The 1st Catholic Church St Columbkille's was built in Charters Towers on the Just in Time mining lease
The new Chapel and Convent with attached classrooms for high school students were opened by Bishop Canti. Total cost of the building was £4000. It is announced that the Sisters of Mercy are opening a high school in Charters Towers.
St Mary’s opens as a secondary school administered by the Sisters of Mercy.
The rapid growth of Charters Towers causes enrolments to quickly exceed the capacity of the seven Sisters of Mercy residing at the convent. Bishop Higgins decides to reassign the Sisters of Mercy to other towns and arranges for 11 Sisters of the Good Samaritan to take charge of the schools.
Bishop Higgins also writes to the Christian Brothers requesting placement of the Brothers in Charters Towers.
Mount Carmel was acquired by the Australian Army for the 116th Australian General Hospital and Mobile Laundry.
The Brothers and 30 boarders were moved to the cramped surrounding of ‘the retreat’ a residence opposite the St. Mary's playground (still standing today). Thirty boarders and 40 day students attend classes here.
The Army also try to take over St. Mary’s and attempt to relocate the nuns and students to a woolshed in Winton. Mother Superior was able to intervene and stop this from happening.
Work begins on the construction of a swimming pool at St. Mary’s College.
Ridley Residence is opened by The Federal Education Minister, Mr Fife. It is the first new dormitory for Mount Carmel College in sixty years. The new dormitory, which is called the Br. R. A. Ridley Residential Block, would have a housing capacity of 60 students and was blessed by His Lordship, Bishop L. Faulkner.
The three schools amalgamate to form a single school - Columba Catholic College. The new college comes under the administration of the Townsville Catholic Education office with St Columba’s as the primary school, St Mary's as the middle school and Mount Carmel as the senior school.
Renovations are made to the Quinn IT block and new dining, kitchen and meeting facilities are completed in the O’Farrell dining hall.
PO Box 274
Charters Towers QLD 4820
Mt Carmel Campus
St Mary's Campus
We are in week 2 of school holidays
Term 4 starts Tuesday 03 October 2023