The Brisbane Boys College (or better known to locals as BBC) is a historic boys school that is a central attraction for Toowong residents. It is sometimes referred to as Toowong College though this is not strictly correct because the new Toowong College is an Advanced School for Seniors and is not related to BBC.

Brisbane Boys College (BBC) Toowong

Brisbane Boys College (BBC) Toowong

The school is an independent, Presbyterian and Uniting church school for boys. BBC’s annual intake is around 1,550 students covering from Prep to Year 12.

BBC Toowong main entrance

BBC Toowong main entrance

School Fees: range from $9,500–12,720 p.a for day students, and $25,200–27,120 p.a for boarding students.

Address: Kensington Terrace, Toowong Queensland 4066?

Phone: (07) 3309 3500

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School Mission:

Within the context of a caring College community, each student will be nurtured and educated to develop his God-given talents to the best of his ability through a balanced involvement in the academic, spiritual, sporting and cultural life of the College.


BBC was established in 1902 by Mr Arthur Rudd who started a school in Clayfield during March 1902 with just four students.

Due to room constraints the school moved in 1912 to a new premises on the corner of Bayview Terrace (Clayfield), near the tram terminus. At that location there was limited room for sporting events, so for many years the boys walked to the nearby Kalinga Park.

In the late 1920’s it was decided that there were facilities were insufficient and the school was moved to its current site in Toowong with support from its owners, the daughters of the late Premier of Queensland, Sir Robert Philp.

Today BBC is owned by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), which was formed in 1918, and owns other private schools in Queensland.

Toowong Brisbane Boys College is a historic masterpiece

Toowong Brisbane Boys College is a historic masterpiece

Historical Significance:

The school is listed with the Australian Heritage Database.

Brisbane Boys’ College is representative of Spanish Mission style in its detailing materials and asymmetrical design. A three storeyed masonry building with roughcast finish and a landmark clocktower.

Decorative details include machicolations to the tower and parapets, gargoyles, colonettes with chevron pattern and a juliet balcony. The arched loggia and grouped arched windows is also characteristic of this style.

It is a typical and creative example of Spanish Mission style in the details, materials and asymmetrcal balance of the building around a central tower.

The school is characteristic of the work of Atkinson, Powell and Conrad who designed other buildings in this style including, Tristram’s Factory and Craigston Apartment Block.

Their other designs include the Southport School and the Church of England Grammar School.

Magnificent buildings are the setting of the Brisbane Boys College, Toowong

Magnificent buildings are the setting of the Brisbane Boys College, Toowong