Greenwood College House System

Paragraphs Describing Each House Namesake

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Curtin

John Curtin, Australia’s 14th prime minister was born on the 8th of January 1885 at Creswick, Victoria. He was the eldest of the four children of Irish-Born parents. John Curtin is the Prime Minister who led Australia through the dark days of World War Two. Many believe that he was Australia’s saviour and one of our greatest leaders.  On the 5th of July 1945, Curtin died at The Lodge at the age of 60. He was the second Australian prime minister to die in office within six years.

 

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Forrest

John Forrest was an Australian explorer, the first Premier of Western Australia and a cabinet minister in Australia’s first federal parliament.  As a young man, he won fame as an explorer by leading three expeditions into the interior of Western Australia, for which he was awarded  the 1876 Royal Geographical Society’s Patron’s Medal.Greenwood College is proud of having a faction dedicated to John Forrest!

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O’Connor

C.Y. O’Connor or Charles Yelverton O’Connor was an engineer born on the 11th of January 1843 in Castleton, Ireland.  Charles was the third youngest in his family. 

Charles and his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1865, where he held various engineering positions before being appointed Under-Secretary of Public Works and later Marine Engineer for the colony. 

In 1891 he was offered the position of Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia. Here he was responsible for major engineering projects including the construction of Fremantle Harbour, creating WA’s first unified railway network and the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme (Aka. Goldfields Pipeline)

 

Stirling 

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Sir James Stirling, born January 28th, 1791, was a British Naval officer  and colonial administrator. He established the Swan River Colony and became the first Govenor and Commander-In-Chief of Western Australia. At age 12, he enlisted to the Royal Navy as a midshipman. Being promoted several times, by the time he was aged 21, he was given his first command, the HMS Brazen which was also used in the War of 1812 between the US and UK.

His second command was a ship that most Australians can recognize, the HMS Success. The ship mainly carried supplies to Australia, and was used to journey through the swan river, soon to create a British settlement there on March 4th, 1831. Being made Lieutenant-Governor, Stirling used his position to found the city of Perth and the Port of Fremantle, overseeing the development of both areas; later being named fully as the Governor and Commander-In-Chief of the newly formed territory.  During 1840-1844, he commanded the HMS Indus, which patrolled the Mediterranean Sea to keep an eye on the French’s movements.

In 1847, he was given command to another ship, the HMS Howe, which was mainly used as a reinforcement to the squadron deployed in the Mediterranean.Stirling’s last ship that he was given to command was on the HMS Winchester on May 11th, 1854. during this time, war against Russia had been declared. Stirling, not wanting the Russian fleets to shelter in Japanese ports and to prevent them from attacking allied fleets, he negotiated with the Governor of Nagasaki to come to the conclusion of a Friendship Treaty with the Japanese. This however was highly criticised by the media for Stirling’s cowardice in not searching and engaging the Russian fleets.  In 1862, he was promoted to Admiral for his outstanding service for England,  for the formations of many colonies andfriendships between countries. Retiring shortly after promotion, he died peacefully in his home on April 22nd, 1865, aged 74.