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Jean Hook Bequest (1967)

Jean Hook joined the Lauriston staff in 1942 and taught general science, physics, chemistry, biology and middle school mathematics. She was senior mistress from 1947 until 1950, when she left to study medicine. She returned in 1952, and served as Head of Staff from 1956. Miss Hook died a month after retiring in June 1967. Her generous bequest to the school was put towards the second stage of the building plan: a new gymnasium, music department, Junior Creative Room, larger hockey field and two new tennis courts. In her honour, the Biology and Physics rooms in the new building were named the Jean Hook Science Wing.



Myria Himmer Bequest (1971)

Myria’s bequest was made to Lauriston from the estate of the late Mr Rudolph Himmer in memory of his wife Maria (Sykes, Class of 1911). The money was invested and the interest used each year to encourage the love of music and the arts among Lauriston students.


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Diana Pringle Robertson Bequest (1992)

Diana Robertson (Class of 1966) was a passionate advocate for the importance of history in a girl’s education. She left a bequest to Lauriston by way of a perpetual scholarship prize. This is awarded every year to the top History student in Year 10 (as chosen by the Principal). The prize is awarded from a portion of the income derived from the original corpus (capital invested) and is part of the Education Fund.


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Lilian Bayly Bequest (2004)

Lilian Bayly’s significant bequest provided key funding for the Lilian Bayly Centre, opened in 2007. Located adjacent to Montrose on the Armadale campus, the Centre is a dedicated learning space for students in Years 7 and 8, designed to encourage linked learning across the two years thus making the transition to the senior years so much easier.

Born Lilian Linton Cruthers, Lilian started at Lauriston in third term 1929 and left in December 1931. She was a member of the Running Team in 1930 and 1931. She married Stanislaus Bayly in 1941. The couple lived in Turramurra in Sydney. Lilian was a founding member of the New South Wales branch of the Old Lauristonians’ Association, a group established in 1961 to provide Old Lauristonians with opportunities to develop friendships and networks in Sydney.

Stanislaus, who died in 2000, also left a bequest to Lauriston to help further girls’ education. 

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Leslie Henderson Bequest (1982)

Miss Leslie Henderson was a Lauriston student from 1906 to 1909, and went to Melbourne University to complete her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law. She was Secretary to the Board of Social Studies and later worked in the Navy Department and the Department of War Organisation of Industry. She was widely respected in literary and artistic circles, and her patronage of the Arts and generosity was reflected in a number of bequests to the National Gallery of Victoria, the Lyceum Club and Lauriston. Leslie died in July 1982. Her bequest was invested by the School and the interest used to purchase works of art and to perpetuate the Artist in Residence program.


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Pamela Radford Bequest (2008)

Pamela was a Lauriston student and boarder during the 1930s and was a keen supporter of the Old Lauristonians’ Association for many years. She organised and played in the School’s team for the annual Sun Cup tennis challenge. She bequeathed two pieces of Australian art by Clarice Beckett and Charles Blackman from her private collection.


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Sarah Hollyer Bequest (2007)

Sarah Hollyer spent her entire school life at Lauriston. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and later qualified as a librarian. She was killed in a car accident in September 2006. Sarah’s bequest was made to the Lauriston Girls’ School Howqua Campus. Her bequest was used to build the 10th Howqua house, which is named in her honour.