Hutchins School

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The Hutchins School
Badge of the Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania.jpg
Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Australia Australia
Coordinates 42°54′21″S 147°19′46″E / 42.90583°S 147.32944°E / -42.90583; 147.32944Coordinates: 42°54′21″S 147°19′46″E / 42.90583°S 147.32944°E / -42.90583; 147.32944
Type Independent, Day & Boarding
Motto Latin: Vivit Post Funera Virtus
(Character Lives After Death)
Denomination Anglican
Established 1846
Sister school St Michael's Collegiate School
Chairman Marcus Haward
Headmaster Dr Robert McEwan EdD
Chaplain Rev. Lee Weissel
Employees ~250[1]
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~1,000 (K-12)
Colour(s) Pink, Black & Gold[2]
Athletics conference SATIS

The Hutchins School is an Anglican, day and boarding school for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. Established in 1846, Hutchins is one of the oldest continually operating schools in Australia. The School’s students consistently rank amongst the highest academic achievers in Tasmania and nationally. The school boasts 23 Rhodes Scholars. Located in Tasmania, five kilometres from the CBD of Hobart, The Hutchins School offers facilities including classrooms, science and computer laboratories, libraries, a performing arts centre and multiple sporting grounds. International students reside in the School’s boarding facility, ‘Burbury House’ which in 2012 underwent a full refit and refurbishment. Hutchins is a founding-member of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC),[3] an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS)[4] and a member of Independent Schools Tasmania (IST).[5]


The Hutchins School was established in 1846 at Hobart Town in memory of The Venerable William Hutchins, first Archdeacon of Van Diemen's Land. Arriving in the colony in 1837, Archdeacon Hutchins had worked tirelessly to establish a faithful ministry, erecting churches and schools and laying the foundation for secondary education under the auspices of the Church of England.[6]

The School commenced operations under Headmaster John Richard Buckland at Ingle Hall, a large Georgian house dating from 1811 which still stands in lower Macquarie Street, Hobart. Three years later it moved several blocks up Macquarie Street to a purpose-built schoolhouse designed by Tasmanian architect, William Archer.[6]

In the early days of many and varied schools and tenuous longevity, Hutchins survived by absorbing pupils, staff and plant of other less robust institutions, including Christ's College (1846-1912), The High School (1850–65), Horton College (1855-93) and Officer College (1888-1900). When Hutchins joined forces with Christ's College in 1912 it was the signal for Arthur Augustus Stephens to close Queen's College, founded by him in 1893, and accept the post of Vice-Master of Hutchins. In 1905 Hutchins amalgamated with Buckland's School, opened in 1893 by William Harvey Buckland, son of founding headmaster J R Buckland and brother of second headmaster John Vansittart Buckland. Hutchins would go on to absorb King's Grammar School (1907), Franklin House School (1917) and Apsley House School (1928), and affiliate with Gryce (1934) and Gladwyn (1937) Schools.[6]

By the 1950s the School was growing too large for its inner-city site and in 1957 a new Junior School was built on an elevated site overlooking the River Derwent at Sandy Bay. This followed the opening at the Sandy Bay site of a sub-primary section in 1946 and the Memorial Oval and pavilion in 1955. The Senior School was later constructed on the adjacent site of the former Queenborough Cemetery, following a council referendum in which ratepayers voted '1 for educational purposes' in 1960.[7] By 1964 the Senior School campus encompassed a boarding house and science wing, quickly followed by an administration block and classrooms, while the Junior School campus across the road soon expanded to include a fledgling Middle School. The Macquarie Street building was sold in 1965, with Hutchins commencing full operations at Sandy Bay the following year.

Co-Curricular program[edit]

The School runs an extensive co-curricular program[8] offering music, performing arts, debating, sports and the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.


