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Honouring Traditions


4 September 2020

Honouring Traditions

Honouring Traditions

An important part of our College traditions is our link to the Armed Services.

We are a school that was founded in the name of the Sons of Scotland who fought in the Great War. The Scottish connection comes about because the Founding Fathers were members of the Presbyterian Church here in Adelaide – a church that was established by theologians John Knox and John Calvin and formerly acknowledged as the Church of Scotland in 1707. During our centenary year last year, the East Lane car park was redeveloped as stage 1 of a 3-stage linkage project with the Mitcham Campus.

DSC_2220 copy.JPGDuring the redevelopment, Pencil Pines were planted as a living monument to recognise the active service given by Old Collegians since the end of WWII. The Old Collegians are commemorated for being members of the Australian Armed Forces or recognised international peace keeping units. You can see their names on the specially designed webpage on the College Website.

This was a project that was championed by the late Peter Trumble - an Old Collegian and Scotch Legend whom we acknowledged at our Founders Day service last year. I know he would be very proud to see this living memorial now in place.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have also noticed that The Cross of Remembrance outside of Torrens Park House has been renovated over the last two weeks. We now have new edging to form the oval shape and define the garden beds. If you are observant you will have noticed that the Celtic Cross shape is defined by the new rosemary hedge. 

The rosemary was chosen in honour of our diggers from WWI. In 1915 a wounded digger from Adelaide returned to the army hospital in England with a small rosemary bush dug up from the slopes of ANZAC cove at Gallipoli. This started a tradition of wearing small sprigs of diggers rosemary to honour the fallen-on Anzac and Armistice days. This is the Gallipoli Rosemary which Peter Harfield and the grounds team propagated from the original plants that used to be there. Another feature of the memorial is the 4 mini rose gardens are made up of Peace Roses.

The Peace Rose was bred in 1939 by rose breeder in France, Francis Meilland. The rose was unlike anything he had grown before and was his pride and joy. Within months of breeding the flower the German army had occupied northern France and making their way towards Paris. Worried about the future of his crown jewel he shipped three cuttings and shipped to fellow growers in Italy, Germany and the US. The war raged and but on April 29, 1945 the day that berlin fell, Melland was finally able to name his new variety peace. This newly renovated Cross of Remembrance recognises the Scottish and military heritage of Scotch College Adelaide and signifies the school’s connection with the 2/27th AIF Battalion.

The wording on the plaque is as follows:

This garden recognises the Scottish and military heritage of Scotch College Adelaide and signifies the school’s connection with the 2/27th AIF Battalion.

It features the “Rosemary of Gallipoli” hedging which is shaped into a Celtic cross with the circle in the middle. 

The surrounding beds are planted with Peace roses developed by French horticulturist Francis Meilland in the years 1935 to 1939. When Meilland foresaw the German invasion of France, he sent cuttings to friends in Italy, Turkey, Germany, and the United States to protect the new rose, where it was safely propagated by the Conard Pyle Co. during the war. Peace was declared on the rose’s naming day.

The garden was created by Randall Bray (Grounds Team). The garden theme was first conceived in 2004.

Matt Guerin

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