Collection: St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf

We are all aware of the immense value St Dominic’s has contributed to the New Zealand Deaf education sector. St Dominic’s School for the Deaf opened in 1944 to provide a Catholic based education to deaf children, and ran for 45 years before closing in May 1989. SignDNA is thrilled that the St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre in Palmerston North has donated their full collection of St Dominic’s video footage to SignDNA, along with hundreds of documents and photos. SignDNA is working on processing these items now, and we look forward to making them accessible online to the Deaf community. Thanks to the Catholic Deaf leadership and David Loving-Molloy for their support.

  • Collection: St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf
  • All items: 10
  • Videos: 9
  • Publications: 1
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  1. 1965
    Video — Donated by Mary Johnson Image of Mary Johnson

    St Dominic School for the Deaf, Fielding: First Reunion, 1965

    St Dominics School for the Deaf in Fielding celebrates their first school reunion in 1965. The reunion was one year after the school had relocated to Fielding from Wellington.

  2. 1960s
    Video — Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    St Dominics Gala

    St Dominics School for the Deaf hold their annual Gala Day – year unknown.

  3. 1950
    Video — Donated by Archives New Zealand Image of Archives New Zealand

    National Film Unit visits St Dominics School for the Deaf

    The Government’s National Film Unit follows the City District Health Nurse as she visits students at St Dominic’s School for the Deaf.

  4. 1987
    Video — Donated by Television New Zealand Archive Image of Television New Zealand Archive

    Parents speak of their fears for the future of St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children

    Following the potential closure of St Dominic's, parents express their concerns at a community meeting for their deaf children’s future if they were to be mainstreamed into a local school.

  5. 1968
    Video — Donated by St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre Image of St Dominic’s Catholic Deaf Centre

    A Deaf Child in the Family

    “A Deaf Child in the Family” is an award-winning film which shows authentic scenes from Deaf education centres at Kelston, St Dominics and Sumner, produced as a resource for families of deaf children.

  6. 2000
    Video — Donated by Dorothy Jones Image of Dorothy Jones

    Manawatu Deaf community farewells Terry O’Brien

    The Manawatu Deaf community thanks Terry O’Brien for his service as a Teacher of the Deaf. Terry taught for over 30 years at Freyberg High School in Palmerston North which had a Deaf Unit that St Dominic’s pupils often went on to attend.

  7. 1976
    Video — Donated by Manawatu Deaf Society Image of Manawatu Deaf Society

    Understand the Silence: A Silent Documentary about the Silent World of Deafness

    This documentary was filmed and edited by Joan Bailey and released in 1976. It covers the preparation and running of the St Dominics Gala Day, as well as Manawatu Deaf Club picnics, and the Manawatu Womens Group.

  8. 1999
    Video — Donated by St Dominic's Catholic Deaf Centre Image of St Dominic's Catholic Deaf Centre

    'Nothing to See' - David Molloy

    David Molloy, a Deaf priest based in Palmerston North, talks about his life in the church and his second collection of poems in ‘Nothing to See’, published in 1997.

  9. 1995
    Video — Donated by Television New Zealand Archive Image of Television New Zealand Archive

    David Loving-Molloy appears on ‘Praise Be’

    David Loving-Molloy of the Catholic Deaf Centre in Palmerston North joins Graeme Thomson on ‘Praise Be’ to share his thoughts about Deaf Awareness Week, and the work he does with the Deaf community.

  10. 1972
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: 1972 (Vol. 9, No. 4)