With a total of fifteen recipients, Guildford Grammar School has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other school in Western Australia. Former Guildford Grammar School students were awarded the Scholarship for four consecutive years from 1917-1920.
1905 - PRESCOTT HENRY HARPER
Born in 1886, the son of Charles Harper, Prescott attended Guildford Grammar School from 1896 to 1905 as a Dayboy. He was a Prefect from 1902 to 1904 and School Captain in 1905. He won a Junior Exhibition in 1901 and a Senior Scholarship from 1902-1903. Prescott won fourteen academic prizes and was Dux of the School for three years. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket and 1st XVIII Football from 1901- 1905, rowed in the 1st IV from 1901-1905 and was a member of the Swimming team in 1905. He was Captain of Football from 1903-1905 and won trophies for Champion Swimmer and Victor Ludorum in 1904.
Prescott attended Oxford for three years and finished his course with Second Class Honours in Science. Before this he had taken Third Honours in Mathematics, and taken double honours at the end of his third year instead of waiting an extra year, as is customary with honour candidates. He rowed in his first year for Oriel College and represented Oxford against Cambridge for three years in swimming.
On his return to WA in 1908, Prescott lived in Gingin and devoted his energy to scientific research, especially in relation to agriculture and pastoral conditions in Australia.
During WW1, he enlisted in the 10th Light Horse and was in the Engineers of the 3rd Division in Palestine. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant. After the war, he returned to life at Gingin as a farmer and grazier.
Prescott was a member of the Road Boards for thirty-six years, seventeen as Chairman. He was also Chairman of the WA Branch of the CSIRO from 1944 to 1949. He died on 21 January 1957.
1910 - KARL EDGAR DRAKE-BROCKMAN
Born in 1891, Karl attended Guildford Grammar School from 1899 to 1910 as a Dayboy. He was a Prefect in 1908 and School Captain from 1909-1910. He won scholarships for WA Government General Exhibition 1908-1909 and also won the Hartley Scholarship for the University of Adelaide in 1909. While attending the School he won twenty-eight academic prizes.
He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket and 1st XVIII Football 1907-1910, a member of the 1st IV Rowing 1905-1910 and a member of the Athletics team 1907-1909. He was captain of Cricket and Football and Champion Athlete for 1910. He also held the rank of Senior Lieutenant in the GGS Cadet Corps.
In order to stay for another year at the School and compete for the Rhodes Scholarship, Karl resigned his WA Government Exhibition and was criticised by some for doing so.
Karl was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in February 1910 and began at Exeter College, Oxford at the beginning of October. On arrival, he took up Rugby and was soon a full back for the 1st XV, which was an exceptional feat for someone who had played Australian Rules at school.
A cable message was received in 1913 to say that Karl had passed his finals in Law with First Class Honours. He was only the second Rhodes Scholar from WA to do so.
After the outbreak of WW1 Karl returned to England in 1915 and joined King Edward’s Horse, 5th Royal Fusiliers, a regiment in which the majority of Rhodes’ scholars enlisted. He served as a puisne judge in New Guinea in 1921. Karl died on 10 November 1969.
1915 - HAROLD ERNEST WHITEMAN
Born in 1895, Harold attended Guildford Grammar School from 1908-1914 as a Dayboy. He was a Prefect in 1911 and School Captain from 1912-1914. He won a Senior Exhibition in 1911 and a Government Exhibition to UWA in 1914. While attending the School he won nineteen academic prizes. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket from 1910- 1914, the 1st XVIII Football from 1911-1914, a member of the Athletics team 1911-1913, Cross Country 1910-1911 and Shooting team 1910-1913. He was Captain of Cricket and Shooting. He also held the rank of Lieutenant in the GGS Cadet Corps.
Harold was temporarily on the School staff in 1915 before leaving for Oxford in August to enter Exeter College.
