REMEMBERED: A new plaque has been installed at Warwick Cemetery in memory of John Henry Haward.
REMEMBERED: A new plaque has been installed at Warwick Cemetery in memory of John Henry Haward. Contributed

Beloved international scholar at rest in Warwick Cemetery

EIGHTY-SIX years after his death, a man who is at rest at Warwick Cemetery has been recognised for his immense contribution to a Sri Lankan school.

Members of the Queensland Old Royalists Association and Royal College Old Boys' in Australia in Melbourne travelled to Warwick to unveil a plaque in memory of John Henry Haward.

Mr Haward was the principal of the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka, between 1892 and 1902, which are now known as the golden years of the school.

Mr Haward was 34 when he became principal and was known for setting a high standard, working tirelessly to investigate and reorganise all departments of work.

Mr Haward kept records of every boy's progress and knew every boy by name.

Aside from his academic pursuits, Mr Harward was a keen cricketer and umpired matches.

George Fernando (front centre) was joined by members of the Queensland Old Royalists Association and Royal College Old Boys' in Australia at the unveiling of a plaque at Warwick Cemetery for John Henry Haward.
George Fernando (front centre) was joined by members of the Queensland Old Royalists Association and Royal College Old Boys' in Australia at the unveiling of a plaque at Warwick Cemetery for John Henry Haward. Contributed

Warwick was the place he chose to call home after his retirement, taking up residence in a house called Montrose on Dragon St.

Last month students who sat in classrooms at his former school visited his gravesite at Warwick Cemetery along with members of the Warwick Historical Society.

An obituary that was written after his death was read at the ceremony, showing the overwhelming love, appreciation and respect that the Warwick community had for him.

Former student George Fernando said Warwick's regard for Mr Haward was no different to his students at the Royal College.

"Principal Haward will never be alone again,” he said.



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