Our Archives

Much of the material found in the College Archives exists because of the interest and enthusiasm of Sr Joachim Brooke. In the 1960’s, she ensured that our 1926 Register of Admissions, early photos and uniforms were preserved for future generations. Sr Joachim understood the importance of our history and the sense of belonging it gives our students.

Up until 2010, the archives occupied a section of a compactus located in the corner of the Library. In 2011, the College was fortunate to secure a designated area for our archives, now called the Heritage Room, which is situated in the newly built St Mary of the Cross Science and Language Centre. The room has a small display area and storage area. The first display in the new Heritage Room was opened to the public on St Patrick’s Day 2011, the day the St Mary of the Cross Science and Language Centre was officially opened. The display included photos of staff from 1972 to 2010, photos of students from 1939 and photos of Presentation Sisters who worked in the College.

As the College approaches its centenary year and before memories or memorabilia are lost, we are seeking the support of ex-students or those who have had some connection with the College. There are many gaps in our collection which we would like to fill. Hopefully you might be able to assist in developing a more complete collection of school memorabilia.

How can you help?

Ex-students can help in two ways:

  • By donating photos, uniforms, certificates, trophies, newspaper clippings, newsletters, fee accounts, reports, SRC or Prefect badges or other memorabilia of the College. Some of these items can be scanned and returned to the owner.
  • By providing a written account of your school life experiences. These articles can be emailed to mspcarchives@lism.catholic.edu.au.

Our Archives hold the following records:

  • Photos from 1939
  • Newsletters from 1989
  • College Magazines from 1983
  •   Newspaper Clippings from 1966
  •  Speech Night Reports from 1966
  • Register of Admissions from 1926
  • Class Rolls from 1988
  • Year 12 Class Lists and Prize List from 1993
  • Year 10 Class Lists from 1966 (some exceptions)
  • Newspapers of major events in history
  • Year 10 Prize Lists from 1966-2011

Items we need to archive urgently

  • The College does not have photos of 1970. We are missing the SRC photo from that year and the Year 10 photo of the same year. Do you have a copy we could scan?
  • We would like to secure a girl’s navy blue uniform from the 1960’s and early 1970’s. We hope to include the uniform as a permanent part of the display in our Heritage Room.