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Collings, William George (1840–1936)

Mr. William George Collings, who died at Brooklyn, on Friday, aged 96 years, was a former master of the Macquarie Fields School, which was merged with the King's School, Parramatta, in 1869. Two former pupils of the Macquarie Fields School–Drs. W. Chisholm and E. J. Jenkins–attended the funeral on Saturday. Mr. H. H. Massie, a former general manager of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, and an international cricketer of note, was also a pupil of the school.

Macquarie Fields School was conducted by the late Rev. George Fairfowl Macarthur. It was a famous school of the 'fifties and 'sixties, and was situated between Liverpool and Campbelltown. Negotiations for the merging of the school with the King's School began in 1868 and were completed in July, 1869, when Mr. Macarthur became headmaster of the King's School. The staff and most of the pupils were transferred to Parramatta. Mr. Collings remained at the King's School for many years before retiring.

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Additional Resources

  • death notice, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February 1936, p 10

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'Collings, William George (1840–1936)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 11 August 2020.

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