The Hutchins School is one of the oldest schools in Australia and its long history has shaped the traditions and values that continue to serve as strong foundations today. We hope you enjoy exploring the School’s rich history in this timeline of key dates.
Following the death of Archdeacon William Hutchins on 4 June 1841, a number of leading citizens
established a fund with the aim of founding a school in his memory.
Read more about . The Origin of Hutchins
Rev J R Buckland
Hutchins schoolhouse, 1865 (S Clifford)
McNaughton Scholarship deed, 1863
Rev J V Buckland, c1892
Old Scholars dinner at Highfield Hall with J H Bisdee, 1903
As a community, understanding our heritage allows us to look back on traditions and events past while allowing us to continue moving forward as a contemporary school for boys.
Brass lion collar pin,
Rev H H Anderson, 1898
Prefects, 1913 (seated) D Harvey, K Brodribb, E M Dollery, A F Payne (standing) J Charlesworth, L Reynolds
School Magazine, July 1894
Grand Carnival program, 1896
G G E Wylly, c1900
J H Bisdee, 1900
Rev E G Muschamp, 1908
Did you know?
The School colours were originally blue and white. Sometime after 1865, Hutchins changed its colours to yellow and black. The yellow proved unpopular and was soon discarded for the colour magenta, only to reappear later as gold trimmings.
Major G A Gurney, 1911
Scout Troop established.
Scout training patrol, 1927
C W Butler
L H Lindon, 1913
Boarding house opens.
Boarding house, 1914 (Prospectus, 1915)
Last class with Rev M Eagle and J Houghton, 1965
Did you know?
Sports at Hutchins used to be classified as first-class (cricket, swimming, athletics and football) and second-class (tennis, cross country, rowing and shooting). ‘A’ and ‘B’ competitions were held, with the award of school colours and caps dependent on success rate.
Read more about Sporting life.
C C Thorold, 1918
Bethune Shield for House Challenge, 1918
School Song original manuscript by J W Bethune, 1916
Junior School opening, 1919
Boat Shed opening, 1922
Brass crest cadet badge, n.d.
Did you know?
The School motto ‘vivit post funera virtus’ is exactly that used as part of the crest of the City of Nottingham. The translation evolved over the life of the School to mean ‘character lives after death’. In recent years the motto has been enhanced by the addition of ‘What you do matters’.
J R O Harris, 1935
Parents’ Association President, P Stops cutting the 50th anniversary cake, 1979
V S Murphy, c1941
P Radford, 1946
Bidencopes Hutchins Centenary display, Murray Street, 1946
Sub-Primary School, c1965
Hutchins introduced the Sub-Primary classes to Hutchins in 1946 after moving the boys from Gladwyn School, a preparatory school for Hutchins and Collegiate, to the purpose-built block in Sandy Bay. Gladwyn School was founded by Miss E M Elliott in 1932 and closed in 1950.
Chauncy Vale hut opening, 1947
W H Mason-Cox, 1954
War Memorial Oval donation advertisement from the Pirates of Penzance program, 1954
Did you know?
In the early years of the 20th century attempts were made to introduce some form of uniform which was a grey suit — grey shorts and sweater for junior boys — and a black cap with a metal school badge, and later the crest. It was not until c1963 that the black blazer was adopted as part of everyday wear.
Governor Sir Ronald Cross inspecting Cadets at the opening of the Junior School, 1957
Bronze medallion for athletics and swimming,
H V Jones, 1958
G H Newman, 1959
(L–R) S Bennett (Vice-Captain of Thorold House), J Rogers (Captain of Thorold House) and A Thiessen (School Captain), 1960
Boarding house site, 1963
Boarding house opening by Sir Charles Gairdner, 1964 ( The Mercury)
A new boarding house was the first building to open on the Sandy Bay site in March 1964. By 1975 the boarding house was near capacity with a record number of 80 boarders.
Junior cricket practice in the nets on the South Oval, 1977
Induction of Rev Dr D B Clarke with Bishop Davies, 1971
Chapel of St Thomas, 1971
1971 saw the 125th anniversary of the School being celebrated with the youngest pupil, Hutchins girl Anna Houghton cutting the cake.
Presentation from Mrs S Pyke of the Eastern Shore branch of the Parents’ Association to Bill Roche (owner of the
Cartela) in 1977, following transportation of children across the river to school while the Tasman Bridge was down, 1975– 77.
Outdoor swimming pool under construction with ‘swimmers’, 1978
Construction of the Auditorium and Middle School, 1980
Hutchins Tennis Courts, 1982
J M Bednall, 1993
Early Learning Centre, 1987
Stephen Hay Memorial Park opening, 1987
W D Toppin, 1998
Middle School and Senior School Dance Troupe, c2015
W P Dean, 2016
Sean Oosthuizen aboard the
Windeward Bound on the Power of 9 Port Davey Challenge, 2013
Sailing Academy opens.
Opening of the Sailing Academy, 2016
(L–R) Deputy Headmaster M A C Jones, Parents’ Association President M Killion-Richardson, Headmaster W P Dean (obscured) and N M Thomas, 2016
Dr R W McEwan, 2021
Headmaster Dr Rob McEwan with Junior School boys, 2021
We believe that
what you do matters.
We look forward to making more memories with our community over the coming years.
Note The appointment of D R Lawrence as Headmaster of the School in 1963, is not specifically mentioned in this timeline, however, we make no attempt to hide this aspect of the School’s history. The School acknowledges incidents of historical sexual abuse having occurred at our school. The Hutchins School Board apologises sincerely and wholeheartedly to any and all Hutchins Old Boys who have been sexually abused. Child sexual abuse is an abhorrent crime. For information regarding the National Redress Scheme, please visit https://www.hutchins.tas.edu.au/national-redress-scheme.