Xavier Archives

The Xavier College Archives is the repository for a unique collection of items that document the history of the College, from its founding, through to today. 

The key objective of the Xavier Archives is to acquire, catalogue and preserve a collection of archival and heritage material, created by or relating to Xavier College. 

Our archived items include:

  • Student records
  • Administrative documents
  • Photographs
  • Programs
  • Textiles
  • Trophies
  • Recorded media and;
  • Other artefacts

By creating collections of archival material, writing articles and involvement with current and past students, we are able to highlight the stories of those who attended Xavier and honour our history and the men and women who lived it.

The Xavier College Archives are located in the refurbished cellars of the College’s original building in Kew.

We welcome gifts of items that relate to Old Xavierians, or the College’s history as an educational institution. 

Research facilities are available for those who wish to consult our records.

Please contact the College Archives for any historic records enquiries at Xavier.Archives@xavier.vic.edu.au.

Xavier College Art Collection

The Xavier College Art Collection was established in the late 1990s and now comprises of over 600 original artworks, including award winning student works.  The Collection encompasses sculpture, paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media, multimedia, photography, textiles and decorative arts.  The Collection began with the foresight and generosity of Peter Walsh, executor of the Eldon Hogan Trust and the first acquisitions of artworks by the tonal impressionist artist Colin Colahan (OX1915).  After the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Xavier College holds the second largest collection of Colin Colahan’s work in Australia.  The Xavier College Art Collection has continued to grow and diversify through the support of the Eldon Hogan Trust, the John Kerr Tutton Trust and other benefactors. 

The importance of art in Jesuit education is well established.  The Xavier College Art Collection is not only an invaluable resource for our students but also acknowledges the important contribution artists make to our cultural environment.   

For further information on our Art Collection, please contact the Art Curator on 03 9815 4574 or art.collection@xavier.vic.edu.au