Our History

Trinity Catholic College Lismore is owned by the entity known as “The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Lismore.” The Presentation Sisters founded St Mary’s College for Girls in 1886 and the Marist Brothers opened St Joseph’s High School for Boys in 1911. After some years of senior co-instruction, the two schools formally amalgamated to form Trinity Catholic College Lismore in 1985. The College relocated to its current location at Southern Cross University Lismore after the devastating Northern Rivers flood event of 2022. Following the 2022 flood events the College community has worked together to ensure that current and future students have access to high quality Catholic education at Trinity's new location.


The Presentation Sisters founded St Mary's College for Girls.


The Marist Brothers opened St Joseph's High School for Boys.


St Joseph's extended to junior secondary classes .


The first Intermediate Class sat for their exams at St Joseph's.


St Joseph's became a full high school with the first Leaving Certificate Class


St Joseph's Boys’ School entered into co-instruction at Year 11 and Year 12 level with St Mary’s College, the local Catholic girls’ high school both owned and managed by the Presentation Sisters.


St Mary's College and St Joseph's Marist Brothers High School formally amalgamate to form Trinity Catholic College Lismore. Sr Mary Cannane pbvm is appointed the first Principal.

August 15th every year

Foundation Day of the College, commemorating the commencement of the College and Catholic Secondary Education in Lismore in 1886.


The Mission Statement of Trinity Catholic College Lismore - ‘enabling students to achieve the fullness of life’ - is ratified by the College Council.

June 6th every year

Marcellin Champagnat's feast day is celebrated, honouring the work and example of the Marist Brothers in Lismore since their arrival in 1911.


The final Brother Principal of Trinity Catholic College was Brother John Hilet. The first lay Principal Mr Jesse Smith was appointed. Mr Jesse Smith is the current principal.

November 21st every year

Feast of the Presentation of Mary and celebration of Nano Nagle's life and example.