Alfred Swan Fund
After obtaining his Bachelor of Education, Alf’s first posting was to Camperdown High School in 1949, to be followed by Wangaratta High and then in 1956, to the new Blackburn High School in Melbourne. In 1961, he was appointed as senior master at his old school Melbourne High before obtaining a scholarship to study school administration in British Columbia, Canada in 1967, where he taught English and Social Studies at two secondary schools. On returning to Australia in 1969, he was promoted to Principal of Myrtleford High School before moving to Geelong 1973 to take up the Principal’s position at Werribee High School and then in 1978 moving to Belmont High School as Principal, before retiring in 1986.
After moving to Geelong, Alf joined the GAMA singers and attended the Highton Presbyterian Church, now St Luke’s Uniting Church, where he served as an elder, choir member and organist. Alf also joined the Highton Rotary Club, later to become President, then a District Governor. In 1992 he travelled to the USA to represent the District at Rotary’s Council on Legislation. He was also Chairman of the Board of Concern, the Uniting Church’s welfare arm while also managing Concern’s local Porter Ave Opportunity Shop in Highton. During his retirement, he also gave time to what was the Glastonbury Child and Family Services that looked after orphaned and foster children, serving on the Board of Directors for several years. Alf enjoyed a long and successful career in education and dedicated much of his time to community service in the hope that he may have influenced and helped the many young people he came in contact with over his lifetime.
The Geelong Community Foundation was chosen because of its alignment with Alf’s community and educational ideals and its reputation and record for delivering significant opportunities to community groups and organisations to continue to deliver their valuable services.