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Western Australia - Organisation

Mercy Community Services (Inc) (1997 - 2002)

Care Provider, Catholic, Cottage Care and Foster Care

Mercy Community Services (Inc) was established by the Sisters of Mercy (Perth) in 1997 to carry on the services of the Catherine McAuley Family Centre. In 2002, the ownership of Mercy Community Services Inc was transferred to MercyCare Ltd which is legally and operationally separate from the Sisters of Mercy. Historical records enquiries from people who lived in the Children's Homes run by the Sisters of Mercy are welcome.


 1868 - 1901 St Joseph's Catholic Orphanage for Girls
       1901 - 1971 St Joseph's Girls' Orphanage
       1914 - 1971 St Vincent's Foundling Home
             1971 - 1991 Catherine McAuley Centre
                   1997 - 2002 Mercy Community Services (Inc)
                         2002 - MercyCare



  • Pushong, Lyn, Heritage Trail: A journey through the history of MercyCare, MercyCare, 2008. Details

Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'Mercy Community Services - Youth Services', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004,; Mercy Community Services (Inc), 'Submission No. 61 Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, July 2003,

Prepared by: Debra Rosser