2007 marked the 60th anniversary of the death of Charles
Boyd Alexander, benefactor of Tocal. Charles was the
youngest son and last surviving member of the Alexander
family who arrived in Australia from the slums of Glasgow
as assisted immigrants.
Starting a new life, this insular Scottish family worked and
saved hard. They were typical of that wave of new arrivals
who started with nothing and ended up with enormous
wealth. In one generation they went from poverty to
What manner of man was Charles Alexander? What was
his vision, and how did he amass the fortune needed to
establish Tocal College?
This tale traces the movements and dealings of this
publicity-shy family. They lived in a world of their own
making: a world of both frugality and the trappings of great
wealth; of reticence mixed with rare displays of opulence.
A remarkable family: a mysterious man.