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Abbotsleigh (1885 - )

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Educational institution
Abbotsleigh Locked Bag 1666 Wahroonga NSW 2076


Abbotsleigh was founded by an English woman, Marian Clarke, in 1885. An Anglican school for girls, it was first located in a terrace in North Sydney. The school then moved to Parramatta in 1888, and finally to its current premises in Wahroonga.

Abbotsleigh was one of the first girls' school to have a sports field, which was opened in October 1901.


The following women have been associated with Abbotsleigh School.

Headmistresses have included:

1885-1913: Marian Clarke
1913-1924: Margaret Murray
1924-1930: Dorothea Poole
1931-1954: Gladys Gordon Everett
1954-1957: Ruth Hirst
1958-1970: H .E. (Betty) Archdale
1970-1987: Kathleen McCredie
1988-1995: Diane Nicholls
1996-2004: Judith Wheeldon
2006-current: Judith Poole

Past students have included:

Una Parry Boyce AM, OBE
Margaret Enid (Peg) Christian, OAM.

Sources used to compile this entry: Claydon, Robin, Abbotsleigh, a walk through time, Abbotsleigh, Wahroonga, 1984; Emilsen, Susan, The lily and the lion: a history of Abbotsleigh, Richard Smart Publishing, Wahroonga, 2000.

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