Kent from 1840 to 1859, then bought by Charles Robin,[15] was bought at auction from Charles Robin for £2750 on 18 September 1865.[citation needed] However, it was not until 22 June 1969 that the college celebrated its inauguration, two years after the laying of the foundation stone by H.R.H. Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.[16][17]

A feature of the college is the Main Building, which was built in three sections. The central section was ready for use in 1869 and housed offices, teaching areas, a residence for the Headmaster, and accommodation for boarders, who have been an important aspect of the College's history. The Waterhouse Wing (south) was added in 1877, and increased the boarding accommodation, as well as providing an assembly room, and a science laboratory. The Cotton Wing (north), added in 1881, further expanded boarding space and teaching areas. The science hall was opened in 1891, and the Main Building was completed in 1889. The cast iron fence and railings around the front of the grounds were erected by 1905 by the NCP.[who?] The former residence of Alexander Dowie became the preparatory school in 1911.[16][17]

The school campus is divided by the main building, with the preparatory school on the Flinders Street (south) side of the school, and the middle and Senior schools on the Capper Street (north) side. Some of the facilities within the Kent Town Campus include:[citation needed]

  • Accommodation for approximately 140 boarding students
  • Classrooms
  • Computer Rooms
  • Science Laboratories
  • Frederic Chapple Library
  • The Preparatory Library
  • The Gerard Theatre
  • The Eric Freak Memorial Chapel
  • ANZAC Hall
  • Piper Pavilion
  • The John Dunning Sports Centre
  • RED Centre (Sports and Health Centre)
Eric Freak Memorial Chapel

Eric Freak Memorial Chapel (34°55'23.73"S 138°37'9.92"E) was built in 1972 as a memorial to Eric Freak (1916–34, PAC 1929-33), an outstanding tennis player who succeeded in schoolboy championships and promised a brilliant career in the game before his premature death. The Chapel contains a number of instruments including a grand piano and an organ.


ANZAC Hall (34°55'20.29"S 138°37'4.59"E) was relaunched in September 2010 after renovation works which turned it into a fully equipped theatre facility with audio and lighting capabilities. The building provides extensive facilities for music, drama, workshops, seminars and associated events. ANZAC Hall seats up to 800 people.[citation needed]

Piper Pavilion

The Piper Pavilion (34°55'21.07"S 138°37'5.45"E), adjacent to ANZAC Hall, is a venue for exhibitions, trade shows, seminars, conferences, cocktail receptions and flow on events from ANZAC Hall.[citation needed]

The John Dunning Sports Centre

The John Dunning Sports Centre (34°55'25.03"S 138°37'11.27"E) is a facility for the preparatory school's students. It seats approximately 700 people, and can also be used for hosting theatrical performances, art shows, luncheons, alumni events and presentation evenings.[citation needed]

Sports Centre (RED Centre)

The Sports Centre (34°55'16.68"S 138°37'8.68"E) is a flexible multi-purpose sporting and health facility, including a two court basketball stadium, an indoor swimming pool, change room facilities, squash courts, and a number of multi-purpose teaching and function spaces. It was redeveloped, and was completed in early 2013. It also houses a health and fitness studio.[citation needed]

Scotts Creek Campus[edit]

Scotts Creek campus (34° 5'30.81"S 139°40'2.70"E) is the college's Murray River retreat. The Scotts Creek Outdoor Centre is located near Morgan, approximately 165 km from Adelaide. It provides a mix of environmental education, adventure and personal development activities.[citation needed]

Wambana Campus[edit]

Wambana Campus (34°57'5.58"S 137°21'45.77"E) is an off school ground recreational camp. The primary purpose of Wambana is to foster growth by helping adolescent boys better manage the transition to adulthood through immersion in community, academic, spiritual and outdoor adventures.[citation needed]

Wambana is a six-acre (approx. 2.5 hectares) property situated on the coast of southern Yorke Peninsula, bordering the township of Point Turton and rural farming land. Students and staff live in a small village in which residential accommodation and a classroom are clustered around a central meeting facility. The property consists of six accommodation buildings known as "Wardlis" (aboriginal word meaning "dwelling"). Wambana accommodates up to 28 students for four week periods.[citation needed]


Facade and grounds of PAC

Since its inception, the college has used a "House" system – all students belong to a House. It is the school's aim that activities that are part of the House system continue to build the strong community feel that the founding fathers envisaged in 1869.

Over the course of each year, students participate in inter-house competitions for the Wesley Cup – competitions include swimming, athletics, rowing, chess, debating, music and drama performances, and year level lunchtime sports. The "Academic Effort" grades earned by students also contribute to the House points tally.

