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Treasures from our Archives

We love it when our alumnae share treasures for our Archives, and when we can share these with you! Enjoy an excerpt from the 1945 School Magazine, and video footage from a Loreto Old Boy!
The first and second divisions from 1946; Henriette Bladiniere is in the back row, second from left
The first and second divisions from 1946; Henriette Bladiniere is in the back row, second from left

A special thank you to Mia Gouge (Fay, Kirribilli '05), granddaughter of Henriette Cahill (Bladiniere, '46) for sharing a beautiful article written by Henriette for the 1945 School Annual of the IBVM about discovering the school that she loved. Mia mentioned that her "grandmother had a way with words and saw the beauty in many things we take for granted."

Henriette passed away on 19 December 2021 at the age of 94. Our sincere sympathy to Nicole Fay (Cahill, Kirribilli '74), Mia Gouge (Fay, Kirribilli '05), Rachel Fay (Kirribilli '09) and their family.

Click here to read the 1945 edition of the School Annual. Henriette's article can be found on Page 40, and is titled 'How I came to Loreto.'


Our Community Engagement team was thrilled to stumble upon this amazing video created by Michael Beattie. Michael attended Kindergarten at Loreto Normanhurst in 1964 and in 1965 was moved from Year 1 into Year 2. He later graduated from St Aloysius' College in the Class of 1975 and looks forward to helping arrange the belated 45 year reunion. Michael studied at UNSW in Electrical Engineering and worked in the communications industry for 21 years, then retraining at TAFE in Business Admin and working at a Sydney law firm before retirment. His two grandchildren hope to attend LN when they are of age! We thank Michael for being willing to share his video, which he hopes may reconnect others back to the school. 


Want to share some treasures of your own?

Across this year we’ll be celebrating 125 years of Loreto Normanhurst through our #FlashbackFriday themes on our LN Alumnae Facebook page. So many generations of alumnae have walked through our gates and been a part of the Normo story.

We plan to feature each decade of our School’s history with some of our favourite memories and photos from the era. But we need your help! Start brainstorming about your time here at LN, and dig out those photo-albums to contribute to our 125 celebrations; perhaps your Mum or Grandmother was a Normo girl as well? Stay tuned for more info on how you can share your LN stories and photos with LN Archives; you may just see them featured here on a #flashbackfriday!  

Ms Rachel Vaughan, Records Manager

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