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The Archives Page is here!

To celebrate 125 years we've created an Archives page! Find snapshots of LN's history and share your stories and photographs. Find out more below.
8 Aug 2022
From the Archives
Loretto, Hornsby, 1898 (first wing)
Loretto, Hornsby, 1898 (first wing)

Loreto Normanhurst opened its doors in 1897 as "Loretto Convent Hornsby" and became the home to 15 boarders and 9 Loreto sisters. Since that time, the School gates have welcomed in thousands of "Normo" day girls (and boys) and boarders, many of whom have later returned to us as staff, parents or members of the Ex-Student's Association and the Parent Association of Loreto.

It’s our 125th year, and to celebrate we’ve created an Archives page. If you haven’t already had the chance to investigate, this is where you can easily find snapshots of LN’s history, including Flashback Friday posts and news articles, as well as how to get in contact with our Records Manager.  

The Loreto Normanhurst Archives holds the historic and contemporary records of the School across its rich 125-year history. Our collection includes items such as:

  • Photographs, slides, audio cassettes, videos
  • Oral history recordings
  • Uniforms, hats, and personal items
  • School magazines, diaries, and registers

Through the Archives page, you can also share your stories and photographs, or indicate if you are interested in donating any school memorabilia. Our next featured decades are the fabulous 1960s and 1970s - if you’re an alumna from this time, share your LN stories with us through the Archives Page.

We hope you enjoy this opportunity to engage with items from our archives and reflect on your own role in the Loreto Normanhurst story.

Visit the Archives Page here.

We’ve begun our #FlashbackFriday celebrations of 125 years of Loreto Normanhurst, going right back to where it all started. Read all about life at LN in the 1897-1900s and the 1910s here.

Next - we want to feature you!

What was life like here at Loreto Normanhurst in the 1960’s? What was it like to be a Boarder in the 1980s? What was memorable about Loreto Day in the 2000s?

Start brainstorming with your classmates and dig out those photo albums to contribute to our 125 celebrations. Let us know what your favourite memories of LN are and from which decade.  What stands out about your classes, excursions, the uniforms and fashion, the technology, the Boarding School? Maybe you attended across two different eras? We look forward to celebrating every decade in all its glory here every few weeks.

So many generations of alumnae have been a part of the Normo story, and we’d love to celebrate them all. Perhaps your Mum or Grandmother was a Normo girl as well, or you know a Normo boy from the Junior School.

If you have a story or photos to share with us, please use the ‘Share News’ button below or email our Records Manager.

Don't forget to join our Normo Network! If you're an ex-student or former parent of Loreto Normanhurst, we invite you to register for this exciting online platform designed to foster connection and community. On the Normo Network, you’ll be able to read the latest alumnae news, register for events, contact old friends, share photos and memories, volunteer for mentoring opportunities and list your business.

Visit the site to find out more:

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