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The Agents-General for Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, the Cape of Good Hope, and British Columbia.


The Head Masters of Eton, Westminster, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, and other leading Public Schools;



LORD HENNIKER, Thornham Hall, Suffolk

LORD RENDLESHAM, Rendlesham Hall, Suffolk


SIR ROBERT N. Fowler, Bart., M.P., London

Sir RICHARD TEMPLE, Bart., M.P., G.C.S.I., C.I.E., Member of Council of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR CHAS. E. F. STIRLING, Bart., Member of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR CHARLES CLIFFORD, Bart., formerly Speaker of the House of Representatives, New Zealand, Member of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR HENRY BARKLY, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., formerly Governor of the Cape of Good Hope.

SIR FREDERICK YOUNG, K.C.M.G., Vice-President of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR H.C.B. DAUBENEY, G.C.B., Member of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR PHILIP CUNLIFFE OWEN, K.C.M.G., C.B., C.I.E., South Kensington.

SIR RAWSON W. RAWSON, K.C.M.G., C.B., President of the Statistical Society.

SIR JOHN COODE, K.C.M.G., Member of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR ARTHUR N. BIRCH, K.C.M.G., formerly Lieut.-Governor of Ceylon.

SIR ARTHUR HODGSON, K.C.M.G., Member of the Royal Colonial Institute.

SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL, K.C.M.G., M.P., St Georges Place, Hyde Park.

SIR F. NAPIER BROOME, K.C.M.G., late Governor of Western Australia.

SIR J.C.R. COLOMB, K.C.M.G., M.P.,Drumquinna, Kenmare.

SIR JAMES A. YOUL, K.C.M.G., late Agent-General for Tasmania.

SIR SAMUEL WILSON, M.P., Hughenden Manor and Grosvenor Square.

HON. J. X. MERRIMAN, Treasurer-General, Cape of Good Hope.

R. MURRAY-SMITH, Esq., C.M.G., late Agent-General for Victoria.

THOMAS ARCHER, Esq., C.M.G., late Agent-General for Queensland.

GENERAL LOWRY, C.B., Member of the Royal Colonial Institute.

B. B. HUNTER RODWELL, Esq., Q.C., Woodlands, Ipswich.

C. E. HOWARD VINCENT, Esq., C.B., M.P., 1, Grosvenor Square, W.

COLONEL BARNARDISTON, The Ryes, Sudbury, Suffolk.

CLARE SEWELL READ, Esq., Honingham Thorpe, Norfolk.

TIMOTHY HOLMES, Esq., M.A., F.R.C.S., 18 Great Cumberland Place, W., Consulting Surgeon to St. Georges Hospital London.


ABRAHAM SCOTT, formerly of South Australia. 149 Leadenhall Street, E.C. (London Chairman of the National Bank of Australasia) (Chairman)

ROBERT BOND, of Messrs. Robert Bond & Sons, Ipswich and London.


JOHN SHERWOOD, Leiston, Suffolk.

ROBERT JOHNSON, The Colonial College, Hollesley Bay (Vice-Chairman and Resident Director)


Professor of Geology, Botany, and Zoology: Dr. J. E. TAYLOR, F.L.S., F.G.S., Curator of the Ipswich Museum; Editor od Science Gossip, Science Correspondent of the Australasian, etc.

Professor of Agriculture: C.G. FREER THONGER, M.R.A.C., Gold Medalist, etc (resident)

PROFESSOR OF SURVEYING, LEVELLING, AND BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: EDWIN T. BEARD, C.E., F.S.I., etc., Science Certificates, First-class Honours (resident).

professor  veterinary  science: E. A. SAXTON, M.R.C.V.S., F.R.P.S., Associate of Ontario Agricultural Collage, Canada (resident)

lecturer under the rules of St. John Ambulance Association: J. UNSWORTH GREEN, L.R.C.P.

secretary and instructor in book-keeping:  JOSEPH GILL, F.R.G.S. (resident).

instructors (numerous) in Practical Agriculture, Dairying, Gardening, Forestry, Riding; Carpenters, Smiths, Wheelwrights, and Harness-makers Work, etc.


