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South Australia - Organisation

Sisters of Mercy, Adelaide Congregation (1880 - 2011)

Care Provider, Catholic and Receiving Agency

The Sisters of Mercy, Adelaide Congregation, was established in 1880 in South Australia. They ran the St Vincent De Paul Orphanage and Yoorana Cottage, St Vincent de Paul Group Homes. In December 2011 the Sisters of Mercy, Adelaide Congregation became part of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG).


The Sisters of Mercy ran the St Vincent de Paul Orphanage at Goodwood, which was made an 'approved organisation' to receive child migrants in 1948.



  • McLay, Anne, Women on the Move: Mercy's triple spiral: a history of the Adelaide Sisters of Mercy, Ireland to Argentina 1856-1880 to South Australia 1880, Sisters of Mercy, Adelaide, 1996. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing and Nicola Laurent