The clock had previously been presented to Edwin Flack by the Melbourne Hare and Hounds Club, the precursor to the Old Melburnians Athletics Club. This occurred in 1895, immediately prior to Flack’s departure to gain overseas work experience in his professional field of accountancy and to compete in the 1896 Olympic Games.
The clock now forms part of the School Archival collection. It sits proudly on the mantelpiece in the Headmaster’s office.
A family friend of Edwin Flack, Mrs Carvell has also donated Edwin Flack’s binoculars to the School Archives together with book prizes and certificates awarded to her father, Robert Lemon (OM 1904).
About Edwin Flack (OM 1890)
Edwin Flack (OM 1890) is one of our most accomplished Old Melburnians. A talented athlete, successful businessman and generous philanthropist, Flack is remembered as Australia’s first Olympic champion.
Edwin Flack was the sole Australian representative at the 1896 Olympic Games, the first games of the modern Olympics. He won both the 800m and 1500m events, resulting in him being dubbed ‘the Lion of Athens’.
Flack made a valiant effort in the marathon but did not complete the race. In true Melbourne Grammar spirit, he also competed in the singles and doubles tennis tournaments.
As the Australian colonies had not yet federated, there was no national uniform or anthem, so Flack competed in his Melbourne Grammar School colours.
Flack was an honorary life member of The Old Melburnians and was, for many years, auditor for the School and The Old Melburnians Society. Many students have benefited from his philanthropy.
Established in 1939, the EH Flack Scholarship continues to support the enrolment of talented rural students.
Edwin Flack died on 10 January 1935. The statue of Edwin Flack in full flight at Edwin Flack Park remains a symbol of commitment and loyalty to all those who pass by it.