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Queensland - Organisation

Sisters of Mercy (1861 - )

From
1861
Categories
Care Provider, Catholic and Religious Order
Alternative Names
  • Sisters of Mercy
Website
http://www.mercy.org.au

The Order of the Sisters of Mercy was established in Queensland in 1861, when Mother Mary Vincent Whitty and a small group of other Sisters of Mercy accompanied Bishop James Quinn to the colony of Queensland. The Sisters of Mercy established schools, hospitals and a home for unmarried mothers. They operated a number of out-of-home care facilities for children during the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century.

Details

The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia was formed in 1981. It includes 17 autonomous congregations, four of which are in Queensland; Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton and Townsville.

Publications

Books

  • Mary Christina, Sister, The quality of mercy: the story of the Sisters of Mercy in central Queensland, Catholic Leader Press, Brisbane, 1964, 178 pp. Details
  • Mary Xaverius, Sister, Beyond our dreams: a century of mercy in Queensland, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1961, 345 pp. Details
  • Williams, Garnett B., Nightmare at Neerkol, Garnett Williams, Southtown, Toowoomba, 2004, 126 pp. Details

Reports

  • Children's Commission of Queensland, A preliminary report on allegations of abuse of former residents of St. Joseph's Orphanage at Neerkol, Rockhampton, in the 1940's, 50's and 60's, Brisbane, 1998, 81 pp. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Mary Christina, Sister, The quality of mercy: the story of the Sisters of Mercy in central Queensland, Catholic Leader Press, Brisbane, 1964, 178 pp.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth