The St Vincent de Paul Society was prominent in the child rescue activities of the Catholic Church in Victoria from the 1880s. Charles Grondona was a prominent Melbourne lay person involved with the Society, including its administration of St Joseph's Home for Destitute Children.
The first Australian conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society met in Melbourne at St Francis' Church on 5 March 1854. The first president was Fr Gerald Ward.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 30 July 2009, Last modified: 15 August 2017