​​​Brisbane State High School has seven Houses in its history. Below is a timeline of how they came to be.


Three boys Houses were created, named after World War I Generals – Allenby (blue), Birdwood (maroon) and Monash (green).  


Three girls Houses were created, named after famous Australian poets – Kendall (blue), Lawson (gold) and Paterson (green).


The existing boys Houses were redesignated to include both girls and boys and a new House, Glasgow (gold), also named after a World War I General, was created.


A student competition to design House emblems was held.


The House emblem designs were unveiled.​


Girls Houses (discontinued in 1962)

Kendall House
Thomas Henry Kendall
Thomas Henry Kendall (1839 – 1882). Published as Henry Kendall, he was an Australian author and bush poet who was particularly known for his poems and tales set in a natural environment.
Lawson House
Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson

Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson (1867 – 1922) was an Australian writer and bush poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's ‘greatest short story writer’.

Paterson House
Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson, CBE

Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson, CBE (1864 – 1941) was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas. Paterson's more notable poems include ‘Waltzing Matilda’, ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and ‘Clancy of the Overflow’.


Current Houses

Allenby House
Field Marshal Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby

Field Marshal Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, GCB, GCMG, GCVO (1861 – 1936) was an English soldier and British Imperial Governor. He fought in the Second Boer War and also in the First World War, in which he led the British Empire's Egyptian Expeditionary Force during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign against the Ottoman Empire in the conquest of Palestine.
Birdwood House
Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood

Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood, GCB, GCSI, GCMG, GCVO, CIE, DSO (1865–1951) was a British Army officer. He saw active service in the Second Boer War on the staff of Lord Kitchener. He saw action again in the First World War as Commander of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915, leading the landings on the peninsula and then the evacuation later in the year, before becoming commander-in-chief of the Fifth Army on the Western Front during the closing stages of the war. He went on to be General Officer commanding the Northern Army in India in 1920 and Commander-in-Chief, India, in 1925.
Monash House
General Sir John Monash
General Sir John Monash, GCMG, KCB, VD (1865 – 1931) was a civil engineer and an Australian military commander of the First World War. He commanded the 13th Infantry Brigade before the war and then, shortly after its outbreak, became commander of the 4th Brigade in Egypt, with whom he took part in the Gallipoli campaign. In July 1916, he took charge of the newly raised 3rd Division in north-western France and in May 1918 became commander of the Australian Corps, at the time the largest corps on the Western Front. The successful Allied attack at the Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918, which expedited the end of the war, was planned by Monash and spearheaded by British forces including the Australian and Canadian Corps under Monash and Arthur Currie. Monash is considered one of the best Allied generals of the First World War and the most famous commander in Australian history.
Glasgow House

Major General Sir Thomas William Glasgow KCB, CMG, DSO, VD (1876 – 1955) was a senior Australian Army officer and politician. Glasgow rose to prominence during the First World War as a Brigadier and later Divisional Commander on the Western Front. Post-war, he was elected to the Australian Senate, representing Queensland as a Nationalist Party member from 1919 to 1931, before appointment as Australian High Commissioner to Canada.


House emblems


Last reviewed 25 January 2023
Last updated 25 January 2023