The Congregation of the Christian Brothers was founded in 1802 by Edmund Ignatius Rice in Waterford, Ireland. Rice was inspired by the work of Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters, and supported their school and convent in Waterford from 1797. Rice was a Roman Catholic and believed that education was the best way to help children who lived in poverty and founded the Religious Order to provide free education to boys.
From their origins in Waterford, the Christian Brothers spread throughout the world to establish schools and institutions with an educational mission. They originally travelled to Sydney in 1843 until 1847, and then to Melbourne in 1868, but the Australasian Province was not formally established until 1885.
They opened their first school in Western Australia on 31 January 1894 on the corner of St Georges Terrace and Victoria Avenue in Perth, naming it Christian Brothers College Perth.
In 1953 when the organisation expanded the Australasian Province was divided into two for organisational purposes. The Provinces were called The St Mary's Province of the Christian Brothers in New South Wales, Queensland, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and the St Patrick's Province of the Christian Brothers in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. The St Patrick's Province continued to run the children's homes in Western Australia.
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08 February 2019
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