Currently, the PAC Houses are Taylor (Green), Cotton (Blue), Watsford (Orange) and Waterhouse (Yellow), however, at the time of the school's centenary (1969), the houses were Bayly (Red), Cotton (Blue), Waterhouse (Yellow) and "School"; at that time all boarders were members of School House.



College rowing team, 1891

Rowing began at PAC in 1883 and has played an important part in the school's sporting culture since that time. The school has two boat houses, at West Lakes and by the Torrens Lake in the City of Adelaide's parklands. The school employs a full-time Director of Rowing, (currently James Hammond). Although competition in local and national regattas forms an integral part of the rowing programme, the main event for each year is the Head of the River. 2008 marked the 125th year of rowing at Princes. The school has recently won the Head of the River in 2012, 2013 and 2014, captained by Jack Kelly '12, Nicholas Parletta '13 & William Burfield '14. These years marked the first time the college has won three consecutive titles at the Schoolboys Head of the River.


Each sports team at Princes has an annual fixture against traditional longtime rivals Saint Peter's College, known as the "Intercol" (Inter-collegiate). These are considered by the two colleges to be the most important games of the seasons, and the fiercely fought matches of the more popular sports draw big crowds of students and old scholars from both schools.[18] The Intercols have been played for over 100 years. At one time, the Australian rules football and the Cricket intercols were both played on Adelaide Oval. The Cricket Intercollegiate match has been competed since 1878. According to Richard Sproull[who?] this is "the oldest unbroken annual contest in the history of cricket" (Weekend Australian 5/6 December 1992).

Outdoor education[edit]

The Prince Alfred College Outdoor Education programme provides a variety of integrated activities designed to allow boys to face challenges beyond those possible in a suburban day school. Current activities are focused on the Scotts Creek Outdoor Centre at Morgan on the River Murray.

In 2008, the college opened its Wambana Campus at Point Turton on the Yorke Peninsula. Year 9 students spend 5 weeks at the new facility, learning field science and mathematics along with other subjects and life skills as well as community service.

Year 11 students undertake practical leadership training and are encouraged to nominate for trips to Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Kangaroo Island.

Notable alumni[edit]

See People educated at Prince Alfred College

Notable old scholars of Princes include:

Rhodes Scholars[edit]

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship for study at Oxford University. South Australian recipients[19] who attended PAC include:

Rhodes Scholar Year
College at Oxford Ref
Allen, William DouglasWilliam Douglas Allen (1914–) 1937 New College
Brose, HenryHenry Brose (1890–1965) 1913 Christ Church
Brown, Garry LeslieGarry Leslie Brown 1964 Magdalen [20]
Dorsch, Theodor SiegfriedTheodor Siegfried Dorsch 1933 Christ Church [21]
Evans, David WykeDavid Wyke Evans 1957 New College
Fry, HenryHenry Fry (1886–1959) 1909 Balliol
Sir Hone, BrianBrian Hone (1907–1978) 1930 New College
Howard, StanfordStanford Howard 1919 Christ Church
Jolly, NormanNorman Jolly (1882–1954) 1904 Balliol
Madigan, CecilCecil Madigan (1889–1947) 1911 Magdalen
Manuel, Ryan PaulRyan Paul Manuel 2006 Merton
Opie, Roger GilbertRoger Gilbert Opie 1951 Christ Church
Potts, RenfreyRenfrey Potts (1925–2005) 1948 Queen's
Rayner, Howard LuscombeHoward Luscombe Rayner 1916 Balliol
Robertson, David AlexanderDavid Alexander Robertson 1983 Magdalen
Rogers, Peter LindsayPeter Lindsay Rogers 1963 New College
Smyth, Michael EwersMichael Ewers Smyth 1960 Exeter
Umapathysivam, MaheshMahesh Umapathysivam 2014 St Peters College
Wilkinson, Stephen KidmanStephen Kidman Wilkinson 1982 New College




  • William Bayly, Australian Headmaster - Geelong College VIC and Prince Alfred College SA
  • Sir Brian William Hone OBE FACE (1907-1978), Australian Headmaster - Cranbrook School NSW and Melbourne Grammar School Vic
  • Glen McArthur (1941-1998) - Australian Headmaster - Headmaster Wesley College Vic
  • David Prest (1931-) - Australian Headmaster - Scotch College WA and Wesley College Vic

Entertainment, media and the arts[edit]



