Carrington College was established by a group of Dunedin stalwarts with strong links to the church and education. The College was officially opened in Febrary 1945 as the very first co-educational student residence in Australasia. As we have evolved, new buidings have been added and named after notable Dunedinites. We now cater for 243 residents of whom about 220 are first year full-time students.
A wonderful account of the history of Carrington College is contained within the book 'A Triumph of Improvisation - The Stuart Residence Halls Council, Stuart House, Arana Hall, Carrington Hall 1941 - 1991' compiled by G.A. Macaulay and copies are available to read at the college. The following are some excerpts from that book to give you an understanding of the history of our community.
"Carrington - The Beginnings
On 11 December 1944 Mr Carrington reported to the Council that the Education Board had purchased the Halstead property in Heriot Row for 6,200 punds and that verbal agreement had been made for the Stuart House Council to manage the property on a basis similar to that obtaining at Arana Hall with the University, namely to act as agent, and pay for the rates and maintenance."
"Soon afterwards, through Cecil Wardell, the property of the late J.Wardell situated at 61 Heriot Row was purchased for 2,500 punds and the double unit house 'Walls' next to it came by auction for 1,450 pounds. Thus in quick succession, for 10,150 punds, had come accommodation for 60 students, and one and a half acres, sufficient for an extra wing for 40 or more."
"Mrs J.S. Thompson was appointed Matron, a cook and maid were engaged, and the Halsteads' gardener retained for a day a week to try to hold the excellent garden in order."