Welcome Video

We are proud to reveal our newly released Sesquicentenary Video to herald the myriad of exciting celebrations ahead, as we draw closer to our 150th Anniversary year in 2019.

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.

PAC 150 Book

To ensure maximum exposure to our wider PAC community, order forms for the specially commissioned PAC 150 Book will be included in the next edition of The Princes Record. As a result, the deadline for Early Bird Pricing has been extended until 18 November, 2018 to allow recipients the opportunity to take advantage of the reduced costings.

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


Australian ‘Cricket Legends’ Bat Raffled

During the forthcoming ‘Old Boys’ Day’ incorporated into the PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival, the PAC Old Reds Cricket Club will be providing an exciting raffle prize that will be coveted by any cricket enthusiast. Just 100 tickets are available at $50 per ticket to go into the draw to win the Channel 9 commentary team cricket …

PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival

With the Cricket season now in full swing, details have been released on a special invitational cricket festival that will be the ‘curtain raiser’ for Prince Alfred College’s forthcoming Sesquicentenary year. Anglican Church Grammar School (Brisbane), Newington College (Sydney), Scotch College (Melbourne), S. Thomas’ College (Sri Lanka), St Peter’s College (Adelaide) and Prince Alfred College …

150 Years of PAC Coffee Table Book Launched

We are delighted to announce that PAC Old Scholar, Mr Rob Linn, has been commissioned to produce a special 250-page Coffee Table style publication to celebrate momentous occasion of our 150th Anniversary, Already the research undertaken for this publication has revealed that Prince Alfred College, and its people, are rich and boundless sources of stories …

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College Cricket Festival

PAC SESQUICENTENARY CRICKET FESTIVAL Adelaide,  10 – 14 December, 2018 Anglican Church Grammar School (Brisbane), Newington College (Sydney), Scotch College (Melbourne), S. Thomas’ College (Sri Lanka), St Peter’s College (Adelaide) and Prince Alfred College are set to vie for the Chappell Brothers’ Challenge Trophy during the PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival, from 10 to 14 December 2018. …

Pirie St Lecture Hall

Commemoration of Pirie St Lecture Hall – A celebratory breakfast function honouring the first day of class for PAC students which took place in the (then) the Pirie Street Lecture Hall in 1869 – a fitting location for the first official event of the Sesquicentenary year. Venue: Methodist Meeting Hall (former Pirie St Lecture Hall)

PAC All Staff Reunion

A ‘not to be missed’ family friendly gathering for all past and present teaching and non-teaching staff associated with the College. Venue: PAC Dining Room / Back Oval

The Women of PAC Luncheon

In recognition of the vital role women have played and will continue to play in the success of the College. A highlight of the event will include insights and experiences from a panel of women in power via a forum hosted by a popular media identity. (International Women’s Day) Venue: PAC Dining Room

Opening of Boarding Facility

Official Opening of new Boarding Facility – Set to place on the 150th anniversary of the official opening of the College.

Sesquicentenary Gala Dinner

The Sesquicentenary year event including a sumptuous three course meal featuring the finest SA produce, world class entertainment and a memorable journey through the history of Prince Alfred College with stunning visuals from the past 150 years. Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

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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:

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If you are unable to scan the material or submit it electronically, please contact [email protected]

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.