Ravenswood School for Girls, Uniting Church Girls' School, Sydney

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Authorized form of name

Ravenswood School for Girls, Uniting Church Girls' School, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Ravenswood
  • Formerly Ravenswood Methodist Ladies' College (until 1977)


  • Educational

Contact area


School Archivist



Street address

Henry Street, Gordon




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



02 9498 9898


02 9498 9999


Description area


Ravenswood School for Girls is an independent, Uniting Church, day and boarding school for Kindergarten to Year 12 girls, situated in Gordon. Established in 1901 by Mabel Fidler, Ravenswood caters for approximately 1100 students. The school offers both Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate credentials.

In January 1901 Miss Mabel Fidler commenced classes in a schoolroom built adjacent to her home ‘Ravenswood’, in Gordon. Many of her Ravenswood students went on to university, obtaining degrees in Medicine, Science and Arts at a time when female graduates were rare.

In 1925, the Methodist Church purchased the school ensuring its future and reinforcing the Christian philosophy. The school worked under the control of the Methodist Ladies College, Burwood, and introduced boarding in 1935. Ravenswood became independent in 1946 and then under single control in 1949.

Ravenswood has been a Uniting Church school since 1977 with the joining of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches. The school is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools (AHIGS).

The school’s history: Ravenswood – Educating Girls 1901-2001 by Marjorie Binns, was published in 2001. Copies are available from the Ravenswood Archives Office. Contact archives@ravenswood.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Ravenswood has resolved to collect records of its own staff and students, and memorabilia about the school from its Alumni.



Staff and student records, all school publications, achievement awards, trophies and memorabilia, uniforms, photographs and oral history recordings.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

Open Tuesday to Wednesday 8.30am-4pm.
Closed in school holidays.

Access conditions and requirements

Advance notice of a visit is required.


Services area

Research services

Contact the Archivist.

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 19 April 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Henry Street, Gordon
Sydney, New South Wales 2072