Welcome Video

We invite you to view our Sesquicentenary video which outlines the importance of our 150th Anniversary.
This video, guaranteed to stir any ‘red-blooded’ viewer, see’s PAC Old Scholar and local media identify, Steve Whitham, guide us through the historical context and importance of this memorable milestone recognising PAC’s past as well as our exciting future.


Message from the Headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner

In the lead-up to our sesquicentenary celebrations in 2019, we have already had a good deal to celebrate.The 150th anniversaries of the purchase of the land in 1865 on which Prince Alfred College stands and the laying of the Foundation Stone by Prince Alfred in 1867 have been special events for us. Moreover, the visit in April 2018 by HRH Prince Edward, the fifth generation of the British Royal family to visit Prince Alfred College or one of our major events, proved to be a wonderful PAC community event.

Our major celebrations take place in 2019, the 150th year anniversary of the year in which Prince Alfred College began.  These will be first and foremost community events, providing a number of opportunities for many within our wider community to come together, celebrate our beginnings, our history and our heritage, and look towards an ever brighter future for PAC.

It has been affirming to see the number of people who have been keen to be involved in our sesquicentenary events. We look forward to the opportunities for people to re-connect and celebrate the achievements and ongoing successes of Prince Alfred College, our school.


Sesquicentenary Committee Chair, Mr Colin Dunsford AM

It is a great honour and privilege to Chair the Prince Alfred College Sesquicentenary Committee which has the responsibility to organise events and activities to celebrate this milestone in the School’s history.You can’t imagine that our founding fathers who purchased the Kent Town land and laid the foundation stone in November 1867, an event we commemorated in November 2017, could have foreseen this milestone, but more importantly , the remarkable successes of the thousands of students who have passed through the School’s gates over these years. These students have been supported by countless teachers, families and staff whose careers and stories provide the rich history of the School.

2019 will be a year of much celebration, in addition to the normal calendar of events such as the Intercols and Old Scholars functions, all of which will be extra special in our sesquicentenary. We are planning to involve all our stakeholders throughout the year, with a staff reunion, a Princes Women luncheon, a Gala dinner and cultural events. We have also commissioned a special book authored by renowned historian and old scholar Rob Linn. Using a unique 150 logo, we will also have available a selection of PAC memorabilia to commemorate this historic occasion.

I welcome and encourage you to participate in what will be a year of much celebration

History of Prince Alfred College

Since our founding days we have been a community of leaders and doers, who are continuously looking forward.

In the mid 1860’s a group of individuals with the vision of a Methodist church school for boys met to progress their dream.  Fundraising breakfasts were held in the Methodist Meeting Hall (which still stands behind the Adelaide Town Hall) and men and women who shared the vision of the founders pledged their support, enabling the purchase of land at Kent Town.

The foundation stone of the Main Building was laid by HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, second son of Queen Victoria, during his 1867 visit to South Australia.  The Prince agreed to the request to name the College in his honour, a departure from the proposed name of Wesley College, and for a short time it was known as Prince Alfred Wesleyan College.

Prince Alfred Foundation Stone

A feature of Prince Alfred College is the historic Main Building, which was built in three sections.  The central section was ready for use in 1869 and housed offices, teaching areas, a residence for the Headmaster, and accommodation for boarders, who have been an important aspect of the College’s entire history.

The Waterhouse Wing (south) was added and increased the boarding accommodation as well as providing an assembly room, and a science laboratory.

Later, the Colton Wing (north) further expanded boarding space and teaching areas.  The Main Building was completed in 1889.

Much of the success of Prince Alfred College can be attributed to the College’s third Headmaster Mr Frederic Chapple, who held the position for 39 years.  Under Chapple enrolments to the College grew, setting the course for both the College and The Old Collegian’s Association, which was founded in 1878.

Projects undertaken in Chapple’s time include the construction of a gymnasium, the first purpose built laboratory in a school in the state, and in 1911 the establishment of the Preparatory School.

Old Scholars served in significant numbers in both WWI and WWII, and their service was commemorated with much needed classroom blocks as memorials to those who did not return.  Continued growth in the 1960s and 1970s saw further buildings constructed for teaching, boarding, community use and sport.  A long hoped for chapel was also built on the site of the former Pirie Street, which separated the Senior and Preparatory schools.

From 2000 onwards significant redevelopment of most aspects of the college has occurred.  The Preparatory School has been entirely rebuilt, the Main Building renovated, new classrooms and laboratories added in the Senior School, the Frederic Chapple Library was constructed and music and drama facilities upgraded.

The Preparatory School has seen the building of a dedicated sports centre named the John Dunning Sports Centre and a new Early Learning Centre in the old John Martin’s warehouse on the Parade West.

In 2010 the redeveloped assembly hall was named ANZAC Hall in recognition of the service of old scholars in wartime. The adjoining Piper Pavilion recognises the contribution of generations of the Piper family to the College.

The ANZAC Hall received a refurbishment in 2018 to enable it to continue as modern and fully equipped presentation and assembly venue.

Boarding has been a key part of College life at Princes since we began in 1869 and continues to make a variety of contributions to its life and culture.

2019 will see the opening of a new state of the art boarding Facility on the Parade West. The total cost of this facility will be in excess of $20 million, with the project being funded through a combination of accumulated reserves, borrowing and fundraising.

As we lead into our Sesquicentenary Year, Prince Alfred College continues to realise the dream of its Founders.  Countless thousands of boys have been educated under the guidance of ten headmasters and gone on to achieve in their chosen fields.

Today we have a diverse student body of more than 1100 students.  We are proud of our long history of offering young men an unsurpassed opportunity to prepare for the future—an opportunity grounded in the strength of tradition and shaped by generations of Princes Men.

