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When Canberra’s population was flourishing in the 1980s, a new Anglican school was conceived to match the growth. After careful planning and consideration, Radford was created.

The school’s namesake, Bishop Lewis Bostock Radford, was an advocate of modern education and passionate about schools being fair, progressive and engaging. He was a supporter of education for women and community engagement. Notably, he also revitalised the Anglican Church in the Canberra region.

Formally founded in 1983, the foundation stone of Radford College was laid by Bishop Cecil Warren in 1983 and the school opened its doors in 1984 with just 235 students and 15 teachers. As a school centered on inclusiveness, community, modernity and success, it grew very quickly in size and reputation.

Today, there are over 1,600 students enrolled from Pre-kindergarten to Year 12, with equal numbers of boys and girls across all year groups. The College is constantly developing to make sure we stay in touch with our students and the world.


 Opening Day         Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen and the Chairman of the Board Dr TB Millar on Opening Day, 11 February 1984
Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen with: Foundation Principal Mr Jock Mackinnon (L); and Chairman of the Board
Dr TB Millar (R) on Opening Day, 11 February 1984

A detailed timeline of Radford’s history can be viewed here

Radford College Archives

If you would like to know more about Radford’s history, or if you have photographs or other items you want to donate, please contact the Radford archivist, Katie Taylor, at archives@radford.act.edu.au