As War had broken out he was also expected to join the military force and serve in some capacity, which he did. After arriving in England he enlisted in the Inns of Court Officer’s Training Corps and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on Anzac Day 1916. At that time volunteers were called for the Royal Flying Corp and he joined immediately. Harold began flying with the No 7 Reserve Squadron on 30 September. After only three hours solo flying he was moved to an advanced squadron. Harold was killed on his first flight on 23 October 1916, aged 21.
1917 - WILLIAM ROBERT PARKS
Born in 1896, William attended Guildford Grammar School from 1909 -1915 as a Boarder. He was a Prefect from 1914-1915. While attending the School he won thirteen academic prizes. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket from 1912-1915, the 1st XVIII Football from 1910-1915, the rowing crew in 1915 and the Athletics team from 1912-1915. He was also a member of the Shooting team from1912-1915. He held the rank of Lance Corporal in the GGS Cadet Corps.
After leaving the School William attended evening classes at the UWA, teaching in the day time first at Christ Church Preparatory School and for two terms at Guildford Grammar School. On leaving, he was presented with a wristwatch, safety razor and fountain pen by the Headmaster Rev P U Henn. After winning the Rhodes Scholarship in 1917 he left in August to Join Worcester College at Oxford. William died on 14 November 1949.
1918 - HUBERT TAYLOR STABLES
Born in 1897, Hubert attended Guildford Grammar School from 1909-1915.He was a Prefect in 1914 and Chapel Prefect in 1915. He won a Government Exhibition to UWA in 1915 and 1916. While attending the School he won twenty-four academic prizes. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket and 1st XVIII Football from 1914-1915, the Athletics team from 1909-1915 and the Shooting team from 1914-1915. He held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the GGS Cadet Corps.
After leaving school Hubert joined the staff at Guildford Grammar School from 1916-1919. During this time, he was secretary and treasurer of the Tennis Club and OC of the Senior and Junior Cadets. He also edited the Swan magazine.
At UWA, he obtained the Lady Hackett Prize in Latin in 1917 and graduated with distinction in Latin and Greek. He played for the University 1st XI and 1st XVIII during his three year course. He also played for West Perth Football Team and Midland Guildford A Cricket team. He was twice rejected for active service.
Hubert left for England in December 1919 to take up the Rhodes Scholarship at Exeter College, Oxford. While at the college, he enjoyed rowing, running and rugby. In running, he won the College 100 and 220 yards and was placed in the 440 yards and Long Jump.
He returned from England in 1923 in charge of emigrants on the Largs Bay. He passed through Fremantle on his way to Brisbane. On concluding this work, he returned to WA to work for Messrs Villeneuve, Smith and Keall, Barrack St, Perth.
Hubert was appointed to the Council for Church of England Schools in 1947 and was then appointed a Fellow of the new Guildford Grammar School Council from 1950-1971 and Chairman from 1960-1963. He was President of the Old Guildfordians Association and was elected an Honorary Life Member in 1965.He died 10 July 1972 aged 74, while on holiday in England.
1919 - KEITH ALFRED BURTON
Born in 1898, Keith attended Guildford Grammar School from 1912-1916 as a Dayboy. He was a Prefect in 1915 and School Captain in 1916. He won two academic prizes while attending the School. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket from 1913-1916 and the 1st XVIII Football from 1914-1916. He was in the Swimming team from 1914- 1916, was a member of the Athletics team in 1915, and was Captain of Cricket in 1916. He held the rank of Sergeant in the GGS Cadet Corps.
Immediately after leaving school, Keith enlisted in WW1 and arrived in France in the middle of 1917. He was severely wounded at Morlancourt and returned to Australia at the end of 1918. While away, he was awarded his marksman badge for shooting in 1917 and the British Army Rifle Association Medal. He went on to University in 1919, taking an Arts course. He played in the University 1st XI and did well in Swimming.
