College – Issue 40

CHAPEL New boards honour past Chaplains and Wardens

Two new perspex boards bearing the names of the Chaplains and Wardens who have served Christ’s College have been installed in the Chapel.

Positioned on the east wall of the transept, the boards record those who have held these important roles since College’s inception. Executive Principal Garth Wynne, who came up with the idea, Chaplain Bosco Peters, archivist Jane Teal, and designer Melissa Hogan, who created the artwork, were all part of the team which drove the research and production of the boards, including receiving Diocesan approval. “It has been quite a process,” says Bosco, “and they look absolutely great.”

The records had never before been collated in one public place and with plenty of space remaining on the boards, they will serve their purpose for the next 50 years at least. Bosco says George Selwyn, the first Warden featured, served from 1855–1856. The Bishop of New Zealand at the time, he is remembered at College by the naming of the wooden Selwyn building adjacent to the Chapel. The first Bishop of Christchurch Henry Harper is next on the list. Then follows the sequence of all who have

subsequently held the post of Warden. The current Warden is Old Boy and Bishop of Christchurch Peter Carrell. The longest-serving Chaplain was Francis Hare, from 1877–1912; the latest is Bosco. Francis Hare was not only the Chaplain but also Principal of College’s Upper Department from 1877–1882, and Headmaster from 1889–1893. Stephen Parr was Chaplain in 1919–1920 and was Assistant Chaplain the following year, while Ernest Crosse was both Chaplain and Headmaster from 1921–1930.

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