The Catholic Church in Australia dates back to the first Irish convicts to arrive in New South Wales in 1788. Through various religious orders, the Catholic Church in Australia has a long history of involvement in the 'care' of children. In Brisbane, Irish-Catholics were very prominent among early settlers, and the Catholic church was involved in the development of many aspects of the city: religion, education, property and the out-of-home 'care' of children.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 21 September 2012, Last modified: 13 January 2014