The Friends' School

Frederick Coleman Scholarship

The Frederick Coleman Scholarship (Merit) is awarded each year to a Year 7 student.

Frederick Coleman, Ruth Swan, William CooperFrederick Coleman was born into a Quaker family in 1865 at Hazeleigh, Saddleworth, South Australia. He was educated at Ackworth and Bootham Friends’ Schools in Yorkshire and Adelaide University. Frederick was an active member of the Society of Friends and also a noted agriculturalist, helping to propagate the wheat Federation with William Farrer.

In 1900 Frederick married Helen Gertrude Robson and their six children attended The Friends’ School. When daughter Elma became ill in 1913 he spent several weeks at Friends’, building a strong connection with the School. In 1923 Frederick was appointed as the Adelaide Meeting representative on the new Australian Board of The Friends’ School. He died in 1951.

The Frederick Coleman Scholarship was first awarded in 1952.

Frederick Coleman with fellow Board Members, Ruth Swan and William C. Cooper in 1928

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