Keith joined the staff at Guildford Grammar School in 1920 for a term before leaving in August for Worcester College at Oxford. During this time, he was very successful at Swimming and Rowing. He was awarded an Arden Prize to the value of 100 pounds as a result of an examination at Gray’s Inn. He hoped to be called to the Bar after his final examination. Keith took his BA Degree with 2nd class honours at Oxford in June 1922 and planned to return to WA in 1923.
1920 - DONALD COMMERFORD SINCLAIR
Born in 1899, Donald attended Guildford Grammar School from 1910-1917 as a Boarder. He was a Prefect in 1915 and 1916 and School Captain in 1917. He won seventeen academic prizes while attending the School. He won a Government Secondary Scholarship in 1913 and a Government Exhibition to UWA in 1918. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket from 1913-1917, the 1st XVIII Football from 1914-1917, 1st IV crew for three years and the Athletics team for four years as well as Cross Country, Swimming and Shooting for one year. He was Captain of Cricket, Football and Rowing and was Champion Athlete in 1917. He also won the Fathers’ Cup for batting and fielding in Cricket and he held the rank of CSM in the GGS Cadets.
After leaving the School Donald joined the staff from 1918-1920 as well as doing an Arts Course at UWA . On leaving the School, he was presented with a wristwatch, fountain pen and pipe by the Headmaster. He continued his Cricket career playing for East Perth District Club and represented the WA 1st XI on two occasions. He also played Football for the West Perth Football Club.
Donald left for Exeter College at Oxford in December 1920. While there, he continued with his Rowing. In 1923, he took his Law Degree, passing with Honours. He was called to the English Bar the same year and returned to Western Australia in February 1924.
He was President of the Old Guildfordians Association from 1927- 1931. He was also Captain of the WA Rugby Team.
Suffering ill health, Donald temporarily relinquished practice and retired to the country. He recovered sufficiently to return to Perth in 1935 to open an office and in February resumed practice as a Solicitor. Ill health never left him and he died on 29 July 1936 aged 37.
1923 - FRANK WALTER JOHNSON
Born in 1904, Frank attended Guildford Grammar School from 1917-1920 as a Dayboy. He was a Prefect from 1919-1920. He won nine academic prizes while attending the School. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket and 1st XVIII from 1919 -1920 and was also in the Athletics and Shooting team for one year. He held the rank of Corporal in the GGS Cadets.
Frank won the Government Exhibition to UWA in 1920 and commenced an Arts course in 1921. He obtained his BA with distinctions in 1923. While at the University, he was a member of the 1st XI Cricket and 1st XVIII Football teams. He was also a member of the University Slazenger Cup Tennis team and was Captain in 1922.
Frank was a member of staff at Guildford Grammar School from 1922-1923 and was assistant Housemaster of St George’s House. He left for Merton College, Oxford in 1924.
Frank returned to Western Australia in 1927 and commenced teaching at the Preparatory School for a term before joining the Senior School. He was Housemaster of School House from 1934-1938. He was in charge of Football, Athletics and the Library and was an inspiration to all the boys. After leaving Guildford Grammar School Frank went to Africa and worked in the Kenya Education Department in charge of post-secondary education for all races. He returned to Australia in 1962.
1930 - JOHN FREEMAN LOUTIT (ALSO KNOWN AS IAN)
Born in 1910, John attended Guildford Grammar School from 1921-1927 as a Dayboy in Stirling House. He was a Prefect in 1927 and won six academic prizes while attending the School. He won a Government Exhibition to UWA in 1927. He was a member of the 1st XI Cricket in 1927.
John studied Medicine in Melbourne until 1929 and hoped to proceed to Oxford in 1930. In 1934, he won an Open Scholarship at the London Hospital. By 1935, he had passed his final examination in Medicine and had accepted a position as Assistant at the Bernhard Baron Institute of Pathology at London Hospital. In 1939, he was appointed Registrar and in 1942 made Director of the Medical Research Council of London.
