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Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society
Image: Medal - Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society,1919
Source: Museum Victoria
The Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society was a church-based support network. It was founded in 1868 by a group of Irish immigrants, including Mark Young.
In 1857 Young arrived in the colony of Victoria from Ireland. He moved to Ballarat, where he worked in a variety of occupations, including keeping a store with his brother. In 1861 he joined a gold rush to Otago, New Zealand, returning to Ballarat in 1862. Young ran the the White Hart Hotel in Sturt Street and became very active in local affairs. He assisted other Irishmen in the foundation of the Ballarat Hibernian Benefit Society and later worked to achieve the amalgamation of that society with the Australian Catholic Benefit Society to form the Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society. He was elected as its first president.
The Society supported St Patrick's Day parades. In 1953 sixty of its branches marched in the Melbourne parade.
Kingston City Council website http://localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au/htm/article/224.htm, accessed 17/11/2003.
St Patrick's Day: From Ireland to Australia Part 2: 1914-2000, Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair, at http://simplyaustralia.mountaintracks.com.au/issue4/2stpats7.html, accessed 17/11/2003.
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Australia Victoria Seymour 1919 (AD) Mint: not recorded Other Details: Membership medal issued in 1919 by the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society. The Society was a church-b ...From: Seymour, Australia Images: 2
3 inch refractor telescope, made or retailed by Thomas Gaunt, Royal Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, circa 1870. Presented to Rev. W. H. Kelly, S.J, by members of the Hibernian Australasia ...Images: 5
Commemorative Badge issued by the Australian Hibernian Society in 1914. It was manufactured by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne. The Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society was a church-b ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Regalia Sash from the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society. The Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society was established in Victoria in the late ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2