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 offices, at 25 Pirie Street.

This historic occasion  was celebrated this morning with a morning tea at the  Lecture  Hall.  Attendees included members of the PAC community and representatives from the Uniting Church (formerly Methodist Church) responsible for the founding of the College, plus direct descendants and family members of those first day students from back in 1869.

The 150th Anniversary cake provided for the morning tea was served via a sterling silver cake fork , provided by the Drew Family, which was used at the Official Opening of the College 150 years ago,

Speaking at the function, Mr Bradley Fenner, Headmaster, Prince Alfred College, said that he was looking forward to the opportunities for people to re-connect and celebrate the achievements and ongoing successes of Prince Alfred College throughout this Sesquicentenary year.

“Further to this morning’s function, we are also hosting a range 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, said Mr Fenner.

 A range of Sesquicentenary memorabilia has also been created for this hallmark anniversary in addition to the commissioning of a commemorative coffee table book and limited edition Sesquicentenary Red Wine Magnums. These items will go on sale in early February. 


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 through until 3.30pm.

Attendance is free for all past and present staff and their immediate family. Registration is required for catering purposes via  or  you can email  [email protected] to request a hard copy booking form. 

Due to the difficulties in maintaining long term past staff contact details, we encourage all past and present staff to pass on this invitation to any former colleagues that might be interested in joining us for this special 150th Anniversary event.

For further information contact:  [email protected] or phone 08 8334 1200

Download Past and Present Staff Information

PAC Ladies Luncheon for 2019 International Women’s Day

On Friday 8 March 2019, PAC will hold an International Women’s Day event with a distinctly feminine focus (but open for men to attend also) celebrating women in our local context and also acknowledging the important role women play in education, child rearing and the nurturing of the Princes Man.

Well known (and SA home grown) comedian Fiona O’Loughlin will MC the luncheon and facilitate  a thought-provoking ‘Great Debate’.

A powerhouse panel of high profile local women will make up the debating team, set to discuss the topic:  It’s been 150 Years – is PAC overdue for a female head of School?

Price:   $40p.p. for a complimentary drink on arrival followed by a three-course meal. A cash bar will also be available.  Wear something red to be in the running for lucky door prizes.

Artworks by renowned Adelaide artist Emma Hack will also be on display and  available for purchase.

Seats are limited! Bookings via:

Venue: PAC Dining Room 12.00 noon until 2.00pm

PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival Is Underway

The  PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival is underway.

Competition will take place on the PAC Front Oval, Back Oval and Park 15 from 9.00am to 4.30pm  each day – with the exception of Wednesday which will have a 1.00pm start.

Please note the Cricket Festival Dinner is now Fully Booked.

Details of all matches along with the associated events and activities can be found in the attached program.

We wish all teams an enjoyable  week of competition.



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 bat signed by cricket legends Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Brett Lee and Mark Nicholas.

The raffle will be drawn at the Cricket Festival ‘Old Boys’ Day,’ on Wednesday 12 December,  2018 on the PAC Front Oval.

For further information on the raffle please contact Mary-Ann Standish, PAOCA Executive Officer,  on 08 8334 1880 or to purchase your ticket simply click on the following link:

For more information on The PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival visit the Events Section of the PAC Sesquicentenary website

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 are set to vie for the Chappell Brothers’ Challenge Trophy during the PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival, from 10 to 14 December, 2018.

The week-long program, taking place on the PAC Front Oval, Back Oval & Park 15, will feature a variety of cricket formats along with multiple opportunities for social and sporting presentations and events.

There will be a range of free and ticketed events across the week of the PAC Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival including a dedicated Old Boys’ Day and Cocktail Party, an official Cricket Dinner with PAC Old Scholar and former Australian Test Captain, Greg Chappell MBE as Guest Speaker and a Farewell ‘Fiesta Luncheon’ and Trophy Presentation on the final day, to wrap up the week’s competition.

View more about the event:

Registrations and ticket purchases for the Cricket Festival events and activities are available here:

Special thanks to the Sesquicentenary Cricket Festival major sponsors:

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 of innovation, resilience, inspiration, discovery and triumph.

Unique and important records have been unearthed from the College archives and also sourced from widespread networks across the community from key people associated with the College over many decades.

This publication is not aimed at replicating or extending the invaluable works previously undertaken for the College by the late R.M. Gibbs. Instead, the finished product will be more of a stroll down memory lane in the company of rare photos, intriguing documents and fascinating vignettes that chronicle the full and flourishing 150 years of PAC.  A brief decade by decade overview will also be incorporated into the book with the combined result providing a remarkable and intimate snapshot of College life.

The book comes in both a personalised (limited) Premium Edition and a standard Classic Edition.

The leather bound Premium Edition is presented in a box slip cover with Sesquicentenary insignia and will include the subscriber’s name e.g. The Jones Family Edition within the publication.   There are only 150 copies of the Premium Edition each of which are individually numbered also come with a unique Sesquicentenary bookmark. The premium Edition is available by pre-subscription only.

The Classic Edition is a hardcover half bound special edition with a maximum print run of 1,000 ensuring this too will be a coveted memento of our Sesquicentenary year.

Early bird pricing is available for orders made prior to 30th September 2018. The book will be released in July 2019.

Click here to view the pre-subscription order form for PAC150 book

Peek at Sesquicentenary programme

A sesquicentenary ‘Sneak Peek’ event was held in the Prince Philip Theatre on Thursday 19 July to reveal the 150th Anniversary logo and website.

Invited guests were greeted by South Australia’s Town Crier, Mr Tom Benney, who heralded formal proceedings and introduced ‘the ethereal spirit of the Princes Man’ (as performed by PAC student Angus Brill-Reid) who shared his ‘memories’ of his time at the College back in the 1860’s.

PAC Headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner, revealed the thoughts behind the design of the Sesquicentenary Logo which will be feature prominently on stationery, marketing collateral and at activities and events throughout 2019.

Sesquicentenary Chair, Mr Colin Dunsford AM, provided attendees with details of the many exciting events that will be undertaken throughout the anniversary year.

Billboard Spreads the Word

An eye-catching giant billboard will be revealed on Friday 22 July to spread the word about Prince Alfred College’s forthcoming Sesquicentenary. Situated on the outside of the Early Learning Centre and facing The Parade West the billboard features both an historic sepia image of the College as well as a modern day visage of the main building in all its glory.

A similar image is also on display at the front of the College grounds along Dequetteville Terrace.

The image fits well with the ‘then and now’ focus that will feature across the Sesquicentenary celebrations and will certainly play a vital part in reminding the public that Prince Alfred College has been educating boys since 1869.

A range of Sesquicentenary merchandise and promotional collateral will also be released later this year.