Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Rev Thomas H Timpson AO (1931)

Reverend Thomas Timpson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1978, for his service to education.

Before his appointment as Headmaster at Camberwell Grammar School in 1955, Tom was a Housemaster and teacher at Canberra Grammar School, served in World War II as a RAAF Chaplain – which included eighteen months in Papua New Guinea, and to broaden his experience, spent 2 years teaching in England at Uppingham School.

Tom’s time as Headmaster was a time of consolidation, foresight and development, all of which are well documented in the school’s history, By our Deeds. In a Grammarian tribute to Tom Timpson in his final year, it was said that his immense capacity for kindness, understanding and love of his fellow men, had done more to shape the growth of the school than anything else.

After Camberwell Grammar, Tom became Secretary to the Victorian Universities and Schools Examinations Board, a position he held for over 10 years. He followed this position with the Registrar’s role at the Australian College of Education for 7 years, before retiring in 1981.

(1913 – 2004)