St Mary's Rescue Home

St Mary's Rescue Home

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.74

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Wolloongabba

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: Corner of Ganges Street and Hardgrave Road, West End

Latitude & Longitude: -27.48672222,153.00602778

Time Link: 1894

Map Link: 1892

Image Time Point: 1892

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St Mary’s Rescue Home was one of several charitable institutions around Brisbane set up to assist and accommodate pregnant single girls and unwed mothers and their babies. Managed by the Anglican Society of the Sacred Advent, the home had room for 16 women. The annual report of 1886 noted there were 13 ‘inmates’ and 12 babies, and that the work of the home was directed to prevention rather than rescue. The work performed the women was mainly laundry, and eventual aim was to place them as domestic servants, which unfortunately was a low-paid and arduous job that proved to be no escape from poverty. St Mary’s moved to Moggill Road, Taringa, in 1898.


The Telegraph, 20 September 1894; Brisbane, 15 September 1898; Pugh’s Almanac, 1898, p. 7; Qld Post Office Directory 1895-96, p. 102.

Image Citations

Announcement of opening of St Mary’s Rescue Home, 1894. The Telegraph, 15 September 1894.

Map References

MLMS. 40 chain AG2 series 1887–1932—Moreton district. 40 chains to 1 inch. Moreton 40 Chain map AG2 series sheet 3 north. AG2