Kearsney Centenary Project


In 2021 Kearsney College will celebrate its centenary, marking one hundred years as a great South African independent boys’ school.

Preparations for the programme to commemorate this significant milestone are already underway and we look forward to a number of exciting events that will celebrate and honour the College, its people and its unique and special history.

One of the components of the Centenary celebrations is the compilation of a coffee table book detailing the College’s first one hundred years. Mr Dave Goldhawk, the much-respected English and History teacher, who retired at the end of 2013 after twenty-eight years’ service to Kearsney College, has been commissioned to research and write this publication.

Mr Goldhawk returned to Kearsney to undertake this exciting project and has been busy unearthing hidden treasures in the College archives and from Old Boys and the wider Kearsney Community.

Appeal for contributions

Mr Goldhawk is currently researching the first fourteen years of Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg’s Headmastership and is eager to receive anecdotes and non-formal photographs from both this and previous eras which will resonate with Old Boys who were here at the time.

Mr Goldhawk has an office in the Heritage Centre. Contact: dgoldhawk@kearsney.com or 031 – 765 9656

Please follow our official centenary Twitter account on @KearsneyHistory where Mr Goldhawk will share interesting snippets of information and make specific requests for material.

Twitter @KearsneyHistory

Train Trip to Pretoria

Sailing Club

1st XV after playing Durban High School in 2001

Pembroke boys 2003

Kearsney College, Botha’s Hill circa 1944

Gillingham Common Room circa 1948

The official opening of Pembroke House 1956

The Chapel under construction
The Henderson Hall and Administration Block –
both built during the Osler Years