Our Story

The expansive Fairholme College Toowoomba campus as it is known today, is steeped in history and heritage.

Originating from one classroom in 1921 the college has grown into a sprawling educational facility covering all grades and including modern boarding and sporting facilities.

As in most provincial boarding schools throughout Australia in the twenties, thirties and forties, the varying material fortunes of Fairholme were reflected in the variety and state of wooden buildings erected, some becoming unserviceable and having to be demolished. However, Fairholme is fortunate in the number of heritage buildings that have remained and, after restoration and care, are still in use.

We invite you to take a walk through the eras with us as we recount some of our most significant development milestones:

1920-1949

  • 1921 The ‘classroom’ (now Music Block) was built.
  • 1928 The first Black Dormitory was built.
  • 1929 The Kindergarten Bungalow (now in N.W. corner) was built.

1950-1969

  • 1956 The first stage of South Dormitory was completed.
  • 1957 The College Oval was redeveloped.
  • 1958 The original Assembly Hall was opened.
  • 1961 The Swimming Pool was completed.
  • 1964 South Dormitory was completed.
  • 1965 Following the purchase of the “Talara” property facing Webb Park, the first Principal’s Cottage was built.
  • 1965 The present Science Block was built (with Federal Government grants).

1970-1979

  • 1970 A new Administration Centre and Library was built.
  • 1974 The Dining Hall, Kitchen and Tuck Shop were built.
  • 1981-82 Black Dormitory was rebuilt and a lower floor added. The main Classroom Block and Middle School were built. ‘C’ Block was reconstructed for staff accommodation, Art and Computer rooms.

1980-1989

  • 1984 The new College Infirmary was built in South Dormitory. Two town houses were built for resident Staff families. The new Principal’s Residence was built.
  • 1986 The Nancy Shaw Building was completed (for Seniors’ Dormitory, Home Economics Centre, and College Laundry).
  • 1987 Assembly Hall extensions and main western entrance to the Hall were completed.
  • 1988 A house and 0.5 hectares of land in Wirra Wirra Street were acquired for future playing courts and Staff residence.
  • 1989-90 Boarding Administration Office and Head of Residence Unit built as was the Alex Laurie Administration Building, the Lindsay Statham Building incorporating the Primary wing, the Junior Secondary classrooms, the Art Studios and the Commercial Centre; The Ray Powell Indoor Heated Pool and the Bruce Manning Gymnasium.

1990-1999

  • 1991 Chaplain’s Manse purchased - 1 Oak Court.
  • 1994 Jean Tassie Dormitory and College Refectory.
  • 1995 Trainer Pool enclosed and heated.
  • 1996 Pre-School reopened.
  • 1997 New Science laboratory built, Library relocated to Lower G Block and Amy Carson Room established.
  • 1998-9 Patrea O’Shea Building relocated and refurbished.

2000-2009

  • 2000 Greta Statham Learning Centre established.
  • 2001 Primary Administration Area established.
  • 2002 Greta Statham Learning Centre air-conditioned. Fairholme Homestead refurbishment completed.
  • 2003 Driveway closed to traffic and redeveloped as landscaped area for student use.
  • 2003 Driveway closed to traffic and redeveloped as landscaped area for student use. Early Childhood Centre refurbished to accommodate the re-established Kindergarten program.
  • 2004 Early Childhood Centre extended to accommodate two streams of Kindergarten and two streams of Pre-School.
  • 2006 Construction commenced on a $7 million purpose-built Middle School providing 14 rooms for Years 7, 8 and 9.
  • 2008 Middle School officially open by Quentin Bryce (then Governor of Queensland).
  • 2009 Refurbishment of G Block Classrooms and Health Centre.
  • 2009 Refurbishment of foyer to Old Administration Building for Archival displays.
  • 2010 Construction of the new Junior School Library.

2010-2015

  • 2011 Upgrades to S Block and Facilities office
  • 2011 Upgrades to G Block, L Block, and Junior school
  • 2011 New carpets in areas flooded in January 2011
  • 2011 Boarding House renovations and remodelled areas included - Boarding House offices, Upper and Lower South Dorm bathrooms, Lower Black Dorm courtyard
  • 2012 Extensive upgrades to Gym - new flooring and windows
  • 2012 Upgrades in Boarding House
  • 2012 Upgrades in Dining Hall - new ceiling and fitting
  • 2012 Upgrades to C Block, L Block and Junior School classrooms
  • 2013 Replacement of retaining wall along Wirra Wirra Street
  • 2013 L Block classroom refurbishment completed
  • 2013 Major refurbishment of The Learning Centre
  • 2013 Western Townhouse refurbishment
  • 2013 Air-conditioning installed in all Senior School classrooms
  • 2013 Redesigned and rebuilt Kindy outdoor play area
  • 2014 Nancy Shaw Dorm - additional facilities, extension, refurbishment
  • 2014 Upgrade of Home Economics kitchen and installation of café area
  • 2014 Assembly Hall - fully air-conditioned, new sound and lighting box
  • 2014 Gym/Pool area - additional equipment
  • 2014 Eastern Townhouse refurbishment
  • 2014 Art Block - refurbishment and new art kiln
  • 2014 Junior School - refurbishment of classrooms
  • 2014 Board Room - refurbishment, new table and chairs
  • 2014 - 2015 Complete renovation of Black Dorm building
  • 2014 - 2015 Complete redevelopment of P & F Courtyard and surrounds - including enlarged play area for Junior School, complete with shade sails
  • 2014 - 2015 Installation of directional signage including illuminated maps

historic Fairholme scenes
Patrea O'Shea Building relocated & refurbished.
South Boarding House construction
New Junior Library constructed in 2012