The College followed the Edmund Rice tradition.
The division into two St Joseph’s colleges help to foster the sporting focus, prioritising sport over scholarship. The ‘Battle of the Colours’ added to old school tie passion, based on traditional rivalry.
At the time of Nudgee College's Golden Jubilee in 1941, the Archbishop Sir James Duhig described the College as being ‘the jewel in the crown of the Christian Brothers' Schools in Queensland’.
St Joseph's Nudgee College was opened in 1891 when the boarding school was transferred from the College at Gregory Terrace. The location was selected by Brother Patrick Ambrose Treacy, founder of the Australian Province of the Christian Brothers, at the request of the Archbishop of Brisbane at the time, Robert Dunne. Brother D. F. Bodkin was appointed first Headmaster. In 1938, Nudgee Junior College was opened at a separate campus in Indooroopilly.
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Kerby, Martin C. Nudgee: A Life: A History of St Joseph's Nudgee College, St Joseph's Nudgee College, Boondall, Qld, 2014.
Unnamed. Golden Jubilee of St. Joseph's College, Nudgee, 1891-1941, Strand Press, Brisbane Qld, 1941.
St Joseph's College, Nudgee. Photographer: Kgbo [https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=64022991]