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The plaque commemorates John Savigny (1867-1923), a former pupil of Launceston Church Grammar School. 

John Savigny was born on 25th August 1867.  He travelled to Madras with his parents, to New South Wales and finally to Tasmania. He attended the Launceston Church Grammar School and excelled in his studies and at cricket.

He was described as a brilliant bat and was a most successful bowler. As well as being the school's cricket coach, he was a member of the Launceston Cricket Club and its secretary for many years. In his personal cricket record, from 1892 to January 1896, he played forty-five innings for a total score of 1,816 runs, an average of 40.35 per innings. In the 1893-4 season he made a score of 189 when he and his brother put on a score of 334 runs. 

John died in February 1923 and after the Memorial Chapel was built at the Grammar School, a brass plaque was erected to his memory. 



Address:36 Button Street , Launceston Church Grammar School Chapel , Mowbray , 7248
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.408822
Long: 147.129342
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Son Of A Former Headmaster Of This School,
Who Took An Unfailing Interest In The Boys
Of The Church Grammar School,
And For Many Years Acted As Their Cricket Coach
Until He Was Suddenly Called Away On 10th Feb. 1923.
He Was Unselfish, Good And True, His Sport
Was Ever Clean, And All His Ideas Were Those Of A 
Cultured Kindly Gentleman.
He Played Life As He Played Cricket With A 
Straight Bat, And Was A Man Greatly Loved.

Source: MA,JG
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