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.
Held at the Lyceum Club on Joan Montgomery’s 96th birthday on 6 July 2021 The Vetting of Wisdom is the gripping tale of a revered Principal—acclaimed nationwide as the leading girls’ school educator of her […]
Related posts: Joan Montgomery – a brief snapshot Joan Montgomery (above) receives a draft of The Vetting of Wisdom in June 2020. The book is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2021. Joan […]
We are drawn into the struggle for control of a Melbourne private school, identifying with the heroine, headmistress Joan Montgomery, barracking for her supporters even in their missteps, willing the plotters to fail, hoping for right to defeat might while suspecting that in the end the numbers will tell a different story. […]