Another photo from The Armidale School photo archive. This one shows the school band from 1901.
The school was then seven years old.
Australia was just becoming a nation. The Great War, a war in which many former students would lose their lives, was thirteen years away. A great drought affecting many of the boy's families was still in full swing.
Today Armidale is known for its trees. Then the imposing main school building stood bare and still raw in open, tree-less ground on the outskirts of the small city.