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S. H. Belcher
Samuel Harborne Belcher - The School Master
PRIVATE SCHOOL - 1868 to 1883.

In 1868 Samuel Harborne Belcher, a first class cricketer educated in Classics at Trinity College Dublin, purchased Garroorigang and furnished it as his private residence.

In the same year he established the homestead and its facilities as a private boarding school for gentlemen's sons which he had started in Goulburn in 1862 shortly after his arrival from Bristol, England.

Among Belcher's more illustrious students at Garroorigang were General Sir Harry Chauvel , commander of the Australian Light Horse at the capture of Beersheba in WW 1, Impressionist painter John Peter Russel, test cricketer HH Massie as well as members of a number of important pastoral and business families from the period.

The original school room, housed in the stables, along with the records of many of the students (and some boys immortalised by their initials carved in the original toilet) are highlights of this phase of Garroorigang's history.

The dormitory
Boys in front of Boarding House (c.1880)
The schoolroom
The School Room (as it is today)
Cricket bats
1859 cricket bats

Belcher's keen interest in cricket is reflected in memorabilia of visits by English Test teams and his own bats, one dating back to a match in Newport England in 1859, inscribed and presented to him for scoring 135 runs.

The class of 1871
The class of 1871 - notice the age range: from small boys to young adults.

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