School History

school-historyNewton Moore Senior High School was officially opened 21st October 1966 by the Hon E. H. M. Lewis M.L.A., the then Minister for Education. In the years since, the school has developed strong traditions, both academic and sporting.

The school is named after Sir Newton James Moore, Premier of Western Australia from 1906 to 1910, in recognition of his contribution to the growth of Bunbury and the State of Western Australia.

He was educated at Arthur Street Primary School in Bunbury before attending Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, South Australia. In 1886 he was apprenticed as a surveyor to Alexander Forrest. After qualifying in 1894, he worked as a contract surveyor in and around the Bunbury area. In April 1898 he married Isabella Lowrie, sister of William Lowrie. In 1899 Moore was elected to the Bunbury Municipal Council, and was Mayor of Bunbury from 1900 to 1904. In 1903 he was also a member of the Royal Commission on Forestry, and during 1904 and 1905 he was President of the Municipal Association of Western Australia. Sir Newton Moore had a distinguished military service from 1894 to 1917.

Sir Newton Moore established himself as an excellent representative of Australia, and his opinion on Empire matters was highly valued by British ministers. After retiring from politics, Moore became President of the British Empire Steel Corporation, a company with interests in Western Australia and Canada. He was also a director of several important companies. He died on 28 October 1936 at a nursing home in London, following surgery.

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