Loreto Kirribilli Archives, Sydney

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Loreto Kirribilli Archives, Sydney

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  • Educational

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Street address

85 Carabella Street, Kirribilli




New South Wales

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Postal code



02 9957 4722



Description area


Loreto Kirribilli is an independent Catholic school for girls from Kindergarten through Year 12 with an enrolment of over one thousand students. The school is one of many around the world directed by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), also known as the Loreto Sisters.

The Institute had spread rapidly throughout mainland Australia and in 1892 the first Loreto day and boarding school in Sydney was opened in Randwick. In 1897 a separate boarding school was established at Normanhurst, and in 1901 the day school was transferred to Milsons Point, to a house called 'Kunimbla' in Fitzroy Street. A year later, increasing numbers necessitated the move to 'Fern Hill', a house in Upper Pitt Street, and in December 1907, the present site in Carabella Street, Kirribilli was purchased. In 1908 the school opened on 3 February in 'Elamang'. Loreto Kirribilli is one of seven Loreto schools in Australia.

Established in 1987, the Loreto Kirribilli Archives seeks to collect, organize, preserve and share the rich and valuable history of Loreto Kirribilli with the community.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Loreto Kirribilli Limited, a registered Company under the Corporations Act 2001, has a governing School Board of eight directors appointed by Loreto Ministries Limited, plus the Principal. The Principal is appointed by the Board with the approval of the Province Leader. For further details, see http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/about/school-board/

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: The Principal

Records management and collecting policies

Material relating to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) and Loreto Schools.



Beginning as a small collection of documents and photographs, the collection has expanded and holds a range of items including:

  • Administration Documents
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Loreto Kirribilli Year Books, 1965– present
  • The Spirit magazine, 1991– present
  • Memorabilia
  • Uniforms
  • Oral Histories

The archives presently has significant gaps in its holdings and is interested in expanding the collection. Should you have any items that you believe might be of interest to the school archives, you are welcome to contact our school archivist.
IBVM Sisters: Publications, programs 1953- .
Loreto College: History 1892- ; Class rolls 1912-19 ; Publications 1928-19 ; School annuals 1895-19 ; Principal's correspondence.
Loreto College: Administration: Principal's correspondence and related papers; Records of associations and groups; Curricula, and extra-curricular activities.
Photographic record 1892- .

Finding aids, guides and publications

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Opening times

Open: Tuesdays to Thursdays by appointment only. To make your appointment, please contact the school archivist.

Access conditions and requirements

Advance notice of visit required.


Services area

Research services

Contact the school archivist.

Reproduction services

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

85 Carabella Street, Kirribilli
Sydney, New South Wales 2061