Victoria College School was opened in 1852 to commemorate Queen Victoria's visit to Jersey. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were the first signatures entered into the visitors' book and the current monarch is still 'visitor' today. The college, through the Head Master, is a member of the Headmasters Conference and caters for 650 boys in the senior school and 260 in Prep.
The College is in three 'schools': Junior, Middle and Senior. The Junior School consists of two years - Years 7 and 8. The Middle School consists of years 9, 10, and 11. The Senior School is made up of the Lower and Upper Sixth forms. When boys enter the Middle School they are put into a House. Boys stay in their house until they leave the school. The College is divided into four Houses (named after four former pupils, and created in their present format in 1919) - Braithwaite (green), Bruce (blue), Dunlop (yellow) and Sartorius (red) . In 2002, they were joined by a fifth house, Diarmid.
I have now scanned the entire admissions from the Register from 1852-1929, which was a bound publication, and put it online for family historians at Scribd.
The documents are scanned in landscape mode, so will need to be downloaded as PDFs, which can then be viewed rotated by 90%. Scribd has a facility for downloading documents as PDFs, which is very simple - just click on links as appropriate. For more help see:
A transcribed index can be found at:
The PDF scans do not include the following, which can be found transcribed here
A short history by E.C. Cooper from 1852-1928
College Activities 1852-1928 by E.C. Cooper
For an example of how the register was used to help piece together the Mecham family, see:
The Mechams were an interesting family, with a military background (as a number of early Old Victorians had), and they give an insight into a family group with Old Victorian connections, and how even in the days before flights, families moved (even by today's standards) considerable distances.
First entries in the Index:
An example of the general detail given below. Some entries are very sparse, others contain a potted history of family background, family members, and subsequent career of pupils.
ENTRANCES ON SEPTEMBER 29, 1852:
1 NICOLLE, SYDNEY JAMES lived many years in London. Deceased 1920.
2 WESTAWAY, JOHN NATHANIEL, son of J. N. Westaway. Became Solicitor .General of Jersey. Deceased.
3. DE GRUCHY, JOHN WILLIAM, son of J. de Gruchy.
4. McREIGHT , FREDERICK ARCHIBALD, left April 1853. Son of Dr. McReight of Hauteville. Brother of 317. Entered the Army (17th Foot.). Captain in 1859. Died at Quebec in 1863.
5. LE COCQ, GEORGE. Son of Dr. Le Cocq of Cole House.
6. LE COCQ, JAMES H. Brother of 5. Entered the Army (3rd Foot). Adjutant and
Captain in 1864. Retired in 1871.
7. EVANS, FREDERICK. Son of G. E. Evans. Brother of 146, 179,281, 352.
8. LE FEUVRE, WILLIAM HENRY. Son of P. Le Feuvre of La Hocque, St. Peter's. Became a Civil Engineer. Deceased.
9 KEMN, WILLIAM HENRY. Son of General Kemm, 2 Douro Terrace. Corpus Christi Coll. Cambridge, .B.A. 1859. Ordained Priest 1864. Curate of
Swainswick, 1862-4, Hayden 1865-6, St. Helier (Jersey) 1866-7, Beverstone 1868-73, Addingham 1873. Vicar East Kennett, Wilts 1873-83. P.C. of St. Mary's, Hatfield 1883-91. Deceased.
10 ROMERIL, PHILIP. Son of Mrs. Romeril of 18 Vine Street.
11 RYE, Louis, left at once.
12 LE SUEUR, PHILIP JOSHUA, left in 1857. Entered H.M. Customs and retired in 1899. Died 1909.
13 ARDING, CECIL WELLS. Son of Cecil Arding, Esq.
14. EREAUT, JOHN. Son of John Erraut of 29 Bath St. Brother of 130, 235. Joined his father in his business of analytical chemist, and succeeded him.
Major in R.J. Militia. Deceased 1908.
15. HAMMOND, VAVASOU FITZHAMMOND, entered at age of 10. Son of John Hammond, Esq., Bailiff of Jersey. Went to Cheltenham College. Merke Scholar of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. B.A. 1864. Classical Tutor of Queen's Coll. Birmingham. Took orders. Curate of Dewsbury, Vicar of Drighlington, Yorks 1869-1895, Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Greenock 1895-7. Deceased.
Interpreting the listing - an illustration
Dupre, EM, 1929. Entrance 1883
Edward Martin, son of E Dupre, ST Peter's. Capt. RJ Militia. Deceased.>
The listings give the name, parent, parent's address, then occupation of pupil after leaving college.
If the parent has a prefix, e.g. Dr., this would be son of Dr xxx. etc. or son of Capt. xxx.
Otherwise it refers to the pupil's subsequent history. In this instance, Edward Dupre became a captain in the Royal Jersey Militia.
Deceased, where stated, means that the information filtered back to the register, and that they were known to have died before the publication date (around 1930), not that they necessarily died in the war.
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