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Kavanagh College (Dunedin)

Collection | Ref # ARC-0312 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Kavanagh College (Dunedin)


Kavanagh College (Dunedin)

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21.97 linear metres

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The Christian Brothers arrived in Dunedin in 1876. That same year they took over St Joseph's School, a private establishment in upper Dowling (now Tennyson) Street. The School opened on 24 April with 129 pupils, under the leadership of Brother Bodkin. Although its official name was St Joseph's Christian Brothers' School, it was more commonly known simply as Christian Brothers' School. In 1909 the Christian Brothers Old Boys Association was established. A new school building was opened in 1914. In 1948 a Home and School Association was formed. In 1964 the school separated into two parts with the Christian Brothers' Junior School remaining on the old site and St Paul's High School opening on new premises.

St Paul's High School was a Catholic school for boys, run by the Christian Brothers. In 1989 St Paul's merged with Moreau College to form the co-educational Kavanagh College, which opened in 1989.

St Philomena's High School was opened in April 1897 with a roll of four pupils. In the early days it was commonly known as the St Philomena's Convent of Mercy High School. In February 1976 St Philomena's (Mercy Order) and St Dominics (Dominican Order) merged and formed Moreau College on the St Philomena's site in South Dunedin.

Moreau College opened in February 1976 formed from the pupils of St Dominic's College and St Philomena's College. In 1989 Moreau College merged with St Paul's to become Kavanagh College.

Scope and contents:

This large collection includes admission, progress and withdrawal registers, attendance records, achievement registers and other pupil records, Principals' papers and other administrative papers, papers relating to sports, anniversary records and publications. There are also papers relating to the Christian Brothers' Old Boys Association and Home and School Association. Other material includes a large amount of photographs, relating to classes, sports, school anniversaries and outings and school buildings, cassette tapes and a vinyl record.

As Christian Brothers was not a state school they were not required to keep admission, progress and withdrawal registers and so the registers that exist are of a less standardised nature.

Dates covered:

1875 - 2009

Access conditions:

Partial restriction : Pupil reports, achievement records, references, examination results, staff records and enrolment forms are restricted for 70 years from the date of entry. Access prior to this date requires the written permission of the Principal of Kavanagh College.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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