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archives_collection.jpgThe establishment of the Riverview Archives dates from 1974 when the then Headmaster, Rev P Quinn saw the need to bring together the historical documents and papers recording the life of the school, which were scattered throughout various offices.

For a brief period a professional archivist was employed to establish control over the archives. The archives were then placed under the care of the Librarian until Errol Lea-Scarlett became the first College Archivist in 1977. Since this time the Riverview Archives has been under the care of a professional Archivist. It is thanks to the efforts of Mr Lea-Scarlett that Riverview is fortunate to have College Archives that are relatively complete and as such provide a vital and growing record of the activities and interests of the College.

Although reference was made to a museum at the college as early as 1887, very little is known about the fate of the museum or the objects that it contained. Since the formal establishment of Riverview Archives in 1977 the museum and rare book collections have developed and grown as part of the collection.

The purpose of Riverview Archives is to promote and share the rich heritage of the College and the Jesuit tradition with the students, the wider Riverview community and the general public.


The Archives holds the following records:-

  • Administrative records of Saint Ignatius' College and the Jesuit Community of Riverview, 1878 to archive material present [with legal documents dating from 1793]. These records make up the official records of the school.
  • Photographs documenting buildings, students, staff, school activities, school grounds and Lane Cove River.
  • Private record groups consisting of private papers generated by members of the Riverview community but not part of the official school records. These private papers provide a balance to the official records of the school by helping to document the 'human interest' often missing from the official records.
  • Museum exhibits (while large proportions of these exhibits are generated within the college some of the exhibits have been donated to the school).
  • Maps and plans
  • Movie films, video tapes and cassette tapes.
  • Rare Book Collection
  • Support Library

Function of the College Archives

  • To arrange, describe and safely store the archival records and museum objects, which help to make up the memory of the school. Just as a person can not function properly if they have lost their memory - neither can an organisation such as Riverview. Knowledge of where we have come from helps us to understand the present and gives us direction for the future.
  • To make certain records available for use by staff, and undertake research on behalf of members of the Riverview community and bone fide researchers.
  • To display archival material, museum objects and rare books of interest to the Riverview community and other interested parties.
  • The Archives is open by appointment only Monday to Thursday during term time. The Archivist can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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