The suburb of Kingsbury was first settled by pastoralists as early as 1830. Kingsbury is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areais the City of Darebin. At the 2016 Census, Kingsbury had a population of 3,780.
The current suburb was named after Private Bruce Kingsbury who was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for an Allied serviceman., he was killed in Papua New Guinea(29th August, 1942) during the Second World War, he was only 24 years old. Our school’s colours, gold over blue are the colours of his 2/14th AIF Battalion.
Our primary school, also carries the name Kingsbury and was first officially opened on the 7th February, 1961. On that first day there were only 9 teachers and the principal Mr D.R. Gow. There was one building, no gardens or trees, asphalt or oval. In 2011, Kingsbury Primary School named its new BER building the Isurava Centre for Learning, after the field in New Guinea in which Bruce Kingsbury fell.
There are currently two primary schools and a University in Kingsbury: Kingsbury Primary School, Our Lady of the Way Catholic Primary School and La Trobe University.
Secondary education in Kingsbury is provided in nearby suburbs and notable schools include Parade College in Bundoora, an all-boys Catholic School run by the Christian Brothers, St. Peters College Preston, a co-education Orthodox School for students from Prep - Year 12, Macleod College, a state Prep - Year 12 school located near Kingsbury and Reservoir High, a state secondary college from Years 7 - 12.
According to the Census, the majority of Kingsbury's population is Catholic. Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church is the local Catholic centre. For other religions, the nearest Buddhist Temple is Linh Son Buddhist Temple located on Radford Road, Reservoir and the Muslim Mosque located in nearby Preston. This being said, Kingsbury is a very diverse suburb.
Kingsbury has a wide range of sporting facilities within the area and nearby. It holds two football/cricket grounds, a tennis club with four courts, basketball, a boxing gym and a lawn bowls club. Within close proximity is the Reservoir Leisure Centre, the Reservoir Community Sports Centre which includes basketball, netball and hockey, La Trobe University Sports Centre and several other multi-purpose sporting grounds.
Kingsbury Primary School’s connection to the 2/14th A.I.F. Battalion Association
The school is named for Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury, V.C. who fell at the village of Isurava in the Owen Stanley Mountains of Papua New Guinea. He was part of a military conflict of World War II, sent to New Guinea to defend Australia from attack by Japanese forces. This is known as the Kokoda Campaign.
He was 24 years old at the time of his death, 29th August 1942. He is awarded the VC, the highest military order that can be bestowed upon an Australian Serviceman or woman.
The battalion is the most decorated of any battalion from Australia that undertook service during the war. The medals bestowed include the Victoria Cross, Order of the British Empire, 4 Military Crosses, 3 Distinguished Conduct medals, 18 Military medals, 1 British Empire Medal and 41 others mentioned in dispatches
Visit the 2/14 AIF Battalion Association Page: www.2nd14battalion.org.au
2/14 Battalion Welfare Fund Scholarship Program
The Bruce Kingsbury Scholarship
The Battalion Association is proud to be associated with a number of excellent educational institutions at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. A small number of students are selected by the schools to participate in the annual scholarship program. For the primary and secondary schools the Bruce Kingsbury scholarships are the most significant of their annual student awards and the scholarships are highly prized by the students.
Kingsbury Primary School
Two year 6 students are selected by the primary school on the basis of their enthusiasm for learning and also their leadership qualities and support for their peers. The 2017 winners were Dina Margi and Kon Papapetrou from Kingsbury Primary School.
Each year the school participates in conjunction with the Battalion Association at six important functions:
- The Annual Reunion Lunch, Melbourne City each April with teaching staff as guest speakers.
- ANZAC Day March, Swanston Street to the Shrine of Remembrance 25th April: with the Junior School Council students as flag and banner bearers for the March with remaining Veterans.
- Kingsbury “SpeechMasters” Public speaking competition for grade 6 students adjudicated by the president and other members of the Association.
- Bruce Kingsbury Dedication and wreath laying, Reservoir High School each August
- Annual Pilgrimage, “The Sanctuary” Shrine of Remembrance each September with the staff and the student leadership teams.
- Grade 6 Graduation Ceremony and Awards night, each December when the Bruce Kingsbury scholarships are announced.
Shrine of Remembrance
In recognition of our partnership with the 2/14th Infantry Battalion Association, the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne certified our school’s official connection with an ‘adoption of this Ex-Service Organisation’ ceremony and afternoon tea. In coming years this program will become a part of the students studies of Australian History.
Further information can be found at www.2nd14battalion.org.au