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The plaque commemorates 175 years of service by the Sisters of Charity from 1838 to 2013.  The plaque honours the site as part of the Sister`s story. 

The first religious sisters to come to Australia, the Sisters of Charity arrived in New South Wales in 1838, from Dublin.  In addition to their usual vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, the Sisters of Charity also took an extra vow of service to the poor which saw them earn the name of the ‘walking nuns’ due to their work on the streets with people in need.

The Sisters of Charity came to Tasmania in 1847 and worked in places including jails, asylums and the Female Factory.  They also have many other connections with the Tasmanian community including a history with St Joseph’s School in Hobart (and St Joseph’s Orphanage), St Joseph’s Child Care Centre in Taroona, St Francis Xavier’s School in South Hobart, Mount Carmel College in Sandy Bay, St Aloysius Catholic College at Kingston, St Brigid’s School in New Norfolk and St Vincent’s Hospital in Launceston.




Address:5 Frederick Street, St Vincent's Hospital, Launceston, 7250
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.440607
Long: 147.142351
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1838
Approx. Event End Date:2013


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2013
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The Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries honour this place as significant in the Sister`s Story

Sisters of Charity of Australia

1838 - 2013

175 years impelled by Christ`s love



Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au