A personal, institutional and group biography of a great principal, school and church forever changed when Presbyterians, Methodists and Congregationalists morphed into a new Uniting Church. Favoured by the great majority of the three denominations, the union, however, left behind powerful remnants in the Presbyterian Church who wished to continue as before. What is more, they were determined to fight and take what they believed to be theirs. This included Australia’s pre-eminent girls’ school, Melbourne’s Presbyterian Ladies’ College. Though resisted to the last by equally determined rivals, the Continuing Presbyterians were ultimately victorious and to them went the spoils of PLC and of forcing Montgomery’s early retirement.