For more history about Price Alfred College pre-order the PAC150 book


Entertainment theme revealed for PAC Gala Dinner

Sorry, this event is now fully booked. The entertainment theme for our forthcoming 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner is  ♫♪ ‘Music through the Ages’ ♫♪  Just one of the quality acts incorporated into this will be the amazing OZ Boyz featuring familiar faces from many of Australia’s touring musicals including: Jersey Boys, Wicked, Hair Spray, Rocky Horror …

PAC 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner – Fully Booked!

It’s been 150 years in the making….and so we are very excited to announce that tickets to our Sesquicentenary ‘night of nights’ are now available! We invite you to join us in commemorating our 150th Anniversary at our sumptuous black-tie Gala Dinner, which will take place on Saturday 20 July 2019, at the Adelaide Convention Centre, …

Sesquicentenary Memorabilia

To celebrate Prince Alfred College’s 150-year legacy, the College has  commissioned a number of limited edition collectors’ items available for sale from  1st March, 2019. This range of commemorative PAC 150th Anniversary memorabilia represents a unique opportunity to be a part of the celebration. The selection includes sterling silver cuff-links, golf and/or ladies’ mini umbrella’s, wine …

PAC Commemorates 150th Anniversary of First Day Of School

On this day, 150 years ago, Prince Alfred College commenced its first day of class, in quite humble beginnings. With the current school site still under construction, 28 students were enrolled to attend Prince Alfred College’s first lessons at the (then) Methodist Lecture Hall, which still stands today at the rear of the Adelaide City Council …

PAC Past & Present Staff Invited to 150th Anniversary Celebration

All current and previous staff of Prince Alfred College are warmly invited to attend a special Sesquicentenary  Staff Celebration on Sunday 17 February 2019,  in the PAC Dining Hall and on the Back Oval. A light lunch will be provided from 12.30 – 1.30 followed by live music, children’s activities, school tours and much more …

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PAC 150 BOOK 'Meet The Author' Event

Venue:  PAC’s Prince Philip Theatre.    Following the  release of PAC’s pictorial history book ‘PAC 150 Years’, which was specially commissioned to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the College,  we have pleasure in inviting you to  join us for an informative evening that will expand upon the journey taken in compiling this milestone publication. Author …

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To celebrate Prince Alfred College’s 150-year legacy, the College has released a number of limited edition collectors’ items available for sale from 1st March, 2019.

The selection ranges from sterling silver cufflinks, golf and/or ladies’ mini umbrella’s, wine glasses, champagne flutes and a specially commissioned 150th Anniversary Magnum of Hugo Wines Shiraz – and much more – all featuring the PAC Sesquicentenary logo.

Purchasing from this range of commemorative PAC 150th Anniversary memorabilia represents a unique opportunity to acquire an ongoing memory of the celebration.

As many items are only available in limited quantities, don’t miss your opportunity to own something very special.

Collector’s Pin

A boxed 15mm sterling silver lapel pin. Rhodium Plated to maintain a long term silver finish. A must for all collectors – very limited numbers available.


14 x 18mm Sterling silver cufflinks. Rhodium plated to maintain a long term silver finish. Laser engraved and boxed with the 150 logo embossed on the lid. Ideal gift or memento.

Silk Tie

Quality silk maroon tie with white polka dots providing a suitably celebratory feel for our Sesquicentenary year.

Wine Glasses & Champagne Flutes*

Twin pack of European made Champagne Flutes with 150 logo packed in a gift boxed set. Quality crystalline guarantees permanent brilliance and clarity.

Silver Pen

Silver, diamond patterned and polished chrome finish Engraved with PAC150 and dates. Gift box included.

Key Ring

Premium red woven leather and A grade stainless steel key ring with 12mm disc charm engraved with PAC 150. * Enlarged and superimposed image to show engraving

Golf & Mini Umbrella

Large, double layer golf umbrella with resin medallion at base featuring PAC 150 branding. Comes packaged in PAC 150 branded sleeve.
OR Automatic mini umbrella (perfect handbag size for the ladies) also with the same branding features.

PAC 150 Book

Specifically commissioned for PAC’s 150th Anniversary. Available in         Classic Edition $125.00  OR  Premium Edition $500.


PAC 150 Magnum of Wine

Magnum of 2017 Hugo Wines Shiraz boxed and labelled with the 150 logo. Only 150 available!

To place an order, please click on the following link

Sesquicentenary Memorabilia Order Form

(*Please allow up to 10 working days for delivery)

Items are also on display and available for purchase at the PAC Uniform Shop.

For further information, contact: Jenny Daly, Sesquicentenary Project Manager

150@pac.edu.au  or phone 08 8334 1858


Share Your Memories

As the College approaches 150 years, we are seeking to reconnect with as many people as possible who have a story, memory or photograph to share and to help us complete the intricate and colourful tapestry that is PAC.

Why not take a trip down memory lane and share your PAC photos with us. We’d like to see what photographic treasures you have and how they might reflect your time at PAC – as a student, boarder, parent, teacher, or friend.

For ease of storing and cataloguing we ask that images be scanned and submitted electronically along with details pertaining to the image and contact details for the person submitting the photo via the following link:

Upload a photo

If you are unable to scan the material or submit it electronically, please contact 150@pac.edu.au

Contact Us Form

We’re especially keen to hear from you if:

  • You are an ex-student, former teacher or past parent of the College and want to update your contact details.
  • You are the relative of a father/uncle/cousin/grandfather etc. who attended Prince Alfred College and can recall any special conversations you had with them about the College
  • You have any photos, exercise books, diaries, medals, trophies, yearbooks or other memorabilia from your time at the College
  • You want more information on events or activities being held to celebrate the Sesquicentenary
  • You have a general enquiry.