St Joseph's College, Echuca, Victoria

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St Joseph's College, Echuca, Victoria

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  • Formerly the Brigidine Convent High School, Echuca, Victoria


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Archives Manager: Natalie Lonsdale




21 Dickson Street, Echuca





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St Joseph’s College, Echuca is a Kildare Education Ministries Catholic Co-Educational Secondary College in the Brigidine tradition, with its beginnings in 1886. Until the 1960s, the school included primary and high school students. At that time, the primary section of the College was closed down and all primary students went to St Mary’s Parish Primary School.

In 1885, Bishop Crane, the first Bishop of Sandhurst, had invited the Brigidine sisters to come out to Australia and open a convent and school in Echuca. On 4 January 1886, Mother Borgia Hayden, Mother Benedict Moore, Sister Vincent Brennan and Sister Thomas Healy set sail for Australia. They took up residence in Apsley House, the former home of Henry Hopwood, the founder of Echuca.

The Brigidine Convent High School was opened in the Convent parlour on 22nd March 1886 with eight pupils and six weeks later the girl’s boarding school was opened. By the end of the first year there were 30 students in the High School and 30 in the primary section of the school. The curriculum, as advertised in the Riverine Herald in 1886, consisted of English, Use of Globes, Astronomy, History (Ancient and Modern), Arithmetic, Foreign Languages, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Painting, Drawing, Plain and Fancy Needlework.

In 1896, ten years after the first Australian postulant entered, Echuca was selected as the site for the first Victorian Brigidine Novitiate and was the centre for training all women wanting to become Brigidine Sisters. It was around this time that the first Victorian Provincial was appointed and she resided here in the community of Echuca. In 1907, the novitiate, the training place for nuns, was moved from Echuca to Mentone.

In late 2018 St Joseph’s College announced the decision to expand, and land was purchased at 66 Stratton Road to establish a second campus. Plans include an upgrade of the Dickson Street facilities as well as the commissioning of a new campus; it is hoped the two complex projects will come to fruition over the next 6 to 8 years.

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The archive welcomes donations of significant memorabilia, journals or photographs from former students, staff or families of Brigidine sisters who were residents at the convent in Echuca.


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St Joseph's College has an extensive collection of administrative records, uniforms, trophies and ephemera relating to the history of the school. It includes:

  • Photographic archives from 1886: includes photos of students, boarders, staff, sports, drama and dance, social events, debutantes, religious events, memorials and buildings.
  • Student Registers from 1905.

The college also holds a small collection of items from St Mary's Primary School, Echuca.

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Archivist works Tuesdays 8.30am - 4.30pm.

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Archives are held off-site and accessible to the Archivist only. Please email for more information.

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The Archives Manager welcomes enquiries from former students, staff and family of St Joseph's College Echuca, and those researching family history. We also welcome those researching the history of the Brigidine Sisters in Australia.

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Created 21 March 2021

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21 Dickson Street, Echuca
Echuca, Victoria 3564