Period Details
1846 – 1874 Rev J R Buckland, MA (Oxon)
1874 – 1892 Rev J V Buckland, BA (Melb), AA (Tas)
1892 – 1906 Rev H H Anderson, BA (Lond)
1901 – 1902 Maj G A Gurney, VD (co-principal)
1907 – 1908 Rev E G Muschamp, MA (Oxon)
1908 – 1912 Maj G A Gurney, VD (acting headmaster)
1912 – 1917 Mr L H Lindon, CBE, MA (Oxon)
1918 – 1929 Mr C C Thorold, MA (Oxon)
1929 – 1942 Maj J R O Harris, MA (Tas)
1942 – 1945 Mr V S Murphy, MA (Oxon)
1946 – 1953 Mr P Radford, MA (Oxon), BA (Melb)
1954 – 1958 Mr W H Mason-Cox, BA, BEd(Hons) (Melb)
1958 Mr H V Jones, MBE, BA (Tas)
1959 – 1963 Mr G H Newman, BSc, BEd (Melb), MACE
1963 – 1970 Mr D H Lawrence, MA(Hons) (Oxon), DipEd, MA (Tas), MACE, JP
1971 – 1996 Rev Dr D B Clarke, MA (Cantab), MEd, PhD (Tas), FACE
1987 – 1996 Dr J M B Bednall, BA (UWA), PostGradDipEd (Adel), BEd (Murd), PhD (Notre Dame), MACE, MIEA
1997 – 2007 Mr W D Toppin, BA(Hons), DipEd (UNE), MEd (Monash), GradDipEdAdmin (Deakin)
2007 – 2016 Mr W P Dean, MEd (Melb), BA, DipEd (La Trobe), MACE, MACEL, MAICD, MAHISA
2017 – Dr R W McEwan, DipT, BEd (ECU), MEd (UNE), EdD (Tas), GradCertICTEd (CSU), GradCertBusAdmin (Newc), MACE, MACEL

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of The Hutchins School include:

Rhodes Scholars:

  • Frank Bathurst Edwards (1909, Merton)
  • Charles Stanley King (1911, Corpus)
  • Charles Sydney William Rayner (1913, Balliol)
  • Jack A. Barnett (1915, Queen's)
  • Leicester Travers Butler (1916, Magdalen)
  • Alan Field Payne (1917, Magdalen)
  • Alan James Clinch (1919, Magdalen)
  • Frederick Beresford Richardson (1920, St John's)
  • Edward Mulhearin Lilley (1921, Merton)
  • John Keith Clinch (1922, Magdalen)
  • Leonard George Holden Huxley (1923, New)
  • Archibald McDougall (1924, Balliol)
  • John Douglas Lloyd Hood (1926, Magdalen)
  • Arthur Smithies (1928, Magdalen)
  • Edgar Clinton Ross Spooner (1931, Hertford)
  • Eric John Warlow-Davies (1932, Corpus)
  • Edward David Tudor (1940)
  • Graeme Laurence Salmon (1955, Merton)
  • Robert Gregory Forage (1976)
  • Stephen John Gumley (1979, St Catherine's)
  • Michael Charles Elias (1988, Brasenose)
  • Samuel Henry Forbes (2014, Brasenose)
  • Harjeevan Narulla (2015)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Positions of Employment". The Hutchins School. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. ^ "School Uniforms". Australian Enrolments. The Hutchins School. April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  3. ^ "International Boys' Schools Coalition". International Boys' Schools Coalition. International Boys' Schools Coalition. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Council of International Schools". Council of International Schools. Council of International Schools. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Independent Schools Tasmania". Independent Schools Tasmania. Independent Schools Tasmania. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  6. ^ a b c Mason-Cox, Margaret (2013). Character Unbound: A History of The Hutchins School. Hobart, Tasmania: The Hutchins School. pp. 13–27. ISBN 978-0-646-90355-2. 
  7. ^ "The Mercury". 5 April 1960. 
  8. ^ "Co-Curricular". The Hutchins School. The Hutchins School. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  9. ^ Hogan, Terry. "Abbott, Percy Phipps (1869–1940)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  10. ^ McLaren, Alex. "Bowden, Frank Philip (1903–1968)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Hutchins 1979" (PDF). The Hutchins School. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Boyer, Peter (1981). "Davies, Sir John George (1846 - 1913)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Cain, Neville. "Giblin, Lyndhurst Falkiner (1872–1951)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Jones, Elizabeth. "Murdoch, Thomas (1868–1946)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Ward, John M. (1988). "Nicholas, Harold Sprent (1877–1953)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "OBITUARY.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954). Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 14 December 1931. p. 6. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 

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