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St Philip's College, circa 1992.

St Phillip's College, circa 1992.

St Philip's College, Alice Springs is a Uniting Church co-educational boarding and day school for students in years 7 to 12. It is located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. It was initially developed solely as a residential college but in 1988 became a fully operational school. St Philip’s College was originally constructed under the auspices of the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) in 1964 and was pioneered by Rev Fred McKay who succeeded Rev John Flynn as superintendent of the Mission.

The construction process of 1964 was based on a number of legendary work parties comprised of volunteers from all over Australia who travelled to Alice Springs volunteering their expertise, time and labour. One such party of 38 teachers, partners and students came from Geelong College. The association between St Philip’s College and Geelong College continued for several years and the College bursar, Bruce Jamieson spent time during the early 1990s assisting with financial management at St Philip’s.

'Don' Webb, Head of Art and Warden of the House of Guilds at Geelong College depicted the activities of the College working group in a cartoon during 1964.

Geelong College Work Party at Dawn Service, St Philip's College, Alice Springs, 1964.

Geelong College Work Party at Dawn Service,
St Philip's College, Alice Springs, 1964.

Members of the Geelong College 'mob' which memorably arrived at St Philip's at 1.00am on 22 August 1964 were:

Rev Ewen C McLean
Moira McLean
Donald Webb
Doris Webb
Ross Quick
Jeanette Quick
Bert Keith
Elsie V Keith
Robert W Nichols
Roger J C Sulmone
Malcolm E Thomas
Robert M Bucknell
John H Unsworth
A G Gray
Archie McLaish
Roger J Walter
Simon J Coulson
Robert F Stewart
Peter R Murray
John E R Dennis
John Menzie (Bob)
David Dodds
Colin Fraser
Peter T Funston
David A Clutterbuck
Robert Davies
B Waters
David A Hucker
David O Lamont
John Day
Chris Penna
Erin Soon
Graeme J Watson
Leslie Fallaw
W L Dennis
John D Moffat
Margaret McLean
Andrew Webb
Lachlan McLean

Sources: Pegasus December 1964 pp25-6; Ad Astra December 1993 p15.
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