St. John Fisher College (University of Tasmania)

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John Fisher College
Residential college
John Fisher College Symbol.png
University University of Tasmania
Location Upper Sandy Bay Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates 42°54′22″S 147°19′12″E / 42.906°S 147.320°E / -42.906; 147.320Coordinates: 42°54′22″S 147°19′12″E / 42.906°S 147.320°E / -42.906; 147.320
Motto Latin: Duc in Altum
Motto in English Cast your nets into deeper waters
Established 1963
Named for St John Fisher
Colors Royal Blue, White          
Rector Will Hohman
Undergraduates 100 (2013) [1]
Postgraduates 11 (2013) [1]
Mascot Hell Fish

St. John Fisher College, known simply as John Fisher College, at the University of Tasmania was established in 1963 by then-Archbishop of Hobart Sir Guilford Young and built by the Catholic Church and its community. The college was named after 16th century scholar St John Fisher and provides accommodation for around 110 students. It is located in Upper Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia, on campus at the University of Tasmania.[2] [3] [4]

It is the smallest of the three residential colleges at the University of Tasmania in Hobart (Christ College and Jane Franklin Hall being the other two). The college was originally all-male, but became co-residential in 1980 when it amalgamated with Ena Waite College. Ena Waite was an all-female residential college staffed by the Dominican and Loreto sisters, and operated from 1968 to 1980. It was located at Currievale House at 63 Goulburn Street, West Hobart. The building was subsequently sold, and residents moved to John Fisher College.


After fifty years of life, the college has completed an extensive renovation period, that has equipped it with state-of-the-art facilities, from the residents' rooms, to a new dining room, to IT facilities and bathrooms. This new lease on life has left Fisher a modern, and much desired place to stay for university students studying away from home.

The St John Fisher College Student Club provides representation for the members of the college. In March 2009 the Vice Chancellor officially opened "Pepperz" restaurant and cafe bar, the new catering system at the college.

College Spirit and Sport[edit]

College colours are royal blue and white, and the playing uniform for sports is the traditional striped rugby top with the 'Vatican V' logo. The 'hellfish' is a symbol held dear to the hearts of Fishermen and Fisherwomen. Whilst being the smallest of the three residential colleges in Hobart, John Fisher College's presence can still be felt on the sporting fields. Sports played include Rugby, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Netball, Softball, Cricket, Tennis, Basketball, Table Tennis, and Volleyball.


There are ~110 rooms at John Fisher College, all of which are equipped with a refrigerator, desk and desk lamp, ergonomic desk chair, pin board, white board, built in wardrobe, king single bed and heater.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "University of Tasmania Statistics". University of Tasmania. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  2. ^ "John Fisher College". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Alumni & Friends Events Calendar". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "John Fisher College". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

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