History of the Old Collegians’ Association
Informal contacts between Brisbane Boys’ College and the old collegians was formalised on Friday 27 August 1920 with the formation of the BBC Old Collegians’ Association (OCA) at a meeting in the Masters Common Room at Clayfield.
The founder of Brisbane Boys' College, Mr Arthur (Barney) Rudd OBE, chaired this meeting which was also attended by W Renton (1904-06), J C Capper (1912-16), W L Boyd (1916-19), N M Grimes (1917-20), and S B Snow (second master). At the general meeting Mr Rudd was elected the first president of the OCA.
In addition to keeping Old Collegians in touch with one another and fostering fellowship, the objective named in the first OCA constitution was to support the College by funding scholarships for sons of Old Collegians and by providing endowments. They also promised to foster an interest in matters of national importance through lectures, published papers and discussions. The annual subscription was seven shillings and sixpence, payable in advance.
The creation of the OCA helped, at a pivotal time in the development of the College, to engender a sense of tradition and permanency in the BBC community. Consequently, the Old Collegians played a seminal role, during those formative years, in creating the ethos and value system of Brisbane Boys’ College.
The OCA Executive
The current Old Collegians’ Association Executive is made up of 10 BBC Old Boys from graduating years from 1953 to 2011. Following an extremely productive and successful term, the baton of leadership has been passed to incoming Old Collegians’ Association President, Chris Hartley in late 2015. The OCA Executive continue to strive to keep the Old Collegians’ Association relevant in the eyes of the greater College community and are confident they will achieve the high ambitions to which they aspire.
For further information on the Old Collegians' Association and associated events, visit our website www.oldcollegians.com.au
There are many ways in which 'Old Coys' can get involved at Brisbane Boys’ College:
- Coach a team
- Mentor a student in your field of expertise
- Enter a team at the BBC Golf Day
- Make a donation to the BBC Foundation
- Give back via the OCA Bursary
- Come along to one of the many OCA events or school functions throughout the year
Stay in Touch
Staying in touch with the Old Collegians’ Association has many benefits. Not only does it give you an opportunity to catch up with old mates, it provides a great platform to network with Old Collegians from other year groups.
The Old Collegians’ Association hosts several events each year including an annual Long Lunch, Old Boys' Weekend and school reunions.
Being a part of the Old Collegians' network gives you the opportunity to stay in touch with friends and stay connected to our great school Brisbane Boys’ College.
For further information, please contact:
Jarrod Turner | Director of Alumni and Community
07 3309 3653, 0422 231 777 or [email protected]
Kelly Edwards | Development and Events Coordinator
07 3309 3513, 0416 085 136 or [email protected]
The Brisbane Boys’ College archive collection is the central repository for the historical records of all aspects of the College’s community. It records, preserves and makes assessable a wide range of primary source material relating to the College’s history.
The College archives hold the founder’s original records including rolls, diaries and financial records from as early as 1902 when the school was established. There are also catalogued collections of artwork, print material, photography and memorabilia throughout the College’s history. Donations of College historical material and memorabilia are encouraged.
The Living History Centre was officially opened on Thursday 28 May, 1998. It is located on the ground floor of College House, formerly the Headmasters’ residence. Old Collegians and friends of the College are welcome to view the display during normal opening hours, 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
For further information, please contact:
Helen Jackson | Archivist
07 3309 3629 or [email protected]