St Laurence's College

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St Laurence's College
St Laurence's College logo.png
82 Stephens Rd, South Brisbane
Brisbane, Queensland, 4101
Australia Australia
Coordinates 27°29′09.93″S 153°01′30.58″E / 27.4860917°S 153.0251611°E / -27.4860917; 153.0251611Coordinates: 27°29′09.93″S 153°01′30.58″E / 27.4860917°S 153.0251611°E / -27.4860917; 153.0251611
Type Independent, Same-sex, Day
Motto Latin: Facere et Docere
(to do and to teach)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1915[1]
Principal Chris Leadbetter[2]
Staff 188 (Teaching and Support)
Years 512
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~1900 (2017)
Campus South Brisbane
Colour(s) Black and Gold         

St Laurence's College (known colloquially as Lauries) is a private Catholic school for boys located in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1915.[1] The school currently[when?] has an enrolment of over 1900 students from Year 5 to Year 12. St Laurence's is a College in the Edmund Rice Tradition. St Laurence's is currently associated with the Associated Independent Colleges sporting association.


Gair Field, St Laurence's College, July 2010

The school's main campus is located in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of South Brisbane and houses a library, chapel, monastery, hall and six buildings with classrooms and support rooms. Three of the teaching buildings are largely subject specific as they house the visual and performing arts, manual arts and science and computing specific classrooms and laboratories.

As part of an agreement with the adjacent Mater hospital, the school's land was leased for 25 years to build a six-story car park, which now houses the college's synthetic oval on top along with a new 1500 seat auditorium.

In 2016, construction finished on a new $3 million chapel adjacent to the old monastery.

In 2017, construction finished on a $14 million sporting and science centre, which houses a gym, 2 basketball courts (or 4 volleyball courts), a 250-seat viewing area, along with 12 science and engineering laboratories and staff rooms. Which is named after the previous principle Mr Ian MacDonald who approved the construction of the building. This building is called the STEM building located behind the Monastery.

Since 1961, the school has also operated sporting fields in the southern Brisbane suburb of Runcorn, which contains 8 playing fields and a function centre.

The school also maintains an outdoor educational facility, Camp Laurence, at Lake Moogerah, to the west of Brisbane.


The college is a founding member of the AIC sporting association along with Marist College Ashgrove, St Edmunds College, Ipswich, St Patrick's College, Iona College, Padua College, St. Peters Lutheran College and Villanova College. The sports played in the AIC include rugby union, soccer, cricket, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, chess, Water Polo, athletics and cross country.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of St Laurence's College are known as "Old Boys" and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the St Laurence's College Old Boys Association. Notable alumni include:



Entertainment, Arts & the Media

Science & Medicine

  • Robert John Walsh OBE, founder of the NSW Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales[3]
  • Joseph King OBE, sugar technologist and administrator[4]

Politics, Law & Public Service

Rhodes Scholars

  • James Maloney, 1929
  • Peter Hempenstall, 1970

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History". St Laurence's College. 
  2. ^ "Principal's Welcome". St Laurence's College. 
  3. ^ Crane, Helen Bashir. Walsh, Robert John (1917–1983). Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. 
  4. ^ Kerr, John D. King, Norman Joseph (1905–1981). Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.