ARARAT - The story of Marian College, formerly known as Brigidine Convent Ararat, is a truly remarkable and courageous one and this 125 year story will be celebrated this month.
From its earliest beginning in 1888 when five very brave Sisters travelled to Ararat from Ireland to answer the call of the Church, to its modern day incarnation and state of the art facilities, Marian College has continued to flourish.
Every person who has walked through the doors of this wonderful school has made a significant contribution to its history, and while many of these stories and faces have become lost over the years, the 125th year celebration is an opportunity to recall past memories of what Marian College has meant to everyone.
It is hoped that the reunion and celebratory dinner on October 26 brings back many joyous memories of being part of such of a wonderful community.
The College's rich history has been carefully documented in many ways, including photographs of the first pupil, Irene 'Queenie' Grano and first principal Mother Gertrude Kelly.
Many of the photographs, original books of etiquette for boarders, enrolment ledgers, classroom photos dating back to 1890s, uniforms, rosary beads and workbooks have been sourced from various times.
A brief history of Marian College in the form of a collection of memories from past principals as well as some historical photographs will mark the anniversary and will be available on the evening of the celebratory dinner.