Martha (Mattie) Bousfield, Brisbane Grammar School, 1920’s

Much loved by boarders for 22 years, Martha (Mattie) Bousfield (wife of Headmaster Frederick Bousfield) spoiled them with gifts and special activities. In 1911 she purchased a phonograph and frequently gave boarders new records to listen to.

A ping pong craze was fostered by her when she donated prizes for competition winners. In 1921 she employed a singer every third Saturday evening to teach boys ‘glee’ singing.​