John contributed to the development of improving techniques for the storage and transfusion of blood during World War 2.
Between 1947 and 1969, John established and ran the Medical Research Council’s Radiobiology Unit at Harwell. In 1954, he was made an Officer of the Order of Orange, Nassau. In 1956, he was awarded the Robert Roesler de Villiers Award by the Leukaemia Society for his discovery of a new therapy for the treatment of the disease. In 1963, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society. John died in 1992.
1934 - HENRY JAMES HOPKINS
Born in 1912, Henry attended Guildford Grammar School from 1925-1928 as a Boarder in St George’s House. He won five academic prizes while attending the School and was a member of the 1st XI Cricket from 1927-1928.
A Scholarship and a Vacation Cadetship with Western Australian Government Railways enabled him to attend UWA where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Science. He was captain of the College Football and Cricket teams. Hockey was his forte and he represented the state in 1933. During his five-year Engineering course, Henry gained five distinctions and in 1932 was awarded the Norman Albert Prize for Engineering. He was only twenty-one years of age. He graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford.
In 1939, Henry held the position of Resident Engineer for the construction of the aerodrome and buildings for the Royal Air Force at Carlisle, England.
During the war, he was awarded the DFC for his services to the Royal Air Force as a bomber pilot and flying instructor.
After a period as a Structural Engineer, he returned to UWA in 1948 as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering. Three and a half years later, he accepted the Chair of Civil Engineering at New Zealand’s Canterbury University College. He was awarded the New Zealand Institution of Engineers’ Fulton Gold Medal in 1953. He retired in 1977 and in 1980, his services to engineering were honoured with an OBE. In 1979, his profession founded an annual Hopkins Lecture to foster public interest in engineering. Henry died in Christchurch on 9 January 1986.
1936 - GEOFFREY ARTHUR DE COURCY HILLMAN
Born in 1915, Geoffrey attended Guildford Grammar School from 1924-1931 as a Dayboy in Stirling House. He entered under a Soldiers’ Scholarship. He won seven academic prizes while attending the School and was a member of the Swimming team in 1931.
With brilliant scholastic achievements at Guildford Grammar School, he entered the faculty of Engineering at UWA. One of his main interests was the West Australian Student Christian Movement.
At Oxford in 1938, he obtained First Class Honours in Structural Engineering with special reference to Wind Stresses in Rigid Frame Buildings. By 1946, Geoffrey had returned to Australia and was appointed as a lecturer on Engineering at UWA.
1946 - ALBERT LAURENCE ARCUS
Born in 1922, Albert attended Guildford Grammar School from 1936-1939 as a Boarder in St George’s House. He was the House Captain of St George’s and a Prefect. He won the Blennerhassett Scholarship in 1937. He was a member of the 1st VIII Rowing in 1939 and 1st XVIII Football from 1938-1939. He was a member of the Athletics team from 1937-1939, the Shooting team in 1939 and was Champion Athlete U/16 in 1938 and Captain of Boats in 1939. He was a member of the choir for 1937 and held the rank of CSM in the GGS Cadets.
Albert attended UWA in 1941 and studied Engineering. After a third term as President of the Guild of Undergraduates at UWA he was elected Honorary Life Associate in 1946. In the same year he was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. He represented Australia at the International Students’ Conference in Switzerland in 1947. On leaving Oxford in 1949, he returned to Western Australia with an Engineering Degree.
In 1954, he was appointed Australian Government Assistant Trade Commissioner in Indonesia.
1960 - DAVID KINGSLEY MALCOLM
Born in 1938, David attended Guildford Grammar School from 1950 to 1955 as a Boarder in School House. He was House Captain and School Captain in 1955. He won the FA Moss Sub-Leaving Scholarship in 1953 and the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1954. David won fourteen academic prizes while at Guildford Grammar School, was a member of the Choir from 1951-1955, and held the rank of CDT UO and CSM in the GGS Cadets. He rowed for the 2nd VIII in 1955.
