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Francis Webb (Poet) : our school's most famous alumni

Francis Webb is regarded as one of Australia's greatest poets.

Webb attended our school from 1937 - 39. He was unable to complete his education here (then called, Christrian Brothers' College, Chatswood) as our newly established school didn't provide the 'Leaving Certificate'.  Francis completed his schooling at Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham where he achieved Ist class Honours and 2nd in the State in English.

Both Dr Toby Davidson's interview & Robert Adamson's podcast on Webb, provide a great insight into Webb's life and his prodigious talent.

Watch Old Boy Brodie Jones (Class of 2017) recite Moonlight


Webb, F. (2011). Collected poems. Crawley, W.A.: UWA Publishing. pp.13-14

Poetry Out Loud

2014: our College was proudly represented by students: Liam Zucconi and Isaac Capra (Class of 2016)

2015: Brodie Jones, poets Paul Magee, Michelle Cahill, Dr Toby Davidson, Dr Michael Griffin- Webb's Biographer, Ian Marr (Stone-Artist) & Paul Storm ( President of the Willoughby Historical Society)

2016: Jack Moran &...

David Musgrave (University of Newcastle) - poet and scholar, Mark Reid – poet, Professor Michael Griffith (ACU, Webb's biographer and lecturer on Spirituality in Webb’s poetry as part of Australian Literature course), Kate Middleton - poet and Melinda Smith - poet, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Poetry and Toby Davidson, Professor of Australian Literature at Macquarie University and editor of Webb's Collected Poems.

2019: students Ben Cullen(St Pius X College, College Dux 2022) with Angus McFadden (CBHS Lewisham) with

Judith Crispin (poet), MC Toby Davidson (Macquarie University, poet and editor of Webb’s Collected Poems), Gareth Jenkins (poet), Associate Professor Michael Griffith (ACU - Academic and Webb's biographer), Richard Miller (Webb fan), the late Robert Adamson (RIP 2022, poet, academic & ex-Chair of Poetry, UTS) Oliver Millar (film-maker of Electric, a short film about Webb).

Francis and his pet parrot, George.

Francis and his pet parrot George at his Chatswood home.

The annual reading of Francis' poetry begun in 2012 with the publication of the Collected Works of Francis Webb by Professor Toby Davidson. 
Every year the College has been proudly represented by a student reader in tribute to our celebrated alumni.