1902

Founded

The College was founded by Mr Arthur (Barney) Rudd in 1902 and on the day it opened, four students arrived ready to commence their education. Today, more than 1500 day boys and boarders form our school community, along with a very warm and supportive contingent of parents and Old Collegians who have a deep affection for BBC and show their support for their boys and the College on a daily basis.

Our rich and proud traditions, the symbols of which are everywhere to be seen, such as the distinctive boater the boys wear, the pipes and drums which are heard at all significant occasions, our boarding, sporting and cultural history, all help to galvanise our inclusive community of students, Old Collegians, parents, staff and friends who contribute to the BBC story.

1908

A cadet corps was formed prior to the 1914-18 war.

1909

First boarders are accepted at the College.

1916

The Rowing Club opens with 35 members at Breakfast Creek.

1918

Clayfield College is bought by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) and renamed Brisbane Boys’ College. Nine students fall whilst serving in World War I.

1918

BBC joins the Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland (GPS) sports association as a founding member.

1920

The BBC Old Collegians’ Association is established.

1924-25

BBC War Cry is composed after the College Rowing crew win the Head of the River. A new boatshed at Breakfast Creek opens. BBC is awarded their first GPS Track and Field Championship.

1927

The first son of an Old Collegian is enrolled at the College.

1931

BBC moves to the current Toowong campus with 193 students. Mr P.M. Hamilton is appointed at Headmaster and introduces the distinctive BBC boater and House system.

1934

BBC receives their first GPS Tennis Premiership.

1940

Graeme Wilson becomes the first Old Collegian to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. The College Pipe Band is formed.

1942

Air-raid shelters are constructed at BBC. Most GPS interschool sports are suspended during the war.

1945-46

Mr Hamilton is the only staff member to remain at BBC throughout WWII. 85 Old Collegians fall during the war. Gordon Donaldson becomes the College’s second Rhodes Scholar.

1947-48

Dr T.R. McKenzie starts as new Headmaster and is credited with raising morale following the war. Hugh Dunn becomes the College’s third Rhodes Scholar. BBC received their first GPS Cricket Premiership.

1954

BBC receives their first GPS Rugby Premiership.

1956

Mr A.J. Birtles begins as Headmaster with 515 students, including 200 boarders.

1959

The Pipe Band reforms after lapsing in 1945.

1963

The Rudd Wing opens with Junior and Senior science facilities.

1972

Philp House is officially opened after being destroyed by fire in 1970.

1973

Mr G.E. Thomson is appointed as Headmaster with 671 students. The Junior Library is opened by A.J. Birtles.

1978

BBC purchases its first computer, a Tandy TRS 800.

1980

Four new Houses (Flynn, Hamilton, McKenzie and Wheller) are created to cater for increased enrolments alongside Birtles, Campbell, Knox, Rudd and Wesley.

1982

John Wylie, Dux of the College in 1978, is named BBC’s fourth Rhodes Scholar.

1983

BBC wins the GPS Tennis Premiership. The McKenzie Wing for science and teaching is opened.

1987

BBC wins their first GPS Basketball Premiership.

1990

New Headmaster Mr G.M. Cujes is appointed with 1095 boys at the College. BBC wins its 14th Head of the River.

1991

BBC wins their first GPS Football Premiership.

1993

BBC becomes the first school in Australia to win the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. BBC wins their first Debating Premiership.

1994

BBC awarded their first GPS Volleyball Premiership.

1995

Michael Huggins is named as BBC’s fifth Rhodes Scholar.

1997

Headmaster, Mr M. Norris starts at BBC with 1443 boys. Students are able to study university subjects whilst at school.

1998

BBC awarded their first GPS Gymnastics Championship.

2001-02

Mr G.E. McDonald commences as Headmaster at BBC and the College celebrates 100 years.

2007

The College opens its Prep Centre for boys. The College is now Prep to Year 12. BBC records their first GPS Sailing Championship.

2008

Robert Mullins becomes BBC’s sixth Rhodes Scholar. The Junior School building is opened.

2010

The College celebrates its 110th anniversary.

2011

College Hall is opened, providing a premier cultural facility for students.

2014

The Middle School Precinct is officially opened and the BBC student population reaches 1,560.

2017

BBC crowned Robotics World Super Team Champions at the Robocup Championships in Nagoya, Japan.

2018

Mr McDonald retires at the end of 2017, after more than 15 years of service. The PMSA appoint the school’s current Headmaster, Mr Paul Brown to lead the College boldly into the future. BBC celebrates The Greater Public Schools’ Association of Queensland being 100 years strong, the culmination of GPS100: a year-long Centenary celebration.

2018

BBC wins their first GPS Cross Country Championship. Four BBC teams compete at RoboCup Junior World Championships in Montreal, winning three World Championship Titles. Pipe Band performs at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.

2019

Today, with a current enrolment of 1500 students, BBC offers the full educational program from Prep to Year 12. The College continues to be innovative in nature, embarking on and implementing new initiatives that work to deliver an exceptional educational experience for boys.


For a more thorough look into the history of Brisbane Boys’ College read Gentlemen of Honour – A history of Brisbane Boys College 1902 – 2002 by Dr Noel Quirke. This beautiful coffee table book has been produced as a limited hard cover edition and is available from the College Shop.