Blazer provides link to the past
WARWICK State High School Year 9 student, Nic Grayson, said it might not be his choice of attire every day, but he was proud to slip on his great grandad’s 1920s Past Students’ Association blazer.
Standing with his second cousin Lane Grayson, who is in Year 10 and sported the present day Warwick State High School blazer, the Killarney family’s fourth generation students personified the school’s colourful history.
Founded in 1912, Warwick State High School was, according to teacher Doug Wilson, the first state school in Queensland.
In the run-up to its centenary year, Mr Wilson decided to showcase the 1924 blazer to invite other locals to share their memories or memorabilia.
The Grayson’s story demonstrates the strong link with Killarney, which is still a feeder school to Warwick State High School.
“Teachers from Warwick used to be sent to Killarney to take various classes as well, so there is a real link there,” Mr Wilson said.
The boys’ great grandfather, Hilton Edward Grayson, was born in Killarney in 1908 and attended Warwick State High School in 1924.
According to his son, Lyle Grayson, he completed his schooling to a stage where he could have gone on to teacher training college, but instead he had to come home to help on the farm.
Lyle Grayson said, “Dad often spoke about the times going to Warwick High on the Railmotor from Killarney with three other mates, being Villers Mutch and William Arbuthnot from Killarney, and William Fletcher from Tannymorel.
“I always admired his blazer which he had kept all his life and was very pleased when it became mine when he passed on in 1989.”
Anyone else with uniforms of the past or other interesting memorabilia is being encouraged to contact the Warwick State High School.