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
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
Heart of the School
Interior of the Great Hall, 1988