Duhig House was named after Archbishop James Duhig who is recognised as the founder of St Columban’s College, Albion. He bought the site, paid for the building and invited the Christian Brothers to run the College. Archbishop Duhig always regarded the school as something very dear to him. He was a great diplomat and was proud of his association with the College.
James Duhig was Archbishop of Brisbane from 1917–1965. Including his time as Bishop of Rockhampton, he was a Bishop for 60 years. He was one of the youngest Bishops in the world when he was appointed and one of the oldest when he died.
Throughout his career Duhig also developed his well-known passion for building and the acquisition of properties. He was responsible for the building of many churches on top of the many hills that characterise the Brisbane landscape. As Archbishop of Brisbane, ‘Duhig the builder’ added more than 400 major buildings to the Brisbane landscape, including hospitals and educational, charitable and religious institutions.
In keeping with the generous nature of Archbishop James Duhig, Duhig House supports two local charity groups annually. Each Pastoral Care group gathers canned and non–perishable items that ultimately form the basis of our Parish Pantry fundraiser. These goods are, in turn, passed on to the needy members of our community through the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Duhig House also supports Camp Quality. With the profits of chocolate drives and our annual movie night, the House is able to make a notable donation, in order to assist those local kids within the community who suffer from cancer.
The colour of Duhig House is red and the symbol is the Redback Spider. The House motto is ‘Watch your back, here come the reds’. This motto encapsulates the Duhig House spirit. As a House, there is a strong focus on involvement by all. This can be seen in the large number of students willingly participating in the College Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, Cross Country, Heritage Day and other Interhouse competitions and fundraising challenges.
Duhig House has also laid claim to a small piece of real estate within the College.
The western side of the College main ovals is now recognized as Duhig Hill. During prominent College events, namely the Athletics Carnival, the hill is painted with the renowned Duhig colours of red and black. The hill inspires the entire House to participate and be proud of the traditions of the mighty Duhig House.
Within the House there is also an eager group of students that gather monthly to discuss House issues. This group of students forms the Duhig Student Representative Council. This motivated troop assist in House preparation for all events with banner painting, fundraising, brainstorming and all other aspects of organisation.