About the Book

This new celebratory book is illustrated with archival images and accompanied by a lively narrative. The book includes anecdotes, memoirs and memorabilia drawn from past experiences of OGG activities or specially contributed for the volume by notable alumni and staff of every living generation. In this way a lively overview of the OGG association's history and activities is counter-pointed with the vivid personal experiences of the alumni themselves, creating a composite portrait of an evolving community over the past 100 years.
The book will be launched on Sunday 30 March 2014 as part of the Back to Corio celebrations marking the 100th Anniversary of the Corio Campus.


A note from the OGG President

Since its conception in 1855 in Geelong, then the primary city in the colony of Victoria, Geelong Grammar School (GGS) and its alumni have played an important role in the development and workings of not just Victoria or even Australia but of places throughout the world. As the School became financially secure in the 1860s, that initial 1855 enrolment of 22 boys expanded and with the able and dedicated leadership of Bracebridge Wilson, Cuthbertson and Lindon, the institution of Geelong Grammar was firmly established.
In 1900, the Old Boys of GGS decided to establish the Old Geelong Grammarians (OGG) as a formal entity. In the following year, 1901, Victoria became a State in the Commonwealth of Australia. As the future of GGS as a boarding school became more apparent, a new School Constitution was established in 1906 with new and strong OGG representation on the School Council. This led to the decision to move the School to a larger site. In 1911 the present site at Corio was selected and in 1913 the Foundation Stones were laid and building started. A number of OGG family names are recognized in various ways in the buildings of Corio.
Since 1900, the OGG association has played a continuing and supporting role in the development of GGS and the life of the OGG community.

Peter Chomley
President, Old Geelong Grammarians