Catherine McAuley College would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our College resides. As a Mercy Community we are committed to building close bonds with the Jaara people and to continue to learn and support the stewardship and legacy of their culture and country. We pay our respects to the elders past, present and future.
Catherine McAuley College has a proud tradition of Catholic education dating back to 1876 when Sister Aloysius Martyn and the Sisters of Mercy first arrived in Bendigo. For over 140 years, the Sisters of Mercy have given extraordinary service to the Bendigo community. Inspired by their foundress, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters have educated thousands of children and worked tirelessly wherever their help was needed.
Bishop Crane requests Baggot Street, Ireland send a community of Sisters to Bendigo to provide education for the children of the goldfields.
Mother Aloysius Martyn leads a group of Sisters from Swinford in Ireland to establish a mission in Bendigo. They endure a terrifying sea voyage and sweltering heat to arrive in Bendigo in January 1876. They take over the established Parish School of St Kilian's and open the St Aloysius Select School in Barkly Place.
Extension of the original house purchased from Mr Andrew Thunder in 1876. Building of the Chapel.
Completion of the school hall and dormitories above. School reopened as St Mary’s College by Archbishop of Melbourne Most Rev Dr Thomas Carr.
150 Acres purchased at Junortoun and building commenced.
Opening of the cream brick building at St Mary's College on the corner of View and Barkly Streets.
Acquisition of the former Abbott family home in Barkly Terrace, renamed St Catherine's.
Acquisition of 'Denderah' following the death of Sir George Victor Lansell. The property is renamed Coolock House and included landscaped gardens, a tennis court and swimming pool.
Opening of the two storey building and canteen facilities on Barkly Street (now known as the Kelly Building).
Amalgamation of St Mary's College and Marist Brothes' College Bendigo to form Catholic College Bendigo.
All year levels co-educational.
Closed McCrae Street to consolidate into two campuses: Barkly Street (now known as Coolock) and Junortoun (now known as LaValla).
Opening of the Science Building, La Valla.
Opening of the Technology Building, La Valla.
Opening of the Marian Centre, Coolock.
Opening of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Labratory Skills Centre at La Valla, hosted on behalf of the Bendigo Schools Trade Training Centre Consortium.
Opening of the English Learning Centre, Coolock.
Catholic College Bendigo comes under the sole governance of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Official opening of the St Mary's Courtyard, Coolock.
College re-named to become Catherine McAuley College, in honour of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Campuses re-named; Coolock becomes St Mary's (located in Barkly St) and La Valla becomes Coolock (located in Junortoun)
Opening of the Sister Aloysius Martyn Arts Centre, Coolock
Commissioning of the newly refurbished and renamed Sister Anastasia Vanderfeen Building to house canteen, Allied Health and hospitality
Introduction of iGEN - a partnership with Mercy Health, Australian Catholic University and Mercy Education, Catherine McAuley College and Bethlehem Home for the Aged offer real world experience in the aged care and health care sector.
Launch of Re-Gen Program - to encourage community to work towards the school’s goal of creating a sustainable future, minimise waste, save energy and reduce our carbon footprint.
Addition of the West Building at Coolock. This two-storey modular building includes 12 classrooms to accommodate Year 9 students. It enabled the removal of portables and included a dynamic play area and multipurpose courts.