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New South Wales - Organisation

House of the Good Shepherd (1848 - 1901)

  • House of the Good Shepherd

    House of the Good Shepherd, c. 1877, by Charles Percy Pickering, 1825-1908, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales.
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From
1848
To
1901
Categories
Catholic, Female Rescue Home and Home
Alternative Names
  • House of the Good Shepherd, Pitt Street (also known as)
  • Pitt Street House of the Good Shepherd (also known as)

The House of the Good Shepherd on Pitt Street provided accommodation for females over the age of fourteen years. It opened in 1848, in the building of Carters' Barracks, and was initially staffed by the Irish Sisters of Charity. In 1857 a new order was established to run the institution called the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Their name was changed in 1866 to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and they ran the Home until its closure. In 1901 the site was reclaimed by the Government for Central Railway Station and residents were transferred to St Magdalen's Retreat at Tempe.

Details

The House of the Good Shepherd received women and girls from the courts, and via voluntary placement. All of the residents agreed to stay for a minimum period of two years.

From 1887, after the establishment of St Magdalen's Retreat in Tempe (described as a 'branch refuge' by Judith Godden), many residents from House of the Good Shepherd in Pitt Street were housed at St Magdalen's.

In 1901, when the House of the Good Shepherd was closed, its residents were transferred to St Magdalen's Retreat.

Location

1848 - 1901
Location - House of the Good Shepherd was situated on Pitt Street, Sydney.. Location: Sydney

Related Organisations

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Godden, Judith, 'Sectarianism and purity within the woman's sphere: Sydney refuges during the late nineteenth century', Journal of Religious History, vol. 14, 1987, pp. 291-306. Details

Online Resources

Photos

House of the Good Shepherd
Title
House of the Good Shepherd
Type
Image
Date
c. 1877
Creator
Charles Percy Pickering, 1825-1908
Source
State Library of New South Wales

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Good Samaritan, Sisters of the, 1997, http://web.stbedes.catholic.edu.au/Other/nuns/hist/sgs.html; Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.

Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Nicola Laurent