Tuesday, 29 April 2008

RHSV Lecture - George Langley – A notable educator and headmaster

When: Tuesday 13 May
Where: RHSV - 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne - entry via William Street
Time: Lecture 5.45 pm following the AGM which commences at 5.00pm
Cost: Members free; non-members $5.50

George Langley was born in Port Melbourne in1891. He went from his local state school to the new state secondary school, Melbourne Continuation School, then to the Teachers College and University. Teaching in Mansfield when he enlisted in the AIF in 1914. He quickly became an officer and was torpedoed on board the Southland on arrival at Gallipoli in 1915 but he remained there until the evacuation. From Cairo he joined the newly formed Imperial Camel Corps which played a key role in the desert campaigns. After the cameliers he joined the Light Horse and played an important role in the fall of Damascus. He was wounded, four times mentioned in dispatches, awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle and the DSO.

He returned to Mansfield High School as headmaster, then in 1924 was headmaster of Warrnambool High School. He served again in World War II but classified medically unfit, he was given the demanding post of Australian Red Cross Commissioner to Europe and the Middle East based in London. He returned to teaching after the war, becoming principal of his old school, Melbourne High School in 1949. A notable educator and headmaster, he had a major influence on generations of young people with his values and ideals.

Dr Alan Gregory AM an old boy of Melbourne High School he was a teacher in Victorian high schools, on the staff of the Education Faculty, Monash University for 25 years, and Master of Ormond College. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia 1989 for services to education and the community. He has been published widely in the field of economics, education and history, and his recent books include: and The Ever Open Door: A history of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1998), and in2005 the centenary history of Melbourne High School; Strong Like Its Pillars.

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