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Rolland Memorial Gates : October 2013
Rolland Memorial Gates : October 2013

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Gates erected in memory of John Henry Maitland Rolland who was drowned while attempting to rescue another at Barwon Heads in 1938. These wrought iron gates located at the Noble St entrance to the Mackie Boarding House were donated to the School by Principal Rev Francis Rolland and his brothers in memory of their nephew, John Henry Maitland Rolland who drowned on 23 January, 1938 while saving the life of a stranger at Ocean Grove. There is an accompanying plaque on the brickwork near these gates.

John Henry Maitland Rolland was the son of architect, Henry Maitland Rolland, brother of College Principal, Francis Rolland. John had studied as an architect and had, during his studies, worked in the offices of Philip Hudson who had carried out much of the College’s building design work during the 1930s. Philip Hudson provided the architectural work for this memorial.

Mr. John Henry Maitland Rolland. 26, of St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, was drowned while attempting to save a telegraph messenger in the heavy surf at Barwon Heads on Sunday. He was the eldest son of the Commonwealth Director of Works. Adelaide (Mr. H. M. Rolland) who left by plane for Melbourne yesterday. The deceased spent a number of years in South Australia, and was educated at Scotch College, whence he went to the Melbourne University and graduated as a Bachelor of Architecture. He was employed as an architect in the office of a Melbourne firm at the time of his death.
The Advertiser (Adelaide), 25th January 1938.

Before the Mackie House ceremony Lord Gowrie attended the speech day of the preparatory school of the college and presented the prizes He also attended the ceremony of dedicating and the opening of the memorial gates at Mackie House. The gates were erected to the memory of J M Rolland a collegian who lost his life at Barwon Heads in January when attempting to rescue a person from drowning. The memorial tablet on the gates was unveiled by Dr Mackenzie, Mrs P W Rolland opened the gates and Lord Gowrie was the first person to walk through.
The Argus (Melbourne), 15th December 1938
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Location

Address:Noble Street, Geelong College , Newtown, 3220
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.152914
Long: 144.337409
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Monument Designer:Phillip Hudson

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 14th December, 1938
Right Side Inscription

       THESE GATES WERE ERECTED
                 IN MEMORY OF
JOHN HENRY MAITLAND ROLLAND
             AN OLD COLLEGIAN
WHO AT BARWON HEADS ON
              JANUARY 23rd 1938
GAVE HIS LIFE IN SAVING ANOTHER

     GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR A STRANGER

Source: MA
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