In what is becoming an biennial event, the St Catherine’s community is welcomed to what is considered one of Victoria’s finest gardens, Cranlana.

The Past Parent Committee hosts a biennial event for the St Catherine’s community in what is considered one of Victoria’s finest gardens, Cranlana.

Cranlana is one of the few remaining gardens of its era in Victoria, with vast lawns and significant mature specimen trees. The sunken garden is a highlight, colourful shrubs, clipped conifers and hedges, water features, Italian marble statues and ornate urns enhance the beauty of this garden.

Cranlana has remained in the Myer family for over 100 years. Cranlana and the Myer family have a long and deep connections with St Catherine’s and Lady Southey AC (Myer’45) and her family welcome the St Catherine’s Family to Cranlana for cocktails and a reunion.

Our next Cranlana All Years Reunion will be held on Thursday 14th March 2024.  This will again be co-hosted by Past Parents and SCOGA Committees.

Cranlana celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2020 and the gardens continue to look magnificent as a result of the extensive works and detailed care and attention that were in preparation of the big birthday year. As part of this the Sunken Garden was fully restored and visitors will be able to enjoy strolling through the whole garden and gathering for drinks in the forecourt of the home’s entrance just next to the huge pin oak planted in 1934.

Our Cranlana event is a very special evening.  A previous guest has commented: What a fabulous celebration of friendship in the Cranlana garden on Thursday evening! And another guest thanking the committees with “What a delightful drinks! So very special in that gorgeous family garden setting. All was really, really nice! The four girls playing music looked and sounded great perfectly situated on the Cranlana veranda as one walked in. Specially memorable, and special, were the speeches. What a great spot for chatting and seeing the St Cath’s ‘family’!! Thank you to all involved.” A perfect summation of the evening!

We are proud to be maintaining the strength of the School’s wider community by providing a broader range of opportunities for us all to stay in touch. Our thanks to the St Catherine’s Old Girls Association Committee for co-hosting this event with us. We are delighted that the reunion of past parents, past students, and past staff has become a key event and we hope you will join us next time.