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Location 16: St Vincents Home

Queens Road, Nudgee

St Vincent's Orphanage, Nudgee Orphanage, or, as it became known, St Vincent's Home for Children, is one of the oldest establishments in the district.

In 1867, the Sisters established the Orphanage at Nudgee on 3,500 acres of land purchased freehold by Bishop Quinn. Forty-seven children were admitted on 11 November 1867, and during St Vincent's first century, 10,500 children found a home in the orphanage.

The first convent was blessed and opened on 2nd January 1885 and extensions were added on 11th May 1915. On 5th December 1905, a cyclone destroyed a number of St Vincent's buildings and unroofed others.

Today, the former St Vincents Home is still owned and run by the Catholic Church. However its purpose has changed from being a place for children to one for aged residents.

Girls dormitory (top floor) and refectory below.

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