Cranbrook School
Our History

Our History

Cranbrook School was created to be a School in the Anglican tradition whose mission would be to provide the best possible education for each boy entrusted to its care.

Cranbrook School was established on 22 July 1918 in Bellevue Hill on the shores of Sydney Harbour. The School was founded at a time when the outcome of the Great War was beginning to swing in favour of the Allied forces and feelings of optimism were strong in people’s vision of the future.

The School, through the combined efforts of its Headmasters, Council members, teachers and its many supporters, has consistently worked to maintain and reinforce these ideas. Within almost 100 years of tradition, the name Cranbrook has become synonymous with an expectation that each boy is acknowledged as an individual and given the opportunity to develop his personal strengths and talents in an environment which is both supportive and nurturing. 

By fostering these ideals, by providing leadership in education and teaching, and by serving the broader community, on completing their education Cranbrook students leave with the knowledge, skills and confidence to realise their full potential.


Established in 1974 and staffed by a professional Archivist since 1987, the mission of the Cranbrook School Archives is to ensure the preservation in perpetuity of those official and unofficial records and artefacts appraised to be of permanent value and significance to the continuing history, heritage and management of Cranbrook School. The Archives acts as the corporate memory of Cranbrook School and is an integral part of the School fabric.

These records and artefacts are made available for use on behalf of past, present and future generations and are used to support and enhance current decision-making. The School is committed to making accessible its history, heritage and culture to members of the School community and public. Enquiries regarding access to the Archives should be made to the Archivist.

The Archives includes the in-house records of the School of permanent value and the Heritage Collection of movable objects of cultural heritage significance to the School.  Photographs, items of uniform, School registers, the School magazine, other School publications, prize lists, architectural plans and oral history recordings are examples.