Primary contact23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town
Adelaide, South Australia 5067
Founded by the Methodist Church in the nineteenth century, and now affiliated with the Uniting Church in Australia, Prince Alfred College caters for boys from early learning through to senior years.
In the mid 1860s 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 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.
The first students commenced at Prince Alfred College in 1869.
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.
Since its foundation in 1869, Prince Alfred College continues to realise the dream of its Founders. Countless thousands of boys have been educated under the guidance of eleven headmasters and gone on to achieve in their chosen fields. For further information about the history of the school, see https://pac.edu.au/about/history/
The Archivist can provide information about finding aids including series lists and guides for the Archival collection.
Ward, J F, Prince Alfred College: the Story of the First Eighty Years (Adelaide, 1951).
Gibbs, R M A, A History of Prince Alfred College (Adelaide, 1984, second edition 2008).
Linn, R. Prince Alfred College 150 Years (Adelaide, 2019)
The College has three main publications relevant to the College community and available in the Archives: