100 Years @ Fairholme

In 2017, we celebrate 100 years of education here at Fairholme in Wirra Wirra Street. The first six Junior School students arrived here by horse-drawn bus, to begin classes on 17 July 1917, and Senior School students joined them a few months later.

Due to increasing enrolments the Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Toowoomba, based at Spreydon in Rome Street, Newtown, had to find a larger home. In April 1917, Mrs Cameron, the matriarch of the pioneering Cameron family, and a devout Presbyterian, generously offered to sell her gracious homestead to the Presbyterian Church, specifically for use as a girls’ school.

Miss Amy Carson, PLC Principal led the first assembly near the Cameron Homestead steps before classes began inside – and Fairholme has been a place of learning ever since. Later known as the Presbyterian Girls’ College, Toowoomba and then Fairholme College from 1978, the school has grown to become one of Australia’s leading independent girls’ schools.

We honour this rich tradition of girls’ education, and all those who have been a part of it, as we celebrate 100 years at Fairholme.

Sharing Your Stories

Mary Charles, 1924 “My school has done so much for me and now I never think of it but as the ‘fair home’ of some of my happiest memories” Mary Charles, 1924 (pictured at right).

Our amazing archivist, Jenny Noble, (pictured below) is hard at work sorting through some unique and precious photos from the history of Fairholme College. Believe it or not, she wants more!

Jenny is looking for photographs or other special memorabilia you have of time shared at the College or in the Boarding House. We’d also love to hear any stories you might like to share about your time at Fairholme as we prepare to celebrate 100 years at our school.

Share your Fairholme story in words and photos ›

Fairholme's amazing archivist, Jenny Noble