It is with a great sense of achievement that we announce the discovery of Principal Harward’s place of final rest. A collaborative investigative effort by the QORA (Queensland Old Royalists Association) and RCOBAA (Victoria-based Royal College Old Boys Australia Association) has succeeded in locating Principal Harward’s grave in the cemetery of the Queensland country town of Warwick.
John Henry Harward was Principal, Royal College from 1892 to 1902. In retirement he moved to Australia, settling in the country town of Warwick, Queensland.
Early attempts by George Fernando, a resident of Victoria and a long standing member of RCOBAA, to locate the principal’s grave in Warwick were unsuccessful, despite a visit to the cemetery some years ago. Earlier this year, Inji Wijegunaratne (President) and George Fernando from RCOBAA alerted Rohan Jayaratne (Founder President, QORA).
QORA, having contacted the Warwick cemetery authorities, then organised a three-man expedition (Rohan Jayaratne, Shan Attygalle, Kalum de Silva) on 14th July to locate the grave, which, we are proud to announce, was successful.
RCOBAA and QORA plan to erect a small plaque on the grave.