Prince Alfred College, Adelaide

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Prince Alfred College, Adelaide

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • PAC


  • Educational

Contact area


School Archivist



Street address

23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 8334 1200



Description area


Prince Alfred College, founded in the nineteenth century, 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.

For further information about the history of the school, see

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer-in-charge: School Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

Official records of the school; personal school records of old scholars; private papers of notable old scholars; official records of Prince Alfred College Old Collegians' Association; official records of Parents and Friends Associations.



  • Minutes of school council and committees, 1865- present
  • Annual reports to SA Conference of Methodist Church of Australasia, 1876- present
  • Financial records, 1869- present
  • Admission records, 1869- present
  • Curriculum records, 1869- present
  • Scholastic assessments and results, 1870- present
  • Architectural drawings, 1878- present
  • Site photographs, 1867- present
  • Photographs of staff and students, 1882- present
  • School magazine, 1884- present
  • Personal records of old scholars, 1869- present
  • Minutes of PAC Old Collegians' Association, 1878- present
  • Minutes of Parents and Friends Associations, 1938- present

Quantity: 151m.

Finding aids, guides and publications

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.

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday by appointment 9am-4pm.
Closed public holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Closed period of 25 years applies to most records. Access to records not normally available for research can be gained by application to the Headmaster.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance available. Referral to paid researchers is available.

Reproduction services

Copying services available for books, journals and original records to A3 size.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town
Adelaide, South Australia 5067