Stuart was born in St Kilda East in Melbourne in 1938 and his family moved to Albury in the north of Victoria when he was three. He completed his primary and secondary schooling in Albury, first attending Albury Boys Public School and then going on to Albury Grammar School from grade 5. He remembers that opportunities for students to serve the school and build understandings of citizenship were particularly prominent. He was involved in the cadets and was a Vice House Captain. He partook in regular morning assemblies and at the end of the year the school community came together and did maintenance ‘around the ground, painting the windows, frames and all this sort of stuff’, through which, he notes, ‘you learnt a bit and you enjoyed it’. When reflecting on the values inherent in his education, Stuart expresses gratitude for ‘the privilege of all that was offered to me by the school, its ethos, and which I didn’t fully realise until thrown into life of my own and had a bit more maturity’. Stuart completed the Leaving Certificate and then moved to Melbourne, where he had a job at Melbourne Technical College and studied chemical engineering part time. When he turned eighteen Stuart had to undertake national service training and he regards his earlier cadet education as proving important background. He then worked in the area of gas and fuel for a time before his career took quite a turn and he trained to be an Anglican minister, working up until retirement as a chaplain in Melbourne and Geelong.
Primary: Albury Infant School (1940s)
Primary: Albury Boys Public School (1940s)
Primary: Albury Grammar School, Grades 5 and 6 (1940s)
1. Students Receiving a Lecture, Working Mens College, later Melbourne Technical College, c.1920–1930. Photographer unknown. State Library Victoria, H82.288.41.1/2. 2. Grade 3 Teacher Preparing for a Film Showing, Brunswick East Primary School, 1954. Public Record Office Victoria, VPRS 14514:P1, Unit 6/3. 3. Working Men's Technical College Melbourne, c1906. Photographer Unknown.State Library Victoria, H96.200/504.