Mosman Public School Honour Roll Print Page Print this page

The Honour Roll commemorates former teachers and students the school who served in World War One. The roll is located at Mosman High School which is the former site of the public school.  A temporary roll was unveiled at the school in 1917 and contained 247 names including 7 teachers. Additional names were added in 1918. 

Funding of $8000 was received in 2018 through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program for the restoration of the roll. 

At the Mosman Commercial Superior Public School there was an attendance of about 2600, and enthusiasm reached high tension during the two hours over which the function extended. The Mayor, Alderman A. D. Walker, presided. The liberal display of flags of all the Allies included that of China, which was enthusiastically cheered.  The Governor, Sir Walter Davidson, took part in the commemoration. A guard of honour outside the hall was composed of about 200 returned soldiers from the St George's Heights Convalescent Camp, the "National Anthem" being played by the drum and fife band of the school. His Excellency was accompanied by Mr. A. G. James, Minister for Public Instruction. 

A fine musical programme, comprising twelve patriotic songs, was provided by the scholars, of whom Mr. A G Gilchrist was conductor, to the accompaniment of the Australian Picture Theatre orchestra, led by Mr S. Rae. A very decided effect was provided when to the singing of "God send you back to me" by the girls' choir and chorus, the Mosman school honour-roll was thrown on the screen. The roll contained the names of eight teachers and about 400 ex-puplls of the school. Sir Walter Davidson, said the one thing the scholars of to-day had to care about was the honour of the British race. "Our fathers made the reputation of the races." he said. They founded the British Empire, which we celebrate to-day, by uprightness, tenacity, and endurance. That Umpire must be maintained under the holiest ' guardianship, with equal rights and justice aud freedom to all." Unless the generation that was to become the guardians of British privileges in the future was imbued with these Christian virtues, the Empire would suffer the fate of other Empires that had fallen either by the indifference of its citizens, the neglect of its potentialities, by luxury and vice, or because they were cruel, and oppressed subject races. He, therefore, urged that the real meaning of the Empire Day commemoration was tbe strengthening of the Empire in all righteous directions." I make a call to those who can go to the defence of the Empire to go," the Minister for Education, Mr. James, said. In the course of a short address. The Empire is worth llving for, it Is worth fighting for, it is worth dying for, and it is therefore your duty to go." The grand reports of the doings of the Australians should, Mr. James added, be an incentive to others to go and maintain that record. The gathering was also addressed by Mr. P B. Colquhoun, M L.A.. the Rev. Clive Yarrington, and Dr. Arthur, M.L.A.
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 25 May 1918.


Address:769 Military Road, Mosman High School, Mosman, 2088
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.829354
Long: 151.243525
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1917
Front Inscription
             THE GREAT WAR 
1914    ROLL OF HONOUR.    1919
Source: MA, DVA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au