Elizabeth Beischer - TC '52

Elizabeth Beischer began her Toorak College life as a boarder in 1948. In 1952 she was appointed Head Girl, and although her life as a student at Toorak College was about to end, her involvement with the School would continue for many years to come...

Elizabeth Beischer began her Toorak College life as a boarder in 1948. In 1952 she was appointed Head Girl, and although her life as a student at Toorak College was about to end, her involvement with the School would continue for many years to come. On leaving school Elizabeth returned to her country roots and also spent some time travelling overseas, however, the need for a temporary secretary for her former headmistress, Mrs Wardle, soon saw Elizabeth return to the School for a short period of time. An active member of the Collegians Committee since 1958, Elizabeth joined the School Board in 1982, originally as an Old Girls’ Representative. During this time she worked tirelessly as a member of the Archives Committee to establish the School’s archives. In 2003, when the Archives Centre was opened, the Elizabeth Beischer Memorabilia Collection was so-named in recognition of that contribution. Among Elizabeth’s many achievements in this area was the cataloguing of thousands of unnamed photographs dating back almost 100 years, so that future generations of collegians can benefit from the knowledge they hold. Elizabeth remained on the Board until 1993, and today, the School recognises her commitment to recording and protecting its history with the Elizabeth Beischer Prize for Excellence in History.

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