Who is the Anderson in Anderson House?
The name 'Anderson' has been associated with PLC Sydney for well over a century, but who exactly was Mrs E.O. Anderson?
As Gertrude Dunlop, she was a student at PLC Sydney from 1898 to 1903. She was academically gifted and her name was often on the Roll of Honour published each term in the Aurora Australis. She also received prizes on Speech Day: French, Music, Piano, English, History and Geography.
She was a member of the Student Christian Union and the 'A' tennis team. In1902, the year basketball was introduced at the College, she played for the Day Girls. Indeed, she was ready for play on 3 June 1902, when a severe hailstorm – some of the hailstones 'were as large as eggs' – prevented the game from even starting.
Gertrude sat both the Junior and Senior University Examinations. Although she matriculated for University, she did not attend. She finished her education in 1903 and in 1904 enjoyed what we would now term a 'gap year'. In January, she sailed on the India for a 'twelve months’ sojourn abroad'. Her continental tour included France and England, at least, and later she visited Egypt and the Nile.
To read more about Mrs Anderson please visit the Archives microsite.
Image: Mrs E.O. Anderson, c1964