The Darlings, an early Tasmanian family, are remembered at The Friends’ School through two scholarships endowed by Kathleen Knight (Darling), and named after two of her older siblings Ronald and Lillian Jean. Kathleen, Lillian Jean and J Ronald were three of 15 children born to John and Alice Darling of Stonehenge, Parattah. Five of the Darling children attended Friends’ as boarders, Eileen (1915), Jean (1915-18), Laurie (1915), Ronald (1915-1916) and Victor (1915-1918).
The Darling Scholarships were established to recognise the importance of the Arts in education and were first awarded in 1992.
J Ronald Darling Scholarship (Music) is awarded each year to two Year 7 students.
Ronald Darling began studying architecture after leaving Friends’ but became an accountant working with Roberts & Co. Health problems led to his pursuit of quiet pastimes; he collected antiques, china and paintings and was quite an accomplished artist. Ronald did not marry and spent most of his adult life at the family home, Claremont House (the old Lady Clark Hospital), where he devoted himself to caring for his ailing mother.
Lillian Jean Darling Scholarship (Merit) is awarded each year to a Year 11 student studying Languages or Humanities. Lillian Jean Darling, known as Jean, was determined to become a nurse and made great efforts to persuade her father to allow her to train in the profession. After training at the Royal Hobart Hospital she studied midwifery in Melbourne, later nursing in Western Australia and Victoria. Jean died in 1962.
Image shows members of the Darling family in 1992: Elaine Downie (Madden), Eileen Dalwood (Darling), Mark and William Downie