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Catholic Female Refuge
Title : Catholic Female Refuge Catholic Female Refuge
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Source : Adelaide observer, 21 September 1901, p. 34, col. a-c
Date of creation : 1901
Format : Newspaper
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Description :
The Catholic Female Refuge was opened at Mitcham, Adelaide, in 1856 to shelter girls who were in 'moral danger' or familiar with crime or even jail. Women who had been released from prison, worked in brothels, newly-arrived immigrants, the homeless and those who were pregnant and unmarried came to the shelter. Here they assisted with the sewing and laundry work which helped to provide an income for the refuge. Some women remained at there for years as 'Magdalens' working and praying with the nuns. From 1868 to 1962 Josephite nuns ran the refuge, which moved to Norwood in 1872, and into new premises at Fullarton in 1901. The institution continues to function today as a women's housing co-operative.
Coverage year : 1901
Place : Fullarton (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Henderson, Anne. Mary MacKillop's sisters: a life unveiled, Sydney: HarperCollins, 1997
Press, Margaret M. From our broken toil: South Australian catholics 1836-1905, Adelaide: Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, 1986



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