The Mercy Family Life Centre Waitara was previously known as Our Lady of Mercy Home and was run by the Sisters of Mercy. It was built in a part of the grounds of the old Waitara Orphanage (Our Lady of Mercy) in 1977. In 1994, it was incorporated and became the Mercy Family Centre.
Mercy Family Life Centre was a Catholic welfare programme that evolved as a three stage project: counselling, welfare, emergency accommodation, educational services to families, child care services and aged care services.
Sources used to compile this entry: Looking Back: A foundling home at Waitara, Mercy Family Centre Annual Report, Mercy Family Centre, 1984, 4-8 pp; 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, https://clan.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/connectkin_guide.pdf; Email correspondence with Sister Miriam Grech, Sisters of Mercy, North Sydney Congregation, 17 October 2012.
Prepared by: Naomi Parry
Created: 8 March 2011, Last modified: 5 October 2016