Aerial photo showing mission school building

The Mission School Honor Roll

The Mission School for Destitute Children was opened in Yarra Street Geelong in 1876 following the closing of Ragged schools. Children in need were fed, clothed and educated was sponsored by a number of local women and led by Mrs G M (Annie) Hitchcock wife of George (founder of Geelong drapers Bright & Hitchcock) and father of Howard (Geelong Mayor 1917 -1922).

The Mission School Honor Roll was unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday 14 June 1917. The Geelong Advertiser article of Friday 15 June 1917 reported that:

Last evening there was a large attendance at the Mission Hall in Yarra street, when an Honor Roll was unveiled. The Rev. B Williams occupied the chair and the ceremony was performed by the Mayor Ald. G F Taylor. He said the Mission had played a worthy part in the great struggle, no less that 23 of its old members having gone to the front. Of these, four (F. F. McLean, J. V. Holdsworth, S. Dupe and W. Vienna) had paid the supreme penalty, and to their parents he addressed words of comfort. Musical selections of a patriotic character were rendered by Mr. B Drayton’s orchestra and Miss Burr acted as accompanist. The names on the Honor Roll are as under:- F. F. McLean, L. Farrow, R. S. Holdsworth, G. Lync, G. E. Carroll, A. McCrae, F. McCrae, G.V. Pont, J. V. Holdsworth, S. Dupe, V. F. Smith, F. H. Cormick, T. Kennedy, A. E. Dandy, R. McLean, J. Dodman, W. Vienna, E. Dupe, C. Lynch, W. Hambling, Herbert Young, P. J. Read, Harold Young.

Whatever happened to the Mission School Honor Roll in the years following WWI is unknown and the whereabouts of the Honor Roll if it still exists today remains a mystery.