  • Sir Raphael Cilento, medical practitioner and public health administrator
  • Darcy Economos, OD Optometrist [27]
  • Bill Griggs, AM, ASM, doctor
  • Brian Kenneth Hobbs (1937–2004), doctor
  • Brian North, RFD, AO, Neurosurgical clinician, surgeon, teacher and contributor to research in the fields of neurological diseases and treatment of severe head injuries. [28]
  • John Burnard West (1928- ), respiratory physiologist

Military & defence[edit]


Politics, public service and the law[edit]




Australian rules football[edit]

Association football[edit]


  • Dr. Matthew Bolt (1986-), former Australian Under 23 Rower, stroke of the 2011 Bronze medal winning South Australian Kings Cup crew, member of 2012 Bronze medal winning Kings Cup crew, current Captain of Adelaide University Boat Club[citation needed]
  • Alexander Hill (1993-), Current Australian Rowing Team member, Olympic Silver Medallist (Rio 2016) M4-, World Cup Medallist, Australian Under 23 Rower, 2011/2012 Bronze medal winning Kings Cup crew member, former Under 19 World Champion[citation needed]
  • Brian Richardson (1948-), former Olympic Rower, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980[citation needed]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Prince Alfred College". Schools – South Australia. Australian Boarding Staff Association. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  3. ^ Jenkinson, Gary (21 March 2007). "Princes set for – showdown". Messenger – Eastern Courier. Adelaide, South Australia. p. 54. 
  4. ^ "Prince Alfred's knockout win". Messenger – Eastern Courier. Adelaide, South Australia. 9 April 2008. p. 46. 
  5. ^ Blake, Martin (7 May 2009). "Sporting life". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "Prince Alfred College; First steps in a quality education; Advertising Feature; Kindergarten sets new standards". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. 7 August 1999. p. A24. 
  7. ^ 2006 Year 12 Results
  8. ^ "Use surplus to fund tax cuts. Now!". The Age. 20 November 2005. Retrieved 28 June 2007. 
  9. ^ Covering letter explaining Coopers Buy Back offer. Related documents can be found here [1].
  10. ^ Vlach, Anna (5 January 2007). "Boys show they too can be perfect". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. p. 7. 
  11. ^ Heggen, Belinda; Pengelley, Jill (14 January 2002). "Paul's almost perfect". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. p. 8. 
  12. ^ Goodfellow, Nhada (17 February 2003). "Students with the world at their feet". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia. p. 11. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Codrington". Biography. Stephen Codrington – The Website. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Kent Town's history". Preserve Kent Town Association. 
  16. ^ a b "History". Prince Alfred College. 
  17. ^ a b "Kent Town Historical Walks". City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters. 
  18. ^ Adelaide College Football, Gary Jenkinson, accessed 8/1/07
  19. ^ List of all South Australian recipients of The Rhodes Scholarship. (accessed:2007-06-18)
  20. ^ Emeritus Professor Garry Brown],
    Honors Faculty Members, May 2011,
  21. ^ Hugh Trevor-Roper Theodor Siegfried Dorsch, "The Wartime Journals"
  22. ^ Professor William Cowley @ UniSA; Bill Cowley @ Inst. for Telecommunications Research
  23. ^ Tim Cooper,
  24. ^ Glenn Cooper,
  25. ^ Obituary in Sydney Morning Herald of 2 November 2010
  26. ^ Bye, John T.; Carvalho Junior, Oldemar (1996). "The first recorded successful cross Backstairs Passage swim: research note [Andrew Martin's swim is a unique entry in the annals of South Australian exploration.]". South Australian Geographical Journal. Vol. 95 (1996): 70–74. 
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  29. ^ "Hail and Farewell – Letters from Two Brothers Killed in France in 1916", Ed. Margaret Young and Bill Gammage, Kangaroo Press 1995 ISBN 0-86417-707-0. Also "Records of an Australian Lieutenant 1915–16", privately published.
  30. ^ Welborn, Suzanne (1990). "Throssell, Hugo Vivian Hope (1884–1933)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 12 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 223–224. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  31. ^
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  33. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). The encyclopedia of Australian Rock And Pop. Australia: Allen & Unwin. pp. 18,242. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. 
  34. ^ Thomas Draper Campbell,
  35. ^ a b Twins Ed and Nick Lower both attended St. Ignatius' College, Adelaide prior to completing their education at PAC.
  36. ^ Memories for Sturt Football Club as Amrozi is sentenced, Ian Henschke, Stateline South Australia, Broadcast 8 August 2003, Accessed 28 June 2007
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