An independent Catholic school for boys under the care of the Augustinian Order, Villanova College was founded by five Irish priests in 1948.
The College opened on a 10-acre property in Hamilton, with the large onsite residence, called ‘Whinstanes’, functioning as three classrooms, a chapel and sacristy. Students also had access to tennis courts, a cricket oval and other sporting facilities.
Forty boys attended Villanova that first year and by 1951 it was clear the Whinstanes property could no longer adequately house the growing student population. After much searching, the Augustinian Fathers eventually chose Coorparoo as the new site for the College in 1954.
Villanova College still sits on this very site in the grounds of historic home ‘Langlands’. From 40 students to over 1,500, Villanova has continued to grow into the close community we now cherish today.
The Augustinian Order has a long history in education reaching back 750 years. A love of learning and pursuit of understanding are hallmarks of the Order, which Villanova has made part of its character since day one.
This unrelenting pursuit for knowledge and understanding ensures our lives will be based on truth, for it is truth that conquers. This is reflected in the College motto: Vincit Veritas (“Truth Conquers”).
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