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Rev Hynes with the Boarders in 1940

The Ravenswood Archives was established in 1989. Paper records, photos, and many items of interest, including past uniforms, badges, trophies, and ephemera, dating back to 1901 are included in the collection

The original handwritten registers of student enrolments from 1901, have been preserved and there is a complete set of the Ravenswood School Magazine from 1925–1965, Nuntius from 1966 and Semper from 1990, along with the school’s history, Ravenswood — Educating Girls 1901–2001, by Marjorie Binns. 

In 2023, Ravenswood's history book Kindle the Flame, by Sophie Church was published.  The book highlights over 120 Years of igniting potential and inspiring passion and purpose at Ravenswood. It recounts the milestones of the School by Principal eras with a colourful array of archival photos and ephemera that brings the history of Ravenswood to life.

Among the most significant items in the collection is the original Pulpit Bible used by visionary educator and Ravenswood Founder, Miss Mabel Fidler and the earliest School Prospectus from 1913. The Archives holds Prize Certificates issued in 1916–1918 during WWI, when rather than receive books as prizes, the girls donated the money to the War Effort. 

All donations received by the Archives are highly valued and have contributed to preserving the 122-year history of the school. In addition to the preservation of the collection, the Archives provides research opportunities and enquiries from current students, staff, Alumni, and the wider community are welcomed.

Opening Hours: The Archives Office is located in Hutchens House at Ravenswood. Contact archives@ravenswood.nsw.edu.au for more information.