(Letters should be
addressed to The Resident Director.)



There need be no hesitation in affirming that Colonisation, in the present state of the world, is the very best affair of business in which the Capital of an old and wealthy Country can possibly engage.

  John Stuart Mill.

Emigration is becoming more and more a necessity, not for the working class only, but for all classes.

         Right Hon. W. E. Forster

No subject of late years forced itself more upon the attention of parents and guardians in this country, and of all those whose interest and sympathies are bound up with the welfare of our Colonies, than the necessity of providing for youths intending to emigrate a thoroughly sound and practical training before their departure.

Experience has proved that to send them to the Colonies direct from school or college , or from a town occupation, is to invite temporary, if not permanent failure..  Many such who go out well supplied with money, but with no other qualifications, find themselves unable to hold their own in a new country, and either fall into the lowest rank there, or return home to swell the numbers of those who find the struggle for existence greater every day.

The Colonial College was established in January, 1887, to provide the intending colonist with suitable training, with advice as to his future career, and, as far as possible, with an introduction to it.

Details of the course of training are given elsewhere.  At the Colonial College there is every facility for instruction being given and experience acquired in the subjects there indicated, a knowledge of which will qualify the young Colonist for the life before him, and enable him to make the best of his opportunities.

The managers are always in communication with Colonial Authorities at home an abroad; and from private sources also they are in possession of the latest information as to the prospects or the various Colonies, and the openings afforded.  A further advantage is that Pupils form friendships at the College are arrange to go out together, or to follow one another to the same neighbourhood.  Many are already settled; and as every year increases the number, the College forms a connecting link of high value between the Mother Country and the Colonies.

The College Magazine, Colonia, published every Term, always contains interesting letters from old Students in the Colonies, and other useful matter.


The Colonial College is situated on Hollesley Bay, about six miles from Melton Station and eight from Woodbridge, on the East Suffolk Branch of the Great Eastern Railway, 2½hours distant from London, and communication by rail with North and West is also convenient.  Conveyances will meet trains at Melton or Woodbridge Stations.

The Estate, which is the property of the Collage, is exceptionally well suited to the objects of the Institution, both from a residential and from an educational point of view.  It dominates Hollesley Bay, facing South and South-East, and commands fine views over a long sweep of coast.

Situated thus between the Sea and a fine open country of Heath and Pine Woods, the Climate is extremely healthy and invigorating.  The subsoil is dry and the water pure.

The Estate is so varied in character that it naturally lends itself to the teaching and practice of all that the College requires.  It contains about 1,330 Acres of excellent Pasture, Arable, heath, and Woods.  Its extent, and the nature of the soil, enable the most varied systems of Agriculture and of Stock rearing and grazing, as well as all the subjects specified in the Synopsis, to be practised and taught to great advantage.

In addition to its own Estate the College hires and farms 500 Acres of fine Arable and Pasture Land adjoining, making 1,830 Acres in all.

There is a frontage of more than a mile to a fine tidal river (the Alde) with clean shingle banks, affording great facilities for shipping produce  for Boating, Bathing, &c.

An Institution which undertakes to prepare Youths for Colonial life must give some prominence to their physical training  physical development being to the young Colonist as essential as technical instruction.  With the great natural advantages of its position the Colonial College offers such favourable opportunities for both as ensure to its Pupils every prospect of being sent out healthy, vigorous, and efficiently trained for their future career.


The year is divided into three Terms, viz.:- from about February 1st to April 26th, from May 16th to August 15th, and from September 26th to December 20th, with three corresponding vacations (Spring, Autumn, and Christmas).

To pass fairly through the Curriculum and earn the College Certificate a residence of two years is usually necessary, although some Pupils, who have previously made arrangements for going to a Colony, enter for a shorter course.


For particulars see Form of Application for entry of a Pupil.

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