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Victoria - Organisation

Franciscan Friars (1839 - )

Care Provider, Catholic and Religious Order
Alternative Names
  • Order of Friars Minor

The Franciscan Friars arrived in Victoria in 1839 and built two of the colony's first churches. This Catholic Order, which dates back to Italy in 1209, has been working in Australia almost since the time of first European contact. In Victoria, the Franciscans ran the Morning Star Boys' Home and Padua Hall.

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Sources used to compile this entry: 'A Piece of the Story': National Directory of Records of Catholic organisations caring for children separated from their families, Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission & Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, November 1999,

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill