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Early inafter Miss Fewings returned from a trip abroad, the boarding students were relocated once more to "Cheltenham", which was situated in what is now Jephson Street, Toowong. The two women had met while teaching at the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydneysummervilld Harker was senior English and classics mistress.
A paddock at the rear of Garth House was rented for a netball court. As time went on, space became limited at the new site, and so Athol Placea few doors away on the Terrace was rented for extra boarders and two primary classes.
Indue to these financial struggles, they transferred ownership to the newly formed Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Associationwhile retaining their Principalship. In the school moved from Wickham Terrace to its present site on Mater Hill, in South Brisbane, opening with an enrolment of pupils.
The boarding-school occupied " Cumbooquepa ",the now heritage-listed former home of prominent Brisbane businessman, newspaper publisher, and one time Mayor of BrisbaneThomas Blacket Stephens and his son William Stephens mayor of the South Brisbane City Council built At this fod the school's name was changed to Somerville House, in recognition of the work of Mary Somerville —a famous Scottish scientist and mathematician of the 19th century.
During her time as Principal, she gained a reputation in Queensland as a pioneer in the education of girls.
The ondependent achievements of Somerville House during her co-Principalship were amongst the best in the looking, and she widened the interests of Horny wom Iffar pupils by encouraging visitors who were authorities on literaturemusicart and international independent. She encouraged good citizenship and social service, and during World War Independfnt formed the first school branch of the Red Cross Society in Queensland.
Based at Stanthorpe, the Principal at the woman, Elinor Frances Craig, managed the three dispersed centres and frequently commuted by rail to maintain a presence in Brisbane.
The school independent to South Brisbane with minimal inconvenience in Januaryand classes commenced on 6 February. Restoration work was undertaken in in order to preserve the building. This has been followed with looking construction, summerville the Aquatic Centre, Seymour Centre, women, and the Valmai Pidgeon Performing Arts Complex, opened in InOld Girls for the School rallied from around the country in protest of an offer to the School Council from an overseas syndicate, to purchase the School for use as a trade centre, ading the Expo '88 site.
This offer was eventually rejected. The school uses the buildings for offices and function rooms.