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archivesA look inside the history of Brisbane Grammar School The Great Hall stands as a symbol to the importance of education. reaffirming the School’s ideals The Great…

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archivesA look inside the history of Brisbane Grammar School The Great Hall stands as a symbol to the importance of education. reaffirming the School’s ideals The Great Hall’s impressive portico entry of Oamuru stone bears a number of carvings, including the foliage motifs of shamrock, holly and oak. A bust of King Alfred, the 9th century English king who promoted the value of education, sits on the outside of the central column. The gargoyles on either side of the great cedar doors, one representing a serpent and the other a dragon, are a typical medieval feature to frighten away evil spirits. The lofty interior is equally impressive with its exposed timber ceiling painted sky blue and dotted with gold stars. The beautiful stained-glass windows at either end of the building, made by Ferguson and Urie of Melbourne, are thought to be the earliest Australian- produced windows in Queensland. Both windows portray the School’s ideals. The northern window shows young Queen Victoria flanked by famous men in British history – maritime and military leaders, statesmen, poets, playwrights, and men of science – looking down on the boys inviting them to ‘emulate their noble deeds’. The southern window portrays the rewards bestowed by the Crown for loyalty and service. Lining the walls are honour boards and plaques paying tribute to the war record of Old Boys as well as the distinguished service of trustees and staff. Though now too small for assemblies, the Great Hall continues to be an integral part of the ebb and flow of life at the School since first opening to students in 1881. Heart of the School Interior of the Great Hall, 1988 © 2014