150th Anniversary

150 years of St Mary’s College

It’s time to celebrate!

This year marks the 150th anniversary of St Mary’s College, and we are calling on all members of the College community to help us celebrate this memorable occasion by joining in a series of events to be held over the coming months.

To get you in the spirit of our 150th birthday celebrations, we have created a ‘School Spirit Video’!

This project has been months in the making, and we are so excited to share it with the College community. 

You can view the video via the link below – and please be sure to share it with your family and friends. How many familiar faces can you spot?

St Mary’s College 150th School Spirit Video from St Mary’s College on Vimeo

150th anniversary merchandise

Commemorate our 150th anniversary with an Esther Shohet or Peter Barraclough artwork, cheeseboard, coasters or greeting card, which are now available for purchase from our front office.

Local artist Esther Shohet has created an original piece to showcase Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s College.

Amongst the historic buildings and many facilities you can see students at play and a nod to the Presentation Sisters foundress, Nano Nagle.

Click here to order your 150th anniversary merchandise items. Order forms can be scanned and emailed to stmarys@smc.tas.edu.au or printed and delivered in person.

Esther Shohet A3 print $17.50

Esther Shohet cheeseboard $17.50

Esther Shohet coasters (set of 4) $25.20 

Esther Shohet greeting card $3.30 

Peter Barraclough A3 watercolour print $15.00

We thank both Peter and Esther for their beautiful contribution to our school and for managing to capture the St Mary’s College spirit in a single image.

To view more of the artists’ work, please visit their websites, which are listed below:


Please note that all souvenir items are available in limited quantities until sold out. Re-ordering may be possible, but not guaranteed. 

150 Faces

A special highlight of our 150th milestone celebrations is the production of a book that features 150 faces of significant people who have made an impact on the St Mary’s community.

The book will highlight their school service and achievements and be published ready for our 150th Anniversary. 

Pre-order your copy of 150 Faces for just $30. Print and complete the order form and send to stmarys@smc.tas.edu.au or drop it into the Business Office.

Read more about the project here.




Lights, camera, action! 

We are excited to announce that the professional photos taken at the 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner are now available to view and purchase online via the link to the photographer’s website, provided below:


To sign in, select the event: St Mary’s 150th Anniversary Dinner and enter the access code: STMA5CA5D413

If you have any queries about the ordering process, please phone Michael Webb Photography on 0419 536 549


Grand Bazaar, St Mary’s College
Sunday 21 October (time TBC)

Hosted by the Parents and Friends Association. More information will be made available closer to the date.

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Reflecting on a week of celebrations and memories

This past week has been an eventful and meaningful one in the history of St Mary’s College, as we gathered as a school community to celebrate a sesquicentenary of educating young boys and girls in the Presentation tradition.

150th Anniversary Cocktail Party | Government House Tasmania | Thursday 10 May

Our planned program of milestone anniversary events commenced on Thursday 10 May with a cocktail party hosted the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC and Mr Richard Warner at Government House Tasmania. 

One hundred and fourteen invited guests attended the reception – including staff, parents and friends of the College and other dignitaries, which marked the College’s long and generous contribution to the greater Hobart community.

Set in the magnificent surrounds of the ball room, the warm and dignified occasion was a wonderful opportunity for attendees to connect and mingle with one another, while escaping the evening’s torrential rain and fierce wind.

150th Anniversary Gala Mass | St Mary’s Cathedral | Saturday 12 May

Our 150th Anniversary Gala Mass on Saturday 12 May was a beautiful and spiritual celebration of our 150th.

With enchanting music, a moving speech by College Head Prefect, Isobel Kuo; striking lanterns adorning the walls and spaces of St Mary’s Cathedral, and a very special lantern procession featuring our smallest and tallest students, the Mass will be ingrained in the hearts of our College community for a long time.

Thank you to the organisers of the Mass, Ruth Prichard, Sr Gabrielle Morgan, Andrew Clarke, Estelle Levy and Scott Weston, as well as Ruth and Christina Martini, and the many teachers who assisted with ensuring that the lantern reflections were prepared in time for the Mass.

While the wet weather conditions forced the cancellation of the historic walking tours scheduled for that afternoon, College Archivist, Margaret Rootes generously opened Fermoy Cottage for visitors who were keen to view our historic memorabilia prior to Mass.

150th Anniversary Gala Dinner | Hotel Grand Chancellor | Saturday 12 May

The festivities kicked up a notch that evening, as our SMC community let their hair down – and kicked up their heels – at our gala dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The event saw the venue’s Federation Ballroom packed to the rafters, as more than 640 guests were treated to a three-course meal, with the talented Australian Army Band Tasmania providing a live musical backdrop of smooth jazz tunes to keep feet tapping. 

Everyone was in great spirits as we rejoiced in stories from days at St Mary’s and re-acquainted ourselves with old friends.

Thank you to Co-Chair of the SMC 150th Anniversary Committee, Josephine Messer, for doing a superb job as MC of the evening, and our guest speaker, Margaret Rootes, who regaled attendees with colourful anecdotes connected to the many great alumni of the College.

The dinner formalities concluded with the cutting of the 150th birthday cake by our Presentation Sisters, and a rousing rendition of our school song, the Alma Mater, that echoed throughout the halls of the Grand Chancellor building.


SMC goes green to honour Irish heritage

St Mary’s College was bathed in a sea of green on Saturday 17 March as we celebrated 150 years of our Irish beginnings with a community ‘fun day’.

Past and present students, teachers and parents took part in the festivities, which centred on a program of Irish music and dancing, colonial dress-ups and old-fashioned games dating back to SMC’s 19th century heritage.

Guests enjoyed historic tours of the College, green food and beverages, and a fancy dress parade showcasing St Mary’s College uniforms through the ages, with children kept amused with face painting, a scavenger hunt and jumping castle.

Blessing of 150th badges

On Tuesday 6 February the College gathered as a whole school community to be presented with the 150th Celebration Badges.

The badges, which were blessed by His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Doyle AM DCL were distributed to our 970 students and 150 staff members to wear proudly throughout our anniversary year.

Reconnect with us

Archives uniformSt Mary’s College alumni are being invited to reconnect with the College in the lead-up to our 150-year anniversary by updating their contact addresses to stay informed of the various celebratory events we have planned.
If you believe your details might be out of date, please email Communications at communications@smc.tas.edu.au and encourage your friends to do the same.
We also encourage alumni to share memorabilia such as uniform items and stories from their school days to be included in our Heritage Centre.
If you would like to contribute to the Heritage Centre, please email communications@smc.tas.edu.au or phone 03 6108 2560.

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