88 Nicholson St, Fitzroy

“The parent institution was established at Perth, in Western Australia, in the year 1846. Eleven years later, the prinicpal of the little band, Mother Mary Ursula Frayne, originally of Dublin, accompanied by two members of the sisterhood, journeyed to Melbourne, on the invitation of Bishop Goold and occupied a small house which had been purchased by that prelate in Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, and soon afterwards the first school was opened, with nine female pupils. In 1860 a House of Mercy for the reception and protection of respectable young women preparing for domestic service was established in connection with the convent. Gradually an infant school adn a school for the children of the working class were added. Then a handsome memorial church was erected, at a cost of 7,000 pounds, to perpetuate the memory of the late Superior and Foundress of the Order in Australia; and the pile of buildings which now form the convent and its appendages offer a striking contrast, by their extent and massiveness, to the humble edifice which first sheltered the three Sisters on landing in Melbourne.” (The Cyclopedia of Victoria, 1903-1905, Vol 2, p.48)

 Image held by Fitzroy Library. This photograph was commissioned by the Fitzroy Photographic Committee in 1986.

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