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Horton College

Horton College
Modern ruins of Horton College
Mona Vale, Ross, Tasmania

Coordinates42°03′36″S 147°28′55″E / 42.0598847°S 147.4818661°E / -42.0598847; 147.4818661
TypeIndependent boarding school
MottoLatin: Perseverantia Palman Obtinebit
(Perseverance will obtain the reward)
DenominationWesleyan methodist
Established1855 (1855)
FounderCaptain Samuel Horton
Closed1894 (1894)
1937 sketch of the school
Display advertisement for Horton College, Tasmania, in: The Argus, Melbourne, 16 July 1880

Horton College was a 19th-century independent Wesleyan methodist boys' boarding school, at Mona Vale near Ross, Tasmania, Australia. Founded by Captain Samuel Horton in 1855, the College closed in 1894; and during its brief period it was considered an extremely prestigious school,[1] counting many of the region's landed families of the period as students.[2]

Its first headmaster was John Manton, and for many years its motto was the Latin: Nil sine magno labore (Nothing without great exertion). This was replaced by the Latin: Perseverantia Palman Obtinebit (Perseverance will win the prize). The school building itself was an impressive red brick structure, designed by William Archer[3] and its ruins were listed on the (now-defunct) Register of the National Estate from 1978.[4]


The College fell into financial ruin following a great economic depression that hit the state in the 1890s and the college was forced to shut due to debts. The College Board of Trustees, owning the building but not the land (which was in trust from Captain Horton's estate), handed the entire property back to his nephew. For many years the nephew's son lived in the school building but in 1917 he moved and the building was torn down to sell the materials. The bells from the building are still used by the Hutchins School, while the bricks were used to build Horton Cottage and parts of what is now Scotch Oakburn College. The building's entrance arch still stands and is visible from the highway.[5]

Notable alumni

Notable teachers


  1. ^ "HORTON COLLEGE". Launceston Examiner. 22 May 1889. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sharland, Michael (22 March 1975). "Only memories remain of the grand old (Midlands) school" (PDF). The Saturday Mercury. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ G. T. Stilwell (1969). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol. 3. Melbourne University Press. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Horton College Remains, Midland Hwy, Ross, TAS, Australia". Department of the Environment, Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  5. ^ Prettyman, E. R. "SOME NOTES ON HORTON COLLEGE, ONCE, A WELL-KNOWN SCHOOL NEAR ROSS, TASMANIA" (PDF). Royal Society of Tasmania. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Groom, Arthur Champion". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  7. ^ Turner, Ken (2006). Clune, David (ed.). The Premiers of New South Wales 1856-1901 : Volume 1, 1856-1901. Leichhardt, N.S.W.: Federation Press. p. 209. ISBN 9781862875500.
  8. ^ "Miscellaneous". South Australian Register. Vol. XXXII, no. 6746. South Australia. 20 June 1868. p. 6. Retrieved 30 December 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ C. H. W. Johns, Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters, Dodo Press, 1909, Retrieved 16 April 2024.
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