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Negative - Little Sisters of the Poor Convent, Northcote, Victoria, 1893 Image Reg. No: MM 8209

View of Little Sisters of the Poor Convent and Home for the elderly, St George's Road, Northcote, 1893

Photograph taken by Thomas Beckett. Part of a collection of glass plate negatives taken by Dr Thomas George Beckett, doctor, pioneering radiologist and amateur photographer between 1891 and 1910. The collection is primarily of Beckett's family, friends, homes, and towns and suburbs where Beckett and his family lived, including Charlton in central Victoria and Northcote & South Yarra, suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.
Description Of Content:
The Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from T. Beckett, 1990
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: convents
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Dr Thomas George Beckett Collection, Dr Thomas George Beckett (1859-1937), The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: RELIGIONS
Secondary Classification: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Organisations Depicted: Little Sisters of The Poor Convent
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Photographer: Dr Thomas Beckett, Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Organisation Depicted: Little Sisters of the Poor, Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 1893


Oliver Hargadon Posted on 12 Apr 2011 7:54 AM
Enquiring about my great grand uncle Peter Hargadon who died in Little Sisters of the Poor in 1906. He was born in Ireland. Would be delighted if you can help. Oliver.
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Apr 2011 4:59 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Oliver, you should contact the Little Sisters of the Poor or the Public Record Office of Victoria or the Northcote History Group may also be able to help
donna Posted on 24 Mar 2012 12:45 PM
were unwed mothers in the 1960s sent to this facility before birth of the babies they were to relinqish. or
what was the main reason children would have been sent here for during that time?
Discovery Centre Posted on 25 Mar 2012 1:29 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Donna,
The convent of The Little Sisters of the Poor, according to the history provided on their website, have always made it their mission to care for the elderly and infirm.

There are a number of reasons why children were housed in state and Catholic care. For general information on the history of children in state or Catholic care in Australia in the first half of the 20th century—many of them now referred to under the title of “Forgotten Australians”—see: http://www.forgottenaustralians.org.au/ or http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/.

“Find and Connect Victoria” is an online initiative of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to assist people in locating former children’s homes. The website contains a wealth of information on Catholic organisations and care providers active in Victoria from the 20th century: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/vic/browse_c_function.htm#F000001.
You may be able to find the organisation in which you were housed in the 1960s on here.
Jenny Posted on 16 Jan 2013 6:41 PM
Oliver, You can contact the Little Sisters of the Poor in Northcote and they will be able to help. They have kept records going back to the first resident.
Helen Naughton Posted on 04 Jul 2013 2:33 PM
Today as I was shopping at 'The Pines' in Doncaster, I encountered the 'Sisters' What wonderful women. having a grand time with lunch and coffee BUT also so humble and loving. Many thanks Helen.

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