Churchie’s Dark Past: Pedophile Scandal at Anglican Church Grammar School

By Matthew Condon
The Courier-Mail
November 4, 2016

ONE of Queensland’s most prestigious private schools has had at least one pedophile on staff at any given time over the past six decades, it can be revealed.

As the child sex abuse royal commission tours the country hearing evidence, The Anglican Church Grammar School, or Churchie, in East Brisbane, is battling the legacy of its own historic pedophilia.

It can also be revealed the school last year backflipped on naming a building after venerated former headmaster Henry Emmanuel (Harry) Roberts, following complaints from students who were allegedly sexually assaulted by Churchie staff when Roberts was head.

The decision sparked a furious squabble between the school and some Churchie Old Boys who dubbed the decision a “hysterical pursuit of scapegoats” and “a cruel and panicked exercise in revisionism”.

The flashpoint of the debate was former Churchie boarding master Harry Wippell, who allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in 1967.








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