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History & Recollections

A gift of care and affection

Harold Down was the second Principal of Grimwade House. Pierre Gorman (OM 1942) was one of his students. Here is their story.

Connection and support across generations

The story of Ross House is one defined by intergenerational connection, friendship and support.

Classics and Latin at Melbourne Grammar

An overview of the history of teaching these important subjects at the School.

A history of our Boat Houses

Over the years, our various Boat Houses have been a place of celebration, excellence and, on occasion, tragedy.

Aircraft landings on our grounds

Our ovals have been the site of many fine sporting events over the years, but they have also received visits from various aircraft - some expected, and others not.

Old Melburnian footballers close out the 1956 Olympic Games

At the 1956 Games, thousands saw the Olympic rings displayed on Australian Rules football players’ uniforms as part of a historic demonstration match.

A man of principle meets Olympic controversy

When Olympic organisers bent the rules for selection in 1936, one Old Melburnian decided to speak up.

A festival of fine art complements the Games

The 1956 Melbourne Games was accompanied by a celebration of fine art across Australia, including contributions by Old Melburnians and former Melbourne Grammar staff members.

Staff leave their mark on Games history

Our Olympic athletes aren’t limited to former students. Staff members have also pursued glory at the Games in a variety of ways.