Cootamundra E A Southee Public School

Respect, Responsibility, Resilience

Telephone02 6942 1166

Our History

Our unique name 

Our school is named after Ethelbert Ambrook Southee who was born in Cootamundra on the 6th August 1890.

The late Mr Southee was educated at Cootamundra, Sydney High School and the University of Sydney. He was selected NSW Rhodes Scholar for 1913 and entered Oxford University the same year. He joined the British Expeditionary Force in 1914, rising to the rank of Major. Southee was also an outstanding athlete at school, university and the armed forces. In 1919 he entered Cornwell University in the USA as a graduate research student in plant breeding.

In 1921 Mr Southee returned to Australia to accept an appointment as Pricipal of Hawkesbury Agricultural College. He remained in his post until his retirement in 1954.

Mr E A Southee died in 1968 at the age of 78 years.

We are very proud of our association with such a great Australian.