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St Laurence's College
Latin: Facere et Docere
to do and to teach
Address
82 Stephens Road, South Brisbane
4101,
Information
Established 1915
Principal Chris Leadbetter
Campus South Brisbane
Colour(s) Black and Gold          

St Laurence's College (known colloquially as Lauries) is a private Catholic school for boys located in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1915. As of 2021, the college has an enrolment of over 2100 students from Year 5 to Year 12. St Laurence's is a College in the Edmund Rice Tradition. St Laurence's is currently associated with the Associated Independent Colleges sporting association.

Some of the college's historic buildings are listed on the Brisbane Heritage Register.

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Gair Field, St Laurence's College, July 2010

History

The college was officially opened and blessed on Sunday 11 July 1915 by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane James Duhig. The school was operated by the Christian Brothers. On the first day there were 270 students and a staff of five teachers. The monastery for the Brothers was built in 1917.

Since 1961, the school has also operated sporting fields in the southern Brisbane suburb of Runcorn, which contains 8 playing fields and a function centre.

In 1977 the school established an outdoor educational facility, Camp Laurence, at Lake Moogerah, to the west of Brisbane.

In 1994 a College Board was established as an advisory group for the principal. In 1996 the first lay principal, Mr D Frederiksen, was appointed with the Christian Brothers retaining ownership and control of the College. The last of the brothers left the monastery in 2009, and the building was converted in 2010 into the school's administration building.

In 2010, as part of an agreement with the adjacent Mater Hospital Brisbane, the school's land was leased for 25 years to build a six-storey car park, which now houses the college's synthetic oval on top along with a 1500 seat auditorium.

Notable alumni

Alumni of St Laurence's College are known as "Old Boys" and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the St Laurence's College Old Boys Association. Notable alumni include:


Business

  • Peter O'Meara, former CEO of the Western Force rugby union team
  • John Symond, founder of Aussie Home Loans

Entertainment, arts and the media

  • Murray Foy, actor and theatre director
  • Gerard Lee, Australian novelist, screenwriter and director
  • Kerry O'Brien, television news journalist and presenter
  • Conrad Sewell, Australian singer-songwriter
  • Ross Symonds, a former news presenter for Seven Network in Sydney

Politics, law and public service

  • Darryl Briskey, former state Labor member for Cleveland
  • Condon Byrne, former federal Labor Senator for Queensland
  • Paul Finn, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
  • Mike Horan, former state National member for Toowoomba South and Leader of the Opposition
  • Dennis Ives, former Public Service Commissioner 1990–1995
  • Len Keogh, former federal Labor member for the Division of Bowman
  • John Mickel, former state Labor member for Logan and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
  • Jeffrey Spender, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and Queen's Counsel

Sports

  • John Anderson OAM, sailing gold medal winner at the 1972 Olympics
  • Thomas Anderson, sailing gold medal winner at the 1972 Olympics
  • Neil Betts, former Wallabies player
  • Brendan Cannon, former Wallabies and Queensland Reds player
  • Mark Connors, former [Wallabies and Queensland Reds player
  • Nev Cottrell, former Wallabies captain and Queensland Reds player
  • Cooper Cronk, Sydney Roosters and Queensland and Australia rugby league player
  • Rowan Crothers, Paralympic swimmer
  • Dan Crowley, former Wallabies and Queensland Reds player
  • Ken Fletcher, 12 tennis Grand Slam titles and Davis Cup player
  • Greg Hartung, President of the Australian Paralympic Committee and Vice-President of the International Paralympic Committee
  • Ryley Jacks, Gold Coast Titans rugby league player
  • Damon Kelly, Olympic weightlifter and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner
  • Laurie Lawrence, Australian Olympic swim coach
  • Andrew Mewing World Championship and Commonwealth Games Swimming medalist
  • Brendan O'Reilly, UFC mixed martial artist
  • Luke McLean, Italy national rugby union team and Sale Sharks player
  • Elliott Shriane, Olympic speed skater
  • Joshua Slack, Olympic beach volleyball player
  • Archie Smith, Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions
  • Mark Stockwell, swimming silver medal winner at the 1984 Olympics, chairman of the Australian Sports Foundation
  • William Zillman, Gold Coast Titans player
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