St Patrick's College, Goulburn

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This article is about former St Patrick's College in Goulburn, Australia. For other schools of the same name, see St Patrick's College.
St. Patrick's College
Goulburn, New South Wales
Type Independent, boys'
Motto Latin: Age Quod Agis
("If you do something, do it well")
Denomination Roman Catholic
Congregation of Christian Brothers
Patron saint(s) Saint Patrick
Established 1874 (1874)
Status Closed
Closed 2000
Colour(s) Maroon and Blue         
Collectable Australian school Cigarette card featuring the St Patrick's colours & crest, c. 1920's.

St Patrick's College, Goulburn was an independent, Roman Catholic, day and boarding school for boys located in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.

The college, founded by the Goulburn Catholic Diocese in 1874, had been operated by the Christian Brothers from 1897[1] until its closure. It was one of a number of schools founded or taken over by the Christian Brothers in Australia in the 1890s. It was for a period in the late 19th and early 20th century a member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales, being admitted in 1892. It is also a school which has a significant Rugby Union tradition.

The school ceased to exist in its present form in 2000 when it amalgamated with Marian College for girls in Goulburn to become Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn. The amalgamation was essentially due to declining enrolments, linked in part to Goulburn's decline in population and importance as a regional centre, a process which has been occurring gradually over the past century, particularly after the founding of Canberra in 1913. The respective schools in three different locations were then gradually consolidated on the old St. Patrick's campus.

The brothers continued to operate the boy's boarding residence but due to a lack of resources this facility was amalgamated with the girls' boarding school from North Goulburn at the old St. Patrick's campus in 2006. The responsibility for the boarding facilities transferred at this time from the brothers back to the now Archdiocese through the Catholic Education Office.[2] This ended 109 years of service by the Christian Brothers on the school site. The boarding facility was shut down entirely at the end of 2009,[3] completing 135 years of operation.

After the amalgamation, the teacher and professional historian Dr Bollen published a history of the college.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Michael Durack and John Durack, sons of Irish immigrants who had fled the potato famine to become one of Australia's most significant pioneer grazing families, opening up the Kimberleys, WA. Their stories are told in the books by Dame Mary Durack, Kings in Grass Castles and its sequel, Sons in the Saddle.
  • Right Reverend Joseph Dwyer – Bishop of Wagga Wagga 1918–1939[5]
  • Patrick Hartigan, priest and poet, whose poems were collected in a book, and later filmed, under the title of Around the Boree Log, published under the pseudonym John O'Brien
  • Jack Tully, Australian parliamentarian, Member for Goulburn in the NSW Parliament, 1925–1932 and 1935–1946
  • Joseph Lamaro – Attorney General of NSW 1931–1932
  • Billy Sheahan – Attorney General of NSW 1953–1956
  • Reg Downing – Attorney General of NSW 1956–1965
  • John Hannaford – Attorney General of NSW 1992–1995
  • Bill O'Reilly, Australian Test Cricketer, 1932–1946 and sports journalist.
  • Alan Reid,[6] political journalist and author, who coined the Australian political term "faceless men".
  • John Ryan, diplomat and Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
  • Bruce Devlin, golfer.
  • Terry Casey, Rugby Union International – Wallaby (fullback),[7] 1963–1964.
  • Simon Poidevin, Rugby Union International – Wallaby (breakaway), 1980–1991.
  • Neale Daniher, Essendon VFL footballer, 1979–1990 and later coach of the Melbourne Demons.

Notable staff[edit]

  • Very Reverend Patrick Dunne V.G., who was the foundation President[8] of the College (Principal), 1874.
  • Dr. John Gallagher, who was the second President of the College 1875–1888[9] and later Bishop of Goulburn[10] – 1895–1899 as Coadjutor and from 1900 to 1923 as Bishop in his own right.
  • Christopher Brennan, poet[11] who taught at the school in 1891.
  • Br. Dan Marzorini,[12] Christian Brother who taught at the school in 1945 and was College President from 1956–1961 and 1975–1986.[13]
  • Jim Roxburgh, lay teacher, who taught at the school c.1976–2000, former Rugby Union International – Wallaby (prop) 1968–1970[14] and noted anti-Apartheid protester.[15][16]
  • William John Obbens, Christian Brother and convicted paedophile [17] who taught at the school 1986–1989.
  • William Peter Standen, Christian Brother and convicted paedophile [18] who taught at the school 1976–1981.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wyatt, Ransome (1941). The History of Goulburn. Goulburn: Municipality of Goulburn. pp. 391–392. 
  2. ^ Oberg, Leon (July 26, 2006). "Trinity College's plan amalgamates boarding". Goulburn Post. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Stephanie (Feb 24, 2009). "Trinity boarding days are finished". Goulburn Post. Fairfax Media. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bollen, David (2008), Up on the hill. A history of St Patrick's College, Goulburn., UNSW Press, ISBN 978-0-86840-967-2 
  5. ^ McMinn, W.G (1981). "Dwyer, Joseph Wilfrid (1869 - 1939)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 8 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 387–389. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  6. ^ Holt, Stephen (2012). "Reid, Alan Douglas (1914–1987)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved July 10, 2016. The family migrated to Sydney in 1927 and Alan attended the Christian Brothers’ schools St Francis of Assisi, Paddington, St Patrick's College, Goulburn, and Waverley College, Sydney. 
  7. ^ Casey, Terry. "Wallaby Fullback". Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on March 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Linane, T.J. (1972). "Dunne, Patrick (1818-1900)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ "BISHOP GALLAGHER AT TEMORA.". The Freeman's Journal. XLVIII (3059). Sydney. 21 August 1897. p. 18. Retrieved 10 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia. Their reference in the address to his long connection with St. Patrick's College was one of which he was especially proud. He had devoted the fourteen best years of his life in that laborious but happy field of duty — home of plain living and high thinking — towards renewing, in this fair young land, the old traditions of the Church, towards enabling our ingenuous Catholic youth to take their proper place in public life to fit them, if God so willed it, for the services of the altar and the labours of the sacred ministry, or to compete in noble rivalry for the highest prizes offered to learning and virtue and industry and character by the free institutions of our country. 
  10. ^ Cheney, David. "Bishop John Gallagher". Hierarchia Catholica. 
  11. ^ Clark, Axel (1979). "Brennan, Christopher John (1870–1932)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Stephens, Tony (Feb 3, 2006). "Brother was Father to his Boys". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ Oberg, Leon (Jan 18, 2006). "Foremost Educator will be Interred in Goulburn". Goulburn Post. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "James Roxburgh". Historical Wallabies Player Profile. Australian Rugby Union. 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  15. ^ Lane, Daniel (August 21, 2011). "Rugby's magnificent seven turned their backs on ugly face of apartheid". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ Alexander, Nicole (June 28, 2013). "Greg Baron talks Apartheid, Moral Courage and Heroes". The Heart of Australian Storytelling. Nicole Alexander. Retrieved July 10, 2016. Every boy needs a hero, and I was lucky enough to find one among my high school teachers. His name was Jim Roxburgh, and he was a big, shaggy man, wide across the shoulders and heavily bearded. We all knew that he was a former Rugby International, had played for the Wallabies. But he wasn't a hero because he played a game, but because on those broad shoulders he carried a burden of pride, and anger, and good old fashioned humanity. 
  17. ^ Thrower, Louise (May 11, 2016). "Christian Brother Admits Indecent Assault". Goulburn Post. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  18. ^ Thrower, Louise (June 10, 2016). "Standen Sentenced to more than 9 Years". Goulburn Post. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 

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