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Townsville Grammar School is the oldest secondary school in North Queensland, opening its doors on 16 April 1888. The School's graduates include Rhodes Scholars and many prominent persons in government, law, medicine, education, the arts and industry.

The Senior and Middle School still remain on its original site of 6.53 hectares in the seaside suburb of North Ward, sitting in the shadow of Castle Hill and enjoying cooling breezes off Cleveland Bay.

The original school building, 'School House' still stands proudly in the school grounds. In 1903, Cyclone Leonta severely damaged School House, causing much of the building to be rebuilt in 1903-1904 to a design by Townsville architects Tunbridge and Tunbridge. The building is now heritage listed and is currently being restored.

In recent years, Townsville Grammar School has experienced significant growth with the acquisition of a second campus for the Junior School and the implementation of the Middle School.

In 2008, Townsville Grammar School opened the doors of the Pre-Prep Centre at the Annandale Campus.

In 2015 a third Townsville Grammar School Campus opened in the new residential estate of North Shore, offering Early Education (Pre-Kindy and Pre-Prep) through to Year 4 (2019), growing to Year 5 in 2020 and Year 6 in 2021.

The Queensland Grammar Schools

The Queensland Grammar Schools are unique education institutions that have a long history and tradition of providing excellence in education for the communities which they serve. The early history of the establishment of the Grammar Schools under the Grammar School Act 1860 and an establishment of the Grammar Schools of Queensland Association are outlined in this section.


In 1860, Queensland’s first Parliament passed the Grammar Schools Act which allowed for the establishment of a Grammar School in any town where at least $1,000 could be raised locally. The Act provided for a Government subsidy of twice this local contribution. These schools catered for an elite clientele in accord with the nineteenth century view that popular education beyond the elementary level was not desirable.

Ten public Grammar Schools were established in Queensland between 1863 and 1892, that is, during the 40 years immediately following Queensland’s constitution as a sovereign State after separation from New South Wales.

At that time, public Grammar Schools were seen as a means of encouraging the establishment of non-denominational secondary schools in Queensland through public subscription or donation at a time when economic circumstances obliged the State Government to give priority to the establishment of state primary schools.

No new public Grammar Schools have been established since 1892 and there have been no serious expressions of interest for the establishment of additional schools of this kind.

In 1936, the Maryborough Grammar School for Girls and Boys (established in 1883) was taken over by the Department of Education to become the Maryborough State High School and Intermediate School for Boys.  There are now eight public Grammar Schools operating in Queensland.

In keeping with tradition, Grammar Schools today provide a secular, broad liberal education which concentrates on academic scholarship, the pursuit of excellence in all fields of endeavour, and a commitment to community service and social responsibility.

In the same way the Grammar Schools of the nineteenth century responded to the needs of their communities, the Grammar Schools of today meet the expectations of their strong individual communities in a variety of ways whilst remaining true to their original foundations.

Contact our Campuses

North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
Erskine Place
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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Mr Timothy Kelly

Mr Timothy Kelly

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