St Joseph's College, Nudgee

St. Joseph's Nudgee College

Latin: Signum Fidei
("A Sign of Faith")
Boondall, Queensland
Australia Australia
Coordinates 27°27′26″S 153°1′31″E / 27.45722°S 153.02528°E / -27.45722; 153.02528Coordinates: 27°27′26″S 153°1′31″E / 27.45722°S 153.02528°E / -27.45722; 153.02528
Type Private, Single-sex, Day and Boarding
Denomination Roman Catholic, Congregation of Christian Brothers
Established 1891
Principal Peter Fullagar
Enrolment ~1,750(512)[1]
Colour(s) Blue and White         

St Joseph's Nudgee College (commonly referred to simply as Nudgee) is a heritage-listed private, Roman Catholic, day and boarding school for boys, located in Boondall, a northern suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

In 1891 it was decided by the Congregation of Christian Brothers that because of the large numbers of boarders at St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace and insufficient room to house them that a new school be opened to cater for the boarders at Nudgee. Both schools share St. Joseph's College as part of their name and follow the Edmund Rice tradition. Nudgee currently caters for approximately 1390 students from Years 5 to 12, including 450 boarders. Tuition is offered to boys in Years 5 to 12.

St Joseph's is affiliated with the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[1] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[2] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[3] the Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) and is a founding member of the Great Public Schools' Association Inc (GPS).[4]


Dumbell drill on the front lawn of Nudgee College, 1898

Established in 1891, as the boarding campus for the Brother's flagship school at Spring Hill, Nudgee is a Catholic boys' school, and caters for both day students and boarders. The location for the College was selected by Rev. Br. P.A. Treacy, founder of the Australian Province of the Christian Brothers, at the request of the Archbishop of Brisbane at the time, Most Rev. Robert Dunne D.D.. Rev. Br. D.F. Bodkin was appointed first Headmaster.

The main building, whose facade was used in the movie Phar Lap, was completed in 1891; the architect was Andrea Stombuco.[5] The matching chapel was completed in 1916 and is used for weddings and funerals in addition to school celebrations. In 1993, after refurbishment, it won Royal Australian Institute of Architects Conservation Award [6] and Regional Commendation. A second school building was completed in 1919. All 3 buildings were in Italian Renaissance Style.

In 1938 Nudgee Junior College was opened at a separate campus in Indooroopilly.

Building has continued at Boondall, and the campus now has sporting and academic facilities including 2 swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, a 9 hole golf course, rifle range, full track and field provision and cricket and football ovals as well as several halls.

In August 2008, the school was the centre of controversy when a 59-year-old man from Richmond, Victoria accused a priest from the college of abusing him and four other students who have since committed suicide due to the abuse. The school denied any wrongdoing.[7]

Heritage listing

Many of the buildings of the school were jointly listed in the Queensland Heritage Register in 2006.[8]

Battle Of The Colours

In 1991, the following was printed in the Centennial Rugby Programme, dubbed - "The Battle of The Colours", for the 100th anniversary of the annual Nudgee vs Terrace rugby match.

Before Nudgee existed, St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace wore the colours Nudgee wears today - Blue and White.

A popular story, especially at Nudgee, is that when Nudgee began and had to choose it colours, there was a great debate as to whether the original school, Terrace, or its "extension" school, Nudgee, should have the Blue and White.

No amount of debate could solve the dispute so it was decided to rest the colour dispute on the first ever Nudgee-Terrace rugby match.

Nudgee won and Terrace then chose colours diametrically opposed. The blue became red and the white became black.


The result of the Centennial Nudgee vs Terrace rugby match was a 15-all draw.[10][11]

Nudgee International College

While Nudgee International College sits within the grounds of Brisbane GPS School St Joseph's Nudgee College at Boondall (also an EREA school), Nudgee International College is a completely separate entity and is not part of St Joseph's Nudgee College. In early 2012 it was announced that the International College would be closing.[12] As of late 2012 the site has ceased to function as a separate college, with the building and facilities being tuned over to the Saint Joseph's Nudgee College. The site will be repurposed by the school in preparation for planned developments of the existing school.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. 1 2 "St Joseph's Nudgee College". Schools. Australian Boarding Schools' Association. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  2. "AHISA Schools". Queensland. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2007.
  3. "JSHAA Queensland Directory of Members". Queensland Branch. Junior School Heads Association of Australia. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  4. "GPS Schools". Sport and Music. Brisbane State High School. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2007.
  5. "St Joseph's Nudgee College (entry 601771)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  6. Awards
  7. "Abused student myster". Brisbane Times. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  8. "St Joseph's Nudgee College (entry 601771)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  9. Nudgee College Centenary Rugby Programme, The Battle Of The Colours, B.D. Honan, 1991.
  10. Terrace GPS Rugby Results (1918 - 2008)
  11. Terrace News, Vol. 19, No. 25 - 8 August 1991
  12. Nudgee International College website (retrieved 16 May 20120
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