Farrer History

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School was the third Agricultural High School established in New South Wales, enrolling its first student in 1939.

The school was named to perpetuate the memory of William James Farrer (1845 – 1906), a leading agronomist and wheat breeder, best known for developing the Federation’ breed of wheat.  He was famous for his scientific investigations into the problems associated with the growing of wheat and Farrer's work played a significant role in ensuring the future prosperity of the Australian Wheat Industry. 

Since then, it has evolved into a modern dynamic Boarding and Day school for boys years 7 - 12.  It  is Australia’s only selective boys agricultural high school, however Farrer offers a broad career-focussed curriculum reflective of today’s academic and employment needs.

The history of Principals of Farrer

Early sketch of Farrer Early Farrer foundation The refectory


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