David was awarded the Bulkekey-Evans Scholarship in 1955, which enabled him to study Law at UWA. He went from success to success, topping his year each time. He represented the College in several sports and made his mark in debating and amateur drama productions. In his final year, David was Senior Student at St George’s College and was selected as Rhodes Scholar for WA. He represented UWA in Australian Rules Football 1956-1959 and Rugby Union in 1960. He played rugby for Oxford University Greyhounds and Wadham College. He graduated from Oxford in 1962 with First Class Honours in Civil Law.
On returning to Australia David played rugby for the Associates Club 1963-1966. He was captain of the WA State Team 1964-1965.
David was admitted to practice in 1964 and was a partner with the firm Freehill, Hollingdale and Page from 1964-1979. He was appointed Chief Justice of Western Australia in 1988. In 1990, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia and in 1992, was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. In 1999, he was elected as an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, London. In 2000, he was awarded the honour of Citizen of the Year in Western Australia. David retired as Chief Justice in 2006 and took up an appointment as Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
1968 - TIMOTHY PETER BLAIN
Born in 1947, Timothy attended Guildford Grammar School from 1958 -1964 as a Boarder in St George’s House. He was awarded the Council Scholarship for Sons of Clergy in 1960, The George and Marian Lefroy Scholarship in 1962, the Canon P U Henn Memorial Scholarship in 1963 and the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1964. He won eighteen academic prizes while at GGS. He was a member of the Swimming team in 1960 and 1st XV 1963 -1964. He held the rank of Sergeant in the GGS Cadets.
Timothy enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at UWA in 1965 and in 1966 was awarded the Convocation Prize for History. During the next two years, he worked towards an Honours course in History and Politics passing with First Class Honours. During his time at the University, he continued his interest in Debating and captained the Intervarsity Team in 1966. In 1969, he did tutoring in first and third year units in Political Science until leaving for Magdalene College, Oxford in August. He studied for his BA in Jurisprudence (the science or philosophy of law).
2001 - ANGUS WARWICK TURNER
Born in 1977, Angus spent the first nine years of his life in a rural town in South Africa. He attended Guildford Grammar School from 1988 -1994 as a Boarder in Henn’s House. He was Vice Captain of School in 1994. He won the FA Moss Scholarship in 1991 and the Charlotte Carlin Scholarship from 1992-1994.
Angus won nine academic prizes while attending the School. He was a member of the Choir from 1990-1994 and was a member of the winning Head of the River 1st VIII in 1993. He was in the 1st XI Hockey in 1994 and the Athletics team from 1990-1991. He was Captain of Music in 1994, playing the piano, oboe and guitar and was a member of the School Band and Orchestra.
He won a General Exhibition for the 1994 TEE Examination and studied medicine at UWA. In 1998, he won the Dr Bill Jackson Rural Undergraduate Scholarship and travelled to Canada to study health problems faced by rural youth. While attending UWA at St George’s College, Angus conducted the Choir. He was elected Student President of the College in his fourth year.
Angus completed the Avon Descent in both double and single kayak and organised kayaking expeditions for junior staff at the hospital. He also did voluntary work at a local heroin clinic.
Angus joined the UWA’s rural medicine Spinrphex Club (WA branch of the National Rural Health Network), which aims to address healthcare needs in rural Australia. He served on the Executive Committee for two years.
In 2001, Angus started his intern year in accident emergency at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. With a passion for ophthalmology and inspired by the work of Rev John Flynn from the Royal Flying Doctor Service, he treated eye disorders in Kununurra, Port Hedland and the Cocos Islands. He went to Oxford in September 2002 to complete a PhD in Ophthalmology.
In 2011, Associate Professor Turner returned to WA after years of research into outreach eye service across Australia. He is directing the first WA Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Research Unit as part of the Lions Eye Institute.