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|Born||18 August 1881|
Wellington, New Zealand
|Baptised||18 August 1881|
|Died||4 January 1956 (aged 74)|
Sydney Australia4 January 1956 (aged 74)
|Occupation||Founder & Headmaster Chatswood Preparatory School|
Headmaster & Co-Headmaster Mowbray House School
|Children||2 Sons, 2 Daughters|
|Parent(s)||Emma (née Buddle) and The Rev. Rainsford Bavin|
Lancelot Bavin (18 August 1881 – 4 January 1956) was a New Zealand-born Australian educator who was the Founder and Headmaster of Chatswood Preparatory School and Headmaster and Co-Headmaster of Mowbray House School. He was the preparatory school headmaster of lawyer and company director Sir Norman Cowper CBE, poet Kenneth Slessor OBE and Prime Minister The Hon. Gough Whitlam AC QC.
Family and early life
Lance Bavin was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the youngest son, and eighth child of nine, to the Rev. Rainsford Bavin, a Methodist minister from Lincolnshire, England, and his New Zealand-born wife Emma, née Buddle. His siblings were: Edna (Mrs Charles Lack); Jessie (Mrs Ambrose Fletcher); Sir Thomas Bavin; Gertrude (Mrs William Parker); Major Cyril Bavin OBE; Horace Bavin; Florence Bavin (Mrs Ernest Warren); and Dora Bavin (Mrs Leslie Allen). Rainsford Bavin arrived in New Zealand in 1867 and was appointed to Christchurch circuit . He married in 1867 and was then appointed to Timaru, Kaiapoi, Wanganui and Nelson. Lance was born during his parents time in Wellington and then lived in Auckland. His family moved to Sydney from Auckland in 1889 and his father took charge of the William St Church. Nothing is known of Bavin's education until he attended Newington College as a day boy in 1896 and 1897 from the family's then home in Ashfield. As the son of a Methodist minister he was on half-fees. The Rev and Mrs Rainsford Bavin had three sons at Newington over nearly a decade and three of their daughters married Old Newingtonians.
Chatswood Preparatory School
In 1906 Bavin founded the Chatswood Preparatory School. He initially ran the school with his wife, Ida, and his mother, Emma (1845–1931). The main building was constructed for the opening of the school in 1906 and is now heritage listed.
Mowbray House School
In 1914 Sandy Phillips, until then a master at Sydney Grammar School, became co-headmaster with Bavin and Chatswood Prep became known as Mowbray House School. Bavin and Phillips had been students together at Newington College. Phillips remained at Mowbray House until his return to Sydney Grammar in 1924, where he ultimately became Headmaster. Bavin continued as Headmaster of Mowbray House until the school closed in 1954 due to his ill-health.
Bavin served as an alderman and Mayor of Willoughby Council.
- Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
- Kenneth Slessor Papers
- Australia's Prime Ministers Archived 15 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- International Genealogical Index
- Ancestors of Rev. Rainsford Bavin and Emma Buddle
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp10
- John McCarthy, 'Bavin, Sir Thomas Rainsford (Tom) (1874–1941)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Willoughby Heritage Plaques
- Bavin Family History
- NSW Heritage Branch Listing
- Frederick Phillips, School is Out, Angus & Robertson (Syd, 1957)
|New title|| Headmaster of Chatswood Preparatory School
1906 – 1914
|Renamed Mowbray House School|
|New title|| Headmaster of Mowbray House School
1914 – 1954
With: Sandy Phillips (1914–1924)
Robert Todd Forsyth
| Mayor of Willoughby
1927 – 1930
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